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  • REIGNITING RADIO;
    TRADE ORGS TAKE THE BALL

    At the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show in Charlotte, David Rehr, new-ish president of NAB, introduced a new promotion campaign for radio. This comes at, maybe, exactly the right time — radio station owners are listening to the jungle telegraph and thinking about change, big corporate radio is lurching along in the money markets, […]

  • THE BIG RADIO CONVENTION; SIGNS OF LIFE

    The National Association of Broadcasters’ annual “Radio Show” is on now in Charlotte. It’s the year’s big trade show for commercial radio; not as big as it used to be, since most of the big companies who hold the prime big-market radio stations would rather have their people come to company meetings than schmooze for […]

  • WHERE DO YOU GO FOR NEW MUSIC? WHY, THE NEWSPAPER, OF COURSE.

    Thanks to Tom Taylor, whose newsletter steered me to this post from Web consultant Mel Taylor (no relation), who tells about the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s new new-music Website. He says: TV and Newspaper are getting into the local, online music space in a substantial way. Why? Maybe there’s a hole in most markets for a […]

  • A HOLE IN THE MARKET

    Say what? “There’s a hole in the market” is something radio people have long said to each other when figuring out how to compete with other stations in their towns. Like: a city has no country station, so you consider changing your third-rock-station-in-town to country, a no-competition position. There are some format holes in lots […]

  • TOM TAYLOR’S BACK.

    If you’re a radio business fan — that is, more than a listener — there are now two sources of trade news that are worth a darn. Tom Taylor, longtime editor of Inside Radio (always radio’s feistiest daily news fax), left that publication earlier this year and has now emerged with his own name on […]

  • LISTENING/SEATTLE: PROGRAM DIRECTOR’S DISEASE

    I was driving around my sometimes town yesterday, listening to KING-FM, Seattle’s unique (partly because it’s the city’s only) classical station. You too can hear it at KING.org. It was afternoon drive time and Sean MacLean was the host. A selection ended and Sean said, “Oh, here’s our program director, Bryan Lowe.” Lowe then proceeded […]

  • THOUGHTS ON THE NEW RADIO

    Yes, we need a new radio. I’m full of energy this morning. RF, probably, because I’m in Seattle. A lot more hum in the air here — lotsa signals, lots of brains just waking up. Ahem. The new radio in America must wake up and smell the cyberspace. Radio’s still acting as if it’s the […]

September

This is the archive for September, 2007.

RADIO GUY GALLERY


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Heinrich Hertz's experiments proved the existence of electromagnetic radiation. Cycles-per-second, the standard measure of radio wave frequency, was named for him. He died in 1894, at 37. Wikipedia: Hertz

RADIO GUY GALLERY


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What do you do with a problem like Howard? After decades of profits and FCC indecency fines as routine budget items, Howard Stern, king of all pottymouth radio guys, followed his enabler Mel Karmazin to Sirius Satellite Radio, leaving CBS to make up a hundred million in revenue (They sold stations) and fill the void for the half of Howard's loyal audience who didn't choose to buy a new radio and pay fifteen bucks a month for a few more, ranker epithets.
Wikipedia: Stern

RADIO GUY GALLERY


PALEY-S
CBS might have become the Cigar Broadcasting System. William S. Paley was the scion of the family business. In 1927, his cigar tycoon dad, Samuel, bought the struggling network of early radio stations from a group of poor schlumps who were trying to – would you believe: sell programming to radio stations! Every syndicator since has had to relearn that this doesn't work. Bill and his dad figured out the right business model -- you sell commercials to advertisers, and give the programs to stations. Got it?
Wikipedia: Paley
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