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  • LISTENING: YAKIMA FM RADIO

    I’ve written a lot of spleen-ish blog posts about radio — you can find most of them on my old radio blog, now an archive: dehype-radio.blogspot.com. I promised in an earlier marconidreams post that I’d start a kind of inventory of radio in my new hometown, Yakima, Washington. And I promised myself I’d try to […]

  • RADIO SCIENCE, OR, HOW GOOFY CAN YOU GET?

    This is from Tom Taylor’s Radio-Info.com newsletter, issue of today: At Edison Research, it’s time for Christmas music (testing). This is an update of the 600-title national test they did in 2004, which Edison says “found that listeners had very strong preferences in the Christmas music they liked and did not, preferences that in many […]

  • NEWS ALERT: WSJ INTERVIEWS NPR PRESIDENT KEN STERN.

    Pretty much a nice PR interview. Not much to challenge here. Just about the only radio CEO who would get this treatment…or that any major business publication would find interesting. WSJ makes this available free on the Web today. LINK: “NPR Chief Ken Stern Rides the Airwaves”

  • PUNCH OR WHEEZE? EXTREMES ARE ALL WE GET FROM RADIO.

    I’m telling you…it’s either one thing or the other. Nothing in between. Listen to any U.S. commercial radio station (possible exception: Christian stations). What you’re going to get is pressure. Charisma. Energy. Beautiful music radio stations are gone — thought to be beyond geriatric; to advertisers, everybody dies at 49. Every American commercial station is […]

  • LISTENING: FALL PLEDGE TIME ON NORTHWEST PUBLIC RADIO.

    It’s a seasonal ritual as dependable as crispy leaves. Public radio employees roll up their sweater sleeves and actually sell something. Don’t knock it, you smug commercial radio guys; it’s a revenue stream you’d love to have — from people who don’t have to, but send money to you anyway, because they love you. Nevertheless, […]

  • GREAT MARKETING, GOOD THINKING. COULD RADIO GET ITS MOJO BACK?

    InsideRadio.com has an article today that gives me hope–when stuff like radio consultant John Mainelli’s piece on true “young guy talk” formats can get published in the most read radio trade pub, maybe somebody out there in radio management is close to being ready to listen. First, the article is cleverly marketed–as if Mainelli were […]

  • AM FADING OUT?

    The AM radio band shriveled when FM became the preferred music radio venue. Even “AM stereo” failed to catch fire. Then Rush Limbaugh breathed new life into the original low-fi band with his broadsword wit and forked tongue. Nevertheless, AM didn’t develop any other tricks, even though the many original news and talk stations have […]

  • Another radio search engine noted.

    Thanks to ResearchBuzz.com for pointing out iheard.com, a new Internet radio search engine. It needs some work. I searched on “jazz” and found a KJAZ-FM streaming tribute site, an homage to the late, great San Francisco jazz station, the first on the coast, I think, begun in 1959 at the dawn of the modern FM […]

October

This is the archive for October, 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


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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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