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  • APPRECIATING FARK.

    Fark.com is a news-surfing Website devoted to finding and pointing at strange and goofy news items. It earned its founder, Drew Curtis, a following and, ultimately, a book, which I’m happy to join Jack Shafer of Slate in promoting here. In his article today, Shafer praises Drew’s book as an effective indictment of the news […]

  • LISTENING: LIMBAUGH

    Talk radio, except for the lame Air America nonsense, is all conservative bluster. Air America’s lame because they’ve tried applying the Rush Bluster Format to some kind of liberal mindset. Who ever heard of blustering liberals? Anyway, Rush Limbaugh invented the current style of gravel-throated talk radio, and he’s riding high this week on a […]

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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