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  • Targeting your programming — to the ratings.

    I don’t like to get involved in talking about which corporate radio company just bought which existing station, but there’s a message in this one. Bonneville just bought a Los Angeles FM station. The buzz about this purchase surrounds what format the radio company might choose to program on their new station. You can read […]

  • White Space

    Both Google and Microsoft are pressuring the FCC to allow a new class of wi-fi communications in the space to be vacated by U.S. TV stations when they go digital in 2009. I can tell you the TV people, much less the radio guys, never dreamed their spectrum space would ever be coveted for anything […]

  • The History of Radio – Preface

    Here’s my idea: I’m writing a novel, Marconi Dreams (I’ll print the title in italics if it’s ever published), whose hero is a disc jockey. I started this Website as a home base for the novel. The book isn’t a history, but it draws on the modern history of the medium in America, from about […]

  • I get it now.

    Sirius 72, the “Pure Jazz” channel, is an oldies station. Sometimes it takes a while to break the radio code, even if you’re an old radio guy. Matt Abramowitz, the Sirius jazz programmer, told me they’re merely playing the “best” cuts so casual Sirius channel surfers will get a truly great experience if they try […]

  • Laughing on the outside.

    That’s what you’ll hear on your favorite radio station these days. Behind the scenes, the American radio business is all fire and explosions. All the big deals that brought all the major radio stations in the country, and a lot of minor ones, under a few corporate tents are unravelling, as the numbers-jugglers try to […]


This is the archive for March, 2008.


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


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


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