I’ve been trying, but it’s increasingly difficult to keep irony from dripping into my writing when I start a post for this site. In today’s radio trade news, one of the major stories is the introduction of ABC FM News, a new service of the radio network of, presumably, hourly or half-hourly newscasts to be heard live on FM music stations. In the stories I’ve read, it appears that music radio program executives have discovered that newscasts may attract more listeners than music alone. In the interest of keeping my snide comments to myself, I’m going to stop writing now.
Links: Inside Radio story (may not be there tomorrow) | Radio and Records (look for the ABC FM News story)


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