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  • Radio guys, talking trash.

    Want to get a feel for how radio people think? Read Sean Ross’s tribute (here) to a now-legendary country station, KPLX Dallas. Sean’s a fine writer, formerly with Billboard, and he’s a radio fan-journalist in the top tier — one of two or three. He now works for one of the major radio biz research […]

  • The History of Radio in One Post

    A couple of weeks ago I had the quaint idea to write the history of radio in MarconiDreams blog posts. Watching the business side of American radio huff and puff toward implosion, I’ve decided there really isn’t that much to it. I think I can do it in one post. Here goes: Heinrich Hertz and […]

  • 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 […]


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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


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