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  • News Break, ala MarconiDreams.com

    This just in: I’m sitting here listening to Dinah Washington on my computer, from Last.fm. They just rolled out free on-demand listening by artist. Just go to the site and type in an artist’s name, and bingo, you’re listening to that artist. You only get one track at a time, and there’ll be an on-screen […]

  • RADIO IN 2008; WHO KNOWS?

    I really don’t see the point of writing a hopeful post about American commercial radio. If you follow the radio trades (see a list in my right column), you’ll find the recent buzz was all about Clear Channel‘s seeming company-wide, country-wide firings of seasoned, successful employees — local radio stars in some of the major […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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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