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  • 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 Radio Opportunity

    I’ve written about this here before. I just wrote a letter to the editor of RadioWorld, the trade publication, trying to be positive about radio, in the midst of its apparent creative destruction period. An excerpt: I believe a real opportunity exists in steel-tower radio for a new kind of operator: the hometown broadcaster. Notice, […]

  • Choked Channel.

    Clear Channel Radio has sent out orders to its managers to cut more costs, immediately, like:  “all research monies after 2/1. All advertising and promotion monies after 2/1. All new sales hire guarantees not already implemented, effective immediately (do NOT hire any additional salespeople, effective immediately). All new hires budgeted but not hired, effective immediately […]

  • ARBITRON’S PEOPLE METER IN THE DITCH

    Enough radio biggies have raised enough Cain now, so Arbitron, the radio ratings monopoly, has delayed the rollout of its new electronic listening-spy gadget. In its initial outings, some stations that appeal to young adults digitally lost their audiences. Arbitron’s been trying desperately to juggle their samples to try to keep the customers simply peeved […]

  • RADIO RATINGS GO DIGITAL. UH OH.

    Now, instead of filling out diaries about your radio listening, Arbitron asks selected people to carry a gadget that listens to your radios and reports back automatically to the master computer. This is supposed to be better for radio and its advertisers, because it cuts out the middle-memory–your suspect recollection of what station you listened […]

  • PAY FOR PLAYS; RADIO TRIES TO FIGHT IT OFF.

    As long as radio stations have played records, they’ve been paying royalties to songwriters, through ASCAP and BMI, the music publishing collection agencies. Thanks to the storm stirred up by Internet song-trading, the artists and the recorded music industry want to be paid by on-air radio too. Radio, of course, is trying to fight it […]

  • KNDO-TV LISTENS, GETS AN EARFUL; A CAUTIONARY TALE.

    I went to a community listening session put on by one of our Yakima (Washington) TV stations today–KNDO-TV–at a senior center, but others attended. I’d guess the attendee count at about twelve, almost matched by nine station employees–an impressive turnout by the station: the manager, news director, three sales managers, a sales assistant (She wrote […]

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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

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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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