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  • 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 […]

  • A Sirius Chat

    A couple of weeks ago I got to talk by phone with the programmer who runs Pure Jazz 72, Sirius Satellite Radio’s 24-hour jazz station that, as the name implies, plays classic mainstream modern jazz. Jazz, traditionally identified as America’s only native artform (an assertion that might attract argument from certain other tribes), remains a […]

  • What he said, but…

    Jerry Del Colliano is writing about Last.fm today. They’ve just opened up their music library for free requests on demand, with ads. Jerry says they’ll fail with young people, because young music fans want to own their music. Could be. Jerry’s reacting to a Motley Fool commentary that claims Last.fm will kill broadcast music radio. […]

  • 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 […]

  • PANDORA: AN IDEA FOR RADIO PEOPLE TO STEAL…BACK

    At one time, disc jockeys were hired for their talent as entertainers, and their love of, and feel for, music. Pandora.com has taken the music idea and run with it. Pandora is the offspring of the Music Genome Project, where musicologists have developed a method of classifying recordings by their musical and performance characteristics. An […]

  • 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 […]

  • RADIO SCIENCE, OR, HOW GOOFY CAN YOU GET?

    This is from Tom Taylor’s Radio-Info.com newsletter, issue of today: At Edison Research, it’s time for Christmas music (testing). This is an update of the 600-title national test they did in 2004, which Edison says “found that listeners had very strong preferences in the Christmas music they liked and did not, preferences that in many […]

  • 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 […]

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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

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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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