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  • White Space

    Both Google and Microsoft are pressuring the FCC to allow a new class of wi-fi communications in the space to be vacated by U.S. TV stations when they go digital in 2009. I can tell you the TV people, much less the radio guys, never dreamed their spectrum space would ever be coveted for anything […]

  • 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 […]

  • And…we’re back.

    My self-pitying tone of the other day notwithstanding, I’ve decided I’m not shutting down Marconi Dreams, the blog. It’s a good mental health device. I’m going to post here every day, if I think I have something readable to write. Because I care about your mental health, too. Speaking of which, I’m convinced that radio […]


    Here’s an article from BBC, about a radio station’s new digital ability to send stuff to little screens. Like song-and-artist readouts on my Sirius satellite radio. Some of the stuff they’re talking about and even experimenting with — in Britain, where digital radio is already big — is pretty close to, well, TV. With digital […]


    I did my post for today on his blog. This is the guy who started Inside Radio, which was the first and last new-media innovation in the radio business: a fax, back in the 80s. He was the trade pub guy the radio business loved to hate. He spoke truth to power. He sold out […]

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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