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  • MY NEW TAGLINE

    I just updated the description of this Website’s purpose. I started out thinking this would be just a site about U.S. broadcast radio, which is where I started my so-called career. I’ve decided it ought to be a little broader, since, for one thing, “radio” isn’t a closed system anymore. Used to be you had […]

  • 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 […]

  • DIGITAL NIGHT SOUNDS — A NEW BUG FOR AM RADIO.

    We’re in the midst of a digital revolution in all media, and radio is no exception. You’re hearing about “HD Radio.” But not hearing much of it yet, because U.S radio is just now switching over to digital broadcasting, and the price of a digital radio receiver is still ridiculous. But these are not the […]

  • NEWS ALERT: WSJ INTERVIEWS NPR PRESIDENT KEN STERN.

    Pretty much a nice PR interview. Not much to challenge here. Just about the only radio CEO who would get this treatment…or that any major business publication would find interesting. WSJ makes this available free on the Web today. LINK: “NPR Chief Ken Stern Rides the Airwaves”

  • 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 […]

  • APPRECIATING FARK.

    Fark.com is a news-surfing Website devoted to finding and pointing at strange and goofy news items. It earned its founder, Drew Curtis, a following and, ultimately, a book, which I’m happy to join Jack Shafer of Slate in promoting here. In his article today, Shafer praises Drew’s book as an effective indictment of the news […]

  • WHERE DO YOU GO FOR NEW MUSIC? WHY, THE NEWSPAPER, OF COURSE.

    Thanks to Tom Taylor, whose newsletter steered me to this post from Web consultant Mel Taylor (no relation), who tells about the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s new new-music Website. He says: TV and Newspaper are getting into the local, online music space in a substantial way. Why? Maybe there’s a hole in most markets for a […]

  • A HOLE IN THE MARKET

    Say what? “There’s a hole in the market” is something radio people have long said to each other when figuring out how to compete with other stations in their towns. Like: a city has no country station, so you consider changing your third-rock-station-in-town to country, a no-competition position. There are some format holes in lots […]

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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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