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  • Another voice. A little more positive.

    Sean Ross is a former radio trade publication editor and reporter who now works for a radio research company. He has a blog called The Infinite Dial, in which he tiptoes along the frayed tightwire of comment on a fractured industry and its many issues. In his latest post he does a pretty skillful balancing […]

  • 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 […]


    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 […]


    If you’re a radio business fan — that is, more than a listener — there are now two sources of trade news that are worth a darn. Tom Taylor, longtime editor of Inside Radio (always radio’s feistiest daily news fax), left that publication earlier this year and has now emerged with his own name on […]


    I was driving around my sometimes town yesterday, listening to KING-FM, Seattle’s unique (partly because it’s the city’s only) classical station. You too can hear it at KING.org. It was afternoon drive time and Sean MacLean was the host. A selection ended and Sean said, “Oh, here’s our program director, Bryan Lowe.” Lowe then proceeded […]

  • Want to talk about radio?

    This is a Website about radio — radio broadcasting, that is, mainly in the United States. I’m a former U.S. radio professional. I’m writing, I hope, contemporary constructively critical and informative posts and opinions about radio. There are lots of sites about radio of one kind or another on the Web. what strikes me is, […]

  • Recommended: Pogue on Internet radio sets.

    David Pogue, the New York Times‘s reader-friendly techie, stays right out on the bleeding edge of technology, and makes it fun, without a whiff of cyber-snobbery. Radio fans ought to read his new group review of the latest in Internet radio sets, in which we learn that the experience is moving toward acceptability. Link: Pogue’s […]

  • Review: Pure Jazz, Sirius Satellite Radio

    Sirius channel 72 is a good jazz station. It may be a great one. Radio and jazz haven’t made it together in the U.S., mostly. Jazz is an acquired taste, like avocados, or brussel sprouts, oysters. It asks more of its listener, more than classical music does, though its premise is simple: take a song, […]


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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