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  • What he said.

    I’m thinking of folding up this site. Or, at least the blog part. Which, right now, is all there is. Every day I open up my email and find Jerry Del Colliano, giving the radio business (and the music biz, while he’s at it) an ice-water enema. Excuse my coarseness. They need it. Maybe we […]

  • 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 […]

  • PUNCH OR WHEEZE? EXTREMES ARE ALL WE GET FROM RADIO.

    I’m telling you…it’s either one thing or the other. Nothing in between. Listen to any U.S. commercial radio station (possible exception: Christian stations). What you’re going to get is pressure. Charisma. Energy. Beautiful music radio stations are gone — thought to be beyond geriatric; to advertisers, everybody dies at 49. Every American commercial station is […]

  • GREAT MARKETING, GOOD THINKING. COULD RADIO GET ITS MOJO BACK?

    InsideRadio.com has an article today that gives me hope–when stuff like radio consultant John Mainelli’s piece on true “young guy talk” formats can get published in the most read radio trade pub, maybe somebody out there in radio management is close to being ready to listen. First, the article is cleverly marketed–as if Mainelli were […]

  • AGING NPR

    It’s been three years since National Public Radio attempted to drop-kick Bob Edwards, Morning Edition‘s original voice, up to their atticus emeritus. Not as retiring as he always sounded, Bob launched a new career on XM Satellite Radio. Two years later, reruns of his XM show started appearing on local PRI affiliates, too, which are […]

  • Talk. Who’s listening?

    I dipped an ear into syndicated radio talk the other day, and almost lost a lobe. Bill O’Reilly, then Michael Savage. I knew I’d find it toxic. Should have known better. But I feel responsible to say something rational about it. Talk radio, I mean. See, most of the well-known talkers outside the big-big cities […]

  • The Ellen Trend?

    Ellen DeGeneres is the only entertainer who’s hit it big recently without exploiting potty-talk or meanness. She’s (gasp!) nice. One person doesn’t a trend make. But I can hope. And I do. Can you think of any others who aren’t Limbaugh-Savage-Hannity-Stern types? PS: This is a radio site, so I hasten to add as self-justification: […]

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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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