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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • AM FADING OUT?

    The AM radio band shriveled when FM became the preferred music radio venue. Even “AM stereo” failed to catch fire. Then Rush Limbaugh breathed new life into the original low-fi band with his broadsword wit and forked tongue. Nevertheless, AM didn’t develop any other tricks, even though the many original news and talk stations have […]

  • LISTENING: LIMBAUGH

    Talk radio, except for the lame Air America nonsense, is all conservative bluster. Air America’s lame because they’ve tried applying the Rush Bluster Format to some kind of liberal mindset. Who ever heard of blustering liberals? Anyway, Rush Limbaugh invented the current style of gravel-throated talk radio, and he’s riding high this week on a […]

  • AND ANOTHER THING, WASH POST, BONNEVILLE…

    I’m still mad about the half-assed attempt you guys made on Washington Post Radio. (See previous post for details and links.) In retrospect, it sounds like one of those enterprises nobody but the guys at the top wanted. And they didn’t want it enough. It sounded unfocused, and nobody got around to really troubleshooting. Putting […]

  • WASHINGTON POST RADIO; A JUNIOR HIGH TRY

    Definitely not a college try. Bonneville, one of the better radio companies, and the Washington Post, one of the better newspapers, put together a radio station about 18 months ago in DC. WTWP was an attempt to bring the talent of the Post to the air on a daily basis. Next month the attempt ends, […]

  • BIG NEWS

    I’ve been trying, but it’s increasingly difficult to keep irony from dripping into my writing when I start a post for this site. In today’s radio trade news, one of the major stories is the introduction of ABC FM News, a new service of the radio network of, presumably, hourly or half-hourly newscasts to be […]

  • 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 […]

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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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