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  • Radio people, talking about sincerity.
    What a concept.

    My friend Jaye Albright, one of the leading country radio consultants, asks in her blog today, could there be a trend afoot, away from sarcasm, toward sincerity? Ever the radio implementer, Jaye asks, in a Facebook post, “Does uplifting material create more buzz than sarcasm?” You can read her post here. I was moved to […]

  • Pandora.com — the new music radio.

    Sorry about that fan-boy futurist headline. Radio people have had enough of such obituarial provocations, I’m sure. But…if you’re part of radio’s research-ratings-driven music complex, just read this New York Times report on Pandora, which started out, not as an advertising play, but a music-discovery machine. Not so suddenly, Pandora has become a $50 million-a-year […]

  • I’m back again.

    I just got mad all over again about what’s happened to radio. So I’m gonna post again here, occasionally. American commercial broadcast radio is still producing cash flow, while it struggles to refinance its ridiculously bankrupt, failed stock-play business model. Meanwhile its still-profitable-but-hopelessly irrelevant operating model loses skin cells by the trillions every broadcast minute. […]

  • Not news…

    The New York Times reports the Wall Street buzz on Clear Channel. [LINK]

  • Bankruptcy. Why not?

    President Obama has announced a save-Chrysler plan that includes a bankruptcy filing. Gasp. But wait. This bankruptcy is part of a plan in which virtually all of Chrysler’s stakeholders (love that word), the people, banks, and organizations who have a stake in the survival and success of Chrysler, are volunteering to take a huge hit, […]

  • Another purge day for radio, and a touch of hope.

    Clear Channel Radio, the General Motors of the radio station business, axed more employees today. As Jerry Del Colliano, the Jeremiah of radio, pointed out this week, CC is beating the drum for what they say is their “local” campaign, while chopping local station staffs and increasing the delivery of networked radio shows from out […]

  • Preston Trombley. Best Classical Host

    I haven’t heard them all, but for me, Preston Trombley is the gold standard of classical radio hosts. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, he’s only heard on SiriusXM satellite radio, on the “Symphony Hall” channel. He’s a composer himself, and he speaks with the voice of a deep familiar. Not only […]

  • On the Road with SiriusXM, and Fear

    Only a few years ago, the radio business quaked in fear of satellite radio. It wasn’t quaking, exactly, about Internet radio. It was too busy shivering in the IPod cold. Of course, American radio had already frozen out the (new) music business, hurting itself much more than the ‘Pod ever could, but that’s another story. […]


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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