The past ten years have been earthshaking for the U.S. radio business. Not only did Internet and satellite radio emerge and get huge…not only did Napster, ITunes and the IPod remake the way we acquire and enjoy music, but American commercial radio mostly changed its financial and management structure. Now there’s a revolution in the way the monopoly radio ratings company measures on-air radio listening. Has all this upheaval changed the way you use radio? Or have you noticed it at all?

No doubt, for all the talk of radio’s irrelevance, dullness, etc., etc., radio is still the invisible media giant–listenership is still vast and business is great. I’ve written my share of that negative talk, but the erosion of radio’s audience and ad revenues is still minor. I know the readership of this blog isn’t vast–it isn’t even half-vast–but I’d like to know if there are radio fans on the Web who follow the medium closely. Not just Howard Stern or Opie and Anthony fans. Radio fans. Leave me a comment, or write me an email. Thanks in advance.


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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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STERN-3
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?
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