I just updated the description of this Website’s purpose. I started out thinking this would be just a site about U.S. broadcast radio, which is where I started my so-called career. I’ve decided it ought to be a little broader, since, for one thing, “radio” isn’t a closed system anymore. Used to be you had to get a license from the U.S. FCC to be a radio broadcaster. Now you can just buy a computer and get connected to the Internet and, poof, you’re on the radio. In a time of disruptive digital media technologies, licensed steel-tower radio is looking like a shrinking world. In only a few years, the media world has opened wide and radio, already marginalized by television, now seems even narrower. The U.S. industry’s short-sightedness and its preoccupation with consolidating ownership and taking “real estate” profits has set its already stunted creativity even further back in the pack. HD Radio? Don’t make me laugh. Anyway, I’m broadening the world of this site, because not much new is happening in U.S. radio. Now I’ve got more to write about besides my disappointment and disgust with the state of radio in America.


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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?
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