As long as radio stations have played records, they’ve been paying royalties to songwriters, through ASCAP and BMI, the music publishing collection agencies. Thanks to the storm stirred up by Internet song-trading, the artists and the recorded music industry want to be paid by on-air radio too. Radio, of course, is trying to fight it off–claiming, somewhat incredibly, that they’ll just go out of business if they have to add one more expense. And, emotionally, how can the music biz be so ungrateful for all the free exposure radio’s been giving artists and record companies all these years. Well, maybe. But radio has unilaterally strangled that romance by limiting the trickle of new music to the air since the Seventies. Most music buyers are motivated by TV show appearances and the Internet these days. Once again, by acting defensive and succumbing to its raging case of denial, radio skids backward into oblivion. You’ll hear more about this fight when Lyle Lovett speaks to Congress on the subject — see this in the Washington Post.


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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.
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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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