HD Radio got a lot of attention at the Computer Electronics Show. Uh huh. Now there’s considerable buzz about the new “song tagging” feature they’re talking about adding to car radios. Radio stations encode digital info about songs they’re playing. The listener can push a button on his radio and save the information, so he can, uh, buy the song later from ITunes. Great, no? Ahem, doesn’t this apply to, like, new songs? Can you imagine somebody in 2008, suddenly getting the urge to buy Hotel California by the Eagles? These are the developments radio station people grasp with their cold, sweaty hands, between trying to float refi deals or sell off stations to try to get their stock prices above $1.49. Every day I surf the trade news and listen to my AM-FM for some sign of a fresh commitment to a, uh, fresh idea. There’ll be no massive collapse here. But I see nothing ahead but a long glide.


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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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