Want to get a feel for how radio people think? Read Sean Ross’s tribute (here) to a now-legendary country station, KPLX Dallas. Sean’s a fine writer, formerly with Billboard, and he’s a radio fan-journalist in the top tier — one of two or three. He now works for one of the major radio biz research companies. You have to be an radio insider to get his references, and that’s his audience — radio guys. Trust me: this article captures all the stuff radio pros value. But the most telling feature of this Web page is the endless string of comments by, mostly, the people Sean’s written about, and, inevitably, the clash of electronic egos. Radio people love their legends, and their history. Don’t try to break into this narrative with news that the Internet is slowly but surely eating their meticulously prepared lunch. The assumption that they’re still in control of the music and its fans will die hard.


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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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