I’m writing a novel about a radio guy, and radio guys are living in a novel. About now, they’re living the part where the whole world is falling apart. What should happen next is, the hero defeats the villain and the clouds start to roll away. Sorry, in this novel, no guarantee is offered that a happy ending will follow. However, this is the year of the Great Collapse. Maybe the new financial world will produce a great de-consolidation for America’s radio stations. It’s still a good business, ruined, for the moment, by the 12-year Hubris Era of Wall Street. I really expect radio to survive and thrive. More to come.


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hertzsketch1
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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PALEY-S
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?
Wikipedia: Paley
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