Category: AM Stations

“Toxic” Talk Show Hosts and “Toxic” Radio

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the world of any talk show host changed.  That was the day Rush Limbaugh verbally attacked Sandra Fluke on his show. In his commentary opining she wanted government to pay for her sexual activities he said, “What does that make her?  It makes her a slut, right?  It makes her…

New Show: Hurry! Before Your Audience Dies.

I received this through my LinkedIn account the other day. Interesting marketing angle.  Broadcast this show before your “1980’s talk host fans” take their last ride on the way to the cemetery. Not sure of the show’s long-term viability.  But, it got my attention and made me laugh. Looks like KFWB goes all sports in…

Talk Radio’s Ratings Disaster – Why Nothing Changes

I guess I hit close to home with my prior blog post on the Ratings Disaster that is today’s talk radio. The June PPM’s suck for talk radio.  Hell.  The diary markets coming in are bringing little joy.  And many in the talk radio industry just sit back and continue on autopilot with the same…

Ratings Disaster: Ignore It. Talk Radio Hoping It Goes Away

A few years ago, a talk host at a very “Big” (hint ONE) radio station told me, “I just want another 20 years.”  My reply, “20 years?  You’ve got 5.” I’m an optimistic guy by nature.  I always think positive, maybe to a fault.  I’m also a realist and a competitive son-of-a-bitch who has no…

A Peek Into Talk Radio’s Future

I was thinking about summer the other day.  I love summer.  Growing up in the Northeast and living most of my life there or in the Midwest, summers are very special.  The short summer is special because it ends.  Lasting memories can only be created when something stops, allowing one to remember with fondness.  I…

Ratings are your Report Card. Listening Talk Radio?

I can’t say this any clearer. Ratings are your report card.  Nothing else matters. Associated Press awards don’t matter.  A plaque from a local charity for community service work, while nice, doesn’t matter either.  Nielsen numbers are what matters.  With higher ratings, come higher revenues.  It’s what I call “Rule #1 – Ratings and Revenue.”…

Talk Radio Forgot What it Learned When O.J. Killed Two People

20 years ago, on the night of June 17, 1994, my wife Kathie was flying to meet me in Buffalo.  After watching O.J. Simpson attempt his run for the border only to be met with cheering crowds on interstate overpasses and TV cameras bolted to helicopters, I sped to the airport, ran down to the…

“Holy Cow.” Cubs Gone From WGN.

God bless them. Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse and Lou Boudreau just rolled over in their graves. WGN Radio will no longer broadcast the Chicago Cubs. This is big. I speak from experience few people in the radio industry have.  I am one of the few who has managed and programmed a station that is a…

Hypocrisy in Radio’s Battle Over Performance Royalties

Historically, record companies, its labels and performers have had a pretty good deal with radio. Radio gives the labels free advertising for their songs, while the labels give radio the tunes to play free of charge, excluded music licensing fees that pay composers. A quid pro quo as they say in Latin. Or as they…

Radio Takes a LONG Holiday Weekend

Each Memorial Day weekend downtown Cincinnati is home to a HUGE gathering of people.  It’s our community’s way of saying adios to winter and kicking off a summer filled with festivals, socializing with friends and neighbors, eating and drinking beer.  Lots of beer. This past weekend “Taste of Cincinnati” celebrated its 36th annual party on…