Category: AM/FM

Idea? “Local” Morning News from Another City. Brilliant!

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I’m sure you’ve read the media trades where consultants and experts say listeners, viewers and readers want authenticity, they want “real.” The unbelievable claims of being “the best” or “the most” doesn’t cut it with media savvy consumers anymore. But, radio? It just keeps on keeping on, ignoring consumer needs, wants and demands and continues…

There’s “Excitement” Over Limbaugh’s New Stations

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A number of people seem to be “excited” about Rush Limbaugh’s new radio homes in Indianapolis and Boston.  I just don’t believe Rush is. In Indianapolis, the heritage news/talk radio station is WIBC.  Most radio geeks, me included, remember the bigger than life top-of-the-hour ID voiced by Chuck Riley. “Radio Indiana. (sfx) W-I-B-C Indianapolis.”  …

The Business of Being Rush Limbaugh

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After news broke about the Rush Limbaugh Show getting kicked to the curb by WRKO-AM in Boston, Nielsen radio market #10, I received about a dozen emails asking when I was going to comment.  So, here goes. First, understand the “business of business is business” and the “business of money is money.”  And it’s money…

Radio’s PPM “Voltair is not fair!” Or is it?

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I’ve been reading a lot about the Telos/25-7 Systems’ Voltair “black box” that some claim gives an unfair advantage to radio stations trying to game Nielsen’s PPM methodology.  The box allegedly increases the chances the embedded PPM “watermark” on a station’s signal will be detected on a panelist’s meter. Is the Voltair unfair?  I guess…

AM Radio Put on Death Row with IHM Tower Sale – Something No One is Talking About

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Mark Twain, the legendary American writer and humorist said, “Buy land, they’re not making anymore.” History has shown the wealthiest in the world today and throughout history gained significant wealth by acquiring land. The world’s royalty have wealth because of large land holdings.  Many commoners today and in history gained and held their wealth through…

700WLW’s Jim Scott Says Goodbye

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Days before Jim Scott announced his retirement my telephone rang.  On the other end of the telephone was that friendly and commanding voice.  “Darryl!  It’s Jim Scott!”  That’s the way his calls always began.  He called to tell me he was retiring and wanted me to know before I found out through others.  We spoke…

Rush Limbaugh’s Fall Into Oblivion

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In reality I’m a humble sort and “not that kind of guy.”  So… Today’s talk radio, as we know it, is fast fading into the sunset because of a format stuck with 1990’s rhetoric, each day addressing topics few care about.  A constant right-wing political drumbeat that no longer resonates.  A format where its practitioners…

Talk Radio – Becoming the Weekend Laxative for Octogenarians

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I’m in my mid 50’s and I used to laugh when people said it sucks getting old.  It does!  Stiffies aren’t as stiff.  You’re up 5 and 6 times a night to pee.  And “regular” is no longer “regular,” if you know what I mean. Spending time in the privacy of the privy gives one…

Racine’s Don Rosen Fired After 24 Years – Outrageous Way He was “Right-Sized.”

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Radio, media and broadcasting have always been a tough business.  You’re only as good as your last ratings book and the revenues of the business.  Thus, my “Rule #1: Ratings and Revenue.” If you don’t understand this, chances are you’re doomed. But, with all the changes in recent years, the lay-offs still have come with…

iHeart Media to Fire a Third of Who’s Left?

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That’s what radio industry watchdog Jerry Del Colliano of Inside Music Media.com is reporting.  With indigestion from Thanksgiving feasts just starting to wane, his latest blog is sure to cause more heartburn for thousands of people and their families. Let’s face it.  It is what’s expected in the halls at Clear Channel iHeart Media offices across…