Category: AM/FM

“Brought To You By” an Out of Control Sales Department


Rule #1: “Ratings and Revenue.”  You may have heard me say this.  It’s something I really believe. Over the years listeners and special interest groups have accused me of various sins like programming to a certain political bias or producing programs that appeal to the lowest common denominator.  Both very true. The political bias (or…

Podcasting at Risk Because of Troll


I haven’t even gotten around to podcasting yet and I may be silenced before I start.  Will no one let my voice be heard? “Attica!  Attica!  Attica!”  (Look it up.  It’s from a famous Pacino movie.) I plan to podcast and distribute my thoughts via regularly scheduled “production of serialized or episodic content that can…

The First Amendment & Hate Speech


It was a Saturday morning a number of years ago and the radio station I programmed, WTVN in Columbus, had this talk show called “Saturday Morning Open Phones.”  Basically, conspiracy nuts called up to spew their seditious opinions to a disinterested host.  One weekend a caller suggested President Clinton should take a head shot.  Within…

The future viability of AM stations won’t be helped by FM translators for a simple reason.  They’re on FM.


– Darryl Parks