Category: FM Stations

Talkers.com – AM is the Future of Radio? Say WHAT?

I looked.  Then I looked again.  I rubbed my eyes.  And looked a third time.  Is this a parody from The Onion?  Am I really reading this correctly? No.  This isn’t from Talkers, the industry trade publication’s archives in 1965.  This is from Talkers, the industry trade publication in August 2014! To quote the boxed…

Rush Exiled to AM in Pittsburgh – Another FM Bails on Talk Radio

I picture this scene, something like you would see in the “Godfather,” as the family is gathered together for business. The room is dimly lit and decorated with dark wood walls.  The carpet is thick and the paintings are oils from the Italian Renaissance era.  The furniture is hand crafted 19th Century Gilded Age. Grouped…

“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…

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…

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.”…

“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…