Category: Radio Stations

iHeartMedia – Great Move! But, Gone are “Clear Channel” and AM Radio

Well I guess radio station lobbies will need some new signage! The name Clear Channel has been thrown on the heap of now gone radio companies.  Jacor, AM/FM, Taft, Citicasters, Citadel, Clear Channel.  All gone.  We’ll now only get to remember the “good old days” of Clear Channel, just like when we watch the DVD…

Limbaugh, Hannity Tossed into San Francisco Bay by Own Company

I learned very early on in radio, the people you pass on the way up are the same people you pass on the way down.  So when you’re above them you better not pee on them and call it a gentle spring rain.   “Despite all the spin and propaganda it was my decision to fire…

WRNO-FM New Orleans – No Longer “Rush Radio”

FM’s recently taken away in Pittsburgh and Cedar Rapids.  His station’s ratings in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago in the tank.  And now his name being purged from a station moniker in New Orleans. How much more can Rush Limbaugh’s ego take? I say this as a joke, because once you have a reported…

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…

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…

Cable News Audiences Get Even Older

As I write this on July 7, 2014, I am exactly 2 months from becoming irrelevant.  In just 8 weeks I turn 55.  I will be leaving the coveted “Persons 25-54” demographic, the age group considered key by most advertisers.  Oh well, this aging Baby Boomer did have some fun in the previous 3 plus…