Category: Radio

The Annual “Radio Show” That Accomplishes Nothing

It’s all very exciting. Each fall, old white guys in ill fitting suits, wrinkled button down collar shirts, unpolished shoes and ties fashionable in 1986, American radio broadcasters if you will, gather in a different city to discuss what’s right and wrong with the radio industry, discuss theories, drink a few beers and return home…

No “Salary” for Rush? What this means for local talk radio hosts.

  So, four more years is what — The release didn’t specify that. Because I told everybody involved I don’t want any terms announced. I have never, by the way, released that kind of information about my arrangement here. Those numbers have always come from other people. My parents, my dad  always told me, “you…

Why WLS in Chicago has a 1.9 Share

50,000 watts.  Major League Baseball.  And the ratings are shit. You might ask why?  I believe I have the answer. When breaking news (or weather) happens, people are looking for information.  People that may never have listened to a station are tuning in wanting to know what’s happening around them. Think back almost 15 years…

Radio Industry’s Fake Outrage Over KGO

People are outraged.  People are sad.  People are in shock.  People are now, finally, speaking up over the execution of one of America’s former great and “heritage” stations, KGO-AM in San Francisco. Why now?  What happened last week to KGO has been happening to radio stations, personalities, talk hosts, support personnel and news staffs for…

What Happens to Talk Radio in November?

Translation: If you’re going down, you might as well go down in a memorable way. Donald Trump sure is memorable and the same could have been said about talk radio some 20 years ago. Conservative talk radio and the Republican party are connected, once again trying to energize their common “base.”  Each are equally disconnected…

AM “Revitalization” Destroying AM Radio

Bob Pittman, the head of iHeart Media, said this when announcing the company’s name change from Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. I can’t imagine former Clear Channel CEO Randy Michaels ever saying something like this. Ouch. It’s going on three years since the Federal Communication Commission (F.C.C.) announced plans for “AM Revitalization.”  Then, late last year, the…

Radio’s Big 20th Anniversary (of Being Sold Out!)

February 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. There are no planned celebrations.  No parades.  No planned parties.  You’d think someone, somewhere would have popped open a bottle of Dom Perignon by now.  But, nothing.  Not even from those who lined their pockets and are clearly to blame for tearing the…

Black Radio Stations Matter

The immutable “Rule #1 – It’s about ratings and revenue.”  If you don’t accept this, you’re doomed. Each fall, the big media companies go through budgeting for the new year.  The companies look to see who they can fire even at their successful stations.  A standard exercise is being asked to “rank” employees.  Thinking managers…