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I agree with Andy on Alpha Media. They are just an upcoming version of Clear Channel. From what I have observed, the creative, entertaining version of radio has left the building. They are doing nothing to attract the millennials. So, the future of radio really depends on whether they can maintain a sizeable listenership to generate revenues. At this point I would say broadcast radio is not a viable product. When top 40 hit the air waves, it was new, different. When Bill Drake introduced Boss Radio, it was different. If you look at the desired demos for advertisers, things like the Daily Show is what attracts an audience. If you had a Jon Stewart doing a radio show, you could probably develop a decent audience. The only way radio can survive is to become entertaining, once again. So, we’ll just have to wait and see if there is some talent oriented broadcast group willing to take a chance, spend some money on talent , and go for it balls out. Here’s hoping someone will.August 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm in reply to: Who Listens to the HD-1, HD2, or even HD-3 Channels #12914
I used to listen to HD channels in my truck, until I got a smart phone and started streaming through an fm converter. Lots more to choose from on the internet than locally on FM HD channels.
WSNL (WTAC when I was a kid) in Flint, Michigan still is directional day and night. They are at 600khz, 3 towers days with 440 watts and 2 towers nights at 250 watts. THey had a pretty good coverage of the market, ground conductivity is very high in Michigan, also I think all the water helps, too.
The reason back in the 70’s for hyping or speeding up records was to give the station a more fast paced, up sound. Also it let you play an extra song an hour. In Grand Rapids, the engineer replaced the capstans in the control room turntables to ones that were over-sized. I think it increased the speed of the record 2.5-3%. For those of us that grew up listening to theses records at a faster than normal speed, they just don’t sound the same on the oldies stations. If I were programming an oldies 60’s and 70’s station, I would definitely speed up the music.
The music mix does need a lot of improvement. I’ve used the automation program they’re using. It works really well, but it can’t make music decisions based on rotations. When I was a jock, a big part of the job was to make sure one song flowed into the next. That meant you didn’t play the Rolling Stones “Satisfaction” next to the Carpenters “Close To You”. You needed to bridge those songs with maybe 2 other songs that would keep the flow going. Today, that isn’t done. Everyone relies on the computer to determine the rotations, and it does sound terrible!
Heard Craig Adams on the air, think it was Saturday. Sounded great. Would be nice to hear more dj’s on the air live on KISN -LP
I emailed the programming department at KOIN, and this was the reply: “Thank you for the email. I’m sorry to let you know that I’m not able to talk about what our plans for the 6.2 are. Hopefully we will have some news about that after May.”March 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm in reply to: Clear Channel / I Heart posts a quarterly loss of $309.2 million #7524
Looking at their financial statement as of September, 2014 they are in deep debt. Assets are at $14 billion, Debt is $22 billion. That is a big gap! I can’t see any way they could increase their sales to service that debt. Selling off assets won’t help with that much debt. Only thing I can see happening is an eventual bankruptcy. I think they have cut overhead to the bone by now.
Getting a pretty good signal in Happy Valley, near Causey and Stevens Rd.Being up this high does have it’s advantages. Just heard Neil diamond “Song Sung Blue”
LPFM stations are authorized for noncommercial educational broadcasting only, according to the FCC. I would consider the Boss radio, top 40 era as definitely being an important part of radio’s history. I think that showcasing that time period in radio broadcasting would definitely fall under the category of educational. A side benefit of LPFM is that it would be reducing the cost of streaming. I see no problem with that. From what I understand, this station is not selling advertising. Best of luck, and if you need some help, I’d be glad to dust off my headphones and play the hits a few hours a week.January 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm in reply to: High School Students + FOX = hilarious, lucid win! #5835
I think these students are a lot smarter than most Fox viewers. The reason they went after Fox is because fox insulted them with lies about their community and their state. What a great project for students to pursue. This is truly educating students in questioning what they hear and verifying the facts. They did a great job showing how young people can do research and come to un-biased conclusions. Congratulations on Vermont’s educational system for getting it right!
I looked at the station’s packet back in July. Sales were really weak, the owner had been the sales team. After his death sales dropped considerably. I think the major problem with buying this station is that there are too many serving that area. Ohana owns five stations in the market, covering news/talk, country, classic rock, classic country, and a we play everything station. And there are a couple independents in the mix, too. Lots of money spent in the area in the summer, but it’s mostly tourist money. Actual populations is pretty low for that area. I think their potential for earnings would increase considerably doing a 70-80’s oldies format. There alternative format only works well in larger markets. Be interesting to see what the new owners do with this station. I wish them all the best.
Sorry, yes it’s KQCB, licensed to Cannon Beach.
SOLD WITH CONTRACT PREP UNDERWAY. Oregon Coast FM with FM1 Booster: Due to a death in the family, this Class C3 facility is now available. Terms will be considered subject to buyer qualifications. Station has an excellent reputation in the market, loyal staff, but now needs a new owner who can bring sales and service back to previous levels. Asking price is $210,000 w/Seller financing. The Station and Booster serve three unique and distinct communities that are outstanding. Good office/studio facilities in the heart of the downtown action and plenty of room to expand it you’d like. This is a perfect opportunity for a mom ‘n’ pop and/or first station. Call for more details: 805.769.8511