Bill Randal....what a boring comment....jeez, just go with it.
KFMA was better without a morning show; much better when they play music, not pointless banter.
The 'Death Of Radio' has been wrongly reported for at least the 55 years I've been in it. It's still here, and will be for some time. All of your satellite and 'On Line' services cannot supply LOCAL NEWS, road conditions, and on and on. They will not (cannot) carry the local high scjhool basketball games. Or a dirtinctly LOCAL talk show. (Buckmaster, on KVOI, for example.)
Radio is not dying, but it IS being hurt by National Corporate ownership. A New York based corporation pays no attention to your local station, but insists that it show a profit, while carrying the 'network' approved shows. That's not always easy.
Austraila, Phoenix, and now Tucson.
Career slide for sure. But that's ok because radio is dying anyway.
Last week's column was about local print media as well as the local TV stations, but it was all mocking. So we get radio, radio, radio, and even then usually just personnel changes and positive stories (or at least written in an explanatory way when it's radio and not necessarily positive), and then when other media are covered it's all sarcastic. And now we move out of town completely to a story about ASU.
considering they can't read up there, kinda surprised they had a paper in the first place...
It's usually radio, radio, radio. Now it's a Tempe school newspaper.
Have I missed something, or is there no longer any interest in television media reporting? Just asking...
Local news is dying. Unfortunately, the tv stations don't realize it or they would attempt to change the model.
They won't and it will die.
Now another reason not to listen to the drone of jt harris(ment)
My favorite is the menacing music played during Channel 4s "investigation" reports.
TV sweeps month is a crock. They (newsroom management) gin up ideas and then try to build stories around them, mostly specious.
In his defense, John does an excellent job reading press releases and fiscal reports.
"I'd consider watching more local news..." - Shuster
The fact that you are, for some mysterious reason, the Weekly's "Media Columnist" but you you readily admit you don't watch much local news speaks volumes about this column, John.
And who could forget KGUN's "exploding toilet" story? Sweeps are fun!
Radio in general is dead. It's an outdated method of distributing content. AM, FM, it's ALL dead. iheartmedia, aka Clear Channel, has not earned a profit since 2008(!!!). That's SEVEN years. Their best quarter since 2008 was Q2 2010 when they showed a net loss of $204.2 MILLION. Don't believe me? Go look at their 10K filings.
How can ANYONE say radio is NOT dead? You're having people pay to go on a dying, nearly obsolete medium? I'd be terrified of taking financial advice from ANYONE going on the radio and having to pay for their own time. That's downright scary.
Music on AM radio? What is this? 1950?
And there are people who insist that AM radio is dead. Well, the competition here for a useable time and day HERE is pretty stiff! I suspect that the "AM IS DEADers" are from big cities where they can't get a slot, and so want to condemn the whole thing. Even MUSIC is not bad on AM if you have a really good radio to listen with!
It's all about money.
"...bringing some things back to the Weekly..."
Yup. Nothing like looking at the Weekly on line, and seeing Danehy atop the sex toys on the index page.
It's like the earlier versions of the print Weekly, when you first opened to the back pages to laugh and snicker at the "dating" advertisements.
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