Don't feel bad..Ted doesn't return ANY phone calls...you either get lucky and he answers the phone...or you don't.
PPM is more accurate than diary for sure...but the poor jocks in those markets are micro managed to death...I know I'd hate that.
The radio biz started to die during the Regan Administration, then the coffin nails were provided during the Clinton Administration...it would be nice to put the genie back in the bottle...I live in hope but I'm not holding my breath....
I used to work for WKBW in Buffalo in the 60's with Tommy Shannon and others.
It was high pressure Top 40 at it's height. They actually had an engineer in the control room, who took hand cues from the DJ. Real vinyl too. Cart machines had yet to arrive.
I've been away from the industry for so many years that if I walked into a station today, frankly, I wouldn't know what to do. The world changes so quickly.
Local radio isn't completely lacking. I'm a fan of hard rock, and to me that includes anything from the heavier psychedelic songs The Beatles performed all the way to the other side of the spectrum that includes Swedish melodic death metal. I personally have found that I really enjoy listening to KXCI in the wee hours of the am on their harder rocking days. If these guys aren't playing something I'm necessarily into, at least it's usually something I haven't heard thousands of times (are your ears ringing KLPX?) or at all.
Trying to cater to a select group of people with cookie cutter programming is the problem with radio, terrestrial and satellite, in my opinion. I personally will listen to a song that I don't much care for and even through a commercial break if I'm pretty sure something cool and/or rarely heard will be played soon. That's where KXCI is the clear winner. Radio personalities such as Dave, Ray, Roger Dodger and Julio (Best Of TW winner) are not cookie cutter corporate radio programming kooks; these are guys who enjoy what they play and try to honour requests when they have the material available to them. Yeah sure, I don't love every song I hear, but I'm almost guaranteed to not have to listen to "Freebird", "Renegade" or another song from AC/DC's Back in Black LP (are your ears ringing KLPX?) that's been pummeled to death.
Being stale is what is killing the terrestrial market. Sure, there are more options with satellite radio, but if you listen to the same stations enough eventually those get stale pretty quickly also. Tucson needs a commercial station that hearkens back to those free form days of the early 1970s (are your ears ringing KLPX?) to gain listener interest. I know I'll pay more attention if that happens and I can't imagine I'd be the only person who does so.
Local radio stations are the reason I chose to subscribe to Sirius/XM. I get the format I want without all the mindless chatter. Haven't missed any of the local djs.
I think that you need to do something on stories about radio of yesteryear. I have countless examples from kcky-coolidge, knot-prescott and ktti-yuma. Thats without going into kblu-yuma, kaff-flagstaff or knst-tucson. Lets talk
Radio is an outdated medium that should go away. And writing about it should as well. I rarely listen to over-the-air radio stations these days. If I do, it's NPR. Why should I put up with obnoxious personalities and endless commercials. If I want music, I head to the Internet. I pick the music I want and the music I enjoy. It responds instantly without a fee. Why should I give that up?
After working at KIIM-FM for over 6 years I agree and disagree with this article. I found that if the station has "live" talent and plays new and re-current stuff that they do quite well. I always had lots of phone calls and requests when I was on the air, which proved that the listeners were there. Their medium age were right on target as far as I could tell with the direction KIIM-FM was taking, lots of younger callers, and contest winners. In my own opinion after being in radio as an on-air personality, I find that the downfall of terrestrial radio will be the automation, known in the business now as voice-tracking. Unfortunately just about every station in Tucson does that now, most 24/7 except for the most listened to stations such as KIIM-FM, KRQQ, etc. It's pretty obvious when the "book" comes out that that is exactly the trend in listening. The listeners will be there when there is live and local talent and interaction with the community. When the station is just a jukebox, then people, even older people such as myself will use the input plug in the car and listen to the Ipod, MP3 player or whatever.
Radio is just an outdated appliance. All radio does is deliver audio content that is outdated and quite frankly, terrible.
For excellent, high quality, ground breaking content that looks, smells, feels and (probably) tastes like radio, you've got to go to the internet. Tom Leykis and his New Normal Network is probably the best example of this conversion, but there are certainly others out there.
The longer that I live in the Old Pueblo, the more former residents from the Keystone State I meet. Welcome to another Steelers fan...
Just Sayin': Our comment review system shows the IP address of the poster next to the comment. From dealing with user comments for two years or so, I happen to know the Star's address, but I did double-check out of curiosity.
Those of us who know 'what really happened THIS time to Rob Guarino at KVOA' don't want to waste our breath on that POS. I'm hoping no one else does either.
Tracing the IP address of the message's origination seems to contravene your premise that 'under normal circumstances that's pretty tame stuff'. If not, then why run the I.P. address?
Not affiliated with ADS, nor do I know who posted the mean-spirited comment. Just sayin'....
And what really happened THIS time to Rob Guarino at KVOA?
Do you remember maybe 20 years ago when the KVOA reporter tried to do a story about over-worked and under-paid nurses, but couldn't quite get the combination right. After they cut back to Patty, an "Oh, f***" was heard loud and clear in the background.
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