Where’s The Website? Where’s The Listeners?

I’ve been noticing a horrible trend the past few weeks with some recent format changes. Many new stations are launching with either no web presence or simply retaining their former one. By no means is it expected to see a full-fledged website just as much as we don’t expect most new stations to launch with a full airstaff. For there not to be some sort of splash page with a logo, basic contact info, and streaming audio (if available) is just making it that much harder for word of mouth to generate about your station. Or you can just keep sending your potential new listeners to us (or your competition). Let’s take a look at some examples with the help of Google.

The Strange Saga of Chicago Sports Webio

You may have seen ads on RadioInsight over the past few months for, the internet sports talker founded by former WSCR morning host Mike North and David Hernandez. Early last week rumors started swirling that the webcaster would soon add a traditional AM simulcast. By Friday, North, his wife, and Jeff Schwartz another partner in the site were fired by Hernandez after North questioned why paychecks were bouncing. The story got stranger over the weekend as the FBI and SEC announced that Hernandez had prior convictions and was under a criminal investigation that led to the discovery that Hernandez was running a Ponzi scheme. As of this writing he is reportedly missing and ChicagoSportsWebio will shut down later today, while North’s morning show will continue its TV...Read More

New York Shuffle

Not since 1996 has there been a shakeup in New York City radio much like we’ve seen so far in 2008. New PD’s have been installed at WBLS, WLTW, WWPR, and WRKS. The PD’s at WXRK, WCBS, and WWFS have been let go with no replacements named as of yet. The GM of WXRK resigned. WKTU and WCAA have new morning shows. WQCD flipped. A Low-powered TV signal will debut as a full-fledged radio station this week with some well-known names in the market. In 1996, the format changes at WAXQ, WPAT, and WYNY were brought on by station sales as consolidation took hold. Now, we’re seeing the effects of consolidation’s wrath. Having to answer to stockholders more than listeners as radio became big business, costs were cut. The days of one staff per station have given way to one pe...Read More

Bonneville Launches Seattle News/Blog Site

Leveraging the power of the internet for broadcast radio’s use is something that the industry has been fighting for years. While the majority of commercial radio seemingly fears what the internet means to its way of life, a select few are finding ways to integrate on-air content with online content. One such example is Bonneville’s Seattle cluster, which has merged the sites of News/Talk 710 KIRO, Talk 770 KTTH, and Classic Hits 97.3 KBSG into one site located at MyNorthwest has built a blog network out of the local on-air hosts of the stations, but the best feature may be the integration of KIRO’s on-air news reports into local headlines. They are also making archives of their talk shows available in MP3 form. It’s great to see a radio station (or ...Read More

Day 1

One of my goals with the new design is to open the door to what’s going on behind the scenes at RadioInsight. That said, the first full day of the new design went off pretty well. The server is holding up even better than I expected as there hasn’t been any bumps at all. I was asked whether there was a way to view to posts on the site the old way, with all categories mixed together. If you’d like you can do so by going to as that will list all posts made this year. Thank you to the person who discovered us using Mandy Moore’s Search Engine. I hope you found the information on “99.7 The Boulevard” that you were looking for. Happy Belated Trogday!

And We’re Off…

Welcome to the new What you are seeing on this page is the result of almost three years of planning, learning, and building. There were many obstacles along the way, including having to start a new website from scratch along the way. Plenty of software changes and enhancements have certainly made life easier. Here on the front page you’ll see all of our headlines in the left column. The middle column features excerpts of all of our recent NetGnome entries and our new Blogs section. The right column features our Broadcast Buzz and Blogger Buzz as well as the recent entries on the boards. At the top you can see our new board navigation menus as well. This is just the beginning of what we have planned. In the next few months you will see additional content including a ...Read More

Another Way To Do Top 40

This column originally appeared on Edison Research’s “The Infinite Dial” blog on October 1, 2007 One of my frustrations with Top 40 in the last few years is that there seem to be only two musical models for the format. The large-market stations lean heavily to the rhythmic side, with only one or two rock records–usually teen punk. The others are essentially Adult Top 40s, faster on rock but with almost no rhythm. It’s hard to find a Top 40 station that emphasizes active/reaction records, but looks for them on both the Rock and Rhythmic side. For that reason, I’ve always liked WZKL (Q92) Canton, Ohio. Q92 shares the “early on rock” distinction with WIXX Green Bay, Wis., and Sirius Hits 1. But it also goes futher on the rhythm side. Q92 definitely isn’t in...Read More

Czech Out This ‘90s Station

This article originally appeared April 17, 2007 on Edison Research’s The Infinite Dial blog (when Sirius and XM Radio were still two separate entities). So far, broadcasters have shown an admirable amount of restraint in trying to get an all-’90s format on the air, instead leaving it to Internet or satellite broadcasters (particularly XM’s ‘90s Channel and Sirius’ ’90s-based Hot AC The Pulse). But it’s still fun to speculate on how a ’90s format might manifest itself, particularly when the mass-appeal music of the ’90s went through so many changes. The XM approach is reminiscent of some of the all-’70s stations, acknowledging all the decade’s extremes in turn. And for a truly unusual listening experience, there’s the Devadesatka ’...Read More

A Clear Channel Station for Tweens

This column originally appeared March 8, 2007, at Edison Research’s “The Infinite Dial” blog. Ever wonder what Clear Channel’s version of Radio Disney would sound like? That answer is now provided, courtesy of CC’s mainstream Top 40 WAKS (96.5 Kiss FM) Cleveland, which recently unveiled an HD-2 multicast channel, KiWi Radio.On the Kiss Website, KiWi is billed as a station for listeners who “like the music on 96-5 Kiss FM, but . . . also like Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, High School Musical, Jesse McCartney, etc.” The channel is being produced by WAKS PD Bo Matthews for the Clear Channel Format Lab. When heard on March 7, KiWi was a much less elaborately produced tween-targeted format–one place where most of the alternate platform services I’ve hea...Read More

Same Ratings, So Where’s The Mystique?

This article originally appeared on Edison Research’s on Feb. 14, 2007. I was intrigued by today’s news that Jim McGuinn, former PD of WPLY (Y100) Philadelphia, who now oversees an Alternative rock bloc on Triple-A WXPN Philly called “Y-Rock on XPN” was planning a salute to another former employer, Philly’s former modern rocker 103.9 WDRE, commemorating the 10th anniversary of that station’s demise. McGuinn told All Access, “I still hear from ‘DRE listeners who thought the station was incredibly special and loved it passionately. Even after all these years people still say, ‘I miss WDRE.’ I think that’s a testament to the music we played, the DJs who worked there, and our ‘little station that could’ mentality. Plus, our signal was terrib...Read More

Exotic City, Can’t You See?

This article originally appeared on Edison Research’s on Feb. 8, 2007 I’ve been meaning to share this observation for a few weeks now: Shortly before the holidays, I heard from T.J. Lubinsky, the public TV oldies show magnate who has been as successful at raising money with Oldies as radio station owners are frustrated. Lubinsky had just started a new doo-wop program on Sirius Satellite Radio’s pre-Beatles Oldies channel, Sirius Gold, and was surprised that the callers were younger (and more geographically spread out) than many of the fans he encounters, often concentrated in the genre’s historical northeastern stronghold. That says something about the problems that Oldies stations have had attracting younger listeners. In the ’80s, when the format was ne...Read More