Nathan Obral

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 1 week, 6 days ago

    Two things to keep in mind:

    1) We are already 21 years removed from the 1996 TCom act. Already you have one generation, going on two generations, who ONLY know terrestrial radio as being owned by the Clear Channeles and the Cumuluses and the CBSes.

    2) Why would the youngest generations thus have ANY loyalty to terrestrial radio? I can’t…[Read more]

    • You’re implying that the people using radio know (or care) who owns the stations. They don’t.

      Why does anyone have loyalty to terrestrial radio? Why does anyone have any loyalty to internet radio? Why does anyone have loyalty to their mobile device? People don’t listen to the radio for the sake of listening to the radio, they listen to what we…[Read more]

      • Yes, you are right, people don’t care who owns the stations they listen to. But as a former fan of radio that has stopped listening and now watches from the sideline, they DO care about the product put on the air. I’m not saying there are not talented DJ’s out there, but cost cutting and voicetracking have killed the medium, ESPECIALLY for the…[Read more]

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Variety hits stations are predominantly 80s heavy, which make them so-called “time warp stations.” And Beasley now has the successful 95.7 WBEN-FM via the Greater Media merger.

    So… you’re wrong.

    • And why does Nathan want to bring back a radio station that existed 40 years ago? THAT is “time warp” stuff.
      Responsible broadcasters do not live in the past.

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    What never made sense is why CBS Radio simply let the WBCN call letters get out of their grasp. Ditto with WHFS (and those calls were juggled between markets and stations for a decade).

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    The more I think about it… I’m legitimately stunned that KDGE outlasted almost all of their modern rock counterparts from the late 80’s/early 90’s outside of KROQ and WWCD.

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Or their New York counterparts, Z100, KTU and WLTW.

    iHeart is going the exact same strategy in Dallas with Kiss, Now and Star.

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Beasley does own the WBCN callsign on the 1660 facility in Charlotte (which wasn’t spun off with WFNZ to Entercom).

    I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if both WRCA and WBCN swap call letters and a rock format (to flank alt-rock WBOS) launches on 1330/106.1 next year.

    • When Boston already has a heritage Rocker in WAAF?
      “Time Warp” programming is for dorks, geeks, and retro snobs. Beasley Media does not do “Time Warp” stuff.

      • What about all 80s? Or is that stupid too?

      • Variety hits stations are predominantly 80s heavy, which make them so-called “time warp stations.” And Beasley now has the successful 95.7 WBEN-FM via the Greater Media merger.

        So… you’re wrong.

        • And why does Nathan want to bring back a radio station that existed 40 years ago? THAT is “time warp” stuff.
          Responsible broadcasters do not live in the past.

    • Remember that CBS still uses the WBCN brand on HD2/streaming. Likely a part of the deal that swapped Tampa/Charlotte to Beasley.

      Also the 106.1 translator does not reach the parts of the Boston market where a Rocker would be the best use of a signal. Plus it would hurt WBOS and Classic Rock leaning Classic Hits 105.7 WROR just as much as WAAF.…[Read more]

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Considering that the only show on WRKO that is actually produced by the station with talent employed by Entercom is the little-promoted Jeff Kuhner 12-3 yakfest, the bar has been set considerably low here.

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 3 months, 4 weeks ago

    The Zone struggled in the ratings at both 106.5 and 100.7 (it was excusable to run it on 100.7 because it was a translator) and would not fare well at all on the Monroe-positioned 98.3. Plus Cumulus outsourced the music to a Westwood One-based format in recent months.

    The Detroit Tigers are also completely devoid of a Toledo affiliate as a…[Read more]

    • Does either WMTR or Tigers flagship WXYT (97.1) have a listenable signal in Toledo?

      • WMTR can be heard pretty well on the west side of Toledo and beyond. 97.1, not really. You have to be over the Michigan line for it to have a great signal. Drops in and out a lot in Toledo itself.

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    It was part of a six-station cluster, translator included. But they no longer have to pay rent to their former CEO and CFO to use a faulty and failing transmission site.

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    It’s the second AM station this year that Cumulus has shut down… which had borne the WTOD calls. (The other station, WTOD 1450 in Hartville SC, swapped calls with what-had-been WLQR 1470 in March before shutting down the next day. The FCC database lists it as “DWLQR.”)

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    A syndicated morning show is not going to happen for WUSN, and it wouldn’t fly against Big 95.5 (which didn’t pick up Bobby Bones, and that should say a lot).

    What’s going to happen is a reconstituted morning show for WUSN that will aim for younger demos.

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    It still doesn’t change the fact that WLS’s lineup (a horribly inconsistent mix of boilerplate conservative talk and washed-up WLUP retreads) is an unmitigated ratings disaster.

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    This is a deal in which I can’t wait to see the financial terms and details. At the rate AM radio, conservative talk radio and iHeartMedia are all broaching either insolvency or total irrelevance simultaneously, a repeat of his ludicrous 2008 deal would be simply astounding.

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    Maybe it’s just me… BUT Beasley owns the rights to the WBCN calls, still parked on the 1660 facility in Charlotte…

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    They could still do a five minute (three minutes content, two minutes spot load) newscast for both the 24/7 network and for non-iHeart stations that don’t want the Westwood One News service. Fox News has multiple feeds for five-minute affiliates and for one-minute affiliates.

    I guess we’ll find out when the show clocks page on Premiere’s…[Read more]

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    **press release, not article. Sheesh…

    • My initial impression is that this is essentially just a new add-on to 24/7, and would have no bearing on the Fox News affiliations. It would help, though, to know just how long the new NBC newscasts are. (I was thinking that they’d be one or, at most, two minutes.)

  • Nathan Obral posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    What becomes of the current affiliation deal with Fox News Radio for the vast majority of iHeart’s talk stations? The article seems to imply that said deal is simply ending.

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