Mark

  • You really think that playing the Rotting Scabs and the Festering Boils at the wrong speed (of course they’re playing vinyl, it’s like so cool, man) and mumbling (except to shout while a rock version of “The Internationale” plays “WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! LONG LIVE THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT AND THE RAILROAD OF BOB AVAKIAN!”) is more…[Read more]

  • Didn’t work ten years ago. Won’t work today. Give it up and subscribe to Sirius XM.

  • I may be wrong, but let me just end on this note: If you had told me years ago that there would be a time that someone would actually say that playing obscure rock music was a bigger public service than news and public affairs programming or classical music, I would’ve thought that hilarious. How times have changed.

  • But it’s the truth. These kiddies didn’t want to work in real radio 30 years ago before consolidation–do you honestly think they want to work in real radio now?

  • Mark posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    You really think that the kids working at an indie rock college station are trying to get their start in broadcasting? Outside of those schools that have a broadcasting program that run their stations as real-world laboratories–and those stations are a small minority of non-coms–the only student staffer at these stations that’s going to be…[Read more]

  • Mark posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Let’s try this again…

    As I’ve told you many times, NPR doesn’t own radio stations. Its member stations own NPR and complain about their policies profusely. However, NPR’s drive time news shows are bigger audience getters–and fund raisers–than any music program. And what is the bigger public service–a larger service area for the only…[Read more]

    • Mark,

      Many people simply use “NPR” as a catch-all for all public radio stations. Nothing more to it than that.

    • Way to put down college students who are trying to get their start in broadcasting, Mark. Good job.

  • Mark posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    If we’re talking the original Nat “King” Cole version of “The Christmas Song,” all I have to say is–what background singers?

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

    The secret of BBC Radio 2 is that it’s a personality station and is built more around its jocks than the music it plays. Its current success would indicate to me that people like its weekday lineup of Vanessa Feltz, Chris Evans, Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine, Steve Wright and Simon Mayo (all between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., all of them the leads of their…[Read more]

    • Plus there is a lot of nighttime specialty programming: jazz, showtunes, movie music, etc. are featured in blocks. US Middle of the Road/Full Service stations used to do this, as well. But those days (and MOR radio) are long gone.

  • Mark posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    The reason for Radio 1 doing news at the bottom of the hour goes back to the pirate radio days, when the jock assigned to do news copied from the BBC Light Programme (now Radio 2) TOH newscast and then did news at the bottom of the hour. Since the BBC had decided to make Radio 1 sound as much like the pirates as possible, complete with the jocks…[Read more]

  • Mark posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    As for the CBS-FM spins on “Smooth,” what’s the time frame? Could those include when the station was Jack? (I believe that by 1999 they had stopped playing one or two currents an hour, which they had been doing longer than most early oldies stations.)

  • Mark posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    Where the hell did they find the music? Are there a bunch of old Bonneville tapes in the station attic?

    • No need to look in the attic for Bonneville tapes. Easy listening/beautiful music is widely available for download via Itunes and the other big music services. Two labels, Surrey House Music and Starborne, have albums for purchase as CDs or downloads; much of the music offered on those two labels was heard on beautiful music radio stations in the…[Read more]

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

    And how can the station third in 12+ in news-talk after WGN and WBEZ (fourth if you count WBBM) be “Chicago’s News-Talk Leader?”

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

    And run national spots on top of that.

    The results of the upcoming election will probably have a big bearing on Limbaugh’s future–and Premiere and iHeart, for that matter.

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

    What do you think it means?

    Meanwhile, I reflect back to Venus Flytrap saying “you’re listening to WKRP–the station with more music and Les Nessman.”

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

    Then why are iHeart stations still top-rated in most markets? Perhaps they’re giving the public what it wants.

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