Friday, February 06, 2009

Where are programmers who care?

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Clear Channel More Thoughts":

This is why I listen to Larry Lujack and Big Ron O'Brien airchecks on my ipod in my car.

The days of sounding like stations care are long gone - the on-air production is not tight, the live jocks have nothing to say, you hear the same 300 songs over and over, etc.

I know these people still care, but it sure doesn't sound like it. Sorry, but John Tesh isn't the end-all-be-all. It's unfortunate that deregulation killed any development of local talent. It all ended years ago.

Oh well, back to Ol' Uncle Lar...
Much of radio and television today are owned by corporations whose sole goal is finding a cash cow. It could be nursing homes or whatever but they are not broadcasters at heart. Clear Channel may have started as broadcasters but the bean counters soon came in control. Nothing wrong with making money. The goal of KAAY was to make money. The station did have some principles and a desire to create the best programming around. When KAAY first went on the air, which we have extensively documented here, there were three other top 40 radio stations in the market. Even though KAAY had the wattage advantage, it still had to compete with 3 other stations that had been praying top 40 for years. Ratings were a battleground with a large segment of the audience going to Brother Hal a folksy combination of a morning personality and country music. The Black station had a lock on a large segment of the audience. KAAY's entry into the market did not bring over night success.


Anonymous said...

A.J., unfortunately, the local bean-counter stations on AM usually mess up on the weekends...and, even though I have one of the station owner's personal cell phone number, she hardly answers any more!

That particular station will have a carrier all weekend long, with no audio. Usually, when I tune in on Monday, it'll sometimes have audio, sometimes not, after 8AM....

Still other stations' audio will have large gaps, like the automation doesn't "click", like when it's news-time, there'll be l-o-n-g pauses, like several minutes, then something else will fire off, like the next segment of a program. Still other times, at the bottom of the hour, when the next program segment is supposed to start, there's no program audio, 'til after the top of the hour!

Yes, the bean-counters are doing real well, aren't they????

Anonymous said...

I've been in radio for 30 years now and the decline is amazing.