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Consolidation is Killing the Radio Business



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(1/2/2013 12:41:36 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Large/medium markets throw some live jock on & call it a show. Really? There is no reason to listen, to engage, to connect because there is no entertainment value. You cant "teach it" either, you can fine tune "no talent" but it's still "no talent." Actually you might be able to find some talent, but you have to listen really, hard. My favorite music can be found in many places in 2013 & radio is not one of them. The only stuff that matters on radio is what's in between the music.
- Kim Carson
(1/2/2013 12:31:53 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
It's too late. We should have had this conversation 5 years ago. The big money investors run the show and until locals buy the stations back they will keep grinding the cash out of the market and ruining their product.
- Rick Anderson
(1/2/2013 11:47:59 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
To everyone who thinks Mr. Levine is stating the obvious - he is. But then again, Mr. Levine is the one of the only ones with the brass to state it in a National Magazine. Similarly, he is one of the only ones to speak out about what a travesty Arbitron is and how stupid radio is for falling for their PPM BS. Also, he has spoken out against the HD Radio scam and the exorbitant costs of streaming. Everyone knows we are our own worst enemies; but Mr. Levine has the guts to say it.
- Realist
(1/2/2013 11:26:58 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Some of your points are well taken. Blocking and Tackling...I think I have been to that sales meeting a 1000 times. Radio needs a reboot. It has a fabulous opportunity to create new revenue streams with SAAS based solutions that Newspaper and TV are jumping all over. Innovation from within the industry seems to stagnate....Mel was great in his day....today is a new world. It isn't just Pandora and mergers...it's lack of true innovation. No EXCUSES...
Dave Presher

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(1/2/2013 11:26:57 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I agree with Mike that local, "live" talent is better than the piped-in corporate, vanilla crap. But, with the added expenses of maintaining such a talent-base comes the additional cost of re-training them (and Creative) to be even more appealing and influential.

To do less is about engaging in a very frustrating and more expensive exercise - an exercise that does not take advantage of the potential that radio still has... buried under all the superficial, maudlin and patronizing noise.

- Ronald T. Robinson
(1/2/2013 11:23:02 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
In a small market I'm familiar with, a local station competes w/a corporate-owned station both doing the same format - News/Talk. Outside of 2 sat. shows (Rush & C2C) the local-owned station is locally-programmed. The local talent is terrible, the news readers can't & the production is circa 1984 - but they're beating the pants off the corporate stn becuz its local. The corporate station has 1 local show, is well produced & sounds very hip. Lesson: Bad local beats slick corporate hands down.
- Iconoclast
(1/2/2013 11:21:40 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Whereas TV failed to kill off small market Radio in the late 1940's, the FCC, NAB, and major market group owners havn't given up that cause. Where is it written, for any industry, that American consumers
are better off with fewer, bigger companies running
everything? -Giff Dave Gifford International

- DaveGfford


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