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(1/2/2013 3:58:21 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Well said, Ed. There really is a growing divide between the big groups and us independents. I marvel at the accolades, high regard, and deference lavished by Radio Ink and so many others on these "industry leaders" who have critically injured a once-great industry.
- a Michigan broadcaster
(1/2/2013 1:59:57 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I have to disagree with Kim's contention that talent cannot be "taught". Indeed, talent (of some kind) can be identified and then, that talent CAN and MUST be taught.
Otherwise, it's back to the '60's, '70's and '80's - a time in radio's history when, for the most part, babble ruled the airwaves.
We can't go back. We musty go forward with BETTER products (commercials) and better services (talent presentations).

- Ronald T. Robinson
(1/2/2013 12:42:09 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Rick, you're right. And I believe that stick sell-offs of smaller market properties are coming in the next two years. I don't have any special insider insight on this, but a gut feeling tells me that in one case, (Clear Channel) I expect them to dump all markets between 75-100 by the end of 2015. IMHO, they will take "best offers" to get out of these markets and a number of the properties in those markets, esp. low-performing, bad signal AM's will go for little more than stick value.
- Iconoclast
(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 is a new world. It isn't just Pandora and's lack of true innovation. No EXCUSES...
Dave Presher

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