Just One More Time

After 40 years in commercial radio, I'm going to do my last show this Friday, February 9th. I've known this day was coming for several months, as KTRS has hired someone else to do its 3-6pm show every weekday beginning next week. I was asked if I wanted the job, but I...

Radio Consolidation

Several people have e-mailed asking for my opinion on the big radio deal announced last week in St. Louis, with Emmis selling KSHE and KPNT to Hubbard (which owns WIL, The Arch, and 101 ESPN), while simultaneously spinning off KFTK and KNOU to Entercom (which bought...

Dr. Demento, “Covered In Punk”

Radio legend Dr. Demento -- the man who popularized such oddball songs as "Fish Heads," "Wet Dream," and "Shaving Cream" -- visited my radio show to discuss his new project, "Covered In Punk." He was accompanied by John Cafiero, who produced the project, which plays...

As I Tweeted

Today marked the last day of existence for a company known as CBS Radio, which has been swallowed up by another radio company called Entercom. That means CBS will not have a third opportunity to hire me, get great ratings with my show, then fire me nonetheless. Too...

About My Friday KTRS Show

Five years ago, longtime KTRS afternoon host Frank O. Pinion decided he no longer wanted to work a five day week, so he asked me if I would take over Friday afternoons. I had given up full-time radio and was enjoying my semi-retirement with other projects, but being...

Fired For Being Accused

This report from NFL.com a couple of days ago caught my eye. It's about a man who was fired from his job for being accused of a crime he didn't commit... Lucky Whitehead didn't do it. One day after the wide receiver was informed he had been cut by the Cowboys for...

Radio’s Slow Death

Three years ago, Cumulus Media stock was at $60/share. This week, it was at 33 cents per share. You could own a piece of one of this country's biggest radio companies -- 570 stations in 150 markets -- with the change under the cushions of your couch. Despite that, CEO...

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Ken Levine explains Why Radio (as an industry) Sucks: Here’s the problem: when I was a kid radio was exciting. Every station had live DJ’s. They had freedom to be personalities. They had distinctive styles (well, some did and then fifty other jocks in smaller markets...

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