HD Radio

HD Radio

When I did the morning show at WCXR/Washington in the 1980s, we had an AM sister station, WCPT, that had a terrible signal, got no ratings, and thus made no money for anyone. It merited little attention from management or staff. It ran automated programming around the...
Three Radio Pet Peeves

Three Radio Pet Peeves

Since I did my last show three and a half years ago, I haven’t spent much time listening to radio. But over the last week, there have been occasions when I turned off the podcasts I usually listen to in the car and poked around some local talk and sports...
Rush To Judgement Day

Rush To Judgement Day

Throughout my four-decade radio career, I almost always made it a habit, on my way to work, to listen to whoever preceded me. One of the biggest exceptions was Rush Limbaugh, who show aired right before mine on KMOX. I not only detested what he said and stood for, but...
Commercial-Free Mondays

Commercial-Free Mondays

Early in my radio career, I worked for a music station that declared, “Every Monday In January Is Commercial-Free!” How did it manage that? Through the law of supply and demand. Because most big advertisers had spent so much money in the November-December...
Monday Night Lennon

Monday Night Lennon

Forty years ago tonight, millions of Americans learned from Howard Cosell that John Lennon was dead. Cosell made the announcement towards the end of a Dolphins-Patriots game on ABC’s “Monday Night Football” — and I missed it. At the time, I was...
Commercial Conflicts

Commercial Conflicts

During all my years in broadcasting, there was a rule that commercials for competing companies could not run adjacent to one another in a break (e.g. car dealers couldn’t follow car dealers). Optimally, they wouldn’t even run in the same cluster. If they...