Bad Radio Promotion

Bad Radio Promotion

Yesterday afternoon on an iHeartRadio station, I heard a promo for the $1,000-an-hour giveaway the company has run for years on all its outlets. It’s a national contest, so when a winner is announced, it’s not necessarily in the local market — in...
She Picked The Hits

She Picked The Hits

Not all radio stars were on the air. This is a wonderful NY Times obit for the woman who chose the hits — and made stars of Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, and more — for legendary station...
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...