Since the beginning of radio, stations have been parasites living off the news of their local newspapers, who are direct competitors for local advertising money (except when the newspaper owns the radio station, which is permitted in small markets)
But once the local newspaper vanishes, what do you do for news? The Facebook pages of many of the stations are damn depressing – not having resources or wanting the responsibility for what they write, the “news” is typically dominated by death announcements and what they get by calling the police department each morning – car crashes, people arrested, crimes and the occasional house fire.
Surely there things going on in the community adding to the entropy of the community – couples getting married and having children, businesses opening, churches having revival services, the city repaving streets. If it happens to be the interest of the station owner, maybe they cover local sports.
Maybe after calling Betty down at the sheriff’s office every morning for 30 years and thinking that is News, it is time to pass on the station to the next generation before the station winds up on the obituary page.