Author Archives: Fred Stiening

The End Game for AM radio

When Rush Limbaugh died, it was pretty inevitable that his death would mark the end of most viable commercial AM radio stations in the United States, at least the English-speaking non-religious population. The bankruptcy of Audacy, the owner of the … Continue reading

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

I’m not positive when this happened but I think it was very recently – the licensee of the radio stations in a large percentage of the records is now a seemingly random number rather than the text of the actual … Continue reading

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Who streams from here?

I was doing some end of year processing related to the listening counts, and decided to total up which IP addresses have been the most active coming here to find the streaming. This goes all the way back to the … Continue reading

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The future of Salem media

This was originally attached to the Audacy bankruptcy story, but it’s worthy of its own separate discussion Salem Radio is much smaller than Audacy but also in trouble.   Salem is a hybrid for-profit / religious radio company that sold off … Continue reading

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Audacy files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Audacy is the combination of CBS Radio and Entercom.   This is the last of the large radio companies to succumb to their debt.   This is not a surprise as they’ve been telegraphing it for quite a while now – retaining … Continue reading

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Where are they now?

Hopefully, fairly soon you’ll see an interesting post on the current status of radio shows and hosts from 15 years ago.   As mentioned in the Alex Jones post, shows were assigned a sequential ID number so I have pulled a … Continue reading

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Alex Jones is baaaack!

If you haven’t already heard it, Elon Musk has made the decision to allow Alex Jones to return to X (formerly known as Twitter) after a 5-year “permanent’ ban. This decision was largely due to a lengthy interview that Tucker … Continue reading

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What is the SIPC?

Many of you know that I worked as a computer software programmer and designer for the NASDAQ stock market from 1997 until 2002 during the peak of the “dot com bubble”.  I am not a securities lawyer and I don’t … Continue reading

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16 tons of student debt

The chatGPT thing that you’re starting to hear about is at least as important to the future of humanity as the internet was in 1995.    If I was to describe it in one sentence, it has an uncanny ability … Continue reading

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Hurricane hits WAVE-FM

My instructions to ChatGPT Write a 90 second script about people working in a radio station during a hurricane The result (after picking appropriate? free video)

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