Author Archives: Fred Stiening

The end of WBT-AM

Not the license, but the original building that housed the station. The earliest radio stations had an odd collection of owners competing to use the new technology. Pioneer owners included newspapers, department stores, religious groups – and in the case … Continue reading

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Creeping censorship

Most recently, Facebook has banned links to Zero Hedge https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-11/facebook-bans-zero-hedge Google/Youtube is giving a bizarre warning on a video by China uncensored Clicking on the link for “Why am I seeing this?” reveals why a video that has nothing to … Continue reading

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Bruce Williams has died

Tampa Bay newspaper Back when NBC still did radio, Bruce Williams and Sally Jessy Raphael were pioneers in national syndication on a network called NBC TalkNet that was started in 1981 (many years before Rush Limbaugh) Bruce Williams cheated death … Continue reading

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The Green Great Leap Forward

At least 15 million people in China died of starvation during the “Great Leap Forward”, followed by the murder of at least 3 million “intellectuals” at the hands of the youth of the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution. Senator … Continue reading

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Entercom, the 900 pound gorilla

Entercom inherited radio.com from CBS who had a streaming partnership with AOL 20 years ago. Having integrated CBS Radio and Entercom into the radio.com apps, it is time to aim higher. Cox Radio just signed on to stream using radio.com. … Continue reading

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System rollback

Something today clobbered the blog, disconnecting every single comment from its post. Because I am not routinely backing up just the blog(s), the only alternative was restoring the entire server as of 4 AM saturday morning, which fortunately worked. Linode … Continue reading

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Cumulus bails on New York City

https://radioink.com/2019/02/13/cumulus-makes-big-deals-with-entercom-emf/ It is rare when my jaw drops reading a radio news story. Cumulus itself did not have a presence in New York City. They acquired three stations that originally belonged to Disney who owned ABC radio, which they sold … Continue reading

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How Doc Thompson was killed by a quiet zone

Former WRVA and The Blaze Conservative talk host Doc Thompson was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Haltom City, Texas. The Texas Eagle runs from San Antonio to/from Chicago. The Northbound train goes through DFW around 3:30, using … Continue reading

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Google neutrality?

YouTube is owned by Google of course Observations, comments?

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The New Edge

In 2015, Microsoft announced that it was replacing the Internet Explorer browser with a new browser called Edge, which would be included in Windows 10. When I tried it out it was very clear it was an unfinished product that … Continue reading

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