Author Archives: Fred Stiening

Clark Howard gives 30 day notice

Syndication contracts typically require the syndicator to give 30 days notice to the radio stations that a program is going to cease distribution. Clark Howard was being syndicated by Westwood One (owned by Cumulus media). Cumulus Media went through bankruptcy … Continue reading

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Caving to the digital overlords

Enough radio stations are starting to promote using digital assistants that it is time to face reality. I think that behind the scenes, Tunein is the vehicle being used for implementing Skills to play radio streams. As I find them, … Continue reading

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iHeart terminates Steve Sommers for talking politics

Back in the day, WLW-am in Cincinnati was one of the legendary radio stations listened to by truckers driving overnight. WLW is located in Cincinnati, and was actually built with a transmitter capable of 500,000 Watts in the event of … Continue reading

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Public Radio station WAMU turns off website comments

Two weeks before the election, WAMU has turned off comments on their website. WAMU is operated by American University, closely affiliated with the US State Department, and by inference the CIA. WAMU is the official “public” radio station of “the … Continue reading

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Alexa Bombing

Back in the early days of electronic personal assistants (Siri, Alexa, Google Home, etc) the South Park show pranked its viewers by slipping commands into the script for Alexa to add bizarre things to the person’s shopping list. Today, while … Continue reading

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Is all-digital the future of AM radio?

https://radioinsight.com/headlines/200439/fcc-approves-voluntary-digital-operation-for-am/ If you own an HD capable radio, it already has the ability to receive pure digital AM radio. There is not much disagreement that hybrid AM did not work. There just is not enough spectrum to support both digital … Continue reading

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The ethics of vaccine testing

The only way to be sure you have an effective vaccine is considered not ethical. You may have read that one of the participants in one of the phase three trials has died. This is especially true if you are … Continue reading

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The ’80s until now

This is not the first time I voiced my frustration with radio. Radio still has not dealt with the issue that it is 2020 and they still haven’t decided how to describe the music they play. A large portion of … Continue reading

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The Dubious Media

I invite you to visit your favorite news aggregator, for instance google news, and try to find any story about the hunter Biden laptop data dump. A quick summary of the facts. A laptop was dropped off at a computer … Continue reading

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The Decline of the Dickey Empire

In keeping with the three generation rule, the Atlanta-based Dickey family appears to have significant difficulties. Lewis Dickey Sr was generation one of the Dickey broadcasting empire. He owned several radio stations in the Atlanta area. He originally owned radio … Continue reading

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