Author Archives: Fred Stiening

¿Hablas Cumulus?

According to insightradio.com, Cumulus media has applied to the FCC to allow “up to 100%” foreign ownership. I remember thinking at the time of the Cumulus bankruptcy that for Carlos Slim, coughing up a billion dollars to take over Cumulus … Continue reading

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Mother, MAY I?

The month for everyone with a mother.

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The Problem with Flint, Michigan

I lived in Flint Township in the mid 1980s working for EDS (contractor) at Buick City, and returned to Grand Blanc, on the South side of Flint in the mid 1990s, to retire at age 40. I frequently spent time … Continue reading

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In the radio news…

On the main page, you may see a new section called “In the Radio News”. I have a pretty simple method to clip URLs from news stories. If you perceive that this blog is losing critical mass, your perception is … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka

Before jumping to conclusions, reading about the Sri Lanka civil war of 1983 can be helpful. Women wearing suicide belts was an innovation of the Tamil Tigers, who were motivated by anti-British sentiments, as after the country became free of … Continue reading

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The Changing Radio Audience

In the end, survival in radio requires revenue, not “ratings”. For commercial radio, that means advertising revenue. For non-commercial radio, that means donations or government handouts. Some radio owners try to supplement revenue with concerts, carnivals, and community events. Countess … Continue reading

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Rap – the new “Country” music

Independent (.uk) Facing a social media campaign to push a rap song to the #1 hit on the country charts – despite getting no air play on country radio – Billboard is in a very bad position. Having a rap … Continue reading

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Would you buy stock in a “new” iHeartRadio?

Part of winding down the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Clear Channel / iHeart is that iHeart is going to have an IPO. By creating a liquid market in their common stock, debt holders who accepted the debt-for-equity swap can exit … Continue reading

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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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