Archive for January, 2013

Increase in visitors for progressive talk

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I noticed an uptick in the number of people listening to Progressive talk shows this week and was wondering why. This morning I got the answer – two more Progressive Talk stations just went under – WGUV in Atlanta (they didn’t stream) is going hip hop and KYNS-AM in California went all news.

If this keeps up, Progressive Talk will devolve into Thom Hartmann, Nicole Sandler and Stephanie Miller talking to each other on Skype video with 3 people in a chat room

It isn’t just me

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

A few weeks ago, I was wondering if the decline in activity here was just holiday related or something else is going on.

WABC-AM hit a 2.2 share in Arbitron, the lowest since they flipped from music in the 1970s. Mike Huckabee and Geraldo are getting no traction.

KJZN-FM in Fresno, CA just changed from Talk Radio Network to CBS Sports

WLW-AM in Cincinnati – probably one of the most successful talk stations in the country (Bill Cunningham’s home station) had its first month where it fell out of #1 for the first time in 13 years – and the trend line is very clear. (WLW is Clear Channel)

Salem’s Hugh Hewitt clearly isn’t getting the message. Yesterday he was talking already about the 2014 elections and how hard he is working to raise money for Republicans.

What does “Local” mean and does it matter any more?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

While doing my testing thing the other night, I was listening to WBT-AM in Charlotte, NC, a city I lived in for about 4 years, and lived near for about 10.

WBT used to be owned by Jefferson-Pilot, an insurance company. Maybe a decade ago, the station was sold to Greater Media, the company that runs WTKK-FM in Boston.

I was struck that the “local” host had not the slightest tinge of a North Carolina accent, even a make believe one. The host said his name was Doc Washburn – I thought I was listening to Doc Watson – I know most hosts by their voice – maybe it is just coincidence their name is similar.

Doc Washburn most recently worked in Panama City Florida – from my time listening to him, not only does he sound like he is doing the show from his studio in Florida, there was no sense that he has spent any time in Charlotte or knows anything about the city.

While there are military facilities along the Atlantic coast, there are none near Charlotte. Spending more money on the military may be an issue in Panama City with Tyndall Air Base, it isn’t a bread and butter issue to Charlotte. NASCAR, March madness, Waffle House, the best type of BBQ and where to get it are things people would want to talk about.

Contrast this to Henry Boggan

While WBT can be heard after dark all up and down the East Coast, you knew within a few minutes he was local. He grew up in North Carolina, his family all lived in the area, he could talk about the back roads up to Asheville where the moonshiners lived, and the hippies living in Love Valley, and the art of playing the spoons – because he lived his life there and loved and respected the people.

I don’t know that it’s possible to ever go back to that time, but it’s kind if a time for introspection, at least for me.

Keeping track of the past

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I just added a new feature, that about 3 people will find interesting, and he rest will go “huh?”

Let’s say you know that Dr Laura Schlessinger used to have a radio show, and left a year ago to move to Sirius/XM – but for some odd reason you wanted to know “So when she did have a radio show, what stations was she on?”

If you scroll down toward the bottom, you’ll see a new checkbox:

[_]  “Show all stations the program was ever on (that we knew about)?

and like magic you see the stations and (most recent) times the show was on.

This comes with lots of disclaimers – one of the main ones is if the station no longer exists, there will be no listing.   If the station changed call signs, the call sign showing up will be the current call sign, not the call sign when the station had the show.   The station may no longer even be a talk station.

If you say to include all stations, and the show is no longer on that station – there will be no Listen icon – since the last thing I need is people reporting Wrong Program!   after they click on show me all the dead stations, too!

You also can’t take this as “the truth” that the station ever carried the show – for instance, when  Andrea Tantaros took over for Laura Ingraham, I copied Laura Ingraham’s affiliates to Andrea’s show in order to test to see which show the station was carrying.   Some of that I might be able to detect and cleanup, but I want to do that carefully.

This works even on dead shows – let’s say you wanted to find out which shows carried Steve Malzberg when he had a national syndicated show on WOR, you can now find that out.

What stations was Bruce Williams heard on?

The future of radio?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Nicole Sandler had a brief stint on Air America as it was imploding. She now “works” doing an internet only video stream.

She has 363 followers on Twitter!

Tune in and take a peek at Nicole’s middle aged sagging breasts and hear her insightful commentary entitled “Fuck you AT&T”

Why would an old man shoot and kill his urologist in the torso?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Back in the good old days, one of Dr Dean Edell’s recurring topics was over treatment of prostate cancer.

The inventor of the PSA test is on a campaign to get doctors to stop using the PSA test as a screening tool. At best, it might be a little bit useful at monitoring the disease.

We know from autopsies that by age 80, almost all men have prostate cancer. It is extremely slow growing – the average time from diagnosis to death is 20 years. The 5 year survival rate is 98% with no treatment.

As Don Imus has found out and is now shouting from the mountain top, Prostate cancer is the most over treated disease in America. Most men will die from something else long before their prostate cancer spreads.

Aggressive early intervention often leaves men impotent and incontinent. There is your motive.

Trouble ahead for Warren Ballentine

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

You’re forgiven if you don’t know who he is. He’s a talk show host on the racially segregated Radio One network, along with Al Sharpton.

The Obama/Holder Department of Justice has charged him with involvement in a scheme to create fraudulent mortgage translations at the height of the real estate bubble.

He asserts that he is innocent

WBEZ: Go Make Babies

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Maybe someone reads my blog post about the end game of Americans not having enough children – Chicago’s NPR affiliate WBEZ-FM is launching a $400,000 campaign encouraging its shrinking listener base to Go Make Babies (

I have to wonder if there won’t be a backlash from the LBGT community since procreation is not exactly part of the LBGT political agenda (other than unionized lesbian teachers with turkey basters and sperm banks)

Diane Rehm is to Public Radio as Barry White is to the proletariat. Oh Baby!

Independence USA

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Russia Today reports that Glenn Beck would like to create a city based on Ayn Rand’s ideas. People may have forgotten that Walt Disney originally intended that EPCOT was going to be a real city created from the mind of Walt Disney before he snuffed out his life from smoking cigarettes. Part of his agreement to build Disney World was he would create Buena Vista, a legal entity that would be controlled by Disney without interference from local governments. Part of the deal would allow Disney to build a nuclear power plant (“atoms for peace”)

It’s a little run down, but I think Heritage Village USA on the NC/SC border might still be for sale.

I’m pretty sure the story is not a parody.

1 Gb / sec to the home

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

So how’s that for shaking things up?

Combine that with the FCC trying to free up 200 MHz of spectrum for WIFi and the world is about to change again