The unwinding of the AM Radio Disney empire continues. Salem Broadcasting ended up buying the stations that were not “red hot” – for about 1/3 to 1/4th of what Disney paid 15 years ago.
Salem got the keys today for WWMI-AM 1380 in Saint Petersburg (Tampa), a retirement haven full of seniors ready to fleece of their savings. Salem is going with their “Biz” lineup
What’s really curious is they have Mr “No funny Biz” on from 6-9 Monday-Friday – Chris Markowski. He does a syndicated weekend show called Watchdog on Wall Street where he reams Wall Street for being crooks. Most of what he says is absolutely true. He is no apologist like Bob Brinker.
Except for the 5am hour, the station is not carrying Bloomberg. Beasley has a competing station it acquired from CBS that carries mostly Dave Ramsey and Ray Lucia.
Radio and Biz can be a toxic stew. More than a few local hosts ended up being fraudsters or ponzi scheme organizers. Radio stations like to disavow responsibility when their hosts wind up in jail. Running a “biz” station requires close supervision. Keep your powder dry!