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  1. kicaza says:

    Oh! Just found this thread and realized I posted my question in the wrong place. I’m looking for the grid view by genre which shows how “popular” the various shows were. Is that still out there somewhere? I used that to find shows I don’t usually listen to and found it very useful!

    Thanks again for the resurrection. SRG has been my “co-worker” for a few years now (I work from home) and I was going to miss it sorely!

    • Art Stone says:

      You ask a great question because that’s a recent change and the explanation is buried now in the old blog.

      To sort by popularity, you need to turn on optin tracking. Click on Preferences to turn it on.

      • kicaza says:

        You have just made my day. Feels like “home” again. Thank you! I tried testing a link earlier but am not sure I did the right thing. Do you have instructions for those of us who really want to help keep this going?

  2. Paul-3 says:

    In the radioguide preference, what does ‘Optin Tracking is off’?

    • Art Stone says:

      If it is off, the web site doesn’t track which stations you listen to – with it off, you can “save” copies of pages that should continue to work when/if the site goes away for good. Turning off tracking also turns off the benefits of tracking, like sorting by popularity.

  3. fhiggins says:

    How can someone initiate a topic?

    • Art Stone says:

      That’s generally the intent of the open threads. This is my blog, not an open ended forum for everyone talking about anything someone wants to talk about. What did you have in mind?

        • Fred Stiening says:

          Thanks for pointing that out.

          The author, Paul Farhi, is a DC based financial and entertainment reporter for the Washington Post news syndicate.. He talked to all of the usual suspects. Of course, Rush Limbaugh is not going to talk to him for obvious reasons. Rush knows that reporters have never listened to the show and are just going to do a gotcha interview.

          I obviously agree with most of what he says. The heavyweight people left talk radio long before the Trump election. The commercial load and the hour clock format are what is killing it. Also, the cowardice of the station owners and advertisers is a huge factor.

          If he truly believes in the fairness doctrine, he should have had a paragraph about the decline of progressive talk radio, including a discussion of why Air America failed.

          If it’s a good idea for radio, why doesn’t the newspaper business have a fairness doctrine? Of course, the answer is the newspaper does not have a government license that can be revoked and there is that pesky first amendment thing.

          He questions Rush Limbaugh’s claim to “reach” xx million people a week. Paul Farhi is not a media novice. He knows damn well what the term “reach” means. In addition to the three hour long-form show, Rush has the minute-long Morning Update that reaches a different drive time audience. He has a daily newsletter, and his show is available as a podcast, and he has a website.

          The reason why Arbitron or Nielsen can’t document Rush’s audience is because a large portion of his network of radio stations are in unrated markets in flyover country. There is nowhere in the United States you cannot hear Rush Limbaugh. Ratings are used by advertisers and are not useful in markets where there are no ratings.

          According to my former wife, Mark Steyn (the Canadian interloper) is the likely successor when Rush Limbaugh dies. He has been the regular fill-in host.

          If Paul Farhi wanted to be an actual journalist, not just a bitter kibitzer, he would do an article explaining why country music is dominating commercial music radio – and not do it by first developing his premise and going to Media matters and the NAACP and the SPLC – and ask them them to confirm his bias that people who live in the Midwest and listen to country music are racist because they are white Christians. New York City has a country music station.

          In a tweet today, Paul mentions growing up in Los Angeles. His last name strongly implies that his parents are from Turkey, which last time I checked is a Muslim country.

          He is writing about something he knows nothing about, but that’s okay. We’ll let him piss on the grave of Rush Limbaugh and never understand what happens in the future he won’t see coming. He would have been one of the people who were puzzled why lots of influential people showed up praising Richard Nixon when he died and nobody had a bad word to say.

  4. Parrott says:

    Hey Art: On the main talk page it use to have a small area where is said what the topic was for the host. now its just name of host

    did you mean for it to go away? I kinda liked that information at the top of a host group.
    Just thought i would mention it.
    have a good one

    • Art Stone says:

      Make sure you’re still logged in and Optin Tracking is ON.

      Also make sure you have “Full Details” checked and are not using the compact format.

      It would help to have a screen show of what you’re seeing if it is still not working as expected.

  5. JayMar says:

    I’ve noticed that the local WPGB 104.7 (Pittsburgh) is announcing itself as an iHeart Radio. Does that mean that it was purchased by iheart? I mean, iheart started just a few years ago and I never thought they would have the capital to buy a radio sta. Just curious. Thanks.

    • Art Stone says:

      iHeart Radio is run by Clear Channel, which also owns the station.

      Bob Pittman (formerly of MTV, Century 21, AOL) has decided to reimage Clear Channel around the iHeart Radio brand, moving away from local terrestrial radio to a group of national programming platforms. Quinn and Rose are going to have some difficulty when their contract is up for renewal.

      Pittmas was programming radio stations in his 20s in major markets, eventually winding up at WNBC-AM… a pretty good job for a guy in his 20s. He knows a lot about radio – at least radio from the 1960s….

  6. craigg4c says:

    Words with one F — lots more than 10, just about all from Latin or Old French.

    defend and derivatives (defense etc.)
    refrigerate and derivatives
    refreeze, unfreeze etc
    defect, defective etc
    etc. — Why is this the only poll that doesn’t allow “suggest an answer”?

    As to English words coming from Anglo-Saxon roots, there was a phonetic rule in the dominant dialect in England that “f” became “v” between voiced phonemes — calf, calves, calving etc. — which is why the monks and the Normans provide the examples.

  7. polokfla says:

    Mr Art,
    Dana Loesch has a great show on in St Louis. She is attractive, intelligent, passionate, and funny. What would you say are the odds that she will soon try branching out and get syndicated or maybe go satellite? Or is that not a big deal to these talkers.

    ps. appreciate your site a lot. Thank you!

    • Art Stone says:

      Attractive is not a requirement to be on the radio. There are few successful female syndicated talk hosts for whatever reason. If the show starts before noon Eastern, you’ll have trouble getting on stations on the West Coast. It’s not easy to get a national show

  8. Parrott says:

    Hey Art : do you have a canned query that can sort by non-‘I heart radio’ Stations ?

  9. janderson021 says:

    There is a mystery AM station broadcasting here in Omaha.
    Just oldies, AM radio like I was listening to riding around in my car when I was 16 and there was no FM radio around.

  10. fhiggins says:

    Hi F___ er, Art,

    When did you pull the plug on firefox for the main site? Is okay for the blog, though?


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