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by phillyb
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Network & Syndicated Radio and TV
Topic: Firings on Sesame Street
Replies: 9
Views: 2063

Firings on Sesame Street

It appears the philosophy guiding such radio luminaries as Cumulus and Iheart Media has made its way to Sesame Street, of all places: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/07/28/sesame-street-says-goodbye-to-gordon-bob-and-luis-fans-are-not-happy/ Edit: see kids, now you...
by phillyb
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Network & Syndicated Radio and TV
Topic: Jerry Doyle, RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 1240

Jerry Doyle, RIP

Jerry Doyle, radio talk show host and former star of the TV show "Babylon 5", has died.

The details:http://www.thewrap.com/jerry-doyle-dead ... r-died-60/
by phillyb
Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: WGHN--WTF?
Replies: 8
Views: 2351

WGHN--WTF?

By day, WGHN-FM 92.1 is a fairly standard Adult Contemporary station, playing everything from Adele and Sam Smith to Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift, with 80s music from the likes of Bananarama and Hughie Lewis and the News mixed in. That changes at 7 p.m, which WGHN now carries "Alice Cooper Nights". ...
by phillyb
Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: WOOD does good...
Replies: 2
Views: 3207

Re: WOOD does good...

I can remember Rob from his days at WHTC.

Is he also on an iHeart station in Detroit? Given the way IHM operates, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if they have him pulling "double duty."
by phillyb
Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: State of the Music Biz (and radio)
Replies: 1
Views: 1479

Re: State of the Music Biz (and radio)

Great article, thanks for passing it along. I'm now a certified old fart, and I must confess to a nostalgia for the days of radio of 35 years ago, when I was having so much fun working in the business. But those days are gone. And the truth is that radio, like the music industry, is and will continu...
by phillyb
Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Network & Syndicated Radio and TV
Topic: "...The Day, that TV died; bye, bye Miss American..."
Replies: 13
Views: 3280

Re: "...The Day, that TV died; bye, bye Miss American..."

It's beginning to dawn on TV broadcasters that OTA--with expensive towers, and in aggregate gigawatts of transmitter power may not be the most efficient or even sensible way to reach an audience. Back in Uncle Walter's day, it didn't matter because advertisers beat down the door to buy ads on televi...
by phillyb
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: Reese Rickards Bounced from IHeart
Replies: 15
Views: 5475

Re: Reese Rickards Bounced from IHeart

What a shame.

Spend decades with a company, and they say "so what, you're gone".

I(have no)Heart Media sucks.
by phillyb
Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: Rush Limbaugh boycott worked, and hurt all of talk radio
Replies: 6
Views: 2292

Re: Rush Limbaugh boycott worked, and hurt all of talk radio

I agree, it's not the boycotts that are dragging Rush down. He's doing it to himself. He used to be humorous, engaging to listen to, and even if you did not agree with him, he kept the show interesting enough--and informative enough-- to prevent tune-out. All that's gone now. Rush is just loud, mean...
by phillyb
Sat May 28, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 89.7 Is off the air
Replies: 21
Views: 5342

Re: 89.7 Is off the air

I'd have hoped for a good, classical station at 89.7. Has WBLU scaled back its Classical programming? I'm not very familiar with what they're doing these days. WBLV/WBLU still plays what they call "classical" music. It's mostly 20th Century and contemporary orchestral music, with a little bit of Be...
by phillyb
Sat May 14, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Pirate Radio Challenge
Replies: 8
Views: 2006

Re: Pirate Radio Challenge

http://www.ecnmag.com/news/2016/04/internet-age-pirate-radio-arises-surprising-challenge Why don't these folks try LPAM with the Rangemaster? http://www.am1000rangemaster.com/ I find it interesting in some sort of "power to the people" sort of thought, pirate broadcasting is somehow looked upon as ...
by phillyb
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: 7&4 Doopler Radar
Replies: 5
Views: 2297

Re: 7&4 Doopler Radar

I can't specifically address 7&4's situation as I have no knowledge of it; but generally most TV stations have given up having their own radar unit and now go exclusively with NOAA's doppler radar. The weather service's radar coupled with new software introduced over the past few years render it sup...
by phillyb
Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Broadcasting - General
Topic: Creditor group gives iHeart 60 days to repay $6B in loans
Replies: 6
Views: 2424

Re: Creditor group gives iHeart 60 days to repay $6B in loan

Ifart is hoping it can hang on until the FCC approves 100% foreign ownership of US broadcast stations, which it is expected to do sometime this year. Then some Sheikh from Bahrain or a big Chinese company can buy them out and Ifart's US investors can laugh all the way to the bank. Cumulus is probabl...
by phillyb
Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Tower web site gone
Replies: 4
Views: 1894

Tower web site gone

I have noticed the website http://www.michiganbroadcasttowers.com is gone.

Does anyone know, is this a permanent disappearance? Or will it be back? Bosco?
by phillyb
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: Fire sales coming? Who's going to buy?
Replies: 13
Views: 3335

Re: Fire sales coming? Who's going to buy?

Let's not forget about the foreign-ownership proposal...the Chinese and Middle-East Oil sheiks might want some stations to push their propaganda. Just think they could own all the stations...think of the synergy...Gas & Radio! Is there an FCC position on foreign ownership? I think Rupert Murdoch ha...
by phillyb
Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: Fat Lady Coming to Sing at Iheart
Replies: 11
Views: 3703

Re: Fat Lady Coming to Sing at Iheart

paul8539 wrote:I am unfamiliar with this music group 'Fat Lady'. What lavel are they on?
The Seventh Level--of Hell.

You definitely don't want this band singing at your party!