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(DJ Marvin is Very Depressed)   Radio, apparently wanting to kill itself off ever faster than planned, pulls out its new invention: Non-human DJs   (insideradio.com) divider line 119
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2011-08-18 09:53:11 AM
That's fine, I guess. Are they as obnoxious as human DJs? Just go to a music/commercial format and be done with it. I don't think many people are clamoring to have obnoxious morons narrate their FM music experience. Getting rid of them would mean savings for the station, and it would mean you could squeeze in more songs and advertising during the day.

I guess it might help to have a message stating what song is up next, but since it is a 95% chance of being a Katy Perry song or Adele's "Rolling In the Deep", we don't really need that either.
 
2011-08-18 10:11:32 AM
MAX HEADROOM
 
2011-08-18 10:15:43 AM
The real question is.... Will the automated DJ steal humor from fark like real DJs do?
 
2011-08-18 10:16:29 AM
From TFA:

Artificial intelligence has moved from science fiction to reality during the past several years, and now a Texas radio station is reportedly ready to put it to work.

Any Texas intelligence has to be artificial. Or imported.
 
2011-08-18 10:53:30 AM
t3.gstatic.com

Those clowns in congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.
 
2011-08-18 10:55:28 AM

miss diminutive: Those clowns in congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.


Here for this. Just watched that episode last night/CSB.

//great episode
//that wasn't part of the deal, Blackheart
 
2011-08-18 11:03:56 AM
How does it keep up with the news like that?
 
2011-08-18 11:19:26 AM
treesong.org

Would be pissed.
 
2011-08-18 11:20:15 AM
Carson Daily and Ryan Seacrest have been around since at least the late sixties or early seventies. They started in radio and have already taken over your tv and yall didnt even know they was some high falutin robutts. pffffffffffft
 
2011-08-18 11:20:39 AM
If Subby thinks that what listeners are really demanding from radio is more DJs, he/she is more than a little deluded.
 
2011-08-18 11:22:56 AM

miss diminutive: [t3.gstatic.com image 259x194]

Those clowns in congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.


Came for this, leaving happy.

"Hot dog! We have a weiner!"
 
2011-08-18 11:28:41 AM

miss diminutive: [t3.gstatic.com image 259x194]

Those clowns in congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.


How does it keep up on current affairs like that?
 
2011-08-18 11:29:57 AM
i92.photobucket.com
 
2011-08-18 11:31:20 AM
Wait, are you trying to tell me that Bob and Tom are real human beings? Because I find that very difficult to believe.
 
2011-08-18 11:33:21 AM
meh. I find DJ's to be an annoying waste of time.

Sirius XM ftw.
 
2011-08-18 11:36:27 AM

jayhawk88: Wait, are you trying to tell me that Bob and Tom are real human beings? Because I find that very difficult to believe.


I tried to listen to Bob and Tom a couple times. Imagine two guys laughing at a recording of themselves laughing at a recording of themselves laughing. That's the Bob and Tom experience.
 
2011-08-18 11:38:31 AM
Stop praising the machine!
 
2011-08-18 11:40:48 AM
will the fake d.j's talk right up until the song starts too?

cause it's so awesome and stuff.
 
2011-08-18 11:43:14 AM

Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: That's fine, I guess. Are they as obnoxious as human DJs? Just go to a music/commercial format and be done with it. I don't think many people are clamoring to have obnoxious morons narrate their FM music experience. Getting rid of them would mean savings for the station, and it would mean you could squeeze in more songs and advertising during the day.

I guess it might help to have a message stating what song is up next, but since it is a 95% chance of being a Katy Perry song or Adele's "Rolling In the Deep", we don't really need that either.


I'd rather they go back to the days when DJs were sometimes interesting people with good taste in music who were allowed to actually pick the music they played.
 
2011-08-18 11:44:06 AM
Well, with iTunes, Pandora and other ways of personalizing music, is it any surprise that music radio is losing listenership?
 
2011-08-18 11:45:19 AM

Electric_Banana: miss diminutive: [t3.gstatic.com image 259x194]

Those clowns in congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.

How does it keep up on current affairs like that?


"Dont praise the machine!"
 
2011-08-18 11:48:34 AM
Can they program it to play more than 5 "alternative radio" songs a week? The station my wife insists on listening to in the morning, the DJ plays one new song a day. Everything else is a repeat.

I forgive the station: they play the "Jon Stewart Minute", too.
 
2011-08-18 11:49:17 AM
Music on the radio is dead, and its rotting corpse is stinking up the airwaves.
 
2011-08-18 11:51:12 AM
Here's how to fix the DJ problem:

1. Hire a guy with good taste in a particular type of music.
2. Have him play the music.
3. Tell him only to talk if he is telling you what music he just played/is about to play.
 
2011-08-18 11:56:08 AM

El Freak: I'd rather they go back to the days when DJs were sometimes interesting people with good taste in music who were allowed to actually pick the music they played.


This is why I still listen to the local campus radio station, They rotate DJs every 2-3 hours and they each bring their own style and preferences to the mix. I might not like everything they play, but at least there's some variety and you get a chance to be exposed to music you otherwise wouldn't know anything about.

At least it's better than hearing Teenage Dream on the hour, every hour.
 
2011-08-18 11:58:48 AM

StopLurkListen: Well, with iTunes, Pandora and other ways of personalizing music, is it any surprise that music radio is losing listenership?


Yeah but radio advertising dollars are up in US and Canada. And are going up every year. Where local TV and newspapers are dying, radio is sort of taking over their spot. However the service it provides is changing (or will be changing). For the longest time, people touted radio's "immediacy". You can get a story on the air seconds after it hits! Barring huge disasters, people get their info first from (ugh, I hate this term) "social media". Radio has changed and evolved before. When TV came around, AM went from having TV-type shows to playing music. When FM came around, AM went to talk, and FM took over for music.

People have always had other options, but those other options take 'work' and 'time'. If you live in a big market, what's easier: downloading, then uploading to your phone all the songs you want, then creating playlists, etc? Or turning on a radio station. And I say big market because the bigger the market is, the more segmented the stations can be. People who live in cities less than 400,000 probably hear like 5 stations playing the same shiat. But in Toronto/New York, you have obscure stations playing everything. And it's free. And easy.

Someone said above to please get to just a music/no DJ format. Those already exist, but no one listens. The ratings for every station that does that are horrible. Psychologically I guess people just need that person there to host them through listening. It's up to the Program Directors to make sure the DJ's aren't annoying. There are a million announcers all trying too hard to be a "radio guy", and only a select few that people really enjoy.

Kiss 92.5 in Toronto and 98.7 Amp radio in Detroit are great examples of where radio is going. On Amp radio, the DJ's don't introduce the songs or talk up posts (the section of music until the lyrics begin). They have a computerized voice/the station voice doing that. Trying stuff that no one else is doing. And it's working.

Radio is also moving towards more than just radio. Remember the old cliche that all radio DJ's are ugly as sin? Well guess what, for the last decade at least, it's not a case of just talent. You gotta have the whole package. Because radio DJ's are in produced video pieces now, they're on TV, they're on websites, etc. It's more like an "eco system" then anything. Ever heard of Wango Tango? Edgefest? A station with a bar named after it (ie Live 98.5 in Ottawa owns the "Live Lounge"). A great announcer won't get a job in LA cause he looks like Mark Zuckerberg. It's just not gonna happen. They'll go for someone with less talent because his looks bring up his overall score.

Anyways, just my two cents.
 
Skr
2011-08-18 12:02:04 PM
Meh. Just like human DJs , this computer Dj 'Denise' will have her playing preferences and that station will keep doing double shots of MC Hawking
 
2011-08-18 12:05:22 PM
obvious:

People still isten to music on the radio?

/obvious


The Stampy epsiode is my all time favorite.
 
2011-08-18 12:12:54 PM
"The idea and concept was never meant to blatantly disrespect any of my colleagues by creating a situation in which it would place their jobs in jeopardy," he says. "My intention was solely to reinvent a possible new method of automation."

Stupid guy is stupid.
 
2011-08-18 12:14:13 PM
In the late 80's the number one radio station in the town I lived only had live DJ's for part of the day, the rest of the time it was just a generic male or female voice that would say "...and that was George Michael...with...Careless Whisper...up next...Madonna."

An interesting note to this is that the #2 radio station in town began to use this against them and eventually usurped them. They made it a point to have DJ's that were local and had some interesting personalities.
 
2011-08-18 12:20:39 PM

barneyfifesbullet: "The idea and concept was never meant to blatantly disrespect any of my colleagues by creating a situation in which it would place their jobs in jeopardy," he says. "My intention was solely to reinvent a possible new method of automation."

Stupid guy is stupid.


Why?
 
2011-08-18 12:26:46 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

approves
 
2011-08-18 12:27:46 PM
The real question is who the fark still listens to the radio? (for music)
 
2011-08-18 12:28:25 PM
His justification is pretty funny. He never meant to put anyone out of a job, he just wanted to save millions of dollars. So I guess those people can continue to come in to work as long as they don't mind not getting paid.
 
2011-08-18 12:29:16 PM
Came in here glad to see the Bob & Tom hate. Good god are those guys farking annoying, although I think Christy is even worse. That lady has the personality of a dead moth, and sounds like an uptight bore.
 
2011-08-18 12:31:26 PM

miss diminutive: El Freak: I'd rather they go back to the days when DJs were sometimes interesting people with good taste in music who were allowed to actually pick the music they played.

This is why I still listen to the local campus radio station, They rotate DJs every 2-3 hours and they each bring their own style and preferences to the mix. I might not like everything they play, but at least there's some variety and you get a chance to be exposed to music you otherwise wouldn't know anything about.

At least it's better than hearing Teenage Dream on the hour, every hour.


Sad thing is, that used to be the norm even for commercial stations. People forget, or don't realize, how influential DJs used to be. If not for guys in the 50s like Alan Freed or Dewey Phillips being allowed to play whatever the hell they wanted, music would be VERY different today.

/music nerd
 
2011-08-18 12:37:32 PM

SnakeMan: Why?


WTF do you think automation does?
 
2011-08-18 12:39:48 PM
Voicetracking and syndication has been killing Radio since the mid 90's. Delilah was killing off night jocks way before Denise.
 
2011-08-18 12:43:41 PM

barneyfifesbullet: SnakeMan: Why?

WTF do you think automation does?


That doesn't mean that his intention was to put people out of work. That's like saying the inventor of the lightbulb was out to put candle makers out of work.
 
2011-08-18 12:43:57 PM

SnakeMan: If Subby thinks that what listeners are really demanding from radio is more DJs, he/she is more than a little deluded.


No and believe it or not, not everyone is a white male in their 20s or 30s. Once you step outside of those stereotypes, people actually would rather hear someone talk on the radio between songs now and then. Delve into niche formats (specifically those in non-profit radio) and they almost demand it.

They don't want endless babble and people laughing at their own self-amused jokes. But they don't want robots, either.
 
2011-08-18 12:44:38 PM
I love me some Jim Ladd. The last real DJ in Los Angeles.
 
2011-08-18 12:50:54 PM
I'm OK with this. I hate DJs. Nothing will get me to change the channel faster than some moron yammering on about anything at all except what the next record is going to be.

DJ's should play music, and STFU.
 
2011-08-18 12:51:20 PM

miss diminutive: [t3.gstatic.com image 259x194]

Those clowns in congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.


Came in here for this! Thank you.
 
2011-08-18 12:53:12 PM

csi_yellowknife: SnakeMan: If Subby thinks that what listeners are really demanding from radio is more DJs, he/she is more than a little deluded.

No and believe it or not, not everyone is a white male in their 20s or 30s. Once you step outside of those stereotypes, people actually would rather hear someone talk on the radio between songs now and then. Delve into niche formats (specifically those in non-profit radio) and they almost demand it.

They don't want endless babble and people laughing at their own self-amused jokes. But they don't want robots, either.


So your advice to commercial radio to save itself...is to imitate non-profit radio.
 
2011-08-18 12:59:55 PM

SnakeMan: csi_yellowknife: SnakeMan: If Subby thinks that what listeners are really demanding from radio is more DJs, he/she is more than a little deluded.

No and believe it or not, not everyone is a white male in their 20s or 30s. Once you step outside of those stereotypes, people actually would rather hear someone talk on the radio between songs now and then. Delve into niche formats (specifically those in non-profit radio) and they almost demand it.

They don't want endless babble and people laughing at their own self-amused jokes. But they don't want robots, either.

So your advice to commercial radio to save itself...is to imitate non-profit radio.


Actually, it would just be going back to how radio USED to be up until the mid 60s.Blame the bean counters for farking it all up.
 
2011-08-18 01:02:22 PM
sure haven't: Someone said above to please get to just a music/no DJ format. Those already exist, but no one listens. The ratings for every station that does that are horrible. Psychologically I guess people just need that person there to host them through listening. It's up to the Program Directors to make sure the DJ's aren't annoying. There are a million announcers all trying too hard to be a "radio guy", and only a select few that people really enjoy.

Kiss 92.5 in Toronto and 98.7 Amp radio in Detroit are great examples of where radio is going. On Amp radio, the DJ's don't introduce the songs or talk up posts (the section of music until the lyrics begin). They have a computerized voice/the station voice doing that. Trying stuff that no one else is doing. And it's working.

When Jack-FM started on 92.5 several years ago, I *loved* it. They played a great combo of classic rock, some pop, etc. with a robot DJ. I would have loved for them to continue like that but once they brought in the live DJs, it seemed to go downhill.

Now, 92.5 still seems to have an okay playlist but their reception has dropped across the lake so, here in St Catharines, I can barely get them at all.
 
2011-08-18 01:02:36 PM
I'm sure it'd be better than what we have here.
Z-92s Todd n Tyler. They are so full of themselves...
When they masturbate, they masturbate to videos of themselves masturbating.

They are on from like 6-10am.. take three commercial breaks that are 20 minutes each.. then guess what happens overnight? Yea. Too cheap to pay a live person overnight. They just replay the two homos again. You wanna hear music on the weekends? NOPE. Have another replay of yesterdays show.

When the two divas are on vacation.. they play the best of.. no music.

I haven't listened to the actual radio in my town for years now.
Thank God for mp3s.
 
2011-08-18 01:03:12 PM
I have to be honest here..

DJ's - you are thoroughly unimportant. I used to be on your side when it came to your inevitable replacement by centralized voice trackers. But.. when you step back and look at it - No one farking cares what you have to say. You are completely interchangeable with the receptionist at your station. Your jokes are never funny, your deep insights into the band you just played are shiat fans read online 4 days ago. Get over yourselves.

/former DJ
//has a real job now.
 
2011-08-18 01:03:30 PM
and all they will play is "we built this city"
 
2011-08-18 01:08:23 PM

natazha: Can they program it to play more than 5 "alternative radio" songs a week? The station my wife insists on listening to in the morning, the DJ plays one new song a day. Everything else is a repeat.

I forgive the station: they play the "Jon Stewart Minute", too.


Seeing that your profile says you live in Oregon, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that you're referring to NRK.

/Station was never the same once Daria moved over to "The Buzz"
//I miss the Mark Trail bits they did with her brother
 
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