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2012-05-16 08:23:01 PM  
Headline needed: ***every cit..............zzzzzt
 
2012-05-16 08:24:22 PM  
Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?
 
2012-05-16 08:28:53 PM  
I have my phone that plugs into my car dock for audio. I don't know how people listen to radio. It's crap.
 
2012-05-16 08:29:35 PM  

bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?


Oh they are out there. They are dead souled people, but they are out there.
 
2012-05-16 08:49:34 PM  
KXT here in Dallas is my go-to music radio station if I'm in the car for short durations.

Otherwise, it's Pandora.

Fark CC right in their right-leaning asses.
 
2012-05-16 08:54:44 PM  
Sure, they own a lot of stations, but those stations' ratings and revenues go into the shiatter the minute CC takes control.

A smart competitor would eat their lunch, drink their milkshake, hear the lamentations of their women and so forth.
 
2012-05-16 08:56:17 PM  
Clear Channel continues its efforts to own homogenize, then destroy every radio station in every city

FTFY, Subby.

Radio is dead not because of ipods or CDs or Pandora, but because of Clear Channel.
 
2012-05-16 09:11:33 PM  
Fark CC, that is all.
 
2012-05-16 09:12:51 PM  

bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?


Exactly!

Commercial radio sucks.
 
2012-05-16 09:20:46 PM  
what's with the hatred of clear channel? We have several stations owned by them in my city and other then the stupid amount of commercials/contests, it's just like any other radio station.
 
2012-05-16 09:21:08 PM  
Wow. Sad to see it was FNX. Used to be a great station.
 
2012-05-16 09:21:20 PM  
Fu(k Clear Channel
 
2012-05-16 09:22:58 PM  
I'm not saying it is, but even if this is typical douchetastic alternative radio with four morning personalities (buck, Baxter, Jed and Leeza) doing crank calls and giving life advice it's still better than CC.
 
2012-05-16 09:23:15 PM  
What is this "radio station" of which you speak?
 
2012-05-16 09:23:26 PM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: what's with the hatred of clear channel? We have several stations owned by them in my city and other then the stupid amount of commercials/contests, it's just like any other radio station.


censorshipIgnorance is bliss
 
2012-05-16 09:26:34 PM  

bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?


This

FirstNationalBastard: Clear Channel continues its efforts to own homogenize, then destroy every radio station in every city

FTFY, Subby.

Radio is dead not because of ipods or CDs or Pandora, but because of Clear Channel.


Aaaaand that.
 
2012-05-16 09:27:39 PM  
Around here, most of the stations seem to cater to immigrants and the elderly. In other words, people who don't have iPods.
 
2012-05-16 09:28:38 PM  

bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?


Even then, there's this thing called "the internet" you may have heard of, where you can legally listen to NPR programs for free and on demand.
 
2012-05-16 09:28:45 PM  
Gee... who owns most of Clear Channel again?

/And who's their biggest on-air personality?
//in more ways than one
 
2012-05-16 09:30:48 PM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: what's with the hatred of clear channel? We have several stations owned by them in my city and other then the stupid amount of commercials/contests, it's just like any other radio station.


Like any other radio station anywhere else in the country. They do the bare minimum to satisfy FCC licensing requirements. If the shiat hits the fan and there's, say, a big honking power outage, you can count on your local Clear Channel affiliates to be completely and utterly useless.
 
2012-05-16 09:36:40 PM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: what's with the hatred of clear channel? We have several stations owned by them in my city and other then the stupid amount of commercials/contests, it's just like any other radio station.


You've hit on one of the big problems right there.
 
2012-05-16 09:42:04 PM  
Clear Channel makes a business model of playing stuff where it doesn't matter if it's good or not, but whether it's too offensive or not to make you change the channel. That's why they do and always will suck.
 
2012-05-16 09:43:19 PM  

bdub77: bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?

Oh they are out there. They are dead souled people, but they are out there.


Some jobs don't allow ipods at work. Or phones.

/*sigh*
//it pays the bills
 
2012-05-16 09:44:36 PM  
Bain Capital strikes again!
 
2012-05-16 09:47:06 PM  
Own an ipod, subby?
 
2012-05-16 09:55:14 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: bdub77: bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?

Oh they are out there. They are dead souled people, but they are out there.

Some jobs don't allow ipods at work. Or phones.

/*sigh*
//it pays the bills


Probably people like me. My car is 12 years old, the CD player in it doesn't work anymore and does not have a way to plug in an ipod. So all I have is radio. Thankfully my trip to work is short and I can surf enough to find something to listen to for 15 minutes(usually talk radio for the weather and traffic), but otherwise I do not have a choice.

I could put in a new radio/head unit but I am afraid it would jinx my car into breaking down and having to get a new one. Its a 2000 civic with 140k miles and still runs well, but don't want to risk it.

On long trips (2-5hrs) I load up the ipod and use my battery powered speakers for it. But that is a hassle for short trips.

Other than my car, I do what other people have mentioned by streaming radio over the internet in my office or at home. Which is nice since some "hit" songs are only hits regionally and you hear something new from other parts of the country.
 
2012-05-16 09:55:41 PM  
If you can run a radio station after laying off 17 out of 21 employees, you could have done it sooner and avoided being purchased by CC.
 
2012-05-16 10:00:12 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: If you can run a radio station after laying off 17 out of 21 employees, you could have done it sooner and avoided being purchased by CC.


No, they probably couldn't.

With 21 employees, they were probably an actual community radio station, with DJs that are live in the studio, local news and information, and stuff like that.

With 4 employees under Clear Channel, the station will be just another pathetic cookie cutter station with voice tracked shows and the same 40 songs CC plays on a loop on all of its stations.
 
2012-05-16 10:02:08 PM  
Am I the only one uncomfortable with the I Heart Radio thing? I feel like I'm about to be assimilated.
 
2012-05-16 10:02:11 PM  

Hyjamon: AppleOptionEsc: bdub77: bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?

Oh they are out there. They are dead souled people, but they are out there.

Some jobs don't allow ipods at work. Or phones.

/*sigh*
//it pays the bills

Probably people like me. My car is 12 years old, the CD player in it doesn't work anymore and does not have a way to plug in an ipod. So all I have is radio. Thankfully my trip to work is short and I can surf enough to find something to listen to for 15 minutes(usually talk radio for the weather and traffic), but otherwise I do not have a choice.

I could put in a new radio/head unit but I am afraid it would jinx my car into breaking down and having to get a new one. Its a 2000 civic with 140k miles and still runs well, but don't want to risk it.

On long trips (2-5hrs) I load up the ipod and use my battery powered speakers for it. But that is a hassle for short trips.

Other than my car, I do what other people have mentioned by streaming radio over the internet in my office or at home. Which is nice since some "hit" songs are only hits regionally and you hear something new from other parts of the country.


I suppose cars don't come with tape decks anymore. Mine doesn't. I always used the cd player-to-tape deck converter. Which conveniently works on MP3 players. On the drive to work I am lucky enough to have 2 NPR stations (WNPR and NPR from 4a-10a).

I always wanted to set the car manual on fire. I have an MP3 setting. I have an MP3 jack. But no amount of fiddling makes it work.
 
2012-05-16 10:04:09 PM  

Ecobuckeye: Am I the only one uncomfortable with the I Heart Radio thing? I feel like I'm about to be assimilated.


Everyone is envious of Pandora.
 
2012-05-16 10:04:36 PM  

bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?


I like my local rock station's morning show, does that make me soulless?
 
2012-05-16 10:14:04 PM  
Ok,
So like most of the failed NE radio stations, they will be playing sports talk within 6 mos.
Seems like the only thing that makes money out there is telling the Yankees to suck it.
 
2012-05-16 10:16:57 PM  
Seventeen employees were laid off, according to Phoenix Media/Communications Group executive editor Peter Kadzis. The station, which had 21 employees -- 9 full-time and 12 part-time -- now has three full-timers and one part timer.

wow! impressive cost savings there... very impressive
 
2012-05-16 10:25:23 PM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: what's with the hatred of clear channel? We have several stations owned by them in my city and other then the stupid amount of commercials/contests, it's just like any other radio station.


It's like some other radio stations, not any other radio station. There used to be radio stations that were different. Back in the early '90s I used to listen to one- 92.1, WCDQ, farkers in New Hampshire and Southern Maine may remember it. It was a classic rock ststion, more or less, but it didn't just play the 40 or 50 songs that every other classic rock station plays. It played Leonard Cohen, Jefferson Starship from when they were actually good, entire live Grateful Dead shows from the '70s. It was quirky but a lot of stuff they played was actually good, and I never would have heard it anywhere else. When I was about 11 or 12 they were purchased by some big conglomerate, I don't know if it was CC or not but pretty much the same thing regardless. They turned it into another alternative rock station just like all the rest. I have avoided radio like the plague ever since.

There used to be a lot of stations like that, and now there aren't. Clear Channel is the single biggest reason why.
 
2012-05-16 10:35:29 PM  

Probably people like me. My car is 12 years old, the CD player in it doesn't work anymore and does not have a way to plug in an ipod. So all I have is radio. Thankfully my trip to work is short and I can surf enough to find something to listen to for 15 minutes(usually talk radio for the weather and traffic), but otherwise I do not have a choice.

I could put in a new radio/head unit but I am afraid it would jinx my car into breaking down and having to get a new one. Its a 2000 civic with 140k miles and still runs well, but don't want to risk it.

On long trips (2-5hrs) I load up the ipod and use my battery powered speakers for it. But that is a hassle for short trips.

Other than my car, I do what other people have mentioned by streaming radio over the internet in my office or at home. Which is nice since some "hit" songs are only hits regionally and you hear something new from other parts of the country.


Just get an fm modulator. It plugs in the cigarette lighter and you broadcast on a dead frequency. Not the greatest, but better than most alternatives. Online they are about $20.
 
2012-05-16 10:41:18 PM  
Thank God that Minneapolis has The Current.

I wasn't a fan of public radio before this station came along. Now I'm a sustaining member.

Link

I haven't listened to commercial radio for over 7 years now.

We might be fly-over country, but our radio station is better than yours.
 
2012-05-16 10:48:48 PM  

malaktaus: 5 star chef of tv dinners: what's with the hatred of clear channel? We have several stations owned by them in my city and other then the stupid amount of commercials/contests, it's just like any other radio station.

It's like some other radio stations, not any other radio station. There used to be radio stations that were different. Back in the early '90s I used to listen to one- 92.1, WCDQ, farkers in New Hampshire and Southern Maine may remember it. It was a classic rock ststion, more or less, but it didn't just play the 40 or 50 songs that every other classic rock station plays. It played Leonard Cohen, Jefferson Starship from when they were actually good, entire live Grateful Dead shows from the '70s. It was quirky but a lot of stuff they played was actually good, and I never would have heard it anywhere else. When I was about 11 or 12 they were purchased by some big conglomerate, I don't know if it was CC or not but pretty much the same thing regardless. They turned it into another alternative rock station just like all the rest. I have avoided radio like the plague ever since.

There used to be a lot of stations like that, and now there aren't. Clear Channel is the single biggest reason why.


I hate to point this out, but......

WCDQ-FM(now WXEX-FM) became WPHX-FM....a simulcast of WFNX-FM 101.7 out of Boston - the very station this article is about. They sold it in 2011 to another company(and thus new call letters).
 
2012-05-16 10:54:57 PM  
The afternoon show on my local sports-talk radio station is worth the listen, but beyond that it's the same old hypnotized sounding guy on 'the Drive' or crap dance/hippity-hop (not even deserving of the title Hip-Hop) KISS-FM station.

/they recently killed off Q101
//WXRT is alright if you like U2 and folk music
 
2012-05-16 11:16:29 PM  

markie_farkie: KXT here in Dallas is my go-to music radio station if I'm in the car for short durations.

Otherwise, it's Pandora.

Fark CC right in their right-leaning asses.


This.

KXT plays pretty good music.
 
2012-05-16 11:22:31 PM  

FiendishFellow05: malaktaus: 5 star chef of tv dinners: what's with the hatred of clear channel? We have several stations owned by them in my city and other then the stupid amount of commercials/contests, it's just like any other radio station.

It's like some other radio stations, not any other radio station. There used to be radio stations that were different. Back in the early '90s I used to listen to one- 92.1, WCDQ, farkers in New Hampshire and Southern Maine may remember it. It was a classic rock ststion, more or less, but it didn't just play the 40 or 50 songs that every other classic rock station plays. It played Leonard Cohen, Jefferson Starship from when they were actually good, entire live Grateful Dead shows from the '70s. It was quirky but a lot of stuff they played was actually good, and I never would have heard it anywhere else. When I was about 11 or 12 they were purchased by some big conglomerate, I don't know if it was CC or not but pretty much the same thing regardless. They turned it into another alternative rock station just like all the rest. I have avoided radio like the plague ever since.

There used to be a lot of stations like that, and now there aren't. Clear Channel is the single biggest reason why.

I hate to point this out, but......

WCDQ-FM(now WXEX-FM) became WPHX-FM....a simulcast of WFNX-FM 101.7 out of Boston - the very station this article is about. They sold it in 2011 to another company(and thus new call letters).


Really? Ha! fark those guys then, their station sucked giant ass. DNRTFA, obviously, but perhaps they got what they deserved. First the good radio stations are devoured by garbage, then the predators are themselves engulfed by the absolute epitome of shiat, Clear Channel. It's the circle of life. The whole situation reminds me of what was going on in the beer industry in the '60s, actually, when the market was totally dominated by just a few huge breweries with a few middling businesses just barely hanging on and no real microbrews on the scene yet at all. If radio becomes unprofitable enough, CC may yet be forced to sell off frequencies at firesale prices, and the situation may change for the better.
 
2012-05-16 11:26:10 PM  

MrEricSir: bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?

Even then, there's this thing called "the internet" you may have heard of, where you can legally listen to NPR programs for free and on demand.


Or Sirius
 
2012-05-16 11:35:05 PM  

Hyjamon: I could put in a new radio/head unit but I am afraid it would jinx my car into breaking down and having to get a new one. Its a 2000 civic with 140k miles and still runs well, but don't want to risk it.


I have a 2000 Accord. I don't know if our dashboards are similar, but after the cassette deck died (I used a cassette adapter for the iPod), I picked up an adapter that plugs into the CD port on the back for $50 shipping included. You attach a stereo-mini-to-dual-RCA cord to it and then run your ipod thru your CD input on the radio. Installation took 15 minutes tops.

There's a terrific Honda board out there (Google is your friend) that helped in figuring out how to do it.
 
2012-05-16 11:41:51 PM  

malaktaus: FiendishFellow05: malaktaus: 5 star chef of tv dinners: what's with the hatred of clear channel? We have several stations owned by them in my city and other then the stupid amount of commercials/contests, it's just like any other radio station.

It's like some other radio stations, not any other radio station. There used to be radio stations that were different. Back in the early '90s I used to listen to one- 92.1, WCDQ, farkers in New Hampshire and Southern Maine may remember it. It was a classic rock ststion, more or less, but it didn't just play the 40 or 50 songs that every other classic rock station plays. It played Leonard Cohen, Jefferson Starship from when they were actually good, entire live Grateful Dead shows from the '70s. It was quirky but a lot of stuff they played was actually good, and I never would have heard it anywhere else. When I was about 11 or 12 they were purchased by some big conglomerate, I don't know if it was CC or not but pretty much the same thing regardless. They turned it into another alternative rock station just like all the rest. I have avoided radio like the plague ever since.

There used to be a lot of stations like that, and now there aren't. Clear Channel is the single biggest reason why.

I hate to point this out, but......

WCDQ-FM(now WXEX-FM) became WPHX-FM....a simulcast of WFNX-FM 101.7 out of Boston - the very station this article is about. They sold it in 2011 to another company(and thus new call letters).

Really? Ha! fark those guys then, their station sucked giant ass. DNRTFA, obviously, but perhaps they got what they deserved. First the good radio stations are devoured by garbage, then the predators are themselves engulfed by the absolute epitome of shiat, Clear Channel. It's the circle of life. The whole situation reminds me of what was going on in the beer industry in the '60s, actually, when the market was totally dominated by just a few huge breweries with a few middling businesses just barely hanging on and n ...


Except considering Phoenix Media a predator is ridiculous on the face of it. They're not a huge conglomerate; they were one of the last independent stations around here, and the only other station they owned was/is WFEX-FM in Peterborough, NH. They were running WFNX on a shoestring, with a crew of 9 full-time and 12 part-time employees. I suspect buying WCQD was an attempt to expand their market a little(and their signal - WFNX is notorious for having a weak signal, so what Clear Channel is doing with that I have no friggin' clue) - and based on the fact that they sold it 12 years later, it wasn't a money-maker.

But no one deserves to get swallowed by the bloated whale of radio that is Clear Channel. Another independent station gone. The scrap heap gets bigger. At least Phoenix Media retains the call letters, archives and intellectual property; maybe WFNX can be reborn some day.
 
2012-05-16 11:42:35 PM  
You know you can get adapters that broadcast at radio frequencies, right? That's what I have in my car. No it's not amazing quality but it works for me. Unfortunately my iPod recently died, so now I just either play the classical station or NPR. I love WUNC.
 
2012-05-16 11:58:14 PM  

10000 Marbles: Hyjamon: I could put in a new radio/head unit but I am afraid it would jinx my car into breaking down and having to get a new one. Its a 2000 civic with 140k miles and still runs well, but don't want to risk it.

I have a 2000 Accord. I don't know if our dashboards are similar, but after the cassette deck died (I used a cassette adapter for the iPod), I picked up an adapter that plugs into the CD port on the back for $50 shipping included. You attach a stereo-mini-to-dual-RCA cord to it and then run your ipod thru your CD input on the radio. Installation took 15 minutes tops.

There's a terrific Honda board out there (Google is your friend) that helped in figuring out how to do it.


thanks, I'll check it out.
 
2012-05-16 11:59:19 PM  

bdub77: You know you can get adapters that broadcast at radio frequencies, right? That's what I have in my car. No it's not amazing quality but it works for me. .


Came for this, leaving satisfied, there's also ones that connect to a headphone jack I use on for Pandora on the trip to/from work
 
2012-05-17 01:29:47 AM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: what's with the hatred of clear channel? We have several stations owned by them in my city and other then the stupid amount of commercials/contests, it's just like any other radio station.


Zero local news. After Irene, when the power was out for over a week, there was no news given on where to get water or ice.

They still played the same 150 songs every day though.
 
2012-05-17 02:32:45 AM  

bronyaur1: Seriously, who actually still listens to non-NPR terrestrial radio?


I'll admit to it. Heck, I'll admit that KFI Los Angeles is a Clear Channel station. Granted, the only two syndicated shows that didn't start here is Rush Limbaugh and Coast to Coast, but it's still technically Clear Channel.
 
2012-05-17 02:56:10 AM  
LIke most, I haven't willfully listened to a terrestrial station in years - with one exception: WWOZ, New Orleans.

It's jazz, stomping brass band, zydeco on weekends, blues, funk, etc. And it's entirely user supported! And a clear reminder of how locally run radio will always trump whatever these conglomerates pawn off as culture. If anyone is interested in hearing the heart and soul of New Orleans, plus regional and national acts, here ya go.

/rest of the dial in this town is just as bland and predictable as it is where you live
//support that last local station you have
 
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