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(EU Reporter)   Thursday is World Radio Day. So stop whatever you are doing and give thanks to an electronic thingie none of us own any more, but was useful in its day   (eureporter.co) divider line 37
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2014-02-12 09:05:40 AM  
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Radio what's new?
Radio, someone still loves you!
 
2014-02-12 09:15:58 AM  
Sorry to hear that subby can't afford a vehicle.
 
2014-02-12 09:24:00 AM  
Invisible airwaves crackle with life.
Bright antennae bristle with the energy.
 
2014-02-12 09:36:40 AM  
dittybopper would probably disagree with the headline.

At great length, and vehemently.
 
2014-02-12 09:36:56 AM  

vernonFL: Invisible airwaves crackle with life.
Bright antennae bristle with the energy.


upload.wikimedia.org

First thing I thought of.
 
2014-02-12 09:39:37 AM  
Video killed the radio star.

/oh, oh-oh-oh
 
2014-02-12 09:41:59 AM  
This headline is as idiotic as the one about pen and paper being a thing of the past.
 
2014-02-12 09:43:21 AM  
I bought an old tombstone radio on eBay and used an old iPhone to stream old time radio shows through it.
 
2014-02-12 09:45:50 AM  
"thingie none of us own any more"

Uh, subster.  Your smart phone has more radios in it than your Daddy had for the duration of the 70s.

However, since TFA seems to be a press release for a broadcast radio ad sales circle jerk, I'll chime in with some derision too.
 
2014-02-12 09:46:33 AM  
I listen to one twice a day on the way to and from work.
 
2014-02-12 09:55:21 AM  
Yeah, do "radio" stations even exist anymore? HAW HAW!
 
2014-02-12 10:12:02 AM  
I listen to NPR every morning on the way to work, because I cannot get the time to watch the morning/evening news.

Subby, your argument is invalid
 
2014-02-12 10:21:23 AM  
I listen to world radio on the Tunein app.
 
2014-02-12 10:25:09 AM  

grokca: Sorry to hear that subby can't afford a vehicle.


Many car stereos have SD card slots, IPod docks, USB ports, bluetooth and other input means. There is no need to listen to commercials commercials and more commercials.

/use 32 gig SD card for mine.
//tuner set to the classical station just in case.
///I don't even own a car, wait what
 
2014-02-12 10:27:24 AM  
lulz...now that clear channel is getting out of a lot of markets because they don't know what they're doing and started losing their asses, stations are becoming more local from the top down. This is a plus for the listeners. Where there's listeners, there's advertisers. Where there's advertisers, money will flow to good ideas brought forth by the local radio stations.

The more technology changes, radio will always be there.
 
2014-02-12 10:29:01 AM  
Why the hell would I want to listen to the radio when I've got all of the music I could ever want on 8-Track?

/Ka-Chunk!
 
2014-02-12 10:36:46 AM  
Can I still dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio?
 
2014-02-12 10:40:06 AM  
Radio for football with tv sound off and we have a station with dedicated storm coverage including mobile units.
 
2014-02-12 10:42:58 AM  
Radio is used for all sorts of things.
Wifi, bluetooth, cell phones.
 
2014-02-12 10:47:58 AM  

WhiskeySticks: lulz...now that clear channel is getting out of a lot of markets because they don't know what they're doing and started losing their asses, stations are becoming more local from the top down.


This is happening? They still have FOUR stations here.
 
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2014-02-12 10:55:22 AM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Radio for football with tv sound off and we have a station with dedicated storm coverage including mobile units.


And for baseball on my front porch.
 
2014-02-12 11:02:11 AM  
WhiskeySticks:
The more technology changes, radio will always be there.

"Be there" and "be successful" are two different things.

Broadcast radio ratings have been dropping steadily overall since the late 1990s. A lot of stations have added internet radio sites, though, so the losses in broadcast listeners haven't seemed so severe.
 
2014-02-12 11:12:23 AM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: WhiskeySticks: lulz...now that clear channel is getting out of a lot of markets because they don't know what they're doing and started losing their asses, stations are becoming more local from the top down.

This is happening? They still have FOUR stations here.


They have been cutting harder than a depressed teenager since 2007. Between January and May 2009 Clear Channel eliminated 2,440 positions. By running on bare bones, their product suffers and listeners turn off. Less listeners, less profit - they sell off the stations.

As of 2012 (where I dug up info) there are 11293 licensed commercial radio stations in the U.S. Clear Channel owns 850 sticks. That's 7.53% of the licenses. Cumulus has 504 sticks. 4.46%. Between the two companies, they own 11.99% of the licensed commercial stations in America. When radio was cutting jobs starting back in 2006, these were the big players we'd hear about, not the locally owned stations.

There are more big players other than these two. Say you have a big business firm on the East coast that got wind there's easy money in radio. They buy up a bunch of Midwestern stations without any experience because they're cheap and expect to turn a profit. The suits only see numbers, and the people who work at the radio stations probably only see the suits once or twice. No direction from up top since money is the only thing that matters, not putting out a product that people will tune into. Once the numbers drop, they sell off the stations. The sticks get picked up by existing local/regional media outlets - those who have interest in the business other than just the bottom line.
 
2014-02-12 11:32:43 AM  
I listen to radio on the internet. It may as well be a podcast at that point, but I can reliably listen to Blues games, so I'm happy.
 
2014-02-12 12:27:29 PM  

WhiskeySticks: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: WhiskeySticks: lulz...now that clear channel is getting out of a lot of markets because they don't know what they're doing and started losing their asses, stations are becoming more local from the top down.

This is happening? They still have FOUR stations here.

They have been cutting harder than a depressed teenager since 2007. Between January and May 2009 Clear Channel eliminated 2,440 positions. By running on bare bones, their product suffers and listeners turn off. Less listeners, less profit - they sell off the stations.

As of 2012 (where I dug up info) there are 11293 licensed commercial radio stations in the U.S. Clear Channel owns 850 sticks. That's 7.53% of the licenses. Cumulus has 504 sticks. 4.46%. Between the two companies, they own 11.99% of the licensed commercial stations in America. When radio was cutting jobs starting back in 2006, these were the big players we'd hear about, not the locally owned stations.

There are more big players other than these two. Say you have a big business firm on the East coast that got wind there's easy money in radio. They buy up a bunch of Midwestern stations without any experience because they're cheap and expect to turn a profit. The suits only see numbers, and the people who work at the radio stations probably only see the suits once or twice. No direction from up top since money is the only thing that matters, not putting out a product that people will tune into. Once the numbers drop, they sell off the stations. The sticks get picked up by existing local/regional media outlets - those who have interest in the business other than just the bottom line.


Yup I was one of them bastards. Thingsstarted to go bad in the market I worked in back in 2006. They cut sales people commissions twice in a year. So the top sales people left and went over to the competition. Thats when they started slashing staff left and right. By the time they laid me off I was doing a bunch of other jobs and had 3 interns helping me out.
 
2014-02-12 12:58:20 PM  

Witty Comment: dittybopper would probably disagree with the headline.

At great length, and vehemently.


Please let's not get him started.
 
2014-02-12 01:15:06 PM  
The only time I really use the radio is to listen to the Yankees. I don't even like the Yankees or baseball, but there's something so right about listening to baseball on the radio while throwing back crappy lager in the summer evenings.
 
2014-02-12 01:25:31 PM  
I'm reading this at a radio station so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2014-02-12 01:50:21 PM  
I've got my XM radio and quite enjoy listening to the Old Timey radio station.  Especially on long trips, it makes the time go by much faster. Terrestrial radio sucks.
 
2014-02-12 03:20:46 PM  

grokca: Sorry to hear that subby can't afford a vehicle.


Hell even my Andriod phone can get regular F.M. radio... and my mp3 player too. I don't have a car but I have 2 radios. Subby must be a super cheapskate.
 
2014-02-12 03:35:05 PM  
duffblue:  there's something so right about listening to baseball on the radio while throwing back crappy lager in the summer evenings.

This. It's almost magical when Uecker utter the phrase "Usinger's and baseball...it's just not summer without them" during a Brewers game.
 
2014-02-12 04:11:31 PM  
I can't believe I'm in this thread before Dittybopper.
 
2014-02-12 04:28:52 PM  
Listen to FM radio every day. SSB and CW, too!
 
2014-02-12 06:41:01 PM  
I was annoyed that I didn't have a radio in the apt, so I bought a $15 satellite-defined radio to go to a USB port. Now I get FM and a pile of scanner frequencies on the PC. If I get an upconverter, I'll get AM and shortwave too.
 
2014-02-12 09:22:05 PM  
Subby's a dickhead.
 
2014-02-12 10:53:24 PM  

John Buck 41: Subby's a dickhead.


Was going to say something dickey about dicks and dickheads and you, but checked your profile first.  29 years in radio?

and "Subby's a dickhead" is all you have to say.

Dickhead.

;)
 
2014-02-12 11:12:21 PM  

SansNeural: John Buck 41: Subby's a dickhead.

Was going to say something dickey about dicks and dickheads and you, but checked your profile first.  29 years in radio?

and "Subby's a dickhead" is all you have to say.

Dickhead.

;)


I didn't feel like going into detail. Sue me.   :)
 
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