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(Variety)   ♫ "It's the end of K-ROQ, as we know it" ♫   (variety.com) divider line
    More: Strange, Alternative rock, Radio, much new music, longtime program director Kevin Weatherly, alternative rock, better times, new brand manager Mike Kaplan, firing of morning host Kevin Ryder  
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2020-05-20 3:24:29 PM  
8 votes:

DesertCoyote: bluorangefyre: Entercom is just softening it up to sell it to Educational Media Foundation to convert it to a Christian station.

EMF already has an LA signal at 100.3, which has gets better reception than 106.7.


That's unbelievable
 
2020-05-20 12:55:36 PM  
8 votes:
 
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2020-05-20 2:17:14 PM  
5 votes:
"...and mandated that all talent no longer refer to the station as "K-Rock" but rather use its call letters - K-R-O-Q - almost exclusively. The very sound of the word "rock" purportedly offended Kaplan, who not only felt it antiquated, but borderline toxic. "Rock equals death," says a station insider of management's view."

KROQ - The ROQ is to be pronounced as in "roquefort".  The proper pronounciation is to be "Kroak"
 
2020-05-20 1:19:44 PM  
4 votes:
When I was 13 years old, I called into Loveline, and asked if it was true that the green Skittles caused impotence (they don't). Ricki Rachtman was still there, I don't remember if Adam Corolla was the third man yet. It wasn't long after that Ricki left.
 
2020-05-20 12:42:29 PM  
4 votes:
Everyone will love K-RAK, the new replacement.
 
2020-05-20 1:01:30 PM  
3 votes:

LesserEvil: WWCK 105.5 in Flint, MI was the groundbreaker in the 70s for "Album Rock" - emulated by big market stations in New York, LA, and elsewhere.

It died in the 80s, when the format switched to pop, and they started their new era with Michael Jackson's Beat It.

Anything that came after it was a pale imitation, at best.


One of the problems with the AOR format was inconsistency and racism. The stations happily played shiat that wasn't much like rock at all, as long as a white boy or girl was responsible for it. Queen's experiment with light opera, Debbie Harry's attempt at rap. etc., etc.
 
2020-05-20 1:05:42 PM  
2 votes:

Mikey1969: bdub77: In other news, people still listen to radio. LOL.

KROQ was changing and leading the charge was new brand manager Mike Kaplan - who not-so-coincidentally had been nicknamed "Mike the Show Killer" by jocks at his former station, the aforementioned Alt 98.7. According to sources, Kaplan ordered "Circles" be added to the playlist immediately and mandated that all talent no longer refer to the station as "K-Rock" but rather use its call letters - K-R-O-Q - almost exclusively. The very sound of the word "rock" purportedly offended Kaplan, who not only felt it antiquated, but borderline toxic. "Rock equals death," says a station insider of management's view.

No surprise, sh*tty management kills yet another thing. Like we need any more reminders in this farking country.

Well, I switched to satellite years ago, but without that option, I sure as shiat would listen to the radio.

"LOL"

Because I'm not gonna stream shiat through my phone, using my data while I'm driving, so I'm not sure what's so "LOL" about people still using a free farking service that doesn't require a data connection. I'm also not going to fark around with my phone while driving, as easy as it is to change music on the radios that are already right there in the dashboard of the car.

"LOL"


What shiat wireless plan do you have these days that doesnt have unlimited data on it?
 
2020-05-20 12:58:03 PM  
2 votes:

bloobeary: When you've spent decades building customer loyalty around a specific brand identity, it's a really dumb idea to throw that identity away.


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2020-05-20 7:43:43 PM  
1 vote:

BlackChickWhiteAccent: Whitney Houston was groomed to be marketed to the White top 40.


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2020-05-20 6:40:39 PM  
1 vote:

DesertCoyote: bluorangefyre: Entercom is just softening it up to sell it to Educational Media Foundation to convert it to a Christian station.

EMF already has an LA signal at 100.3, which has gets better reception than 106.7.


Their old format started off as album rock, and then they went and "poached" Uncle Joe and it became the same farking Led Zepplin-Aerosmith-Rolling Stones slurry that made KLOS unlistenable for so long. "Oh it's such a shame, this was such a unique station for LA to lose," NO UNCLE JOE, YOU'RE THE DUMB fark WHO RUINED IT.
 
2020-05-20 5:39:11 PM  
1 vote:

forgotmydamnusername: LesserEvil: WWCK 105.5 in Flint, MI was the groundbreaker in the 70s for "Album Rock" - emulated by big market stations in New York, LA, and elsewhere.

It died in the 80s, when the format switched to pop, and they started their new era with Michael Jackson's Beat It.

Anything that came after it was a pale imitation, at best.

One of the problems with the AOR format was inconsistency and racism. The stations happily played shiat that wasn't much like rock at all, as long as a white boy or girl was responsible for it. Queen's experiment with light opera, Debbie Harry's attempt at rap. etc., etc.


He's actually right. Pat Boone was the most insidious. But Backstreet boys, New Kids on the Block, all were created to compete against Boyz II Men, New Editon, Jagged Edge, Shai, et.al.

It's okay, that's how things go. But it kept fragmenting the audience. We couldn't have a straight Top 40.We needed to appeal to Becky and Becky's mom. We had to have the basically the "white top 40," and the "black top 40." Whitney Houston was groomed to be marketed to the White top 40. And of course, there were lots of crossovers. But that shiat was a long time coming.

/former disc jockey, Top 40 station for 10 years, R&B show for one year, classic rock stations for two.
//I never listen to the radio anymore
///Got the unlimited data plan specifically so I could stream Spotify. I make great playlists
 
2020-05-20 5:06:01 PM  
1 vote:
Turns out management killed the Radio stars
 
2020-05-20 3:53:42 PM  
1 vote:

rainbowbutter: Mikey1969: The iconic Los Angeles station is on life support - and it has nothing to do with coronavirus.

Ya think?

Jesus, radio is one of those things that can be run with almost no crew. Hell, and engineer and a DJ are all of the people who need to be in the office at any given time, and that's if you decide to keep going the old fashioned route. I've been listening to radio since 2002 or so that was done remotely. Alice Cooper has done his radio show forever, and does it on tour even. He records his drops, then they add the music that supposed to play. Sirius does the same thing. Their only public studios are really just so the fans can see the talent sometimes. In reality, the majority of their stuff is done with the DJs in home studios.

So yeah, Coronavirus should only affect a radio station due to possible ad revenue reductions, but not lockdowns.

i think lockdowns would equal dismal ad revenue; i know i only listen to the radio when i'm driving.  (no offense to certain streaming farkers)   so what company is spending much on radio spots right now?


Some stations I've heard have been relegated to only airing ads for vaping/nicotine products.
 
2020-05-20 3:06:47 PM  
1 vote:

DesertCoyote: Oh, I forgot to mention the Coronavirus might have not killed alternative radio, but it might just have killed sports talk radio.


where will i tune in to hear endless ballgargling for kevin durant?
 
2020-05-20 1:08:31 PM  
1 vote:

Mikey1969: bdub77: In other news, people still listen to radio. LOL.

KROQ was changing and leading the charge was new brand manager Mike Kaplan - who not-so-coincidentally had been nicknamed "Mike the Show Killer" by jocks at his former station, the aforementioned Alt 98.7. According to sources, Kaplan ordered "Circles" be added to the playlist immediately and mandated that all talent no longer refer to the station as "K-Rock" but rather use its call letters - K-R-O-Q - almost exclusively. The very sound of the word "rock" purportedly offended Kaplan, who not only felt it antiquated, but borderline toxic. "Rock equals death," says a station insider of management's view.

No surprise, sh*tty management kills yet another thing. Like we need any more reminders in this farking country.

Well, I switched to satellite years ago, but without that option, I sure as shiat would listen to the radio.

"LOL"

Because I'm not gonna stream shiat through my phone, using my data while I'm driving, so I'm not sure what's so "LOL" about people still using a free farking service that doesn't require a data connection. I'm also not going to fark around with my phone while driving, as easy as it is to change music on the radios that are already right there in the dashboard of the car.

"LOL"


That's great. I havent listened to a radio station in 5 years, don't miss it at all.
 
2020-05-20 12:46:48 PM  
1 vote:
When you've spent decades building customer loyalty around a specific brand identity, it's a really dumb idea to throw that identity away.
 
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