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In Reply to: RE: This is fascinating. posted by jdiamantis on April 12, 2017 at 20:29:42
AM/FM is pretty much a local medium. I never understood why a national company would take over a station, preprogram it to any station USA and add commercials to the point of "why am I even listening".
I used to listen to AM radio when it was "local". And the same with FM. They had stations on Long Island that had what you would call today, a cult following. Big FM bought them all, put on the same top 40 on all the stations and guess what. No one was listening.
The stations lost their uniqueness and individuality, aka the reason a person would tune in an listen to them.
This is a true story. I couldn't stand listening to the same Billy Joel songs over and over again in my car. Added a CDP and satellite radio. A few years later, for kicks I turned on the FM and what are the friggin odds that the SAME exact Billy Joel song was playing.
we had a decent local station in Chicago - WXRT. Sold (several times?), ended up CBS corporate; fired or demoted the expensive old timers, including the long time programming director.
a friend from out of town came back home to visit over Christmas, was looking forward to decent radio and was greatly disappointed to find, in her words:
"corporate pop folk for soul-less, conformist hipsters. If I hear the Strumbellas one more time..."
They're a bit better now, but still pretty bland. I mostly listen to a local public radio jazz station now
WXRT was an excellent station, Terri Hemmert, Leslie Witt, Lin Brehmer...
Terri and Lin are still there; Lin seems to be the promo "personality" focus now. Leslie passed away last year, Frank E. Lee retired, Tom Marker forced out (reduced to part time, Monday night Blues Breakers), Norm Weiner demoted from program director then quit...
Used to hear EVERYTHING worthwhile there, at least once in a great while. Now, the foundations from the '60's-'80's never get airtime. Used to be an education in rock. Now it's the latest "adult alternative" over and over, with 15-20% more advertisements and one or two very popular "oldies" per hour. Once or twice a week something older that is really interesting.
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