Radio is Dying

By now I'm sure most if not all of you know that Howard Stern is moving to Sirius satellite radio. Whoopee. I'm not a fan of Stern, so I won't miss him. However, that doesn't mean I don't care about what his departure is doing to radio. As a result of the ratings vacuum Stern's move to satellite is leaving, several stations are switching to all-talk formats.

WHAT?!?

Does FM radio need any more !@#$ talk?! Thanks to Stern's popularity, every rock station has its own cheap imitation of his show. It's a pain is the @$$ trying to find a station with both music I like and a minimum of talk in the morning. My butt is dragging when in the morning and the last thing I want is a bunch of nitwits making fart jokes. Give me good old-fashioned rock! I want to bob my head and tap my toes on the bus, not hear the latest celebrity gossip.

Stern imitators have ruined rock radio in the morning. Now, thanks to Stern's move, things are about to get a lot worse. Several Infinity Broadcasting stations, which currently carry Stern, are switching formats. Some are turning into Jack FM, which is basically a 24-hour broadcast of a college student's iPod Shuffle. Others, like WYSP in Philadelphia, are turning into Free FM, 24-hours of talk. Ugh. WYSP has been playing a mix of modern and classic rock for as long as I can remember. It was never as good as WMMR, but it wasn't crap, either. Now it is. I really hope WRKZ in Pittsburgh doesn't suffer the same fate. They play a decent mix of classic rock, early 90's grunge/alternative, and 80's hair bands. No other station in Da Burgh has a mix like that.

Radio is going down the toilet and Infinity is helping to flush. It's too bad internet stations can't easily broadcast on FM. If you want to hear good rock that's actually mixed and transitioned by talented DJs, I recommend Radio Paradise and Radio Free Colorado.

Comments 8

  1. Tom Smith wrote:

    What a bunch of crap. I bet more people’d listen to the radio if they played music.

    That said, I can’t believe you like WMMR more than WYSP. They had the most awful DJs, people like irritating Donyelle Flynn and washed-up hippie Pierre Robert (although he was known to slip in the occasional Sinatra tune, so that’s cool, I guess) I swear, WMMR played the same 20 songs all the time. After hearing “Sweet Child of Mine” and “Photograph” twice a day each, I just had to switch.

    Posted 26 Oct 2005 at 5:06 pm
  2. Funky Dung wrote:

    Bear in mind that I last listened to MMR consistently about 11 years ago, when I was still in high school. 😉 I don’t think John Debella (sp?) had moved to YSP at that point. Also, they used to play more classic rock, whereas YSP played too much new crap. I guess a lot’s changed in 11 years. 😉

    Posted 26 Oct 2005 at 5:46 pm
  3. powerball wrote:

    Good news. The local change is set to stay “Active Rock”. However, this is they same crew that flushed a heritage CHR so I would not put anything past them.

    KDKA FM could happen one of these days!

    I posted the complete list for the nation on my blog.

    Posted 26 Oct 2005 at 9:45 pm
  4. Funky Dung wrote:

    CHR?

    Posted 26 Oct 2005 at 10:18 pm
  5. edey wrote:

    there are stations without morning shows. the one i knew about was the mountain 99.5 KQMT in denver/boulder/golden. it was perfect when i had 7:30am class. all music, all the time…and good music at that :) now, if only some stations in pittsburgh would pick up on the idea. 😉

    Posted 27 Oct 2005 at 3:14 pm
  6. powerball wrote:

    Sorry my radio lingo got the best of me. CHR is Conteporary Hit Radio. Fancy talk for B-94

    Posted 28 Oct 2005 at 9:19 pm
  7. Funky Dung wrote:

    Heritage? Sorry, PB, but B94 sucked big time.

    Posted 29 Oct 2005 at 1:08 am
  8. edey wrote:

    i agree. krock is a major improvement over b94.

    Posted 30 Oct 2005 at 3:04 am

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