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The Rock Of Chicago And Beyond

Thanks again to everyone at WLS for the Memorial Day Rewind.

WLS dropped their talk programming and dedicated the day to the memory of WLS Musicradio.

Texas has stations on 890 in Rio Grande Valley and Dallas. I’m in between those and it is difficult to hear WLS here at night.

Listening to John Records Landecker on the WLS stream isn’t quite the same as hearing the signal through the on air audio processing.

The WLS skywave finally arrived here around 9:30.

WLS Musicradio always sounded big, really big, especially on clear cold nights. Perhaps it was slight reverb on the audio chain.

Listening to skywave of WLS and other stations was how we learned radio in the 60s and 70s.

Live in New Jersey as I did and you could hear WLS , WCFL and WMAQ from Chicago, WKBW Buffalo, WDRC and WPOP Hartford, WFIL (but not WIBG too directional) Philadelphia, WBT Charlotte, WOWO Fort Wayne, CKLW Windsor (Detroit), WGAR Cleveland, WFBL Baltimore, WAEB Allentown and all those New York stations like WABC and WMCA.

Sunday was my favorite night of the week because many stations signed off for transmitter maintenance from 12 Midnight to 5am. On those nights it was even possible to catch KFI Los Angeles or WOAI San Antonio in New Jersey.

It’s fun to hear airchecks and rewind specials from time to time. But you can never go back.

Radio is a different animal today but you can easily listen to great radio stations from around the world on your computer.

Simply Google some of these and you’ll be tuned into some of the best stations in the world.

Nova96.9, Mix 106.5, WSFM, 2DAY FM and Triple M all in Sydney Australia. Check out Capital FM in London, UK or The Radio Network Stations in New Zealand. South Africa is another spot for well programmed stations.

We were once limited to listening to stations on a radio, today we can learn from stations from around the world on our computers.

There is lots to hear.


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“Why, is there air?” And Other Important Questions

Bill Cosby’s routine is a classic. I’ve always loved the question, “why is there air?”

The answer of course is to fill basketballs and footballs.

It reminds me of a question I’ve heard in radio.

Several years ago, while working as Group Program Director in Australia we launched a new FM station in Brisbane, Queensland.

A new station is big deal in a market which at that time had two, yes I said TWO, commercial FM stations.

We would be the third on 97.3 FM.

The others, B105 and Triple M were top 40 and rock and owned by Austereo.

Our station would be Hot AC.

The launch would be one of the most successful in Australian Radio History.

Ok, it’s hard not to succeed with those odds in your favor.

We rolled out with 10,000 songs in a row. I know, that’s pretty standard, hackneyed stuff in the US.

It had never been done in Australia. Suddenly I was a creative genius!

As the station launch progressed into the third day of playing music, a common question arose.

“When are you going to put DJs on?”

I heard it over and over.

“What are these DJs going to do?” I asked.

“You know, DJ things”, they’d say.

“What is that exactly?”

No one could tell me.

Now I was intrigued, so I asked, “Why do we need DJ’s at all?”

From the responses you’d think I questioned the existence of God.

So now let me ask you, since many of the readers of this blog are radio program directors. What is the job of your DJs? Why do you have them at all?

Have you clearly outlined the reason for their existence?

Do all of the jocks know the mission?

DJs were a great idea in 1954. Does the concept of a person introducing songs hold up today?

I think it’s a valid question.

“So why do you have DJ’s?”

It’s worth thinking about and answering by outlining the role talent plays on your station.

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Posted by on May 21, 2008 in Radio programming


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