Monday, February 25, 2008

A few radio notes

First off, congratulations to Chuck Morse who is moving his show from an AM station in Mass. to a daily program on WSMN 1590 in Nashua starting March 3. Chuck's show will be on from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays. I've been invited to appear from time to time and I will let folks know when that happens ahead of time. He invited me to be on March 5, with Brent Bozell, which would have been fun, but Wednesdays are the only morning I can't do.

Second, after 25 years on WRKO, Saturday AM talker Moe Lauzier was let go this week. He talks about the change here: ["One of the songs in the 'Sound of Music' is 'So long, Farewell'"].

Lastly, two recent posts from Inside Radio stating the following have me a little puzzled. First, there is this from a few weeks ago:
Study: Talk radio's influence "overstated."
Talk radio's influence on voting hasn't waned, it was simply never that strong, according to a just-released survey by The Benchmark Company. It finds 86% of respondents say talk radio has no influence whatsoever in how they cast their votes, while just 1% says it has a "strong influence." The findings come as Republican voters have handed victories to presidential hopeful John McCain despite the urging of top-rated hosts to support other candidates.
Oh yeah. It's a little late now but I probably should have put together a bit more information about the Fairness Doctrine after the display by some of the conservative talk hosts attacking John McCain and, to a lesser extent, Mike Huckabee.
Then, there is this, from this morning:
A new level of flexibility for radio's workforce.
When it comes to radio's work force, flexibility and adaptability are key components to some groups' success. Job shares and flex-time are among ways more and more companies are catering to changing lifestyles and work environments. Find out how the industry is adjusting trends - and about the influx of a new generation of employees - in today's Inside Radio.
Hmm. Could it have anything to do with the difficulty finding jobs in the business, as Wall Street whacks everything in sight in order to try and make the bottom line bigger? Nah, it's "flex-time" and "lifestyles" that are changing work environments. Oh please.

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