Category: Opinions

Nine Rules I Learned from Limbaugh

| October 20, 2020

By Scott Ryfun
WGIG-AM
Talk Show Host

 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — It was the summer of 1991. I’d completed three years of college and was, to be completely honest, totally beaten down. When I first arrived at FSU in Tallahassee, I was a proud, independent conservative young man. But a relentless, 24/7 assault on my values had begun to take its toll. My first day in philosophy class, the professor showed us how to write formulas using logical notation. The formula he wrote? “Proof that there is no God,” he told us. I would go to bookstores and look for conservative reading material, but could find very few conservative books and maybe the occasional copy of National Review. I was dating a girl who was a radical leftist and we agreed that we wouldn’t discuss politics because it never ended well. Of course, the ban on political talk didn’t apply to her friends, who would continually try to insult and degrade me over my beliefs. Honoring our agreement meant I was unable to respond.

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My Cousin Brucie Problem

| September 8, 2020

By Walter Sterling
Talk Show Host

 

NEW YORK — Cousin Bruce Morrow started on WABC from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm this past Saturday. He will be on every Saturday. It puts a sugar coating on the station, a brilliant decision by Chad Lopez, Dave LaBrozzi and owner John Catsimatidis. As you know, Bruce Morrow’s on-air energy and connection to the audience is unrivaled in American radio. On the WABC schedule my local, live just-for-WABC show comes on at 9:00 pm, after Bruce. How do I come on after Bruce?

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Convention Coverage Unlike Any in History

| August 3, 2020

By Tom Tradup
Salem Radio Network
V.P. News/Talk Programming

 

DALLAS — R.I.P. American political conventions. You had a good run, but now you’re toast.

2020 has presented talk radio with many challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic — which has personally impacted many in our industry including the amazing infection-through-recovery story of John McConnell. We’ve also been asked to cover nationwide riots — oops, I mean “peaceful protests”— following the senseless killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the contraction of the radio industry including layoffs and pay cuts, and operating day to day with masks and social distancing.

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KID-AM Owner Explains Morning Show’s Departure

| April 23, 2020

Editor’s Note: This piece follows up on TALKERS’ April 20 report on the exit of KID-AM, Idaho Falls morning team Neal Larson and Julie Mason.  In it, station owner Richard Mecham explains what happened leading up to their resignations. He presents the email he sent to the duo. 

By Richard Mecham
President
Rich Broadcasting

 

SALT LAKE CITY — I spent a lot of time monitoring KID-AM the week of April 13 from my office in Salt Lake City.  While listening to the station I heard the following comments:

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The Nitty Gritty of Online Radio Listening

| April 23, 2020

By Phil Valentine
Talk Show Host
WWTN-FM

 

NASHVILLE — The talk radio world has been holding its collective breath as March numbers come in. I had to talk several colleagues off the ledge who thought ratings were going to take a nose dive. After all, they said, nobody’s in their cars. They’re all at home. Drive time, especially, is going to take a beating, I was told.

I had to explain that ratings come from the universe of people who are listening to the radio, not the population at large. Even if that universe is smaller, talk radio’s numbers should be higher, not lower. If you’re listening to the radio these days, odds are you’re listening for information and perspective. That’s where talk radio shines.

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Gen Z Is Excited About Radio

| December 12, 2019

By Chad Whittle
Lecturer
Georgia College

 

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA — I wanted to share some great news with all of you in the radio business: Generation Z is excited about radio! The articles stating the demise of radio is just around the corner are all greatly exaggerated.

This semester, I have had the honor and privilege of getting to teach a course on radio broadcasting to students ranging from freshmen to sophomores. In this course, multiple students are excited about learning more about the radio industry. I know because they told me last semester they were interested and eager to take the class.

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Fatherly Advice from Bob Lonsberry

| December 11, 2019

By Bob Lonsberry
Talk Show Host

 

ROCHESTER, NY — My son signs on today.

His own radio program.

A talk show.  In Salt Lake City.

And on his first day, he will have a bigger audience and a bigger paycheck than I have ever had.

And yet, it is the nature of the elder to lecture the younger, to tell them how the world was in hope that it relates to how the world will be.

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Siegel: Talk Radio Can Impact Regime Change in Iran

| July 22, 2019

By Mike Siegel
Talk Show Host
Genesis Communications Network

 

SEATTLE — There is great disagreement and even hostility among differing political factions in America.

One thing we can all agree on is our opposition to the murderous and barbaric regime in Iran which has killed 120,000 of its own citizens since taking over in 1979 and caused violent conflict throughout the Middle East in Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in its attempts to take control of the entire Middle East under tyrannical and autocratic religious rule.

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Women in Talk: Is This an Issue?

| May 24, 2019

By Walter Sterling
Talk Show Host
Westwood One

 

NEW YORK — Take a look at real power.  The picture here shows the most powerful people in daytime radio in 1955.  Mary Margaret McBride (left) and Pegeen Fitzgerald (right).

Seven secretaries
It took seven secretaries to answer the mail received by Mary Margaret McBride. Her daily NBC/ABC network show, heard on stations like WOR New York, set the agenda for America’s conversation. She did not do a cooking show or a nice show.  She was the toughest interviewer in radio and scored the biggest guests.  They were afraid to not go on her show. The big guests also did whatever she told them to do.

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Radio for the 55+ Listener? It’s About Time

| January 17, 2019

By Mark Wainwright

 

SYRACUSE — But the key to reaching this audience is in rekindling their relationship with radio. It takes more than just playing the right music. 

If you’ve spent any time on social media recently, you probably noticed that long-time programmer and consultant John Sebastian has been working to generate interest in his proposed 55+ format. While the idea has received quite a bit of positive feedback, much of it is focused on the music mix. Yes, the right music is important, but the real key to this format’s potential has been overlooked, and it’s something that applies equally to both music and news/talk stations. 

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