Wall Street Week/Fortune

Garrett Wollman wollman@khavrinen.lcs.mit.edu
Sun Feb 13 18:21:11 EST 2005

<<On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 13:08:59 -0500, "Joseph Pappalardo" <joepappalardo2001@yahoo.com> said:

> Again, can sattelite ever replace Howie Carr's rants about Beacon Hill
> hacks?

Apparently so, since the show was syndicated.  For the 95% of the
market that isn't remotely interested in either Howie or state
government?  Absolutely.  (It may be tragic, but most of the
electorate is profoundly disinterested in their state and local

> Local concerts?

Sure -- the mass-audience ones are invariably part of a national
tour.  The non-mass-audience ones don't make it on local radio anyway.

> Snowstorms?

What, other than a weather forecast, do you want radio to provide?
Closings and cancellations?  Telephone AVR or the Internet are better
media for this information (and the result of excluding it would be
better radio besides!).

> Boston Pops concerts?

There's nothing specifically local about Pops concerts; they're one of
the best-known light-music orchestras in the country.  I could easily
see them doing a deal to put every performance on satellite, if the
audience is there.

> And WBZ's news?

That's about the only thing in your list that has a meaningful local
component (and yet that's still not enough to get more than 10% of the
available audience).


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