is broadcasting broken beyond repair?

David Tomm
Wed Apr 2 13:36:19 EDT 2008

But right now sports talk is one of the few radio formats that are  
thriving.  While The Globe, Herald and TV stations are laying people  
off, radio and cable are hiring.  WAMG is doing nothing, but for the  
most part it's not local and the signal stinks.  WWZN is nothing but  
a car wreck that everyone slows down to see but is soon in the rear  
view mirror.  Just as WTKK changed the talk landscape in this market  
nearly a decade ago, a sports talk station on FM based around local  
personalities could make an impact right away, and it would attract  
demos that are easily saleable.  It would be content that you can't  
find on satellite and would be hyper local.  As the Lenox Financial  
guy says, "it's the biggest no-brainer in the history of earth."

-Dave Tomm
"Mike Thomas"

On Apr 2, 2008, at 9:25 AM, Kevin Vahey wrote:

> The cuts at 1170 SFR are devastating to both the staff and what
> remaining viewers the station has.
> I still watched 4 in most part because of Lobel and Jack Williams.
> Lobel may have gone downhill the past few years and had far less air
> time but if something broke he was still the best source in the city.
> Joyce opened the arts to all and will be missed as well. It's funny 20
> years ago I was dating a woman who didn't own a TV and she screamed
> when she saw Joyce on TV because she was her english teacher at
> Brookline High a decade before. Joyce was local.
> Still the TV financial model is broken. There is something wrong when
> NESN brings in more revenue through cable fees than the VHF's can
> generate through ads.
> what is happening at WBZ is no different than what we are seeing at
> the Globe and with radio.
> Back in 1981 Chuck Scarboro who years ago was an anchor at channel 7
> wrote a novel and the premise was that MIT had developed a computer
> program to make the perfect virtual anchorman. It seemed laughable at
> the time but now I see a day when we will get our news from avatars
> instead of humans. Same will apply to radio.....who needs humans.

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