Sun Nov 9 17:54:13 EST 2008
> <<On Fri, 07 Nov 2008 11:25:11 -0500, Larry Weil
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> > I recently took a look at the Dr. Demento web
> site, it listed exactly
> > seven stations that carry his program.
To which Garrett Wollman <email@example.com>
replied, on Fri, 7 Nov 2008 11:27:25:
> This is apparently a result of him leaving The House
> That Norm Built
> and switching to a different syndicator who is hated
> by nearly
> everyone in the business near as I can tell.
Recent events, as far as I've been able to determine,
are what have really made the show's affiliate total
so small. WPYX (106.5) in Albany NY carried the Dr
Demento show for many years, and it had a fairly
significant following in this area (I first listened
to it while I was in high school on this station).
However in the last 2 years they, as well as just
about every other station I knew of that carried the
show, dropped it. The story I got was that it had
switched syndicators again to this company called
Thelonian Productions. They came up with this
"brilliant" idea that people would rather pay each
week to hear the show streamed over the internet
instead of hearing it on the radio. So they
eliminated the barter option for the radio show, and
issued a directive to all remaining affiliates that
the show was not to be streamed over the internet
whatsoever (unless it was through their pay-by-week
website). Needless to say, most remaining affiliates
dropped it because of these new terms.
In addition to WPYX dropping the show during this
time, I also believe WKIT (100.3) Bangor ME dropped it
for the same reason after carrying it for many years.
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