WBZ cuts Leveille, Cuddy, Dyett, poss. Desmarais

Ari Alpert xradioguy@yahoo.com
Sat Jan 3 10:49:32 EST 2009

It's just a matter of time before "Internet radio" becomes prevalent in automobiles. Maybe this will be the year? Internet radio would seemingly be competition that is unregulated and unstoppable for the terrestrial (and satellite) radio industry. There is just something about the terrestrial radio medium that I love but Jack Benny isn't coming back. Perhaps I need to find a way to embrace the Phoenix of Internet radio that may be born from the ashes of terrestrial radio.

Being creative on terrestrial radio does not require much investment but the consultants will never allow this type of risky experiment to happen. There are those out there that would practically volunteer. It seems that terrestrial radio has one and only one advantage over other mediums and that's being local. Naturally that's the thing the owners cut first. It's a shining example of next quarter's profits trumping long-term viability in yet another industry.

I'll always reminisce about tuning into WABC, WLS, and even 14Q in the evenings of my youth. It's just not as much fun to DX on the Internet.


From: Maureen Carney <m_carney@yahoo.com>
To: Kevin Vahey <kvahey@comcast.net>; Boston Radio Group <boston-radio-interest@lists.BostonRadio.org>
Sent: Saturday, January 3, 2009 9:43:32 AM
Subject: Re: WBZ cuts Leveille, Cuddy, Dyett, poss. Desmarais

You can mandate AM/FM tuners in cars but you can't make people listen to them.

From: Kevin Vahey <kvahey@comcast.net>
To: Garrett Wollman <wollman@bimajority.org>
Cc: boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org
Sent: Saturday, January 3, 2009 1:05:06 AM
Subject: Re: WBZ cuts Leveille, Cuddy, Dyett, poss. Desmarais

I *thought* Congress finally mandated that all radios over a certain
price level had to carry both bands to force the Detroit automakers to
offer dual band radios. Apparently I am mistaken.

They forced radio manufacturers to offer the extended band on AM.

Looks like the NAB doesn't know how to lobby Congress.


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