"It's the programming, stupid!"

Ken VanTassell kenwvt@gmail.com
Sat May 19 13:01:06 EDT 2012

The actual iPod does not have ANY radio in it (no am or fm). Nor does the
iphone. Most android phones don't have any radio in them either. My wife's
phone is an exception, its a Droid Incredible 2 which does have FM but you
need to use the earbuds as they double up as the antenna. I only listen to
the actual radio for the local sports yakkers or the Red Sox games. Other
than that I'm streaming with apps such as TuneinRadio, or Iheartradio. The
thing that actually might help save actual radio is that Verizon is doing
away with unlimited data plans so the cost to stream will go up.


On Sat, May 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM, Donna Halper <dlh@donnahalper.com> wrote:

> On 5/19/2012 2:15 AM, Kevin Vahey wrote:
>> Those of us who are 50 or older know what AM is and what it used to mean.
>> PPM for better or worse is really hurting stations like WBZ-AM where the
>> cume is dropping like a rock.
> I am also surprised that AM broadcasters have not done a better job
> lobbying for their own interests.  Years ago, the NAB used to stand up for
> small and local radio owners, but increasingly (and Bob & I used to discuss
> this when he still broadcast "Let's Talk About Radio"), the NAB represents
> the interests of the Clear Channels and other big corporations.  WBZ is not
> exactly a "little guy" but my point is that there's no longer much interest
> in defending AM radio.  FM certainly has technological advantages, but too
> many FMs have continued the programming sins and excesses (like long
> commercial breaks, too many syndicated shows you can hear anywhere, little
> local presence in the market) that helped to drive people away from AM in
> the first place.

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