Media Stirs The Violence

Fox News was having a discussion midday today about what could cause the violence in our society especially against children. There are two major contributing factors in my view. One is the willingness of the media to pander to the lack of civility in some human beings and their eagerness to drive society to the limit -- in sex scenes, language, acts of violence that are not needed dramatically to provide context and the dumbing down of news to pictures and outrageous stories. The music industry is also to blame because it doesn't just exercise its rights via hip-hop and rap lyrics but is the driving force in pushing language,&hellip

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Radio Can’t Stop Hawking Fewer Commercials

On a cab ride from LAX to my home in LA last Sunday I couldn't believe how loud the radio was. But after all, it was radio and as an ex-program director I was fascinated with why this driver who spoke minimal English was blasting KBIG. Heard Usher then a segue to Madonna singing "Borderline". Like an ex-Marine there is no such thing as an ex-program director so I could always second-guess the programming. But that wasn't what lit my fire. Working with Gen Y students as I do at USC I couldn't believe the jock -- a typical "puker" -- was selling "fewer commercials" to his listeners. Who is radio kidding? Go back to school. Any&hellip

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Satellite Programming to the Wrong Audience

A well-respected radio man and friend hit the nail right on the head today when he told me that the problem with satellite radio is that its market is older adults willing and able to pay monthly subscription fees yet both Sirius and XM continue to make their best efforts in music programming aimed at the young -- the very audience that doesn't subscribe in great numbers. He adds, not only that, some of the music stations aimed at their subscriber base aren't adequate. For example, oldies. Where is the quintessential WCBS-FM since Joel Hollander took the legendary, moneymaking oldies station off the air in New York in favor of "Jack"?&hellip

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Radio To Go

Some of my students have expressed a desire to subscribe to content that could be produced by terrestrial radio operators. My friends in the radio industry, please take note. They envision a system that would allow them to plug in their iPods and download podcasts of highly specialized material -- about 15 minutes in length. They would tolerate a commercial sponsor. Might even enjoy plugging in at a Starbucks as an alternative to downloading the content on their computers before leaving for work or school. Might even pay a small fee for the content along with a latte. The kinds of content they might like: sports news, soap opera&hellip

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Zune price: $249.99

Microsoft is ready to launch Zune, its competitor to iPod, in November. The price has been set. This competitor to iTunes will be in place for the holiday gift buying season and the biggest and most anticipated challenge to Apple will be under way. But Zune doesn't seem to have enough different features to make a serious dent in iPod's domiance of the mobile music device market. If being able to share songs for three days wirelessly with others is important then this device rules. If. There is even some speculation that once a&hellip

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