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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:57 PM

Progressive Stations dropping like flies...How About DU Radio?? [View all]

I worked in talk radio for eight years and then I worked for Arbitron (the radio ratings and research company) for ten years. One thing I know...is the radio industry.

The radio industry has morphed into mostly corporations (some large like Clear Channel and CBS Radio and some smaller like Midwest Communications or Next Media.) Nonetheless, corporate radio means cheap product with lots and lots of commercials to try to pay their bills. Cheap programming means the listener suffers. Mediocre national syndicated programming, homogenized music stations, generic sounding stations, lack of local news and information, and lots of dead air since computers have replaced live board operators.

When radio stations started being bought out by corporations and turned into cheap sounding outlets, the birth of the internet was happening. In addition, Satellite Radio was in the works simultaneously. Third, the birth of the computer downloads/podcasts/iPods, etc. also has had a major impact on regular, terrestrial radio. As listening has been declining and more ad revenue is going to other media outlets, traditional stations are even more cutting back on programming thus alienating listeners even more.

So what do people do when they are fed up with over-the-air radio? They find better sources of content. I found satellite radio (XM/Sirius.) I can listen to all the baseball games in the world, my favorite music channel 70 Bluesville (No radio station in the US plays all Blues,) MSNBC on channel 117, other left leaning programs like Alex Bennet, Randi Rhodes, etc. Occasionally listen to Howard Stern, Mad Dog Russo on sports and other programs.

OK...after all of this is said...there still is a hole for one stop shopping 24 hours of progressive talk radio. Why not start an internet only DU radio station. It would be subscription based (small amount) with limited commercials. There would already be a sizable audience as DU has a very large base of users. Just a thought...but it seems like a way to expand.

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