Friday, July 20, 2007


The CONTINUING saga of ROCK RADIO and Male dominated stations played out this week in Houston as the People Meter (PPM) once again showed Rock Radio's true strength, heretofore under sampled and therefore not recognized. That recognition is now impossible to ignore. First Philly and now Houston.

KBTZ (Alternative Rock) is ranked #1 12+, going from a 4.0 in Winter '07 (Diary Method) to a 5.8 share for June '07 using the People Meter(PPM).

KKRW (Classic Rock) went 2.8 to 4.5.
KHTC (Classic Hits) went 2.0 to 3.9.

The other Big success story comes from another Male dominated format, Country.
KILT went from 3.2 to 4.6, KKBQ went 2.6 to 4.1 and Classic Country, KTHT went 2.0 to 3.0.

As I said back on May 2nd after the Philadelphia results came in, get ready for some interesting days ahead. Rock Radio-It’s like you never left!!!

Nice update from Dan Kelley at Classic Rock FM Blog.(HERE)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


It’s a substantial increase in fines for programming

considered indecent with the FCC ready to enforce

the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2006

beginning this week.

Add a few more zero’s to the $32,500 slap on the wrist

for past violations as each occurrence will now cost

broadcasters $325,000, with a cap of $3 million for

repeated violations of a single instance. Proponents

for more “family friendly” programming on the public

airwaves now hope radio will do a better job at policing

what comes out of the speaker.

Following deregulation the industry believed they

could do and say almost anything they wanted. With

language long considered unfit for broadcast to

generations of the past, today listeners are bombarded

regularly with comments like “pissed off,” “screw him,”

“kick in the ass,” and others. Alienating many

listeners, its doubtful comments like these will

create a fine, but responsible broadcasters should

recognize vulgarity and indecency seldom enhance

communication. Profanity interferes with ones ability

to communicate when its use drowns out the message. (more)

Friday, July 06, 2007



If you haven't visited the Classic Rock FM site that is listed under links on this site, you should.
Dan Kelley does a great job on this Blog and it is always an informed read. Dan is a Radio Programmer most recently with Citadel's Classic Rock WMMQ (and CHR WJIM-FM) Lansing, Michigan. Prior to Lansing, Dan spent 13 years as Operations Director at Clear Channel's five station cluster in Farmington, NM/Durango, CO. His insights and commentary on Classic Rock and Rock are well thought out and are always a valuable use of your time. Some smart Operator should grab him up.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


As I mentioned in an earlier posting, only 47% of All Americans have access to broadband internet connections. (1/26/07)
If your website doesn't work well for listeners using dial-up, you are writing-off over HALF of your audience. Not a good idea. Talk to your Tech people and make sure that Dial-up folks are not left out of your on-line community of listeners, especially the ability to listen to your stations audio stream.

Nearly half of all Americans now have high-speed Internet service at home, but the growth rate for "broadband" service is slowing sharply, and it's still uncommon among poor and rural residents, according to a new study.

About 47 percent of adult Americans surveyed by the nonprofit Pew Internet & American Life Project said they have high-speed Internet service at home, up from next to nothing at the start of the decade. (Whole Article)

• All Americans: 47 %
• White non-Hispanics: 48 %
• African Americans: 40 %
• Latinos: 29 %
• Rural residents: 31 %
• Suburban residents: 49 %
• Urban residents: 52 %
• Incomes above $75,000: 76 %
• Incomes between $50,000-$75,000: 58 %
• Incomes between $30,000-$50,000: 46 %
• Incomes below $30,000: 30 %