Archive for the ‘radio’ Category


May 31, 2013


“The media has their own agenda. And if the media has a storyline, it just writes it in …. And currently the storyline is ‘conspiracy theorist.’ …Why is it a concentrated effort now to label me a conspiracy theorist?”

— “Glenn Beck sees media conspiracy to label him a ‘conspiracy theorist,'” Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story


Car Talk Will Be Towed to the Junkyard

June 8, 2012

Car Talk Will B Towed to the Junkyard

Tom and Ray Magliozzi will put their weekly Car Talk radio program up on blocks in September. The program ran for 10 years as a local feature on Boston’s WBUR-FM before being picked up by NPR stations nationwide 25 years ago. Tom Magliozzi is turning 75 this year and, according to his brother Ray, has decided that even one hour’s work a week is too much.

“Car Guys” Tom and Ray received a Peabody Award in 1992 and have been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. More importantly, they have been honored by the Martin Guitar Company with a special edition Click and Clack Martin Guitar (great muffler inlay on the fifth fret).

Car Talk’s drive train may be shot but, like any old beater, it’s still got some decent parts. The show’s archivist and editors will bolt them together and test drive them on public radio starting in October.


Cure for Electro-Hypersensitivity: Live in a Cave

January 10, 2012

French Cave Is a Refuge For the 'Electro-Hypersensitive'

Allergic to WiFi? Are cellphone transmissions making you ill? There’s a cure: live in a cave. That’s the solution for Anne Cautain and Bernadette Touloumond, anyway. The two suffer from Electro-Hypersensitivity (EHS) but have found respite underground, in a cave outside the small town of Beaumugne in Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France. If you visit, turn off your iPhone.


NPR Sells Web Services to Stations

June 20, 2011

NPR Sells Web Services to Stations

National Public Radio execs are on a road trip to demo web services to the network’s 268 affiliated U.S. radio stations. The roadshow is also an effort to calm stations upset by earlier indications that purchase of expensive digital services would be required of all affiliates. NPR recently bought the Public Interactive web services company from Public Radio International.


Bonneville Sells WTOP Radio

January 19, 2011

Bonneville Sells WTOP Radio
Washington DC’s leading radio station, all-news WTOP, will be sold by Bonneville International, along with 16 other stations in and around Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati. The buyer is privately held Hubbard Broadcasting of St. Paul, Minnesota. Sale price for all 17 stations: $505 million. The deal is expected to be finalized by May after FCC and anti-trust reviews.


Proof Radio No Longer Matters

December 26, 2010

Proof Radio No Longer Matters

Proof radio no longer matters: Congress finally passed the Community Radio Act authorizing broadcasting by more low power FM (LPFM) nonprofit stations. After a decade of stalling it by making proponents jump through hoops, the broadcast lobby now applauds the act’s passage. Broadcasters and publishers are simply too busy working the hyper-local Web and cell phone angles, and figure no one listens to radio if they aren’t driving anyway. Even community radio blogs seem more concerned with Net Neutrality than this long-running radio issue.


Juan Time Too Many

October 22, 2010

Juan Time Too Many

Until he was fired yesterday, Juan Williams was a News Analyst on NPR (formerly National Public Radio). Before that, he was an NPR News Correspondent, a reporting position. For the past few years, Mr. Williams has also held a second job as a Fox News commentator. His statements there are more unconstrained, more about opinion than reportage of fact.

We don’t know if Fox commentators have a code of ethics, but NPR journalists do, and it specifically instructs them to avoid public appearances in situations that “encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.” When Mr. Williams crossed that line before, in 2009, he admitted it. He had done it the previous year, too, and NPR responded by changing his job duties from “Correspondent” to “Analyst.” NPR also asked Fox to stop identifying Juan Williams as “NPR Political Analyst” on their telecasts.


NPR. It stands for … NPR.

July 8, 2010

NPR. It stands for ... NPR.

National Public Radio has announced it will now be known as NPR. The Public broadcaster joins other image-conscious nonprofits in adopting a self-referential abbreviation, chief among them AARP. “Radio” sounds so old-fashioned, just like “Colored People” and “Retired People.” The “just-call-us-NPR” network is trying to emphasize its sizeable mobile, podcast, and web presence because the NPR radio audience largely comprises … retired people.


Dr. Demento

July 6, 2010

Dr. Demento

Radio is changing. For the first time in 40 years, it won’t have Doctor Demento

As Barry Hansen, Dr. D.  studied music at Reed College and earned an MA in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he was a classmate of musician John Fahey. The good Doctor began working at KPPC-FM in Los Angeles in 1970, and developed a following for his highly-devloped taste in … unusual pop music of many eras.  Look up “Novelty Song” in Wikipedia and the entry notes “See also: Dr. Demento.” His weekly show began syndication in 1974, a weekly two-hour program of “novelty” records and plain wierdness. It ceased last month.

The end of the broadcast probably says more about the state of radio and recording than the popularity of the Doctor’s … musical specialty. The Dr. Demento Show will continue as an online-only streaming audio feature.



Steve Eldridge Signs Off

June 24, 2010

Steve Eldridge Signs Off

DC radio veteran Steve Eldridge passed away last weekend, reports Dave Hughes at DCRTV.The radio veteran was 52, and succumbed to cancer. If you live in the Washington area, Steve Eldridge was a familiar, cheerful voice on your car radio, reporting transportation news for Metro Networks and WTOP. 

Comment on DCRTV:

“I worked with Steve Eldridge at his final job, preparing NBC Radio newscasts in the evening, and I saw firsthand Steve’s courage and good spirits despite incredible suffering. We should all hope to meet our end with half the grace.”
Jim Bohannon, Westwood One

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