Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Radio Talk

An interesting observation here. In most larger radio markets the news/talk station is the overall ratings leader. Admittedly their audience is usually much older than most. The fact remains that these are heritage stations with large total numbers. After looking over the newest ratings in a number of markets it seems they are dropping to a noticable amount all around the country. In many cases losing their long time #1 or 2 positions. The question is why? There has been plenty of topical stuff over the last several months. I have 2 guesses. 1. Most of these stations feature the well know syndicated radio talkers, all right wing. Could people be getting tired of their speal and vacuous hate? Have they discovered how often they are flat wrong? One could only hope so.
Now to be fair about this, in markets where there is liberal talk(which is very few) it is not up or slightly down too. Which brings me to possibility 2. People have heard all they need to hear and have made up their minds. Liberal talk is in its infancy on the radio and have a far better argument for weak ratings than the mature right wing market. Are people tuning out both sides? That in my opinion would be a sad day for America. What do you think?

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my take: 1) So much of talk radio and talk tv is infotainment at best or just entertainment. 2) Many listeners to Right Wing radio talk (mostly AM) have gotten tired on it, while others listen for their daily dose of Hate Entertainment. Basically, Brown Shirt Radio. 3) Most Liberal listeners go to Satellite Radio or listen on the Internet. While AM Radio will still be around, it will continue to fade into the background. You know, AM radio began as mostly public utilities radio (police, fire, city, etc.) and some then began news items and some music and announcements as a public service. The first "DJs" at WRR in Dallas, the first "commercial" station in Dallas, were city firemen! Department Stores and Hotels got into the act for their customers. FM Radio because of its frequencies
can offer a technologically better product and Satellite even better still.

Sorry to digress Ron. I am sure you know most of this but thought I might mention it to others. What Liberal Radio of any source really needs is a 30 minute or so commentary like Paul Harvey did (does ?) for the conservative viewpoint.

Larry in Roswell

10:45 AM, August 17, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Funny you mention the 30 minute thing Larry. I have had the same thoughts and am currently trying to figure a way to do it. Maybe first on the internet and hopefully then someone will be able to hear it and pick it up.

I know podcast..looking at it, and bandwith, server space etc.

11:10 PM, August 17, 2006  
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