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Previously on The Front Page...Apr/May/Jun 2006

06-29-06 It's getting more complicated ... Liar, liar: "A spokeswoman for Fox Radio News tells Billboard Radio Monitor that the network’s news service wasn’t dropped by Clear Channel news/talk WLW Cincinnati. Rather, she said, it was moved to CC’s co-owned talk WKRC because of a retransmission restriction that prevents WLW from rebroadcasting any Fox News content via XM Satellite Radio." Story from Billboard here. The mish-mash of TerRad and SatRad is going to become more confusing and legally complicated until we get to universal WAN. Comment here
06-29-06 Fifty years ago today ... President Eisenhower signed legislation that created the Interstate Highway System, modeled on Germany's Autobahn. For those of you who are unaware of this history, the very first segment of the national road system was the highway between what is now the 5th Street exit on I-70 in St. Charles and the more recent Highway 94 exit. Hot dogs, ice cream cones, rock and roll (thank you, Chuck Berry) and the interstate system...it all began in St. Louis. Be proud. Be very, very proud. Comment here
UPDATED 06-29-06 Phase 2 12+ numbers and analysis ... are now available here; 25-54 demo analysis is now online. Comment here
06-28-06 Just for kicks ... I've added a couple of new forums on the Message Board, for discussion of theatrical movies and commercial DVD's. Have a big time.
06-27-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... KTRS' Keith Kramer: Kramer's about to be sued for defamation. Website, Message Board and MySpace entries all count. Bad news for KK and his employer; all are liable. Comment here
06-27-06 Until the past few weeks ... I had never watched the TV show 24 (Sid Dithers forgive me!). I've caught a few syndicated episodes weekend-late-night on KSDK5 and have become hooked on, well, I don't know what. What season just ended with the nuc? What am I watching? If I'm going to spend the bulk of my Summer TV time on this, it had better be good; I get the one day at an episode thingy. A little viewer's guidance, please. I just bought the first four seasons on DVD for $200. Make me proud. Comment here
06-27-06 Limbaugh nailed for drug smuggling ... That drug addicted rightist sumbitch finally showed his true self when, coming back to the US from the Bahamas, was discovered to be carrying...DRUGS! Read the story here, here, here, here, here and here. The BASTARD! Oh, wait...it was Viagara, prescribed to him in his doctor's name for privacy...oops. I guess we'll soon see page after page of apologies for the misunderstanding...
Comment here

06-27-06 Arif Mardin has passed ... From R&R: Legendary record producer Arif Mardin died Sunday at his home in New York following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74. Many of you won't recognize the name, but Mardin was responsible for hits from Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, Average White Band, Hall & Oates, Willie Nelson, the Bee Gees and many others. In 2002, he produced Norah Jones' album, Come Away With Me, which earned him four Grammys, including Producer of the Year. In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Mardin collected more than 40 gold and platinum albums, 15 Grammy nominations and 11 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Recording Academy's Hall of Fame in 1990.
06-27-06 Karmazin would like Sirius to buy XM ... Well, I guess he would. That would make Mel King of the Hill, the position to which he's always aspired. Neither service is making money, and both are selling low: (as of 06-27-06) Sirius - $4.70; XM - $14.37. Read stories here, here and here. And of course, there are regulatory issues involved. Look, SatRad is Dust In The Wind, a technology being rapidly overwritten by MP3 players and WAN. HDRadio isn't even close in the race; hell, they don't have but one or two receivers at market, just a bunch of overpriced transmitters and rights packages at the station level. Comment here
06-26-06 Phase 2 12+ numbers and analysis ... are now available here; demo analysis is coming. Comment here
06-26-06 Jim Ellis passes ... St. Louis radio veteran Jim Ellis passed away last Saturday, June 24th. Jim was heard here on KSHE and KSD-FM and on stations in Detroit and other areas of Michigan. Jim had a very distinctive voice, a huge amount of talent, and will be missed. He was 48. Comment here
06-25-06 Have I ever mentioned ... IrfanView? This is a Windows-based image viewer and editor...enormously powerful, with a huge list of plug-ins, even handles PhotoShop files and it's free. Takes up almost no space, applies no DLL's or registry changes...it just works. And did I mention it's free? Over the years I've spent a lotta dough on image-altering and creating software...and recently I've been coming back to IrfanView more and more often. Other free stuff: Audacity, a multi-track audio editing program, and AudioGrabber CD ripping software. Life is good. And sometimes, free.
06-25-06 Hey Ya! ... The Charlie Brown way.
06-24-06 Did a little mash-up with the MP3 audio from the ... KMOX STL Media Hall of Fame show and Flash. The two hours of audio is now available for any OS with a nifty stand-alone audio player. Auto start up, almost instant streaming, even on dialup, and includes pause, fast-forward and -reverse, and a volume control. You're welcome. Listen here.
06-24-06 Legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling has died ... after suffering a stroke on June 18th. Spelling was responsible for "Charlie's Angels", "Dynasty", "Beverly Hills 90210", "Melrose Place", "Love Boat", "Fantasy Island", "Burke's Law", "The Mod Squad", "Starsky and Hutch", "T.J. Hooker", "Matt Houston", "Hart to Hart" and "Hotel." He also produced more than 140 television movies; overall, Spelling was responsible for more than 3,000 TV shows and ten movies. More here.
06-23-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... KTRS News: KTRS News Anchor/Reporter Chris Pilcic is off to Cincinnati. Chris will report and anchor at 700 WLW Monday-Friday 2pm until 10pm. In addition to WLW duties, he will also anchor on 55KRC and on XM. This sounds like a great deal for Chris. Comment here
06-22-06 Jason's house closing ... got moved to Friday the 23rd; we're sitting the Granddog, Ruca, over the weekend while he moves. She's a sweetie, loves the Big Backyard here, and Lucy (the dog you can see from outer spaceTM) lets her go where no other dog has gone before...next to me while we sleep. Usually, that's Lucy's place. So far, it's peaceful.
06-21-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... KTRS Sports: Monty is on his way out and KTRS is trying to woo Karraker back. I hear KTRS is working him hard and Randy is squeezing them for every cent he can because he knows they are desperate. If this is a happenin' thing, it'll be the best move they've made, well, this week. Just one more to go... Comment here
06-21-06 Indecency fines in Great Britain ... seem to be just a tad more expensive than those here in the Colonies (via RDN)...and it looks like their DJ's are overpaid as well: Emap Radio, the owner, was ordered to pay £175,000 (US$323k) for a hoax interview and failing to protect children from foul and sexually explicit language during the show, presented by the DJ Bam Bam. It has terminated his £1.2 million (US$2.2+million) contract. Comment here
06-21-06 Wouldn't it be great if the FCC's website ... was as straightforward and easily navigable as Great Britain's counterpart?
06-21-06 Former STL Radio dude Kipp Kelly ... has been named Creative Services Manager for Christian WAWZ-FM (Star 99.1)/NYC. I met Kipp at a computer store in Maryland Heights in the '90's; he moved over to KC shortly thereafter, eventually went free-lance as an imaging guy with mad production skills and developed a pretty respectable client list. Now he's in The Apple, presumably holding on to his client base, too. See? You actually can move up from STL!
06-21-06 New producer for Cornbread & Pat ... Michelle Prosser joins WIL-FM from WKHK (Cox Radio) in Richmond/VA where she is currently Promotions Director. Additionally, Michelle has Producer, Promotion and on-air experience in Tampa, Columbus/OH and Pittsburgh. She starts in July.
UPDATED 06-29-06 Phase 2 12+ numbers and analysis ... are now available here; 25-54 demo analysis is now online. Comment here
06-28-06 April, May and June postings moved ... to the Archives.
06-28-06 In the news ... Brian McKenna and Randy Raley. More later.
06-28-06 Just for kicks ... I've added a couple of new forums on the Message Board, for discussion of theatrical movies and commercial DVD's. Have a big time.
06-27-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... KTRS' Keith Kramer: Kramer's about to be sued for defamation. Website, Message Board and MySpace entries all count. Bad news for KK and his employer; all are liable. Comment here
06-27-06 Until the past few weeks ... I had never watched the TV show 24 (Sid Dithers forgive me!). I've caught a few syndicated episodes weekend-late-night on KSDK5 and have become hooked on, well, I don't know what. What season just ended with the nuc? What am I watching? If I'm going to spend the bulk of my Summer TV time on this, it had better be good; I get the one day at an episode thingy. A little viewer's guidance, please. I just bought the first four seasons on DVD for $200. Make me proud. Comment here
06-27-06 Limbaugh nailed for drug smuggling ... That drug addicted rightist sumbitch finally showed his true self when, coming back to the US from the Bahamas, was discovered to be carrying...DRUGS! Read the story here, here, here, here, here and here. The BASTARD! Oh, wait...it was Viagara, prescribed to him in his doctor's name for privacy...oops. I guess we'll soon see page after page of apologies for the misunderstanding...
Comment here

06-27-06 Arif Mardin has passed ... From R&R: Legendary record producer Arif Mardin died Sunday at his home in New York following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74. Many of you won't recognize the name, but Mardin was responsible for hits from Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, Average White Band, Hall & Oates, Willie Nelson, the Bee Gees and many others. In 2002, he produced Norah Jones' album, Come Away With Me, which earned him four Grammys, including Producer of the Year. In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Mardin collected more than 40 gold and platinum albums, 15 Grammy nominations and 11 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Recording Academy's Hall of Fame in 1990.
06-27-06 Karmazin would like Sirius to buy XM ... Well, I guess he would. That would make Mel King of the Hill, the position to which he's always aspired. Neither service is making money, and both are selling low: (as of 06-27-06) Sirius - $4.70; XM - $14.37. Read stories here, here and here. And of course, there are regulatory issues involved. Look, SatRad is Dust In The Wind, a technology being rapidly overwritten by MP3 players and WAN. HDRadio isn't even close in the race; hell, they don't have but one or two receivers at market, just a bunch of overpriced transmitters and rights packages at the station level. Comment here
06-26-06 Phase 2 12+ numbers and analysis ... are now available here; demo analysis is coming. Comment here
06-26-06 Jim Ellis passes ... St. Louis radio veteran Jim Ellis passed away last Saturday, June 24th. Jim was heard here on KSHE and KSD-FM and on stations in Detroit and other areas of Michigan. Jim had a very distinctive voice, a huge amount of talent, and will be missed. He was 48. Comment here
06-25-06 Have I ever mentioned ... IrfanView? This is a Windows-based image viewer and editor...enormously powerful, with a huge list of plug-ins, even handles PhotoShop files and it's free. Takes up almost no space, applies no DLL's or registry changes...it just works. And did I mention it's free? Over the years I've spent a lotta dough on image-altering and creating software...and recently I've been coming back to IrfanView more and more often. Other free stuff: Audacity, a multi-track audio editing program, and AudioGrabber CD ripping software. Life is good. And sometimes, free.
06-25-06 Hey Ya! ... The Charlie Brown way.
06-24-06 Did a little mash-up with the MP3 audio from the ... KMOX STL Media Hall of Fame show and Flash. The two hours of audio is now available for any OS with a nifty stand-alone audio player. Auto start up, almost instant streaming, even on dialup, and includes pause, fast-forward and -reverse, and a volume control. You're welcome. Listen here.
06-24-06 Legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling has died ... after suffering a stroke on June 18th. Spelling was responsible for "Charlie's Angels", "Dynasty", "Beverly Hills 90210", "Melrose Place", "Love Boat", "Fantasy Island", "Burke's Law", "The Mod Squad", "Starsky and Hutch", "T.J. Hooker", "Matt Houston", "Hart to Hart" and "Hotel." He also produced more than 140 television movies; overall, Spelling was responsible for more than 3,000 TV shows and ten movies. More here.
06-23-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... KTRS News: KTRS News Anchor/Reporter Chris Pilcic is off to Cincinnati. Chris will report and anchor at 700 WLW Monday-Friday 2pm until 10pm. In addition to WLW duties, he will also anchor on 55KRC and on XM. This sounds like a great deal for Chris. Comment here
06-22-06 Jason's house closing ... got moved to Friday the 23rd; we're sitting the Granddog, Ruca, over the weekend while he moves. She's a sweetie, loves the Big Backyard here, and Lucy (the dog you can see from outer spaceTM) lets her go where no other dog has gone before...next to me while we sleep. Usually, that's Lucy's place. So far, it's peaceful.
06-22-06 Best get-well wishes ... to friend and client Gary Callier of the premier home remodeling firm of Callier & Thompson who recently underwent quadruple-bypass surgery. Gary'd been the picture of health, a marathon runner, and during a recent routine medical exam the doc discovered some problems. Gary's recuperating at home and will hopefully be back to work full-time soonest.
06-21-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... KTRS Sports: Monty is on his way out and KTRS is trying to woo Karraker back. I hear KTRS is working him hard and Randy is squeezing them for every cent he can because he knows they are desperate. If this is a happenin' thing, it'll be the best move they've made, well, this week. Just one more to go... Comment here
06-21-06 Indecency fines in Great Britain ... seem to be just a tad more expensive than those here in the Colonies (via RDN)...and it looks like their DJ's are overpaid as well: Emap Radio, the owner, was ordered to pay £175,000 (US$323k) for a hoax interview and failing to protect children from foul and sexually explicit language during the show, presented by the DJ Bam Bam. It has terminated his £1.2 million (US$2.2+million) contract. Comment here
06-21-06 Wouldn't it be great if the FCC's website ... was as straightforward and easily navigable as Great Britain's counterpart?
06-21-06 Former STL Radio dude Kipp Kelly ... has been named Creative Services Manager for Christian WAWZ-FM (Star 99.1)/NYC. I met Kipp at a computer store in Maryland Heights in the '90's; he moved over to KC shortly thereafter, eventually went free-lance as an imaging guy with mad production skills and developed a pretty respectable client list. Now he's in The Apple, presumably holding on to his client base, too. See? You actually can move up from STL!
06-21-06 New producer for Cornbread & Pat ... Michelle Prosser joins WIL-FM from WKHK (Cox Radio) in Richmond/VA where she is currently Promotions Director. Additionally, Michelle has Producer, Promotion and on-air experience in Tampa, Columbus/OH and Pittsburgh. She starts in July.
06-20-06 2006 Fair St. Louis sked draws yawns ... A day and a half only, including B5, Jason Mraz and Hootie and The Blowfish. One stage. No airshow. SUGGESTION: Stay home and watch the fireworks on TV and burn your own hotdogs on the Weber. Read what the VP Fair was like 20 years ago and comment here
06-20-06 Confirmed: John King moving home ... original KIX104 PD and long-time senior radio exec John King gives up his Citadel Regional President position to move his family back to Dayton/OH. Expect JK to show up somewhere in management in the Dayton radio biz. John is way too good and way too young to stay out of the game for long. Comment here
06-19-06 Former Metro-East radio personality celebrates 50 years ... in the biz. I've admired Rick Shaw's work as a PD and a DJ as long as I can remember. In South Florida since the 1960's, "he's seemingly left nothing behind but good friends and better memories. Part of that is Shaw's good nature. While off-color language and rude pranks have become staples at other radio stations, Shaw laughs easily and drops words like ''golly'' into normal conversation. And he humbly credits his radio success to everything but his own talent." See? You can be a long-term star without the doody-talk and by just being a nice guy. Comment here
06-19-06 It's been all over the Interweb ... so it must be true. A guy who lives in Denver and writes a daily blog on the Birds interviews one...ONE...local fan, concludes that baseball broadcasts will someday be available only on a subscription basis and gets it published in the Wall Street freakin' Journal. Good conclusion, considering that WAN's are the future. But baseball and broadcast have been joined at the hip for almost a century and likely will always remain so. Comment here
06-18-06 They may have a hit album ... but the Dixie Chicks are still sayin' stupid stuff: "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism." On this Fathers' Day, their Dads must be so proud...
Comment here

06-17-06 Hanifan replaces Snow on Rams radio ... Dan Caesar has the story: Jim Hanifan spent decades as a football coach, becoming what many consider to be the best offensive line teacher in NFL history. But now he'll get his first full season as an NFL radio analyst, as he has been hired to replace Jack Snow in the Rams' booth. Comment here
06-17-06 UPDATE: Lund Research for AFRTS shot down ... Brian Maloney's RadioEqualizer has the story from Stars & Stripes: Allison Barber said officials won’t follow a media consultant’s recommendations that military radio drop Rush Limbaugh, National Public Radio and other talk shows in some markets in favor of potentially more popular music offerings. Comment here

Brother Rick, Son Jason, Mom and Pop, in the '90's
06-16-06 So this Sunday is Fathers' Day ... a made-up holiday established in 1910 to try to get a little equal guy-time for last month's Mothers' Day (begun during the US Civil War as a call to peace). Pop passed on my birthday in '97 and Mom shortly thereafter. The generations roll on. God forgive and bless us all.
06-16-06 Bob Heil's exhibit ... at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been made a permanent feature at the Cleveland museum, standing side-by-side with a Les Paul display that explores the invention of the electric guitar and multi-track recording and the Memphis Recording Service installation. Bob's is a local-boy-made-good story that began years ago and is just now beginning to be drawn formally into the web of music history.
06-16-06 I've wanted to upgrade the main system ... with a DVD/CD Writer and found a highly-rated LiteOn model at NewEgg that also incorporated LightScribe for $46. But the big news is that they threw in next-day delivery for free. Very impressive performance by an online retailer.
06-16-06 Does AFTRA owe you money? Jay Philpott sent along a link to this page at AFTRA's website, where are listed hundreds of names of folks for whom AFTRA holds talent fees unpaid. Jay points out that a few of them, including Heather Mills McCartney, Mark Knopfler and Johnny Knoxville wouldn't appear to be hard to find. Comment here
06-15-06 A memo from Mark ... KEZK's PD, Mark Edwards, has written to all local CBSRadio employees regarding the events last Saturday at the Komen run...read it here, then comment here
06-14-06 Tomorrow, our son Jason ... signs the deal to buy his first house, a shotgun in South City. We are so very proud of him and what he has accomplished.
06-14-06 KIX 104's original PD John King ... rumored to be resigning his corporate responsibilities and moving back to Dayton OH to take care of his Mom. Comment here
06-14-06 Starting today ... changes are coming to STLToday.com. Newspapers are beginning to understand that their future lies online; STLToday.com has been among the frontrunners. It'll be interesting to see how Lee jumps the steps that Pulitzer made. I've not been impressed by the typographic changes made to the dead-tree edition...hopefully the website will be cutting edge. Fact is, I haven't even touched a printed newspaper in fifteen years. Comment here
06-14-06 This guy is the agent for ... Jerry Lewis, Rip Taylor, Edd Byrnes, Soupy Sales, Charlie Callas, Charlene Tilton, Eddie Mekka, Walter Koenig, Sheila MacRae, Butch Patrick, the voices of SpongeBob Squarepants' Plankton and Sandy Cheeks and lesser (if that's possible) stars. Rick Saphire is my hero! Everybody's gotta do something, right? And 10% of whatever is better than nothing... Comment here
06-14-06 Jerry Springer is the worst of Air America ... according to "one frustrated company executive, who still supports the concept of liberal talk...'he's bringing down the whole operation and ruining progressive talk radio for everybody else. Why doesn't he realize he needs to quit?'" Radio Equalizer's Brian Maloney was at the New Media Seminar in New York City, reporting for Inside Radio and Brian's website. Comment here
06-14-06 Burridge D. Butler ... was the GM of WLS/Chicago in the late 1930's. In 1938, he published this: The WLS Creed: To me radio is far more than a mere medium of entertainment. It is a God-given instrument which makes possible vital economic, educational and inspirational service to the home-loving men, women, and children of America. As long as it is our privilege to direct the destinies of WLS, we will hold sacred this trust that has been placed in our hands. No medium developed by mankind is doing more to broaden the lives of rich and poor alike than radio. When you step up to the microphone never forget this responsibility and that you are walking as a guest into all those homes beyond the microphone. From Rob Hummel, via RDN. FYI, WLS has been programmed for the past couple years by Kipper McGee, a KTRS Kastoff and a personal friend. Comment here
UPDATED 14 June 2006 From what I'm hearing ... CBSRadio on-stage announcers at the Komen Run last Saturday dissed WIL's participation by introducing Cornbread & Pat as being from The Bull. WIL's runners were wearing green station t-shirts and observers tell me that green was the dominant color downtown for the race. Were the CBS types trying to snark the Bonneville radio fans because The Arch has trounced Y98 and KEZK 6A-12M, 18-34 and 25-54?? If so, this was the wrong place and the wrong time to try payback. A charity event like this MUST be politically inviolate. Bad disc jockeys. BAD! Sit! Stay!
Read and comment here

06-13-06 My old Olivetti ... This Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter was my workhorse in high school and during my wasted year at university (I managed to make a few bucks for beer by typing term papers for other, more serious, students). It went with me through my military service, including my year in Vietnam, and I brought it back to CONUS to type countless resumes and cover letters. It was replaced by a $100 Panasonic electronic typewriter in 1984; I bought a dot matrix printer in '87 for computer use and moved on to ink jet and then laser printers a few years later. I have no idea where my old 32 is today. Thought you'd like to see it, though.
06-13-06 Another good idea from the idiots ... at Clear Channel, the people who wisely told us that we needed to cut back on our spot loads and become more creative in our spot content: Blinks! Clear Channel is discussing the idea of one-second radio spots with marketers and media buyers. Blinks are one-second commercials. Move along, please...there's nothing new here. Don't these great-thinking morons have any cultural memory? Comment here
06-13-06 The June 2006 SJR ... is hitting mailboxes over the next few days and should be available at newsstands then as well. It's also available online; the complete text of the May issue will be available shortly.
06-12-06 Rick Sanborn ... (KUSA, KIX, KTRS, Bonneville and Emmis) would like you to spend a couple "Smooth Jazz" Friday nights this Summer with him and a few of his closest friends...click on the poster at left for ticket info. Over the years, Rick has moved from Country to Talk to Smooth Jazz and managed to bring along a huge chunk of audience each move. These shows should be great listening and the cost is just $60 for reserved seats for both shows. The Pageant is a great showplace. Comment here
06-12-06 The STL Media Halls of Fame ... to be housed at UMSL are not associated with this website, or with STLRadio.com. But you can listen to a bit of the glory that happened Saturday evening here. John Carney did a great job. UPDATE: Re-edited and re-processed audio online now, for download or listening. These are big files; high speed access is recommended. Comment here
06-08-06 There's been considerable discussion ... here and elsewhere regarding what can and cannot be said on the air about ratings. The correct answer is "nothing". Here's a link to an information poster that Arbitron provides stations. Or, by clicking here or here, you can download a 13-page PDF file that explains it all. Comment here
06-07-06 Squeezebox works great ... but here's a WiFi clock radio that catches all of it. Yes...this is the future; we just need to get the signals in the air and to our cars. Hooks up to your at-home wireless net, drills into the available signals and lets you create presets. The manufacturer, Acoustic Energy, points out that the estimated 10,000 stations you can access on the web are far more than you can get on HD Radio, but there is nothing to stop you reaching them through your PC. Thanks to Greg DeLargy for the tip. Comment here
06-06-06 David declines da deal ... Dave "Mr. Trivia" Strauss, offered a return to 8PM-12M Sunday nights on KTRS, told The Big 550 "Thanks, but no thanks." Strauss was offered no pay for the show, rather, two minutes of spots each hour that he could sell. Comment here
06-06-06 Big League Radio's ... TalkRadio 1190 finally has a website. Not a lot of content yet and, as of 5:30PM Tuesday, I couldn't capture the audio stream in MSIE 6. UPDATE: By 10PM the stream was active. Comment here
06-04-06 Could this ever happen again? ... Sixty-two years ago (June 1st), the BBC transmitted the first of a number of coded messages warning the French Resistance of the coming D-Day invasion, which occurred five days later on June 6, 1944. Is such cooperation between news organizations and the government a thing of the past? Comment here
06-03-06 I call shenanigans ... on the guys who are violating Arbitron's rules today. Been there... really didn't do that. Comment here
06-02-06 What the hell is going on? In the few days since we posted and analyzed the results of the Arbitron Spring Book/Phase 1, we've heard horror stories of at least three major violations of Arbitron policy on the air, from stations owned by CBS and Emmis and, yes, the Cardinals/CH Holdings. Even mentioning ratings on the air during a rating period places the station at jeopardy for delisting. And telling listeners how to fill out a listening diary? BIG issue, BIG problem. If you won't call Arbitron about this, I will, and with no regret. Comment here
06-02-06 The Radio Equalizer ... ticks 'em off. Brian Maloney recently wrote at InsideRadio: "Using a troubled recent flagship change in St. Louis as an example, I asked whether the San Francisco Giants should really be so worked up about criticism from KNBR's hosts. For the team, the transition to a new station in the Bay Area could be just as difficult. But that didn't sit well with KTRS/St. Louis Program Director Al Brady Law, whose station recently gained the Cardinals from longtime broadcaster KMOX"...Read ABL's response (scroll down) and comment here
06-02-06 I am seriously PO'd ... The two sleaziest American radio DJ's, who were pushed off the air in NYC for staging a sex act in a Catholic church, who resurrected on XM SatRad and are now also on CBS and syndicated in DC, Detroit, and other stations, have STOLEN a local DJ's positioning line: Opie & Anthony are urging their listeners to "spread the virus" after clearly stealing KTRS' Keith Kramer's "spread the sickness". Keith, I know a copyright AAL who could help you reclaim your positioning statement...just call and I'll put you in touch! Unless... Comment here
06-02-06 The executed contract arrived via FedEx this morning ... and now we're just button-bustin' proud. STLMedia has signed on with Arbitron as a fully licensed carrier of market rating data. Of course, that means that we get Excel spreadsheets of every market as they're released, which is kinda cool but just a bit of info overload. We'll also be legally allowed to present in-demo breakouts and analysis, with certain limitations. My thanks to Courtney Wood and Jessica Benbow at Arbitron for helping make this possible.
06-01-06 How fast is your access? Check your online speed here. Where's your nearest Wi-Fi hotspot? Click here to find it.
05-31-06 Spring Book Phase 1 ... 12+ numbers and analysis of relevant demos are now online here. Take a look, then comment here
05-31-06 Oh, fer godz sake ... KTRS' paste-eating noon-to-three moron was caught talking about Arbitron ratings on his show Tuesday. He even wrote about Arbitron results on his website. Where do these FNG idiots learn the basics? Doesn't he know that he can get his station delisted from the next published rating book for this kind of thing? I hope PD Al Law had a sit-down and 'splained the facts to him. Comment here
05-30-06 About KTRS' Tim Dorsey ... From the April '06 SJR:
   Media stories have characterized Dorsey as Robert Hyland's "golden boy" or "heir apparent." But no one who worked at KMOX at the time remembers Hyland employing those characterizations...
   "(Robert Hyland) was my tutor. He was my mentor, and he was just very, very good to me. Most of what I have done, if not all of what I have done in the industry in which I have chosen to work, is a direct result of my association with Mr. Hyland" ...
   Once again, Dorsey was blatant in associating himself with the man many considered a St. Louis broadcast legend. And, as in the past, Hyland was not alive to refute what Dorsey was saying...
   Tim Dorsey, the man who liked to be portrayed as Robert Hyland's golden boy, would end up selling 50 percent interest in the radio station he'd just bought. His investors coughed up $10 million to buy it. Less than 10 years later he would sell 50 percent interest in the station for a reported $2 million.
Read it all and comment here

05-30-06 Phase 1 of The Spring Book ... publishes today; later this afternoon we'll have 12+ and, maybe, just maybe, a look at some demos. This report will cover the first four weeks of the Spring survey period, which began on March 30th, and will be averaged with the last two four-week segments of the Winter Book.
05-30-06 Did he really say this? From the email: Arrgghhhh... George Woods started the show with "Happy Memorial Day".... If you don't care about soldiers.. I guess that's your right...but the meaning of the word Memorial isn't exactly a secret kept by Harvard intellectuals... Saying Happy Memorial Day is kinda like saying Happy Good Friday or Happy Yom Kippur. Way to go, George. Comment here
05-30-06 I don't often go into STLToday's forums ... but this discussion was recommended reading. Comment here
05-29-06 So how do you handle it ... when one radio team in your cluster is so jealous of another team's success, so covetous of the other team's position in the market, that they launch a widespread Message Board campaign and send email messages via an anonymous email resource to try and get the original team fired, by suggesting that the successful team is trying to move on to a bigger market or starting to tank for bogus reasons? It looks like this may be happening in this market. I've received a lot of emails that I can track back to the company involved and I hope the cluster's management takes notice and handles it accordingly.
Comment here

05-29-06 It is not a good thing ... for me to watch late-night TV, especially infomercials. During my most recent lapse in judgement, I bought one of these from a carefully cast and well-written ad and an 800 number. My dining room table is now full of parts for it and I am hesitantly planning a test project or two.
   Should I try the strawberry-banana smoothies first? Or the ham salad? Maybe salsa? The fat-free bean dip or the zesty guacamole? Should I whip 2% milk into a topping or grind coffee or spices? Should I buy the additional recipe book (another $15 plus shipping)? Maybe I should just grind all the Parmesan-Romano cheese I have into a fine powder for pasta dishes and save it in their provided containers. Or maybe I should have just stuck with my Waring Blender in the first place and saved the cash.
   Late-night TV, off; overpriced smoothies, on.

05-29-06 This would never happen on KTRS ... nuh-uh! Via RDN: Barry Bonds knocks out his (enhanced) 715th, beating the Babe's HR record...and the PxP announcer's mic goes dead at the worst possible moment. Sucks to be KNBR, huh? Comment here
05-29-06 On the upside of syndicated TV production in STL ... (no Sci-FI crap here), I have it on good authority that a local group has pitched and has had accepted a series for a MAJOR cable channel. It's a twist on the current reality craze, but a good twist. The project's hot and it appears to be headed for a 2007 launch. I can't say more until the legalities are locked in, but there may be opportunities for local talent to be involved. I'll keep you posted.
05-29-06 The Sci-Fi Channel ... has become well-known for producing some of the very worst movies of that genre. And now it looks like they're homing in on STL, with the premiere of the movie Black Hole on Saturday, June 10th, in which they'll try to destroy our city and "the entire Eastern half of Missouri". It's got everything: artificial black holes, energy creatures, havoc, calamity...and Judd Nelson! Looks tasty! Comment here
05-29-06 Hope your holiday weekend is copacetic ... Mrs. A and I drove over to Columbia Sunday to meet up with daughter Sabra and family from KC for lunch, then back home for dinner with our closest friends and the small, quivering bowl of black Jello/poodle they call Ella. The bad news is that the Walnut Bowl Store on I-70 has moved to Lebanon MO on I-44. The good news is here's another compelling Memorial Day video. Comment here
05-28-06 Belated thanks to Jonnie King ... for passing along this link to an amazing baseball video. Here's the background from MLB.com and from Inside Baseball. The year was 1976 (the Bicentennial) and it was Memorial Day weekend...
05-27-06 The TRUE story ... that no STLMedia will ever tell you! What the MSM doesn't want you to know! Except us, of course. Here's the real story: whatever happened to Baton Bob? Bejus, the guy is 54? Comment here
05-26-06 Yes, that WAS Jim Holder you heard ... this morning on KMOX. Edited comments from the MB: "It was both a delight and a pleasure to hear Jim Holder and his familiar, golden pipes back on the airwaves at 1120 this AM, subbing for Jacober. Sounded as though he'd never been gone. Nice to hear that, every once in a blue moon, you can go home again." KMOX management told me this afternoon they were "glad Holder had the chance to pinch hit". Hopefully he'll get to bat at 1120 again, soon and permanently. Comment here
05-26-06 Maybe these are the guys ... who were interrupting The Bull. They've put a pirate FM on the air in the Quad Cities, using "authorization under a clause in federal regulations granting an emergency broadcast on a temporary basis in extraordinary circumstances, such as when the United States is at war". Best of luck to 'em. But I'm thinkin' this won't last too long. Comment here
05-26-06 The downside of using syndicated automated programming ... is worldwide publicity like this: Radio Station Airs Volcano Alert by Mistake: An emergency radio station mistakenly warned that a massive, volcanic- caused mudflow was headed from the flanks of Mount Rainier and that listeners in the valley below should rush to higher ground. The emergency lahar warning was broadcast Wednesday for nearly an hour on the 1580 AM frequency in the suburban Pierce County town of Puyallup. Read it here. The station, KGAL, seems to be enormously community oriented...except after 12N, when it rolls out the national shows and, apparently, everybody leaves the building and no one with a key to the front door listens. My apologies to KGAL. The true culprit is here, a low power station licensed to Puyallup. Still...an hour of bad warnings? Who is paying attention? Software glitch or not, an hour of false information is about 59 minutes too many. Comment here
05-25-06 On the matter of good taste and programming decency ... AllAccess reports that "The FCC's first quarter 2006 report on consumer inquiries and complaints showed a jump in broadcasting complaints from fourth quarter's 44,287 to 141,868, although the increase reflected a huge number in February- 138.527..." John Rook wisely comments. And why is new movie attendance so low? The sales of radio digital delay systems are through the roof. Why? Stations are hiring, on the cheap, inexperienced morons who think that the best way to the hearts and minds is with trash talk and who have no experienced leaders to guide or critique them and expect $10/hour board ops to know when to press the NO button. Somehow, it's my generation's fault... Comment here
05-25-06 This has been hinted at since the beginning ... from MarketWatch: Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (SIRI) thinks it could make sense to merge with rival XM Satellite Radio Inc. (XMSR) but isn't so sure regulators would approve such a deal. Meanwhile, XM is cutting back on its subscriber forecast, citing soft retail sales. Both XM and Sirius have been troubled recently in the stock market; SatRad is looking more and more like a technology out of sync with the future. Comment here
05-25-06 Phase 1 of the Spring Book ... publishes next Tuesday, 10:30AM. Should be interesting reading; the Blue Book is the Book That Counts.
05-25-06 Ulett goes to 30 ... Emmis' John Ulett celebrates his 30th anniversary today as an air talent with KSHE, through, what, four owners? No air personality, to my knowledge, of John's generation (and damned few in the generations before him) has reached this point in their career. He's on KSHE from 9AM-1PM, is teamed with J.C. Corcoran on K-Hits and has been the Cardinal's PA announcer since dirt was rocks. Here's to the longest-running man in the business! Comment here
05-24-06 Paul Brown is OK ... after the aircraft in which he was riding hit a deer upon takeoff last night at Camdenton. Brown is the campaign manager for State Rep Jack Jackson of Wildwood, who's running for State Auditor; Paul is also the husband of KTVI/Fox 2 anchoress Mandy Murphey and a former TV and radio news reporter himself; he was KMOX' man-on-the-scene in Oklahoma City, covering the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995. Comment here
05-23-06 It's Memorial Day Weekend coming up ... when we remember those who have given the greatest gift to ensure our freedom and the freedom of our allies. Here are a few MP3 tunes to play:
John Wayne's America, Why I Love Her
Bill Tapia's Stars & Stripes Forever
Vince Vance's Bomb Iran
Charlie Daniels' In America
Charlie Rich's America The Beautiful
Johnny Cash's Song Of The Patriot
Lee Greenwood's God Bless The USA
Merle Haggard's Workin' Mans' Blues and Amber Waves Of Grain
Waylon Jenning's The Eagle
Willie Nelson's Livin' In The Promised Land
More coming. Download the tunes by clicking on your RIGHT mouse button and assign the file to a folder you can find later.

05-23-06 It appears that Jason Barrett ... previously PD at WPEN/Philadelphia will continue his radio career at KFNS, beginning sometime in June. Mr. McMahon roars and struts in approval. Comment here
05-22-06 A change is comin' ... somewhere in town: From the Philadelphia Inquirer by way of RDN: "Jason Barrett, who started Feb. 27 as program director of nascent sports talk WPEN-AM (950), will bow out Friday. Family's not happy here, he says. He's becoming program director at a station in St. Louis, where his wife has kin." It should be noted that 5 kw WPEN/AM950 was the station to which the Phillies switched, and from which the Philles moved back to 50kw WPHT/AM1210 after a brief period of unsatisfactory affiliation. Uninformed speculation ensues... Comment here
05-20-06 Last night I made peace ... with a guy who did PM Drive for me in Richmond years ago, just before I did a format change with which he vehemently disagreed. I always thought he was a decent guy and a great talent; he just didn't know it back then and needed to go his own way. How many of you who have been in management have had the opportunity to patch things up? Comment here
05-20-06 World Cup Soccer fans say Budweiser blows ... from CaptainsQuarters: "The Germans are furious that Budweiser will be the official tipple for the World Cup, which starts next month. The American lager has secured a near-monopoly of beer sales inside World Cup stadiums and within a 500m radius of the grounds, supplanting more than 1,270 domestic breweries. And what most upsets the fans is that Budweiser — advertised as the “King of Beers” in the US — fails to meet the ancient German standards for purity, which stipulate that beer can be brewed only from malt, hops and water. Budweiser uses rice in its production process and therefore does not qualify as a beer in the German sense." Comment here
05-19-06 Out of touch for a while ... got a couple of print projects to work on, need to clean the office carpet and Mrs. A and I have a dinner cruise on "the Zip" (that's the Mississippi for those of you who live in "the Lou") tonight. Send your news here, and your rumors here. See ya over the weekend. Or whenever.
05-19-06 Why is KTRS' Kramer's website ... the ONLY site NOT linked on the station's website personality pages? Is the station trying to distance itself from the last of the FNG's? Or is it just that his website's content is still way out of touch with the station's audience? Comment here
05-18-06 Secret squirrel spins on ... former KTRS Newsie Trish Muyco: she's currently working on a reality TV show for HBO to begin shooting in STL this summer. Comment here
05-17-06 Mr. Trivia is doing just fine ... I had a phone conversation with Dave Strauss this afternoon, he's still not online and has no plans to get there anytime soon, except as he needs it for his (nonexistent) radio show. With his pension from teaching and his investment income, all seems to be well for him. Dave Ervin and Steve Moore, why not plug this guy back into your Sunday night rotation? Dave's the most missed personality from the KTRS dump. Comment here
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05-16-06 HD Radio reception problems ... with more retail coming online, Boston Acoustics offers a PDF of workarounds to make their system work better. You need to position the radio near a window for proper FM reception and completely extend the seven-foot antenna and you may have to turn the radio here and there for proper AM reception. I went through the same thing with my Emerson 8-transistor radio in 1958, fer goodness' sake! Comment here
05-16-06 Former KMOX & KTRS-er Scott St. James ... is now writing a weekly column at LARadio.com.
05-15-06 RadioWorld ... gives HD Radio 18 months: "The next 12 to 18 months are "make or break" for HD Radio. During this period, HD Radio will continue to gain momentum and public acceptance, or it will level off and begin to decline. Receivers will begin to proliferate and their prices will continue to come down; or HD Radio receivers will remain hard to find. Consumers will embrace the new technology or they will ignore it." Comment here
05-15-06 Dan Caesar weighs in once more ... at STLToday on what he calls the KTRmesS. "The Cardinals bought into a radio station and were not prepared for what they got..." Comment here
05-14-06 25 years ago this Summer ... the Oak Ridge Boys pumped out what I think was the last real Top 40 hit ever...Elvira. The week in 1981 their song went #1 on the Country, AC and Top 40 charts, I had the honor of introducing the group at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg VA. The park was packed beyond belief and my little family had ultra-high-level security that took us from the parking lot to the stage. After I yelled the name of the group -- "Ladies & gentlemen...the Oak Ridge Boys!" -- and we all shook hands across the stage, the kids and I stood behind the sub-board and I learned how much Richard Sterban's deep voice was electronically enhanced (not much!) and how badly Duane Allen played guitar.
05-12-06 Secret Squirrel spins on The Bull ... Mike, what's going on on The Bull today? They are playing a non-country song continuously. No Big D and Bubba just a dated pop song "Time for a Cool Change". What's the deal?
Can you spell S-T-U-N-T? Check back on Monday and say welcome back to Craig Cornett. Comment here

05-12-06 Secret Squirrel spins on CC/STL ... INTERNAL EMAIL MEMORANDUM THIS MORNING TO ALL KATZ-FM AND KSLZ-FM FULL AND PARTTIME STAFF FROM CC-STL GM/RVP DENNIS LAMME REVEALS FCC HAS ISSUED A LETTER OF INQUIRY REGARDING PAYOLA AND THOSE TWO STATIONS. MEMO STATES THAT ALL COMPUTER HARD DRIVES IN THE PROGRAMMING SIDE OF THE BUILDING AT THE HIGHLANDS FACILITY ARE BEING CONFISCATED FOR INSPECTION. SPECULATION IS THAT (redacted), SEVERAL (redacted), FORMER (redacted) PD (redacted), AND CURRENT PD (redacted), ALONG WITH (redacted) MD (redacted) ARE THE FOCUS OF SAID LETTER OF INQUIRY, BUT THE FULL EFFECTS COULD BE BROADER IN NATURE.
05-12-06 KTRS' Kramer says his boss is just a temp ... On Kramer's website, he quotes this from his PD: "He's going to be a force in this town. He has the brains (see the image at left) to do it. He's very likeable." and then he credits it...
Al Brady Law - Current Program Director, KTRS
What's this all about? Is ABL planning to beat feet? Is there someone else in the wings? Unger? Unger?
Comment here

05-12-06 Nobody in STL Radio has the stones ... to do this: Art Cronk, a 20-year veteran of News-Talk 1530 WENG, fought in the Vietnam War for his beliefs in freedom of speech. Last week, those beliefs led to his resignation from the Englewood radio station. Cronk, a former Marine, quit WENG Thursday after management told him to give both views of the illegal immigration story. Comment here
05-12-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... Bonneville: The River will soon run dry...Steve and DC will move to The Arch and Bonneville will finally pull the plug on The River by Septemeber 1. NOT! After a few years of doing this interweb thing, I've come to the conclusion that any rumor that has the names of the Teflon Twosome attached is likely 99% BS. Yes, The River, except for the morning show, is having problems but The Arch is doing well without a morning show of consequence and has tons of money invested in a year-long outdoor and TV campaign promoting music, music, music. Why would Bonneville do this? Comment here
05-12-06 John Molina sends along ... the results of an STLToday poll:
A month into the season, what’s your opinion of the Cards on KTRS?
   19%   I'm satisfied with the broadcasts.
   70%   They never should have left KMOX.
   11%   It's too early to tell.
Votes: 2,408; Polls are unscientific, reflecting only the views of those who choose to participate.
Well, ya know, the Phillies did move back to WPHT after a year or two on WPEN... Comment here

05-12-06 Radio World's Joe Milliken ... had about the same experience shopping for HD radios on the Left Coast as I did here some months back. Look, if you really want this conversion to work, radio guys, you're going to have to make it absolutely and completely seamless and painless. Which is to say, MUCH less costly and MUCH more available. Better fidelity alone is not the reason to replace all my radios and I'm not so sure the additional channels will mean much, either. Comment here
05-11-06 Well, almost ... I'm still looking for a place to hold the 6th anniversary party for STLMedia in June or July. If you have a lead or an idea, let me know. I'll give this search until the end of next week; otherwise, we'll wait to celebrate until we're seven.
05-11-06 On the way out of Heil Sound yesterday afternoon ... Bob presented me with an "empty" Classic Pro for our work at STLMedia. He pulled one off the line that didn't pass tests (all of his products are extensively tested before delivery), and had his staff remove the electronics and reassemble the shell. I had intended to buy one of these anyway, without circuitry, and label the flag as "Mike's Mic" as a shelf piece, but, as a gift, labeling it as STLMedia seems more appropriate and I've asked Bob to send along those letters. It becomes this website's mascot. Bob has designed and built a limited series of Classic Pro's, working and non-working, to be sold to benefit the R&R HOF. And you can always buy a Classic Pro to include your mic flag message, or any of his other broadcast or amateur radio microphones or headsets, just about anywhere.
05-10-06 When I make a mistake ... I try to correct it. The first step to a correction is to admit responsibility. And I admit I made a mistake when I suggested that perhaps it had been KFTK's Jamie Allman who had contacted Arbitron and turned in the page I had written on the Winter Book.
     This morning, just before 10, I sent this email to Jamie:
     When I'm wrong......I always try to correct the situation.
     I was wrong, Jamie, and I owe you an apology.
     In the regular course of doing business about the STLMedia website, I have learned conclusively that you did not have anything to do with the "ratting out" of the ratings webpage to Arbitron.
     Please consider this my personal apology for the misunderstanding and be aware that later this evening, when I get back from a road trip to Heil Sound in Illinois, I will write and publish a public apology to you that will be entered on all pages that reference this, including the Front Page, at STLMedia.net and its accompanying Message Board.
     Again, my most sincere apology for any personal inconvenience or upset I may have caused you by "jumping the gun" and wrongly accusing you of such an act.

     FYI, this was not written under any sort of duress, legal or otherwise, except that dictated by my conscience. Sometimes that's the most serious duress of all.

05-10-06 Had a chance this afternoon ... to preview the exhibits that will be on display honoring STL's Bob Heil at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, beginning in June. Pictures are here.
05-09-06 A tribute to a great guy ... who never worked in STL Radio, but who worked tirelessly for me at WRNL/Richmond. Scott Swingle was a teenager when he began working at WRNL and was the first guy I met when I pulled into the station parking lot late one Sunday evening to start work there as PD. He did weekends on the air, worked with the engineering department on projects and helped during remotes. Scott was also afflicted with juvenile diabetes so I tried to make sure he was never alone in the building. Over the past 20 years he'd advanced to Ass't. CE for the Cox stations there; late last night I heard that he had passed away following complications with an organ transplant. He was just 43 and had two children, ages 3 and 1. All of us who knew Scott know today that we are all diminished because of his absence.
05-09-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... the "Bull Campaign": "Here's the backstory on the Free The Bull campaign. When Craig Cornett announced that he was leaving his job, the FIRST people on the phone to his agent were WIL. Seems they're so frustrated and dissatisfied with Cornbread that they'd do anything to get Craig. When The Bull found out WIL was in the hunt when they called about Craig's services, they decided to woo him with a grass roots looking campaign. This is going to get REAL interesting, and one or both country stations are going to have new morning shows soon."
   I'd be pretty surprised if this was fact. The Bull will be getting a new morning show anyway because the two pre-recorded morons from Nashville suck; Cornbread is up in the important numbers.
   The "campaign" on a website clearly owned by CC (http://sldv-ip.clearchannel.com/freethebull.html) urging listeners to return Craig to his home base is bogus. Really, who cares? The Bull has never been able to get past the legendary country leader, WIL. Cornett's a terrific talent but the heritage of the calls will rule.
   Advantage, Cornbread & Pat.
   Do I want to hear Craig Cornett back on the air on The Bull? You bet, but not enough to take part in the BS promotion. Just hire the guy, lock him in and get on with business. Don't make fools of the listeners, mmmmmkay?
Comment here

05-09-06 A couple years ago ... I tried to 'splain to you how the Air America business model was all wrong, how, without massive infusions of conributed money, they were doomed to fail, and how nobody wanted to hear all that "bad news" anyway. Looks like I was right. AA is set to lose their NYC affiliate in the next few months, their ratings are falling at their peanut whistle affiliates like blue ice from airliners and now even the lefty blogs and their own employees are going after them like those langolier things in the Steven King book. Even crowd pleaser Janeane Garofalo has gone off-campus to promote Scientology. Too bad; I'd like to have seen AA survive. Of course, George Soros still has a few loose bucks... Comment here
05-09-06 I need a little help ... on a Blogger.com mod. If you know CSS and have some knowledge about Blogger templates, please contact me at your earliest convenience. I'm stumped and in need of a wisdom bandaid.
05-09-06 I don't normally report on KC radio ... but this bears repeating from sources out West: FYI ----- wholesale firings at KCMO, etc. this morning as Culumus takes over Susquehanna --- all promo people are out and so is Katie McGuckin on KCMO-FM mornings -- PD's are gone --- lots of staff & engineers gone --- sales people gone --- still don't know who will be market manager. Neither of these companies have a position in STL Radio and from the looks of it, we should be glad. Radio Equalizer's Brian Maloney presented a pretty grim picture of the takeover in a recent column he wrote for Inside Radio. Comment here
05-09-06 Toy Of The Month ... It's what every PD needs and every GM dreams about...an army of two-foot tall little mechanical men with attitude who will speak and perform on command and go to sleep when you press the OFF button. He will also patrol the premises at night with flashing lights and spoken challenges to creep out intruders and terrorize pets. RoboSapien is $200 and available at all of the usual big box suspects.
05-08-06 Radio One closes on WHHL ... From R&R: The company today closed on its $20 million acquisition of the station that is now CHR/Rhythmic WHHL (Hot 104). The station ad been "New American Standards" retro-formatted WRDA until October 2005, and Radio One has been operating the FM property by way of an LMA since Q4 2005. Radio One, which borrowed $12 million under its bank credit facility to help fund the acquisition, is the nation's seventh-largest radio operator with 71 stations in 22 urban markets. Comment here
05-08-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... KSD-FM Morning Producer (and former member of the Craig Cornett Show) BEAU VIGHN, who was dismissed today by Clear Channel/STL. That name...sheesh.
05-07-06 The STL-PD publisher walked away with millions of dollars ... Read about it in the STL Journalism Review May issue. That story's online now, at newsstands and in your mailbox. Full text of the April 2006 issue will be online in the next few days. Comment here
05-06-06 The whole "who shot Jamie" deal ... Read here and here, find out why I'm PO'd about spending my time dancing with the lawyers for your benefit and why listening to Allman may lower your IQ. Comment here
05-05-06 I get fan mail ... First of all I love reading your site. I was wondering if you could throw a link for my site up there, too. My name is Joe Hipperson and I do a call-in segment during the Frank O'Pinion show TUE & THU at 4:35 called Hipp On Entertainment. I fill-in here and there on KTRS in the midday and morning day parts. I also have a weekend call-in talk show called Hipp On Entertainment. I'd love to be a part of your site. I'm not sure if you've ever heard my segment or my show but I would be more than happy to send you a copy of one of the weekend shows or of my Frank segment. No problem, Joe, and no audio needed. The link is posted, in the list at left. And, yes, I've listened to FOP, talked with him a time or two on the phone, even heard the station occasionally...
05-05-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... Steph Duran: "I hear that Steph Duran, who was fired a few seasons ago from the Guy Phillips show on KYKY, has just been hired for some spot on KTRS." 12N-3PM hosting? News? Or is she just another chick producer? If so, who gets the axe? Comment here.
05-05-06 So I get this email from the Senior Attorney at Arbitron ... UPDATE: Resolution! You absolutely have to read this and then comment here.
05-04-06 Vince Vance & The Valiants ... sang this Beach Boys parody, Bomb Iran, back in the bad old hostage days of 1979-1980. It's even more relevant today: Told Uncle Sam, getting pretty hot, time to turn Iran into a parking lot. Bet ya don't have the stones to play this...click right on the link if ya do. God Bless America and nobody else! Yes, I have the 45rpm version of this and you don't. Preservation paid off... Comment here.
05-04-06 WTF? ... "Free the Bull dot com" sounders on the station leads wise webusers to this address, a website owned by CCU. I smell a stunt. Is this a CC thing that we'll hear about, with someone eventually telling us that "some pirate station has been overriding their signal on ours"? They've tried this in other markets. Bad move there, too. This is crap promotion, expecting only the stupidest listeners to sign on to it. I live to bust this kind of garbage. Comment here.
05-04-06 Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney ... has recently begun writing regular columns for Inside Radio...and his latest piece is a pip, concentrating on radio station websites: In terms of unique revenue, how much did your outlet's website deliver in April? In visiting several major market station websites for this piece, many common traits were apparent. It appears radio's notoriously short-sighted (cheap) approach to programming is mirrored on the Internet. This is must reading! Comment here.
05-04-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... Marty Van Housen, news director at Belo's KMOV-4-CBS in St. Louis, who has been named ND at First Coast News, the Gannett duopoly (WTLV-12-NBC & WJXX-25-ABC ) in Jacksonville. Comment here.
05-03-06 Mike Elam on the Winter Book ... this internal Bonneville sales memo landed on my desk this morning. It makes some interesting points. Comment here.
05-02-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... the Chuck Norman estate. Looks like his willed-ownership transfer of WGNU/AM920 to loyal employees is still tied up in probate and is nowhere near settlement. The station is desperately trying to generate income to get through all this, but their house-cleaning and marketing effort is just not catching them a break. Comment here.
05-02-06 Al Peterson writes in R&R ... Scott & Casey Show co-host Casey Bartholomew tells R&R that their sudden firing was simply a matter of station management realizing that targeting a younger talk demo "just wasn't the right direction to take the station." Does this mean that Al Brady Law has given up on his twenty-plus-year mission to correct radio? This article comes a few days after KTRS mornings dropped from 1.7 to 1.4 and 10A-3P declines 1.8 to 1.2 (Persons 25-54). Who's next to go? Comment here.
05-01-06 This is unbelievable ... my ISP has decreased my cost for broad-band monthly access and has actually increased my access speed. We are truly in the End Times.
05-01-06 The Unknown Analyst ... makes reality of Arbitron numbers. UA is an industry vet, whom I know well and trust, and he/she has a penetrating vision of what the numbers really mean in STLRadio. Here's his/her take on Winter/2006 ratings.
Bob Heil05-01-06 Bob Heil ... whose line of Heil Sound microphones has achieved a rapid prominence, also created sound systems and equipment for many of the biggest names in rock and roll, including The Grateful Dead, The Who, and The Eagles. Remember the electronic speech in Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way and Peter Frampton's Show Me The Way? Bob Heil built the "Talk Box" that was used in both songs. That, along with much more of his collection of rock history, will go on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland beginning June 7th. Comment here.
04-30-06 Tasteless? Shameless? Oh, yeah ... But this Clear Channel billboard seems to be working in Orlando. Could it work here? For which STL station would it work best? Did KTRS miss another shot at advertising infamy, like the "stolen Redbirds" thingie?
Comment here.

04-30-06 Who sells at 14x cash flow anymore? Apparently, CBS is hoping to do just that when they unload as many as 25 of their stations. Read and comment here.
04-30-06 XM losses continue, widen, tech problems mount ... and now the Feds are launching an investigation. Read and comment here.
04-29-06 Was the trashing of Dr. Dave Lenihan ... on the Scott & Casey and Kramer shows orchestrated by members of KTRS management? Is this why the station was in such a hurry to settle the matter with Dr. Lenihan and why certain airchecks seemed to have disappeared from the station's logging server? S1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 calls it statutory conspiracy and all who participated are liable, if this is so.
Separated at birth?04-29-06 A quote to chew on: "Am I a hatchet man?" replies Law (who some say is a dead-ringer for the saloon keeper on HBO's Deadwood, a guy who feeds his adversaries to the pigs). "Perhaps. No one hires me for a great station. My lot in life, for whatever reason, has become somewhat of a hired gun — to clean up the town and hope to God no one has a faster gun than me." Just quotin'... I mean, this is the guy who fired legendaries Harry Harrison, George Michael and Chuck Leonard at WABC the day before Thanksgiving 1979. Comment here.
04-28-06 Monty and Kramer must be getting nervous ... In another example of management wizardry, Scott & Casey are O-U-T at KTRS, and George Woods, formerly of KCMO/KC, is I-N for mornings, effective Monday, May 1. Best of luck to my friend George. Comment here.
04-27-06 Got a postcard today from Scott St. James ... wishing me well after my recent medical deal. It included a link to his website and his email address. Sure didn't take him long to get back into the Hollyweird biz loop!
04-27-06 KTRS Management and few remaining FNG's ... finally receive the international acclaim and support they so heartily deserve!
04-27-06 Lee Abrams of SatRad's XM ... has a pretty interesting blog (hattip: Steve Mays of Learfield); one of his current comments is this: "Local radio is dead. It’s irrelevant.." Read it all and then comment here.
04-26-06 AM/FM/SatRad/HD/IPRadio... A couple nights ago I dropped three hundred bucks and change to buy this device. Basically, it's a radio receiver that operates within the 802.11b and 802.11g IP on a wireless computer network. It enables me to toss Internet and home-network based music and talk streams into the air inside my house and pick it up on one of our stereo systems for replay... Read it all and then comment here.
04-25-06 P-D Publisher Terrance Egger resigns ... Egger had been Publisher since 1999; his resignation follows Ellen Soeteber's in November 2005 as Editor, a position she had held for nearly five years. Comment here.
04-25-06 Here's why CC invested in Ibiquity ... so they could sell multi-cast channels! CC says radio broadcasters can use the programming as-is for subscription services or can choose to supplement the elements with their own locally customized content. Here's my favorite, of course. The Borg will win... RadioOnline has the story. Comment here.
04-25-06 This internets thingie is just amazing ... not only does it let me listen to great retro county, it lets me touch base with cool guys I worked with a hundred years ago, like Dave Dillon, PD for the last couple years at KOSI/Denver, Greg Pearson, former WRNL/Richmond GM and current Publisher and Editor of The Chesterfield Observer, and Kevin Fennessy, ProdDir at WMCA/NYC. Dang, it's like having a high school reunion every day!
04-25-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... Susan Smith-Harmon (formerly of WGNU), who turned up in the Metro Networks Newsroom this week.
04-24-06 In case you haven't been... to the new ballpark, take a tour here.
04-24-06 The KIX104 10th Anniversary ... pages and pictures have been folded into their own website at kix104.stlmedia.net. KIX104 Survivors who want to participate in a 15-year Reunion this September should contact me soonest so that the planning may commence!
04-24-06 Many thanks ... to those of you who have called or emailed over the weekend regarding my recent medical situation. Bless you for caring and thinking of me. It's appreciated. I am well and planning many more years of annoying STLMedia!
04-23-06 UPDATE ... Week before last's XPPro update wiped out about half the functionality of Paint Shop Pro and MSOffice. This past week's fixed it; guess somebody noticed they scratched an important DLL, huh? But I'm still using IrfanView, a free graphic ap with a ton of plugins. Still very impressive and still a heck of a lot easier to use than PhotoShop.
04-22-06 Talk about town ... Regardless of the existing contract with KTRS, the Cards are headed back to KMOX for the 2008 season. I'm hearing this from ad sales folks, agencies, station execs and in-the-know business types across the board. I've chased it back to one thing: dissatisfaction with KTRS programming content 6AM-3PM. This many people saying the same thing with the same reasoning can't be all wrong. Scott & Casey, Kramer and Al Law have suddenly become irrelevant. Comment here.
04-22-06 NY State AG Elliot Spitzer launched the attack ... and now, according to radio trades, the FCC has launched its formal investigation of CLEAR CHANNEL, CBS, ENTERCOM, and CITADEL over payola allegations, according to a LOS ANGELES TIMES report. The paper says that letters of inquiry have been issued to the companies after talks about a settlement broke down. Watch this one carefully; I have inside knowledge that STL stations are involved. Comment here.
04-22-06 FYI ... all available material from previous Front Page entries has been added to the site. Click on Archives (above) to see the quarterly indices. The FP articles go back to about July 2003; those with links to the current MB are published as originally presented, some have been removed because they are outdated or refer to no-longer-existing weblinks (and there's still considerable editing to be done). Nevertheless, it's a pretty interesting day-by-day history of the market over the past few years.
04-22-06 So why do you think it is ... that no radio station has managed to scoop up Ol' Smilin' Bob from the omnipresent Enzyte tv commercial as their spokesperson/image guy? I can think of a million parody spots for him to promote radio...edgy rockers especially. Comment here.
04-21-06 I shoulda kept my mouth shut ... about my tenth anniversary of my cardiac bypass surgery. I just got home from a few days in hospital following chest pains; huge numbers of tests and a cardiac cath test this morning. All is well, and any new blockage is slight, meaning no stent-insertion or bypass is necessary. I'm still walking a little funny from the bandaging and typing very s-l-o-w-l-y from the great combined prescribed gifts of Xanax and Demoral. I think I'll go listen to a little Hendrix now... Comment here.
04-19-06 Personnel upgrades ... Paul Arca has been promoted to Director, Conmmercial Production for the CC/STL cluster. And Wendy Weise has been named Afternoon News Anchor for the Relevant Radio Network, which currently has 17 stations and 15 affiliates in 13 states. Wendy will be working from her STL-area home. Comment here.
04-19-06 STL Winter Book publishes ... April 28. STL Spring Book, Phase 1 publishes 30 May, Phase 2 publishes 26 June and the entire STL Spring Book is out 24 July. You might want to hold your vacation until August.
04-19-06 Jay Anderson ... from KTRS reportedly back to his former employer in Gainesville FL.
04-18-06 While US radio salaries collapse ... Maybe you should get a CD&R off to BBC Radio 2, where the morning drive guy, Sir Terry Wogan, works two hours a day, cumes eight million listeners a week and makes US$1.4 million a year. He's 67, by the way. Nobody at Radio 2 seems to be suffering; the afternoon drive guy does US$957k. From The Mirror, via RDN Comment here.
04-18-06 Local is better ... (From the San Antonio Business Journal) Rob Balon's Benchmark Company surveyed a nationwide group and delivered some interesting results. For example, Balon found that political talk is reaching a tipping point and local talent is more desireable than syndication. Benchmark's analysis: "We feel that talk radio stands at a very precarious point in its history and evolution. The format, as many listeners see it, has fallen into two monolithic camps where the talk is almost exclusively political." Comment here.
04-18-06 Payola by any other name ... From R&R: According to the Detroit News, Michael Coleman, recently named GM of public radio station WDET/Detroit, is going to trial to face charges of embezzling while he was deputy director of Michigan Public Media, the parent of the University of Michigan's radio and TV stations including Ann Arbor's WUOM. Coleman allegedly accepted food and drink totaling $3,518.04 from 2000 to 2003 from a local Ann Arbor restaurant as partial payment for on-air mentions. If convicted for embezzlement, Coleman could face up to five years in jail. Comment here.
04-17-06 Why most radio people are renters ... Maybe twenty years back this was made clear to me, when a guy who had been recently fired and was driving from one vacation fill-in gig to another, living in his RV, said in an interview, "We're all temps...they just don't tell us that going into the deal." Comment here.
04-17-06 What's an Old Dog to do? Here's how one Old Dog surmounted the pesky problem of unemployment and managed to provide his former employer with a bit of "right back atcha". When an Old Dog gets "laid off", "let go", "downsized", "dismissed", or any of the other euphemisms for being fired, he or she has to take definitive and immediate action to protect their family's well-being and lifestyle... Read the article and then comment here.
04-16-06 Al Brady Law ... the NYC history: 9/79, he takes over WABC. Just before Thanksgiving, Law lets market legends Harry Harrison, Chuck Leonard, and George Michael go, moves Dan Ingram to mornings, Bob Cruz to afternoons, and adds Sturgis Griffin to overnights and Howard Hoffman to evenings. WABC continues to decline; Al leaves WABC in the Summer of 1980. Read his excuses and comment here.
04-16-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... KTRS salaries: "All the talk about the hundreds of thousands the FNG's are getting paid is pure bull. Kramer's getting the most money of the bunch. There's no huge money going anywhere but to the baseball side." Comment here.
04-16-06 Thinking of traveling overseas this vacation? Not me; I've seen as much of the world as I need to. But the State Department and BDA have a few suggestions if you do, including "think big, but talk small; save the lectures for your kids; don't walk so fast; think locally; speak low and slow; no religion or politics talk, don't argue." Well, DUH! These rules would work as well in your neighborhood bar as in France. Know what? Screw international travel; read books by the pool instead and take your kids to Yellowstone Park or the Grand Canyon. The photo at left and this article are from a British newspaper, by the way. Vacation in the US. You'll be happier. Comment here.
04-16-06 Thanks to my friend Bill ... Gates, that is, for sneaking an XPPro update onboard that wiped out about half the functionality of Paint Shop Pro and MSOffice. I have no idea why MS' updates have crippled MSOffice; with any luck the company will fix these problems with another update, and fast. I've used PSP for years as my main graphics resource; until I can get ahold of Corel next week for the fix, I'm using IrfanView, a free ap with a ton of plugins. So far, very impressive. And it's a heck of a lot easier to use than PhotoShop.
04-16-06 To the left, MARCH! From the P-D: Radio host Al Franken will broadcast his syndicated show live from Graham Chapel at Washington University from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25. Franken, founder of the progressive talk radio network Air America, made his debut on the local airwaves last month on new St. Louis talker KRFT-AM (1190). The station will distribute free tickets to the show. Details will be announced on-air next week. He will sign books after the show. Just one correction: Franken is not one of the AA founders. He is, however, AA's largest single expense, at $2mil for 2006 and $3mil for 2007. Comment here.
04-16-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... Kevin Slaten: "Slaten, of KFNS, was suspended for two shows this past week after getting into an argument in the studio with Mike Claiborne. Slaten threatend Claiborne physically and was told to leave by GM Evan Crocker. The argument occurred because Claiborne would not say Slaten's name on the air when reading a promo." Comment here.
04-16-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... CBS Radio: "Not that anyone cares right now, because maybe 3 St. Louisans have an HD radio...but CBS Radio announced that 2 of their 4 FM HD stations here in STL will be Smooth Jazz (great choice) and some type of Chill Out like Y98's late Sunday night show (very odd choice)." Comment here.
04-15-06 Me and Mrs. A finally visited ... Trader Joe's. Too much "organic" and "free range" veggies and meat for me, but plenty of other tasty-lookin' treats, including lamb, which I haven't had in decades. $50+ brought home three shopping bags full of tastieness so the cost isn't outrageous. Good choices in every category, including breads, fresh and canned soups, prepared foods, cheeses (my favorites: Gouda and Stilton), international condiments (salsa, hummus, etc.) and chips. I'm looking forward to trying the Kenyan coffee beans we bought (I switch between Thomas ground coffee and Jamaican whole beans). And if you don't like Joe's stuff, you get your money back. These guys need to own a radio show. Comment here.
04-15-06 Just over a year ago ... JC Corcoran was assaulted by Gary Collard, after Corcoran intervened in a traffic incident outside Paddy O's, where he and partner John Ulett were broadcasting a remote. Corcoran wound up with a bloody nose and lip for trying to help the two women hit by Collard's truck; Collard, 54, of Columbia IL, has since pleaded guilty to assault and yesterday received a year on probation. Any other questions?
(Photo: David Albers/P-D)

04-13-06 HappyCampers.com ... You can access this website at STLRadio.net and STLMedia.net, and now at HappyCampers.com. HappyCampers.com (the domain name) is for sale to the highest bidder. Contact me if you're interested. I'm what they call a motivated seller.
04-13-06 William Woo is gone ... Woo was a columnist and editor for the STL P-D for 34 years. I rarely agreed with his editorial take but Woo was a kind and gentle man and a gifted writer and he will be sorely missed. Woo left the P-D in July 1996; I vividly remember reading his last column and feeling that we had lost a treasure. Presumably STLToday will have more info soon; they have already published a list of his selected columns. William Woo...gone too soon. Comment here.
04-12-06 Foul Frequency ... That's the title of the RFT's article on KTRS. Read it here. IMHO, the money quote is from the station's PD, Al Brady Law: "Am I a hatchet man?" replies Law. "Perhaps. No one hires me for a great station. My lot in life, for whatever reason, has become somewhat of a hired gun — to clean up the town and hope to God no one has a faster gun than me." Comment here.
04-12-06 Secret Squirrel spins on ... the Bobby and Al for lunch bunch: "Al Brady Law was seen in a powwow with Bobby Lawrence at Cafe Bellagio. Word is it got pretty tense (someone who overheard the conversation passed the content along)." Bellagio is on Olive near Craig Road and it's a pretty pricey place for a dressing-down. Trouble in Paradise, ya think? UPDATE 3PM 04/12: Al Brady Law writes - "I have never had lunch at Bellagio with Bobby Lawrence or anyone else. There is no tension between me and Bobby or me and Tim or me and anyone else." Comment here.
Los Angeles thug04-11-06 Today's well dressed thug ... apparently looks like this. At left, a Los Angeles anti-American demonstrator (photo via Michelle Malkin); at right, well, this guy. It wasn't funny when Kid Rock did it and it's even less funny now. Here are the rules on flag etiquette, in case you missed them in grade school civics class. More hereSt. Louis thug
04-10-06 KMOX' Kevin Killeen's "Cardinal's Divorce" audio... from a few days ago needs to be listened to on Opening Day. Use my bandwidth, please. It's that worthy. Listen and then comment here.
04-10-06 I got busted at Schnucks ... standing in a long line late at night recently, I finally got to the conveyor belt and helped the guy behind me load his hand-carried purchases. He kept staring at me and finally said, "You're Reverend Mike, right?" Shoot. I left radio full-time in 1992...14 years ago...and have made only sporadic appearances since then. Still, it's nice to be remembered. Ego and all, y'know? I hope that I made his life back then better somehow. I guess I did or he woulda punched me. Comment here.
04-10-06 Me and Tony Soprano ... Read and comment here
04-10-06 A note from The Big Bumper ... I'm coming up on my 1-year anniversary of a quad by-pass. I'm feeling great and about a hundred pounds lighter. St. Louis media.........hmmmmmmmmmm, can this be the same radio market I retired from nearly 7-years ago. Looks like I got out while the getting was good. Good luck to you all. Jim White aka the big bumper, bumping away in L.A. (lower Alabama) on the Gulf coast. I proudly welcome Jim to the "Real men have bypasses" club!
04-10-06 One year ago today ... Bonneville blew up their effort at Smooth Jazz in favor of an eclectic format called The Arch. Subsequently, former Bonneville empoloyee Terry Fox and a few others developed The Oasis, through his Fox Music Machine website. And now, Bonneville runs Smooth Jazz online in a format they call The Vox. Like Fox, but not quite. Coincidence? I don't believe in them. Comment here.
04-09-06 The April 2006 edition of the St. Louis Journalism Review ... should hit newstands and mailboxes on Monday the 10th; the abbreviated online edition is online now with full text of all articles from the March 2006 issue. Additionally, STLMedia has been given permission by the SJR to co-publish a very interesting article: Reality and myth at KTRS: An in-depth look at KTRS Station Manager Tim Dorsey's decision-making skills. It's online now. And then there's the coming RFT story by Chad Garrison, which should hit on Wednesday and about which I know next to nothing. Should be an interesting week ahead. It all begins right here, right now.
04-07-06 Got a couple of nice notes from Scott St. James ... (late of KTRS). He's become a regular reader here and things seem to be poppin' for him. Scott says he'll keep us posted.

The STLMedia G5...the stlmedianaut
04-06-06 In just a few hours ... the limo will arrive and whisk Mrs. A. to the STLMedia G5 (above) as she begins a week of attending to family business in the mysterious East. The downside is that I will be deprived of her aid and comfort until next Wednesday and will have to relearn how to use the coffee maker; the upside is that for the next several days I will have no direct adult supervision. It might get interesting here at the MediaManse. And messy.
     UPDATE 6:15AM: Limo's here and gone, and Mrs. A. is off on a great adventure. I waved wildly as the limo took off; lonelieness ensues.
     UPDATE 6:30AM: Mrs. A. forgot her itinerary and auto rental info and insurance card, no time to turn the driver around; expensive next-day delivery ensues. Sheesh...
Comment here.

04-06-06 How cool would it be ... to have Frank O. Pinion throw out the first ball at the Card's Home Opener against Milwaukee on the 10th? He's been the backbone of the Big 550 for years...and it's not like he's going to be on the air that day, right? Start calling 314-453-5500 and 314-345-9600 today and demand that the station's stalwart be so honored! Comment here.
04-06-06 As we mentioned last week ... some folks were released at CC/STL and Chris Fonte was among them. Chris imaged The Bull and the Rams Radio Net and says says "I'm looking, and would like to stay in St Louis. Contact me by e-mail or phone at 803-397-3370."
04-06-06 DJs Kaos and Sylli Asz speak out in this week's RFT: Why now, eight months later? "To be real with you, no one would believe me back then,' Kaos says. 'Look at the way that they wrote me up. They wrote me up to be this criminal guy, cop killer. I was getting death threats during all of that time." Comment here.
04-05-06 Radio show to broadcast live from Collinsville ... The real hero here is the Promotions person who managed to get the paper to publish this ridiculous piece of drivel. Comment here.
04-05-06 The P-D can't let go ... (from STLToday.com) Can't hear the game? Tell us about it! The Cardinals' radio broadcasts have moved to KTRS (550 AM), which doesn't have nearly the nighttime reach of KMOX, the team's former radio home. The first night game this season will start at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday. We want to know if you can hear all of the game, or if you lose the signal after sundown. Contact us if you have trouble getting the radio broadcast. You can call us at (314) 340-8335 or send an e-mail to online@post-dispatch.com. Please leave your name, phone number and where you are. The Cardinals have arranged with WSMI (106.1 FM) in Litchfield to broadcast the games in the Metro East areas that the KTRS nighttime signal doesn't reach. Comment here.
04-05-06 No combo SatRad receiver for you ... one year, maybe forever! (from GlobeandMail.com) (But) new documents show the rival companies have designed a receiver capable of carrying both services — a development that could significantly alter the competitive landscape of the emerging industry. However, despite spending more than $5-million (U.S.) on the project, XM and Sirius have no plans to let consumers in Canada or the U.S. get their hands on the devices. Comment here.
04-05-06 Cards Will Send Fans Free Radios For Play By “Pay” ... From RadioInk: The St. Louis Cardinals’ new flagship station, KTRS, doesn’t have a nighttime signal to match the Cards’ old flagship, KMOX, so the team is about to send letters to 50,000 fans who have lost access to the broadcasts because of that smaller signal. The letters will offer those fans a free radio that can pick up the games via XM Radio. But to get the radio, a six-month subscription for the service has to be purchased. And from the P-D, here. Hattip: uberhoosier Comment here.
04-05-06 I've been criticized on the MB ... for posting at odd times throughout the day and night. Why this is an issue I really don't know, but it seems to matter to some of the newer, junior monkeys who need to grasp at anything to criticize, I guess. Now I discover that someone else has a similar problem. I'm in pretty good company. Comment here.
04-04-06 In a little more than a week from now ... I will celebrate the 10th anniversary of my second heart attack (and I never knew I had had the first one).
   It was the only time I ever called 9-1-1 and they showed up with everything but the helicopters, right after Mrs. A's birthday and just before I had to sign the IRS return.
   Into the ER on Friday and taken right to the head of the line, I went home after the tests, where I investigated online what was about to happen to me. I think I learned more than they wanted me to know.
   Back on Monday for the angiogram and locked into bypass surgery on Wednesday. $55k and two new arteries later, I was sent home on the weekend, barely able to walk, a forty-something heart-surgery survivor who was very glad to have tuna salad on a croissant at the Bread Company on Ballas on the way home.
   Wanna see my scars? In the couple years that followed, three of my closest friends also went through heart surgery...and they're all doing well, too. I've always been an early adopter, technology, surgery, whatever.
   Happy anniversary to me, huh? Comment here.

04-04-06 If you think it gets rough here ... on media performers, check out OhioMediaWatch. It's a bit more TV and sports-centric, but no less critical. This guy REALLY holds their feet to the fire. Thanks to JJ for the link.
04-03-06 Why I've spent hours online overnight ... I've been recreating the website and it's about damned time. There are still a lot of pages to reconfigure and a lot of content to trim, but I thought you'd like to have the new look soonest. It's also much more accessible for our sight-limited readers; we're no longer using frames and keeping the use of Java and Flash to the barest minimum. Got further ideas? Let us know. Comment here.
04-02-06 Clear Channel, CBS, Entercom and Citadel are all on the hook ... for legal action in new York State because of their alleged practices of taking money for music play: DC Post (rr); NY Times (rr). NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer cited a July 2003 e-mail from the PD at WKSE-FM in Buffalo to Columbia Records asking: "Do you need help on Jessica (Simpson) this week? ... If you don't need help, I certainly don't need to play it." Read it and comment here.
04-02-06 I went on record nearly a year before ... the Cards bought into KTRS saying I thought the deal made a great deal of business sense. Then, it did. Nobody believed me that the deal would happen. Told ya so a year after but recently I ate my words and admitted that I think it's been one of the great cockups of modern-day broadcasting. The P-D's Dan Caesar thinks so, too: Cards' radio transition has been a KTRmesS. He gets a few things wrong, but they're inconsequential errors.
Read it and comment here.

04-01-06 I'm shivering with anticiptation ... tonight is the first KK KTRS Listener Party at his rented St. Charles County home. Old friends are coming in from out of town and his local P1's are coming from all over. It's going to be a BIG TIME!
   As KK says, "Christy is bored out of her mind. PLEASE help rescue her. We're having a party here Saturday night. I have some friends coming in from out of town. If you're coming, don't expect the Monopoly game to be out. When we party, we PARTY! St. Peters beware!! I would suggest not bringing the kiddos. Cash will be asleep fairly early btw."
   St. Charles law enforcement and Child Protection Services are on alert; I'll be listening to the scanner. This could be a Code 1000 event.
   BTW: where's the "the STLMedia site is going down this week" stuff that was on his site a day or two ago? It seems to have been scrubbed from his website and we're still here. Pfui on him, and shame on him for showing sexually-oriented photos of his son on his websites. I won't even link there because I don't want that sort of thing on my HD.
One more thing...April Fool! Comment here.

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