Monday April 14, 2014
Here are a few highlights from this week in radio history. Click linked dates for more from that particular day.
04/14 - On this day in 1925, the Chicago Cubs broadcast a regular season baseball game for the first time on WGN-AM, Chicago.
04/15 - On this day in 1924, WHO-AM, Des Moines, Iowa began broadcasting.
04/16 - On this day in 1956, the first solar powered radio went on sale.
04/17 - On this day in 1967, Shortwave Radio "New York Worldwide" went back on the air after being off for one week.
04/18 - On this day in 1945, Clandestine Radio 1212, after having broadcasted pro-Nazi propoganda for months, turned and used its influence to trap 350,000 German troops.
04/19 - On this day in 1965, WINS-AM in New York City became the first all-news formatted Radio station. (Logo by Corey Deitz, Graphics: Logo Garden)
Saturday April 12, 2014
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently inducted a new "class" of artists, performers, and people who changed or contributed greatly to rock and pop music. This year's inductees include the iconic KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and others. (Linda Ronstadt in August 1978, Photograph: Car Lender, Creative Commons)
It's not just radio play and record sales, but that has a lot to do with it. Get some backstories on this year's choices. Read more.
Friday April 11, 2014
630 CHED in Edmonton put a tweet out this week asking a poll: "It's very controversial but do you think victims of sexual assaults share any blame for what happens?"
Expectedly, reaction from tweeted responses and other corners was swift and pointed. Leaderpost.com described it as "fury" and "outrage" while edmontonjournal.com reported management "...said the poll was a clumsy attempt to gauge response to a news story..."
After trying to reword the tweet, it was eventually pulled off Twitter completely. But, once something is on the Internet, it's almost impossible to erase instances of it. Radio stations love social media but the ripples of publicity it affords can sometimes result in returning waves of disdain.
630 CHED is a news/talk station and you can listen to it here.
Tuesday April 8, 2014
Wow...and ouch. There is one thing everyone in radio has drilled into them over and over again: don't curse on the air! Often, radio shows or personalities have their own rule not even to allow themselves to curse in the studio even when the microphone is off
. (Right: Ed Schultz, Screenshot: www.bigeddieradio.com)
But, last Tuesday talker Ed Schultz, who has a show on MSNBC plus his own syndicated radio gig, let fly with a caller and just lost it. Worse yet: his producer or screener didn't bleep the profanity. This is a broadcaster's worse nightmare next to getting fired. And, you can listen to it in all its glory here.