Wednesday April 23, 2014
Therichest.com has put together a list of what it believes are the "10 Most Influential Radio Personalities."
The article, by Max Blatherwick, doesn't really explain how he came to the conclusions he did or why these particular hosts are ranked in the order they are.
Some are obvious. I certainly would not have come up with the same list. You can decide for yourself if he got it right or not.
His list includes Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Terry Gross, Dr. Laura, Ira Glass, and others. To see it all with short descriptions of each personality, check out therichest.com
Monday April 21, 2014
Here are a few highlights from this week in radio history. For more from a particular date, click those that are highlighted.
04/20 - On this day in 1926, the first check was transmitted by radio facsimile across Atlantic.
04/21 - On this day in 1940, The CBS Radio program, "Take It or Leave It" offered up the first "$64,000 Question."
04/22 - On this day in 1933, the Dutch government forbid the broadcast of a leftwing Radio address.
04/23 - On this day in 1996, the "Howard Stern Radio Show" debuted on KRZQ-FM in Reno, Nevada.
04/24 - On this day in 1953, Eric Bogosian was born in Woburn, Massachusetts. Bogosian is best known for his starring role in the movie, Talk Radio.
04/25 - On this day in 1874, Guglielmo Marconi, often referred to as the father of Radio, was born in Bologna, Italy.
04/26 - On this day in 1982, the CBS Radio Network began "Radio Radio", a youth-oriented series of broadcasts.
Friday April 18, 2014
There has always been a close relationship between radio and preachers. Almost since the beginning, men of the cloth have clamored to acquire air-time to spread the message of the gospel - - and request a kindly donation.
From Brother Stair to Jimmy Swaggart, radio has provided a forum for sermons and access to a worldwide audience. But, for some reason many of these men have had issues, personal and legal. Here are a few of the more interesting radio preachers from the past 100 years. Read more.
Wednesday April 16, 2014
It's no secret that many people who are on radio use pseudonyms. Some do it for privacy, some are coerced into changing their name because a Program Director wanted them to have a moniker that fit in with the station format. There are plenty of reasons. That's why when I saw this story, I thought it was a little ironic because almost every one who does a radio show is also a little guilty of creating a few extra layers of personality for entertainment reasons. But, it's one thing to accentuate your persona - it's another to steal someone else's identity.
Former Indianapolis radio host, Kelli Jack-Kelly, has been arrested for stealing the identities of four family members.
Jack-Kelly used to work at WFMS-FM, a Country-formatted station. The station had no comment. Jack-Kelly was being held at the Marion County Jail in lieu of $10,000 fond.