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10 Most Influential Radio Hosts?

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

This Week in Radio History: 04/20 - 04/26

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.

Sex, God and Donations

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.

Former Radio Host Accused of I.D. Theft

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.

This Week in Radio History: 04/14 - 04/19

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)

Behind the 2014 Rock Hall Inductees

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.

Edmonton Radio Station Chastised for Rape Tweet

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.

7-Second Delay Misses Ed Schultz on His Radio Show: Oops!

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.

Country Radio: From Kick-Ass to Upwardly Mobile

Tuesday April 8, 2014
Maybe you've noticed lately that Country Music and its big, new stars are not exactly what your Daddy used to listen to. The genre is having a renaissance from it's initial mainstream crossover during the 1980s. Many of today's country-formated radio stations are dominated by younger celebs like Taylor Swift, Luke Brian, and Blake Shelton. Enter the Cumulus radio chain with 460 radio stations and its own new brand of country radio called "Nash." (Right: Taylor Swift in 2013, Photo by Jana Zills, Creative Commons)

Ben Sisario at nytimes.com writes: "Cumulus wants Nash to encompass not only radio but also television, print and online media, and even licensed merchandise like kitchenware and cars...While country broadcasters typically give their stations names like 'The Wolf' or 'The Coyote,' suggesting rural stereotypes, Lew Dickey, chief executive of Cumulus, said his new brand captured a broader and more upwardly mobile audience for the genre."

Sisario's article is a good read which will provide you with a quick understanding of what is going on with today's country music, its audience, and the radio industry.

This Week in Radio History: 04/06 - 04/12

Monday April 7, 2014
Here are a few highlights from this week in radio history. Click highlighted dates for more from that particular day in history.

04/06 - In 1931, the Radio serial, "Little Orphan Annie", was first broadcast on the NBC Radio Network.

04/07 - On this day in 1967, KMPX-FM, San Francisco unveiled what became known as the "Progressive Rock" format on Radio.

04/08 - On this day in 1981, Larry "Snortin" Norton from WGRQ-FM, found a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for the most consecutive hours on-the-air. He went 20 days, four hours.

04/09 - On this day in 1967, "Radio New York Worldwide", a shortwave broadcaster, unfortunately lost its transmitter to a fire.

04/10 - On this day in 1987, Newsman Dick Smythe ended an 18-year run at CHUM-FM and walked across the street to CFTR-FM.

04/11 - On this day in 1921, KDKA-AM becamse the site of the first live sporting event to be broadcast on Radio. It was a boxing match featuring Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.

04/12 - On this day in 2007, Don Imus was fired from his syndicated program by CBS Radio after a week of controversy brought on by racial remarks broadcast a week earlier about the Rutgers women basketball team. One day earlier, Imus' simulcast of his show on MSNBC was canceled.

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