Mike Tyson appeared on a Sports Talk Show in Vegas this week and had some thoughts on the Sarah Palin - Glen Rice affair.
Leave it to Tyson to give his take in the most raw manner possible. He didn't disappoint when he editoriallized that Rice is to docile of a human being to actually be with Palin. Tyson's vote to be with Palin was Dennis Rodman who would show her what it meant to be with a black man.
Check out the audio and becareful, it may not be appropriate in mixed company.
There is a WDFN Sweatshirt and baseball shirt both are XXL's. The Michigan State shirts was a gag gift and was never worn. It is an XL. The bowling shirt is from WXYT when it was AM 1270 The Sports Station. it is an XXL too.
OK, I am in the process of decluttering my home as we prepare for another move.
I am starting to list some of my old radio stuff for sale all of the proceeds will be donated to the Sanilac County Animal Shelter in Sanilac County, MI. It is the shelter I started with my mom and a few folks in Sanilac County.
The first item up for bid is a WDFN Hockey Jersey that the WDFN staff wore in the early days of WDFN. The jersey features the original Sports Radio 1130 The Fan logo.
Save the puppies and buy this thing....I also won't have to move this stuff around again so you are doing me a favor too.
I've got some cool WDFN varsity jackets that I am posting soon too.
Michelle McKormick, my old partner has scored a gig in Grand Rapids doinf middays on 1300 AM WOOD Radio.
When we launched our contest Michelle was already filling in on WOOD but she didn't know the job was hers, but now that she has a job, the contest is over...for now! I wish her the best and am happy she found something in this economy.
My mother in-law actually asked me this question and it is a great one, in the day to day operation of this blog sometime I don't take the time to fully explain the background on a particular post.
To answer Anita's question, why is Clear Channel different than any other company laying off employees...the answer is involved but not complicated.
As an FCC license holder, Clear Channel and every other radio operator is obligated by law to "act in the public interest."
Radio operators must adhere to local-ism, meaning a certain amount of programming must originate and serve the city of license.
Radio is a regulated industry with a finite amount of room on the band, they aren't creating new radio frequencies. In short, radio is a scarce resource that is regulated by the government.
These three points make it necessary for the US government to re-evaluate the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which erased ownership limits and allowed HUGE radio companies to form while ignoring the three points above, which are all still the law.
If you review Clear Channel's actions, they certainly aren't "acting in the public interest." They are acting in the interest of the stockholders not the listeners who actually own the spectrum. We as American citizens own the radio spectrum, NOT these greedy radio operators. We entrust them to use the airwaves in our best interest and that isn't happening. They are using the frequencies to pad their own pockets and those of their shareholders.
There is no such thing as local-ism. Unlike the old days, these radio station are no longer manned by humans after 7 p.m., they are voice tracked and put on the satellite.
There was a high profile incident in North Dakota a few years back where a a train derailed and spilled toxic chemicals, when officials tried to get the word out on the radio, they couldn't reach anybody at the station because Clear Channel owned every station in town and got rid of all the local Air Talent. There was NOBODY live on the radio to warn the people of the immediate dangers they faced. The government looked into it and slapped Clear Channel on the wrist. Clear Channel devised some phony local-ism plan, which didn't include live human beings on the air and the government continued to let them make money as a monopoly. Think about it, in most markets outside the top 10, you can't even get severe weather updates after 6 p.m. because there is NOBODY working at the radio station. GOD forbid your power goes out and you can't watch TV for updates on when to take cover. That has happened here in Austin on many occasions, but you are screwed, NOBODY is at these radio stations after 7 p.m. because Clear Channel has cut them to the bone.
I can go on and on about this issue, but clearly there are violations in the terms of the agreement between radio operators and us, the people who own the frequencies they program.
People need to e-mail their congressmen and tell them to re-evaluate the telecom act of 1996, it would force local owners back into the game and provide a usable product for the cities served by radio stations. Right now you have poorly run radio companies squeezing every dime out of these radio stations and you, the listener is the big loser.
I believe congress will listen as they are looking for diversity in radio and love to have low rates come election time. Here is a link to contact your representative.
If you are an unemployed broadcaster, you need to do this NOW!
While WDFN may have been torched in the first round of Clear Channel cuts, it looks like another round is hitting today.
Clear Channel Austin is preparing to off another half dozen people and I can only bet they will do the same thing aroud the country.
Rumored gone from Clear Channel Austin are KISS-FM Air Personalities Cruz and Tony Cortez. Longtime KASE Personality Garry Harmon and KASE weekender Jon Zenor. There are also rumors that the traffic department will be gutted. It could get really ugly.
Clear Channel-Austin also issued a memo to staff stating they have stopped matching 401k contributions.
Mandatory staff meeting today in Austin at 1 p.m.
Look for this to be repeated around the country. In Detroit look for 106.7 to be gutted and any live show outside of Morning Drive.
Poor management at corporate and poor management locally has killed Clear Channel.
When is Clear Channel going to start firing the people responsible for the bad performance?
Detroit Update: So far Piston Engineer Albert Dale is out, more to follow.