Been inactive here for a variety of reasons.
1. I listen to a lot less terrestrial radio these days. Some of that is because I don’t like what’s on at the time while I’m typically in the car and the other reason are commercials. There are a lot of podcast alternatives out there that interest me, and I make more efforts to listen to that.
I enjoy Steve Cochran and the people he is surrounded by on WGN-AM (720) in the morning. The problem is, you have a newscast that spans some 10 minutes between various breaks, so when his show finally starts up again at about 6:12, he is already going to traffic at 6:17, sometimes followed by a commercial. How fun is that?
Also, for WGN weather, drop the five-day forecast and drop the bland meteorologist. Just have your newscaster give today’s forecast, tonight’s and tomorrow’s and call it a day. Would shave off about 30 seconds off the redundant weather reports.
Same problem with Traffic and Weather, First on the Five’s on WLS-AM (890). That distraction has stopped me from listening to Roe Conn, who I can still enjoy even with the added presence of Richard Roeper. Commercial breaks on WLS are already bad enough, but the added traffic and weather interruptions make the problem worse.
2. I’ve become so spoiled to no commercials or breaks that it’s impacted how I listen to the SiriusXM POTUS channel. When I hop in the car, if the clock is nearing the top of the hour, I skip POTUS all together because I know whatever I listen to will be interrupted by a few commercials (not many) and a three or four minute AP news update. Not interested.
3. Google Play Music All Access. Simply addicting. While the old guard in radio still has a boner for the good old days of terrestrial music surrounded by personable DJs and limited commercials, that just can never be the reality ever again. Most young people today have no interest in listening to any personality around music.
Is that the result of cheap voice tracking and/or DJs being limited in what their allowed to say, or the fact we now live in a more fast paced ADHD world where endless interruptions via an iPod or Pandora has changed how society listens to music?
4. Chicago’s media coverage is not what it used to be.
There’s a lot to what that means, and perhaps, some day soon, I will expound on that thought.
For now, I’m going to call it a day with the media blogging thing. I’ll continue to post on my personal blog at MartysMalice.com, for anyone interested. There, I will continue to post various radio and media thoughts when the mood strikes.
My thanks to anyone who’s made the effort to check this site out in the last year.SHARE: