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Kickstarer Campaign Going On Now (May 3-June 1, 2013)It's for an album release. Goal: $1,000. Details here.
Wiremania (May 21, 2013)
Why radio refuses to die In fact, a new study says it's thriving -- even among teens and 20-somethings. 'Hyper-locality' and community connections are among the reasons.
Radio Needs To Be "Bold And Aggressive". Those were the words of Isabella Sanchez (pictured) from the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference, addressing the age-old question of why radio seems to collect bread crumbs compared to the truckloads of revenue poured into TV. Sanchez is the Vice President of Media Integration at the advertising agency Zubi and was part of an advertiser panel moderated by McGavren Guild Media Director of Sales Jason Gueits. Sanchez said, for radio it's all about the research. "TV has Nielsen. That type of research isn't seen in radio. That's necessary."
No Longer Streaming Worldwide. Saga Communications Limit Streaming Stream IP Block KKGO Mount Wilson Saul Levine. Saga Communications has revealed plans to begin to limit many of their station webcasts to local markets. The company will join Mount Wilson Broadcasting's "Go Country 105" KKGO Los Angeles which limits streaming listeners to those within California.
Device Would Help Satellite Giant Ease Retrans Fees . DirecTV is considering testing a new set-top that incorporates an antenna allowing customers to pull over-the-air broadcast signals, which could allow the satellite giant to avoid paying millions of dollars per year in retransmission consent fees.
Rippin' on the Ratings (May 17, 2013)Time once again for this lame little feature we call Rippin' on the Ratings, or was it Rantin' on the Ratings. Who cares!
This is for the April 2013 Portable People Meter.
KSON is ahead of Channel 933 by a Texas-sized margin of over 50 percent!
KGB's dinosaur rock went down. Somebody in a rest home must have died.
KFMB's conservative slanted talk went up. KOGO's talk went up. Neither station is doing anything earth-shattering at the moment. Most of the talkers continue to rip on Obama and the people who voted him in office.
KPRI-FM continues to free fall. 94/9 and 91X are in a dead heat. Magic 95.7, er, I mean KISS 95.7 is going nowhere after four months of existance.
KLSD and ESPN 1700 are non essential stations that do basically nothing for San Diego.
With so few interesting music choices in San Diego, no wonder Internet radio has become the new normal of listening to music radio, while the broadcasters continue to scratch their heads wondering wny they're stuck playing so many songs over a quarter of a century old.
The best kind of radio is the kind that broadcast radio is too scared to death to program. Damn good radio programming is what I call it. Here's a few that I tune in for.
Sun 6-10am, 91X, Resurrection Sunday new wave and punk oldies Sat 2-7pm, 107.9, Jack's Tracks unfortunately, I'm across town working and have no portable phone. Chris Carmichael and Jack co-host. Sat 9-11pm, 1170, Sock Hop Saturday Night some 50s-60s nostalgia doo wop and more Anytime, "I Still Get Demented" radio forgot to get Demented along the way. Tune in at http://www.madmusic.com/isgd.aspx New shows uploaded Fridays Anytime, The Tom Leykis Show No right wing wackos brainwashing you. Just straight talk about how to get ahead in life and to overcome life's limitations. Tune in at http://www.blowmeuptom.com Caution: strong language. Fridays 10pm-MID, Z90, EDM Two hours of electronica music, the soundtrack of today's Internet age.There's more, but that's all I bother tuning in for,
Disclosure: I produce the "I Still Get Demented" show, which plays most of the Dr. Demento type funny that's nowhere heard on terrestrial radio. Funny music is a lost art and has been ignored by today's broadcasters. I produce the show the way I want to hear a funny radio show with music that I agree with.
And that's the Rating's Rant and Rip for the month.
Wiremania (May 17, 2013)
Why Sports Talk is So Lucrative (except in San Diego).
San Diego State Sports Move To The Mighty 1090. SAN DIEGO STATE football, men's basketball, select women's basketball and baseball will air on BCA Sports XEPRS-A (THE MIGHTY 1090)/SAN DIEGO starting this FALL under a new deal with LEARFIELD SPORTS' AZTEC SPORTS PROPERTIES. The AZTECS previously aired on crosstown CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KOGO-A. All nighttime games will also air on Classic Hits XHPRS (105.7 FM THE WALRUS), as will all games conflicting with SAN DIEGO PADRES broadcasts on THE MIGHTY 1090.
Making frequency-hopping radios practical. New hardware could lead to wireless devices that identify and exploit unused transmission frequencies, using radio spectrum much more efficiently.
Harris survey: 6 in 10 predict demise of terrestrial radio within 5 years A survey from Harris Interactive, done for music streamer Stitcher, is guaranteed to stir the pot by, among other findings, saying that six in 10 predict the death of terrestrial radio in five years. The Detroit News has a summary.
Aereo asks court to throw out copyright lawsuits. Aereo asked the U.S. District Court in New York for summary judgment on broadcasters' claims that its service directly infringes on their public performance copyrights.
Turner Takes Wraps Off Live Streaming for TNT, TBS. New Apps Available to View Summer Programming.
Editor: Why isn't any of KOGO's talkers bringing these up as topics? What's wrong with them?
Supersized Labor: Detroit Sees Largest Fast-Food Strike in U.S. History. The walk-off follows similar actions in New York, Chicago and St. Louis.
Why are Obamacare supporters attacking job creators?. When seemingly organized Obamacare supporters attack small business leaders who express concern about the health-care law, job creators are no longer just uncertain about how their business will be impacted by the law. They are afraid – for their businesses and to speak out.
Wiremania (May 14, 2013)
HEVC, Ultra HD & the Telecom Threat. The new H.265 codec seeks to achieve the same video quality of the established H.264/AVC codec using just half of the bandwidth. The final figures seem to confirm initial hopes. Why This Matters: HEVC looks good, according to an EPFL study, and that’s great news. If all global video content was compressed using HEVC, more than 25 percent of the current global network load would be freed up.
NCTA: “Netflix is beating cable”. NCTA president Michael Powell is about to tell a US Senate hearing that OTT supplier Netflix is the largest subscription video provider in the USA today. Powell is due to address the senate’s Communication’s Subcomittee on May 14th, and tell them that “The largest subscription video provider in the country today is Netflix — not Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV or any other MVPD.”
Upfronts 2013: New NBC Late Night Lineup to Bow Feb. 24, 2014. NBC's new late night lineup of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers will premiere on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 during the network's coverage of the Winter Olympics.
SETH MEYERS was named host of NBC's late-night show, succeeding Jimmy Fallon when he moves to take over host duties of The Tonight Show in 2014. The show will be titled Late Night with Seth Meyers. The comic has spent the past 12 years as a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live; for the last eight years, he has been head writer for the show and "anchor" of its popular "Weekend Update" segment.
Why signing up with a new cable provider pays big. Thinking about switching cable providers? Here are four big perks of becoming a new cable customer.
5G Is Almost Here? Samsung Announces Super-Fast Wireless Tech That Will Make LTE Seem Slow. Samsung Electronics said Monday it had successfully tested super-fast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second. Why This Matters: Samsung claimed the new technology "will be capable of ultra-high-speed data transmission up to several hundred times faster than even the 4G LTE Advanced technology due for launch later this year." However, the technology is not quite ready for prime time. The company hopes to commercialize it by 2020.
Wiremania (May 10, 2013)
Analog ‘Sunset’ Grabs AM Debate . The mention of an AM analog “sunset” in favor of an all-digital sunrise in the United States received quite a reaction at the NAB Show.
Crazy like a Fox: how broadcast networks could rake in billions by going cable-only. The FCC's upcoming incentive auctions are a convenient opportunity for broadcasters to stick it to Aereo — and make a quick buck doing it. Editor: So-long CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC. You're too mediocre for my tastes. CW? Never watched it much anyway.
Sources: McCain Working on a la Carte Bill. Senator is veteran backer of bills encouraging MVPDs to unbundle programming
Sources: A La Carte Bill Includes Aereo-Friendly Provision. Would Block Broadcaster Efforts to Move Programming to Cable.
Final Four Games to Air on TBS. Tweaks option in agreement with Turner, both networks will split coverage next two years. As expected, the Final Four games will air on TBS beginning next year. CBS and Turner officially exercised an option in their 2010 agreement to broadcast the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, which would allow TBS to air Final Four games two years earlier than planned.
Fiery annular solar eclipse to be broadcast live on Internet. Most of Earth's inhabitants won't be able to directly watch the moon pass in front of the sun on Thursday -- leaving only a golden ring around its edges -- but anyone can catch the action online.
Wiremania (May 7, 2013)
EDITORIAL: Silencing Internet radio. The recording industry uses crony government to limit competition.
Aereo sues CBS in advance of Boston launch. Aereo filed a lawsuit against CBS Corp. on Monday, hoping to block efforts to prevent its Internet video platform from launching in Boston later this month.
Hey, Radio Stations! Need Some Comedy Relief?Do you need free programming on the weekends? Do you want a funny recording radio show that has a higher standard in choosing what gets played?
Check out the "I Still Get Demented" audio show hosted by David Tanny. With a run time of two hours and 24 minutes, in exchange for running the pre-programmed underwriting spots, radio stations get 12 minutes an hour to run stop sets with three breaks per hourly segment.
ISGD is named after the old defunct KCBQ show "I Still Q". ISGD was officially christened as a weekly show in 2003 running on a stream from live365.com. It's programming is the spirit of the "Dr. Demento" show, which runs only only on its own drdemento.com site and not available for stations to carry.
Register at the madmusic.com website, then stream all of the shows at your convenience. If you wish to download the shows for later broadcast on your radio station, Contact Mad Music Proprietor and Distributor Captain Wayne and he will set you up to redistribute my ISGD show as he will give you download permissions.
Internet-only stations may also apply to stream the shows on their streams.
No fees are required. Donations are happily accepted at http://radio.davesfunstuff.com/.
Since ISGD contains copyrighted material subject to royalties, it is advised that radio stations that wish to carry the show need to be registered with ASCAP, BMI, and SECAC by paying the appropriate annual fees required to be legit. Madmusic.com, which distributes the show, also pays the required fees to the three organizations.
For broadcasters, it's best to run the show at 10pm or later any night you choose, but begin it no later than 2am (when the show would run until 5am with local stop sets).
Internet broadcasters can run the show at any time at their discretion depending on what kinds of programming they also air.
ISGD may not be offered as a download podcast. It is illegal to do so. The RIAA will come after operators of websites that allow copyrighted material to be downloaded without royalty payment.
"Instrumentals" Available as of 11/6/12
Instrumentals by David Tanny is reissued. It was originally under the now defunct "10th Anniversary" collection.
This CD comes with 21 tracks.
Get "Instrumentals" mp3 download on Bandcamp
Get "Instrumentals" CD on demand and mp3 download on Reverbnation.
"Crazy Commercials" Now Available as of 9/18/12
Crazy Commercials by David Tanny is reissued with one additional track. It was originally under the now defunct "10th Anniversary" collection.
This CD comes with 42 tracks, 39 of them commercial satires, and a revised version of "Papa Yawn's Pizza."
Choose Your Way To Purchase
Get "Crazy Commercials" mp3 download on Bandcamp.
Get "Crazy Commercials" CD on demand and mp3 download on Reverbnation.
"Originals (2000-2012)" Now Available as of 7/31/12
Originals (2000-2012) by David Tanny with reissues of older material previously seen on earlier albums.
This CD comes with 20 tracks, plus two bonus tracks from future CD releases as sneak peeks.
Choose Your Way To Purchase
Get "Originals (2000-2012)" mp3 download + Bonus Tracks on Bandcamp.
Get "Originals (2000-2012)" CD on demand and mp3 download on Reverbnation.
We're Now Just Plain "SDN" (Nov 12, 2012)As of today, due to the changing and evolving nature of blogging as we know it, we officially dropped "radio" from our San Diego News blog, in fact, since we're covering more than just news about San Diego radio, which is few and far between and most of the readers in 2012 don't care about radio anymore, and just like "MTV" no longer stands for Music Television, "SDN" is now officially just a three-letter ID for our media news and more blog.
We were planning to officially revert back to the original name "Dave's Radio Waves", but radio and airwaves are irrelevant to today's listeners. Even Clear Channel Radio had to change into Clear Channel Media. Why? Radio has been replaced with streaming audio as the choice for younger music consumers.
We were also once known as Cal Radio News or Southern California Radio or whatever else we used to have.
The domain sandiegoradionews.com isn't yet available for sale. The domain is being used to direct the traffic from the old site to the new site, which is sdn.davesfunstuff.com
Speaking of davesfunstuff.com, isn't it time we got a new name for that website? Give us some non-trademarked suggestions. We might use it to house SDN and the old DFS and everything else we currently have on the net.
Yes, we're still covering terrestrial radio, but less so today than in the past. We're covering so many more topics of interest such as TV, sports, tech, computers, and whatever intriging topics we pick to feature on our blog.
For those who miss Don Barrett's work on laradio.com, which ended on Nov 8, if you still need an internet outlet for Los Angeles area radio news, we're here if you want to send in some stories for publication.
Understand that I'm not a journalist or an investigator, so my time is limited to an hour collecting links and publishing them.
Also note that SDN is a merger with the San Diego Radio News, What's My Beef, and Cable News sections. SDN will be more flexible in terms of covering a variety of topics, not just radio or media anymore.
Notice: Radio Station Holiday Concert PromosDue to Proposition 30 passing and the Bush taxes expiring at year's end, we have to make some changes to the policy of SDN regarding publicity.
Beginning today, SDN will charge $100 for each radio station holiday concert promotion that is posted on this website. We understand that some raise money for causes, but we have to pay rent and eat as well.
We also charge $50 for radio station produced non-holiday concert postings.
Aircheck: The Story of Top 40 Radio in San DiegoAircheck: The Story of Top 40 Radio in San Diego
David Leonard / Paperback
"...the whole story; beginning, middle, and end of Top 40's radio heyday in America's finest city..." --Rich Brother Robbin, 2004
I don't believe the history of San Diego radio has been chronicled before like this...it's absolutely fascinating." --Gene Knight, 2004
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