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Radio & Streaming Media News for Tuesday 06-30-2009


Radio Headlines:

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Radio News US:

Business & Financial

  • Cumulus Media Inc. Announces Third Amendment to Credit Facility cumulus
  • Will Clear Channel Sell More Stations? fmqb
  • Is Sirius XM Facing a Nasdaq Delisting? seeking alpha
  • Sirius XM Is Quicker Than You Think motley fool
  • Sirius XM: The best play on an auto rebound The satellite radio operator is more leveraged to a recovery than just about any car or parts maker cnn money
  • Media and cable now the riskiest sector-CreditSights reuters
  • HMV Group Profit Up 12% billboard

Programming, Changes & Ratings

News & PR

OP/ED, Political & Feature

  • We’re Wasting Our Time radio world
  • When “Feel-Good” News Hurts Radio hear 2.0
  • Radio — Podcasting That Makes Money inside music media
  • Are We In The Radio Or Entertainment Business? audio4cast
  • That New HD Radio Campaign jacobs media
  • Getting Ahead Of Change infinite dial
  • Who controls the stereo in your car? Radio democracy not easy to achieve times colonist
  • WEEI hosts should value their words pawtucket times
  • Jason Owens: Michael Jackson media miscalculation san diego news network
  • Rush Limbaugh Criticizes President Obama’s ‘Black Handshake’ politics daily
  • Hour 1: Discussing Ricci, Limbaugh Says Sotomayor Is A “Racist At Heart” media matters
  • Honduras junta shuts down news media; wingnuts silent daily kos
  • Teabaggers Unite to Help Promote Talk Radio nashville scene
  • Ponder this pundit talking-point kansascity.com
  • Crazy Congresswoman to Appear on Crazy Radio Program. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is scheduled to appear on the syndicated radio talk show The Alex Jones Show, according to Jones. We are torn! gawker

FCC & Legal

  • U.S. lawmaker probes device over minority radio data yahoo
  • Kabrich renews attack on PPM sample radio business report
  • Lawmaker Launches Investigation Into PPM Methodology fmqb
  • Congress Getting Involved in Arbitron PPM Controversy mediaweek
  • Arbitron Welcomes Opportunity to Discuss PPM with Congress arbitron
  • House Committee Requests Info From FCC on PPM radio online
  • NY Pol Puts Arbitron On His Barbie… mel phillips
  • Bill in Congress Could Charge More Money to Radio Stations wctv
  • KYNO owner sues KMJ over Web site: John Ostlund says trademark hijacked. tmc.net
  • Tom Finneran asks court to forgive ‘personal weakness’ boston herald
  • Found in Translation: The FCC OK’s FM Translators for AM Stations radio world
  • FCC Changes FM Translator Rules to Include AM radio online
  • Genachowski Begins at FCC; Announces Senior Staff washington post
  • The Genachowski era begins at the FCC radio business report
  • FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Takes Office radio online
  • Genachowski Names Press Secretary Free Press media director Howard joins FCC broadcasting and cable
  • Genachowski Names Top Staffers As expected, Ed Lazarus named his chief of staff broadcasting and cable
  • Genachowski’s First FCC Public Meeting to Focus on National Broadband Plan Commission clears Thursday meeting schedule for broadband status report broadcasting and cable
  • FCC Daily DIgest FCC

Public, Educational & Religious

  • ‘Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio’ on PBS newsday
  • NPR Ombudsman refuses interview regarding “torture” salon
  • Jacobs Sets Second Public Radio Tech Survey radio ink
  • Alaska public broadcaster KUAC slashes staff numbers news miner
  • Dialed In: Top Tens From Local College Radio new times broward palm beach
  • Members of WMUB’s news team received seven awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated for on-air work in 2008. journal news
  • Groups still working to save KOCV radio my west texas
  • Valley residents prepare to launch Radio Free Palmer ktuu
  • WDIY celebrates Woodstock’s 40th anniversary lehigh valley live
  • Jazz alive at KCSM san mateo daily journal
  • Longtime Greece radio man leaves the air After 50 years, Jack Mindy retires from the talking side (WMGC) democrat and chronicle
  • Religious groups’ radio ads back health overhaul wric

Streaming & Tech

  • Pandora banks on advertising over music sales CEO Joe Kennedy on monetization of the personalized Internet radio station vator news
  • RIAA: Jammie Thomas snubbed our settlement ‘overture’ cnet
  • Swedish company to buy Pirate Bay cnet
  • Absolute Radio launches Android application mad.co.uk
  • Sirius XM iPhone App: Still Room for Improvement seeking alpha
  • TerreStar-1, Sirius FM-5 Launch Preview satellite today
  • All Systems Go for Sirius XM Satellite Launch seeking alpha
  • Professional Radio Application with RDS Support pocket now
  • iPhone App TapStar Unveiled billboard
  • iPhone Radio Roundup radio 2020
  • Autonet selling in-car Wi-Fi directly to consumers rain
  • The Video Bay: The Pirate Bay Takes on YouTube pc mag
  • The Pirate Bay hatches new streaming video site (sort of) ars technica
  • Walkman more cumbersome than iPod, teen discovers entertainment weekly
  • Earthworks Entertainment’s Hit Parade Radio Now Broadcasting on WiFi Radio Worldwide marketwire
  • Smartphones, social networks to boost mobile advertising reuters
  • Comcast to offer wireless Internet service yahoo

Radio News International:

Britain/Europe

Canada

  • SIRIUS Invites Canadians To Face The Music top 40 charts
  • DJ prepares playlist for new Lake Cow station bc localnews
  • CBC Selects Web Management System for TV and Radio broadcaster
  • Terry Black Canada’s teen sensation in ’60s bc localnews

Asia/Africa/Oceania/Americas

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Radio & Streaming Media News for Monday 06-9-2009


Radio Headlines:

  • Is the bell tolling for Clear Channel? my san antonio business
  • Global Radio Industry to Reach $62.08 billion by 2015 yahoo
  • Moody’s looks for Citadel to restructure radio business report
  • Jack Silver returns to CBS Radio/LA today laradio
  • Oldies station WFGR-FM 98.7 shifts to ‘classic hits’ format mlive
  • Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI-FM Adds Consuella Williams, Lori Swain urbaninsite
  • Source: JFK To Go Sports In July dcrtv.com
  • RADAR® 101 Network Rankings by Key Demos—Daypart Cume arbitron
  • Ex-athletes have no safety from ax in TV, radio gigs usa today
  • Radio waves: Remembering KCBS as it turns 100 sf gate
  • War of words escalates over radio payments bill cross roads news
  • Court rules in radio station dispute for Vegas AM station mercury news
  • FCC Fines K104 Dallas $4,000 for Nelly Concert Promotion urban radio nation
  • Keillor’s July 4 show to broadcast from “real” Lake Wobegon. fortwayne.com
  • Fresno Station Sues Over ‘Cybersquatting’ radio ink
  • Sirius XM’s FM-5 Satellite Set To Launch satwaves
  • Michael Jackson Downloads Soar in U.K., U.S. mediabistro
  • Apple (& Clear Channel) co-founder backs Internet video venture canada.com
  • TLRC sells Arrow FM and Sovereign Radio mediaweek uk
  • Figures show UK ad spend down 4% mediaweek uk
  • XM Canada brings back The Verge Music Awards! cnw group
  • Familiar voices top radio ratings australian business
  • Radio broadcast journalist killed in southern Philippines the nation

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Radio News US:

Business & Financial

  • Global Radio Industry to Reach $62.08 billion by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts yahoo
  • Grupo Radio Centro Announces Filing of Its 2008 Annual Report on Form 20-F yahoo
  • Westwood One, Inc. Announces Plans to Reconvene Special Meeting of Stockholders pr usa
  • Is the bell tolling for Clear Channel? my san antonio business
  • Moody’s looks for Citadel to restructure radio business report
  • About Last Week: Music Stocks Mixed on Wall Street… digital music news
  • Sirius XM Holds Up Well After Russell Rebalance seeking alpha
  • Sirius Sell-Off: The Russell Index Effect seeking alpha
  • Sirius XM: A Good Buy for Under a Buck seeking alpha
  • Liberty Media Would Like to Talk to Time Warner on AOL Assets bloomberg
  • Microsoft puts Razorfish up for sale financial times
  • Sony-Jackson Partnership Said to Plan on Keeping Beatles Rights bloomberg
  • The Stealth Media Mogul. Billionaire Philip Anschutz is quietly building a small empire of social-networking sites, newspapers and now a leading conservative weekly. forbes

Programming, Changes & Ratings

  • Jack Silver Is Headed Right Back Where He Started From. Jack Silver returns to CBS Radio/LA today laradio
  • Jack Silver Returns to CBS Radio/Los Angeles radio online
  • Rosie heads back to work with show on satellite radio arizona star
  • Watch Out Elisabeth: Rosie’s Back media bistro
  • Nielsen study shows radio down, but not out, among teens rain
  • RADAR® 101 Network Rankings by Key Demos—Daypart Cume arbitron
  • Oldies station WFGR-FM 98.7 shifts to ‘classic hits’ format, hosts party in downtown Grand Rapids to celebrate today mlive
  • The Big 89 welcomes “Steve Dale’s Pet World” radio business report
  • Source: JFK To Go Sports In July dcrtv.com
  • Sid Rosenberg is ‘committed’ to South Florida radio (WQAM) newsday
  • WGCI to add two hosts to lineup chicago sun times
  • Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI-FM Adds Consuella Williams, Lori Swain urbaninsite
  • SIRIUS XM’s E Street Radio to Celebrate the Fourth of July With Concert Audio From Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Current Tour yahoo
  • MICHAEL JACKSON – JACKSON FANS TUNE INTO DEDICATED RADIO STATION contact music
  • Oldest Chinese Radio Station in Bay Area Closes new america media

News & PR

  • Ex-athletes have no safety from ax in TV, radio gigs usa today
  • Radio waves: Remembering KCBS as it turns 100 sf gate
  • Wendy Williams Visits Studio 29 my fox philly
  • WTOP, WJBC, CBS Radio Take Murrow Honors radio ink
  • Burbank nearly speechless about hall of fame chances cincinnati.com
  • Gale Storm dies at 87; star of 1950s sitcoms la times
  • Billy Mays’ son talks to the MJ Morning Show 10 connects tampa bay
  • Golden-Throated Announcer Introduced Soap Operas (Ken Roberts) washington post
  • Radio rocks music’s roots Red Dirt’s Steve Ripley puts it together on KOSU radio tulsa world
  • Jackson radio stations win national award. For the sixth straight year Jackson radio stations WMSI-102.9 FM and WQJQ-105.1 FM have been named winners of a national award presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. Clarion-Ledger
  • KAFM celebrates 10 years on the air gj sentinel
  • 20th Anniversary Reunion KDGE, The Edge Dallas 945reunion.com
  • MANTALK WITH BILL AND BRENT #750 CONSULTANT WALTER SABO TALKS ABOUT ARBITRON’S PORTABLE PEOPLE METER. blogtalkradio
  • Harris Corporation Wins 2009 Stevie(R) Award for Best Overall Company of the Year pr newswire
  • Jacobs inducted into Emmy Awards Gold Circle. A Gainesville broadcaster was honored at the 35th presentation of the Southeastern Regional Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards Saturday night in Atlanta. access north georgia
  • Over 90,000 Fans Fill Saginaw’s Ojibway Island for the KCQ Country Music Fest americajr
  • Radio show participants sought WARWICK — Michael Sweeton, host of “Taking Care of Business” a radio program on WTBQ Mondays at 1:30 p.m., is seeking participants for his program. the warwick advertiser
  • 35 years in music biz – Zelisko has tales to tell arizona central
  • Do radio resumes work? examiner
  • VaBeach voice-recording studio continues to grow daily press
  • Jackson’s Gone, But Media, Marketing Frenzy Has Just Begun media daily news
  • Reunions of cars, owners in Ionia bring good news and bad after Birthday Bash flood mlive
  • Most if not all cars will be towed from B-93 Birthday Bash site by Monday night mlive
  • Radio health spot packs in tips sf gate

OP/ED, Political & Feature

FCC & Legal

  • Bill may require Inland Empire radio stations to pay big bucks to recording artistst the law
  • Pay to Play: Bill Would Force Radio Stations to Pay Extra to Play Music wqow eua claire
  • War of words escalates over radio payments bill cross roads news
  • Court rules in radio station dispute. An appeals court has upheld a Federal Communications Commission refusal to take another look at a decision that favored a bid by Powell Meredith Communications Co. for an AM radio station in the Las Vegas area. mercury news
  • Judge hears recording in ex-radio personality’s assault case (Russ Martin) fort worth star telegram
  • Webio co-founder Hernandez in Downstate court. Businessman and alleged Ponzi schemer David Hernandez appeared in a Downstate court this morning following his recent arrest on fraud charges. chicago sun times
  • FCC’s new chief arrives today. inside radio
  • Coming right up: FCC July Open Meeting radio business report
  • FCC Slaps KKDA/Dallas with $4000 Fine Over Contest radio online
  • FCC Fines K104 Dallas $4,000 for Nelly Concert Promotion urban radio nation
  • Public Knowledge Praises Supreme Court For Declining to Review Cablevision DVR Service Challenge broadcasting and cable
  • FCC Daily Digest FCC

Public, Educational & Religious

  • Radio show goes back to its roots Garrison Keillor’s July 4 show to broadcast from “real” Lake Wobegon. fortwayne.com
  • New stations in NC, CT and IA. Mountain Stage OnAirTV Brian Blauser Mountain Stage is happy to welcome three new radio stations into the fold. west virginia public broadcasting
  • KCLU Wins Most Awards edhat santa barbara
  • Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Michael Parenti, Janine Bandcroft, Melody Blaney, June 29, 2009 pacific freepress
  • NPR’s Krista Tippett makes radio show a place of testimony wfn
  • Astoria pastor soothes the soul with a classical music broadcast daily astorian

Streaming & Tech

  • ubroadcast Details Cooperation Agreement With PurePlayMusic.com yahoo
  • KYNO’s Ostlund sues KMJ over domain name fresno business journal
  • Fresno Station Sues Over ‘Cybersquatting’ radio ink
  • Sirius rocket delayed. The launch of the latest Sirius-XM satellite has been delayed 24-hours. rapid tv news
  • Sirius XM’s FM-5 Satellite Set To Launch satwaves
  • Michael Jackson Downloads Soar in U.K., U.S. mediabistro
  • RadioTime’s WunderRadio App Adds Twitter radio ink
  • Apple (& Clear Channel) co-founder backs Internet video venture canada.com
  • Is It Time for RealNetworks to Switch Gears? ny times
  • Online dents the one-third mark. inside radio
  • Snowtape 1.1 adds radio station directory, more macnn
  • Travel the World With Online Radio ezine articles
  • The future of connectivity james cridland

Radio News International:

Britain/Europe

  • TLRC sells Arrow FM and Sovereign Radio mediaweek uk
  • Figures show UK ad spend down 4% mediaweek uk
  • Local Radio Company sells Hastings and Eastbourne stations The Local Radio Company has sold its stations in Hastings and Eastbourne to Media Sound Holdings for £100,000 guardian
  • Radio Academy to gain insight into Tory plans music week
  • Why Carter has gone radio ga-ga guardian
  • The bogus FM switch-off: Will you budge? Don’t touch that dial register
  • Ian MacRae: Original Radio Caroline DJ Takes Issue with Movie’s Portrayal of Pirate Radio about.com
  • How the King of Breakfast is waking up Asian Britain DJ ‘Shak’ believes the UK’s Asian audience is a sleeping giant ready to be roused. independent
  • Radio review. It’s a long old morning on Radio Wimbledon (listen via wimbledon.org), with play not starting until noon, and Andy Murray scheduled late in the day yesterday. guardian
  • This week on NME Radio 29 June – 3 July 2009 nme
  • TLRC sells Arrow and Sovereign radio today
  • High profile RSL launches radio today
  • Manchester gets 5 Live gig radio today

Canada

  • XM Canada brings back The Verge Music Awards! cnw group
  • Competition crowds FM dial. With Kruz making the switch to FM and another radion station on the way, how much is too much competition? my kawartha
  • RTNDA Announces National and Network Award Winners broadcaster
  • RTNDA Announces Central Region Award Winners broadcaster
  • CBC Selects Web Management System for TV and Radio broadcaster
  • Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame Inducts Five New Laureates for 2009 individual.com
  • 102.3 BOB FM, London, Appoints Operations Manager broadcaster

Asia/Africa/Oceania/Americas

  • Familiar voices top radio ratings. TALKBACK regained the ascendancy in the fourth radio ratings survey of the year as familiar names such as Alan Jones, Ray Hadley, Neil Mitchell, Ross Stevenson and John Burns dominated their timeslots, while Hamish and Andy ruled national drive. australian business
  • Radio broadcast journalist killed in southern Philippines the nation
  • Radio Point: Mirchi rules in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata in Week 24 television point
  • First English FM Radio On Air in Ethiopia’s capital ethiopian review
  • Thousands March For, Against Anti-Chavez Station cbs news

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Radio & Streaming Media News for Friday & the Weekend of 06-26-2009


Radio Headlines:

Radio News US:

Business & Financial

  • Journal Communications Sets Earnings Release Date individual.com
  • Westwood One, Inc. Announces Plans to Reconvene Special Meeting of Stockholders pr newswire
  • BBGI – Beasley Broadcast Group to Sells Select Assets for $15.25 Million Cash – Sourced WhisperFromWallStreet.com transworld news
  • Standard & Poor’s latest Radio One credit report suggests company is overextended baltimore business journal
  • Westwood One shareholders vote today radio business report
  • Junk Bond Revival Lets XM Radio, Univision Extend Maturities bloomberg
  • Movie Sheds Light on Sirius Naked Shorts seeking alpha
  • Sirius’ XM Debt Sale Attracts Surprisingly Strong Demand; Subs Get Hit With Royalty Rate Hike paid content
  • Want Sirius XM Bonds? Take A Number! satwaves
  • Sirius XM must raise prices to pay music royalties cnet
  • AEG Facing $85 Million-Plus Jackson Ticket Refund billboard

Programming, Changes & Ratings

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News & PR

  • Neal Rogers gets nominated for Radio Hall of Fame sun sentinel
  • Voting for National Radio Hall of Fame radio business report
  • Irv Homer, longtime talk-show host philly.com
  • RIP ‘Evil’ Irv Homer the clog
  • Clear Channel to boost local presence.To fight dwindling advertising revenues, San Antonio-based Clear Channel Radio is launching wider community affairs commitments and stepping up its online, cell phone and high-definition radio programming my san antonio
  • Clear Channel Joins Greater Than AIDS Campaign yahoo
  • KPOI-FM celebrates 50 years of Rock with sizzling summer concert at the Waterfront honolulu music examiner
  • T.O. radio station moving main operations to Irvine area ventura county star
  • Eight local men nominated for Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Larry James among potential inductees ledger enquirer
  • HOUSTON STATION’S HIV AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: Free test and results = Free concert admission. eurweb
  • Statement from Walter Cronkite’s Family media bistro

OP/ED, Political & Feature

FCC & Legal

Public, Educational & Religious

  • Purdue’s WBAA-FM to increase power to 14,000 watts lafayette online
  • WHIL-FM public radio seeks ’emergency’ money from listeners al.com
  • KQED chief to step down in a year san francisco business times
  • Campus Internet Radio Station myWCWP breaks national murder case long island university
  • KDHX may drop talk shows. St. Louis’ community radio station, KDHX, is considering doing away with local talk shows that air Monday through Thursday evenings. 90.7 kwmu
  • For financial guru Dave Ramsey, economy has an upside houston belief

Streaming & Tech

  • Pioneer demos in-car WiMax media streaming cnet
  • Is Radio Becoming a Video Star? radio world
  • “Just call it radio,” Pandora says hear 2.0
  • WEEI/Boston Partners with FlyCast For Mobile Access radio online
  • Google selling ads in mobile apps; FlyCast creates unique WEEI app rain
  • Listen for the pop of social media It’s a pretty balloon attracting billions in investment media life
  • Little poking in marketing executive suites real time cannes
  • Michael Jackson’s death and its lessons for online journalists covering breaking news knight digital media
  • Debate: Can the Internet handle big breaking news? cnet
  • Michael Jackson’s death knocks Google & Twitter offline industry standard
  • Web swoons as Jackson dies. Shock death trips up news sites, concert venue register
  • Jackson Dominates iTunes, Amazon, Twitter billboard
  • Ballmer says offline media is dead, keeps mum on Microsoft’s offline software cnet
  • Indie Ranch Media Today Announces Launch of NetMix Broadcasting Website; Showcasing Services Aimed at 19 Billion Dollar Internet Radio Market it businessnet
  • MPAA says Real’s patent attempt saps RealDVD argument cnet
  • Copyfraud: Poisoning the public domain. How web giants are stealing the future of knowledge register
  • Mac News Briefs: Snowtape adds online radio directory yahoo
  • TUAW First Look: A behind-the-scenes peek at WorldVoice Radio tuaw

Radio News International:

Britain/Europe

Canada

  • SIRIUS and CFL Expand Coverage to Bring Fans Action from Every Single Game on Satellite Radio for the First Time newswire canada
  • Radio host moves down dial. TJ Connors, the eccentric radio host who has been at BOB FM in Lindsay for the past year-and-a-half, will be taking over the morning show at The Wolf, 101.5 FM in Peterborough, on Thursday, July 2. lindsay post
  • SCREAM channel morphs to DUSK – Corus Entertainment rebrands network on 09.09.09 yahoo finance
  • Scream to be Re-Branded broadcaster

Asia/Africa/Oceania/Americas

  • Jackson’s Malaysian fans phone in, jam radio network new kerala
  • From artist and RJ to author now republica
  • Indonesia radio becomes voice for tolerance yahoo
  • AM transmissions of VOM interrupted miadhu news
  • Govt to cancel idle radio frequencies daily nation
  • Africa Remembers Michael Jackson africa matata
  • Pakistan and the King of Pop abc
  • ‘Ensure media freedom in broadcast code’ …appeal to Telecommunications Authority to limit legislation trinidad and tobago express
  • Power 102.1fm and Boom Champions 94.1fm protest against rising crime in the country. power 1021
  • Yet another baby dies, this time at KHMH amandala
  • Jones Communications CEO, other prominent Bahamian businessmen brought before court freeport news

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Radio NX Changes & Thoughts on Neil Rogers


You may notice a slight change to RadioNX.com in the immediate future. Following a few days away from the site and a couple of well earned vacation days, I’ve decided to drop the “Trades” section of the daily news updates. Instead of the list of radio trade news, the radio trades that have rss feeds will now have their news updates incorporated into the sidebar.

I also learned after coming back from a couple of days touring the Texas hill country that long-time South Florida talk legend Neil Rogers has decided to hang-up his hat. I’ve got kind of mixed feelings about the departure of Neil from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale airwaves…


Early in my radio career, when Miami-Fort Lauderdale was still one of the great talk radio markets in the US, Neil was my radio companion driving home every night following my 6-10 pm shift on WSHE. I’d listen to Neil and think… damn, that’s what radio is supposed to sound like! This is long before Neil went “over the edge” and was still a traditional topical talk host, making his rounds on WNWS and WKAT.

A few years later I ended up working down the hall at Zeta 4 when Neil was on WINZ. This is Neil’s “Blue Period” when he decided to pull a Howard Beale and essentially crack the mic one day and say…. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Neil owned the South Florida market, with double-digit ratings. Neil’s ratings were so stellar, that the powers at WINZ decided to put Neil on the air in the mornings at ZETA. It was Neil, The Bird and Captain Dave (Dave Caprita). At this time I was handling Creative Services for ZETA so I jumped in the fray and started producing song parodies and bits for Neil’s show. This lead to me filling-in as a Neil Rogers’ show sidekick when “The Bird” or “Captain Dave” would take time off and Dave and myself handling the fill-in duties when Neil was out on vacation. I ended up working again briefly with Neil at WIOD for a few months before Neil jumped ship to WQAM.

Neil Rogers was the best “solo” talk show host I have ever heard. He commanded the airwaves with a presence, humor and style unlike any I have ever known or heard. His influence was both a blessing and curse to the South Florida airwaves. Talk show hosts moving into the market would hear Neil and the sky would open… They would think… “Wow! That’s the way you do it! I wanna do a show like that.” Unfortunately, no one else could. As consultant Walt Sabo once pointed out, they just didn’t have the years behind the mic that Neil did. Trying to do a free-form show like Neil was all but impossible, without Neil’s experience and cunning. They all fell flat on their face. Neil openly “slammed” the other hosts that would enter the market and South Florida listeners would turn on the new hosts like a pack of wolves. What “Neil God” said was gospel. Neil soared, and unfortunately South Florida talk radio stagnated. Now Neil is gone and Miami is a talk radio wasteland.

I had the chance to listen to Neil in the last year or so and as much as I hate to admit it, his show was but a mere shell of its past glory. Neil no longer took calls and read email on the air for four hours. When he was on vacation, which was often, his board-op George would fill in. As gallant of an effort as George gave it, there was just no filing Neil’s shoes.

So… have a happy retirement Neil. I’m glad I had the opportunity to work and learn from you. You were the absolute best.

John Ford