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Darren Moss
12 January 2021 - 6:31am
Interesting read David.
I think for radio, 10 years from now, listeners will still want engaging content that's relevant to their interests and perhaps even current mood, delivered on the platform most convenient for listening / viewing.
Imagine If Jeff Bezos Attended Your Next Strategy Meeting
Anthony The Koala
12 January 2021 - 2:59am
If you want to know the problem with the media in the US, as a "rough guide", I suggest that one watches the movies "Vice", "The Loudest Voice" (series) and "Bombshell", particularly "Vice" and "The Loudest Voice". It starts with the rescinding the laws which required broadcasters to be balanced. For example, the network depicted in movies did not let the other side express their viewpoint. In "The Loudest Voice", an interviewee who expressed views opposite to the network and its presenters were shouted down. I have seen Bill O'Reilly do the same thing with views by angrily shouting at the talent with opposite views to O'Reilly.

Prima facie, having talent with opposite views to the network is entertaining. The 'flip side' is that viewers will not hear an alternative side.

Rather than shouting and suppressing talent with opposite views, wouldn't it have been more constructive for the interviewer to ask questions through its own political prism, and at the same time, the interviewee (talent) respond critically and intelligently. That could regardless of political prism.

In addition, as this article addresses the US 'shock jocks' unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and giving the audience impression that they're in a perpetual state of crisis, one story or issue at a time.

So the US has a substantial size of its populace consuming Fox and shock jocks. This kind of culture is closed to other viewpoints or the opportunity to challenge other viewpoints or even accepting other viewpoints.

But suppose Mr Trump didn't like CNN. Instead of attacking and insulting non-Fox and non-shock-jock media, he should have availed himself of being interviewed on CNN and intelligently refuted anything proffered by the interviewer. The gold standard is Mr John Laws OBE, in his book "Lawsie: Well You Wanted To Know", ISBN 9781742579870. Even if the mini polls he conducted favoured Mr Fraser, Mr Laws was open to interviewing Mr Whitlam and Mr Hayden.

People from both sides of politics were invited onto the show and they were prepared to express and defend their views. Not for the Fox and shock-jock programmers.

But there is a general malaise in the reporting of news. News has become entertainment, the time of coverage of talent's views has been reduced from 42 seconds to a few seconds, "if it bleeds and leads". The news departments in terms of its bottom line, pages 935, 936 C.T. Bogus, "The Death of an Honourable Profession" (1996),71 IndianaL. J. 911,

The seven second grab is the new normal. BUT saying the essential message in 140 characters has been reduced to rants.

Regardless of Mr Trump's policies which included midway through the administration's term the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years and 400 thousand manufacturing jobs, to name a few, https://www.whitehouse.gov/trump-administration-accomplishments/ .

One cannot convey a message in 140 characters of the administration's achievements. We rely on the media to convey what is happening around the world, and what is happening in government and business.

For the media to take a particular by closing alternative views and not lend itself to constructive criticism is not healthy.

Similarly, the talent must also be open to answer questions intelligently from interviewers whose views may be contrary to the interviewer.

Thank you,
Anthony of critical Belfield

If Twitter can dump Trump, so can Radio and other MSM too
Tiger by the tail
12 January 2021 - 12:21am
Peter, you have nailed your true colours to the mast. Maybe a editorial position awaits you at the ABC.
I access the radioinfo website regularly to see what is happening specifically to the Australian radio scene. But the last thing I expect to see is a personal tirade about a non-radio political identity in another land.
Come on Peter: lets get back to the basics about what your website is meant to report and represent because your previous commentary has generally been balanced, relevant, informative and non-emotive. Please stick to your knitting!
How did it come to this? And what can Radio do about it?
Anthony The Koala
11 January 2021 - 1:20pm
While I look forward to the rest of the article, I don't want to second-guess the author's conclusions in next part.

There are many topics to discuss, including the politics and economics of the USA its role in the world and the emerging powers from Asia. That may well be the subjects of many theses.

Suffice to say, from a broadcasting perspective, why didn't the media challenge the handling of covid-19 infection with Mr Trump and the Governors of each state and allowing nearly 373 thousand deaths which could have been prevented while vaccines were being developed under the Operation Warp Speed was announced in 2020?

I believe that The Administration's and failure to co-ordinate a covid-19 program with the states may have contributed to The Administration's defeat in the 2020 election.

Having a belief that the virus is fake or it's a mild flu and the lack of enforcement and of its citizens of not practising safe-distancing and infection control

Something that the media should have investigated in depth.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
How did it come to this? And what can Radio do about it?
11 January 2021 - 8:57am
Pete, you should have been in the newsroom, not the sales office! How did it come to this? And what can Radio do about it?
Darren Moss
6 January 2021 - 3:49pm
It's pretty poor form when you wish your listeners a safe festive season and tell them when you will be back to talk with them only to be shafted whilst on leave spending time with your family.

I hope Emily White is true to her word and contacts Chris for another role at the station.

It would be a tragic loss for 6PR and it's audience to have someone with his skills, 20+ years station experience and a lifetime knowledge of Perth just walk out the door. Let that sink in for a minute - you can't replace that kind of experience.

You'd be hard pressed to meet another person as committed to Perth radio as Chris, not to mention he was consistently at the top of the ratings.
Tod Johnston replaces Chris Ilsley on 6PR
Ashley Warner
3 January 2021 - 5:50pm
Maybe I'm stupid but I can't find a setlist for this anywhere and I know it's there somewhere Concert in the Clouds is back for 2021
28 December 2020 - 8:10am
I must give credit to Grant Broadcasters for keeping their services on air during the emergency. Very well done, obviously they have made significant investments in redundancy and backup systems. AM and FM radio is the best way to go in an emergency. It's best kept the role of the broadcasters to interrupt their programming with emergency information in situations like the bushfires. They're smarter than technology. I think the last AM / FM portable radio I bought cost me $12 from K Mart about 18 months ago.

Where an ABC local AM transmitter is taken out by natural disaster they should have the ability to quickly switch local radio programming onto an alternate frequency such as one used by Classic FM. AM and FM transmitters are rarely colocated.
Fires hit ABC Radio's Batemans Bay transmitter
Anthony The Koala
22 December 2020 - 6:39pm
In the mid 1980s I used to listen to the J-Team on the way to work (a broadcasting network) or on the way to tech.

The J-team was the breakfast program on JJJ. It consisted not only of "Rusty Nails" (Derek Thorpe), Jonno (Jonathan Coleman) and Dano (Ian Rogerson (how does one derive Dano from Ian or Rogerson), Lance Curtis (RIP), Angela Webber (RIP) and Adam Bowen (RIP).

The additional characters "Lillian Pascoe" the hip grannie played by Angela Webber, "Larry Davenport" a pensioner played by Lance Curtis, and Roger de Suave a hairdresser played by Adam Bowen added additional comic relief.

I believe the J-Team was the genesis of today's FM breakfast radio teams. The distinction between the J-Team and today's FM breakfast radio shows is that the J-Team was funny with genuine teamwork. This is unlike FM breakfast shows which break-up, various talents not getting on with each other and some of those talents reforming with other talents.

To those deceased members of the J-Team, you passed away so young. For Adam Bowen, 72 is young. May you rest in peace, Amen.

Thank you,
Anthony of Belfield
Vale ABC Radio’s Adam Bowen
Anthony The Koala
19 December 2020 - 10:24am
The author stimulated discussion in a previous post on community radio and regional radio. He raised valid concerns about the inroads made by community radio into the audience of commercial radio. I replied that community radio were acting within the law especially when it came to sounding professional and using professional people to raise funds.

The key is in paragraph 17 of this article, reforming the BSA (Cth). In the previous article, I raised the issue of the extent a regional radio can re-transmit non-regional content. The law says that a regional station is defined as not being within reach of a local GPO and that regional content on regional radio must be local between 0600 and 1800.

If the BSA is to be reformed, which parties are going to lobby for less regional content or more regional content?

I will return to the issue of regional content and community radio.

The author is correct on how technology is reducing expenses and the need to employ staff. The author mentions the purchase of software to edit content and the outsourcing of technical staff. Technology is not limited to software.

Technology can encompass the quality and reliability of equipment required to broadcast. In a similar vein to the suburban TV & radio repair shops of the 1950s and 1960s, valves were frequently replaced and unreliably-connected solder joints were the fare of these TV & radio repair. An example of a dry solder joint is illustrated in the comedy series "Keeping Up Appearances" where Onslow wanted to turn on/off the TV or change channels by banging his hand on the top of the TV cabinet. A dry solder joint is a poorly or loosely-connected component such as a valve, resistor or capacitor to a circuit board and/or soldered and/or screwed terminal.

Then, the equipment used in radio and TV stations had electro-mechanical components such as motors and relays in audio and video magnetic tape machines.

Today, such equipment is only used to replay archival material. That includes turntables and those 'lucky' enough to have 16" transcription players which started playback from the inside.

Thus, when equipment is more reliable in build and quality, and the playback of content is digital, there is less need for the services of permanent technical staff. OK pedants, optical disk players (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, 4K) have motors (stepper motors) which are easily replaceable.

Then there is no need for continuity (for TV) and master control operations. In the TV industry, there has been consolidation in operations needing less staff. For example in 2013, ABC and WIN-TV made a separate entity to outsource their continuity and master control operations from Ingleburn on the outerskirts of Sydney.

Technology could also reduce expenses in the form of transmission mode which reduces the consumption of electricity. Mr St. John in other posts has made the point that the biggest cost in running an AM transmitter is the energy used in transmitting the carrier frequency.

The carrier frequency is constantly operating BUT does not carry the 'information' which is contained in the sidebands. Mr St. John advocates DAB+ in cities and DRM+ in regional areas.

These modes of transmissions require less energy by virtue of not requiring sending and at the same time have capabilities of higher quality audio (depending on the bits per second rate), text and picture information (journaline) and emergency wake up of the receiver.

The issue for digital transmission in regional areas requires the lobbying of the regional broadcasters to our Federal MPs to change the legislation, the BSA (Cth) and the availability of DRM+ receivers in the market place. The main producers of DRM+ receivers are from India and some European countries, source https://www.drm.org/products-2/ .

Returning to the community radio and the parallel with the regional papers. There has been consolidation of over 60 regional newspapers in Australia. Most of these papers are owned by News Corp.

Some may say that regional newspapers are dead.

Community newspapers are taking over where regional newspapers left.

As one 'volunteer' said "It's just getting the news out there to those who cannot get local news," Source, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-18/volunteer-run-newsletters-thrive-in-regional-areas-with-no-paper/12892854 .

The same could be said for community radio which is run by volunteers. They are providing the news and local content where regional radio cannot afford or does not want to provide.

It may well explain why regional radio is not the "...rivers of gold..." of yesterday.

Thank you,
Anthony of analytical Belfield
Regional Radio: Why is there a Bullseye on its Back?


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