Anthony Weiner could be coming to New York City radio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Radio is weird. Sometimes you have to wonder how certain people (that is, those with little to no radio experience) can be given a radio show, like Anthony Weiner:
The New York Daily News is reporting that disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner is in negotiations to make the move to local talk radio.
Yes, this is the same Anthony Weiner who resigned from congress over a sexting scandal back in 2011. I remember back in the mid 1990′s when KLSX Los Angeles hired formed child actress Susan Olsen and O.J. Simpson trial witness Kato Kaelin to do talk radio, so putting Weiner on the radio is not that farfetched.
Mind you, there are those who might like to have some fun wordplay with his name. Win with Weiner! We have a Weiner! Ask me about my Weiner! You get the idea.
Former New York City mayor Ed Koch had a successful run at talk radio after he retired from politics. Maybe this means Weiner will be leaving politics for good this time, after an his own unsuccessful mayoral campaign. If you happen to call him on the air, don’t forget to ask him about…
Let’s see what Juliana Hatfield is up to these days:
Juliana! A royalty check for 10 cents? Who writes checks anymore? Well, okay, I do, but I don’t write them for 10 cents.
Anyhow, musically speaking, Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf) are collaborating in a band called Minor Alps. Check out this song from their album. Hopefully this will generate some income, right Juliana?
Minor Alps – “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands”
It’s the end of an era. What started out as radio-info.com, then morphed into RadioDiscussions.com, has now closed up shop:
Said RBR-TVBR/Radio Ink EVP/GM TJ Lambert: “This was an economic decision. Our intention was to offer Radio Discussions as an option to our advertisers but we found there was no interest and though we respect what Doug Fleming originally built, it simply does not make sense to pour cash into something with no prospect of revenue.”
While I’m sad to see it go (I had been using radio-info.com for many years), it’s not that much a surprise that it’s gone. The latest redesign of the site left me confused as to where things were, so I slowly stopped using it. However, fear not, there are other radio and broadcasting centric sites to fill your need for radio information.
Here’s what I’m subscribed to in NewsBlur:
- AllAccess.com – radio industry news
- FMQB – Friday Morning Quarterback, radio and music news
- Fybush Media (subscription required for full access) – home of the NERW (Northeast Radio Watch)
- RadioInsight – radio news and discussions (from one of the co-creators of the original radio-info.com)
- Tuned In – media news for the New York City area
Of course, there are many others out there. Feel free to add them in the comments.
Lorde is pretty excited about her chart success. So excited, she posted this tweet:
Of course, she’s referring to her song “Royals,” which is once again topping the Billboard Hot 100. But who is Lorde? From what I can tell, she’s no ordinary pop singer, if one could call her that.
“Royals” topped the Billboard Alternative Chart back in August, making her the first female solo artist to hit #1 on that chart since Tracy Bonham in 1996. The irony? 1996 is the year of Lorde’s birth. You could say it took her entire life to accomplish that feat. The song itself takes a look at the idea of aristocracy and living to excess, then turns right around and says that she’ll never behave like that. Kind of harkens back to the DIY ethic of punk, doesn’t it?
She also had this to say about Disney pop princesses Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez:
“The difference between those kids and me is that I grew up completely normally and went to parties and had that experience,” [...] “I am way less inclined to be like, ‘Look! I’m f**king mental!’”
She also says she’ll never twerk like Miley, and we’re pretty thankful for that. In her follow-up single, “Team,” she’s “kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air.” Tired of ordinary pop music and ready for something new? Perhaps she is. It’s things like this that make Lorde an artist worth watching.
Anyhow, just in case you haven’t heard “Royals,” here it is.
Lorde – “Royals”
What is a translator? According to Wikipedia:
A broadcast relay station, relay transmitter, broadcast translator (U.S.), rebroadcaster (Canada), or repeater (two-way radio) is a broadcast transmitter which repeats or transponds the signal of another radio station or television station, usually to an area not covered by the signal of the originating station.
So, why is there a construction permit for a translator (94.1 W231CM) in Southampton for WALK-FM? 97.5 FM is a signal that goes everywhere. It has no trouble at all reaching Southampton. However, the same can’t be said of their HD-2 signal.
94.1 in Southampton could be the new home of Taylor Swift (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
97.5 HD-2 broadcasts country music, and adding 94.1 on the east end can only help their coverage. It’s not out of the ordinary for a translator or LPFM station to simulcast an HD-2 signal (Hope Radio is already doing that with WBLI HD-2). Despite the fact that HD Radio has been around for over ten years, it really hasn’t gained a lot of traction. Not all stations are broadcasting in HD, and HD radio hardware isn’t exactly flying off the shelves. 94.1 may gain more listeners in their first week than 97.5 HD-2 had in its entire existence.