At the KIRO radio website this morning, entry to listening was stopped with a request for registration. Online paywalls and mandatory registration will only drive people away. You can still get FREE radio over the airwaves.
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Speaking of KIRO radio, today is the anniversary of the sign-on of KPCB in 1927, which became KIRO in 1935.
Magic Matt Alan invited Ric Dees to the Lighten Up Lounge for an hour of Outlaw Radio on Saturday. If you haven’t heard Outlaw Radio, it plays LIVE, Saturday afternoon at 3 Pacific time at OUTLAW RADIO LIVE DOT COM. You’ll remember Matt Alan from KNBQ, KJR and about a minute at KISW. Matt also has a program on pay-radio SIRIUS XM.
As more local talent gets the boot, another syndicated program takes morning drive. In Portland, it happens at 98.7 The Bull (also known as KUPL FM), where Alpha Media adds The Bobby Bones Show. You can also hear Bones on KYSN 97.7 Wenatchee, KIOK 94.9 Kennewick, KISC 98.1 Spokane and KHTR 104.3 Pullman. Alpha Media, another corporate giant that recently announced layoffs, and $$$ cutbacks. The direction leads toward the return of network radio. Great! Bring back Art Linkletter’s House Party. Steve Harvey would make a good host for that show. Did you know that Art Linkletter was an investor in the Hula Hoop. He did rather well with that.
Online reviews, about Alpha Media, are a mix of positive comments from current employees and these samples from ex-employees:
“The radio station was great until Alpha bought it in 2013. management was unbearable. no structure. You could find your manager and the director of sales was afraid to make any decision as simple as buying coffee. Very sad what has happened to this station group.” (Savannah, GA)
“Sales manager is horrible. Berates workers daily for no reason/small problems that do not need to be handled that way. I have seen many employees leave her office crying. General manager is barely there, doesn’t care what goes on day-to-day. Only cares about the numbers, not employees. Other coworkers were fantastic people and I enjoyed the work but I could not handle working for the new sales manager.” (Saginaw, Michigan)
“It wasn’t the worst place to work, but definitely not someplace I would ever consider working again. If you’re interested in radio broadcasting, it’s a good place to learn some and try to get on the air. But the management was not so good while I was there and since it’s radio, you wont be paid a living wage.” (Portland, OR)
That last one was kind of positive.