By: Mike Austerman
This sure is an interesting time to be an observer of the radio business. Make no mistake about it, radio now is much more a business than the art form it once was considered. Most radio news today is less about the performers and more about the bottom line.
Take, for example, the National Association of Broadcasters’ negative stance on the pending merger of satellite providers XM and Sirius. NAB spokesperson Dennis Wharton commented: “In coming weeks, policymakers will have to weigh whether an industry that makes Howard Stern its poster child should be rewarded with a monopoly platform for offensive programming. We’re hopeful that this anti-consumer proposal will be rejected.”
Where were the complaints from the NAB when Mr. Stern was broadcasting his “offensive programming” on regular radio?
Oh, that’s right — what was then Stern’s parent company, Infinity Broadcasting, is now CBS Radio, a member of the NAB. Neither XM nor Sirius are NAB members. Hmm ...