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Old 01-07-2007, 03:58 PM   #1
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CBS is still reeling, 1 year after split

In the year since Howard Stern made his $500 million jump from free radio to Sirius Satellite Radio, he's been acting happier than a kid who got a box of brand-new strippers for Christmas.

"Radio had stopped being fun for me and now it is again," Stern recently said about his new world, free from FCC content restrictions. "This will save radio."

Less euphoric since Stern's Sirius debut last Jan. 9 is CBS Radio, which had to replace Stern on several dozen major stations, including WXRK, now WFNY (92.3 FM), in New York.

"No radio company has ever had to fill this kind of ratings and revenue void all at once," CBS CEO Joel Hollander said at the time.

He warned that it would take time, which it has, and CBS would suffer a revenue dip, which it did, and there would be stumbles, which there were.


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But most radio people say they had bigger things to worry about in 2006 than Stern - because, first of all, Stern got smaller when he left most of his 10 million listeners behind.

"Howard's in a golden cage," says Tom Taylor, editor of the trade magazine Inside Radio. "He's doing very well for himself and for Sirius, but you don't hear as much about him as you used to. From the radio industry perspective, he's very much off the radar."

Sirius ended the year with just over 6 million subscribers and XM a little over 7.6 million. Skeptics have noted that's a small fraction of the 224 million "free" radios in the country.


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Still, most people in radio say the big question for radio in 2007 and beyond goes well past terrestrial vs. satellite.

Within a few years, say Taylor, Ross and media consultant Robert Unmacht of iN3 Partners, today's radio will morph into a device that will offer almost infinite content from radio, the Internet and other sources around the world.

"Wireless broadband," says Ross, "will mean you can punch buttons on your car radio between Z100 and Capitol Radio in London."


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Earth-bound radio's biggest mistake this past year, then, says Unmacht, was failing to take steps that could secure its unique place in that exploding media landscape.

"What radio stations do best is be local," he says. "But this year, in New York and other cities, stations fired local deejays and replaced them with syndicated hosts or voice-tracking.

"What radio should have done in response to satellite and Stern is become more local. Instead, it went the other way."
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Although the book is pretty heady stuff, this book is pretty genius in its forecasting of the future. I'm certain if Howard ever read this book he would champion it as much as that 'self help' book he's always on about. If you think Satellite radio fits into the scheme of things for the future, wait 'til the real world wide television falls into place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_is_Flat
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here's a pretty funny retort to that book you mentioned:
http://www.nypress.com/18/16/news&columns/taibbi.cfm

i don't really have an opinion on friedman, i just thought i'd add to the discussion
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here's a pretty funny retort to that book you mentioned:
http://www.nypress.com/18/16/news&columns/taibbi.cfm

i don't really have an opinion on friedman, i just thought i'd add to the discussion
The article is funny, it's well written and it smacks of professional jealousy. Perhaps in the same way that a struggling painter or artist feels the need to pull out their hair at the mention of Thomas Kinkade's work. Let's face it, it's very easy to mock ANY book, especially when taken out of context.

I think the writer/critic(or is it critic/writer?) missed the point, or at least one of the main points of the book...namely...the world is getting smaller.
But the writer has a deadline and internet space to fill. Like I said, it's funny and well written and is clearly off the mark in truly capturing what is inside the book. I believe the writer doesn't like the fact that Friedman is a best selling author.

But back to the connection between "TWIF" and Stern or satellite radio. It's just another case of how the world is getting smaller through globalization in the market place. I never thought I'd be able to listen to BBC radio 24 hours a day while living in the United States. HD Radio is nothing compared to what streamlining the internet radio will be. Hence...the world is flat...or small...or something.
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It's just another case of how the world is getting smaller through globalization in the market place. I never thought I'd be able to listen to BBC radio 24 hours a day while living in the United States. HD Radio is nothing compared to what streamlining the internet radio will be. Hence...the world is flat...or small...or something.
I know what you mean. Most of the time I listen to a small radio station in Ireland via the internet. Radio Kerry broadcasts to cover less than 2000 square miles in southwest Irealnd, but I hear it all day long.
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