Clear Channel blows

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by JimmyM, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    What a bunch of scared little rabbits those wussies at Clear Channel are! After they and a few other large conglomerates have completely taken over the industry and forced crappy bands on us simply because they have rich and/or famous daddies, and after they were so happy to have Howard Stern on their stations only to fire him and stiff him on his contracts because he got fined by the FCC, now they've decided to declare war on satellite radio just because Howard's going to Sirius and taking a few million people with him, me included.

    I heard an ad on a Clear Channel station today that was a direct retaliation to Howard going to satellite, and the slogan at the end was, "You shouldn't have to pay for radio." What they should say, though, is, "You shouldn't have to pay for radio, but we've done such a crappy job of delivering content that you're going to." What's funny is that one of the hosts of a talk station on Clear Channel keeps telling the audience that satellite is the wave of the future despite them telling him not to. I think he's angling to get on satellite because he's as sick of Clear Channel being wusses as I am.

    Satellite radio has hundreds of channels, each with their own specialty, and none of it is based on what sells. It's based on wanting to provide variety. As time goes on, I imagine it will get a little more commercial and dependent on ratings, just as cable TV has, but at least they give you choices instead of the same old crap.

    And let's not forget that Howard is going to revolutionize radio with his new channels. Just to hear Howard and the gang be able to do the radio they've always wanted to do without worry of being censored is worth the $12 per month, but if you add in the fact that you can actually listen to music stations without having to listen to the hideous music on terrestrial radio these days, it's awesome. Maybe I won't have to bring tons of CD's in the car anymore and get them all scratched up just to hear music in the car (do they have an all-Devo station?).

    It's unlikely that satellite will put terrestrial radio out of business, but hopefully they can at least take down Clear Channel.
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I stopped listening to radio when I started listening to my IPod in the car...I'll never go back!
  3. DougP


    Sep 4, 2001
    i gotta say "amen" to both of the above posts.

    living near DC is virtual death to anyone wanting to listen to a rock radio station. in an area with roughly 600,000 to 700,000 people...we have one rock station...just one. on days that i am lucky enough i can receive a station out of Baltimore that doesnt play Green Day every fourth song.

    i have been seriously thinking about an XM or Sirius receiver just so that i can hear new music.
  4. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    +1. 13,000 songs that I know I like. And, I doubt there's even a satellite radio station that I'll hear John Coltrane followed by Slayer and Carole King. :D

    I've never understood the appeal of Howard Stern, but more power to him and his listeners. At least I don't want to punch him in the junk every time I see/hear about him like I do with those Opie and Anthony morons.
  5. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    Sadly enough, Clear Channel has the best radio station in my area, X106.3, but that's soley due to the fact that it's the only station where the DJ's aren't complete idiots. Not to mention their DJ's support the hell out of local music.

    The other rock station, non vintage, phones in more than half of their airtime fro Bristol. There are basically 2 main DJ's here in charleston, and 2 jerk-offs in Bristol. This is the same station that is still playing my guitars old band very regularly....that band was broken up over 2 years ago...and yes, they've been notified many times.....

    Regardless, I still want satalite. On my return trip from Arlington on sunday I spent near the entire time while driving my friends car(the entire trip back) with the channel locked on XM's progressive/jamband station. Great stuff. I used to listen to sirius' Jamband station all the time when I worked at radioshack and had our display hooked up.
  6. Fo' Shizzle

    Fo' Shizzle

    Aug 28, 2003
    I listen to Sports talk radio now..... I like not knowing what's next.
  7. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio!

    Jul 3, 2001
    Chester, Connecticut
    Former Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    I pay for radio. I support the non-commercial stations that I listen to the most. ;)
  8. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    Iused to be a member of my local NPR station. Back then they did half news/half music. And the music could be pretty much anything that happened on this planet and someone could recognize it as music.

    They did a lot of world music, a lot of acoustic folk, a lot of old jazz and blues, occasional rock, forays into prog, and supported local music fiercely...essentially, they were exactly what I wanted from a station. "That was David Wilcox with Hurricane. Before that you heard King Crimsons Three of a Perfect Pair. And next up will be Carlos Guedes and Desvios..."

    And they didn't just dupport local bands. Some of the DJ's were in local bands. Kim Corbett was in Flash to Bangtime, and Paul Slavens was in Ten Hands (whose drummer, Earl Harvin is now with Seal, and whose congero, Mike Dillon is now with Polyphonic Spree) The station put a lot of muscle into pushing local music, even having something they called the 90.1 Sound Sessions, in which each month they would record two local artists together, sucj as their first reslease "Amsterdam" which combined members of Ten Hands with Brave Combo. Or "Dead Egyptian Blues" in which duo Trout Fishing In America was joined by brass group Blitzen.

    Then one day they had a meeting. And someone said "Hmmmmm...There 43,712 news/talk stations in this area, and yet only we play the music format that we have. Clearly the market wants another all talk station."

    So I will probably end up getting satellite radio when I can afford it. I hope they have a station like KERA used to be.
  9. My wife and I are gonna go with Sirius as Christmas gifts to each other. She listens to more radio than I do but I like the fact that they have commercial free channels that are thematic: classic rock only, R&b etc plus when I do listen in the car it's just to hear Stern on the way to work. Otherwise I'm listening to CDs.

    I feel bad for the slobs who have to endure David Lee Roth up here in Boston. I can deal with him for about 30 minutes tops.

  10. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I like sports talk, but JT The Brick is the most annoying, arrogant, ill informed, homer, sports talk host in the history of the United States.
  11. Clear Channel might possibly be the sleaziest company on Earth, there are worse, and there are meaner, but none of them drip with underhanded low-life, scum-sucking sleaze like Clear Channel does.
  12. Doug, and anyone else thinking about getting satellite radio, buy it at your earliest convenience!

    I got XM satellite radio about a year and a half ago, and I can't say enough good things about it.

    Any type of music you like 24/7, and you will:

    1.) Discover where all the good, old songs went.
    2.) Discover where all the good, new music is.
    3.) Realize just how much of an hour on broadcast radio is set aside for commercials when you don't hear any! ;)

    I have XM, so I can't say anything good or bad about Sirius, because I've never heard it, but I imagine they're similar. XM does have more channels, though.

    And if my little sales pitch isn't enough, they're having a sale on XM radio right now. The radio and speakers (two separate pieces) are now $129.99 as a bundle! I paid $179.99 when I got mine. So, for $130.00 plus shipping, you can get something that's beyond good. It's $12.99 per month for the service, but I believe it's so worth it.

    Check it out:

    In fairness to Sirius, here's their site:

    In all seriousness: Satellite radio is to music lovers what water is to those who live in the Sahara. ;)

  13. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005

    ::raises hand:: And new york :(
  14. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    And Dallas-Fort Worth.
  15. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    Without adimitting I'm getting a little older, I remember when cable TV was new and cheap. They sucked eveyone in, and now I pay over $60.00 friggin dollars a month for basic service, still get lousy programming (only with language I don't want my kids near), and commercials to boot.

    I refuse to pay for radio in my car on principal alone. I would rather do CD's/ipod than get jacked up every year on fees.
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    You left out ass-kissing. Did anyone hear all the ass-kissing Clear Channel did with the FCC at that big day-long speechfest the FCC had last week, where they told the FCC that if anyone does or says anything that could possibly get them fined, they're going to fire them on the spot with no chance of appeal? There's job security for you. Unbelievable how the company that used to tell their talk stations to be more edgy are now telling them they'll get fired for it with no chance of appeal.

    And it's all just a big ruse to appear that they're kissing the FCC's ass in hopes that they don't get fined. I swear, someone ought to take the FCC to court and start fighting back against these fines. Had Infinity not caved in and paid Howard's fines 8 or 9 years ago, we wouldn't be having this big problem with them. But no, they're all wusses who cave in like fat dieters at a dessert festival.

    Oh well, thank God fo satellite radio.
  17. DougP


    Sep 4, 2001

    Thanks for the links Mike, i will be checking those out while at work. :)

    i was reading a comparison briefly last night between Sirius and XM. the comparo i found showed that XM radio is somewhat affiliated with ClearChannel.

    does anyone have further info on this? if there is any chance that CC would be getting a nickel out of my monthly fees to XM then i will be going with Sirius.
  18. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    The PSU student station is about all I can hack in these parts, radio-wise. They have a decent jazz show and a decent blues show while occasionally in the middle of the night, a great prog show. They are all played from the students/dj's personal cd collection ( you can always hear the skips). As far as commercial radio is concerned, there are a few good/great talk shows. Them being: Jim Rome's sports show (about the only good sports talk), Coast to Coast with Art Bell, and last, but not least, the Phil Hendrie Show. Hendrie predicted the switch for guys like Stern a couple of years before it actually happened....
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Oh, give it a rest. Stern's thing is going to be a complete bust for somebody. Here you have a 50-ish junior high schooler who appeals to the same ilk. "Let's see your [breasts]. You're really hot." That's really deep, hard-hitting stuff. I wouldn't pay fifteen cents a year to listen to that crap. He has got to be the most puerile, self-delusional megalomaniac on earth, thinking that he has any social significance at all.

    Now before you think about flaming me over this, remind yourself that I have over 10,000 posts.
  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    But only about 5 quality ones. And that was not one of them ;)