The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

01 September 2006

Talk Radio Roundup, Inside Radio Column


Weekend Talk Tidbits

In addition to covering the weak state of the broadcast advertising business, my latest Inside Radio column features a roundup of talk tidbits.

Why do a few stations still allow hosts to pick their own fill-ins? Why does WOR / New York refuse to succeed? Why did a now- fired, Hawaii- based Boston DJ allow his show to become so political?

Also: one host thinks he's just about the only person doing talk radio correctly!

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  • >>Hey buddy, did it ever occur to you that FM music stations aren't meant for politics?

    back in the old days, when he was at WBCN, Laquidara would do things like
    play a commercial for Honeywell and
    then he'd bash them right afterwards
    for making weapons for the Vietnam
    War, or something. He thinks it's still the 60s/70s. Laquidara, imagine you're the owner or PD of a music station and one of your DJs
    goes on and on bashing liberals and
    Dems...would you be fine with that?
    Didn't think so.

    Golden rule: he who makes the gold,
    rules; WBOS says no politics, then you do no politics--or find another station that will allow you to do that. Good luck...Chuck...

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 01 September, 2006 15:18  

  • Brian, what happened to Andrew Wilcow from WABC? I used to like listening to him on Sunday mornings. Is there anywhere on the web I can listen to him?

    By Blogger Capitalist Infidel, at 01 September, 2006 18:24  

  • What's bizarre is that on WABC's website they still have Wilkow's bio:

    If you're looking for him, buy a satellite radio--Sirius to be exact. He's on the patiot channel--144.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 01 September, 2006 19:28  

  • Of course Wilkow's going to be on there...he is marrying the program director's daughter, after all....

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 01 September, 2006 23:59  

  • or find another station that will allow you to do that.


    Do you live in a hole in a tree? Where you been? Lots of FM stations play and say anything they want to. They are called community stations and free-form stations like WFMU. I know you republicans are insular and all, but please take those fingers out of your ears or just plain wake up from your hibernation.

    By Blogger @whut, at 02 September, 2006 21:26  

  • WHT, I know stations like FMU, WBAI, and WPKN (Bridgeport) exist--I choose not to listen to them music or not. Besides, WFMU is at 91.1--the same frequency as WSHU in Fairfield, CT.

    But if it came down to it, I would listen to WFUV 90.7 out of Fordham in the Bronx. Other than carrying NPR's top hour news in some parts, they are basically a Triple-A station with a wide music variety and one of the better sports talk shows on the air One on One--it doesn't have the polish of 660 WFAN or ESPN 1050, but it's been around even before WFAN took over WNBC in 1988. One on One has been on over 30 years and the WFUV microphones are at nearly every NYC sporting event.

    But FUV is Fordham's station, so naturally a lot of sports from the college is talked about in addition to pro and college and interviews with big names in sports as well as broadcasters.

    For the most part I bash NPR for their left-leaning news, but not all NPR stations are bad. WFUV would happen to fall in that category and if ever I got back into radio I would consider that station to work in their news department.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 03 September, 2006 10:35  

  • I am in agreement with Patriot World regarding WFUV 90.7 in Fordham.

    It really is top-notch, especially in comparison to what else is out here in our market.

    Apart from Jeannie Hopper's excellent "Liquid Sound Lounge" show on Saturday evenings, I'm not enamored of WBAI's programming as of late.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 03 September, 2006 13:09  

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