KANSAS CITY RADIO DAZE: WILL LOCAL TALKERS COMEBACK VIA PODCAST?!?!
Let's start with the good news for the Kansas City late night . . .
Former KCMO Talker Rob Carson's Kansas City crowd funding effort is trending right now and he's close to a successful pledge drive for an upcoming podcast.
However, the state of local radio seems in disarray after so many popular hosts were dismissed this year and once again @ KCMO . . . Greg Knapp was surprisingly cut loose with little warning.
Rather than obsess about rigged radio advertising numbers like other envious trolls clogging up KC message boards and lesser blogs . . . Let's think critically about the reality of Kansas City local radio . . .
THE INFLUENCE OF CONSERVATIVE TALKERS IN KANSAS CIT IS KAPUT!!!
This is a big deal because less than a decade ago these folks would help to dictate policy and provide a forum for local politicos.
Now, they're doing coat drives and sounding a lot like the same-old talk show fodder. Reality: Legions of podcasters and social media scribes have replaced these stalwarts of the local discourse given that their product was easy to duplicate.
To be fair . . . The donation/government support model has worked well for outlets like KCUR who have risen to the task of replacing the newspaper and other personality driven content on consumer driven radio. More to the point . . . With younger generations glued to their smartphones and given that newer iPhones don't even have headphone jacks . . . Listening to the chatter of strangers has been supplanted by the more immediate gratification of social media prattle.
Developing . . .