Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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 . . .

14 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update on Carson.

That guy really is very talented. I wouldn't tag him so much as a conservative but somebody who really talks about an issue and analyzes it.

He's very fast on his feet, knowledgeable and funny. Looking forward to his podcast.

McLovin said...

Radio without all the damn Harley and boner pill commercials?

Yes please!

Anonymous said...

oooooh it's trending is that hip internets slangggg?

JimBrodi said...

Newspeak for "please buy my shit" from a website!

Super Dave said...

Radio just isn't the money making market that it was. Ask people like Max Floyd, Mike Kennedy, Nycki Pace and Johnny Dare. The internet stuff has been tried and all end up starving because the cash from advertising isn't there.

Anonymous said...

Radio in the USA is freaking dead. There is virtually no personality, no drive, and how many UFOs and politicians can you ramble on about for literally years? The hits can be had on promo only CDs without the advertisements and blabber. Bring me a Harry Harrison, Wolfman Jack, Charlie Tuna and dump the corporate automation and programmed robotic bullshit and I'll start listening to radio again. It ain't gonna happen as long as these fair haired, golden boy, corporate, millennial, shit heads are running the airwaves. With the alternative being a bunch of amateur wannabe hacks on public and community radio the airwaves have nowhere to go but down.

Silverback Sly said...

To be honest Carson's show took a nose dive after Jerad disappeared mysteriously.

Anonymous said...

Everyone's bought their last Harley and hangin' on to their last boner.

Anonymous said...

In typical chickenshit radio station manner, there was no reply when I asked the station WTF happened to Jared Carter. After he left, the show was garbage. Now it's either Mike Ferguson (who calls pot smokers "dopes") or whiney women that have absolutely nothing to say.
My radio is OFF from now own. Fuck talk radio.

Anonymous said...

If KCUR is doing so well then refund the taxpayers our portion of money that makes that station supposedly successful. If they truly have people listen then they don't need taxpayers money.
I agree with 7:42 AM -
No more radio for me.

Anonymous said...

Nielsen hyped the ratings of talk radio for decades giving a free subsidy to El Rushbo Diddo Heads. Rush never recovered after coming back from scouting baseball with a gallon bucket of boner pills.

Anonymous said...

yo flyover country people .... podcasts are, like, over.

Anonymous said...

Jerad made Carson tolerable. When he left Carson was done.

Silverback Sly said...

Genusel eye cream and My pillow sales will suffer greatly from Carsons departure