Once again we notice Kansas City legacy media enduring harsh times as technology and listening habits of the public evolve.
To wit . . .
RECENT HIGH-PROFILE EXITS HAVE KANSAS CITY MEDIA INSIDERS CONCERNED ABOUT THE FADING FORTUNES OF KMBZ!!!
To start the week, a cadre of listeners offered protest and conspiracy theories upon the departure of engineer and voice of reason Rod Babcock.
Dana & Parks worked diligently to calm the discontent via social media but nobody bought their excuses.
Then, last night Kara Marxer called it quits citing a cliché intention to spend more time with her family. She was a low-key fave for call-in radio dweebs . . .
The Kara controversy was less pronounced by still had many fans grumbling.
Reality check as BZ fell FAR out of the KC metro top 5 last year:
Terrestrial radio is continually losing listeners as satellite and streaming services now dominate the market.
Diehard defenders of the medium tout the universality of radio and devices for listening still found in nearly every home and car in the nation . . . But the same can be said of paper towels and there really isn't much of an industry or relevance for that product even though they made the Brawny man gay and then turned him into a woman. But I digress . . .
And so . . .
IS KANSAS CITY LISTENING TO THE DEATH RATTLE OF COMMERCIAL NEWS RADIO?!?!?
For a time, talkers dominated the discourse but a few years ago KMBZ ditched the hard right conversation and focused more on boomer humor to bring in better numbers. It seems that decision might have backfired.
You decide . . .