Who says working on the radio is a cushy job?
Fernando Vidal was in intensive care in the eastern city of Santa Cruz Tuesday, under treatment for burns suffered Monday in a midday attack on his station in Yacuiba, a city of 120,000 that borders Argentina.
Son-in-law Esteban Farfan says Vidal was interviewing two women about alleged corruption among customs police when masked men entered the studio. He said one splashed around gasoline, the other set it alight and a third fired shots in the air. He said Vidal was burned trying intervene.
Vidal is a former Yacuiba mayor who uses his daily radio program to denounce corruption in a city along a cocaine smuggling route.
Stitcher hits 8 million downloads. The on-demand mobile audio app Stitcher says it has crossed eight million downloads. The announcement comes as it redesigns its web-based version to make use more seamless. The web app will sync with other mobile apps and will pull in all of a user’s stations and allow them to pick up where they left off listening in a particular show. Among Stitcher’s content partners are CBS Radio News, Fox News Radio and NPR. From their website: "Stitcher is the leader in Internet Radio for the world beyond music. We deliver the latest news, politics, sports, business and entertainment on-demand to listeners on their mobile phones. The Stitcher app has been downloaded over 5 million times and offers the best programming from thousands of content providers including NPR, Fox and CNN. Stitcher is available for iPhone, Android and iPad and is being integrated directly into new Ford and GM vehicles." Another nail in the coffin for terrestial radio? Apple is ready to launch their version of online streaming in early 2013. "Supposedly, Apple is already in talks with major music labels including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony’s music division to start an ad-supported streaming radio service."
"*There's been some drips of info emanating from 55 Hawthorne that KGO vet talker, Ronn Owens,
will be staying on after all when his contract expires at the end of
the year. This, despite the fact that, A. Owens would be making less
than a third of what his expiring deal pays him, B. Owens, according to
my insiders, is in heavy duty pain due to a bad back, and C. sagging
numbers by a once-dominant industry giant who very recently told an
ex-colleague that he was probably going to retire.
Owens might be looking for some professional "in" to save face. He understands that after Dec. 31 he has no leverage; The local ClearChannel outlet, (Newstalk 910 AM), has no interest in him. And given KGO's dismal ratings, the idea of bringing him back, (under marked lower financial terms--probably some compensation like an "avails deal," perhaps, is a nothing-to-lose possibility.)"