Legendary Seattle broadcaster and promoter Pat O' Day talks about the lack of personality missing from today's radio programming.
From his Facebook page and Pugetsoundradio.com
"Thank You Bill Chamberlain for your inclusion of me in this stellar group.
Maybe, just maybe some day current radio owners, and their brain dead PD's will understand that radio is companionship, or it's no better than an IPod. While talk and sports keep AM much alive, FM is to a great extent, killing itself. I started in radio in 1956. I saw radio panic over the LP. Many said, (Gee, now that there's twelve songs on one record, we are in big trouble. We'd better shut up and play more music.) Then came the 4 track cart for the car leading to the cassette. Now radio went into total panic. "Just read the liners, shut up, and play more music!"
Now, with multiple new music delivery vehicles, further panic. So, neutral voices with inane voice tracks or in many cases, nothing at all after morning drive but music. No friendship, no information, no news, no immediacy, no laughs, nothing remarkable, just more music. Companionship and immediacy, radio's only advantage
vanishes. The illness seems near terminal. Radio actually needs all of you who re-built the industry back in the 50's and 60's to program and return radio to it's roots. I pray someday, one operator will pull it's head out of it's ass and create a REEL RADIO STATION. People haven't changed! Only radio which they once loved!
Thanks for letting me rant."
Pat O'Day, Seattle.