So if I’m following… did KTNT-TV come on in ’53 before they had CBS? The rabbit ear ad mentions CBS coming in April. It makes sense if Channel 11 had to prep Puget Sound viewers to adjust for the move of CBS programs from channel 5.
*** KTNT got CBS programming a month after going on the air. Oddly enough, Channel 5 continued running some of the same CBS programming for a period, until agreements/contracts ran out. Similar to KIRO 7 and KTNT 11 both running CBS programming for a few years.
I think we are about due for another network switch. If KOMO is sold by Fisher, I think we will see it happen.
*** Steve Randall points to an upcoming series of articles as Radio-Info.com examines the State of the Disc Jockey Today, and the future of personality radio in a series of essays starting January 28th:
“What is the future of both music radio and the DJ? Is “personality radio” dying? Can it and should it be resuscitated? Are PPMs the root causes for where radio is today? Is radio itself responsible for killing the radio star? How can DJs survive the corporate ownership “profits over people” philosophy? And, where is radio heading in the next five years? Can music radio be saved – questions not asked to those who own it, but those who have a real ownership stake in that answer – the DJs on the air today”…
Launching next week on Monday, January 28 in Radio-Info.com — these are questions that will be answered, in “The State of the Radio DJ.”
**** Stations have tried to bring back OTR – Old Time Radio drama and comedy. The genre gets its hour weekly, and there is an audience for it, although the audience members are dying out. I expect the same will happen with Disc Jockey programs. As popular as Wolfman Jack was in his time, revivals of his program, in one form or another, were novelties. They had their time in the schedule each week. Save for a couple minutes of aircheck tape, the great disc jockeys are history. CBS, Clear Channel, Cumulus tipped the first domino long ago. [JR]