I realize she has to save face and wants to work in the market again. But I can't disagree more with her. This is probably Chicago's worst period of radio.
The trailblazing ways of the 60s and 80s/90s are long gone. The 60s brought the CHR wars between WLS and WCFL. The FM dial was a treasure trove of eclectic and razor sharp programming.
The 80s was the rock radio talk arena of Johnny B, Kevin Matthews. Bob Wall proved a White man can dominate mornings on an Urban station. WBMX, WGCI and even WCRX showed you can program a station to appeal to Black and Whites, while offering the hotmix.
The 90s brought us B96 and variations of rhythmic CHR. Q101 shaped music to come. BCR proved you could 18-34 with Dance on Energy and 80s oldies on the 80s Channel even if they were on flea power sticks AND there were no such things as streaming apps on our phones. Mancow. Eddie & Jobo.
Automation, 20 + minutes of commercials, tracking and programming stations out of a national headquarters is not "lot of great content". Nor does it foster great content going forward, let alone cultivating a future talent pool. When you see EMF (not slamming them, good for them, it makes great business sense) snapping up signals, full and Class A/B in Market #3, while others are not, shows the state of radio in the business world these days and how terrestrial owners do not see the value of terrestrial sticks going forward.
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