Good points. Dad retired in 1986; so he started near the end of the
"golden age" -- your second era of radio. What is different now is
that whole process will be substanially accelerated.
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> > Cheers man; you're right.
> > I just got here and I am Amazed! (in a sort of McCartneyesque
> > My Dad worked for over 40 years in radio and never made more than
> > $35,000 per year. That -- and worse -- will be the reality for
> > podcasters; so maybe it's time to pull together. The real kicker
> > be that some of the most unfunny, untalented, lamest and lyingest
> > become the big bread winners. Plus ca change...
> Your dad worked in a radio that was on its third lifecycle. The last
> 45-50 years of radio was a personal medium that talked to you in a
> personal way, ideally whispered in your ear, shared music and
> companionship and connected you to your community because
> point-to-point communication was so rare and expensive that the
> stations had the equivilent of the only cell-phones in town.
> If his dad worked in radio, he would have worked in a medium that
> the equivilent of an electronically-delivered nightclub, vaudeville
> house, theatre, symphony hall, and sometimes church. This style of
> programming moved to television after WWII.
> If your dad's dad worked in radio, he would have been an
> who may have broadcast from his garage using equipment he built
> himself from plans in science magazines, or from the rooftops of the
> industrial plants owned by the Westinghouses, the RCAs, the Western
> That's where we are today. We have an amazingly similar group of
> people to the early 1920s, right down to an unusally large number
> of prosletizing charismatics and what we today call "geeks."
> Its going to take us a while to all get on the same page. The last
> round, the most unfunny, untalented, lamest and lyingest was
> know as "the patent trust."