Every day I get lots of e-mail complaining about radio in the Bay Area. "God, I can't stand what they've done! 'Too many damn commercials!"and so on and so on.
Someone asked about writing to the FCC. Don't bother. At best you'll get back a stale reply. Since deregulation the FCC basically went out of business. The public used to own the airwaves. The public be damned now. I don't know exactly what the FCC does these days. Go after Howard Stern? That was yesterday.
What you have today is controlled chaos. Nobody is minding the store. Mediocrity is pervasive. Wait, mediocrity in today's environment would be welcome. Everything is for sale, programming be damned. Screw the listening audience! More commercials. Less content. Content? What the hell is that?! Morning noise. Lots of noise. Traffic. Noise. 18 thousand weather reports: cloudy in the morning, sunny later, non-stop. More noise. Updates from 24 hours earlier. Commercials. You know, if they keep this up eventually they're going to make all of us crazy. I've seen it happen up close and personal. Excuse me for interrupting, we have a traffic report and weather to announce: back-up on 880 and the Bay Bridge. More clear skies until March. Sprinkles might be in the offing, first on the 5's and 8's from our staff meter-rologist. Karz4Kids jingle jingle. More noise. Sound the Sleeptrain horn. Don't forget your temperpedic and Viagra. Time for some more traffic and weather together--wait, you have a tax problem? Call Steve Moskowitz. I hear he has amazing clout with the IRS. Enjoy your coffee. Just in: might be getting fog in the Central Valley today, Live long and Thrive! Live and local too.
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