NPR content is very high quality, so it would be hard for
WBFO to equal it. That's not a criticism of the local staff.
They do well mixing in local stories with the larger NPR
World view. Many listeners want more than just local.
On the AM side, The local hosts at WBEN are insufferable clowns.
Rusty points out that Rock radio is repetitive, bland and tired.
That's true for many. Classic Rock is identical in every market.
They've been playing the same 250 burned out songs for 20 years.
At least The Lake attempted to offer a more diverse playlist.
ALT is Rock Top 40 and the younger demos they crave aren't
interested(based on their 1 share).
The Lake proved that a AAA type format or something similar can have
decent ratings. Buffalo has older demographics. You can have more
older listeners or no younger ones. The sales component is a different issue.
Sometimes sales people are the problem, not programming...
A lot of this speculation is based on 12+ numbers, which are meaningless. The keys is in the demographics, and I suspect that most of the people here don't have access to those numbers. Those that do are restricted from posting actual numbers by the TOS of this board and Nielsen.
For all the complaining about 97-Rock and The Edge, they do well in their demographic targets. 97-Rock's numbers in 18-24 males are surprisingly robust. Their 35+ males are dominant. 97-Rock has endured despite the aging of the format and the retirement of Larry Norton. What they're doing still works, and Cumulus needs the revenue. The Edge does well in males 18-49, with Shredd and Ragan doing very well in mornings. They do wander musically into earlier eras, and seem at times to be unfocused.
The Lake obviously had appeal to old white guys. That's not their current target, and it's not coming back. Entercom is trying to engage an audience that professes to be too hip for radio. Actual numbers may be better than those who fill out diaries are willing to admit. Their non-traditional revenue and attendance at events that they host would indicate that may be the case. Entercom has a purpose for the station, and it may be serving that purpose well enough.
Mix is mixed up. They have attempted to create a new station with a different audience than WJYE had, and managed to steadily burn off the old audience without replacing it with a new audience. Townsquare has a new management team in place, and a lot of new or new-ish talent, and they're stumbling. Time may turn that around - or not. Jack may finally have simply reached its burn point. It lasted considerably long than many "variety hits" stations in other markets. That's still a big FM signal that could do some business.
WBFO has "evolved" since the sale to WNY Public Broadcasting. Some of the changes have not improved the station. Then again, NPR has "evolved" over the last few years, and some of those changes have not improved the network. Then again, maybe it's just me. They may not live off numbers, but they do live off listeners, and numbers mean something.
I find it ironic that many people here find Buffalo radio boring, but rail against those stations that are trying to do something different. BTW, that is not a new phenomena in broadcasting.
Here we go again...
WBLK has an appeal to the getaway cars and criminals in the hood, especially with their anti police rhetoric. WUFO also appeals to blacks, but a more older and less violent audience if you will. I don't see WUFO's numbers but I'm sure they are much lower than WBLK's.
As for what Tdolt states NPR having high quality content, ok you can say whatever you want. WBEN has twice as many listeners.
I'm not sure that WBFO shares an audience with WBEN, but whatever. WBFO would probably share an audience with Alternative Buffalo, or Star or Mix (if they didn't fall asleep from Mike Desmond's stories).
Well, I guess we know why WBEN is dumbd's favorite station. It must pain him that there are more 'BLK listeners than old, out-of-touch, paranoid white guys.
It's obvious that we're disagreeing with him because we're all part of a Cuomo conspiracy, and we're victims of government mind control.
Here we go again...
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