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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Green NEPA View Post
    IHeart should leave the thing alone, as is, and continue to let the flow of nickels and quarters going to San Antonio via stagecoach.
    The problem with that concept is nothing stays the same. The expense of running it continues to grow. The new contract they signed with the union is based on current revenues, which are diminishing. The expense of moving the studio, the expense of running the huge transmitter, and anything else connected to it all contribute to new expenses. This kind of thing can be maintained for a while. But at some point, change will have to come, regardless of who owns it. There are lots of examples of AM stations around Boston that were once ratings powerhouses at one time, that are now barely existing, thanks to the passage of time.

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    Wow -- you're everywhere, Big A. What's that called ? Eponymous? Erroneous? :-)

    None of the those Boston AM stations has that WBZ signal. I merely was contending that the WBZ signal plus the WBZ 20i7 stream should hold fast to what they've been doing in tandem. Financial things no doubt will change, of course. The new owners should be recognizing that success for what it is, though, not for what it 'might' be.

    'Ubiquitous'. That's the word I was looking for. Sorry for the typ}pos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Green NEPA View Post
    The new owners should be recognizing that success for what it is, though, not for what it 'might' be.
    I think they have. Don't you think that's why they bought it? As I said earlier, I doubt they bought a Top 5 station to blow it up. One report says they spoke of the station during their union negotiations as a Jaguar, rather than a Toyota. So they're well aware of what they've bought.

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    Ink factory, not propane plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raccoonradio View Post
    Agreed about iHeart and digital...and who knows, they could ally with Ch 25, Ch 4, Ch 7 etc somehow.

    Yes, friend of mine from Salem was awoken by the blast and windows shattered in Peabody Sq. I had just passed the 114 exit on 128, heading toward the Endicott St exit and it literally looked like a mushroom cloud and I heard a boom then what sounded like firecrackers. People were calling in to Leveille to report what they were hearing or seeing. (A messageboard I'm on also was getting some action)
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    (Free Republic Nov of 2006):
    >>Propane place in Danvers blew up.
    Houses demolished.
    Calling for every ambulance in the area.
    (From the Donut Shop across the street.)

    Oh OK--Route 35? yikes, it was huge...Thought it could have been that
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    I called WBZ radio, they confirmed they are sending reporters to investigate.
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    WBZ, someone reporting their windows got blown out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Green NEPA View Post
    Wow -- you're everywhere, Big A.
    If you work in radio, at some point you've either worked or lived everywhere. Remember the theme song to WKRP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    The problem with that concept is nothing stays the same. The expense of running it continues to grow. The new contract they signed with the union is based on current revenues, which are diminishing. The expense of moving the studio, the expense of running the huge transmitter, and anything else connected to it all contribute to new expenses. This kind of thing can be maintained for a while. But at some point, change will have to come, regardless of who owns it. There are lots of examples of AM stations around Boston that were once ratings powerhouses at one time, that are now barely existing, thanks to the passage of time.
    OK, so now, kindly explain to us why iHeart bought WBZ-AM in the first place, if, in your own words, "The expense of running it continues to grow. The new contract they signed with the union is based on current revenues, which are diminishing. The expense of moving the studio, the expense of running the huge transmitter, and anything else connected to it all contribute to new expenses."

    A few posters on this and/or the other site claim iHeart does have the cash; maybe it does, maybe it doesn't.

    But given what you wrote above, doesn't iheart have enough to worry about with other blowtorches like WLW, KFI, KOA, WHO, WTAM?

    Damn, I know I'm puzzled!

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by nowradioguy View Post

    Damn, I know I'm puzzled!
    What's the problem? iHeart traded for the stations, with some cash. That's not what I was talking about at all.

    My post was in response to another, who wants iHeart to leave the station alone, and for things to stay the same. Nothing stays the same. Get used to it.

    Read what I wrote in post #23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nowradioguy View Post
    The new contract they signed with the union is based on current revenues, which are diminishing. The expense of moving the studio, the expense of running the huge transmitter, and anything else connected to it all contribute to new expenses."
    Revenues are diminishing very slowly. In fact, the major reductions in revenue occured during the peak of the recession and following the introduction of the PPM. And those affected the whole market.

    Studio moving expenses are a capital expense, amortized over a useful life.

    A 50 kw transmitter and all its gear probably use around $12 an hour in electricity. In other words, cheaper than the lowest paid employee by a great deal. In fact, the technical expense (power, maintenance, labor, etc.) for a 5 kw highly directional station is likely more than that for WBZ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post
    A 50 kw transmitter and all its gear probably use around $12 an hour in electricity. In other words, cheaper than the lowest paid employee by a great deal.
    Well, actually three employees—unless one is working double overtime, 7 days a week—and that is a healthy chunk of change: $12◊24hr.s◊365.25days = $105,192yr!
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  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    In fact, the technical expense (power, maintenance, labor, etc.) for a 5 kw highly directional station is likely more than that for WBZ.
    WBZ is quite directional. They don't send much power eastward into the ocean. Due to the pattern, it doesn't come in as well as you'd expect on outer Cape Cod, I've heard phasing artifacts there.

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