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Thread: WPLJ says farewell New York. Any thoughts on final day/shows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrauhl View Post
    Oh I apologize for that. I just think its stupid klove hase two frequencies in the same market and took over 40 peoples jobs.
    They don't have two frequencies for the same format. K-love is on one and the other, lesser signal will be used for Air-1.

    They do have a local office, and every station they add increases the staff handling donations, events, revivals and such in the various markets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrauhl View Post
    Oh I apologize for that. I just think its stupid klove hase two frequencies in the same market and took over 40 peoples jobs.
    Once the dust settles, EMF will have K-Love on 95.5 and Air 1 on 96.7. The programming is different.

    It is a shame about the jobs. Nobody wants to see that. However, radio is similar to other industries where there are declining revenue streams and opportunities for efficiency and automation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrauhl View Post
    Oh I apologize for that. I just think its stupid klove hase two frequencies in the same market and took over 40 peoples jobs.
    I really don't understand the hate people have shown for EMF.

    Cumulus is a poorly run company and it ran WPLJ into the ground. The station, despite its legacy, was bland and uninspiring. Instead of investing time and money to make WPLJ better and more relevant in the current media age, Cumulus ran it worse than a lemonade stand, hamstringing the rather talented air staff and producing boring radio that even drove away the Jersey soccer moms which once were fiercely loyal to it.

    EMF spends time and effort developing programing appealing to a certain segment of the population. The business model is different, so the business needs for staff are different. It isn't very localized, but the model and the implementation are successful. In each market they operate, they find and retain an audience. In that aspect, they do much better radio than WPLJ had been doing for the past decade: They deliver a consistent product to a desired audience, building the audience dedication needed to keep the lights on. In the EMF sense, this means getting donations as opposed to selling commercials, but business is business.

    YOU might not like the programming. But that doesn't make it bad, nor does it make EMF "evil" for merely existing and even succeeding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewsStud View Post

    Cumulus is a poorly run company and it ran WPLJ into the ground. The station, despite its legacy, was bland and uninspiring. Instead of investing time and money to make WPLJ better and more relevant in the current media age, Cumulus ran it worse than a lemonade stand, hamstringing the rather talented air staff and producing boring radio that even drove away the Jersey soccer moms which once were fiercely loyal to it.
    I'm not sure what they could have done differently other than completely abandon the Hot AC format and go after the rhythmic audience. I thought there was an opportunity for a station to replace Kiss in 2012. That really didn't happen. But other than completely blowing the station up, there weren't many other alternatives. So now the station has been blown up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    I'm not sure what they could have done differently other than completely abandon the Hot AC format and go after the rhythmic audience. I thought there was an opportunity for a station to replace Kiss in 2012. That really didn't happen. But other than completely blowing the station up, there weren't many other alternatives. So now the station has been blown up.
    What would "going after Kiss" have done? The revenue wasn't there to support it (both market-wide and specific to an older skewing urban format). In reality another station going non-comm is a blessing for the remaining commercial operators, and should make things a little healthier for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luperm View Post
    What would "going after Kiss" have done? The revenue wasn't there to support it
    That refers to the first sentence in my post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luperm View Post
    What would "going after Kiss" have done? The revenue wasn't there to support it (both market-wide and specific to an older skewing urban format). In reality another station going non-comm is a blessing for the remaining commercial operators, and should make things a little healthier for them.
    There is about $70 million being spent on the three urban / Urban AC stations. Since that format area attracts lots of Hispanics, too, it is about the only growth format in the market.
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    We keep going round and round on this. Some people tend to want to let present-day Cumulus off the hook. Post-Dickeys, there was nothing Cumulus could have done with PLJ other than let it atrophy to nothing? In other words, there are too many signals in NYC for viable commercial-supported formats. So EMF should be looked at as a savior, then.

    Blame Cumulus for the lost jobs. EMF took one commercial frequency off the books in NYC. They'll make good use of 95.5 (as they already have with 96.7), and the rest of the market has one less station to split the shrinking revenue pie with.

    Apparently Cumulus and EMF are both making the best use of their assets. Though Cumulus now finds it necessary to shrink, while EMF is expanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBraddock View Post

    Blame Cumulus for the lost jobs.
    It depends on the job. I've already seen several former PLJ DJs have shown up in other places. Jayde Donovan has a syndicated show, and as far as I know, it was unaffected. Certainly there has been consolidation in terms of PDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewsStud View Post
    I really don't understand the hate people have shown for EMF.

    Cumulus is a poorly run company and it ran WPLJ into the ground. The station, despite its legacy, was bland and uninspiring. Instead of investing time and money to make WPLJ better and more relevant in the current media age, Cumulus ran it worse than a lemonade stand, hamstringing the rather talented air staff and producing boring radio that even drove away the Jersey soccer moms which once were fiercely loyal to it.

    EMF spends time and effort developing programing appealing to a certain segment of the population. The business model is different, so the business needs for staff are different. It isn't very localized, but the model and the implementation are successful. In each market they operate, they find and retain an audience. In that aspect, they do much better radio than WPLJ had been doing for the past decade: They deliver a consistent product to a desired audience, building the audience dedication needed to keep the lights on. In the EMF sense, this means getting donations as opposed to selling commercials, but business is business.

    YOU might not like the programming. But that doesn't make it bad, nor does it make EMF "evil" for merely existing and even succeeding.
    So if k love and emf are all about helping people why didnt they offer to retain the wplj staffs jobs? That is evil in itself and dont say because it costs too much because klove in syndicated out of california and klove/ emf pays no taxes so maby you should consider that before assuming just because emf is christian based they can do no evil.

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