This week’s guest blogger is better known for his voice than his penmanship. You may have heard him referred to as “Boss Man Bob”; no matter the case, I’m sure you’ve heard him!
Without further ado KDKD’s very own Bob May. Thanks Bob!
Craig contacted me about the possibility of writing a guest blog and he said…”Bob, being in broadcasting, you surely believe in Free Speech…right?”. I said…”well, certainly I do”. Craig then said…”well then, you won’t mind writing a speech for free for my blog will you!” Here goes…
Radio is part of the fabric of our lives. Even today with all the devices we have at our disposal, we still listen to large doses of radio in our small towns. We want to know what is going on, we want to stay close to the pulse of our community, and we want to know where the good sales are!
As a general manager of now three radio stations based in a small town I am often asked about XM/Sirius, MP3 players and the Internet and how those devices are doing in comparison to radio. Facts are that XM/Sirius, since their recent merger has a combined 18 million users (subscribers), an estimated 30 million Americans use their Ipod/MP3 player weekly, me included. Then Internet Radio captures another 33 million users weekly…again, I’m one of them especially with some of our sports coverage now streaming and archived. But the truth is that 92% of all American Adults are reached by radio…some 282 million consumers!
Hometown radio is alive and well here and to help illustrate the importance of radio in our lives…cell phone manufacturers are putting FM radio chips in all phones and soon those “apps” will be available to consumers. FM radio is already available in the new Apple Nano MP3 players.
All radio is local…as all politics is local. Your local radio station is operated by local people who are involved in what’s happening. We’re your neighbors and friends…so getting together each day via the air waves just brings us all closer together. And who is that you turn to when there is severe weather or school closings…the newspaper?
I’m also reminded that the original owners of KDKD AM built the farm house we’ve operated out of for more than 60 years now. The story goes that “if this radio station doesn’t make it…we’ll have a nice farm house to sell! We believe we’ll be here for a good while longer…as long as you listen!
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