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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Radio Watch

I've done a fair amount of complaining, in this space, about what I don't like about radio.  In the interest of fairness, here's a short list of what's good out there.

Scott Shannon:  His True Oldies Channel format is heard in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area on WARM 590.  The music is good.  Here's what makes it exceptional.  Shannon tells a couple stories each hour-- people in the news, unusual events and the like.  He can say everything necessary in less than a minute.  You don't feel short changed on the story or the music.  Every DJ should study Scott Shannon.

Jay Thomas:  He has a show on Sirius/XM.  He talks a little more than Shannon, but he makes every word count, and he's funny.

Rush Limbaugh:  Whether or not you agree with his politics, you can't argue with the fact that he's an extremely skilled broadcaster.

Howard Stern:  Whether or not you can tolerate some of his subject material, Stern is probably the best interviewer on radio.

Tony Kornheiser:  The former Washington Post reporter is on an all-sports station in Washington, DC, but he spends a considerable amount of time on non-sports issues.  Always entertaining.  Catch it 10 AM to noon, plus podcasts at http://www.espn980.com/

Casey Kasem:  You can catch his old American Top 40 shows on satellite and terrestrial radio.  Casey can occasionally get a little talky, but he and his staff always produced an engaging show.

Frankie Warren on Magic 93, and Gary Chrisman on Kiss 102.7:  two guys who know how to produce entertaining morning radio, and who are big parts of their communities.

Steve Czaban, Tony Bruno, Ben Maller, and JT the Brick:  They make sports talk fun.

CBS Radio News:  the gold standard of top-of-the-hour news broadcasts.

Jon Miller has been doing the baseball playoffs for ESPN Radio.  He's on the short list of the best in the business.

I really miss Paul Harvey.