I hear ya on voice tracking and the wages being paid today, not only in Charlotte but most cities around the country. There are a ton of very talented vetrans out there that could and would wake up Charlotte but far to many stations are not looking for talented people. Think they would prefer to have some seaoned button pushers to advance their stations into the money demos. The Ride most likely has more live talent than most of Charlotte's major competitors. Speaking of the ride, does anybody reallly listen to that station? Ratings have been all over the place over the past year or so. Seems to me they have a fairly good Summer book and thaat is about it. Is it signal problems, marketing problems, or programmng problems?
The Ride is 100% voice tracked, and signal issues aren't a problem. Marketing is non-existant, but the station is paid for, so the ratings don't really matter.
Have they moved their tower closer to Charlotte than it used to be?
If not, when combined with 96.1 the Beat and, for some of us, WHPE, I'd say there are signal issues.