Gladly, Dave Ramsey is gone, Dennis Miller is salvation, Savage is lame a day late, Huckabee coming will insure I tune back to 550 at that time, as I listen to Miller religiously 3-5 DAILY. The spots on the station are insipid, homemade, insulting, and obviously produced by low-rent amateurs doing fake Australian accents. Jeff Piecoro sounds very feminine, and has a weirdly female way of pronouncing "c's" and "k's" in his overplayed, played-out ad spots. What is wrong with Eric Deter's voice? Can he speak clearly ever? The fake gravelly hardass voice is totally contrived. Clear your throat, take a lozenge, O great oracle.
This station has lost its marbles since the New Year began. They also now proudly boast more in a row ad spots than ANY Clear channel station. Nobody seems to be listening/calling in to their live programming, and who the hell is the old hillbilly geezer that does the NKU basketball broadcasts?
R. Lee Ermey much? Not listening anymore/never supporting any of their myriad of sponsors. Small time, amateurish and tons of pregnant pauses/dead air on live shows.
While I do agree that airing Savage a date late (or THREE days late if it's Monday) is ridiculous, the rest of your complaints just show that you've never had a chance to hear true local radio. See, I was one of those amateur production directors you speak of, who had to deal with a drunk GSM who would bring me copy points written on a cocktail napkin. We did spec spots, took orders to get spots on the air TODAY, and had many local businesses on the air. I was on salary, and sometimes i was at the station until 10PM, doing production. We didn't have national spots that ran ad nauseum, about bloated soccer Moms (Hi! you've reached Claire...leave a message!) or scheister insurance agencies (LIVE from Progressive! Hi, Flo here again...) to the point where listeners hate the advertiser with a passion. We also didn't need stupid gimmicks like "Sweet Jack" to take up the slack on the bottom line. Why? because we knew how to write and produce creative spots that worked for our clients, who loved us. I have heard stories recently that certain "local stations" won't even return calls from local businesses... I guess they can't be bothered. Feel free to jump off a cliff, and take Claire and Flo with you. Thanks.