Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 46: More Thoughts on Christmas

This time, The Radio Kid comments on some of their favorite Christmas TV specials, and other holiday traditions.


Clearing the Static 1653

Attention Affiliate Stations: Please use this program if you feel that the subject matter discussed in show 1652 might be too controversial for your station.

It's our year end show this time on CTS. What stations and formats do we need to watch in the new year? What trends will continue, and which ones will fade away? Also, some interesting proposals for the future of the AM band, which have nothing to do with radio. The people proposing these ideas just may surprise you! It's all on this year end edition of CTS.

Clearing the Static 1652

On this episode of CTS, we continue our controversial discussion about how on demand media content may be impacting traditional radio listening. We read some listener feedback about this topic, and both hosts have an opportunity to express their opinions. Is on demand content really impacting radio negatively? How practical or possible would it be to legally compel people to listen to and appreciate the art of traditional radio, whether they want to or not? It's all discussed here on this edition of Clearing the Static.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Radio Serena Pilot Programs 1-4

Clearing the Static is proud to announce a new radio series called Radio Serena. This program is hosted by Serena, also known as The Radio Kid. Radio Serena is a music show offering an eclectic mix of 90s hits, 50s and 60s Oldies, and "a whole lot more". The "whole lot more" can include anything and everything from smooth jazz to heavy metal, country to reggae, and just about any other musical genre under the sun. The files below are a series of demo or pilot programs that were produced. These are not necessarily intended for actual broadcast, but, serve as a series of skethes to give radio stations and listeners a general idea of what to expect. If response to this series is sufficient beyond 1 year's time, the series will likely continue production. Response from radio stations, and their listeners, will be key in determining the direction and fate of the series. Listeners and stations alike are encouraged to let Serena know what they think of the series. Feel free to submit any requests, suggestions, and any other feedback you'd care to offer. Please enjoy these demos.

Listen Demo 1
Listen Demo 2
Listen Demo 3
Listen Demo 4

The Radio Kid's Rant! 45: Christmas Specials

The Radio Kid shares their thoughts on some of their favorite Christmas TV specials.


Clearing the Static 1651

We open the program by welcoming our newest affiliate, WCSQ in Cobleskill, NY. We then talk about changes in Tampa surroundiing Bubba the Love Sponge. Then, we debate whether today's youth only like "today's music" or do they care less about how "new" a song is, and more about whether it sounds "cool" or not? And, what might become of the Voice of America under a Trump administration? Should governments be involved in running broadcasting companies? What is the danger in a state run broadcaster becoming nothing more than a mouthpiece for said government? We discuss and debate. It's all here on this episode of Clearing the Static.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Clearing the Static 1650

We open with further developments on a story we mentioned last week from Los Angeles. Then, we discuss developments in Evansville, Indiana, and Richmond, Virginia. Later, changes coming to a building that was a part of TV history in Syracuse. And, we comment on the demise of all the shortwave services from the ABC in Australia. It's all on this edition of CTS.


The Radio Kid's Rant! 44: Drugs and Alcahol

The Radio Kid shares some interesting thoughts on underage drinking and drug use.


The Radio Kid's Rant! 43: Babies

This time, The Radio Kid shares their thoughts on little people.

CTS Extra 45: Upstate Radio Group

On this extra, we profile the stations of the Upstate Radio Group, formerly the Finger Lakes Radio Group. You'll hear background, history, and current airchecks of all the stations in the group.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Clearing the Static 1649 (Alternate Version)

This is an alternate version of show number 1649. This version doesn't contain the discussion about IHeart Media's on demand service. We still open with the developments in Gainesville. Then, we note a new Urban station on the air in Chattanooga. Will it have an impact on the heritage "Power" station there? Also, a new AAA station is on the air in Traverse City, Michigan. This leads to a discussion as to the evolution of the AAA format. Also, what's up at 101.5 in Seattle? They've gone all Christmas, but will "Star" come back? The Radio Kid isn't so sure. Then, changes coming to a popular Spanish Top Forty station in Los Angeles. Could they be switching the signals to English? That seems likely. Two changes on the radio dial in Hagerstown, Maryland to tell you about. Sad news for community radio fans in Reno, Nevada, as that city's only community station is sold to the statewide NPR network there. And we close with news of Classical music coming back full time to New Orleans, and Bangor, even though it isn't at all local. All that for you on this edition of CTS.


Clearing the Static 1649

We open with developments concerning the stations of the University of Florida in Gainesville. Then, we spend the rest of the hour discussing IHeart Media's new on demand music service. As more and more on demand services come on to the market, how might this impact traditional radio listening? If it is found that more on demand services have a negative impact on radio, should more restrictions be placed on such services? We debate these questions on this edition of CTS.


Monday, November 28, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 42: More Potpourri

More potpourri on this rant. Enjoy!


Clearing the Static 1648

We spend much of this hour discussing the demise of The Mic, one of the last commercial stations committed to Progressive Talk/Liberal Talk in the US. What does this mean for the format? How can "Lib Talk" be made to be more attractive to broadcasters and advertisers? What role, if any, should noncommercial community radio have in keeping the format alive? Later, we touch on a new Alternative station on the air in Chattanooga, and an AM station in upstate NY is for sale, who might buy it? And what impact could the sale have on the station's programming and its commitment to full service to the community? It's all here on CTS.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 41: Potpourri

Listen as The Radio Kid rants on a potpourri of issues!


Clearing the Static 1647

We oopen with a discussion about the death of The Edge, a long time Alternative Rock station in Dallas. What could this mean for the format commercially? Then, we discuss and debate the format and programming changes at WRCR, and their decision to serve New York City with their over the air AM signal, while retaining an online stream for local service to Rockland County. Finally, what new format is bound for AM 1330 in the Boston market. It's all here on CTS.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 40: Analyzing the Election

This is an extended rant. And, for this rant, The Radio Kid is joined by Jake Longwell, and their friend Christina. They come together to discuss the outcome of the Presidential Election, and what impact the results could have for various groups of people in the US. An interesting debate and discussion was had by all.


Clearing the Static 1646

We open the show with the sad news of the passing of a dear friend and long time supporter of this program. Then, it's on to listener feedback, and a discussion about specialty music shows on commercial radio stations. Later, changes to the pop music radio landscape in Syracuse, a new "radio war" brewing between the two community LGBT music shows in Rochester, and more Urban radio coming to Atlanta, but can so many stations in the same format possibly last? It's all here on this edition of CTS.


Monday, November 7, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 39: Obama's Legacy

As President Obama prepares to leave office, and as we are about to head to the polls to elect our new President, The Radio Kid shares their thoughts on President Obama's legacy.


Clearing the Static 1645

We open the show with news about a new policy we have regarding the expression of more controversial and provocative views on the program. Then, we note our sixth anniversary before launching into talk about radio in upstate New York, in Batavia and Mohawk, respectively. Also, a new Classic Rock station comes to Spokane, and K-Love displaces Classic Hits in Palm Springs, but probably only temporarily, as it appears that Classic Hits will appear on another frequency there. And, Chattanooga gets an all-Christmas station, and it's the same one they had last year. So what will the new format be on the frequency come Dec. 26th? We have some guesses. It's all here on this edition of CTS.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Clearing the Static 1644

We open with a reminder about our recent War of the Worlds special which is available on this site for download and streaming. We then review a modern radio drama somewhat based on War of the Worlds. Then, we discuss the closure of Northwest Cable News. How might this impact other regional cable news channels? Are they all potentially on their way out? Standards return to Denver, and it is more or less a traditional version of the format. We discuss the differences between traditional versus modern interpretations of Standards. Then, we talk about the importance of music education in schools, and how perhaps it might inspire kids to enter into broadcasting or the media. A few more stations have gone All Christmas, unfortunately! And it's not even November yet! That's all here on CTS 1644.


The Radio Kid's Rant! 38: Slime Run - Presidential Candidates and the FCC

Two radically different topics this week. First, we hear about the Slime Run which The Radio Kid recently took part in. What is the slime run? You'll find out. Then, the kid expresses their views on which of the presidential candidates would be best to represent the interests of broadcasting. Their answer just may surprise you!


CTS Extra 44: Debate Over Broadcast Content Vs. Online Content

The closure of Northwest Cable News sparked a debate between The Radio Kid and Jake Longwell over the future of broadcast content vs. original, online, on demand content. As more generations get used to the idea of on demand, playlist based content instead of having to wait for appointed, scheduled radio and television programs, will this lead to the end of broadcasting as we know it? How fair would it be to pass laws prohibiting the creation and consumption of on demand content? How practical would such laws be if they should ever be enacted? We decided to release this as an extra, because this debate was very passionate, and some of our radio affiliates have very rigid guidelines regarding expressing controversial or abrasive viewpoints. So, please enjoy this passionate debate as a CTS Extra!


Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 37: Not a Good Week

It wasn't a good week for The Radio Kid. Constant hassles with insurance, and with people who clearly do not support or advocate their gender transition. Hear all the sorted details here.


Clearing the Static 1643

Another action packed show this time. We first answer feedback from a young listener in Rochester, which leads to a discussion about the status of high school radio in that city. We have a follow up regarding the translator changes in Ithaca, which leads to another discussion about liberal vs. conservative talk radio. Later, we talk about the new Classical station in Reno. A mixed bag of news from Charlotte, as Entercom acquires stations there. What changes can we expect? Changes are coming to the LPFM database, which we share. And we close by talking about our War of the Worlds special presentation, which we hope you will all enjoy. That's all here on CTS 1643. Don't miss it!


Monday, October 17, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 36: Trick or Treating - A Talk on Being Serena

This time, The Radio Kid shares some thoughts and memories about trick or treating. Later, they reflect on a recent presentation they gave to some young people about being blind and transgender.

Clearing the Static 1642

We have a lot to get to this week. Including, Saga buying a new translator for the Ithaca market. Could this spell a new format there? Also, a lot of innovation is happening out west. A new Mormon oriented Christian format comes to Idaho, a new New Wave station comes to Salt Lake City, and a new Modern AC comes to the Albuquerque market. Later, we discuss major station sales in Salina, Kansas and Terre Haute, Indiana. Finally, two Catholic radio operators are planning a merger. What could this mean for Catholic radio in general in the US? It's all coming up for you right here on CTS 1642.

Special War of the Worlds Marathon Radio Broadcast

This is a co-production between Jake Longwell and Serena "The Radio Kid" Hanlon. In this special six hour marathon broadcast, we pay tribute to the legendary War of the Worlds radio broadcast of 1938, and its legacy. You will hear the full original broadcast, plus several subsequent presentations inspired by the broadcast, and the mass panic that resulted from it. As well as other interesting and exciting audio goodies.


Part One
The complete October 30th, 1938 Mercury Theater on the Air adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel War of the Worlds

Part Two
A 1988 Public Radio documentary with interviews with some of the people who were involved with the making of the original broadcast, as well as interviews with several who remembered the resulting hysteria.

Part Three
The audio soundtrack of the 1975 made for TV movie The Night That Panicked America, dramatizing the making of the original broadcast, and the mass panic that resulted. All copyrights acknowledged.

Part Four
An episode of the sci-fi radio drama series Alien Worlds entitled The Kilohertz War. This story is set in the far off future, where the 1938 broadcast has unintended, tragic consequences on the planet Mars.

Part Five
The complete October 1968 re-creation of War of the Worlds as produced and broadcast by legendary top 40 radio station WKBW in Buffalo, New York.

Part Six
The complete audio soundtrack of a public TV documentary called The Making of WKBW's War of the Worlds, hosted by Bob Koshinski. Bob interviews four of the persons involved with the iconic 1968 broadcast, and offers insight into the mass hysteria that this broadcast created in and around the Buffalo area. This program aired on WNED-TV in Buffalo in October 1998

Each feature is surrounded by commentary, analysis, and personal recollections from Jake and Serena about the whole War of the Worlds legend.

Again, we acknowledge any and all copyrights pertaining to the audio featured in this special broadcast. We put this program together purely as a labor of love, and are not making any sort of financial profit from the broadcast, or the audio within.

We sincerely hope you enjoy the show.

To listen to the broadcast, simply click on the links below.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 35: Trumps Attitude Toward Woman - The King of Jordan and Isis

This time, The Radio Kid expresses their outrage at Donald Trump's lude comments in the recently leaked video from 2005. Also, their thoughts on recent remarks made by the king of Jordan about the so-called Islamic State.


Clearing the Static 1641

We open by addressing a question from our colleague, Spencer Morton, about the Orlando radio market. That leads to a bigger discussion about syndicated music programs today, and how they are packaged. Then, we lament the sale of a favorite radio station in Southern Ontario, as we fear the long established format of the station will now be changed. Later on, Jake and The Radio Kid both conduct live demonstrations of their local AM reception, to prove the point that the band is unusable in many areas, which needs to be addressed before we can talk about saving it. Also, could the Classic Hip Hop format be a fad format, after all? And, let the fun begin. Christmas music is already starting to appear on the radio in early October! We'll tell you where. It's all ahead on this edition of CTS.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 34: School Shooting - MENA

This time, The Radio Kid offers some very strong opinions about the recent school shooting in South Carolina, and how we need tougher gun laws. Then, we may soon have MENA as a racial classification. What is MENA? And how might it impact those who are labeled by it?


Clearing the Static 1640

We open with some sad news about the LGBT LPFM in Portland, Oregon, it's gone. Then, we comment on the ridiculous rumor that Michael Savage was fired, he was not. And we close with more thoughts on the future of the AM band. It's all ahead on this episode of CTS.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CTS Extra 43: Jake Longwell's Shows

So you've heard the interview I did with Jake Longwell, right?  If not, what are you waiting for?  Leave this page, and go listen to CTS Extra 42, and then please come back!  As for the rest of you, we are going to give you a small sample of what Jake Longwell's shows sound like, and the types of music he plays on his shows.  Produced under the Quality Radio Productions banner, these shows began in 2009, and are heard on college and community stations around the US.  I will give my opinions and assessments of each of the shows.  First, we'll listen to the Jazz Scene -- a show focusing on traditional straight ahead Jazz, before progressing to Jazz Progressions, a show dedicated to Jazz Rock Fusion and Avant-gard styles of Jazz.  We'll stop next at Lake Air to hear some Smooth Jazz and other contemporary music.  We must ask, however, is it really a lake?  Next, we'll stop and listen to Sounds from the Global Village, a program of world music, and hear about music from other lands we aren't usually exposed to in America.  We'll listen next to Classics and Beyond, a Classical music showcase, before enjoying some Old Time Radio in the Upstate Radio Theatre.  If you've been wondering what Jake Longwell is up to at Quality Radio Productions, here's your chance to find out.  When you are done listening to this extra, please visit the Quality Radio Productions website at to hear more.  On this edition of CTS Extra... we present Jake Longwell's shows.


The Radio Kid's Rant! 33: Trump and the Birther Issue

This time, The Radio Kid comments on Donald Trump's recent remarks on the so-called birther issue.

Clearing the Static 1639

Plenty to talk about this week. We have developments from the Catskill region of NY, and Jake laments a new translator on the air in the Finger Lakes. Also, a new HD to translator format is coming to Springfield, Illinois, though we don't yet know what it will be. We address the question of why we "gripe" so much on this program. Later, we discuss the impending sale of WILD in Boston to a Chinese language operator. Finally, some interesting developments in Myrtle Beach, as Colonial Broadcasting prepares to expand its cluster there. It's all ahead on this episode of CTS.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 32: Helping Those in Need

The Radio Kid updates us as their transition to Serena continues. But a frustrating aspect of this process, is not always being able to receive the help that they need. That is what this rant is mainly about.


Clearing the Static 1638

We open the show with a lot of feedback on a variety of issues from listeners in Nashville, Rochester, Modesto and Springfield. Then, we discuss a change in plans for the old KPLU in Tacoma, as it has been purchased by a new local group wanting to keep the NPR News and Jazz format as is. Also, we review the new online Me Music service which leads to a broader discussion of the Me TV Classic TV network. Finally, we touch on the new all 80s station that has come to Tulsa.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 31: Sounds of the Farmers' Market

This time, The Radio Kid is on location at the Oswego Farmers' Market.


Clearing the Static 1637

This time, we open by noting the tragic suicide death of New York state Assemblyman and radio talk show host Bill Nojay. Later, we stay in NY to talk about a new Variety Hits format in Utica, which leads to a broader discussion of why it seems markets like Utica get more innovative radio formats than larger markets like Syracuse. Then, we talk about Ben comming to Bend, Oregon. I Am Country is a new tag line produly being used by an AM station in Gainesville, Florida. A new Beautiful Music format in Michigan turns out to be a stunt. Commercial Classical is gone from the Santa Rose airwaves, we discuss reasons why, and how the format could possibly have been saved. Lastly, we acknowledge the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, and its impact on the radio community specifically. It's all here on this edition of CTS.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 30: Key LGBT Rights Advocates

This time, The Radio Kid pays tribute to four people whom they feel have been instrumental in obtaining more rights and recognition for the LGBT community.


CTS Extra 42: Jake Longwell Interview

For this CTS Extra, The Radio Kid interviews CTS co-host and producer Jake Longwell, as September 2016 marks 20 years of professional radio broadcasting for him. You'll hear Jake recall some of those early memories, and you'll learn about the various chapters in his career thus far. This is a three hour presentation, broken up into three one hour segments.

Listen: Part 1
Listen: Part 2
Listen: Part 3

Clearing the Static 1636

This week, we spend much of the hour discussing developments at Upstate Radio Group, the former Finger Lakes Radio Group. Many changes have taken place there, and we discuss them all, from the rebranding of the company to some format changes on their Finger Lakes FM music stations. Also, we touch on developments in Nashville, Modesto, Honolulu, Montpelier, Vermont and Hamilton, Ontario.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 29: Summer Memories - TV Memories

This time, The Radio Kid recalls some favorite Summer memories, and some of their favorite classic TV shows.


CTS Extra 41: Counting Our Losses

It's all about losses this time on CTS Extra. First, Oklahoma City loses its Breeze. Then, Ottawa loses its Dog, and finally, Fort Myers loses its last link to the Modern AC format. We discuss, and give you airchecks of these defunct stations, on CTS Extra 41.


Clearing the Static 1635

We open with some feedback on our community radio rivalry discussion. Then, we know the new format of the old Dawg FM in Ottawa. Later, three Public radio stations are launching new AAA formats, and they are all quite innovative. Finally, a new Beautiful Music station comes to Northern Michigan. Is this for real? Or is it merely a placeholder or stunt? We discuss. It's all on this episode of CTS.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Clearing the Static 1634

We open by offering congratulations to our affiliate WRAQ on finally getting their FM transmitter on the air. Then, some feedback about WAJD, and about the future of CBS Radio News as we now know it. Then, the vandalism that recently hit WRFN in the Nashville market leads us to discuss ways to resolve what seem to be some very bitter rivalries among community radio stations in the same radio market. Later, we offer an update on the Dawg all Blues format soon to be gone from the Ottawa, Ontario airwaves. Portland, Oregon gets a new full time Urban station. Lastly, is the last Modern AC radio station soon to bite the dust? It's all here on CTS!


The Radio Kid's Rant! 28: Screen Readers for the Blind - An Olympic Story

This time, The Radio Kid offers their thoughts on the acquisition of AI Squared by VFO/Freedom Scientific. How will this affect screen reader options for the blind? Then, a true story from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.


The Radio Kid's Rant! 27: More Thoughts on Trump

This time, The Radio Kid offers still more thoughts on Donald Trump and his candidacy.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Clearing the Static 1633

This week, we discuss happenings in radio in upstate New York, also, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia. Later, The Radio Kid laments about the lack of radio coverage for the 2016 Summer Olympics for those who are blind and visually impaired. All that, plus a pop up thunderstorm at The Radio Kid's location, on this edition of CTS.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 26: Grocery Store Memories - Coffee Snobs

This time, it's a departure from polotics and current news events. The Radio Kid laments the closure of a long time local neighborhood grocery store. Then, we get to hear their take on those who are very picky about the kind of coffee they drink. This just goes to show you never know what the kid will rant about next!


Clearing the Static 1632

Lots of news from New York, California and Florida this time around. Plus, more about good ol' Rush. It's all here on CTS 1632. Don't you miss it!


Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 25: The Democratic Convention

As promised, now it's the Democrat party's turn to feel the wrath of The Radio Kid!


Clearing the Static 1631

We open our show this week with a sale, of sorts, in the Finger Lakes region. Later, we have news about changes in the Burlington, VT market thanks to our good friend, Aaron. Also, could conservative talk radio be on its way out? And, format changes in Ontario, which we cannot hear due to streaming restrictions! That's all here on CTS 1631.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 24: The Republican Convention

Thoughts on the Republican convention. Undoubtedly a rant about the Democratic convention soon to follow.


Clearing the Static 1630

Another action packed CTS this week. We begin by offering our condolences to the family of a long time friend of the Radio Racket program. We than talk about format changes in Oklahoma. Then, Beasley Broadcasting acquires Greater Media. How will this affect the various clusters formerly owned by Greater Media. Later, still more discussion of Canadian radio. A sad format change coming to Ottawa. Then, we discuss geoblocking of Canadian radio streams here in the US, and whether or not this should be permitted. Check it all out on CTS!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Clearing the Static 1629

Another action packed CTS for your listening pleasure. We have listener feedback, also, we know more about the fate of the CBS Radio stations, and, an angry station owner really gives it to the FCC. All of this, and much more, on this edition of CTS.


Monday, July 11, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant 23: Thoughts on Recent Police Shootings

Thoughts on recent tragic shootings in the US.


Clearing the Static 1628

A lot of topics this time. We get some feedback about some of our questions regarding radio stations in Florida. Also, changes in Albany, NY, and Detroit. We then mention the upcoming Radio Racket Reunion, and the new community radio station that signed on in the Philadelphia market. We close by talking about the impending closure of more of the already limited analogue TV transmitters in Ontario and the Canadian Atlantic provinces. It's all here on this edition of CTS.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 21 and 22: Two Responses to Orlando

A two part rant with authentic audio that presents two very different responses to the tragedy in Orlando, complete with commentary from The Radio Kid.

Listen: Part 1
Listen: Part 2

Clearing the Static 1627

This week, we spend most of the hour discussing developments in radio in upstate New York, and in various parts of California.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

CTS Extra 40: Almost Everything Goes to the River

As you may have heard on CTS program 1626, we interviewed Aaron, the
owner of WKCE (1120 Knoxville, TN), and operator of several other
stations running quite eunique takes on traditional formats.  This time
on CTS Extra, we will listen to 2 of those which were on stations in
Athol, MA.  First, we'll listen to the now defunct Variety Hits on WFNX
(99.9), as it plays Almost Everything.  Listen carefully, and notice
how random the music is, and how each song doesn't go smoothly into the
other sonically.  This is by design, and what makes the format so
eunique.  Sadly, this format is now defunct on 99.9, and the station is
now simulcasting Boston-market "River" WXRV (92.5.)  Then, we'll listen
to the Oldies format of sister station WFAT ("The Big 700.")  In the
aircheck, you'll notice that this format doesn't just play the hits you
are familliar with from the 50's and 60's, but digs deeper into the
archives.  So get ready to be surprised by the wide variety of music
you're going to hear on this edition of CTS Extra as... Almost
Everything goes to The River!

Please note that this is the last CTS Extra being produced using this
short form, and that the CTS Extras will soon return in a longer
format, but less frequently.  It's been awesome putting these together,
but we had to change the way we do the extras to accomidate our
schedules. Please keep listening, and sending us feedback at Thanks. --TRK


Clearing the Static 1626

This week, we spend an hour talking with Aaron, the man behind Midcentury Media. We discuss some of his innovative radio formats, and radio in general. We hope you enjoy this interesting conversation.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Clearing the Static 1625

This time, we spend an hour talking with Lady Rachel, host of the syndicated show, Soft Sounds. We talk with her because she is a native of Orlando. We discuss the media's coverage of the tragedies that recently unfolded there.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 17-20: Serena's Story, Parts 1-4

June is National LGBT Pride Month. To celebrate, The Radio Kid, whose real name is Serena, tells her story of transition, and her ongoing struggles as a blind, transgender person. This is a prelude to a much more in depth radio documentary series coming soon which will be called Being Serena.

Listen: Part 1
Listen: Part 2
Listen: Part 3
Listen: Part 4

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Clearing the Static 1624

Lots of format discussions this week. We talk about a change at a Cumulus cluster in southern California. Also, what's up at 103.7 in San Francisco? Later, a format change in rural Washington state. They claim it's Adult Contemporary, but, The Radio Kid doesn't think so! Also, could we see a battle for Alternative fans in Kansas City? And, we reminisce about some of our very early experiences with professional radio. It's all here on this edition of CTS.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Clearing the Static 1623

A lot on the agenda for this week. First, big changes concerning two signals in the Gainesville, Florida market. Also, we discuss The Radio Kid's recent appearance on a Finger Lakes radio station to discuss transgender issues. We then unveil plans for a new documentary series about those very issues. Later, format and rebrandings in upstate New York, California and Kentucky, and, a station sale in the Philadelphia, PA metro. It's all here on CTS 1623.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 16: Potpourri of Topics

Tune in and hear The Radio Kid rant on a variety of topics in this episode of The Radio Kid's Rant!


The Radio Kid's Rant! 15: Pop Music - Thoughts on Sanders

This time, The Radio Kid comments on some of their favorite pop tunes. Also, more political rantings about the left.

Since we can't play music on the radio Kid's Rant, here are links to some of the songs talked about this week.  We'll start with the song I desire most to play, and which was talked about on the rant the most.
Selena Gomez - "Kill Them With Kindness"

Here are some more links to songs talked about on this week's rant.  Enjoy.
Bruno Mars - "Just the way you are"

One Direction - "What Makes you beautiful"

Bruno Mars - "Treasure"

Justin Timberlake - "Mirrors"

Justin Timberlake - "Not a Bad Thing"

Major Lazer and DJ Snake FT. MO - "Lean On"

Mike Posner - "I took a Pill In Ibiza"

Skrillex and Diplo FT. Justin Bieber - "Where Are You Now"


Clearing the Static 1622

Among the topics this week, a format change at an AM station in New York's southern tier region. Also, more format goings on at the IHeart cluster in Louisville. Plus, it turns out the "South" radio format in Birmingham was just a stunt, after all. And, say hello to Spectrum. Who or what is Spectrum? Tune in to this edition of CTS, and find out!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Clearing the Static 1621

The latest edition of CTS covers a variety of topics. These include a new format in Birmingham, Alabama, and the merger of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications. Plus, a scathing "farewell to radio" from a long time Canadian radio personality. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 14 - Thoughts on Serotech

This time, The Radio Kid gives us thoughts on Serotech, a company specializing in technology of the sight impaired. The Radio Kid pulls no punches on their true feelings about the company and its service, or lack thereof!


Clearing the Static 1620

On this edition, we open with discussion of a new Urban station in the Louisville market. Will this newcomer have an impact on the established stations in the format? And what of the changes to the Rock stations in Louisville that have come about as a result of the new Urban station? Also, the IHeart cluster in Binghamton has taken a turn for the worse, all but eliminating what was left of its live and local programming on all its stations. Later, we ask the question, are young people only interested in current hit music? Or, do they have more diverse musical tastes these days? And, a successful LPFM switches to a commercial frequency. What about other opportunities for similar formatted LPFMs to make such a move? We talk about all of this, on this edition of CTS.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 13: Republican Presidential Candidates

This time, The Radio Kid comments on the state of the Republican presidential candidacy.


Clearing the Static 1619

After addressing some listener observations, we talk about the community radio situation in Portland, Oregon. We than discuss the new Classic Country radio station in Bangor, Maine. We talk about the unexpected dismissal of a veteran Syracuse radio personality, and possible reasons for it. Then, we remember three radio icons who passed away in recent months. Could the 80s music format be making a comeback on US radio? What about a 90s based format? We receive news during production about a format change in Washington state, and, changes on the noncommercial band in both New Mexico and Florida that are both unfortunate. It's all here on this edition of CTS.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 12: More Thoughts on Transgender Discrimination

More thoughts from the Radio Kid on transgender discrimination.


Clearing the Static 1618

We welcome our newest affiliate, Unique Radio in Australia. We address some feedback about our recent discussion about the state of the news media in America. We talk about a frequency change for a translator in Ithaca. We also report on a sale of stations in Northern Pennsylvania. Then, we spend a considerable amount of time on the impending TV spectrum auction that will greatly reduce the number of TV channels available for over the air broadcast. Finally, we talk about changes in Reno, Nevada. It's all here on this edition of CTS.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 11: Alpha Phi Omega Continued - North Carolina LGBT Legislation - The Passing of Prince

This time, the Kid continues his talk about his experience with Alpha Phi Omega. Then, thoughts on North Carolina's LGBT discrimination legislation. Lastly, some thoughts about the passing of Prince, and how it has similarities to the passing of Michael Jackson some years earlier.


Clearing the Static 1617

A variety of topics this time around. We answer some feedback, and Jake also ends up answering a challenge put to him by The Radio Kid. The Kid then puts out a challenge to fans of community radio and specific programs on community radio stations. We talk of more developments in California, specifically in San Diego and San Francisco. Also, Classical music comes to the state of Maine full time thanks to Public Radio. We close with a healthy discussion about the news media here in the US, this discussion stemming from the demise of the Al Jazeera America cable channel. It's all here on this edition of CTS.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Radio Iid's Rant! 10: Alpha Phi Omega

This time, the Radio Kid educates us all on the college service organization Alpha Phai Omega.


Clearing the Static 1616

We open with news of a new older skewing Soft AC in San Francisco. THen, we know more about what is to become of CBS' radio clusters, as they will be spun off into a separate company. This leads into a discussion about programming and sales. Later, the Radio Kid laments the probable format change of WNMB in North Myrtle Beach, SC. We conclude with a very interesting discussion of what is now considered to be Classic Country versus what Classic Country used to be, and why the changes have occurred. It's all here on this edition of CTS.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CTS Extra 38: 3 Kids in a Corner

We're back with a new CTS Extra! This time, The Radio Kid, Bob Cavanagh, and special guest, 12 year old Retika, discuss several Kid oriented radio services, including Radio Disney and Nick Radio, among others. You will hear airchecks, and some rather biting commentary from all three hosts about each of these services, what they lack, and what they have to offer their young listeners. It's an interesting listen for kids and adults alike.


The Radio Kid's Rant! 09: LGBT Discrimination - Postal Humor - Gaming Conventions

This time, The Radio Kid rants further on LGBT discrimination in several Southern states. Also, a belated April Fools joke, and, thoughts on gaming conventions. 


Clearing the Static 1615

Among the topics this time, more developments as the saga in Syracuse begins to wind down, plus, an interesting challenge posed to us by a listener concerning the lack of local radio in Oneida and surrounding areas of Madison County. Also, the new line up at KGO. Is it really that new? The Radio Kid doesn't seem to think so. Plus, all three community LPFM stations are now on the air in Rochester. Can that city support three community stations? Radio Kid says no, Jake says yes, what are your thoughts?


Friday, April 1, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 08: The Government Vs. Apple - LGBT Discrimination

This time, the Radio Kid gives their opinion on the recent developments concerning the US Government vs. Apple, and the unnamed third party that successfully hacked into an iPhone. Also, their very passionate take on recent laws passed in two southern states that have a huge impact on the LFBT community.


Clearing the Static 1614

We have more developments in the ever evolving situation in Syracuse. Also, we discuss the impending sale of CBS' radio clusters. And, should all AM daytimers in the US be granted night power? Are the huge signals of 50,000 watt clear channel AM stations still relevant outside their local markets? We discuss and debate.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 07: Various Topics

A variety of topics on this rant. Including taking time out to evaluate one's self and how they judge others, and, educating sighted people on the perils of the blind and visually impaired. That, ad more, on this rant.


Clearing the Static 1613

A variety of topics this week. We have more developments on the ongoing situation in Syracuse. Also, we put out a call for a new voiceover talent for CTS. We answer questions from a Painted Post, NY listener about his local radio market. Then, should religious broadcasters be exempt from having to do local programming because it interferes with their "mission"? We discuss and debate.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 06: Political Violence

On this rant, The Radio Kid talks about the recent uptick in political violence.


Clearing the Static 1612

On today's program, a wide variety of topics. First, is CBS really selling off its entire group of radio stations? It sure looks that way. Who will the buyer(s) be? Also, has the visual element of a radio station's stream hurt the "theater of the mind" concept? Later, a new ratings measurement to be implemented for the online streams of terrestrial radio stations. A good or bad thing? Should the FCC go back to regulating programming and formats on radio stations to eliminate overkill such as five country stations in a market? Some listener feedback leads to that discussion. Also, we know what is now on the 98.9 frequency in Seattle. A male oriented rock station. What does this mean for female leaning rock formats and their success? Finally, we talk about the two CHR stations in Elmira, New York, and how they seem to have flip flopped when it comes to a straight CHR versus a CHR/AC presentation. It's all here on this edition of CTS!


Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 05: Shampoo - Trump Supporters

Two disparate topics this time. The Radio Kid first rants about shampoo. Yes, you read right, shampoo. Then, on a more serious note, are Trump supporters becoming more and more violent? Hear what The Radio Kid has to say about this.


Clearing the Static 1611

On this edition, we talk once again with Bob Cavanaugh from Seattle. A lot of interesting developments happening in his market. Plus, some encouraging developments at Cumulus Media. What could it all mean? It's all on this edition of CTS.


Monday, March 7, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 04 - David Duke and Donald Trump - Transgender Bathrooms

This time, The Radio Kid rants about two different issues. First, is there any significance in David Duke's endorsement of Donald Trump? Then, thoughts on the recent South Dakota legislation concerning public restrooms and the transgender community.


Clearing the Static 1610

A lot to talk about this time! Including, a new AC station for the Twin Tiers of NY and PA. Also, could we be seeing the beginning of the end for Classic Hip Hop stations? We have an update on the situation around 93.5 in Toronto. We rant about the tactics used at the Republican presidential debates, and why they are the way they are. A new Classic Hits station in Central PA to tell you about. And, two major Christian broadcasters swap signals in several states. It's all here on this edition of Clearing the Static!


Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant! 03: Guantanamo - Republican Debates - Apple

In this rant, The Radio Kid asks the questions: Should we close Guantanamo? Are the Republican candidates acting like children in their debates? And... Should Apple comply with orders to unlock iPhones? Hear what the Kid has to say about all of this!


Clearing the Static 1609

A lot to talk about this week! More developments on the impending changes in Syracuse. Also, could changes be coming to 93.5 in Toronto? It sure looks that way. Plus, Alpha closes on its purchase of Digity. Could Alpha spin off smaller markets to another company? An upstate New York company makes purchases in the Carolinas. A new AC comes to Washington state. And, a short primmer on some of the "radio language" we use frequently on the program. It's all here, so click the link below to tune in!


Monday, February 22, 2016

The Radio Kid's Rant 02: The Supreme Court - Obamacare

This time, The Radio Kid rants on the bickering going on among politicians about the nomination of a new judge to the Supreme Court. Then, a rant on the advantages and disadvantages of Obamacare.


The Radio Kid's Rant! 01: The New Hampshire Primaries

Welcome to the first in a new series called The Radio Kid's Rant! This series airs Sunday evenings at around 11:45 PM Eastern on Global Community Radio Channel One. This is a series of short rants by the Radio Kid on a variety of non-radio topics. This time, he gives his opinions on two of the US presidential candidates, and what they are offering the American people.


Clearing the Static 1608

This week, we welcome our newest affiliate, the UK based internet radio service In Radio. Also, we have Radio News Now for your listening pleasure. Plus, some very passionate feedback about the loss of LGBT programming on Sirius/XM, and a challenge to the Radio Kid to take action to replace that programming in some way. Then, further developments in the acquisition of two Syracuse area radio stations by Family Life Ministries, and, finally, some thoughts on the newest radio station in the Bakersfield market. It's all here on CTS program number 1608. Enjoy!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Clearing the Static 1607

This time, we officially welcome our latest affiliate, WRAQ, to the growing list of stations carrying the program. We then read and respond to some listener feedback about recent syhows. Later, it's all about format flips in California and Michigan. We discuss the closure of the LGBT channel on Sirius XM, and, some not so positive news for the PPM, perhaps? It's all here on this edition of CTS!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Clearing the Static 1606

This time, we bring to our microphones yet another special guest. We talk with Lady Rachel from our affiliate in Springfield, Illinois, WQNA. We discuss her love of radio, some of the challenges whe has faced as a blind broadcaster, and her radio show Soft Sounds. It's another fun and informative interview on this edition of Clearing the Static.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Clearing the Static 1605

We open with breaking news from Springfield, Illinois. The market now has four, count 'em, FOUR country stations! We discuss. Also, the Am translator window is now open! We'll keep you updated as translators move about the country. And, your hosts reminisce about radio and TV station tours they enjoyed during their youth. It's all here on CTS!


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Clearing the Static 1604

We open with discussion about the latest format shakeups in Seattle. We then share observations on the new WAYO-LP in Rochester, New York, and some of its rather interesting programming. Also, the impending closure of Al-Jazeera America. Why did the cable channel fail? We discuss. Finally, we have a surprise chat with Bob in Seattle about the changes in his hometown of Seattle. It's all here on this edition of CTS.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Clearing the Static 1603

We open with addressing some feedback from our longtime listener Paul in Baltimore. Then, a lengthy discussion and debate about community radio in the Rochester, NY market. Are three community stations too many for the market? And, what about mic breaks, or lack thereof, on many community stations? Also, could there be some shake ups in syndicated Urban radio? Finally, what about Emmis? Things don't appear to be looking well for the company, especially in Los Angeles. We'll talk about it all on this edition of CTS!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Clearing the Static 1602

This week, we welcome Channel One Radio to the roster of CTS affiliates. Then, we discuss some feedback that came in regarding several of last week's topics. Also, some TV talk, as we learn more about the inevitable shutdown of many more over-the-air TV stations in the US. Will these stations survive as cable only outlets? How will internet viewing factor into the demise of over-the-air TV? We discuss. It's all here on this edition of Clearing the Static.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Clearing the Static 1601

It's the first show for 2016. We open with breaking news, and a major development in Syracuse radio. Then, we reveal the specifics for the upcoming translator windows for AM stations. Then, we talk about some format flips, which leads to a debate about soft AC radio. It's all here on this edition of Clearing the Static.


Clearing the Static 12-27-15

It's our year in review for 2015.