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100 WATTS GOES A LONG WAY

Posted by Tim Bryce on October 24, 2014

BRYCE ON RADIO

– How tiny WZIG-FM in Palm Harbor is conquering the airwaves, and presenting our area to the world.

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Tiny WZIG-FM (104.1) is a new commercial-free radio station in northern Pinellas County, Florida. How tiny is it? It operates at a meager 100 watts. To appreciate its size consider this, the legendary WLW radio tower from my old hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio was created by the inventor and entrepreneur Powell Crosley, Jr. who didn’t just want to build just another radio station, but a big one, a VERY big station. In 1934 the WLW tower began broadcasting with 500,000 watts of power, an incredible number. It was so powerful, you could easily hear the AM station in Los Angeles. Midwest farmers could hear the programming on their barbed wire. Lights would turn on and flicker. You could hear it in the springs of your mattress or from the fillings in your teeth. It was extremely powerful.

In 1939, just prior to World War II, the FCC thought this was too much and put a maximum limit of 50,000 watts on commercial radio transmissions. Today, 50,000 watt stations are referred to as “Clear Channel,” and there are a limited number of them in the United States. Even at 50,000 watts, such stations command a substantial geographical presence. As an aside, the mammoth WLW tower is located north of town in Mason, Ohio and, I believe, is still open for tours (click for a video TOUR).

Enter Paul Kempter of Palm Harbor, Florida (yes, my neck of the woods) with his station, WZIG-FM (104.1). Started in July of this year, it is a nonprofit radio station with some interesting programming. Even though it is miniscule in size compared to giant WLW, WZIG-FM has found a way to get around. For starters, the station ably serves the towns of Palm Harbor, Dunedin, East Lake, Tarpon Springs, Oldsmar, and quite a bit of Clearwater. However, because it is also streamed over the Internet, listeners from around the world can tune into it. For example, I often listen to the station in the background of my computer. (Click to TUNE IN).

As a nonprofit organization, WZIG-FM is commercial free which is particularly welcomed in this day and age. They do accept sponsorships, but they are simple acknowledgements of supporters of the station. Such support would be gratefully appreciated if you are so inclined. See their web page at WZIG.org to sponsor or make a donation.

In addition to being commercial free, I particularly like the eclectic mix of music they offer. You might hear something modern one moment, then perhaps some classic Rock, the 50’s, Blues, Pop, country, the Beatles or Stones, or even Big Band. I was very much impressed by the station’s “music shuffle.” What really sold me was when I heard Sam and Dave singing, “Hold on, I’m coming,” something you rarely hear anymore. Again, this is all commercial free.

In addition to this, the station features a jazz show on Mondays (from 8:00-9:00pm) and on Thursdays at noon. It is hosted by “Raindawg,” a local teacher who really knows his stuff.

Ray Kramer is the Sports Director who airs on Saturdays at 10:00am, and covers the main Tampa Bay teams plus North Pinellas High School Football and more.

More programming is in the offing to support the local area. For example, they are looking for North Pinellas churches who wish to broadcast their services.

Local musicians are also welcome to submit quality, upbeat material for consideration (a release is needed).

The Snappers restaurant in Palm Harbor has been kind enough to afford space for WZIG-FM. As a small operation though, they do not require much.

Even though WZIG-FM transmits at only 100 watts, they are getting the message out. I admire them for their support for the community, along with assembling some professional programming. Even better, Kempter’s group is having fun putting this all together.

Whether you live in my neck of the woods or not, I encourage you to tune into WZIG-FM (104.1) and listen to the shuffle. I do not believe you will be disappointed, even at just 100 watts.

By the way, the station’s call letters, WZIG, is named after Kempter’s dog, Ziggy. Yes, there really is a Ziggy, I’ve met him. He is also known as “Woofmaster Z.”

You can also find WZIG-FM on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/wzigradio

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Copyright © 2014 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

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WHERE DO WE GET OUR NEWS FROM?

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 11, 2014

BRYCE ON NEWS

– Is it about accessibility or reliability? Or does anyone care anymore?

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I recently asked my readers where they got their news from. It wasn’t exactly a scientific poll and I received a modest number of people participating, just enough to reveal some interesting facts which I believe to be true.

In the old days, the main source of my news came from the daily newspaper, network television, and weekly magazines, such as “Newsweek,” “Time,” “Life” and “Look.” This, of course, all changed as many more news outlets have been introduced. Because of this, I no longer read the newspaper as voraciously as I did, primarily because I no longer trust the writers. It has been my experience they are more interested in selling newspapers than writing unbiased truth. The same is true in television, and the magazines are now extinct for the same reason. Regardless of what the press says, it is not about venue or packaging, it’s about content. This has caused people to look for new sources to replace their predecessors who are rapidly fading from view.

In my survey, I asked people to list all of their sources of news, not just one. According to my survey, the Number One source is now the Internet, which should not be a surprise. Instead of trusting a single news source, such as a specific newspaper or television network, people have discovered they have to dig for their news, and what better vehicle than your web browser? Today, web sites such as Google News, Yahoo! News, The Drudge Report, and Brietbart have replaced newspapers, which was listed way down on the list, tied for seventh place. These Internet services monitor several news sources, and display them on a single page. This approach prohibits a single news source from spinning the news one way exclusively.

The number two source for news was the Cable News Television Networks (e.g., CNN, Fox, MSNBC). Interestingly, they easily trounced their prime time network predecessors (ABC, CBS, NBC). The fact people turn to cable news is indicative of their need for accessing news immediately, as opposed to waiting for sporadic reporting from the networks.

At Number Three was AM Radio, which was way ahead of XM Radio (tied for #7), FM Radio (#12), and even Network Television (tied for #4). This tells me people are still listening to AM for news as opposed to music on FM or XM.

The top three news sources in the survey (Internet, Cable News, and AM Radio) suggests people want quick access to the news, and they want more factual information as opposed to “spin” as touted by a single news vendor.

Here are the most popular sources of news according to my survey:

1. Internet (e.g., Google News, Yahoo! News, News Networks)
2. Cable News Television (e.g., CNN, Fox, MSNBC)
3. AM Radio
4+5. Network Television (e.g., ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS), Daily Newspaper; (tied)
6. E-Mail blasts
7+8. XM Radio, Newspaper (read Now and Then); (tied)
9+10. Weekly News Magazine, Social Circles (School, Office); (tied)
11. Other (e.g., Comedy Central)
12. FM Radio

I also had one person admit he/she does not regularly follow the news. Whereas my survey was answered by adults, a couple of years ago I tried a similar survey among 100 high school Juniors (I was making a presentation as part of the “Great American Teach-In”). As these young people would be voting in the next election, I was curious how they accessed their news. Of the 100 Juniors present that day: two boys claimed to read the newspaper (even if it was only the sports section), one watched network television, and one watched Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart on his smart phone. The rest of the Juniors did not follow the news which seemed rather strange to me, nor did it seem to surprise anyone. They were simply not interested in current events.

Even though there are more venues today, I suspect most people are clueless as to what is going on in the world. Maybe they’re simply apathetic, or maybe they no longer trust the news. Actually, I suspect it is a little of both. The results from my survey leads me to believe it is less about news venue, and more about content. True, we want immediate access to the news, but more importantly, we want it to be reliable and trustworthy, and this is something we are having trouble finding in the 21st century.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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NOISE, NOISE, NOISE

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 19, 2013

BRYCE ON RADIO ADS

– How the Bzzz-bzzz-bzzz of radio annoys me.

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I noticed something recently when driving around town with the radio on. Whenever a commercial comes on, I automatically do one of three things: search for another station, “tune out” completely, or turn the radio off. I believe it’s a Pavlovian response. Most of the time, I just tune it out. Do not ask me what the commercial was about as I haven’t got a clue. No wonder advertisers tend to increase the volume, people simply find them annoying and drift off to Neverland.

I don’t know which is worse, ads for attorneys or automobiles. Attorney ads seem particularly pompous. We have one law firm here in Florida, headquartered in Orlando, who we cannot escape from on the airwaves. The firm’s founder seems to pop-up everywhere and his self-righteous monotone monologue drives me crazy. The moment I hear him, I have to change stations as I feel my esophagus start to backup with bile. Automobile ads are notoriously obnoxious as well, particularly the last five seconds where the announcer reads 1,000 words of fine print at warp speed. I wonder if radio stations understand how annoying these ads are and how listeners bailout the moment they hear them.

The pollution on the airwaves tends to give me a headache, particularly when I’m driving. It’s like having a gnat or mosquito constantly buzzing around you. Since you cannot swat it, like you can an insect, you become easily frustrated. No wonder people are abandoning AM/FM for XM with far fewer commercial interruptions, or turn to their CD player.

I wish there was a single channel for commercials, thereby alleviating the headaches from the other stations. I wouldn’t even mind a separate channel for attorney ads and information, and one for automobiles. If I needed the information, I know where to tune into, but alas we all know this will never happen.

Bzzz-bzzz-bzzz. Ugh! There is goes again. Hand me another Advil.

Keep the Faith!

Note: All trademarks both marked and unmarked belong to their respective companies.

Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

For Tim’s columns, see:
timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2013 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

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