I think we all would love to take radio back to the days before syndication and have locally controlled shows around the clock. The cost of doing business seems to make that impossible these days, but there are markets that still have plenty of live local bodies. Not long ago, I spent a long weekend in the N.Y. market checking out NY radio. I was really interested in checking out the morning shows. Both Urban AC’s utilize syndication….what a shame.
I can’t imagine waking up in New York and not getting a feel of what’s up in the largest city in America. New York has such a great energy and in all honesty, Tom’s show on Kiss just doesn’t seem to fit. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re an adult, the TJMS show will give you something you can start your day with but there is just no connection to the city itself. If I were involved in Tom’s show, I would find an upcoming New York comedian to join the show. JB Smoove while not an up and coming guy, still always comes to mind.
Steve Harvey’s show debuted on WBLS, but has since moved its base to Atlanta. He has the advantage of being on television and ratings wise, seems to do well. Let’s give these two shows a few months of head to head competition in N.Y. to see how long two syndicated UAC shows in the number one market perform. I will say that both these shows leave me longing for the days of Ken Webb and Jeff Fox waking up New Yorkers.
I listened to both Hot 97 and Power 105. Both stations give me that energy and N.Y. sound that I expected to hear. Hot 97 is straight up New York, from the combination of talent to the content. Power has the same type vibe, but after spending time listening to a bit called “The Decision”, I have one bit of advice. Get better actors. Here’s the scenario I heard. Two women are welcomed to the show, one with the intention of confronting her best friend about sleeping with her man. You’ve seen Jerry Springer and Maury Povich, so where was the passion? Still, I did hang on through about 30 minutes of commercials and music to get the payoff, the guy involved, a third woman, and some eventual name calling and what I imagine was some curse words in Spanish.