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Editorial: Reason Urban Radio Announcers Becoming “Extinct” Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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This is an email that we received in response to the post about Urban Radio Announcer’s becoming extinct.

Kevin,

It is ironic that in this story pictured is the “Record Rocker” the Legendary as one who epitomized creativity . Frankie was and one of the GREATEST radio announcers to have ever lived. Frankie could make you feel like he was on the turntables right in your home. And it was his ambition that led to his “greatest mistake” of creating the “Urban” Jock title. In creating the title which was only to make “SOUL” radio/SOUL DJ’s acceptable to the advertisers (money) Frankie in essence SOLD OUT the BLACK/SOUL . An Urban Jock has NEVER been defined so how can the Urban jock become extinct? What is the Urban jock? Anyway.

The Black Radio Disc Jockey was once a powerful entity and it was that power that “broadcast ownership” wanted to quell because eventually, it meant that LOCAL personalities would demand to be paid “more money” and have greater influences.
 
DJ’s/Personalities have been POWERLESS for quite some time. How can one be effective when EVERY year they(broadcast companies) are asking you(DJ’s/Personalities) to TALK less? — Less is more Right — Twitter time…
 
The influx of comedians, artists, and others in radio is a business decision of CORPORATE/PRIVATE EQUITY OWNERSHIP (consolidation and downsizing). Comedians already have a brand. And since owners want to “SYNDICATE” as much as possible the choice of an already branded person/personality is a safe decision. Ownership cares less about a personality’s talent or training. It is the brand.
 
Every year local jocks are blamed for their lack of preparation and action when action is needed but yet they are limited as to what they can say – “MORE MUSIC LESS TALK” Blaming the local jock is just a “smokescreen”!! And most of the time jocks are asked to be “FUNNY’ not thought provoking.
 
So LOCAL jocks are caught between a rock and a hard place.

 

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.