Re: Ode to WMAL

Clint Estes

One of the things that WMAL pushed was it's personalities in their community and the WJMA staff did that on a smaller but effective scale.

Yes we are fragmented, but I believe the pendulum may be swinging back with people looking for a more personal connection. I say this because I watch parents (age 30 to 40) in my school trying to simplify there lives. The idea of a "friend" or someone you can trust has come up more in the last year when I have parent meetings. I believe that technology that allows you to "friend" hundreds is starting to fade in search for something more meaningful. Parents are now requesting teachers that can build a relationship with their kid. That used to be the norm, but over the last 15 years it was not discussed. I do not know how much of a swing there will be, but it is interesting.


PS Folks are traveling further to work in their cars these days. Maybe they could use an "informative trustworthy friend".

-----Original Message-----
From: Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
To: WJMA <WJMA@...>
Sent: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 8:44 am
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Ode to WMAL


I've wondered the same thing many times. Toward the end of the
documentary Chris Core says he often gets the question and his answer
is "no" and he gives his reasons. I think he's right if you are
talking about reviving WMAL as it existed in, say, 1979. Times have
changed. The old audience has gone elsewhere. There are many, many
more choices for information and entertainment today. The market is
far more fragmented.

But, having said that, what if you built a contemporary version of
WMAL? WTOP does just fine in the market. They don't have the music
programs, but they sure do cover news, weather and sports. It's one
of the highest billing stations in the country because it offers
programming the people want to hear.


What a wonderful documentary! I know things change, but at it's core
people are still the same. I wonder if it could succeed?????


-----Original Message-----
From: Dominion Market Research <<>;ross@...>
To: WJMA <<>;WJMA@...>
Sent: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 4:09 pm
Subject: [WJMA] Ode to WMAL

I happened across a documentary on the glory days of WMAL.
<<>> There are
some great memories there.

I wonder if such a station could succeed today. It's interesting that
Andy Ockershausen says there are three things you need for a
successful station: number 1 and most important: programming, then
promotion and finally sales. "Sales did not drive our station,
programming did...if you did all three properly, you made a lot of

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