Friday, November 17, 2006

The Friday File

Engulf and Devour Announces Downsizing
On the same day they revealed an $18.7 merger deal, Clear Channel announced that they're dumping Fox 23 and 41 other TV stations around America. Nobody knows what the sale will mean for WXXA , except that certain general manager types might be looking for a new gig. Regarding their radio operations, the company also said it's unloading properties outside the top 100 markets; this should put to bed persistent rumors that WGY and other local CC stations were on the block. Thank goodness we will still enjoy Clear Channel radio in the foreseeable future.

Reference Department
Everybody loves the turducken. The Business Review did something on Hannaford's turducken launch yesterday, describing the fowl dish like this:
According to Wikipedia, a turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken.
Wikipedia? Wikipedia!??!!So now we know where the Business Review researches its stories. It's one thing to use Wikipedia, but citing it as a source is pretty shaky.


Apologia
Yesterday we jokingly called FLY 92 "promotions staffer" Mark Patterson a loser ---actually, I believe we referred to him as, "loser cubed ---or loser to the tenth power". Well now I feel really bad, especially after getting this email from one of his co-workers:
I don’t mean to sound pompous, but obviously you didn’t make it in radio probably because you weren’t willing to sit outside a mall to help out a station promotion. We’ve all been in Mark’s shoes because all of us know we aren’t too good for that.
Yes, that's why I didn't make it in radio. That and my desire to move out of my mother's basement.