I don’t have time to watch much television, but radio is different. It doesn’t need a special time.
Those who notice such things have told me that the local radio market marked a milestone earlier this month when a prominent national ratings group reported that KMOX, St. Louis’s top-ranked radio station for 40 years, was now sharing its crown with KEZK, a local soft-rock station.
Without the prompt, I would probably not have noticed.
I know that I listen to lots of different local radio stations - and it seems as if I spend plenty of time talking to many of them. Over the last several months, I’ve been on both KMOX and KEZK - as well as on KTRS, KDHX (with Amanda Doyle and Thomas Crone), Majic, 97.1 FM, KWMU, KLOU, WGNU, and WIL.
Albert Einstein once described the telegraph as a very long cat whose tail is pulled in New York and his head meows in LA. Radio, he said, is just like the telegraph: you send the signals here, they receive them there. The only difference, according to Einstein, is that there is no cat in radio. That’s a good story to remember when Charlie Brennan or McGraw Milhaven has a tough question.