A radio event you can attend that promotes mental health – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Audacy – owner of numerous local stations including KRTH (101.1 FM) and The Wave (KTWV, 94.7 FM) recently announced their ninth annual “We Can Survive” concert at the iconic Hollywood Bowl on October 22.
This year’s event, part of Audacy’s year-round “I’m Listening” mental health initiative, will feature performances by Alanis Morrisette, Halsey, Weezer, OneRepublic, Garbage and more. Again. The event celebrates the power of music to bring people together, strengthening mental health in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
The initiative is part of Audacy’s support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which includes this concert as well as a national live broadcast held on September 21 called “I Am Special” which brought together athletes, artists , medical experts and others who have spoken openly. on major mental health issues. You can hear the special on the Audacity app.
Tickets went on sale Friday, September 16 via Ticketmaster.com; listeners can help decide who will be the next big music star during the concert’s opening act. The contest, which is currently running, will help determine who will open for We Can Survive. Voting is taking place as you read this on OpeningActRadio.com and the winner will take home $10,000.
Stick a fork in it
As if radio hadn’t suffered enough from previous deregulation rules, Senator Rand Paul introduced legislation to further deregulate broadcasting. Ironically called the Local News and Broadcast Media Preservation Act of 2022, the idea is to prevent the FCC from limiting in any way the number of radio stations, television stations and newspapers that a person or business could own in any market.
Senator Paul says this will help local broadcast companies merge without government interference and allow them to better compete with tech giants.
With all due respect, Senator Paul is totally, absolutely, 100% wrong. Radio doesn’t compete with tech giants because it doesn’t try. Specifically, the big companies formed by previous deregulation are not trying. And it’s these big companies that are dragging down the whole industry. Independents do their best to compete, but the big boys cut creativity, driving listeners away at the same time as they add to the commercial load, driving down advertising rates. Deregulation completely destroyed radio.
If Senator Paul really wanted to save broadcasting, he would push to restore station boundaries. Allowing time for divestiture, ownership should be limited to no more than two stations in any one market and perhaps 50 nationwide. It is only through the destruction of big business that radio will recover, and television is not that far off.
I came across a special recording on the MixCloud.Com stream of Retro Radio Joe – Bill Moffett on KCBQ (1170 AM) in San Diego. This is the resort I grew up with, even though I grew up in San Pedro, for reasons I don’t quite understand. I loved KCBQ. I loved.
Anyway, I had totally forgotten about Moffett until I heard the recording. Then it all came back to me, and why I loved the station. He – and almost everyone there during their popular late ’60s to mid-’70s days – was quick-witted. Almost every set was entertaining and fun, even if it was just a few sentences.
And that made me think…it would be so easy to do again. But it would take training and commitment from programmers and owners to actually support and pay…one of the reasons why stations like KCBQ (and KHJ, and KEZY, and 10-Q, and KFI when they were top 40) were quick-witted…not long sketches like we’re usually used to with morning shows. Every show was entertaining, mostly because you wanted to hang onto every word just to make sure you didn’t miss a thing.
Coming back to the subject in question, Moffett was a master. Check it out on the MixCloud stream or search Bill Moffett KCBQ on YouTube for samples.