For 26 years KZLA has been the Country Music station of Los Angeles. It has the largest audience of any country station in America. So you would think it was a success.
Yesterday, Emmis Broadcasting (who owns KZLA) changed formats to “Movin’ 93.9” playing something called rhythmic Hot AC (Gwen Stefani, Prince, all your rhythmic favorites, whatever they are.). And as an added bonus, they’ve hired Rick Dees to do mornings.
So why the change? Val Maki, the GM and Emmis executive said their research indicated there was a need for this made-up format.
And then gave the following quote, which in one sentence nails the reason why radio and television broadcasting is in such deplorable shape these days –
“We work for our advertisers. Through our research and other research we know there was a large phantom cume that never got measured in Arbitron, as good as Arbitron is.”
“WE WORK FOR OUR ADVERTISERS”.
Oh really? No, you don’t.
YOU WORK FOR THE PUBLIC!!!!!!
You have a license to broadcast in the PUBLIC’S interest, not the advertisers. That is a completely unconscionable and revealing statement.
I never listened to KZLA. I don’t have any friends who work there. Country music is not my thing. But for the loyal fans who were totally abandoned after a quarter of a century of support (shades of what CBS did to CBS-FM last year) I say don’t just write angry letters that won’t be read.
CHALLENGE THE LICENSE.
Use Ms. Maki’s quote. A broadcast license is a privilege. If the mandate of Emmis Broadcasting is to serve the advertisers and not you, they do not deserve to broadcast on the public airwaves.
And excuse me, you can hear Gwen Stefani on fifteen other LA radio stations.