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Fred Jacobs is President of Jacobs Media, a media research and consulting firm. Jacobs Media clients have included CBS Radio, Premiere Radio Networks, Citadel, Greater Media, MTV Networks, Playboy, Amazon, Electronic Arts, NPR, Sylvan Learning Centers, and Taubman Malls. Learn more about the company here.


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Joel Raab

Good points as always, but at what point will talent become so afraid to say anything that they run the risk of becoming completely milktoast? If we're too afraid to take any chances then radio becomes boring and we lose to IPods and other emerging technology. I guarantee you that right now very few are taking creative risks for fear of losing their jobs. The public is more tolerant than I think we're giving them credit for these days.

Jon McGann

Hi Fred -
You are completely accurate with the "shock jock" mentality and future direction thereof. However, the suspension of O & A had NOTHING to do with content, (or in this case lack of), and EVERYTHING to do with Government approval of the XM merger with Sirius. It proves that Satellite radio is -
A) in desperation mode
B) doesn't need O & A
C) has eliminated on it's promise of no censorship
D) all of the above


Of course it's about the merger..... Anything that could impede it must be purged. Of course it could also be that the O&A wasn't funny and caused XM more hassles than it was worth. I think there will be looser reins on satrad, but NOT free reign.

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