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  • When personality becomes the brand

    During rock radio’s golden age, there were a few personalities who transcended the format to become a brand in their own right. Such was the case with Philly legend Hy Lit who passed away recently at age 73. He exuded charisma but couldn’t follow formats, stepped all over the vocals and just plain did things […]

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    Nov 19th, 2007 | Filed under Keener
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  • Where the Oldies Are

    For several years, we produced a podcast celebrating the music, the memories and the popular culture of Detroit. The Keener13 Podcast got hits from around the world and, depending on the topic, tens of thousands of listeners sampled our flavor of Michigan rock. Time and the complicated maze of regulations on streaming media made our […]

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    Nov 17th, 2007 | Filed under Keener
  • Tops Win Name Rights in Britain

    What’s in a name? According to the Associated press, a British judge has ordered a rival group to stop using the Four Tops name. There are tribute acts everywhere. In Las Vegas, the Elvis impersonators alone are an industry, but High Court judge Nicholas Warren says that Oliver Miller crossed the line when he used […]

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    Nov 10th, 2007 | Filed under Keener
  • Sargent Sacto is between opportunities

    Detroit radio observers are noting another historical footnote this week, Tom Ryan’s departure from WOMC. Some felt it was a decision that should have been made years ago, while others see it as another example of how big radio has lost touch with its audience. For me, Tom was most enjoyable as Dick Purtan’s sidekick, […]

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    Nov 5th, 2007 | Filed under Keener
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