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Hanging up the mic: John C. Scott Show leaving airwaves after 24 years

Legendary radio man John C. Scott will soon no longer be the senior statesman of local broadcasters. Radio station KVOI is pulling the plug on his news program after Friday's show, and Scott said he won't seek to move to another call sign after a run of 24 years on a number of Tucson stations. "I've been doing the broadcast thing for more than 50 years," he said. "I started when I was 16 and now I'm 71."
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Dec 20, 2013, 7:24 am
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JCS chose to make his show more infomercial and less news to appease the advertisers paying for his show to air. This is unfortunate because it lost the focus of his ability to interview the newsmakers of the day in Southern Arizona. I would listen daily to the interview and tune out when it went back to the infomercial sections. This dilution of the talk programming format is at epidemic proportions with all the pay to play programs out there.

The other talk stations will probably not ramp up their local coverage either. That is something that should be submitted when it is time to have the FCC license renewal comment periods to document in the process the lack of locality these licensees are choosing to do.

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Dec 20, 2013, 8:58 am
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@dondtus

No, no, no…you got it all wrong. Whenever listeners bring up concerns such as yours, those in the radio business condescendingly dismiss them as rantings of someone who “doesn’t understand the radio business.”

And then they whine and moan and bitch about how their medium is dying…

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Dec 20, 2013, 9:40 pm
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The problem with the local radio business is that they cannot create enough compelling programming to keep an audience long enough to monetize them enough to make a profit. That is why national programs are so popular.

KVOI is so hypocritical because they are continuing a left leaning show on the weekends - Inside Track. I cannot imagine that show being any more compatible with their niche audience than JCS’ show was 5 days a week. It sounds to me that JCS did not deliver what the board wanted during this past year. So what is Emil Franzi delivering that JCS was not?

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Dec 20, 2013, 10:56 pm
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@dondtus,

Emil will be highly amused to learn somebody thinks he’s a lefty ; )

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