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#1 Posted on 2.7.02 0205.33
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so I've been listening on-line the last few days, just because I have the bandwidth and might as well completely waste it.

Is it just me, or are the empty spaces where ads should be really disturbing? Maybe I'm too used to commericals, but it freaks me a little bit - I don't know when the show's coming back, and I have nothing to listen to till it does.
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#2 Posted on 2.7.02 0228.17
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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    so I've been listening on-line the last few days, just because I have the bandwidth and might as well completely waste it.

    Is it just me, or are the empty spaces where ads should be really disturbing? Maybe I'm too used to commericals, but it freaks me a little bit - I don't know when the show's coming back, and I have nothing to listen to till it does.

Years back, I used to listen to Sunday night "PrimeTime" reruns at work - John Clayton and the NATIONAL...Football League (play sound cart for a minute straight) was the highlight of my night - and they always used to fill the blank space with generic music. I wonder why they don't still do that? I agree that the silence would be disconcerting.
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#3 Posted on 2.7.02 0342.02
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I'm wondering if maybe it's pre-empetive worrying about that streaming music bill? Still, you think they could use some public domain junk.
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#4 Posted on 2.7.02 0630.36
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Well, on the Kornheiser show and the Patrick show now, they actually "do an internet show" in between breaks. This used to be great on Tony's show, as there was dirt and cursing (usually by Wilbon). Now, they've sanitized it, due to a few bad incidents and probably also Tony's producer getting fired (not apparently related to this).

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#5 Posted on 2.7.02 0719.48
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I gave up on ESPN Radio because of the blank spots - I listen to a station out of Maui that plays Island Jams and Hawaiian Reggae - I just have to put up with a lot of ads for the Denny's on South Kihei Road.
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#6 Posted on 2.7.02 0753.15
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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    so I've been listening on-line the last few days, just because I have the bandwidth and might as well completely waste it.

    Is it just me, or are the empty spaces where ads should be really disturbing? Maybe I'm too used to commericals, but it freaks me a little bit - I don't know when the show's coming back, and I have nothing to listen to till it does.



It isn't just you, cubs. It is freaky. It's dead silent for a few minutes and you wonder if your connection kicked off. So you turn up the volume and it comes screaming back on! Yow.
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#7 Posted on 2.7.02 0822.53
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I have the MLB Gameday Audio package dealy so I can listen to the Yankee games that aren't on TV and they too block out the ads.

What is really funny is that sometimes it is just dead air, sometimes it is generic music and sometimes they just leave the mics on so you can hear what is going on in the stadium. Many a times, I have been able to play along with the Subway races during home games.

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#8 Posted on 2.7.02 0931.34
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Sometimes, on the shows with dead air, they play like 45 seconds on music and then cut it off and then just silence for the last 5 minutes or so. The cool thing is that one of the songs they play (only the instrumental parts too) is Matthew Sweet's 'Girlfriend.'
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#9 Posted on 2.7.02 2033.34
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As a former Radio Announcer...Dead Air is evil.


The first thing they taught us in "School" was to always make sure something was going over the air. Anything, as long as it wasn't "silence"

Wonder if the web guys at ESPN took the same course?
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#10 Posted on 2.7.02 2138.50
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You can thank recent court actions for the dead space.

Many commercials and most songs can no longer be played over the internet without severe fees being charged. Many stations have ended internet casts entirely because of this stupid ruling.

For my station, a NEWSTALK station mind you, it would cost upwards of 10 grand to put our signal on the net. That ain't happening. Music stations pay much much more.....

This is why YAHOO is stopping their internet broadcast service...

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