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Spanish takes over the radioPosted Saturday, March 15, 2008, at 9:34 AM
Here's a link -- www.radio-info.com/smf/index.php/topic,9... -- to a quite interesting discussion about how some smaller northern Middle Tennessee towns are losing their English-speaking local radio stations to Hispanic groups.
Within the radio-related comments are some views in general about the Hispanic influx into Middle Tennessee.
I can see where serving Spanish speakers could be profitable and necessary. I hope we never have a situation, for example, where Hispanics die in severe weather because they couldn't understand English-language warnings.
But no town should lose its English-language radio service, either. Imagine the outcry if a town's newspaper suddenly switched to Spanish. It's the same with radio.
I'm surprised we don't have a Spanish-language station in Shelbyville, or at least some Spanish on one of the existing stations. I'd think the owners of WZNG-1400 could fit some local Spanish programming among the non-local satellite talk shows and make quite a bit of money
As a side note, if someone put a full-time rock oldies format on one of the Shelbyville AM stations I suspect it would do quite well.
Our city's also becoming large enough that I'd think someone could also do well with a commercial FM station programming a new-music based rock or country format which could attract a mass, relatively young audience. A frequency is available at 93.9, according to the FCC.
Remember when Shelbyville, Tullahoma and Murfreesboro had local FM stations not so many years ago, before 102.9 and 96.3 were moved to Nashville and 93.3 to Huntsville?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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