A hearty congratulations go out to Allan Sniffen, who has been running the indispensible New York Radio Message Board for 10 years now! It all started when Allan, a Westchester-based obsessive radio fan (and dentist; Opie and Anthony dubbed him "The Radio Dentist", a name I'm not sure he likes) started a message board as an add-on to his phenomenal WABC Musicradio 77 site. The board, originally an innocent place for ruminations on playlists and other 77-nostalgia-stuff, became the essential hang-out and discussion place for the New York radio "scene". Read the board religiously, like I do - it's addictive! - and you'll gain a pretty good sense of the state of radio now, in all it's goodness, badness and ugliness.
I think Allan can go overboard in his defenses of the status quo of the radio industry; his regular cry of "follow the money!", explaining away the constant, crappy brain-dead/bottom-line business decisions that insure crappy commercial radio, is certainly realistic - but it's also depressing as hell and further-discussion-squelching. And his disdain for satellite radio seems like it will never go away. But the guy works tirelessly at providing a steady and safe place for the intelligent discussion of radio, and his opinions are often spot-on, like his current critiques of the Imus show. (He posted today that there was nothing he disagreed with with this John Mainelli column, and I'd have to say I agree with the both of them.)
Allan also has a regular podcast with groovy top-40 jingles, an insistent delivery and a pithy summation of his take on the radio scene. (Wish I could still get it via the iTunes store.) He's a good guy - pun semi-intended - and has been encouraging to me about this very blog, which I'd like to start posting in again. Allan, rock on!