Dennis Owens: He Dazzled His Radio Listeners With Tongue Twisters, Told Gently Ribald Tales, and Delighted Loyal Classical Music Listeners

From a Washington Post obit by Marc Fisher headlined “Dennis Owens, Washington’s classical wake-up man for four decades, dies at 87”:

Dennis Owens, the witty voice of classical music radio in Washington whose rumbling bass voice could throw off the atomic clock, died Sept. 26 in Naples, Fla….

For nearly four decades, until his retirement in 2005, Mr. Owens dazzled his listeners on WGMS with tongue twisters, told gently ribald tales of wayward composers, sniped at radio industry consultants eager to make every station sound the same and delighted loyal listeners with antics generally heard more on pop stations than on the august airwaves of classical outlets.

The State of the Media in 2021: Radio Remains a Colossus

From Politico Playbook:

STATS OF THE DAY — New Yorker writer Evan Osnos’ massive new profile of influential conservative talk show host/internet personality DAN BONGINO is worth reading in full, but contains two statistics that jumped out at us as saying a lot about the state of media in 2021:

— 1) “In recent months, according to Facebook data, [Bongino’s] page has attracted more engagement than those of the Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal combined.”

Local Radio Helped Make Me at Home in Texas

From a Wall Street Journal commentary by Mark Naida headlined “Local Radio Helped Make Me at Home in Texas”:

Nothing makes me feel more Texan than rocketing down a 75-mile-an-hour highway in a gas guzzler while blasting classic country radio. Stations that play country music are ubiquitous—it’s the most popular radio genre—but in Texas, the deep tracks are a little deeper and George Strait plays every hour. KVET Austin is my station of choice, and tuning in has helped me connect to the city since I moved here from New York over the summer.