on 14 December 2010
A comprehensive account of the emergence of commercial radio in the UK, focusing in particular on the development of the ILR stations. No doubt if you are an industry insider, then the minutae of the endless haggling over PRS/PPL royalties would be engrossing; to the the interested outsider, it's a bit tough going.
Overall an engaging read - and let's face it - if you've even considered purchasing it, then you will have an interest in The Industry. I'd have preferred more anecdotal stories about the actual stations; the presenters, personalities, foibles and failings, rather than the rather ponderous details of every jot and tittle of IBA regulation and the eventual shaking free of those shackles.
I share Stoller's basic view that the move to narrowly focused Commercial Radio free of all public service commitments to be a retrograde step. The story of how the handful of local stations, immersed as they were in their communities, evloved into the bland, corporate, audio effluent that now passes as commercial radio in the UK could have been told with more colour and humour.
Stricly for radio anoraks only!