Darryl Parks Earns the Uber Man Card: Standing up to the FCC in a big way

Here is the official explanation from 700 WLW as to why Darryl Parks is no longer employed by Clear Channel, or hosting his Saturday radio show.

Darryl Parks has stood by me in tough times, especially when saying controversial things were needed.  When 700 WLW desperate to separate themselves from the memory of Doc Thompson supported the antics of a bunch of Lakota Levy supporters to assassinate my name, Darryl was there to stop it.  Darryl Parks built the modern-day 700 WLW and he was a much respected executive at Clear Channel.  Darryl made Clear Channel a lot of money.  So it meant a lot to me that he put an end to the hit pieces against me from his employees on the radio following things I wrote which took an uber-man card to write.  Darryl is one of the few people still working in the media that appreciates, and gives out man-cards when a man stands for something he believes in.  So it’s my turn to support him for standing up for himself, and his radio industry in the face of an imperialistic FCC imposition that is being launched against AM stations in 2014.  Darryl after a series of executive meetings wrote a blog posting that took an uber-man card to write because not a single other soul working in the radio industry had the guts to call out the FCC for what they are trying to do—which is another topic that we will explore in much more detail in subsequent articles.  Not long after that blog posting, Darryl Parks was fired from not only 700 WLW, but from Clear Channel.

Below is the blog posting Darryl had written, as he wrote it.  Knowing a bit about Darryl, I have a pretty good idea what he was thinking.  The radio industry is under attack by the federal government through the FCC.  Darryl likely rationalized that he could end his career quickly like a man, or quietly like a mouse—slowly over time the way the other people in his industry have chosen.  The FCC is making dumb decisions based on the opinions of a very successful radio man—and he wanted to make sure they knew what a bunch of idiots they were.  So he told them in a way that only Darryl Parks could.  It took serious balls to do what he did—it took an uber-man card, which is very rare in this modern world of sell-outs, pussies, beta men, and back-stabbing social climbers.  Most people attending these meetings with Darryl would likely agree with him, but all of them lacked the courage to say anything about it—because it might cost them their career.  This is how evil spreads, when good men do nothing—especially when they know better.

I will miss Darryl on the radio at 700 WLW.  But he knows what Doc Thompson already is doing, and my friend Matt Clark at WAAM, that the future of radio is not in FCC controlled stations.  Popular media personalities like Parks, Thompson, and even Ben Swann from Fox 19, have all had to make personal decisions in the face of comfortable careers where good pay and security might otherwise shut their mouths.  Swann left television in Cincinnati by his own decision.   Thompson was fired from 700 WLW as one of the last hires of Darryl Parks before Darryl was promoted to an executive job that was a nationwide deal.  And Darryl probably didn’t think that Clear Channel would fire him for what he said, but he likely didn’t care either because his industry under the current FCC policies will end anyway.  He was simply meeting the tragedy head on.  So read what Darryl said and consider the implication of his termination.  The posting which appeared on his 700 WLW blog site is shown below.  It is well written and full of interesting facts.  The worst thing he said about the FCC was that they were a bunch of “circle jerks,” which they are.  Darryl made an observed fact metaphorically speaking.  Should that cost him his job?  Of course not, especially when members of The White House have openly lied, cheated, and in some cases allegedly killed others to advance their agenda.  But when the FCC controls things and don’t like the views of those who refuse to “play along nicely” terminations will occur in a New York minute because the goal is not justice, but compliance, and the best way to hurt a person like Darryl Parks is in the check book and take away his voice.  It’s not like it was a conspiracy theory against Parks where the Obama White House or anybody else declared that Darryl had to go.  Rather the infestation of the FCC by Obama type federal employees is going after certain types of characters the way the IRS went after conservative groups.  In a publicly traded company that is very concerned about perception, the safe money is to keep your mouth shut and put up with the intrusion of know-nothing FCC “circle jerks.”  Well, not Darryl, he is a man who loves his man card, and won’t give it up in trade for a corporate suit, and the security of a “circle jerk.”  That is why I will always like Darryl Parks even if I can’t hear him every Saturday morning on 700 WLW.

Last Blog Entry by Darryl Parks at 700 WLW:

If you would allow me the indulgence of being the radio suit that I am in real life for just one blog, because something has me irritated in a major way.

There is finally a call, as the Federal Communications Commission put it recently, to revitalize the AM band.  You know create and ease rules to allow station owners to be relieved of horrible burdens.  You may have read about this in the press or online.  If you’re in the broadcast industry you may have read about it in one of the industry rags.

You think just one of these industry rags would speak the truth about the FCC’s ideas, suggestions and concepts?  Nope.  As Kevin Bacon’s character in Animal House said, “Remain calm.  All is well.”  What a joke the FCC is.  And sadly, what a joke the people in the radio industry are who are nodding along without thought or the ability to intelligently reason the basic concepts of physics.

While AM radio may suffer from numerous other issues, this will focus on technical limitations of the broadcast band and the ideas the FCC has moving forward.

AM radio or “amplitude modulation” was first.  Even back in the 1920’s and 1930’s companies like RCA which sold radios, owned stations and had the NBC Radio Networks knew of limitations on the band, limitations such as “static.”  RCA was so concerned about static they, through a really smart guy they employed, invented FM or “frequency modulation” and then buried the FM technology because they had too much money invested in AM stations.  The “static” you hear on AM radio is interference.

The AM signal travels farther at night than during the day.  Most AM radio stations change their signal patterns and/or reduce power at night to keep from interfering with other stations on the same frequency or adjacent frequencies.  Stations like 700WLW are considered a “clear channel” station, meaning the station’s signal is broadcast in a non-directional pattern and is the only station on that frequency at night.  The power is a booming 50,000 watts.  Stations such as WSM-AM, WGN-AM, WLS-AM and WCBS-AM are also “clear channel” stations.

Today, besides interference from other stations, the AM band is also being interfered with by computers, cell phones, even those new energy savings light bulbs.  This is why it may be more difficult for you to receive a good signal from an AM station these days.

Just last week at the yearly “circle jerk” gathering of broadcasters called the NAB/RAB Radio Show, FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn announced a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” with 6…count ‘em…6 ideas to rid station owners of horrible burdens.  What do these 6 ideas do?  Increase interference!  And no one.  Not one freaking person in the industry press will talk about this.  Obviously, they’re too busy copying press releases for their publications and pretending to be Kevin Bacon’s ROTC character.

Here are the 6 ideas proposed by the FCC.

Opening a one-time filing window, limited to current AM licensees and permittees, which will allow each to apply for one new FM translator station to fill in its service area.

An FM translator is a very low power FM signal, normally about 99 watts.  The FCC figures there’s so much interference today on the AM band, as stations interfere with each other, why not spread the pain and cause more interference on the FM band.  BRILLIANT!

Relaxing the AM daytime community coverage rule to allow existing AM broadcasters more flexibility to propose antenna site changes.

Translation:  Stations that are non-viable can change their tower locations.  (1) Non-viable stations probably don’t have the money to move a tower site, which will cost in the millions.  (2) If a non-viable station does change its tower site, rules would be relaxed on these stations allowing for more interference with other stations.  (3) If a non-viable station simply changes its daytime pattern at its current site it will cause more interference with other stations.  BRILLIANT!

Relaxing the AM nighttime community coverage standards, which will also provide broadcasters, who may have difficulty finding suitable sites, relief for towers and directional arrays.

Remember what I said about the AM signal traveling farther at night?  More AM band interference and more difficulty for the consumer to receive and hear programming.  BRILLIANT!

Also, does the FCC really think a non-viable AM station will be moving its tower site?  700WLW’s tower site is 40 acres.  Two towers, one almost 900 feet tall.  What do you think this would cost to build?  This is a non-starter.

Eliminating the AM “ratchet rule,” which requires an AM station to “ratchet back” its nighttime signal to reduce interference to certain other AM stations.

Here’s where I worry about the FCC and attendees at the recent NAB/RAB “circle jerk.”  Really?  You applauded this idea?  They are saying they are in favor of increasing interference on the AM band and making it more difficult for listeners to listen to stations.  WOW!

Permitting wider implementation of Modulation Dependent Carrier Level or MDCL control technologies, which allow broadcasters to reduce power consumption.

I know.  What the f*** does this mean?  Basically, by controlling the algorithms of modulation with the main carrier and the side-bands of the signal the station can reduce its electric bill.  But, as with every immutable law in physics there is give and take.  (1) By reducing the power and use of electricity needed, it makes the signal weaker and creates more interference on the listener’s end.  (2)  The FCC has noted that a reduction in signal power at certain modulation levels “inevitably exacts some penalty in audio quality.”  This means if an AM station uses the MDCL control technology audio distortion is created on the signal.  You guessed it.  More interference.

Modifying AM antenna efficiency standards by reducing minimum effective field strength values by approximately 25%, thus allowing the use of shorter towers.

“Reducing minimum effective field strength values” means a weaker signal.  700WLW’s main tower is what is called a “half-wave tower.”  That’s why it’s so big.  Stations that have shorter towers have what are called “quarter-wave towers.”  A half-wave tower creates a better and stronger signal.  The shorter towers proposed mean?  Yep.  More interference.

Hey FCC.  The answer is not MORE interference.  The answer is LESS interference.  And you do that by turning off non-viable stations.  And before station owners start crying poverty, many of these non-viable AM stations have one thing that is worth a ton of money.  The land their towers sit on.

What do you think those 40 acres in Mason, Ohio are worth?


Darryl doesn’t have to worry about his man card.  They can take his job, but not his uber manhood!  He can get another job with all his talent, but manhood can’t be earned back once lost.  The blog posting was captured and posted with derogatory comments about Darryl by Fred Jacobs, CLICK THE LINKS ABOVE AND BELOW. Jacobs was one of the speakers at the “circle jerk.”  It seems he didn’t like Darryl’s opinion of his performance.  Click here to review.  It took a month for the “circle jerks” to read the blog posting and figure out what it meant.  Just like they don’t understand that more quarter-wave towers mean a message gets to fewer people because of the cluttered noise–yet that is just what the FCC intended all along because conservative political values are primarily communicated over AM radio, specifically large half-wave towers like 700 WLW.  Bravo Darryl Parks, for voicing your opinion against the FCC.  Fred Jacobs lost his man card a long time ago.  

Rich Hoffman