February 25, 2009
Adam Carolla Gets it On

It's been a hard month for Los Angeles radio listeners.

First, Indie 103.1 goes off the air. It's online still at indie1031.com, but 103.1 is now ranchero music. A sad state for the station once named by Rolling Stone magazine as best radio station in America. Of course Michele would argue that WOXY is the best radio station.

Second, KLSX flipped formats and the Adam Carolla Show is off the air. I really enjoyed Adam's show. It was a bright spot everyday. I would listen live when I could, but mainly listened to the podcast, which was a segmented recording of the actual show.

CBS Radio, in their corporate wisdom, decided that Los Angeles would be better served by a Top 40 (CHR) format station. And so, KLSX died and Adam was off the air.

Not a quitter, Adam decided to continue his "conversation with listeners". His words, not mine. His new site carollaradio.com is now posting daily podcasts he produces at home with help from friends and former co-workers. His very first podcast, had over 200,000 downloads. Those numbers make any podcast saavy person sit up and recognize the size of his fanbase.

Adam absolutely gets where media consumption is going and is working to give it a shot and see what happens. Jesse Thorn (the man behind the wonderful Sound of Young America show) agrees and posted a good bit of Adam's rant with a little commentary. I agree with Jesse, if you think of Adam as just the Man Show/Crank Yankers guy, you are missing what he's all about. He's honest and a bit of a blowhard, you won't agree with everything he says, in fact you'll sometimes think he's wrong. But he speaks how he feels without resorting the the usual talk radio hyperbole where jocks say anything to get the audience revved up. That's a very rare thing today, where almost all radio bits are heavily scripted, edited, and basically fake.

Give it a listen. Adam curses a bit on the podcast, so I'd call it NSFW, but it's better than anything else on the radio these days.

Posted by michael at February 25, 2009 07:03 AM



perhaps it's b/c we've been doing this stuff for years that it seems like a no-brainer, but i was really astonished to learn how few people actually know what podcasting is or how it works. this is the kind of thing that could start a revolution for podcasting (akin to stern moving to satellite but way more tactfully done.)

as far as adam's content: it's just plain funny and that is a refreshing departure from the what we've been hearing on the news recently recently. a little levity gladly welcomed.

Posted by: kp [] on February 26, 2009 10:49 AM

I also was a daily Ace Man devotee, I'm doing the podcasts now. I miss the live aspect of it, and I especially miss the audience interaction. Nonetheless, it is a great podcast, raw and intimate. It is not surprising that (according to Carolla) he is averaging a quarter million downloads a day.

Download to iTunes, transfer to iPod, and my morning commute is all set. Get it on!!

Posted by: wf [] on February 28, 2009 3:33 PM
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