Chicago owners merge Radio-Info with talk radio publication:http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/ ... ublication
On a personal note...
This site was created from the ashes of the "old" Radio-Info. R-I was created in part by Lance Venta, the late Doug Fleming, and our own Sam Buca. It was a fantastic resource and a great industry forum, long before forums were very widespread.
The people involved did it for the love of radio. Many of the people here - myself, Kent, NECRAT, Adam, and others were moderators and participants in the Engineering sections of the forum. Many of the people that post here were long time R-I posters. Lance encouraged us to be moderators in the purest sense of the term. We weren't to censor or control - we were to facilitate discussion. We were allowed to have and state opinions, and even to disagree! Really the only rule was not to moderate a thread that we were participating in. It led to lively, candid discussions that really were appreciated by many.
Then a few bad things happened.
Unfortunately Doug was taken from us much too soon. Almost immediately after his passing, Doug's mother went to court to freeze out Lance and Sam and take control of the site, to avoid having to pay to buy them out. She was successful, and changed the site into something very different. She chose to find ways to "monetize" the traffic on the site that we all collectively help build and hired high-profile writers to blog about radio. The forums were an afterthought (after all, it was harder to sell ads on a forum!) and rather than have knowledgeable, passionate moderators who really were there to foster discussion instead of censor, she "fired" all of us and opted for editors that hide behind generic names and are basically there to delete posts and ban people who they feel get out of line. While there is certainly plenty of "wheat" on their forums, there is also a lot of "chaff". There's no doubt that they've created something that became very successful, but they did it on the backs of a lot of people who poured their life into it only to be completely "erased" from the institutional memory of the site.
We decided to put this site together as kind of a way to continue the work Sam, Lance, Doug, and everyone else involved at the old Radio-Info did. The greatest compliment I've ever received was from Lance, one of the site's founders: "It's the only board that has kept the original spirit of R-I alive." I consider that a great honor.
So in some ways, the sale of Radio-Info is bittersweet. It's sad that the founders have been all but forgotten, but it hopefully closes a chapter in R-I's history that's still a sore spot for many of us.