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Whew! Replay’s now ready of our Mara Davis chat about Atlanta radio

UPDATE 3: After apparently widespread Google+ problems and some fancy workarounds, here’s our promised replay of my chat with Mara Davis, answering your questions about what the heck’s been going on with Atlanta radio.

Thanks so much for being patient with the tech woes. Think you’ll find the wait’s worth it:



PREVIOUSLY:

Join our  Google+ Hangout with longtime Atlanta radio personality Mara Davis.

We’re discussing Atlanta’s crazy-train radio landscape, how Mara got into radio, what was behind Radio Free lunch and her experience at Dave FM.

A few lucky readers are in our live online chat room, but you can submit questions now in the comments section below.

Oh, and if you don’t already have a Google+ account, here’s how you can  create one. Then add our Atlanta Journal-Constitution Google Plus page, and mine, to your circles.

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69 comments Add your comment

WAR EAGLE

October 8th, 2012
5:17 pm

Mara Davis is one of the COOLEST on air Personality people you’ll ever meet/talk to. She gave my Organization that raises money for Equine 501c3’s some major plugs for our events the last 4 years. DAVE is making a SERIOUS mistake by not reinventing itself and keeping Mara. Loved the request plays for themes. She gets her audiences involved and THAT is what keeps listeners, listening to MARA. Not playing the same songs every three hours is what people want. Repeat every three is a good way to wear out a song to the point where people start to hate it. Variety and plenty of it-play the song 3 or 4 times during the day not 7 or 8. In today’s world, people are wanting to hear the music that THEY want to hear and the iPods/shuffles, etc. have pretty much made radio obsolete.

Harry Callahan

October 8th, 2012
5:27 pm

Mara is one of the few bright spots in the vast wasteland that is Atlanta radio.

CarolinaHiker

October 8th, 2012
6:01 pm

I just got a new car that came with a trial subscription for satellite radio. Yes, it’s great while it’s free, but do I really want to pay for it? Well, once I heard that Dave was leaving the air, my answer is yes. I got a year’s worth of service and will revisit the renewal question when I see where Mara ends up and what the rest of Atlanta radio looks like next year.
The WGST switch to Spanish was priceless……my husband didn’t know it was happening and called me in a panic. Yeah, you had to be there, but it was hilarious!!!!!

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Marie

October 8th, 2012
7:15 pm

What about Sully?

A

October 8th, 2012
7:16 pm

And Margot and Steve Craig? All their jocks were great!

Marie

October 8th, 2012
8:24 pm

Jimmy

October 8th, 2012
9:12 pm

Hey Rodney, what about me? I’m still around… I know someone’s gonna call, I just know it.

FM Fats

October 8th, 2012
10:18 pm

Jimmy, I have a 4/2 in Snellville. You want the listing?

FM Fats

October 8th, 2012
10:22 pm

Interesting also that WFAN in NYC is moving from AM to the New Rock 101.9 FM frequency, the former home of Steve Craig and Leslie Fram. Satellite, internet, and iPods are killing the radio star, not video.

brian j

October 9th, 2012
6:57 am

I agree. Radio just isn’t the same without Mara. We miss you Mara!!

Jeff

October 9th, 2012
8:49 am

Tell her that her final show.. at the end.. was inspirational. Thanks so much lady I’ve always enjoyed her theme show.. and closing with that Sam Cooke song was TOO cool. I can’t wait to hear her on The River.. I’m just assuming.. They’d be fools not to pick her up!!

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pb

October 9th, 2012
11:31 am

Mara was always funny and entertaining. Did not really like her at first, but once got used to her kind of whiny voice, she was cool. Does not take herself too seriously, but livened up the airwaves at Z93 and Dave FM. Sad to see end of that station… Best of luck to her.

Mike

October 9th, 2012
11:35 am

Enjoying the last few days of Dave FM music until the switch. CBS is smart to do a gradual changeover rolling out The Game, they may actually snag some new listeners this way. And with luck, the Atlanta radio music pendulum will swing back to a decent place in the next year or so.

Crazygirl

October 9th, 2012
11:47 am

Screw Atlanta radio stations. Screw them all. I burned almost 50 cds when the project died, and haven’t turned the radio back on since. My ears are tuned to musicians, who play because they love music, not auto tuned singers who just want to popular and rich. My ears hear songs from the way back file, and I feel the emotions of the notes, you know, back when time was taken to write meaningful lyrics and when songs painted pictures… Automatically tuning out anything that repeats a chorus more than 3x, or anything under 2 minutes long with the same beats on repeat. Radio is dying, only because music really isn’t living its fully potential, we are watching it evolve to a mediocre effort by people with more popularity than talent. Everyone with a voice can sing, but that does not qualify one to be a musician.

M

October 9th, 2012
1:40 pm

Crazygirl , will you have my baby?

Kate

October 9th, 2012
2:57 pm

Mara is the best! Local stations…please pick her up for another show. And while you’re at it, scoop up Yvonne too. These girls are what Atlanta radio needs.

Sid

October 9th, 2012
3:09 pm

What is this FM radio you speak of?

[...] The format will be a Google+ Hangout, where a few lucky readers will talk directly with Mara and me in an online video chat room. All readers can watch on this blog, and even pose your own questions. Read all about it. [...]

Fred ™

October 9th, 2012
4:31 pm

Why did my post get eaten lol?

BlondAlto

October 9th, 2012
9:20 pm

My question would be: Why, on the night of October 9th, was the station 92.9 still calling itself DAVE FM on air – and saying “Atlanta’s classic rock station!?”

Signed, confused in the country : )

FenderMan

October 9th, 2012
10:36 pm

Music fans know radio is not the problem. The problem is the music radio plays. 97.1 has a Sunday night show called Deep River. That’s what I want to hear all the time. Make Deep River the standard programming and I’ll listen. Until then I’ll keep listening to Stonehenge and the Friday Night Fish Fry on local terrestrial radio. Thunder 104.3 in Dahlonega is what radio use to be. Unpredictable, uncalculated and non-homogenous programming. This is what music fans want from their favorite radio station.

Why would I listen to the (mostly) crap on the Bull when can listen to alternative, Outlaw or
X country on sateliite?

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All full

October 10th, 2012
8:50 am

Who is she? Is the the one that munches her food on the air just for a “buffer” effect? Or is she the one that drags out the interviews form has been rock stars from the 80’s and 90’s?

Chris

October 10th, 2012
11:07 am

Mara – you are missed already! What do you recommend as the best places to hear new music / new artists — not on the radio anymore (other than Ga State channel)

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Bream Is My Homie

October 10th, 2012
11:13 am

I agree the radio is dying. My mp3 player has an FM tuner on it so I just use that to listen on the go.

Where's My "Go Figure" ?

October 10th, 2012
11:36 am

Miss my Radio Free Lunch and Go Figure!

Jimmy

October 10th, 2012
11:59 am

Hey Rodney, will you please do one with me? I can get Zakk, too.

JDawg

October 10th, 2012
12:01 pm

So is there any hope on the horizon for a new/reformatted station that could serve as a replacement for Dave FM? ATL radio is pathetic. 88.5 & 89.3 play some interesting stuff, but they’re hit or miss (depends on program/DJ), which I can’t fault them for being college/nonprofit. It seems another frequency with less power could have success with a *good* rock format (i.e. not overplayed “classics” or heavy/lite/pop rock). Dave had a good following of loyal listeners with (I’m assuming) good demographics….seems like someone would want to snag this group before we all tune out from FM completely and go with CD/mp3/sat rad.

Lynn

October 10th, 2012
12:04 pm

I still dont understand how CBS can take Dave FM off the air. There are no stations that play this type of music. Why would they put another sports radio station on the air. Atlanta doesnt have enough sports teams. This is not New York!!!

Bill

October 10th, 2012
12:11 pm

feed not coming thru on my MacBool Pro as of 12:11p. Are you late or am I doing something wrong?

Jeb

October 10th, 2012
12:11 pm

Is this thing working or is it just me who cannot see it?

Rodney Ho

October 10th, 2012
12:12 pm

Technical difficulties right now on Google Hangout. Hopefully, we’ll be up soon.

Rodney Ho

October 10th, 2012
12:16 pm

Hmmm…. Not sure this will be live. We may have to tape it and air it later. Sorry guys!

Bill

October 10th, 2012
12:17 pm

I knew the Google thing was just a flash in the pan; same with this Internet stuff, even if it was invented by Al Gore….

pcBobby

October 10th, 2012
12:20 pm

What are the origins of the theme concept for “Radio Free Lunch?” Did you always like themes growing up?

steeledawg

October 10th, 2012
12:29 pm

I know chemistry is difficult, but why are quality morning shows so hard to come by? It seems like if you take 3-4 smart people from varing backgrounds and spend time talking about good music, books, movies, TV, restaurants, etc, with some sports, politics, and current events thrown in, it should be a winning combo. In your opinion what make shows, morning or otherwise, work?

pcBobby

October 10th, 2012
12:29 pm

Google’s attempt at getting into social media is struggling. The layout and functionality of Google+ and the Hangout is not user-friendly. The YouTube product, Google Drive and even their work in the Droid world seems to be working just fine, but they need to go through a major redesign with Google+. They’re trying too hard to be different from Facebook.

steeledawg

October 10th, 2012
12:30 pm

If you could have free reign over a station, how would you program it?

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 10th, 2012
12:30 pm

Mara,

I have been with you since Z93 and we partied in Our Lucaya, Bahamas when you did a LIVE feed there when ya’ll partnered with AirTran. Not going to be the same without ya!

Looking forward to seeing where you land on your feet!

Luv Ya, Patrick Romano

mags

October 10th, 2012
12:31 pm

How will we access show at 1pm??

steeledawg

October 10th, 2012
12:31 pm

What ever happened to Dunham?

Lisa

October 10th, 2012
12:32 pm

Question for Mara – what will you miss most about Dave FM?

Bill

October 10th, 2012
12:32 pm

Mara-

1) who are your three favorite bands/artist??
2) what are chances that you/your gang will get reconstituted elsewhere on the dial.
3) most of all I wanted to listen today to try to understand the money flows involved in this situation. It just seems amazing to me that there is not enuf money flowing out of the audience/demo of Dave FM to keep the station on?. My out of town friends always liked it. My daughter age 18 land her friends have it on their dials in the car. I am 59 and I love it. And what about the cost side? Is it a cost control thing? Are live humans just too expensive to keep on air? I know I like the station alot less without you and the others. The music was always central but you guys added alot and were a reliable friend to have all day while I worked at my desk. And regarding economics and listenership , there is not a comparable channel on Sirius to replace DaveFM/Mara et al. What is the radio jargon for the target audience of Dave? thanks for all the days and nooners we spent together!! Bill

JDawg

October 10th, 2012
12:33 pm

I’m curious to know what local event promoters / venue owners think of this change. Plenty of lesser-known acts that only got airplay on Dave played ATL (many in the good smaller venues, e.g. Variety Playhouse, Buckhead Theatre), and the station surely helped increase turnout for these shows.

steeledawg

October 10th, 2012
12:36 pm

I think terrestrial radio needs to do more things like the day Mike Mills hung out with Steve. He played a lot of his own music, and told a ton of great stories. It was appointment radio for me.

Why don’t more things like that happen? Are artists to busy,don’t want to “hang” unless they have something to plug, or arethey afraid of coming across as uncool? What’s your take?

steeledawg

October 10th, 2012
12:41 pm

Do you think that Rock will ever have a rebirth, or has Rap and Hip Hop captured the kids imaginations? I.E. Is there another Sex Pistols, GNR, or Nirvana coming?

JDawg

October 10th, 2012
12:42 pm

@ Steeldawg: I’ve wondered what happened to Dunham too. I seem to remember a Sunday night show he did that was pretty cool.

@ Bill: “I know I like the station alot less without you and the others.” I agree completely….while it’s been somewhat nice having the jukebox during the transition, it certainly isn’t the same.

Dave had some great talent who really new their craft. I was so happy when Steve came back, but I always liked his lunch hour show the best – such a great escape from “work mode.” I definitely miss the personalities and knowledge they shared with us listeners.