Chicagoland Radio And Media -- F.A.Q. Page
Frequently asked questions about ChicagolandRadioAndMedia.com.
What is Chicagoland Radio And Media?
It's a news source, a message board, a memory lane, an information portal, and a reference tool, all dedicated to Chicago area radio, television, newspapers, and other media. Throughout each day, new postings will appear -- especially on the News Page and Message Board -- letting all know of current events affecting local media.
Why is the site called CRM?
CRM is short for Chicagoland Radio and Media -- a name that pretty much describes what the site is all about. A friend of the website's, the late Chicago DJ, Allan Stagg, happily pointed out that it should really be abbreviated as CRAM. However, saying the three letters, C-R-M, has a much better sound to it than saying "CRAM," which sounds rather uncomfortable. For this website, it will go the route that many corporations go when abbreviating their names and not count the "A" in "And" as one of the letters.
I have important information/news story/press release/classic audio clips you may be interested in for your site. How do I submit it to you?
Email the information (or a link to it, if it is already elsewhere on the Internet) to
. All email & phone conversations are kept 100% confidential. Anonymity is always protected.
How can I submit a picture for the Memory Lane section?
How can I submit some MP3s for the Audio page?
How can I submit a link suggestion for the Media Links or Podcast pages?
How can I place an available job posting on your site?
All of these can be easily done via email:
How can I advertise on Chicagoland Radio and Media? What is the cost?
The CRM site now gets around 5,000,000 hits per month and the audience continues to grow. If you would like your ad to be seen by this captive audience, send an e-mail to
. The costs vary and are negotiable, depending on the advertisers' needs. The ads can be run on the site for one calendar month (or for many months) and will provide a link back to the advertiser's website. Any additional questions can be better answered personally via e-mail. Media kits are available upon request.
Can you get a message to...(insert name of favorite media personality here)...?
CRM cannot act as a conduit for connecting fans with media personalities. Most media personalities can be contacted via their own websites, their own social media pages, or their employers' websites. Please reach out to them in that way.
Why was my message board post deleted?
While not allowing posts up is rare and not enjoyable, it occasionally becomes a necessary thing to do, sadly. The probable reasons for a removal are:
* Off-Topic Posts.
If the post doesn't pertain to or have any connection to local media, it stands the chance of being removed. Many off-topic posts will stand, but repeated infractions to this rule will almost certainly get it removed.
* Copy & Pasting Another's Words Without Credit.
Do not copy another person's words/work off the Internet and paste it into a message board posting without giving the original author full credit and a link back to the original source from where the words/work came from.
* Purposeful Spreading Of Blatant Lies Or False Rumors.
Expressing opinions are one thing, but purposeful lying causes harm and cannot be allowed.
* Hateful Attacks.
Any post that has the main purpose of attacking another poster, a media personality, or a moderator will be removed or dramatically edited.
* The "Too Personal" Rule.
Posts that attempt to "out" a personality's personal information (past relationships, present relationships, sexual preferences, home addresses, real names, family members' information, etc.) will be removed.
* Personal Messages.
Personal notes to the website's owner/moderator, or in some cases, other users, need to be done by email, not message board postings.
If the post is a message whose sole purpose is to promote another website/product/service, it will be removed. In some cases, if the post promotes a healthy conversation, the message may be simply edited to remove the spam/link portion.
* Divisive Political Overtones.
The CRM site is a politics-free zone. Don't like a particular politician of political group? Please keep your strong feelings to yourself. Chances are, half the readers of this site have strong, but opposite feelings, which causes long, unhappy, negative threads. In order for the board to properly work for the majority of readers, it needs to stay more positive and focused on media matters.
* Extreme Religious Views.
This isn't an Evangelical Church or a Mid-Eastern Mosque -- it's a media-themed message board. This website deeply respects your religious views and hope they serve you well, but please keep your religious beliefs to yourself while posting here.
Racism, sexism, gay-bashing, etc. will not be tolerated.
* Nudity/Pornography/Pornographic Images/Adult Images/Offensive Images.
In some cases, there isn't anything wrong with these types of images. They just don't belong here.
* Dangerous Posts.
Any post attempting to contain or link to a source containing viruses, worms, spyware, or piracy of any kind will be removed.
* Drawing Attention To Anti-CRM Sites.
For whatever reason, there are bloggers & message boards who enjoy stealing from this site, copying this site, bashing this site, or being offensive to those who enjoy this site. It is best to not give those locations the attention they crave. Posts that direct people to those sites will be edited or removed.
* Potential Legal Trouble.
Anything that can put the website's owners in front of a judge or dealing with attorneys has to be removed.
* By Special Request.
There have been times that the subject of a post or thread has personally asked the website to remove the material for a wide variety of personal reasons. If reasonable, CRM always complies with this request.
If the company that hosts the webite or portions of the website doesn't allow it, CRM doesn't allow it either.
Remember the Golden Rule from your childhood and all should be fine.
CRM is NOT
against free-speech. This isn't a censorship or free-speech issue, though. Anybody is free to say or feel what they wish -- just not always on this particular website.
Moderators almost never remove messages, except in the rare cases where somebody crosses the line of one of the rules above. Luckily, that does not happen very often.
Unlike many other message boards/blog comments sections out there, the overall theme & feel of this site's message board is more professional, while staying light & upbeat. It works better that way and aims to keep it that way. If anybody has any additional questions as to why a post was removed, don't post it on the message board. E-mailing the website directly is the best way to get an answer.
Why even have a message board?
Many reasons! Among the best features of the Internet is the ability to interact with so many others. The message board easily allows that interactivity. Anybody can comment there on local media issues. (As long as there are no personal attacks, no obnoxious replies, no political ramblings and nothing offensive posted... anything goes.) The point of the message board is not to get into deep philosophical discussions on radio wavelengths, just to communicate opinions and have fun! (Note: Due to recent spam and troll attacks, all message board postings must be pre-approved by a moderator before they appear online. That process is usually very fast, though.)
How long has this site been around?
ChicagolandRadioAndMedia.com officially launched on the 3rd of July, 2005. It began as a very simple message board with just a handful of followers and has evolved over the years into much more. The full website was launched on January 1, 2010. CRM now averages around five million hits per month, and grows even larger monthly.
CRM mentions a particular station (or stations) often. Is it owned by them?
CRM is not wholly, or even partially owned in any way by any media corporation. The website is 100% independent of any business connection to any media organization. If a particular company or station is mentioned more often than another, the most likely reason is because that station has been making changes more often than others, with those changes being newsworthy.
Who runs Chicagoland Radio and Media?
The founder and editor-in-chief of Chicagoland Radio & Media is Chicago area businessman/entrepreneur Larry Horwitz, who is both a fan and an expert of media for the Chicagoland market. On this website, he is known by a one-word nickname he has had for about 30 years, "Larz."
Who the heck is Larz, anyway?
Just a Chicago media fan looking to help out the local media industry via the CRM website's huge popularity, while entertaining & informing the many thousands of people interested in the past, present & future of Chicago media.
Does anybody really know what time it is?
Does anybody really know what time it is?
Does anybody really care? (...about time...)
If so I can't imagine why, (Oh no, no)
We've all got time enough to cry.
Can I borrow a few bucks for lunch?