I received emails asking me about Bryan Suits and the Dark Secret Place program, which until recently aired on KFI (640 AM).
For those unfamiliar with Dark Secret Place, it’s a military-themed weekly talk show hosted by Suits that has both storytelling ability and military background. He was an army medic during Operation Desert Storm, served in the National Guard and deployed on a NATO mission in Bosnia and as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and more . He received a Bronze Star medal and was wounded in action several times, before being awarded a Purple Heart.
His background and radio skills give Dark Secret Place a heavy focus on politics and the military, and listeners are taken on a journey that feels like you’re part of a special military operation yourself. It really is one of the best radio shows.
So what happened?
The quick version of the story: Suits has disappeared from KFI. The Dark Secret Place can be found online via subscription at TheDarkSecretPlace.com. It costs $5.95 per month and includes new shows as well as archived content.
The slightly longer version is posted by Suits on Facebook, where he writes:
” Hello everyone. I have decided that my content belongs to me and it is now exclusively on TheDarkSecretPlace.com. My former employer decided I had no further value as a radio host and we agreed to separate our futures. That’s all.”
KFI provided a statement which was shared with staff.
“Bryan has unique insights into warfare, tactics and geopolitics and I’m sure it will make great content for an unfiltered format like podcasting,” the statement read. “We thank Bryan for his many years here at KFI and wish him the best in his new venture.”
Whatever the reasons for the change, it’s a shame for radio listeners. DSP is an extremely interesting program, and while $5.95 per month isn’t a huge amount on its own, things can quickly add up for listeners when you consider all the monthly subscriptions you already have.
But there are fans who will pay and radio hosts who have been there. Tom Leykis and Phil Hendrie both do it. Like many others.
I’m trying to get more information about what happened, and I’ll let you know when I do.
Radio station All Frank Sinatra indeed debuted last week and can be heard on KKGO’s HD digital radio stream, at 105.1 HD3.
I originally expected the online version to be available on SinatraFM, but the final decision for online access was UnforgettableFM.com. Eventually there will be a smartphone app and – I assume – a link to TuneIn and similar radio apps that essentially turn your phone into a global radio receiver. As of this writing, I couldn’t get my HomePod to play the station, probably because it wasn’t listed on TuneIn…yet. I’m sure it’s coming soon.
If you want a direct link to the online stream, try http://1.ice1.mainstreamnetwork.com/kkgo_h3.aac. The sound quality online is superb, as is the HD signal on air, if you have an HD radio.
Once upon a time, radio stations sold for millions. A station in Georgia sold for $10. Not $10 million, not $10,000…$10. Includes studio equipment and transmitter, but does not include the land on which the transmitter is located, as the land itself is leased to a third party and a new agreement must be made.
The station is WYTH (1250 AM) with a license to broadcast with 1000 watts daytime and 79 watts nighttime. Locals say the station has been off the air for a number of years, but normally the FCC doesn’t allow a license for a “dark” station to be valid for that long. Either way, $10 isn’t a bad deal for a resort.