February 21, 2017Sports Free Agency ... Thanks To Curt Flood
The month of February is Black History Month and it's also when Major League Baseball teams begin spring training with the arrival of pitchers and catchers. I think every major league professional athlete, sports agent, and franchise owes a debt of gratitude to the late MLB (Major League Baseball) player Curt Flood.
This African-American's legacy is every bit as important as trailblazers Jack Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell and Frank Robinson. Unfortunately, his memory usually gets a corner footnote during Black History Month and sports history.
Free Agency Catalyst
Curt Food was the reason free agency came into existence for the four major professional sports leagues in the U.S.; Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL). The term "Major League" is usually limited to team sports.
February 14, 2017Black History Month Special: Diversity
My favorite workplace buzz word over the last few years is "Diversity." A generally applied code for the inclusion of African-Americans, Hispanic, Asian, women, LGBT, and minorities. It's shorter and catchier than Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and applies to more ...
February 7, 2017Black History Month: Balance ... Positives & Negatives
Sometimes getting what we want comes with unforeseen results that that take away from the moment. It happens to all of us at one time or another. It's like the Brenden Fraser movie in the 2000 called "Bedazzled," which also featured Elizabeth Hurley. Her character played ...
History and time can take facts on a strange journey of rest stops and detours. Hopefully, enough objective historians and citizens pass along enough truths to offset the lies of the twisted. The best way to avoid mistakes of the past is to have subjective information ...
January 26, 2017Strengthen On-Air & In The Office
Beginning a new job is a period of adjustment and learning. Over the years, I have learned that despite how comfortable some new hires appear, the learning curve can have a lot of kinks in it, especially if the new personality is relocating. Some veteran newbies are a ...
January 18, 2017Programming Takes Cunning & Conniving
As radio evolves, there are many nuances and realities that have to be faced. All of them come into play when an air personality reaches the point of wanting to try their hand at programming. Getting the opportunity to grab the reins is the first obstacle and the ...
January 10, 2017Dr. Martin Luther King's 'The Other America'
Martin Luther King Jr. opened minds, hearts and doors in ways no one had ever done in this country. He made us understand the humanity of man. His legacy of non-violent protest to advocate for change is the norm in our country and has been used on all sides of the ...
January 3, 2017Keys To Executing Station Events
It's the beginning of another year and with it comes manager and staff meetings to refocus on goals and objectives. The execution of station events is every bit as important as the on-air presentation for stations. Execution depends on several key ...
December 13, 2016Holiday Memories
Holidays and memories replay in our minds from childhood to the last breath we take on earth. Those feel-good moments turn back the clock for reminders of personal history. One of my favorite times was when I helped deliver Christmas toys on Christmas Eve in a station ...
December 6, 2016We All Do Goofy Things Sometimes ... Another Stellar Sam Moment
Holidays bring about phone calls from old friends armed with memories and laughs. Many of those laughs have come from something we did unknowingly. One of my colleagues from my WYLD/New Orleans programming days reminded me of the "lost weekend." The only reason he knew ...