In Defense Of 'Going Too Far': This Week's All Access News-Talk-Sports 'Letter' Column
February 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM (PT)
Why doesn't radio always stand up for its talent when controversy breaks out over something they've said on the air? In the wake of the brouhaha over CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES afternoon hosts JOHN AND KEN's suspension, ALL ACCESS News-Talk-Sports Editor PERRY MICHAEL SIMON, a former major market PD himself (and JOHN AND KEN's PD at NEW JERSEY 101.5 in the early '90s), asks that question in this week's edition of "THE LETTER FROM ALL ACCESS NEWS-TALK-SPORTS."
In the column, SIMON notes that "Talk radio works best when sacred cows are obliterated. It's special when hosts are fearless, not just on political issues but also in trying to be funny. We need the right to make mistakes, say stupid things, go too far, because that's part of the process." And he takes a look at the creative process and the need for spontaneity, and how radio's failure to defend itself has opened the door for competition.
The column was e-mailed to ALL ACCESS subscribers this morning, but it's also available online by clicking here. SIMON's provocative perspective on the radio industry is featured here every FRIDAY.