December 9, 2014Local Radio
One of the advantages of the Internet and social media is meeting new people you would otherwise never have known.
Like John Rockley, who has worked for the BBC in the U.K., one of the truly great broadcasting networks.
John says what I often try to …only better:
"Local radio at its heart is local ... stupid to say really, eh? But as I blog, the plans are to take away the thing that attracts an audience."
"I presented a shared breakfast show across 3 BBC local radio stations and found it a constricting and bland experience."
"Part of the joy of local radio is that you share the lives of your listeners. You shop in the same shops; you drive the same roads ... but for that programme, I didn't. I was in a box with Schrodinger's cat and as soon as I shared something local I identified where I was broadcasting from and the localness waveform would collapse. It didn't serve anyone properly, and that is going to be the shape of afternoons on BBC local radio."
December 2, 2014Steve Jobs ... On Management
"If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decisions and you have to be run by ideas, not hierarchy." "The best ideas have to win! Otherwise good people don't stay." Does this sound like your company? Do ...
November 25, 2014How Beauty Feels
Not looks, feels… I think THIS is fascinating, but if you don't have 17 minutes right now, here's the key point: "Beauty is incredibly difficult to do and only a few people can do it, and a focus group cannot do it, and a team rarely can do it." I know there ...
November 18, 2014Life's Autumns
Our world tilts a bit these days. When my mom, who is 89, could still visit, a few years ago now, I would always take her over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain Park, so she could see the Fall colors, which were resplendent. It's the highest continuous paved road ...
November 11, 2014Welcome To McDonalds
There's nothing wrong with liking McDonald's burgers. You know exactly what you're going to get, whether you place your order in Cleveland or L.A. That's part of what has made McDonald's so successful. But for those of you who don't want a generic burger, who want to ...
November 4, 2014How Might We?
I read a blog early this year by Edward Boches at Creativity Unbound. Like Seth Godin, he's one of the people you should follow and read regularly because he always makes you think. Anyway, the point of the blog was the importance of asking the right questions. He ...
October 28, 2014Come To The Edge
The French poet, Guillaume APOLLINAIRE, wrote a poem about a conversation between God and man: "Come to the edge, He said. They said, No. We are afraid. Come to the edge, He said. They said, No! We are afraid! Come to the edge! He said. They came. He pushed them... ... ...
October 21, 2014Your New Reality Show
YOU are the executive producer and star... Radio, as a profession, has been changing in the U.S. since the mid-1980s and the rise of consolidation. From that viewpoint, what's happening today is neither sudden nor unexpected. Still, worldwide events that began with the ...
October 14, 2014You're The Best!
What do you do better than anyone else in the world? Okay then, what do you do better than anyone else in your town? If you can't think of one thing you do better than everyone else you compete with, you're in the wrong field. Because, frankly, there's no reason to ...
October 7, 2014Creative Destruction
We need more, not less. Creation often requires destruction. I didn't make that up; it's part of the laws of the physical universe. Life itself comes from the stuff of dying stars, exploding suns. After forests burn, new life emerges on the forest floor that nurtures ...