May 22, 2015Getaway Day
Does anyone want to work on the day before a long holiday weekend? Neither do I. I admit that I spent more time trying to come up with a good reason to blow off this column than actually preparing for it. In fact, this morning, I really didn't have anything, and then, idly watching a zillion tweets scroll by on my computer screen, I saw something that made me react with joy:
Ohhhh, that's RIGHT. Day before Memorial Day weekend. KROQ Los Angeles -- Kevin and Bean's Party Machine! That was all I needed -- I flipped over to KROQ and... well, let me explain. It's a tradition now that on this day, Kevin and Bean figuratively take the day off, throw out the usual material, and play a ridiculous format-breaking array of music upon request, which means everything from Miley Cyrus to Michael Jackson to "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "It Was A Good Day." It's sloppy and goofy and most of the music is stuff I would never choose to hear, yet in context, it's perfect. And while I listened to Ice Cube and remembered how Deadspin actually researched the lyrics in an attempt to figure out if there was a specific "Good Day" he had in mind ("The Lakers beat the Supersonics"... must be January 20, 1992), it struck me that this was an example of what talk radio could be doing, too, and I don't mean playing random songs.
May 15, 2015In Pieces
At the moment that I'm writing this, it's raining. This being Southern California, the arrival of rain is traditionally greeted with the kind of news coverage other regions more accustomed to water falling from the sky would reserve for a major blizzard. That, drought ...
May 8, 2015The Old College Try
Radio is, if nothing else, one of the industries most enthralled with its past. Surely, every part of the media loves its history, from old movies and YouTube clips of vintage TV to the Internet Wayback Machine revealing that, eighteen years ago, the Internet was ...
May 1, 2015There’s Someone Else, Isn’t There?
It's not you, it's me. And by "you," I mean talk radio, spoken word radio, radio in general, I guess. And by "me," I mean an increasing percentage of the general audience. And by "it," I mean... Okay, take Thursday night. There was plenty going on, and I was ...
April 24, 2015Buzzword Bingo
It was somewhere around the World's Tallest Thermometer on the long drive through the desert back from the NAB Show in Las Vegas when I told myself, well, at least I'm not going to have to spend more time at any conventions for at least a couple of weeks. That was last ...
April 17, 2015Viva Las Convenciones
This week, I was in Vegas. Convention stuff happened. It was the usual. The end. No, wait, I can add a few observations to the coverage we carried all week in Net News here at AllAccess.com and the tweets I posted. First, I tend to look for panels that offer ...
April 10, 2015Mutual Assured Confusion
The thing I like about the annual NAB Show, which is convening in Las Vegas this weekend, is that the "B" in NAB, fot the purposes of this show, increasingly stands for... nothing. At least, it doesn't really mean "Broadcasters," even though a large portion of the ...
April 3, 2015A Gritty Reboot For Radio
Hollywood is often criticized for running out of ideas. When studios aren't making the fifth or sixth edition of a franchise, they're remaking movies that seem to have come out just a few years ago. You go to the multiplex and all you get is "Furious 7." Originality ...
March 27, 2015Everyone’s A Star
Last week, it was Meerkat. This week, it's Periscope. Either way, we've suddenly been inundated with live video straight from people's iPhones, pumped through Twitter contact lists and once again changing everything, at least until it changes again. Whether this is ...
March 20, 2015Break the Rules
Maybe we're overthinking everything. I see it in all the instructions you see in radio columns... like this one. Instructions about prep. Warnings about the future. Declarations about what Millenials want (usually delivered by decidedly non-Millenial people). ...