April 18, 2014Let A Thousand Hashtags Bloom
A word here about interviews in the social media age, coming right up. But first, a word from our sponsor, who happens to be me:
Every year, my wife Fran and I walk in the Revlon Run/Walk for Women, a cancer research/treatment fundraiser in Los Angeles, and we ask all of you to donate. You may have noticed that I didn't start the fundraising until pretty late this year -- the walk's on May 10th, and we're less than a month away. That's because I'm lazy. Also busy. And because I don't like the hard-sell heavy-pressure fundraising stuff. So I'm only going to ask from now through the walk week itself, and I hope you WILL give, because, as I've told you in the past, it's a great cause, a well-respected charity (run by the Entertainment Industry Foundation with walks in New York and L.A.), and we do this every year to celebrate another year of Fran's survival. So, if you're so inclined, please go to http://do.eifoundation.org/goto/pmsimon2014 and support the cause. Many of you have done so in the past, and we appreciate it more than I can put into words here. "Thank you" doesn't seem to suffice, but... thank you.
April 11, 2014Okay, What’s Next?
I'm not going to even try to claim that having to spend a week covering three separate radio conventions is somehow the hardest of jobs. It isn't. It also isn't fun -- a lot of travel, a lot of, for me, at least, sitting in gray, uncomfortable conference rooms praying ...
March 28, 2014Rules Aren't Rules
This morning, there's a news story about... what? No, not DeSean Jackson. That's for another column. This one is about a guy who went to the movies in Brooklyn and tried to bring in a bag of strawberries because, he says, he's a diabetic and needs to keep his blood ...
March 21, 2014Reviewing Robot Radio, or News From the Dalek Desk
I have heard the future and it is... meh. For now. So, you may have seen an item here at All Access yesterday about Tribune Company unveiling a new smartphone app, Newsbeat. What Newsbeat does is, basically, customizable streaming all-news radio of a sort. The goal, ...
March 14, 2014How To
One of the first precepts I was told when I was but a young talk radio program director was, "don't put yourself on the air." Actually, it was more like "I never want to hear you on the air," come to think of it, but the idea was understandable. You don't want a PD who ...
March 7, 2014The Creativity Gap
Last week, Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman ventured across the East River to Brooklyn for one of those faux-interview presentations you see at every conference where someone -- in this case, the President of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership -- tosses softballs and ...
February 28, 2014Their Way Or The Highway
We've talked a lot in recent years about how radio, like other content producers, needs to put its wares out there in every form consumers want it, and how younger audiences are increasingly expecting to be able to access content where they want it, when they want it, ...
February 21, 2014We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat
This was going to be a very different column before I had the epiphany. Hang on a second and I'll get to that. So, I was listening to the Radio Stuff Podcast, and Larry Gifford was interviewing the Southern California Broadcasters Association's Thom Callahan, who was ...
February 14, 2014Kabletown and You
It's not apparent that the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal is a radio story at first blush, because it isn't. While I wrote an analysis of the massive cable TV transaction on Thursday for Nerdist (you can read that here), though, some things became apparent to me about ...
February 7, 2014From the Back Row at Boot Camp
Oh, that's right. Friday. I have to write a column. Almost forgot. I almost forgot because I'm at another talk radio conference, this one the annual Talk Show Boot Camp in Dallas, a city which is doing its best Polar Vortex impression, ensuring that I won't be ...