July 22, 2016Well, Actually, You Don’t HAVE To Catch ‘Em All
How much time do you have for your amusement?
I have very little free time, what with work and family and the need for sleep. Something has to give, and anything that doesn't earn me money or involve time with my wife is going to take a back seat. (You'll notice that sleep has definitely taken a secondary position for me. That's not good, but that's life.) Time is a major issue, one of the biggest topics for everyday life; there's not enough of it for everything we want to do, whether work or play.
This came up again for me this week when I was standing in a parking lot catching a Pokémon. Yeah, I tried Pokémon GO, and at that moment, on a beautiful, sunny day by the ocean, I strayed off my usual running route and was flicking a red-and-white ball at some creature and it was that moment that I thought: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?
July 15, 2016Breaking the Silence
What I'll remember most from the Conclave this year was the Moment of Silence. It wasn't silence in solemn memory of anyone or anything. It was the silence from a panel of top industry figures when they were asked for examples of innovative programming things their ...
July 8, 2016Notes From The Future
This week, I'm at Podcast Movement in Chicago, a conference that is everything the typical radio convention is not: full of enthusiasm, packed with people who want to learn, optimism. And there are some radio people here, too. Everyone is to some extent concerned about ...
July 1, 2016Deep Impact
In case you didn't notice, a podcast led to a murder conviction being vacated and a new trial ordered. There's a lesson in that for talk radio. I'm not suggesting that what "Serial" did is something you can easily replicate. That would diminish the accomplishment, ...
June 24, 2016What's Old Is Sort-Of-Not-Quite New Again
I've been buying books lately, and by "books" I mean the kind that have actual paper pages and covers and ink, not the kind you read on something that needs to be recharged overnight. This is not an admission of latent hipsterism, mind you. I'm not doing it to be ironic ...
June 17, 2016The Argument Clinic
The other week, a friend of mine quit Twitter. He had a large following and a reputation for being alternately hilarious and pointedly, aggressively political in social media, but he was pretty well known there and his departure was a surprise, even though he'd ...
June 10, 2016Shakeup
We had an earthquake here Friday morning. I have yet to go to the radio or even TV to find out more about it. It's 2016. That's not how things work anymore. It's a common thing for people to ask the question, "what were you doing when... " or "where were you when..." ...
May 27, 2016Darkest Before The Dawn
My fellow All Access columnist and Cumulus digital tsarina Lori Lewis posted something on Facebook the other day about how it was the eighth anniversary of her getting laid off as PD in one of those festive Clear Channel we're-gonna-need-your-key-card events. She related ...
May 20, 2016Gone Daddy Gone
Would people miss you if you were gone? Wait, that's a little general. Let me be more specific: If people suddenly couldn't get your show or station, would they miss you or move on? That's one way to determine radio's value to the consumer, and it occurred to me this ...
May 13, 2016Standing At The Crossroads
A recurring theme in criticism of the radio industry is "you should have seen it coming." Network radio should have seen TV coming. AM broadcasters should have seen FM dominance coming. Broadcasters in general should have seen the Internet coming. And so on, much of ...