January 13, 2017The Return Of Mr. Do-Bee
Last year, I wrote a lot about the need for political talk radio to be prepared for what to do after the election. I counseled that there could very well be a phase in which people would be tired of all the political stuff.
Well, then. I had no idea.
I don't think my advice is invalidated by what's going on now, but I do think that the nature of the core listener to political talk -- you can call them P1s, but I can't stand that jargon -- may have changed. Or not. I don't really know, because I haven't seen any research to indicate that the fervor seen on social media or at rallies is reflective of a massive audience or just a narrow subset, but from what little we have to consider, politics has turned into sports, the worst kind of sports boosterism, with the truly committed taunting each other like Yankees and Red Sox fans. And those who AREN'T as fervent in their political fandom are probably so sick of the whole thing that they're listening to anything BUT political talk now; you have to ask yourself whether listening to pundits and hosts screech at each other is worth the additional stress in your life.
January 6, 2017Asked And Answered
Every year, there's a Big Thing at CES. Sometimes, the Big Thing never really takes hold -- how's that 3D TV going for ya? -- and sometimes its a Big Thing that becomes a Not That Big Thing But A Thing Nonetheless like drones, and sometimes, it's a Big Thing that carries ...
December 9, 2016Holding Pattern
How can we sum up the year in News-Talk Sports radio and podcasting? One word comes to mind: Meh. Or disappointing. Or undistinguished. Or however you'd describe what feels like a holding pattern at best and increasing marginalization at worst -- I'm not prepared to ...
December 2, 2016From The Island Of Misfit Media
How did it feel to get thrown under the bus again? What, you didn't know you were down there under the 23 bus from Center City to Chestnut Hill? You didn't notice the oil dripping on you, the Goodyears leaving tracks on your back? Huh. I saw it happen. Your own ...
November 18, 2016The Job Thing
It's nearing the end of the year (please hold your applause until DECEMBER 31st), and the question I get asked more than any other this time of year is "GET ME A JOB!" To which I customarily respond, "that's not a question." But the spirit of the request is noted, and so ...
November 11, 2016Moving On
In the wake of the election, what now for talk radio and its OH LORD I DON'T CARE MAKE IT STOP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP. Seriously, I dreaded having to write yet another navel-gazing piece about post-election talk radio since I've ALREADY WRITTEN THAT AT LEAST THREE ...
November 4, 2016Picking Up The Pieces
Some of you are going to be reading this column next week, after Tuesday, and if they've invented time travel by then, could you come on back to Friday and let me know if we survived? Because it's hard to tell as of this writing, what with the rhetoric and stress and ...
October 28, 2016A Little Focus
When you think about it, the idea that "Talk" is a radio format is kind of ridiculous. We don't say that "Music" is a format; instead, it's about genres. Top 40 isn't Rock isn't Classic Hip-Hop isn't AC, and while there are overlaps and crossovers, there's generally a ...
October 21, 2016The More Things Change
You know the line. When William Holden's cynical writer Joe Gillis first meets Gloria Swanson's faded movie queen Norma Desmond in the classic "Sunset Boulevard," he blurts out in recognition, "you used to be big." Her response is always on the lists of most memorable ...
October 14, 2016Open All Hours
What was your News-Talk station doing last Friday night? Before you answer that, allow me to backtrack a little. There have been general assumptions governing the way talk radio has programmed stations since the advent of the format, assumptions based on a combination ...