February 17, 2017The Chairman, The Radio, And The Incessant Buzzing
The new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, gave a talk the other day about radio, and it was mostly what radio industry people would want to hear, a Greatest Hits of radio boosterism. That "93% reach!!!" statistic that would be a good basis for a drinking game at NAB conventions came up in the first minute; the "radio is the first social medium" mantra made an appearance shortly thereafter; he highlighted local service by tiny hometown stations; and he touted the benefits of activating FM tuner chips in cellphones, although when he declined to support making it a mandate, I could hear the groans from certain quarters of the industry.
Oh, and then there was Pai's pet project for radio, the AM Revitalization thing. We've talked about that for ages. Let's talk about it again for a second.
February 10, 2017Let It Snow
It was not surprising that there was a public reaction a few weeks ago when it dawned on people in Philadelphia that KYW was no longer doing school closing announcements on the air -- the decision was quietly made before the season, but it took actually being IN the ...
February 3, 2017Code Orange
What was I telling you not too long ago? Something about how times have literally changed and that there's no "off hours" anymore and the news cycle is now 24/7/365 and if talk radio doesn't adapt.... Last weekend, huge news broke late Friday and carried over all ...
January 27, 2017Always On
This week, some thoughts that I'll probably disagree with shortly after sending this out. I reserve the right to argue with myself. Don't tell me you don't do the same thing.... All right, then. The Holiday 2016 ratings started to come out this week, and the ...
January 20, 2017You Against The World
What would you do if you discovered that the most popular radio personality had suddenly moved to your time slot, competing against you? What would you do if EVERY really popular personality was on against you? Could you compete? Would you try to pull out all the stops ...
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 ...
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 ...