August 28, 2015Worst One Yet, or Torpidity Now
Okay, I'm conceding defeat. August, you win. Congratulations.
It's hot here. 90 degrees, going to 94, and humid, too. Where I live tends not to be 90 degrees, and the humidity usually involves the "Marine Layer," which normal people would call fog and which involves temperatures anyone would call "cool." This, right now, is not cool.
It's been hot all week, and was hot for part of the previous week, and all through it, I labored mightily to maintain business as usual. We do not have air conditioning -- it's a neighborhood directly on the ocean, and we rarely have days that would necessitate A/C. We have ceiling fans, and stand-up fans, but no A/C. So, hot.
I raise this as an excuse, obviously, for not being able to patch together anything that would resemble a coherent thought about radio, or anything. As happens on occasion, I wrote about half a column before I abandoned ship, realizing that it wasn't following any train of logic. I will say that it used the wonderful article about WWL/New Orleans' service during Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago, and I'll add that if you haven't read that article, you should -- it will remind you about radio's value in the most extreme emergencies and might remind you why you got into this business in the first place. It WILL make you proud of the folks at WWL and of radio. But I got into that and then took a left turn and started writing about the Roanoke shooting and that didn't go anywhere rational and I hit Select All and Delete and started over. Again, WWL, then Roanoke, then frustration. The sweat increased, flop- and weather-related. The deadline loomed. The deadline passed. I ate something -- have to maintain that all-important energy level, you understand -- and walked outside to remove the L.A. Times ad circular from the driveway and walked back in and checked email and drank some water and started writing again.
August 21, 2015Happy National You Day
Thursday was a special day for everyone who reads this column, a day dedicated to something very near and dear to all of us. Yes, Thursday was #NationalLemonadeDay. What? Oh, yeah, that, too. It was, of course, also #NationalRadioDay, a day established by our ...
August 14, 2015And The Children Shall Lead
They announced the "Sesame Street"/HBO deal the other day, and by the tone of the reaction, you'd think that the world was ending. I don't mean the obligatory "dark, gritty reboot" jokes, either. People treated the deal as the end of an era, fretted that kids would ...
August 7, 2015Open Season, or Debatably Yours
Okay, so, we're in the season now. Election season, that is, a whole year and three months before the fact. (We're talking U.S. presidential election, of course. I know, Canada's having an election and it'll take a whole three months and change to get there. Nobody ...
In the interest of full disclosure: I just wrote a column, realized it sucked, and deleted the whole thing. That leaves me past deadline and needing something fast. Wait, it's 2015. Everyone loves listicles, right? Then let's do a listicle, sans photos (I'm lazy and, ...
July 24, 2015In-Between Days
It was a mystery to me the other day after the Nielsen Voltair webinar when I found myself... you know, I'm not sure how to put this. I was going to say "disinterested," but that's not accurate; I'm very interested. "Frustrated" wasn't it, either. It was more a sense ...
July 17, 2015Next Step
Hi. I'm in the back of a hotel ballroom again, at another convention. This one -- the Conclave -- was, as these things go, actually quite good, with some interesting, informative panels and sessions, and it was nice to see lots of young, aspiring radio professionals here ...
July 10, 2015Because I Said So
You know the rules. Talk stations have to be consistent. You have to have hosts who are politically aligned. The shows have to be a certain length, and in the same slot every single weekday. The clock is the clock, immutable. The hosts have to sound a certain way, ...
June 19, 2015Radio Anarchy And You
"Should I do a podcast?" "I've been thinking about trying a streaming show, but I'm not sure." I hear those a lot. I heard them last week at that convention in New York, and I get that in emails and phone calls and casual conversation. I hear that from radio ...
June 12, 2015Summer Semester
Okay, I gotta say something. I'm presently sitting in a room in New York, covering the Talkers conference, and about 2/3 of the way through a panel on ratings, after several mentions of the Voltair processing device that some feel can affect talk radio's ratings under ...