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 industry announced once again that your medium isn't what you've said it was all along. Here, let me show you; it's in the NAB's Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC's ownership rules, way down starting on page 27 of 32, the part about "radio's contribution to viewpoint diversity," the latter meaning the individual "voices" providing news and information and engagement to the public for purposes of how many outlets one entity can own.
SPOILER ALERT: Turns out you don't contribute to viewpoint diversity.
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 ...
October 7, 2016Before The Next Storm Hits
The thing about emergencies and radio is that the ones you see coming are really just tests for the ones that blindside you. First, the ones you see coming: I'm gratified that I've heard some excellent work from several radio stations in the path of Hurricane Matthew, ...
September 30, 2016The Election Bump And Other Distractions
Are you happy with what you're achieving? No, this isn't a self-help column. It's more of another wake-up call, but... okay, let me see if I can make this simple. It's an election year, and we're in the middle of the most bizarre, remarkably out-of-control campaign ...
September 23, 2016Old School Graduation
It was late, just about the end of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn's talk at the Radio Show 2016 in Nashville on Thursday afternoon, and I was, I'll admit, falling asleep. Blame my daily mid-afternoon crash, blame allergies, blame a long week or lack of sleep or just ...