Bye Bye Broadcasts

Bye Bye Broadcasts

Yesterday, I wrote about CNN firing Brian Stelter, an over-achiever who hosted “Reliable Sources” every Sunday, compiled a must-read daily newsletter, and could pop up on the air any hour of the day or night to cover a story. However, I couldn’t help...
You’re Not On The Air

You’re Not On The Air

When I first started doing talk radio in St. Louis on KTRS, there was a regular caller who identified himself as Dave from Overland. Regardless of the topic I was discussing, Dave called every day to chime in. It became clear to me very quickly that Dave was a lonely,...
DJ Lessons

DJ Lessons

There was a time when teenagers wanted to go into radio. I’m talking about decades ago, when young people actually owned — and listened to — radios. During my years in music radio (which began in the 1970s), I would occasionally get asked to speak to...
Another Blown Promotion Opportunity

Another Blown Promotion Opportunity

At a movie screening I attended this week (my review will post tomorrow), there was a group of people from two co-owned local radio stations making a joint promotional appearance. That consisted of a DJ playing music through his own sound system, some signs near the...
This Is A No Ad Zone

This Is A No Ad Zone

You may have noticed you never see ads on this site. Many years ago, I tried using the Google service AdSense, which populates sites with advertising relevant to their content. The problem was that every time I wrote about con artists who claim to be psychics, AdSense...
Hardest Job In Showbiz

Hardest Job In Showbiz

Hosting a daily talk radio show — as I did for decades — is the hardest job in show business. I include in this category doing a talk-intensive morning show on a music station, with or without an ensemble. What makes it so difficult is having to come up...