You’re Not On The Air

You’re Not On The Air

Taking regular phone calls from lonely listeners who just want to talk to someone is a recipe for bad radio. Here’s how I handled them during my years as a talk radio host.

DJ Lessons

DJ Lessons

Occasionally, during my years in music radio, I would get asked to speak to a high school class to explain what it’s like being in the business. This is what I told them.

Another Blown Promotion Opportunity

Another Blown Promotion Opportunity

I recently attended two screenings where radio DJs got up before the movie to promote the station and give stuff away. In both cases, the jocks blew the opportunity by failing to read the room.

This Is A No Ad Zone

This Is A No Ad Zone

Some radio (and podcast) personalities have gotten rich by having great relationships with advertisers. I was never one of them, but I do have a few stories to share.

Bad Radio Promotion

Bad Radio Promotion

Yesterday, I heard a promo for a radio station giveaway that had me shaking my head because it went against everything on-air contests should be about.

She Picked The Hits

She Picked The Hits

Not all radio stars were on the air. This is a wonderful NY Times obit for the woman who chose the hits — and made stars of Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, and more — for legendary station CKLW.

HD Radio

HD Radio

I offer my perspective on the technology known as HD Radio, which commemorated its 15th birthday last week (although there isn’t much to celebrate).

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