July 27, 2017Nothing To See Here
Wow. Declaring "sexism." Like yelling "fire" in a theater. Such a dangerous, volatile word to use so recklessly.
But Rolling Stone (RS) went there. According to them, female artists aren't played enough and don't achieve #1 hits like the guys do, especially when some are posting strong album sales, and it's all Country radio's fault – part of some maniacal agenda. Last week's piece cited Miranda Lambert's "Weight Of These Wings" album – which was recently certified platinum – as an example, in spite of Country radio's alleged non-support of singles "Vice," "We Should Be Friends," and the current "Tin Man."
I have so many thoughts on this conspiracy theory – which I'll get to – but as far as any bias, gender or otherwise, I think Hall Country WCTK/Providence PD Bob Walker spoke best on behalf of programmers everywhere on his recent Facebook post while reacting to the RS piece, "The word sexist today is golden in driving page views…If only they knew radio would play ANYTHING that drives ratings – that is the only agenda in Country radio."
July 19, 2017"Radio Is Part Of Me… What I Was Made For"
Eighty-nine days. That's how long Christie Matthews' retirement from radio lasted. Not that anybody was counting. Okay, maybe one person. When she stepped down from a hectic, high-pressure role as OM for the six-station Saga/Jonesboro, AR cluster, which included ...
July 14, 2017This Ending Has A Great Beginning
For Tony Randall and Kris Rochester, known as "Tony & Kris" on the radio for the past 25 years, it was a happy – albeit short – ending. A mere 46 days, to be exact. This week, the pair were anointed successors to the retiring, 20-year morning team of Andy & Alison ...
June 28, 2017"We Can Actually Change The World"
From now on, whatever Brian Gary is selling, I'm buying in large quantities; I'm all in. Also, let me pass along this bit of advice for any of you whose company holds annual meetings and attempts to dazzle you with rah-rah motivational speakers on the last session of the ...
June 19, 2017What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Friday's (6/16) chain of events in Sacramento involving Lindsay Ell, KNCI, KBEB, and KNTY is another cautionary tale for radio programmers in competitive situations, and should be filed under the category of, "what could possibly go wrong?" To recap, after previously ...
June 16, 2017"Rock On, Linda"
"She died trying." That's Jeff Young, husband of WYCD/Detroit afternoon co-host Linda Lee, recalling the final hours of her battle with cancer – one she ultimately could not win. Determined to accept her 2017 Academy Of Country Music Broadcast Award for Major Market ...
June 8, 2017CMT Music Awards: Notes On A Cellphone
While watching the “CMT Music Awards” last night, comfortably situated in the La-Z-Boy Command Center at home, I tapped out the following observations on my iPhone: Flip the script and make Keith Urban/Carrie Underwood's "The Fighter" a power ballad? Damn. Gave the ...
June 1, 2017Remembering Joe Wade Formicola
I got to know Joe Wade Formicola – who passed away suddenly this week at the age of 69 – on a personal level during the past few years or so, but I certainly knew OF him for decades. Dating back to the late 80s and early 90s, he was a hugely popular morning ...
May 25, 2017This One’s For All Of Us
Luke Combs’ debut album for River House/Columbia Nashville, “This One’s For You,” isn’t just solid – it’s fantastic. As we approach the middle of 2017, Combs is comfortably in the clubhouse with one of the top five albums of the year – according to me. ...
May 19, 2017Thinking Strait
Getting my arms around the idea that George Strait is now 65 years old is hard. Nearly impossible, actually. I accept it as fact, because his birthday was this week – and always has been May 18th – but he’s been kind of an ageless, timeless fixture in Country music ...