September 1, 2017What Now?
You're an experienced Program Director with years under your belt in various market sizes, so when it comes to the so-called unexpected, you've been there, done that – right?
Except for that time Hurricane Harvey came along.
There's no blueprint, no playbook; not even a 60-minute panel on disaster preparedness at Country Radio Seminar could possibly have readied Houston and surrounding radio markets for covering the epic weather event which took place in the last week.
Harvey was so big, the US National Weather Service (NWS) added new colors to its maps which indicate flood levels. Maybe the late, great artist formerly known as Prince knew something we didn't when he wrote "Purple Rain," as the Weather Service introduced two shades of his favorite-ever color; dark purple for 20-30 inches of rain, and a lighter hue for greater than 30 inches.
August 24, 2017A Swift Kick
If the last 11 years – and more recently, the events in a Denver courtroom – have taught us anything, it is the following: this is Taylor Swift's world. You, me, and fellow, ordinary citizens of earth are merely renting blank space here. As a young artist, Swift ...
August 11, 2017"I Hear You Singing In The Wires"
Of all the songs, from all the albums, spanning six decades of Glen Campbell’s prodigious and diverse output of music, how is it that “Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife” remains my all-time favorite? Released in 1968, it peaked at #3, so clearly, it was a popular, ...
August 4, 2017Don't Forget The "Emotional Plutonium"
Last week, I navigated the "sexism at Country radio" minefield in this space and – clearly – that went well, don’t you think? In the process, I learned a few things. Apparently, as one response in the comments section pointed out, I'm "an old radio guy." Another ...
July 27, 2017Let's Be Careful About Using The "S" Word
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 ...
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 ...