November 3, 2017Here In The (Un)Real World
UPDATE: As of 11:53a (CT) on Friday, (11/3), the CMA issued the following statement: "CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted. The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music."
The CMA this week decided that, when it comes to the red carpet and backstage media room at the Wednesday, November 8th "51st Annual CMA Awards," the press shall be required to refrain from coverage (read: questions) regarding "the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations, or topics of the like." (Gee, that last restriction is conveniently broad and open to interpretation). As an added bonus, anyone straying from these guidelines will be subjected to their credentials being, "reviewed, and potentially revoked, via security escort."
October 31, 2017"Murder," She Wrote
It's been a rough few months or so down here on planet Earth. Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico devastated by hurricanes, wild fires out West, and, not to be outdone, Mexico chimed in with an 8.4 magnitude earthquake, followed by huge aftershocks and a possible tsunami. I ...
October 17, 2017Feel Good Story
I looked up the definition of curmudgeon in the dictionary, and here's what I found: "An ill-tempered person, especially one who is habitually stubborn or grouchy." Somehow, Morris Management Group's Scot Michaels' picture did not accompany the above ...
October 6, 2017God Bless The Fans
Fifty-eight people. You'd never have known a thing about them if Sunday's (10/1) horrific shooting in Las Vegas had never happened. The Route 91 Harvest Festival would have come and gone, and all 58 would have gone back home to their day-to-day routine, anonymous and ...
October 5, 2017“Too Soon?” Not For This
"That sound you heard was me breathing a huge sigh of relief … Damn. I feel really blessed right now." That was an email from CBS Radio Country KFRG/Riverside PD/morning personality Scott Ward. He'd just received word from a listener who won tickets to the Route 91 ...
September 28, 2017"Donald Trump Is On Line Two"
Call me crazy, but I say Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey of the syndicated "Rick & Bubba" program just earned a fast-pass into the National Radio Hall Of Fame, Country Radio Hall Of Fame, NAB Broadcasting Hall Of Fame, the Alabama Radio Hall Of Fame, and even the ...
September 22, 2017The Strong, Silent Type
Early in my radio career, I learned an important Programming 101 lesson: When your transmitter goes off the air, it's never good. Not even a teensy-weensy bit. My first-ever on-air/programming gig was at KDUO-F and KFXM-A/San Bernardino, and the owner was a man named ...
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 ...
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, ...