The Letter

  • Are you currently (or within the last year or so) a host or producer on a political talk radio station? If so, I need your help. I'm gonna ask a few questions, and I'd appreciate it if you can drop me an email answering them. Answers will be confidential and off-the-record, just for my own edification. Just send your responses to me at and it'll help me get a handle on things.

    Oh, first, I should explain what I mean by "things." Well, okay, I listen to a lot of talk -- radio, podcasts, the people at the next table at Starbucks -- and I can hear a marked difference between, oh, let's say, early last year and today. You'll get the idea from the questions. Here they are:

  • October 27, 2017
    The Local Angle

    People, it seems, no longer bother to read past headlines these days. It's too much trouble. You could put anything in a headline and people will skim past it, absorb it, think, oh, it's real, and move on to seething outrage over Hillary being an alien or oxygen causing ...

  • October 20, 2017
    At Their Service

    Let me explain myself a little better. Sometimes, in this space, I talk about how there's plenty of room and demand for "non-political" talk, which some people interpret a little too strictly. They think that means I don't want to hear ANY politics, or want nothing but ...

  • October 13, 2017
    The Future We Want

    Last weekend, I attended what may or may not be the last Los Angeles Podcast Festival, better known as L.A. Podfest, one of the earliest if not THE earliest in what is now a worldwide glut of podcast festivals. So this'll be about podcasting, again, and before I get into ...

  • October 6, 2017
    The People’s Choice

    About two years ago, Target decided to take 18 of its stores and try a radical concept, and by "radical" I mean they replaced their standard hot-dog-and-Pizza Hut snack bars with a chain of "healthy" food spots. Instead of the aroma of popcorn as patrons entered those ...

  • September 22, 2017
    Heard That Song Before

    How predictable are you? In asking that, I will stipulate that the question can cut two ways: one person's predictability is another's consistency. I ask the question in the spirit of examining whether talk radio is superserving its core constituency or short-changing ...

  • It was inevitable that, as happens after or even during most disastrous major news stories, the hurricanes would be used for political purposes. Harvey and Irma were no different; the ground has yet to dry and Irma is being used to push a particular agenda... Climate ...

  • September 8, 2017
    Looking For ‘Upbeat'

    Even before the Radio Show 2017 wrapped up in Austin this week, I was hearing what I was told was the "consensus" about the show. "So," more than one person told me, "I hear it was 'upbeat.'" I heard that from people at the show, from people who weren't at the show... I ...

  • September 1, 2017
    The Movement Abides

    Convention takeaways are an interesting thing. I try not to make lists of takeaways from conventions, because a) most radio conventions don't really generate that kind of reaction, b) everyone else is doing it, and c) what you take away from an event often depends on ...

  • August 25, 2017
    Live, Local, Late-Breaking

    This week, I've been at Podcast Movement 2017 in Anaheim, which means that I'm naturally going to talk about something podcasts can't do. First, let's get this out of the way: I've started a podcast, it's called "The Evening Bulletin with Perry Michael Simon," it's a ...

About The Author
Perry Michael Simon

Perry Michael Simon is Vice President and Editor/News-Talk-Sports for and the former Program Director and Operations Manager at stations like KLSX and KLYY (Y107)/Los Angeles and WKXW (New Jersey 101.5)/Trenton. He's been on-air and written stuff for TV and websites and other stuff he doesn't remember all that well. He can also be found at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and, if you're so inclined. And, in addition, he's currently Director of Programming at Legendary Pictures' Nerdist Industries division, home of the Nerdist Podcast Network.

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