November 3, 2017Where Are We, Anyway?, And Other Questions For You
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 email@example.com 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, 2017The 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, 2017At 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, 2017The 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, 2017The 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, 2017Heard 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 ...
September 15, 2017Yet Another Modest Proposal, or One For All
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, 2017Looking 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, 2017The 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, 2017Live, 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 ...