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Be Your Own Best Critic

May 22, 2012


I hear it all the time, “I’m my own worst critic.” I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately and it really is counter-productive. Being your own “worst” critic serves no purpose. There’s no value in having a “worst” critic. A “worst” critic would be one that doesn’t give very good critiques. That doesn’t help anyone. At the risk […]

No Post Today

May 15, 2012


I’m not writing a blog post today. The inspiration to not write a post came from a Marketing Profs article with tips about how to break out of a slump like slugger Albert Pujols recently did. You see I’ve been struggling a bit lately to come up with content and I couldn’t help but notice suggestion number four, “Get Some […]

Vulnerability and Gratitude: Two Ways to Endear Yourself to Listeners

April 10, 2012


Back in December I wrote a post about how several smart people had told me that vulnerability is an important and effective way for hosts to bond with their audience and build lasting connections. Here’s a great example: According to Robert Feder’s Chicago Media column popular Chicago sports-talk host Dan McNeil has returned to the air on WSCR […]

Reflections on College Radio’s Impact: Literally and Figuratively

February 28, 2012


One of my goals upon returning from vacation is to start volunteering more, both in my community and with educational broadcasters to do my part to help assure the future of our industry. Here’s a post from last fall I wrote about how we should all give back to radio. I’ll be back with new […]

Radio Steps Up: But What Have You Done Lately?

December 21, 2011


There is a nice item in today’s Taylor On Radio-Info email about the charity events that stations are doing all across the country. Tom writes, “Jocks are broadcasting from malls, supermarket parking lots, 18-wheelers and everywhere else a promotion director can think of.” He goes on to say that, “Emmis’ Hot 97/WQHT, New York just staged […]

Searching for Creativity After 250 Posts

November 18, 2011


This post is going up later than most of my entries so, to anyone who’s daily ritual includes reading my fine words of wisdom, I apologize. I’m running later than usual for a couple of reasons: This is my 250th post which feels like a milestone so, in honor of this momentous non-achievement, I slept in. Because I […]

Who Packs Your Parachute?

October 20, 2011


In a recent post I suggested that every host should take the time to thank their audience for listening. Not just in a cursory way but actually saying it like you mean it. Then my wife, who’s the traffic director at WGN-AM here in Chicago, shared an email from the Traffic Directors Guild of America […]

Messages From Jack Swanson and Alec Baldwin: Occupy Radio Anyone?

October 18, 2011


When I became the News/Talk/Sports Editor at Radio & Records I met a whole new group of radio folks and two of the best were at KGO in San Francisco; General Manager Mickey Luckoff and Program Director Jack Swanson. At the time KGO had an unbelievable streak of something like nine million straight books as the […]

Reflections on College Radio’s Impact: Literally and Figuratively

October 13, 2011


I just found out that Tuesday (10-10-11) was College Radio Day, a celebration of educational, student-run radio stations that hopes to, “harness the combined listenership of hundreds of thousands of college radio listeners throughout North America and to celebrate the important contribution of college radio to America’s airwaves by uniting for this one day.” College […]

A Lesson From Siri, the iPhone’s New Personal Assistant

October 12, 2011


While Apple’s latest iPhone-related announcement didn’t bring a radical redesign of the ground-breaking smart phone there is one element of the newly unveiled 4S that may be the start of something revolutionary. An article in Fast Company’s CoDesign newsletter points out that Siri, a new app the company describes as “a humble personal assistant,” may turn out to be a […]