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Oh! Carolina

June 29, 2012

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It’s always encouraging to hear the same things I’ve been trying to say day after day echoed by someone else whose opinion is noteworthy. For example, in this week’s Billboard Top 40 Update I interview Carolina Bermudez who, after seven years on-air as co-host of the syndicated Elvis Duran Morning Show is moving on to a morning TV gig. Think […]

Why Best-Selling Authors Keep Selling

June 27, 2012

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I’ve got approximately 800 pages to go in the fourth book of the series that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is based on (George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”). That means I’ve already digested the approximately 2500 pages that make up the first three installments. I bring this up because I can’t believe I’ve gotten […]

Stealing from Sweden

June 20, 2012

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A recent segment of Steven Colbert’s show focused on his attempt to take control of Sweden’s official Twitter account for one week. The idea isn’t as far-fetched as it might initially seem. Apparently control of Sweden’s official account @Sweden  is controlled by a new Swedish citizen each week. While the government is resisting giving Colbert who’s not a […]

Time to “Fun Up” Your Show

June 12, 2012

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Being the big sci-fi dork I am I loved the Volkswagen “Little Vader” commercial that debuted during the 2011 Superbowl. Now it turns out that Max Page, the 7-year-old who played the crucial character in the spot, has to have open heart surgery to fix a hole in his heart and replace a pulmonary valve. Apparently the young man has […]

Word to Your Mother: A Reminder to Talk to One Person

June 11, 2012

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A couple of days ago I saw this Facebook post from Dana Lucas who currently works part-time at Mix 101.9 here in Chicago and once upon a time was my go to fill-in person on Q101: Dana Fact: When I am on air I pretend only my mom is listening. I thoroughly convince myself that […]

Brain First, Then Mouth

June 5, 2012

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Great talent say outrageous, attention-getting things. Gainfully employed talent don’t disrupt their stations biggest annual event and disappoint thousands of fans. This the tightrope you walk. Deal with it. According to reports in several different radio trades including Billboard.biz, Nicki Minaj walked out before her performance at Hot 97 New York’s Summer Jam last weekend. She blew […]

Be an Audience Organizer

June 4, 2012

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Getting people to sign a petition is a time-honored way to call attention to an issue. It’s also been a tedious and difficult process until now. Today, with online sites like change.org, it’s easier than ever to organize a movement and get people’s participation. According to an article on the JTW Intelligence blog, as online petitions become common […]

How One Man’s Hero is Another’s Annoyance

June 1, 2012

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I recently had an interesting conversation with Arbitron’s Jon Miller, author of the column “Not Your Average Quarter Hour” (shameless plug for a project I have some peripheral involvement with), about, of all random things, Guy Fieri the host of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” on the Food Network. Regardless of how we got on the […]

Do a Show Springsteen Would Be Proud Of

May 29, 2012

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When I was a program director I used to try to read books about how to be a better manager. I always got suckered in by the ones that had pop culture references I thought I could relate to. I remember one about Tony Soprano’s management style and another that was based on The Matrix. Invariably I […]

Improve Your “Once Upon a Time” Skills

May 25, 2012

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It’s great when the various pieces of my far-flung enterprises connect. For instance, this article I wrote for the Billboard Top 40 Update this week that’s all about how to be a better storyteller; an art form that every host can benefit to study a little more closely. Here’s a few great thoughts from the piece: You […]