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Hold It Right There! Drop the iPhone and Back Away Slowly

September 8, 2011


Imagine the horror! You find yourself trapped in a world with no Facebook, Twitter, email or text messages. No internet connection, no laptops, no tablets, no smartphones. Not even an old Motor0la Razr anywhere. You are completely cut off, unavailable… unplugged. It actually sounds kind of nice doesn’t it? The Marriott Renaissance hotel in Pittsburgh thinks so. They are offering a special […]

I Double Dog Dare You To Try This

August 30, 2011


I love this idea. I stole it from Jerry DeMink’s Facebook page who linked to it from Andrew Sullivan’s blog who found it on the Web site for Improv Everywhere. I double dog dare you… no… I triple dog dare you to try this in your market and yes I realize I breached protocol by skipping the […]

Breaking News: Dove Spotlights Female D.J.s

August 29, 2011


For a fleeting moment I thought I had scooped all the radio trades. According to a New York Times article, a new ad campaign for Dove was going to be using, “women disc jockeys to attract young consumers to its newest deodorant products.” No one had this story. I hadn’t gotten any sort of breaking news alert from […]

Peter Lik is Ruining the Weather Channel

August 16, 2011


I am quickly growing to hate Peter Lik. According to his Web site, Lik “Sits at the summit of landscape photography.” He is, “World-renowned, highly awarded, and [boasts]  a huge international following.” I’ve never met the man and I have no interest in landscape photography. I’m growing to hate him because of his Weather Channel show […]

Idea-Palooza: Perry Farrell and Shrinky Dinks

August 8, 2011


This weekend I hauled my forty-something body through three days of Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago. It was hot, humid, rainy and really fun. It’s been 20 years since the start of the original Lollapalooza tour which was ground-breaking in a number of ways. Package tours with multiple big name acts were not common when Lolla first launched […]

My Rock and Roll Fantasy Involves Draft Picks

August 4, 2011


Yay! Football is back! They avoided the lockout and the season is on the way. Wait What? The season is on the way?? Brace yourself, football season starts in just over a month. That realization, along with the emails from friends and family asking whether we are going to have a fantasy football league this […]

A Purple Cow for your Birthday

July 14, 2011


All I hear about is how hard it is to get a consumer’s — or in our case a listener’s — attention. People are inundated with too many choices and too much information. It’s hard to stand out. Yet so many times we miss the obvious opportunities to do just that. Like wishing listeners a happy birthday. […]

Paying Homage to Steve Dahl – or – Why is Radio So Lame?

July 12, 2011


Apparently its been 30 years since anything exciting happened in Chicago radio and I can prove it. Just read the first line of a recent Chicago Tribune article about the impending changes in the market stemming from Emmis Communication’s sale of WKQX and WLUP to Randy Michael’s new company Merlin Media: “More than three decades removed from Disco Demolition Night at […]

C’mon Dallas! Where’s the Love?

June 14, 2011


There are so many good side-stories that grew out of the Dallas Mavericks defeating LeBron James and the Miami Heat to win the NBA championship. For example:  The team, including usually quiet star Dirk Nowitzki, usually loud owner Mark Cuban, cut loose at a Miami night club Sunday night where they danced and drank an […]

Social Media Without Opposable Thumbs

June 9, 2011


Thanks to information from – a Groupon type service aimed at pet owners — I recently discovered that 86% of dogs do not have a Facebook account and 73% do not have their own YouTube channel. But wait. That means that more than one out of every ten dogs DOES have a Facebook page […]