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How One Man’s Hero is Another’s Annoyance

June 1, 2012


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 […]

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 […]

What Your Listeners Want From You

May 21, 2012


Direct from the 2012 Jacobs Media Tech Survey which compiled responses from more than 57,000 listeners across a variety of stations in all formats from the United States and Canada comes some insight about why listeners turn on the radio  that every host should be aware of: More than 37% mention wanting to get in a better mood Nearly 33% say radio keeps them company. Over […]

Celebrate Your Victories

April 16, 2012


My long-time friend and one-time employee Erin O’Malley posted this photo last week of a plaque she received from CBS commemorating ten years with the company as midday host at WBMX in Boston. That’s a huge achievement in any industry and especially in radio. Congratulations Erin! I always knew, even way back when in Las Vegas, […]

Be a Curator for Your Audience

April 13, 2012


If you think of a curator as being an old librarian telling you to hush or socially awkward museum worker talking about the unique forms of ink used in the 1700’s to paint pictures of trees you need to think again. With so much information being posted online everyday, curating is being redefined by people who  filter […]

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 […]

Fame Part 2: The Benefit of Making Other People Famous

April 3, 2012


Yesterday I posted a story about a game where one winner each day gets 24 hours of fame with thousands of new Twitter followers. You can get the lowdown on how it all works here. My initial thought in yesterday’s post was about how important it would be to maximize your time in the spotlight […]

Know Your Cliches and Stop Using Them

March 26, 2012


There’s a great scene in the movie “Bull Durham” where Crash Davis, the veteran catcher played by Kevin Costner, teaches Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, the rookie pitcher played by Tim Robbins, about the importance of knowing your clichés. The lesson includes the importance of phrases like, “We gotta play em one day at a time,” and “I’m […]

The Only Fatal Flaw is One You Don’t Admit

March 23, 2012


This is a great quote, “Human nature dictates that people have a hard time genuinely connecting with, being close to, or really trusting other humans who (pretend to) have no weaknesses, flaws, or mistakes” This amazing quote is from a article called “Flawsome.” The gist of the article is about how consumers no longer expect brands to be flawless. […]

Chemistry Lessons with CBS and Charles Barkley

March 20, 2012


Even if you aren’t a college hoops fans I highly recommend watching the CBS/TNT/TBS/TruTV coverage of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament that picks up again later this week. You don’t even have to watch the games — though you should because they are AWESOME — just tune in at halftime for a great example of how not to build a team show. Last year […]