You Are What You Read

July 26, 2012

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In last week’s Billboard Top 40 Update I interviewed Roy Williams, the copy writing and advertising guru known to many people as The Wizard of Ads. When I asked him for suggestions on how to write better scripts for radio ads he had replied that behind every great writer was a great reader, “Most people […]

Time to Leave the Bitter Barn

July 24, 2012

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The panel I moderated at The Conclave last week in Minneapolis was supposed to be about maximizing local radio: how to make local radio the best in can be. Despite my best efforts it still contained an element of complaining about how syndication and voice-tracking are ruining our industry. I’m so tired of this! First […]

Three Notable Quotes from the 2012 Conclave

July 23, 2012

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Last week at The Conclave in Minneapolis I sat in on a panel discussions that yielded three really interesting quotes I wanted to share with you: 1) “Efficiency is the new brevity” (Mike McVay / Cumulus Media) Mike’s point is that a great talk break isn’t about brevity. If you need two minutes to tell […]

Tosh Point Oh-No!

July 17, 2012

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There are only a couple of hard and fast rules I believe in when it comes to working with talent  and Daniel Tosh, the stand-up comedian who hosts the Comedy Central Show “Tosh.0,” broke one of them recently: don’t make jokes about rape. Tosh was apparently talking about how rape jokes are actually quite hilarious and […]

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Strive for the Right Type of Perfection

July 13, 2012

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I love it when an “expert” reinforces something I’ve said for years. It makes me feel all fuzzy inside (though that could also be that over-ripe banana I just ate). In this week’s Billboard Top 40 Update I included a quote from Peter Bregman, author of “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right […]

Memories of Tony Packos

July 11, 2012

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One of the most exciting parts of my midwest vacation last week was getting to eat at Tony Packos Hungarian Hot Dogs in Toledo. After having heard about it for years I was thrilled to finally get to try it out. But as I’ve been telling people about that part of my adventure it turns […]

Timely Does Not Equal Interesting

July 9, 2012

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There were no new posts last week because I was on a multiple day road trip around the midwest and, not surprisingly, I heard some really bad radio hosts. Like the one on the last day of our trip who opened the mic and started talking about the lifeguard who was fired for saving someone outside of his […]

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