Commercial Conflicts

Commercial Conflicts

During all my years in broadcasting, there was a rule that commercials for competing companies could not run adjacent to one another in a break (e.g. car dealers couldn’t follow car dealers). Optimally, they wouldn’t even run in the same cluster. If they...
Time To Resurrect This Radio Idea

Time To Resurrect This Radio Idea

The latest unemployment numbers reminded me of one of the ways in which radio can be an important resource in a community. In 2009, as the Great Recession was flaring across the country and millions of people lost their jobs, my friend Francene Cucinello decided to be...
The New Direction Is Down

The New Direction Is Down

In 2008, my friend Kipper McGee was the Program Director of talk radio station “The Big 89” WLS-AM/Chicago. I had known Kipper when he’d spent a year or two in the same position at KTRS/St. Louis while I was its midday host. We stayed in touch after...
POTD: The Spirit Of Radio

POTD: The Spirit Of Radio

On the 40th anniversary of the release of its album, “Permanent Waves,” the classic rock trio Rush had a special animated video made for their song, “The Spirit Of Radio.” It serves a dual purpose — as a tribute to their drummer, Neil...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

My friend Perry Simon on the disappointing predictability of how talk radio is handling the Minneapolis story: Friday morning, I did my occasional listening tour of talk radio stations across the country, and I wondered, with the biggest stories right there on video...
MYMNK: “Corporate.FM”

MYMNK: “Corporate.FM”

Recently, I linked to a piece by a radio veteran lamenting the state of the industry and blaming consolidation. Today, I’m recommending a documentary that makes the point even more strongly. “Corporate.FM” was made in 2012 by Kansas City filmmaker...