Bad Day At Spring Training

Bad Day At Spring Training

I’ve mentioned before that I may be the only person in the St. Louis area who couldn’t care less about the Cardinals. While friends of mine closely follow their progress through spring training and know who they traded for or acquired during the off...
Radio’s Missing Next Generation

Radio’s Missing Next Generation

This weekend marked 9 months since I did my final radio show. I’m asked on a regular basis whether I miss it, and the answer is still no. I’m enjoying the fact that I don’t have to wake up every day and immediately feel the stress of coming up with...
Bob Costas, Level-Headed Broadcaster

Bob Costas, Level-Headed Broadcaster

A friend called me Thursday morning and told me to turn on the Charlie Brennan Show on KMOX, a station I haven’t listened to since parting ways with it almost a decade ago. But my friend told me the guest was a broadcaster who I respect enormously, Bob Costas,...
How Is McCartney #1?

How Is McCartney #1?

Paul McCartney’s “Egypt Station” is the #1 album in the US — without any substantial radio airplay. How? As Fred Jacobs explains, the album came with a brilliant content marketing...
The Ticket Upgrade Promotion

The Ticket Upgrade Promotion

I’ve been involved in many great radio promotions over the years. One of the best was The Ticket Upgrade. In the early 1980s, when I was the morning man at WHCN/Hartford, we had a deal with promoters Jim Koplik and Shelly Finkel for the concerts they brought to...
Standing Meetings

Standing Meetings

Thirty years ago, when I did mornings at WCXR/Washington, my contract was up for renewal. The ratings were really good, and I was feeling cocky, so among my demands was that whenever I had to attend a meeting with the PD or GM, we all had to stand up. They thought I...