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...

Tennis Radio

If you're a regular reader of this site, you know we're a little tennis-crazy in my house. My wife and I used to play several times a week, and our daughter played on the varsity team in high school. We've all put our rackets away over the last few years, but our love...

Fred’s Hall Of Fame Moment

The National Radio Hall Of Fame announced its 2018 inductees last week. The list of ten men and women includes nine radio hosts. The tenth inductee is the first-ever non-broadcaster, Fred Jacobs. Fred was Program Director of WRIF/Detroit in the early 1980s before...

Dan Ingram, My Radio Hero

I'm just back from a week in Las Vegas, and have lots of stories from the trip to share with you, but I awoke this morning to a bit of news that must come first. My radio hero, Dan Ingram, has died at age 83. Ingram was the greatest Top 40 radio personality I've ever...

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Darryl Parks wonders if "Ohio" -- the devastating song Neil Young wrote (and recorded with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash) after seeing four college students killed by National Guardsmen during a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University...

Why I’m Not Mourning Art Bell

After his death this weekend, Art Bell, whose "Coast To Coast AM" show owned overnight radio for a couple of decades on hundreds of stations, is being mourned by many in the radio industry. I am not one of them. I believe Bell contributed to the dumbing-down of...

Defending Offense

Yesterday, I wrote a piece about the blowback felt by two right-wing media personalities after their comments caused activists to start a boycott of the businesses that advertised on their programs. What I neglected to say is that there has to be a line where...

Big Mouths, Big Trouble

In the last week, a couple of conservative loudmouths have gotten some backlash after making comments about David Hogg, one of the survivors of the Parkland high school shooting who has become an outspoken advocate for gun law reform. First it was Fox News Channel...

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