Rush To Judgement Day

Rush To Judgement Day

Throughout my four-decade radio career, I almost always made it a habit, on my way to work, to listen to whoever preceded me. One of the biggest exceptions was Rush Limbaugh, who show aired right before mine on KMOX. I not only detested what he said and stood for, but...
Commercial-Free Mondays

Commercial-Free Mondays

Early in my radio career, I worked for a music station that declared, “Every Monday In January Is Commercial-Free!” How did it manage that? Through the law of supply and demand. Because most big advertisers had spent so much money in the November-December...
Monday Night Lennon

Monday Night Lennon

Forty years ago tonight, millions of Americans learned from Howard Cosell that John Lennon was dead. Cosell made the announcement towards the end of a Dolphins-Patriots game on ABC’s “Monday Night Football” — and I missed it. At the time, I was...
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...