Author: Jay Mitchell

Geoff Neuhoff Dies at 59

Neuhoff, the president & CEO of family business Neuhoff Communications, died last week of undisclosed causes. Neuhoff Communications has been in business for more than 50 years, and owns more than a half dozen stations in Central Illinois.  

Indecency down

The FCC reports that for the period of April-June of this year, “the number of radio and television complaints decreased by more than 44%, from 3,903 to 2,183.” More to the point, the statistic is “due to a decrease in…

NPR to co-launch a news site to compete with ailing Times-Picayune

National Public Radio, the University of New Orleans and a group of local business and community leaders plan to produce a nonprofit news website to compete against the city’s primary newspaper, The Times-Picayune. NewOrleansReporter.org comes two months after the paper’s…

Do We Look That Stupid?

We’ve heard this song before: Remember the ripoff artists who tried to get broadcasters to pay royalties for their EAS systems? They caused a lot of consternation in their day, but broadcasters stood up to them and they slunk into…

Keeping It Real

In my myriad discussions with fellow broadcasters throughout each week, a common preoccupation is statistics and search engine rankings for their websites. I keep telling everybody that neither metric is all that important for a local site, but no one…

Selling Your Website

This perennial question—which has become nearly as ubiquitous as, “How do you get and keep salespeople?”—hit the message board at Radio Sales Café last week, and some good points emerged. Let’s follow the thread. . . The Question I am…

At the Ready

Last week, a reporter from Radio World asked me some questions about state of readiness of small-market radio. That, and receiving Howard Price’s article printed on the foregoing pages, suggested the theme for this week’s issue. How ready are we?…

Always Be … Listening

Like many of us, I learned a lot from Jim Williams. But like many of our mentors in life, some of what I learned was what not to do. I have a feeling the foregoing statement will be regarded as…

Focus on Interests, Not Positions

By Roger Fisher and William Ury Consider the story of two men quarreling in a library. One wants the window open and the other wants it closed. They bicker back and forth about how much to leave it open: a…