The Last Word

Class Act

It’s not good news for anybody involved when an entire team is fired, especially during the holiday season—which, unfortunately, coincides with the end of the business year. Usually the terminees in such cases are silent; sometimes they issue half-hearted statements…

One Less Star in the Radio Sky

As I put the finishing touches on this week’s edition, Tom Taylor announced that he was retiring. As you doubtless know, Tom is a veteran radio journalist who has covered our industry for decades, most recently via his own daily…

How Cold Is It, Exactly?

Boy, this is a tough one. What most media report as “several radio stations”—we only know of one, actually—banned the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” because of questionable lyric content spotlighted by the #MeToo movement. To some, the lyrics suggest…

The Privacy Myth

I have a friend who refuses to load free apps on his phone because they will be data-mining information from his phone on a constant basis. Yeah, so? If there is anyone left on the planet with an Internet connection…

What to Do with the Mounting Facebook Problems

We have been featuring commentary from Bob Hoffman on the Facebook fiction for months, and in this week’s issue, Fred Jacobs weighs in with his own take, including the fact—which I have also learned from conversations with our readers—that small…

The Big Crackdown

I noted with great interest that Chairman Pai is focusing on unwanted phone calls and messages, according to his Thanksgiving Day blog post. But how much of what the chairman wants to do will actually get done? It doesn’t take…

No Salesperson Will Call

So iHeartMedia has bought a company that has developed a platform for programmatic ad buying. I was kind of hoping that if we just let the likes of Facebook and Google fiddle around with a technology that fundamentally misunderstands our…

Advertising Interlopers

It’s one thing to compete with other legitimate advertising media. We shouldn’t have to deal with media that have no business conveying advertising.

As If We Didn’t Have Enough to Worry About

When our friend and SMRN Contributing Editor Jay Douglas called to my attention the LA Times article about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — describing how opportunistic attorneys (redundant?) have gone after websites for not being ADA-compliant — it…

The First Freedom to Go

You may not think you have anything in common with Jim Acosta, or that your radio operation has anything to do with CNN. But the connection is stronger than you think. We’re used to thinking that our local news people…