Category: The Last Word

What Are We Afraid Of?

This whole digital thing has had us distracted for far too long. While I stand by my early-adopter championing of the Internet as a logical line extension for radio, I see radio stations struggle with their online presence—be it their…

The Audacity of Hope

As I write this, it is January 21, 2017, our nation has inaugurated the 45th president of the United States, and it is safe to say that we are about to experience a presidency unlike anything we have seen in…

Free Speech and Political Advertising

Every once in a while somebody pushes the envelope when it comes to political advertising. In general, candidates are fairly respectful of community standards, but every once in a while someone comes along who reminds us how good we have…

Don’t Blow It!

This election is arguably the most important in our lifetime. One of the two leading candidates will become the next president of the United States. There are only two choices, and a vote for any other candidate — or no vote…

This Is What Winning Looks Like

I think the decision took a lot of people by surprise, especially those working on behalf of the people (whoever they are). But in the end, the right thing happened. Or is it the right thing? And is it the…

Who’d a Thunk It?

I was talking the other day with one of my favorite people, Shayna Sharp of Regional Reps. Usually the conversations between us result in someone’s head exploding, either from data overload or some “aha” revelation. For me, the “aha” revelation…

Now What?

Facebook is launching a morning show. Meanwhile, a recent blog post by consultant Fred Jacobs posits that with the inevitable advent of self-drive cars, the human in the driver’s seat is free to join his fellow passengers in watching video.…

Grading on a Curve

Without in any way taking away from the accomplishments of our larger-market brethren, over the past few years I have observed a steady decline in the number of small-market stations who win Crystal awards. This disturbs me. I don’t know…

Radio’s Best Bud

One of the reasons I look forward to industry confabs is that I have the opportunity to run into Bud Walters, who, besides being a great guy, has done more for AM radio—and small-market radio—than anyone except Guglielmo Marconi himself.…