Category: The Last Word

Once More into the Breach

A couple of years ago we thought we had this thing handled, but the new administration is undoing a lot of things, and Net Neutrality is one of them. For whatever reason, prevailing wisdom has it that we can trust…

Fighting the Good Fight

It’s always a delight to spend time with my friend Bud Walters, and we had just such an opportunity at the fantastic gathering of good broadcasters at Larry Fuss’s Las Vegas home before the start of the NAB convention. Almost…

Chicken Soup for the Radio Soul

One of the best sessions at the NAB was not at the NAB: the gathering of broadcasters at the annual Larry Fuss shindig, this year held at his home in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon. As a successful small-market broadcaster,…

Truth to Power

I want to commend FCC chairman Ajit Pai for his message-within-a-message in response to the letter sent by the members of the Senate Commerce Committee (see the article earlier in this issue). His monosyllabic responses to the six bloated questions…

The Google Revolution

To set the stage, here are two blog posts from veteran ad man Bob Hoffman: Google Faces a Revolt San Francisco, March 19, 2017—It was reported last Friday that several major advertisers were canceling all advertising on Google platforms in…

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…