Category: The Last Word

Time Passages

When I was a kid, I read an essay by humorist Robert Benchley about time management called “How to Get Things Done.” Essentially Benchley’s method involved giving the highest priority to all those things we do to avoid doing what…

The Candy Store Is Open (Mostly)

I am pleased to announce that at long last the Subscribers Area of our upgraded, enhanced website is now fully functional (kind of). While we plan much more, what is available right now—the biggest reader request by far—are archived copies…

Give Until It Helps

Even occasional readers of this humble publication know how highly I value the work of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. In fact, the BFA has touched a life in my family and it made all the difference. So it is…

Looking Back

Anyone who lived in and around New York City in the Sixties and loved listening to Top 40 radio will be blown away by a montage put together by New-York-area personality Pete Fornatale, posted by consultant Walter Sabo, and suggested…

To Stream … or Not to Stream?

While many small market stations are finally figuring out how to build the cost of streaming their stations online into their budgets, we are hearing not-so-distant rumblings about the advisability of doing so in the first place. On the one…

Change You Might As Well Believe In

Every week, it seems, brings news of yet another new-medium threat to radio. Such threats are so pervasive that even the most isolated, out-of touch broadcaster can’t help but be a little concerned, so you can imagine—or share—the quiet panic…

Money for Nothing

Now that the 2012 elections are in our rear-view mirror, I’ve been thinking a lot about the complex nature of campaign finance. Some of us—almost entirely in the swing states—made out like crazy this year, especially in states like Wisconsin…

Rays of Hope

In the midst of the slew of the spew that characterizes nearly all political advertising these days, I was shocked to discover two instances of high-minded campaigning—one national and one local. (In fairness, most local political advertising is respectful and…

Divided We Fall

The battle over music royalties is once again spilling over into Congress, as the last couple of weeks have seen contradictory measures introduced in the House of Representatives. Last week, we reported that Rep. Jerrold Nadler has introduced legislation to…