Category: The Last Word

Evolution, Not Revolution

It comes upon us quickly, lasts but three days, and is gone in the blink of an eye. I’m talking, of course, about the annual trek to Las Vegas that for broadcasters is as reliable an occurrence as the swallows…

Crystal Light

What happened to the Crystal Awards this year? In the past, we could always count on half of the winners being from smaller markets, but this time around, only two small-market stations made the grade. Judging from the deliberate balance…

The Hot Factor

In last week’s issue I made a passing reference to President Obama making what some thought was a faux pas in describing his friend, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, as,”the hottest attorney general in America.” (In fairness, this was preceded…

Who Are These Guys, Anyway?

This has been an uneven week for political correctness. We in California are proud of having the nation’s best-looking attorney general, even though—as our nation’s president found out—it is unwise to refer to her as such in public, no matter…

The Substitute for Experience

I had an epiphany in the shower this morning: After a lifelong career in broadcasting, during which I have mostly thought of myself as a little bit of the renegade, a little bit of a challenger of the status quo,…

A Vision for the Future

In the past several weeks, our world has been rocked by the premature (as it turned out) rumor that automakers were thinking about phasing out over-the-air broadcast radio as mobile Internet becomes more and more practical. (Even the original rumormonger…

Webmaster, Heal Thyself

It’s a common tale: The tailor’s kids run around in rags. The shoemaker’s kids go barefoot. And the webmaster’s “kids”—his own websites—are often the last to receive attention. Unfortunately, the website attached to this publication is not an exercise in…

Why I Switched Web Hosts

This week I have begun the process of migrating all of my websites from Go Daddy to SiteGround. Why did I take this step? I have made no secret of my fondness for Go Daddy over the years—the reliability of…

Swaps Done Right

Things are heating up in the run-up to NAB 2013 in Las Vegas. As expected—and appreciated—the RAB will once again be putting on a number of sales- and management-oriented sessions. Earlier in this issue we present descriptions of all the…

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…