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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Get off Seacrest's nuts, Jerry, and while you're at it, back off Clear Channel, too

Kyla, my daughter, in our studio with the microphone.
If she chooses to do radio, I hope she has a career like
Ryan Seacrest, and buys me a house one day!


This morning, a wanna-be radio pundit has decided to put Ryan Seacrest's $60 million dollar contract in his cross hairs, and he's demonizing him as the "face of Clear Channel firing..."

Jealous, Jerry?

Jealous that you were canned, sued and given a settlement which was clearly less than what Ryan's getting for three years of work?

Jealous that he's still doing what he loves, in a myriad of platforms, dominating digital, dominating the on-air, dominating television and soon, dominating a record company?

Jealous, there Jerry?

Get off Seacrest's nuts and shut the... up.

I'm not here to argue about consolidation, or voice tracking, or syndication. Life is life, business is business, and technology is technology. Ryan's used it all to work smarter - not harder - although everyone I know who knows him says he's one of the most driven, hard working people on the planet. You've got to control what you can control in this life, and as things change, the best thing any of us can do is to find the opportunities to exploit as we go forward while we control what we can control. Ryan did. He seems to be doing alright, doesn't he?

Hey, he doesn't have to beg people to sign up for his websites, or cry out for people to attend some bull**** kumbayah-fest in Arizona with a bunch of bitter ex-radio types.

I've got Ryan's back against this sort of ridiculousness because Ryan was once like anyone in radio who has the passion was. He was an annoying kid at a local radio station, pulling CD's, grabbing carts, marking logs for others, asking questions too much, etc. He started at the bottom, exploited every chance and break he found and made himself who he is.

Jesus. He's living the radio dream. He's got what we all strive to have. And ya know what? We can make it there, too, if we press on, and commit ourselves to being the best we can be as the future of radio continues to evolve.

These former radio people who failed their way out of the game are self styled pundits who want to hate on Seacrest for his success. In reality, they should be teaching and studying Ryan's success to see what it is that he's done to become indispensable.

Want truth? Here's the 'inside' truth: 

Ryan controls his destiny.

He earned his ability to do so the hard way, by working hard. By failing at times. By winning at times. By taking risks and breaking the mold and adjusting when the course called for it. Like Apple, he made himself an amazing user experience for all who encountered him, and now, a major American television show, radio morning show, and national countdown show, can't contemplate life without him.

It says a lot to me that my company would give a man that size of a contract. It says to me that we're willing to say to our talent, "hey, you bust your ass, you do above and beyond, so here, have a reward and stick around with us for a while."

If people lose their jobs in my company, or in any company, it's because they didn't do enough to show that they were like Ryan...

Indispensable.

And yes, if someday I'm tossed for syndication or whatnot, it's because I didn't do enough to show to my bosses that I'm someone they want on the team. I'm working my butt off to make sure that doesn't happen.


What has your bitching earned for you?

Get off Seacrest's nuts. He's an example of everything that's still right - and about the rewards which can come from hard work - with radio today.

If radio people want to grow, and become the best we can be as we continue to go forward, we'd do well to study what Ryan's done so successfully and emulate it.

After all - it's earned him $60 million and a career and freedom. Plus he has a really kick ass ride, too. Not to mention that Kim Kardashian works for him... but that's a different story.

Speaking of which, I'm going to Keep up with the Kardashians now, so excuse me.