Friday, December 10, 2010

Prompting thoughts

Kyla, at Doukenie Winery, looking through the fence at a horse.
 I often wonder what it is she's thinking about... 

A comment on a previous post asks the question, "What prompted your thoughts in the first place?"

Several things.

First, we don't hear enough encouragement or teaching in what we all do day to day anymore, and if we can share our experiences which have made each of us successful, then aren't we leaving a 'mark' on the universe?

Experiences are teachers, mistakes are teachable moments, and for any industry - let alone radio - to continue to be viable, and grow, we should all endeavor to teach something we've learned, because someone young and hungry, like Brent Flick, or Kruz, or someone reading in a small market somewhere just trying to make some noise might be able to learn from it.

For the Claire Scattergoods, Clint Beales and Elizabethanys and the NexGen of Content Artists so that they might one day be able to get to a place like Z100 and turn on the mic as a personality, where as some others only made it to the mountaintop, but didn't get to cross to the other side.

Second, we hear too much negative from so-called 'media' pundits anymore, and someone has to counter it, because there is some amazing stuff happening in radio and content creation.

Just this morning, one blowhard called Howard Stern's renewal at Sirius a "mistake". Bold words from someone who was cast out of the industry long ago because, well, truth be told, it passed him by. It's easy to sit on the sidelines and bitch, and armchair quarterback things you think you know. It's quite another to lace up and play the game every day. I salute Howard for getting paid to do what he loves to do every day, and for making a noise that no one wants to ignore.

Finally, we owe it to ourselves and to those who come after us to do all we can to reinforce the base of our industry - the talent - who make radio - or any industry - what it is. 

The people who make it an "Apple-like" experience between songs for our fans. Who realize that the game and metrics have evolved and that we can evolve too without compromising personality.

So, that's pretty much it, BB. Thanks for the comment. Please feel free to leave as many as you want, about whatever, because every comment, good, bad, ugly or nasty, is a teachable moment for anyone who reads, and absorbs.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for letting me in on the thought process and I love your reasoning on this. You do express some interesting thoughts in your blogs. I hope the other major and successful radio personalities share your views, too. Radio and the music you present has a tremendous impact on our society and life would certainly seem colorless without it. It's great that you can think with the evolution aspect of the industry.
    Now, speaking of evolution: Thanks for your support of Kris Allen's 'Alright With Me'. I've always felt the most wonderful thing about radio was the chance to be introduced to new music. There's nothing like hearing a song on the radio for the first time and loving it, or hearing your favorite song on the radio. It can make a rough day suddenly brighter. This is my personal opinion: Without a fresh infusion of new music, listening becomes a one-dimensional experience. Music makes us feel and we end up feeling flat after listening to the same songs over and over. Like soda without the fizz. Just my opinion..... Which is why I appreciate that you don't compromise your personality and you care about the fans. Perhaps you can share this idea with your program director.....
    Btw, love your pic of Kyla. :) If she's like most girls her age, she's imagining riding that horse!