Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pirate Radio.... LA

... whenever I come back from a week in LA... I think about this station which kinda guided me in my early "development" along with FLZ...

... you can't get this stuff no' more. But damn. What if you could...

Best line: "Spleen come clean..." 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Blind Item: What Southern programmer dedicated this video to a jock earlier today...

... after a reported phone call with his/her senior corporate managers over some hubub or whatnot?

Back to DC after Idol week....

... and this is the song in my head for some reason.... :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Changing the world...

Tonight, an old friend had an astute observation and comment on the world.

And specifically, on why radio is - and will always be - important.

We were chatting over dinner about what we do and the comment came up that in some businesses, people teach. Others save lives. Others heal. And an observation was made that in "radio, it's not like you're saving the world."

That's when my friend said something so powerful: 

"No. You are saving the world. Here's why. Radio takes music and plays songs from our artists for 16, 17, 18 year old boys who were made fun of, who were picked on in High School, and gives them an escape... it gives them hope that one day, they can do the same thing... have a song on the radio..." 

Tommy Page - who works as a VP for Warner Brothers now, and who had a pop hit back in the day as an artist in the NKOTB era - was talking about himself. 

His words - which I might have paraphrased a bit here - should remind us all of the amazing power we all have... and that radio still commands. 

We can change the world. And do. One life at a time. 

That's the power of radio, folks. And it's alive and well. It's waves are all around you right now. And somewhere, something we're broadcasting - on the air, or online - is changing someone's life.

And that - is changing the world.

Well said, Tommy. Well said.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Who deserves credit...

The thing about any market, regardless of where it is, is that you have to understand that no two people are the same.

One is poor, working four jobs, trying just to stay above water - and in some cases, alive. While another is obscenely rich, with more than we could ever imagine, and without a care for anyone who can't help to benefit his or her so-called "station" in life.

One has a disdain for the other. The other... has a disdain for those "beneath them..."

Which side do you want to be "stationed" with?

Before you decide, know this: there are far fewer of one than the other.

Good luck with your choice.

In this game, our "station" is never set. It's always just "ahead..." 

Today, DM had a sign up in his studio which summed up a feeling in which I believe. You can ask him about it, and why it's important, but long story short, you can know this:

Every day, it's necessary to re-apply for the "station" this life has afforded you. Because the post you have isn't yours. It's temporary. And it doesn't - nor will it ever - belong to you.

So re-apply. And prove again that you're worthy of the position.

Show that you deserve the "station" in which they've placed you. And the heights to which they've afforded you.

Here's to filling out an application every time we turn on the mic.


And, DC, thank you once again. I re-apply daily. And I thank you for allowing me the blessing -- and privilege -- to do what I do for you every day.

Please know that I thank you. And I'm aware that it's because of you... that I'm allowed to be.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Confucious say...

It's fun to read things about things saying things when your friends are the ones making decisions about... things.

This is the part where Kid Kelly would say something about whistling while Rome burns back in the day.

Now, it's more like we whistle while we work...

Truth: radio is a much smaller place than it's ever been.

More truth: the best noise is the noise others make about you, not the anonymous noise you make about yourself.

One last truth: Just try to do the best you can do and control your destiny.

Wake me up when September ends.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Radio fascinators wanted...

Just read a really great post about what radio - as an industry - needs more of today. It's from Harker Research associates, and All Access sent it around to the industry a bit ago.

Read it.
Be fascinating. Don't be egotistical.