Category: Business

Wanna Buy a Radio Station Really Cheap?

It’s been almost 20 years ago since the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.), the National Association of Broadcasters (N.A.B.), Congress and then President Bill Clinton all teamed up to reinvent broadcasting with the historic Telecommunications Act of 1996, the first major rewrite of regulations since the 1930’s. With this combined brain power and political and business…

Idea? “Local” Morning News from Another City. Brilliant!

I’m sure you’ve read the media trades where consultants and experts say listeners, viewers and readers want authenticity, they want “real.” The unbelievable claims of being “the best” or “the most” doesn’t cut it with media savvy consumers anymore. But, radio? It just keeps on keeping on, ignoring consumer needs, wants and demands and continues…

The Business of Being Rush Limbaugh

After news broke about the Rush Limbaugh Show getting kicked to the curb by WRKO-AM in Boston, Nielsen radio market #10, I received about a dozen emails asking when I was going to comment.  So, here goes. First, understand the “business of business is business” and the “business of money is money.”  And it’s money…

Net Neutrality – What It Means to You

The following is a repost of a column I recently wrote for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber  Click Here for their latest newsletter. You’re to think of the recent “net neutrality” ruling as freedom through regulation. The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, a government regulatory agency regulated and regulators, as you know, will regulate. Yes.…

Cheating Rewarded – Patriots are Champs* (note asterisk)

Is cheating rewarded in America?  YOU BETCHA! Whether one cheats at cards, on their taxes, when playing sports or on a test, we’ve all done it.  And if you deny it, you’re a liar too. By now, you all know about “Deflategate” and the Patriots playing the 2015 AFC Championship game with deflated balls.  The…

NFL understands “Rule #1” and has you by “The Balls”

We find ourselves living through another crisis to America’s confidence.  “Deflate-gate.” Listening to sports talk radio the past week I was struck by the faux outrage of poorly prepared talk hosts and their disbelief that an NFL head coach and quarterback may have cheated.  Shockingly stretching the rules to gain a unfair advantage.  With billions…

Seize the Power of Technology – Control Your Bright Future

This past weekend I was at a very classy wedding.  A wonderful venue in Covington, KY across the river from downtown Cincinnati.  Beautifully decorated.  Glowing chandeliers.  Wonderful food and the bar open. The pinot grigio was excellent.  Yes, I could have thrown back some Bud Light, but considering the location and guests, I thought I’d…

The Tale of Two Americas and the Great Opportunities for Talk Radio

There was a regular caller on 700WLW back in the day, so regular we created a jingle for him: “He hates blacks.  He hates Jews.  Here come some more of his Aryan views.  It’s Ken!” Ken reads this blog and while I don’t agree with the majority of his views (few would), I respect him…

Racine’s Don Rosen Fired After 24 Years – Outrageous Way He was “Right-Sized.”

Radio, media and broadcasting have always been a tough business.  You’re only as good as your last ratings book and the revenues of the business.  Thus, my “Rule #1: Ratings and Revenue.” If you don’t understand this, chances are you’re doomed. But, with all the changes in recent years, the lay-offs still have come with…

Darryl Receives His Invite to the Consumer Electronics Show – Radio at Least Mentioned

When it comes to electronic gadgets, it doesn’t get any bigger than the International Consumer Electronics Show, the CES, each January in Las Vegas.  In 2015, the event starts January 6th and runs until January 9th. The CES usually takes place right before the annual AVN or porno awards in Las Vegas, which this year…