Category: Culture

A Native New Yorker Apologizes to America

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The first time I voted I needed to declare a party preference.  Coming of age in the 70’s in the Empire State crime was everywhere.  The Son of Sam was following his neighbor’s dog Harvey’s instructions to kill people on Gotham’s mean, unsympathetic streets.  Meanwhile, factories upstate were closing, as local restaurants were suggesting people…

Why WLS in Chicago has a 1.9 Share

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50,000 watts.  Major League Baseball.  And the ratings are shit. You might ask why?  I believe I have the answer. When breaking news (or weather) happens, people are looking for information.  People that may never have listened to a station are tuning in wanting to know what’s happening around them. Think back almost 15 years…

Black Radio Stations Matter

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The immutable “Rule #1 – It’s about ratings and revenue.”  If you don’t accept this, you’re doomed. Each fall, the big media companies go through budgeting for the new year.  The companies look to see who they can fire even at their successful stations.  A standard exercise is being asked to “rank” employees.  Thinking managers…

Bengals’ Fans Can’t Hold Their Liquor

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You either watched it live on CBS, were there or you saw and read about the rowdy Steelers-Bengals NFL Wildcard Playoff game later.  The sad thing is Cincinnati, the well-mannered “northern most southern city” in America, showed its seamy underbelly to the nation this past weekend. Yes, we can debate the two thug dumbasses who…

Brian Williams Needs a Wingman to Tell Him the Truth

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The brilliant writers and the retiring Jon Stewart, the talented comedian and fake newsman who is so good at what he does that he became a real newsman, said it all, “Why Bri Lie?  Sigh.” Some are questioning the timing of fake news anchor Jon Stewart’s retirement announcement, concluding his announcement on the same day NBC…

Cheating Rewarded – Patriots are Champs* (note asterisk)

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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”

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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

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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…