The Auto Industry Is Radio

The auto industry and radio have a lot in common.

Let's start with the most important things first -- flying private.

The big three automakers went to beg Congress for $28 billion in stopgap, bail out money recently and they hit Washington in style. The heads of Ford, GM and Chrysler all showed up on private jets (and limo rides to Capitol Hill).

I always say, if you're going to beg, go in style.

Some of the companies said flying private was for safety reasons?

Huh?

Northwest isn't safe?

Ordinarily it is probably none of the public's business how CEOs choose to travel unless, of course,&hellip

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Christmas Radio Format Strategies

(With our "Scottsdale Study Group" good time, great oldies monthly luncheon -- from left to right, JD, John Sebastian, Bruce St. James and Todd Wallace).

No sooner than I waxed eloquent about WCBS-FM in New York as the bastion of radio's better days, the station switched to all-Christmas music.

I used to read Tom Taylor at Inside Radio and then Radio-Info document all the stations that just dump their formats each holiday seasons to go whole hog Santa.

Of course, there are some very interesting sociological implications to an industry that embraces Christmas in a world that has never been more secular. Nordstrom, the&hellip

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Christmas Radio Format Strategies

(With our "Scottsdale Study Group" good time, great oldies monthly luncheon -- from left to right, JD, John Sebastian, Bruce St. James and Todd Wallace).

No sooner than I waxed eloquent about WCBS-FM in New York as the bastion of radio's better days, the station switched to all-Christmas music.

I used to read Tom Taylor at Inside Radio and then Radio-Info document all the stations that just dump their formats each holiday seasons to go whole hog Santa.

Of course, there are some very interesting sociological implications to an industry that embraces Christmas in a world that has never been more secular. Nordstrom, the&hellip

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Designer Radio Ratings By Cumulus

I suspect the radio industry is getting the wool pulled over its eyes by the likes of the Dickey brothers and Nielsen.

The Dickey's have been publicly leading a crusade for -- let's call it what it really is -- cheaper audience ratings for some of its smaller markets. If you believe that better ratings were their main motivation, I have a three week old cheesesteak that I found under the seat at a Flyers game that I'd like to sell you.

The Dickey's did all the right things -- bid it out, try to build industry support from small market operators.

Now we know -- the REST of the story (as Paul Harvey likes to call&hellip

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Designer Radio Ratings By Cumulus

I suspect the radio industry is getting the wool pulled over its eyes by the likes of the Dickey brothers and Nielsen.

The Dickey's have been publicly leading a crusade for -- let's call it what it really is -- cheaper audience ratings for some of its smaller markets. If you believe that better ratings were their main motivation, I have a three week old cheesesteak that I found under the seat at a Flyers game that I'd like to sell you.

The Dickey's did all the right things -- bid it out, try to build industry support from small market operators.

Now we know -- the REST of the story (as Paul Harvey likes to call&hellip

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If Radio & Records Employed a Team of Rivals

We've been hearing a lot lately about how president-elect Barack Obama is channeling his inner Abe Lincoln in putting together his cabinet appointments.

Doris Kerns Goodwin wrote a book called Team of Rivals chronicling the way Lincoln did it.

Lincoln chose the man who ran against him, William Henry Seward, as his secretary of state. Then he crossed to the Democratic party to pick Edwin Stanton as his secretary of war -- the same Edwin Stanton who humiliated him years earlier when they worked together as trial lawyers. There was also Salmon Chase, a Lincoln critic and rival who landed the treasury secretary job as well as&hellip

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If Radio & Records Employed a Team of Rivals

We've been hearing a lot lately about how president-elect Barack Obama is channeling his inner Abe Lincoln in putting together his cabinet appointments.

Doris Kerns Goodwin wrote a book called Team of Rivals chronicling the way Lincoln did it.

Lincoln chose the man who ran against him, William Henry Seward, as his secretary of state. Then he crossed to the Democratic party to pick Edwin Stanton as his secretary of war -- the same Edwin Stanton who humiliated him years earlier when they worked together as trial lawyers. There was also Salmon Chase, a Lincoln critic and rival who landed the treasury secretary job as well as&hellip

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