This radio life

My oldest friend sent me a couple of pictures that I never knew existed. Gary Burton and I both started working in professional radio on the same day. We were both at hospital radio in Derby at the same time too and our friendship began there. It comes from a simpler time. I had hair!Continue reading “This radio life”

Local. Relevant.

I have mentioned many times that I don’t try and write a topical, current media affairs blog. There are a few reasons for that- stress (always finding something to comment about), it tends to be more last minute (and therefore adds more stress), and could generate more polarising opinions (and I could do without thatContinue reading “Local. Relevant.”

In praise of John McCauley

Many reading this will not know who John McCauley is- although if you have read a few of my posts before now you may have read my odd comment or reference to his great work. I’ve referenced John a number of times for his music passion, prep and delivery. In the last few weeks JohnContinue reading “In praise of John McCauley”

Haters gonna hate…

Everyone wants to be liked. Mostly. Occasionally you might have to do things which some people might not like and they might express their displeasure in a variety of ways. I’ve written this blog post several times – first time was a few months ago and then decided not to publish as the story hadn’tContinue reading “Haters gonna hate…”

Make them care, make them wait

My former boss and friend, Duncan Campbell– now riding supreme in ARN down under- used to say this. Make them care, then make them wait. It was a mantra when we talked about forward promotion and teasing ahead, something I have already posted about. I’m not going to rehash the same topic, but lets justContinue reading “Make them care, make them wait”

The Anatomy of Feedback

It is important not to operate in a vacuum. For a start, you can’t breathe! Getting some feedback and critique is good, but also has to be right, delivered effectively and accepted in the right mindset. Presenters used to say they wanted feedback. All too often they wanted just praise. Its understandable and I’m makingContinue reading “The Anatomy of Feedback”

The Art Of The Tease

There are a few things which don’t change. The sun comes up at the start of the day, it sets at the end of the day, it gets colder in winter and warmer in summer and promoting something is always worthwhile and seldom overdone. From the first time I ever stepped foot into a radioContinue reading “The Art Of The Tease”

How to complain.

Probably second only to our desire for a queue- we like to complain. Something, however small, is not to our liking and we need to let the provider know. Being in the programmer’s chair at a radio station often means the complaints come to you. Even if someone else deals with replies, or some formContinue reading “How to complain.”

An escape pod

I have blogged a bit about podcasts in the past. That they embody many of the skills, benefits and attributes of radio for example, and that just having podcast isn’t enough- you have to have a reason to start talking. I’ve also posted about a few podcasts that I listen to with some regularity andContinue reading “An escape pod”

Down the local.

The relevance of locality has changed vastly over the years. The desire for something local also changes with subject, age and to some extent, location. As someone who began working in local radio, it has always been a particular passion of mine. When it is done well, it is immensely powerful, unbeatable and potent. TokenisticContinue reading “Down the local.”