Feckless Love

Feckless Love

Most people don't love radio. Those of us who do, likely, work in it. When it comes to radio, most people are feckless-that is to say, utterly indifferent. Ever been on a road trip and tried to convince your travel companions to pop in to the local radio station? ...Just me? Let me tell you ......

Settling for Greatness

Settling for Greatness

What would the world be lacking if God settled for okay?  In the beginning, God created new things that had never before existed and then He called them good. Not okay, not passable; GOOD. We are charged with being good stewards of what God provides us.  Why do we settle for just okay?  You may...

Lessons from a Hall of Famer

Lessons from a Hall of Famer

Millions of us grew up listening to John "Records" Landecker on the radio. He's incredibly talented, for sure. But what separates Landecker from other, less accomplished, talented people is hard work and perseverance. In introducing Landecker to his 2017 National Radio Hall of Fame induction, Bob...

In my heart, I know I’m funny

In my heart, I know I’m funny

It's not easy or always fun. But we all need coaching. It's not easy because you might feel embarrassed, insecure, or foolish when you realize something you've been doing publicly is not as good as you thought it was.  As self-aware as we think we are, we all have blind spots. When someone...

Radio is Art

Radio is Art

Somewhere along the way, there has probably been some artist who captured your heart. For me, it's Claude Monet. Back in the late 80's, we got a chance to walk through The Louvre in Paris and we brought home two Monet prints that hang in my house. Often I stop in front of either picture and just...

Find Your Farm Report

What's the One Thing you're working to improve this week? If you need some inspiration for your show or station, just pick a recurring feature, like say, a "farm report". There's a #showhack I first heard from Randy Lane that might help when you are working to improve upon a stale feature, simply...

The One Thing

In the movie City Slickers, Curly, the crusty old cowboy played by Jack Palance, says the secret to life is “one thing.” When asked by Billy Crystal, playing a stressed out, overwhelmed New Yorker what that one thing is, Curly replied, “That’s what you need to find out.” Great. Thanks a lot,...

Rube Goldberg Radio Contesting

Rube Goldberg was an illustrator famous for depicting complicated gadgets that performed simple tasks in convoluted ways. A Rube Goldberg radio contest is similarly complicated. "Most Christian radio station contests are WAY too complicated. People aren’t going to orient their lives around winning...

Transparency

Let's talk transparency on Christian radio. Think about its purpose and the different ways to be transparent. Recently, some really talented radio people have said to me, “I don’t know how to share my personal life on the air.” So it got me thinking about the why of transparency. Two premises we...

Words Count

This viral video demonstrates the power of changing just a few words to create an emotional response. When communicating to an audience, take as much time as you need to tell the story, and no more. Then EDIT EDIT EDIT. Make the words count. This applies to talking on the radio, giving a speech,...