Want to Get Great? Get a Coach.

Want to Get Great? Get a Coach.

GM to PD: "What happens if we invest in developing our air talent and then they leave? PD to GM: "What happens if we don't, and they stay? Christian radio is now in that blessed season between summer and Christmas known as "Fundraising." This holiday also includes decorations; like signs with your...

7 Questions For Highly Effective [Radio] Programmers

7 Questions For Highly Effective [Radio] Programmers

Having been inspired by recent columns about Christian radio over on AllAccess.com, I penned my own. Mike Couchman (Program Director at 99.1 JOY-FM and Boost 101.9 in St. Louis, Mo) challenged us to change our radio game by killing all the radio clichés and then Amanda Hildabrand (Music Director...

Key to Great Writing

Key to Great Writing

Malcolm Gladwell is one of the most prolific writers of our day. His advice to writers needs to be read by everyone;  whether you write a blog, radio copy, or non-profit donor appeals. From Gladwell's Masterclass, a key to great writing is to avoid "The First-Person Problem":  "Problem #1 - if you...

It’s The Experience, Stupid.

It’s The Experience, Stupid.

Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign was about a lot of things. Political strategist James Carville knew that if they were to win they needed to focus on one central theme, thus coining the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid”. Your radio station is about a lot of things. Encouraging Music....

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...