Olive Garden’s Social Media Disaster

April 14, 2011

The popular restaurant chain, Olive Garden, is in the middle of a firestorm of bad publicity. You’ve likely heard the story of the 2-year-old boy that they served alcohol to instead of orange juice.  But, there’s another story circulating in social media that is extremely damaging to Olive Garden. In today’s video blog post, I […]

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The Death of the News Anchor

April 13, 2011

I vividly remember the first time I walked into a TV news studio. It was 1988. At KMOL-TV in San Antonio.  The NBC affiliate. A future mentor of mine, Art Rascon, invited me to come take a look at where he worked.  I was 15 years old and already obsessed with the news business.  So, […]

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Why Glenn Beck Should Leave Fox News Channel

March 23, 2011

A New York Times article about Glenn Beck’s future plans is creating quite the stir in media circles. The possibility that Glenn Beck might leave Fox News Channel is old news.  The new bombshell is that Beck is considering starting his own television channel. This is one of those moments when you stop.  And consider how the […]

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My Wish List for Radio

March 3, 2011

Last week, I promised a blog post with some thoughts about the future of radio.  I’m a few days late in delivering it, but here it is. Radio is in my blood.  I have a profound love for the medium.  I consider the act of producing great radio content to be a form of art.  […]

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A Chapter Closes…

February 22, 2011

Today marks the end of a long chapter in my life. After more than 14 years working for one of broadcasting’s finest companies, I have announced my departure.  From Bonneville.  From radio.  From broadcasting. Starting in my childhood I developed a deep affection for broadcasting and the news business.  I found something magical about speaking […]

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Open letter to TMC attendees

October 12, 2010

Dear friends at the 2010 Talk Media Conference, First, I’m disappointed I can’t be out there in beautiful Marina del Rey with you.  Al Peterson and Erica Farber are the best at putting on events worth sacrificing a little time away from the office and home.  I have some critical business to attend to this week […]

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Deseret News layoffs, revolution forges ahead

August 31, 2010

I used to ride the light rail train through the streets of downtown Salt Lake City to get from my office at KSL News to the Deseret News. KSL has some of the nicest studios of any radio station in America. They’re huge. The newsroom is massive. But, KSL had nothing on the expansive and […]

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Creation versus consumption

July 21, 2010

My summer of travel is mostly complete.  I will be blogging more regularly now that my schedule is returning to normal. On my mind today is this idea of “creation versus consumption.” I was talking to one of my former college roommates on the phone the other day.  It has been more than 10 years […]

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Google’s Plan to Save News

May 21, 2010

The latest edition of Atlantic Monthly is a must read for anyone in the news business.  I know there are more articles each day about how to save the news business than any of us have time to read.  But, this one is worth your time to read and reread. Writer James Fallows is a […]

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Embrace the criticism

May 18, 2010

I ate dinner with some peers at LuxBar in Chicago tonight (great steak by the way). Surrounding the table was a bunch of new media people.  We talking developers and the like.  All of these new media types work in traditional media.  And, the conversation turned to comments.  Those of you who work with big […]

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