It may not be true in politics, but it is in real life: Just because you’re a fan of something doesn’t mean it’s beyond reproach. I’m a fan of radio. It’s what started me, at a young age, on my path to a career in communications. It is, or was before the pandemic, my companion, … Continued
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I remember exactly where I was sitting the first time I heard what Larry Barron sounded like on the radio. If the building was still standing now, more than 33 years later, I could take you through the door, around the corner and just down the hall and point to the exact spot where I … Continued
As you’re thinking about PR planning for 2021, it may actually help to think of a 33 year-old movie. 1987’s “Broadcast News” still holds up, as a recent viewing proved, especially the scenes near the end about job cuts. Nothing is more current then when the millionaire anchor, played by Jack Nicholson, says to the … Continued
Much has been written on the passing this week of broadcast industry legend Dick Kernen, including a storied career that began in the 1950s and included iconic stays at WXYZ-AM and WRIF-FM where he hired a teenage Arthur Penhallow. I had the great honor of working with Dick on many occasions over the years and … Continued
In more than 50 years of covering news on the radio in Detroit, Dick Haefner has reported on every possible type of story in what’s arguably the nation’s best all-around news market. But he has never been one to make the story about him. That’s OK. Before he retires from full-time work, after serving as … Continued
On Election Night, while setting up a press conference at Detroit’s TCF Center, where a record number of absentee ballots were being counted, I couldn’t help flashing back 26 years. As a TV news writer/producer in Atlanta, I arrived for my 1994 Election Night shift to find I wasn’t writing a lead election story, as … Continued