Wednesday, August 09, 2006

"I'm proud to have been the jock who flipped the switch at 6a.m. on a brisk October morning in 1949 and greeted the day with a hearty 'Good morning, Atlanta! We are here!'" Jockey Jack Gibson

With those words Jockey Jack signed on the nation's first black-owned radio station, WERD in Atlanta. Jockey Jack went on to WLOU, "Louisville Lou", in Louisville and a success filled storied career in broadcast, publishing and music. Jockey Jack Gibson is but one of the real legends of broadcasting that have not yet been properly recognized. "The Ole Swing Master" Al Benson, Jack L. Cooper, Nat D. Williams, Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg, Vy Higgenson, and Lucky Cordell, among others, also deserve recognition. While I have great respect for Bruce DuMont and his many efforts in creating The Museum of Broadcast Communications and the National Radio Hall of Fame, it is my suggestion that the legends of Black Radio are not at all fairly represented in the Radio Hall of Fame. Moreover, the RHF has also failed to properly recognize pioneers of format radio, legends including Todd Storz, Bill Stewart, Chuck Blore, Ron Jacobs, Robert W. Morgan, Ruth Meyer, George Wilson and Bill Drake. Please join me in writing to Bruce DuMont about these issues. RHF contact info is here

First impressions: It only takes a minute to think it through, one minute to put yourself on the receiving side of the email, however, few do. All of us share a common problem - spam, the unwelcomed communication that makes checking email a daily chore. So it would seem that R&R has shared their subscriber email data base with new owner VNU, how else to account for yesterday's email from Billboard Radio Monitor subject Radio News. First email ever from Billboard Radio Monitor, never signed up for any BRM email alerts so that would make their email...Spam. A smarter approach would have been to email me, the R&R subscriber, inviting me to opt-in and enjoy the cool new daily Radio News email. A missed opportunity. Which reminds me we near the time when Eric Rhodes will again begin flogging his Harvard Club meeting via his weekly arduous countdown spam. There is a much more effective approach, a creative solution. It only takes a minute.

WSJ's John Jurgensen names names in his well written Moguls of New Media piece here

Viacom buys Atom Entertainment for $200 mil, smart move, WSJ coverage here (sub req)