Saturday, September 09, 2006

"Encourage ferment and innovation. In advertising, the beginning of success is to be different, the beginning of failure is to be the same."

"You cannot bore people into buying your product, you can only interest them in buying it. You cannot save souls in an empty church."

David Ogilvy

Big John Howell
(pictured) joins Salem's WIND, Chicago to lead a new live and local breakfast show. Congrats to Big John and kudos to WIND VP/GM Dave Santrella. Robert Feder offers up the details here.

Rome Hartman, Katie Couric and the entire CBS Evening team deserve applause having posted their third first in-a-row. Evening averaged 9.48 mil viewers compared to second place World's 6.58 mil. From the same week one year ago Evening is up 48% in households, up 45% in total viewers. Still needing work: The closing shot of Katie. They'll get there.

Congrats to Alan Burns, his Movin format is on in St Louis at Bonneville's WVRV, The New Movin 101.1. You can check it out via live stream here. Kudos for having a first day web strategy - giving listeners 1) live streaming 2) a means of contact and comment. I'll live with the stream for a few days before offering a review. Sean Ross reviews the early bidding and puts things into perspective here. Bravo Sean!

What was the Summer Song of 2006? Sean Ross offers up his take, and others comment here

Why buy Daily Candy when you can start your own? Barry Diller team creates VSL (Very Short List), still in pre-launch stealth, sneak a look here

10 Ways to Think about Innovation, an article by Jason Pontin writing in MIT's Techology Review...

  1. Successful innovators are famously untroubled by the prospect of failure.
  2. Many innovators appreciate failure.
  3. Innovators commonly recognize that problems and questions are the limiting resource in innovation.
  4. Innovators find inspiration in disparate disciplines.
  5. Innovation flourishes when organizations allow third-party experimentation
  6. Fragility is the enemy of innovation
  7. Real innovators delight in giving us what we want: solutions to our difficulties and expansive alternatives to our established ways.
  8. They are, it is true, sometimes perplexed by our ignorance of our own needs
  9. Successful innovators do not depend on what economists call "network externalities"
  10. Many innovators become technologists because they want to better the world
Read Jason's article here