Monday, July 30, 2007

"I'm impressed with people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work." Michael Douglas

"I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs." Samuel Goldwyn

"If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's going to stop them." Yogi Berra

Tom Snyder
passed away yesterday. "Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air." More here. The respected broadcaster started his career as a radio reporter in hometown Milwaukee. Tom is featured on the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia site here. He worked at KYW when Al Primo created the Eyewitness News concept, Tom anchored the noon show. Perhaps Steve Dahl will favor us with his Tomorrow story.

Fixing Yahoo!: "I would try to match Google on basic search -- which it sort of manages to do today -- but focus more on emerging media like audio, video, mobile and local. [A lot of] growth will be there. Yahoo's biggest problem in search today is perception on the part of consumers and advertisers. On the consumer side, search quality is comparable, but Google enjoys significant brand advantages. On the advertiser side, the problem is far more than just perception. Clicks from the Google network convert to purchases at a higher rate than at Yahoo" Read Some Free Advice for Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang via Knowledge@Wharton here.

Len Brody, CEO of NowPublic via GigaOM: "“I’m not a believer in local anymore,” said Brody. “I used to think that hyperlocal was what mattered to people, but for 35 and under especially, the concept of local is very different. Like Facebook publishing the news feed… it’s changed from hyperlocal to hyperpersonal.” Weather, traffic, and crime are important, but they’re commodities, he said, adding local politics might be the exception, but nobody cares about them anymore." Kudos to Liz Gannes, well done. Read the interview here. My sense is Brody is discovering "local" is very, very difficult. It only looks easy. It ain't.

Fallon's Future: B&C's Ben Grossman sez Jimmy Fallon tops the short list to succeed Conan. NBC's late night skipper Rick Ludwin says he doesn't expect to make an announcement until next year. More here.

Read any good books lately? Kevin Weatherly, KROQ and KCBS-FM ranked top ten 25-54. Paul Goldstein, KTWV top ten 25-54. Brian Kelly, tops target demo rankers at 1037 KISS FM and WMYX.

Congrats & cheers: Sarah Fay named CEO, Scott Sorokin named prexy at the new Carat. Trip Reeb named prexy and CEO of San Diego's Finest City. Chef John Hogan and managing partner Peter de Castro on their new venture Tavern at The Park, opening tomorrow in Chicago.