In 1872, Dr. Brewster M. Higley of Smith County, Kansas, wrote a poem entitled “My Western Home.” The words of that poem were later set to music and the song, “Home on the Range” was born. Dr. Higley noted that out on the range, one seldom heard a discouraging word. That’s important, because...more
Category Archives: News
Great Concept, Writing, Acting, Marketing
There have been a lot of commercials over the years that I would argue just didn’t do a good job motivating anyone to action. They may have been well acted and even poignant, but at the end of the day, they didn’t cause the listener or viewer to do whatever...more
Stevie Wonder: Not All is Fair in Love and Music
For those familiar with the financial side of the music industry, there are several licensing organizations at work here in the US. Their role is to charge businesses a fee for their use of music and then to pay the song writers their fair share. At issue, though, is how...more
When You’re Stuck Between the Restrooms
It’s not often that we get to have conversations with spectators. Usually they are more interested in finding their seats and we are more interested in getting a cluster of Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) on-the-air on time. But the fact that our control room is located right between the doors...more
The Heavy Lifting and the Blinky Lights
Prior to the games, all of us at OBS do a bit of heavy lifting. There’s a lot of wiring to be done and a lot of gear to be installed and tested. Most people don’t really care about that part of the story, though, because it’s the boring part....more
Semi-Live from Brazil
As much as we would love to be bringing you all the latest from the Summer Games, alas, contractural arrangements and the lack of a decent internet connection will keep our missives somewhat limited and brief. Our Fearless Leader, Rich Roszel, is part of the Olympic Broadcast team once again...more
Saying Goodbye to the Last Jetson
I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of actress Janet Waldo. You may have seen her in a number of popular television programs if you were around and watching TV in the 1950s and 60s, but you are more likely to have heard her rather than seen her....more
Did I really want to see that … again?
I read with great interest this article by American Movie Company discussing new technology on the horizon that will allow, among other things, an individual to record video of most anything or everything he or she wants to save … using a camera built into a contact lens. Google, Samsung...more
Driving Blind on Live Radio
I was recently a guest host on a national radio program, filling in while the regular host was out sick. As you will understand after reading the following, I’m neither going to identify the program nor the network in question. I’ve been working with major broadcast networks for years and, in my experience,...more
Is there a ghost in your machine?
With a nod to the album by The Police , do you have any ghosts hiding out in your background? This isn’t the same as having skeletons in your closet, and I’m not trying to tie into a Halloween theme here. I’m talking about ghost writers — people who write...more
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