After watching Al Gore and Leo DiCaprio fawn all over each other last night on the Oscar's, it is concerning that Al isn't doing his part to curb the effects of global warming. Last night, Di Caprio called Gore an inspiration for "having the courage to lead in the fight against global warming." Lead? Are you kidding me? Check out this article regarding Al Gore's own energy consumption at his Nashville mansion. How does it feel to be chastised by the rich and famous only to see them live a life of conspicuous consumption and opulence? Sickening. More....
One of the most commonly asked questions I get every week at
Gregg Henson.com is, “How do I get into radio” or “How do I get a job like yours?”The simple answer to that question is, there are many ways and not one of them is better than the other.
I went the intern route when I was in college at Oakland Community College.I worked for free in exchange for on the job training and college credit.Radio programming is a career best started at a young age before you get tied down with kids and a mortgage payment.It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication to get a career in radio off the ground and usually you will only make enough to pay the bills.The only was I was able to even pay the rent was by working as the Morning Show Producer at WCSX in Detroit and hosted my own show in Flint, Michigan at WKMF from 7p-Midnight.It was a brutal schedule; I could have only pulled it off in my 20’s.So while my friends were away at college, I just worked and learned everything I could learn about radio.Looking back, they were great times.
Another avenue into the business is to pack your bags and go to a small town, many small station owners are dying for people who want to work for nothing while enduring terrible hours.These small town operators will hire you and you will learn a lot, just be ready tend bar or wait tables to make ends meet.I suggest you start literally knocking on doors, it works every time.
Broadcast Schools are a third avenue but not one I would recommend.You can get the same experience by taking the previous route.Broadcast schools cost you a lot of money and usually you are no better off than the guy in Alpena getting on the job training.Broadcast schools make no promises of a job, they are well connected in the small market radio community but I suggest you check into their reputation with station owners before you plunk down that investment on a largely useless “radio degree.”
Overall I suggest going the small town radio path; these stations offer the best opportunity to take a radio career for a test drive.Radio is a grind and you have to be in it for the long haul.Don’t expect instant fame and fortune, yes it can and might be instantaneous but it will more likely take years to really get good at it. If you love radio, go for it, I couldn’t think of a better way to make a living.
Tomorrow, I will answer your second most popular question. How much do you make in radio.
I am attempting to begin teaching my oldest, Noah the value of money. I think it hit me when one of his toys was carelessly broken and he commented that we had to "go buy a new one." It concerned me that he felt like he could "buy a new one" whenever the old one broke, so today I purchased the money savvy pig. The money savvy pig is a tool that is designed to help teach young children (4-11) the value of saving, donating, spending and investing. I think is a great idea, Noah loves his piggy bank so it should make the training process easier. The Pig cost $15.99 and can be purchased at Money Savvy Generation.
X17 has a video of Britney Spears losing it at the paparazzi. It appears as though the photographers are baiting the pop princess, who could blame her for going a little nuts. The whole thing is sad and out of control. Listen to the paparazzi laughing about the incident.
Update: Don't get me wrong, I detest the PC crowd, but aren't you a little ashamed at a little white dude dressing up in an Indian costume and dancing? I like the logo, the mascot I can do without.
I am no expert on political correctness and I usually don't really notice when stuff like this happens, however, last night was Chief Illiniwek's last dance at a the University of Illinois. I have personally witnessed the good Chief dance at an Illinois football game and you can say what you want, this video is embarrassing. I can't believe the goobers at Illinois can't understand how a white student dressed as an Indian dancing around barefoot isn't offensive. It may be a tradition but all traditions aren't great or worth keeping. Here is the video.
As most of you have likely already heard, XM and Sirius satellite radio are attempting a "merger of equals." The merger however must be approved by the federal government as it would create a monopoly if approved. I am a Sirius subscriber and personally I like the the fact that I will now get ALL the programming (sports) from both services AND Howard. As I have said in the past, I wasn't a Howard listener UNTIL he started on Sirius and I think the show is absolutely on fire.
The NAB of course is trying to block this merger because of radio increased competition they would like to see the two satellite radio companies continue to struggle, hence the all out assault on satellite radio. As a broadcaster we should ALL embrace new technology as it only provides more opportunity to do what we love. Check out this quote from the NAB's VP/Media relations.
"In coming weeks, policymakers will have to weigh whether an industry that makes HOWARD STERN its poster child should be rewarded with a monopoly platform for offensive programming. We're hopeful that this anti-consumer proposal will be rejected."
What a crock, Howard Stern is a great broadcaster and to attempt to minimize his accomplishments by characterizing his show as simply "offensive programming" is just a cheap and easy and a ploy to garner favor with regulators. As an industry we should all be against any form of government regulation of the airwaves, not pandering to it out of fear.
p>If you have a blog you can now get paid to review products. Check out Pay Per Post, it is a web site that brings bloggers and advertisers together and actually pays the blogger to post articles about their product. You can also get paid simply to review the posts of others who are members. It is a great way to earn extra money by blogging or reviewing the posts of other bloggers. I even noticed an opportunity to read the SI swimsuit issue and write a short review about it.
If you are an advertiser you can also pay bloggers to talk about and review your products, it is a great way to create buzz if you have an Internet business or even if your business isn't based on the web.
I just signed up with Pay Per post to see if it actually works and says what it says it will do. Pay Per Post actually offers you opportunities by your Google Page rank and your Alexa ranking, you are then offered opportunities based on the traffic to your blog. A bigger blog can get up to $1000 per post while most smaller blogs get $10 to $15 per post.
If you are a blogger or an advertiser check out Pat Per Post, might be some great opportunities for you to make a little extra cash or get some buzz on your products.