It’s been my tradition since I began this blog seven years ago to look back on the year that has just past and share with you the Top 5 Most Read and shared articles of the past 52-weeks. Maybe you missed them or perhaps you’d like to read them again.
To date, I’ve published 386 articles that have been viewed over 245,300-times around the world.
Most Read Article of 2021
One of the things I loved about listening to radio growing up was the flawless on-air production one could hear up and down the radio dial. Sadly, today’s radio hardly ever sounds like that anymore, which prompted my most read article of 2021 titled “Does Radio Sound Choppy to You?”
This article obviously hit a nerve with readers as thousands of you feel as I do that there is a definite lack of attention to what comes out of one’s radio speaker. It reminds me of those famous words of former FCC Chairman Newt Minow, when he referred to television back in the 60s as a “vast wasteland.”
Second Most Read Article of 2021
I’ve heard many folks blaming the state of things in America today on radio and television broadcasts. These people think that what we need to do to fix things is to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.
It was shortly after the January 6, 2021 insurrection on Capitol Hill that occurred during the counting of the President Electoral Votes that I wrote “What was The Fairness Doctrine?”
The Fairness Doctrine only applied to broadcast radio/TV stations during the years 1949-1987. It required the holder of a broadcast license to both present controversial issues of public importance, and also to present them in a manner that was honest, equitable, fair and balanced. It didn’t apply to cable networks or social media, which did not exist in 1949 when the doctrine was enacted.
Third Most Read Article of 2021
Following a much delayed trip across America to visit our children and grandchildren, I wrote “What I Recently Witnessed About Radio use.” This article would draw the most comments of any of my blog articles in 2021. I chronicled how radio was used (or not used) in three different households, as well as in hotels, businesses and public transportation. What I would witness, was concerning.
Fourth Most Read Article of 2021
Sue, (my wife and the editor of this weekly blog) and I grew up on AM radio. For me, it created a passion and desire to pursue a radio career while I was still in grade school. In the article “The Thrill is Gone,” I reviewed the declining state of AM radio in America, but even more importantly, I addressed the lack of great on-air, live radio personalities that created a medium which was exciting to listen to. It was my plea for the radio industry to bring back the thrill of listening to Great Radio.
Fifth Most Read Article of 2021
Just over ten years ago, I was in Las Vegas presenting at the Broadcast Education Association’s annual international conference about how things would be changing in our world in the decade to come. It was the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, when already mediated communication was social, global, ubiquitous and cheap. It was the beginning of what we now call the social media revolution.
With that decade in the rearview mirror, I thought it might be pertinent to review those predictions in an article titled “What is The Future of Radio?”
Whether you are in the radio business, OR are a radio listener, there is one question you honestly need to ask yourself. Read this article to learn more.
Most Read Articles, Period
The most read article to date is “SiriusXm Radio is Now Free,” which pondered what might happen to commercial over-the-air AM/FM broadcast radio if this satellite broadcaster opened up some of its channels to everyone as an ad-supported service.
Next is “The Day the Dumbest Idea Invaded the Radio Industry,” which addressed how the concept of increasing shareholder value hurt the broadcasting industry as much as every other industry it was introduced to.
The article that holds the record for the most views on the day it was published (over 3,500 reads) continues to be “We Never Called It Content,” published in 2015. It was about the iconic radio personalities like Larry Lujack, The Real Don Steele, Robert W. Morgan, Dale Dorman, Ron Lundy, Salty Brine, Bob Steele and so many, many more upon which the magic of radio in the 20th century was created, but which 21st century radio has abandoned.
Radio is an art form.
When you remove the artists, there’s not much left.
Why I Blog
I blog for broadcasters, educators and students, I blog to provide media mentorship and to pay-it-forward to the broadcasting industry that I have been a part of for over 50-years. I’m grateful for the more than 184,000 people from all over the world who have visited this blog (https://DickTaylorBlog.com) and have read an article that caught their interest.
Thank You for reading, next week I will begin my eighth year of blogging with all new articles.
Together we can all learn from one another by sharing our experiences, knowledge and wisdom. Feel free to contribute your thoughts to the discussion in the comments section. I read every one of them.
Happy New Year!
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4 responses to “Best of the Blog 2021”
Wow, looks like I missed some really great blogs. I stopped reading probably a little over a year ago. I still love radio but the chances of it ever getting better are diminishing everyday. So, I have tried to move on but, every once in a while I’ll notice something in life and radio jumps back into my head. Two things this past week. 1. Big fire destruction in the Denver, Colorado metro, hundreds of homes destroyed. This happened on Thursday. Television gave it tons of non stop coverage. Radio, not so. On Friday morning , New Years Day, I sampled a few of the top rated radio stations they were in voice track mode. No talk or updates on the fire. Radio is killing itself. 2. Gas station. On a nearby corner there is a BP gas station. Big brand name. They offer many pumps with tons of convienence items to purchase. Plus, many pumps with high quality gas. This place was always busy. Well along comes competition. Sheetz offers all the same things. Sheetz gas is a lower grade. Gas prices are always the same price. Now, at this corner the BP is a ghost town. Why is BP a ghost town? Because they are in “voice track” mode. The operator who probably lives on a distance planet and doesn’t know how put sizzle on his product and offer caring employees to keep customers coming to his station. Radio is in the same situation, No sizzle, no caring employees, no ability to adjust to competition because local people can’t make decisions without corporate involvement and many of the top shelf corporate guys have forgotten how to win. Change starts at the top.
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Gregg, I concur with everything you wrote. Thank You for taking the time to read some of the best blog articles of 2021 and then add to the discussion by sharing your own observations.
My hope is that those at the top of the radio industry are paying attention and getting the message of the changes that they must implement.
Dick…Happy New Year to you two kids! Continuing congrats for staying true to your original course when you started this blog. You have continued every week to find topics and provide content in a most consistent way, and I applaud you for that! You are an inspiration to bloggers everywhere and your numbers obviously show people appreciate your consistency! Bravo for another well done year of blogging!
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Thank You for your faithful readership of the blog and the kind words about it’s content. Blogging, as you know, takes work. It has become my 3rd “occupation” after broadcasting & teaching, and I’ve pursued it with the best of my abilities.
I credit my wife Sue with improving the weekly blog articles through her careful editing, and challenging me to say things more clearly. She also encourages me to keep blogging when I think it’s time to stop.
So, you can look forward to my 8th year of blogs, starting this coming Sunday.
Happy New Year!
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