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Best of the Blog 2017

73On this last Sunday of 2017, it’s a good time to look back at the year just past and share with you The Top 5 Most Read and shared blog articles from 2017. Maybe you missed them or perhaps you’d like to read them again.

To date I’ve published 180 articles that have been viewed around the world over 115,800 times.

My Most Read Article in 2017

My most read/shared article of this past year was “Coal Ain’t Coming Back & Neither is AM Radio”. It was published on August 20, 2017. It told the story of how the fate of the coal industry in America was akin to that of AM radio stations. America’s broadcast industry was built on AM radio beginning with the first commercial radio license issued in 1920. This article received the most comments of any I published this year and was widely shared.

Second Most Read Article of 2017

In April, I wrote an article based on a blog reader question titled “The Question Radio Itself Has Yet to Answer.” That big question was, “what can radio do that other media can’t.” I opened the issue to readers to share with me their thoughts before sharing mine. It stimulated lots of emails, sharing and discussion.

Third Most Read Article of 2017

My third most read article would be the follow-up article to the one above, “What Can Radio Do That Other Media Can’t.” It was in this article I shared some of the over fifteen pages of reader comments, as well as my own thoughts. In my summary, I boiled it down to 5 key things: Live, Local, Community, Companionship and Relevant.

Fourth Most Read Article of 2017

In October, after the FCC voted 3 to 2 to eliminate the Main Studio Rule, I wrote “Live & Local?” It posed the question about maintaining the first of the five key things radio can do that other media can’t I wrote about back in April.

In this article, I shared the observations of Maynard Meyer, a local radio manager and owner from Madison, Minnesota who concluded in his statement to the FCC in 2004, “From what I’ve seen through my personal experience, as soon as a hometown studio is closed and relocated, the local service is relocated as well.”

After the article published, Mr. Meyer emailed me and said he still felt the same in 2017 as he did back when he testified before the Federal Communications Commission 13-years earlier.

Fifth Most Read Article of 2017

And finally, the fifth most read blog article I wrote and saw lots of people sharing, was “Radio’s Best Feature.” In it, I wrote about the speed of change in our world today and how to expect it to keep accelerating going forward.

Radio needs to understand its role in humankind. Technology doesn’t transform our human nature.

Our need for love, touch, companionship and community will always be a part of our humanity no matter what technology brings.

Most Read Articles, Period

Two articles I’ve written continue to see lots of traffic and continue to be far and away the two most read on my blog.

They are “SiriusXM Radio is Now FREE” and “The Day the “Dumbest Idea” Invaded the Radio Industry.” Both articles have now been read over 7,000 times.

The first article I wrote for my blog was “Clear Channel Media & Entertainment becomes iHeartMedia” and it was read a total of five times.

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 50-years.

I’m grateful for the more than 88,000 people from all over the world who have visited to read an article that caught their interest.

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Next week I will begin my fourth year of blogging with all new articles.

Thank You for reading.

Feel free to contribute your thoughts to the discussion in the comments. Together we can all learn by sharing our experiences, knowledge and wisdom.

Happy New Year!

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The World’s Gone Crazy (but you don’t have to)

85I normally write about radio, education, advertising and/or marketing. It’s my life. I mentor others sharing what I know to pay-it-forward.

Be Happy

I know I’m not the only one feeling a little stressed these days. So I thought this week I’d write about things we can do to make our lives happier.

One of the things I learned is that logic won’t change an emotion, but action will. So get off the couch and do something. Anything.

Happy Mondays

I write publish my blog every Sunday morning. For me Sundays are the first day of a new week. So Mondays are the second day. Mondays make up a seventh of our lives. Sundays have always been kind of a prep day to make my Mondays another chance for me to make a dent in the cosmos.

Hugging

I’m a hugger. Anyone that knows me has probably been hugged by me. More than once. Did you know that the average hug lasts only about 2.1 seconds? That’s not nearly enough time for the positive feelings to move from one person to another. That takes a minimum of seven seconds. Longer is better. So hug. Hug often. Hug longer.

Be Grateful

I’m an early riser. Up before 4:30am and waiting to greet the Mr. Sun. I’m grateful for every new day I’m given. I’m grateful for my first cup of coffee. I’m grateful to have a hot shower to enjoy. I think about all the things I’m grateful for like health, my fiancé, my family.

Enjoy the moment

Too many people are always pining for the weekend, a special holiday, their next vacation. Don’t wish away the present for some future point in time. Enjoy the moment you’re in. Live in the present.

And when you’re with someone, put your smartphone on silent or turn it off all together.

Focus on Your Strengths

Professional people often have a mental coach. These coaches help their clients to focus on their strengths. We all have things we’re good at. Write down yours. Then focus on them.

Develop a Winning Attitude

Life is not about what happens to you but how you deal with what happens to you. About ten percent of your happiness in life is because something external happened. That leaves a whopping ninety percent that doesn’t fall into this category. The choice you have is how you choose to deal with that ninety percent. Pick the positive. It really is a choice you can make.

Act Happy

I remember Zig Ziglar saying that his children’s friends enjoyed calling the Ziglar household to hear Zig answer the phone. When the phone rang, Zig would pick up the handset and say “It’s a GREAT DAY at the Ziglar’s.” To which he’d hear little voices giggling on the other end.

A person in a seminar asked Zig if he was always in a positive mood and he said “No.” But I’ve learned that the way to get into a positive mood is to act happy and by doing that I soon would be.

Think about the people you enjoy being around. They’re happy, positive people I bet.

Be one of those people.

Yoda Got it Right

In the movie Star Wars Yoda said “Do or do not, there is no try.” Most of us say we’re going to try to do this or that, like lose weight, start a fitness program, learn another language, make more sales etc.

Take a tip from Yoda. Lose the “try.” Just do it.

Your Greatest Challenge

Your greatest challenge in life is finding out who you are.

The second greatest challenge is being happy with what you find.

Being happy is of the utmost importance.

Success in anything is through happiness.

-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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