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(11/29/2012 1:14:10 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
These comments are amazing coming from the head of a company that is constantly eliminating jobs. Yes they do hire young people, pay them nothing, fail to train them and then fire them. As others have mentioned, radio should be local. Voice tracking and out of town talent does not create local. I guess there are no mirrors in the CC executive offices.
- Dave
(11/29/2012 12:40:17 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
ALL TALK AND NO ACTION....

THIS SOUNDED LIKE A POLITICAL RALLY!!!

HIRE 20 YEAR OLDS...IF RADIO INK WAS TRULY A NEWS GATHERING ORGANIZATION AND CARED A TINY BIT ABOUT RADIO THEY WOULD LAUNCH AN INVESTIGATION THAT WOULD DISCOVER THERE IS NOT ONE 20 YEAR OLD PROGRAMMER IN ANY COMPANY FROM MARKETS 1 - 250.

I DOUBT THAT CLEAR CHANNEL EVEN HAS ONE 20 YEAR OLD FULL TIMER - NOT PART TIME. WORKING FOR THEM.

- smitty
(11/29/2012 12:12:04 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Bob is a legendary broadcast professional and a billiant visionary. However, these comments and observations illustrate exactly what is wrong with radio broadcasting today.
* How do you attract young talent to an industry that is at the top of every "worst jobs of the future" list in recent memory. Back in the day we used to marvel at how you never saw middle age people in radio. It was all about young and excitement.
* Creative? Who can be creative when you're witnessing daily executions in the town square?
* Compare radio to TV and newspaper? Really?! That was the whole idea of consoliation 15+ years ago and you just now figured that out?
* Potential customers can smell blood and desperation. You can't sell anything under those conditions.

- Pat Dawsey
(11/29/2012 11:49:32 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
And btw, young 20-something jocks/would-be PD's, who do weekend shifts, make $10 an hour now. $10 an hour!! Are you kidding?! Do you think anyone is going to take a business/industry seriously, at 10 bucks an hour? Come on. ...The industry "leaders" like Pittman are not facing reality. They want to radio to be a Big Player again, but they don't want to pay. ... A recipe for failure.
- Bob
(11/29/2012 11:35:32 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Pittman has made a career of telling others, what they should do...He full well knows, that young people are going into INTERNET companies, where they make 75K plus great benefits, JUST TO START. ..Not a 3K/month draw for 90 days! Plus the vast majority of under 30's DO NOT LISTEN to AM or FM stations. ...Sorry-just look at the pictures from this conference...Radio is filled with old guys like Pittman, with old school thinking - let's have more meetings!- and old 40+ listeners.
- Bob
(11/29/2012 11:35:29 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Perhaps hiring fresh new LOCAL talent instead of syndicating Morning Shows all over the country would be another great idea.
- JB
(11/29/2012 9:57:17 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I agree with Bob's comments and I knew Bob when he was that 20 year old programmer! My question is what is Clear Channel or any of the other companies doing to bring in some of these 20 year old programmers? The radio industry needs fresh ideas in both sales and programming. Listeners should expect fresh ideas on the air and advertisers should expect more than cookie cutter sellers who are asking for orders without offering fresh ideas. When was the last time one of your sellers took the "creative" folks from the station on a sales call? Good comments Bob ..now .. what are you going to do about it?
- Tom Collins


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