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"NO ONE READS BLOGS ON THE WEEKEND."

That’s what a blogging “expert” friend told me.

If he’s correct, then either you are:

Lost

or

Really, really lonely right now.

If you’re a real radio guy (that term applies to women and men equally), here’s something to entertain and, I hope, inspire you.

It won’t be here on Monday, though.

(Sorry, it’s gone now. Maybe next weekend there’ll be another surprise gift.)

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  • Anonymous June 28, 2008, 2:05 am

    Your blogging “expert” is misinformed. I think a lot of bloggers don’t add to their blogs at the weekend, but they’re still devoured by readers who haven’t the time to pour over them during the week.

  • Anonymous June 28, 2008, 5:35 am

    Hi Dan,

    I’m from the Philippines, been a subscriber of your newsletters since issue number 4, and have read about articles your write ups on the Dr, and Gary Owens. I remember reading one newsletter where you mentioned about the DR and why it took him time to send those tapes. Eversince that newsletter, I’ve been intriqued by the DR and finally thru this I get to hear him and enjoy for myself what a great radio kid the DR is and will always be. Dan, thank you for all these 🙂 Padayon!!! (in my dialect it means “Go forth”, or “Go on”) Go on being a friend to all of us, an inspiration, and a reminder of what we are to be.

  • Cygnus June 28, 2008, 8:56 am

    As you have already said, Dan, nobody listens to radio on weekends (/sarc). Why else do so many radio station websites not even mention who or what is on the air weekends?

  • Dan O’Day June 28, 2008, 9:53 am

    I remember reading one newsletter where you mentioned about the DR and why it took him time to send those tapes.

    I’ll never forget that.

    What I said during the introduction to that session remains true — even though it set me up for such a brilliant, lightning fast adlib by Gary Owens.

    “The Radio Entertainer” would be one of my “desert island” sessions. I found it very moving then and equally affecting now.

    Glad you had a chance to hear it.

  • Dan O’Day June 28, 2008, 10:03 am

    Why else do so many radio station websites not even mention who or what is on the air weekends?

    Most stations feature some form of specialty programming on the weekend — even if it’s only a weak theme (It’s a “Female Groups Who Had Only One Hit But At Least One of Whose Members Went On To Marry A Member of Parliament” weekend!)

    Whatever “special” thing is happening that weekend should be enthusiastically promoted on the station’s home page.

  • Anonymous June 28, 2008, 10:22 pm

    Cheeky Girls!

    I win. What’s my prize?

  • Nancy Tyler June 29, 2008, 5:02 pm

    I first remember Dr. Donald D Rose hosting the cartoons on WKBS-TV in Philadelphia when I was a kid. Actually, I think I watched just so I could catch his bits between shows.

    Thanks for rekindling the memories, Dan.

  • Dan O’Day June 29, 2008, 5:24 pm

    Nancy – That’s exactly the kind of thing that Don would want being said about him after (sadly) he’d left this world.

  • Nick June 29, 2008, 5:34 pm

    Most stations feature some form of specialty programming on the weekend — even if it’s only a weak theme.

    Many “variety” stations feature an “All 80s Weekend” or something similar. What’s your take on this? As a listener, it annoys me. Am I alone?

  • Dan O’Day June 29, 2008, 6:26 pm

    What’s your take on this? As a listener, it annoys me.

    If you’re in the target demo of the radio station and it annoys you, then they’re doing a lousy job of creating special themes. (Or, as I teach in my seminars, “contexts” — which can be very powerful.)

    You’re not annoyed by themes. You’re annoyed by irrelevant themes. If they had an “All of Nick’s Favorite Songs, With Recollections of Where He Was When He First Heard Them” weekend, probably you’d listen.

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