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One Way to Be a Success in Radio

It’s said that a significant percentage of success lies in simply showing up. It’s not something a person can necessarily put on a resumé, but I’m really good at showing up. Here at Magic, I’m the guy who gets the call to fill in if somebody else goes on vacation
Posted  on March 16, 2015
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A Long Distance Deception?

Fans of American Top 40 are split on the Long Distance Dedications.  Some people love them, and others find them terribly sappy and dumb. (An American Top 40 researcher once told me the AT40 staff was split on them, too.) Although AT40 didn’t start doing them until 1978, Casey been
Posted  on February 3, 2015
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“What Do We Do Now?”

The year was 1997. I was out of radio, working for a publishing company. My wife, who had spent the last several years managing a retail store, was working for an insurance company. For many years before, Christmas Eve had been a regular working day for both of us. I
Posted  on December 18, 2014
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Party Time

Consider the office Christmas party. Your employer forks out for dinner and drinks at a nice restaurant, and you can let your hair down for a while with your fellow compadres. Sounds like a good thing—so how come so many parties are so awful?   Maybe 25 years ago, the owner of the
Posted  on December 1, 2014
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The Day I Helped Coach the Badger Women’s Hockey Team

(Pictured: the La Bahn Arena Zamboni, as seen from the public address announcer’s position on the ice.) I have a personal blog that’s mostly about music but sometimes about radio and occasionally about other things, and I hope you’ll click over and read it sometime. I wrote a post there
Posted  on November 17, 2014
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Trick or Treat at Grandma’s house

The most popular costume for Halloween 2014 was Elsa from Frozen, and it wasn’t even close. Lots of news stories this week noted how expensive Halloween costumes have gotten–you could pay upwards of $150 bucks for an Elsa if you wanted to—and although you probably got a more sophisticated look,
Posted  on November 1, 2014
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Circle of Family

Whenever I come into the office lately, the first thing I do is check to see if Lanette is still here, or if her baby has decided it’s time to have his birthday. It occurred to me the other day that apart from when I was six and my mother
Posted  on August 8, 2014
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The Way It Used to Be

I hope you saw the article in Isthmus recently about the great Lost Madison Facebook community–and that you’ve checked out Lost Madison yourself. It’s full of pictures and memories of Madison the way it used to be, and an excellent source of information about the city’s past. In the summer,
Posted  on July 25, 2014
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The Winning Is Just Beginning

The other night at Concert on the Square, one of the listeners at Table 75 asked me, “What’s the best prize you’ve ever given away?”   I had to think about it for a minute. Making someone’s $992 mortgage payment during Magic Pays Your Bills last year was fun. At
Posted  on July 10, 2014
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Jose, Can You See?

Every time I hear Kelly Clarkson’s song “People Like Us,” I don’t hear it the way she sings it.  I don’t hear the line “We’re all misfits living in a world on fire.”  I hear “We’re all dipsticks living in a world on fire.”  There’s a word for this phenomenon:
Posted  on June 26, 2014