A quiet New Year's Eve - pretty typical for us. I can't recall the last year we went out on New Year's Eve. Sometime before children.
Watching "Wag The Dog" on TV right now with my wife and 12-year old.
I've struggled with writing here all day; finding the right words to sum up the past year. Its been one of change for yours truly - and related to that - another year of continued downsizing for our industry.
Last week - after presenting some new stats from Arbitron - Fred Jacobs offered a question on his blog. Fred's entire post:
Radio ain't like it used to be. But its far from dead. It just needs a new attitude.
That said - with coffee this morning - I did my usual perusal of blogs and industry sites - and came across a poll on Larry Shannon's Radio Daily News - seeking nominations for RDN's Radio Person Of The Year.
I couldn't get too excited by the usual list of suspects - but one candidate stood out:
My vote went in. There's too many great people - from air talent to program directors to GMs - and others in-between who've been downsized.
Only dreaming - but what if 2008 became the year of "sizing up" with the talent pool thats become available. And that's assuming the laid-off talent will consider having the industry back.
Here's a toast that 2008 will bring the leadership necessary to get radio out of its apparent inferiority complex - and will once again realize the importance of investing in the product - including the people and personalities that make radio unique among media choices.
And may the next year be one of your best too.