Monday, January 01, 2007

New Years' Message

2007 is upon us.

And unlike at least some of the years that have piled up behind us, we here at the Mighty Blog of Fun(tm) actually put 2006 in the "good" column, personally.

A lot of good things happened in the past year for your Primary Editorial Voice(tm). Some are professional, some are personal, and we are optimistic that both will continue well into the new year and beyond. Some very special things happened as a result of this blog in 2006, even accidentally.

If this blog grew into what it has become for nothing else, it will have spawned lots of very kind personal contact from many of you, and even budding friendships, believe it or not. We consider ourselves very fortunate for that, this was something we really did not see coming, but we are thankful.

And while we don't want to get TOO personal, those contacts and new friendships have shown us a lot recently. People matter.

We realized it even more, when a succession of names left this mortal coil recently.

From Casey Coleman, to Jaybird Drennan, to Joe Finan, and the most recent loss, Len "Boom" Goldberg, these people helped form the bedrock of Northeast Ohio media over the past decades.

You could have said, years ago, that any of these men passing away would be a loss to local broadcasting. But...all four of them within the span of a couple of months?

At its base, broadcasting is a "one to one" profession.

Though you are actually speaking to thousands when you open up that microphone, you're actually speaking to one person...the guy in the garage with his radio turned up to his favorite rock music, the woman in the car with three of her life-time women friends headed to a country concert, or the guy driving home from work who just can't wait to hear what that controversial talk show host says next.

The best broadcasters get it. All four of the men who left our local broadcast community in the past few months got it.

And, hopefully, we get it.

This missive is written with individual readers in mind.

The guy who works in a little production studio who can't wait to tell his co-workers what's going on at the station across town. The regular who knows more about local radio than your Primary Editorial Voice(tm) will ever know, finding out a new tidbit. The woman who does weekends on the AC station, who feels connected because she's not around during the week.

YOU, the reader, are OMW. Without you, we're not here. We could write to our editorial-we selves all day, but we already know what we're thinking, and don't need to type it out.

So, thank you. And may you all have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2007, both personally and professional. Let's hope we, the people, take local radio and TV back...


74WIXYgrad said...

From the home computer of "WIXY's Gone Bananas", something OMW can claim partial credit for, I wish you good health and prosperity for 2007 and beyond.

Anonymous said...

With the loss of so many of Cleveland's broadcast staples in such a short time, it feels like the end of an era in radio. Yes indeed those gentlemen 'got it' and I can only hope that those who will walk intheir footsteps in the future will do so with the same grace and humility.

Carry on and best wishes for the new year.

Anonymous said...

Even though I don't know you personally OMW, I can say that your insightful message board posts and this blog have helped to develop my interest and enjoyment of the radio and media world. I can only hope that it begins to look more promising for career opportunities as I approach college graduation in the near future. Great job and best wishes to you in 2007!


Jeff said...

OMW, thanks for the insight provided. As a local broadcast engineer, I enjoy being able to stay connected with the local broadcast community. A connection seemingly free of prejudice or commercial motivation. I think everyone appreciates your efforts in keeping this blog up and I look forward to the reports in 2007.

~~NPHSQUAKER said...

Happy New Year, OMW.
Keep Up The Good Work!!!

It Said said...

OMW has proven itself time and again to be THE Source for information on Ohio Media you can't find anywhere else..Happy 2007 OMW

Anonymous said...

oa-thank you for running an honest, unbiased forum for those who love radio. i appreciate you and wish you the best for 2007. david5258

Johnny Morgan said...

Happy New Year, OA!

!!Aardvark!! said...

Best wishes for a great 2007! Love coming here for some radio insight!