Where are they now? A roundup of recent radio activity:
- Chicago broadcasters remember‚ Charlie Warner as the innovative radio executive who "discovered" programming genius Bob Pittman and transformed the old WMAQ into the country music powerhouse of the 1970s. Today, Warner is a respected elder statesman in the business, drawing on his career as a journalism professor, author, management and sales consultant, AOL Interactive marketing chief, and founder of DailyComedy.com. In his Media Curmudgeon blog Friday, Warner took on Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels for surrounding himself with old radio cronies -- a recurring theme on this blog, too. (Here is the link to Warner's post.) In part, he writes:
"What does a beleaguered mainstream media company executive trying desperately to emerge from bankruptcy do? Innovate? Find new sources of revenue? Inspire the troops? No, he does what he's always done, surround himself with cronies. Cronies are loyal; no matter how many stupid mistakes you make, how many employees you harass, or how you completely demotivate associates with top-down, silly directives, such as Michaels' banning of 119 words in newscasts on Tribune-owned WGN-AM, cronies will tell you how brilliant, funny, and absolutely right you are."