Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
ADL: RUSH LIMBAUGH REACHES NEW LOW WITH
“BORDERLINE ANTI-SEMITIC” REMARKS ABOUT JEWS
New York, NY, January 21, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with “borderline anti-Semitic comments” on his radio show, in which he raised the possibility that liberal Jews were having “buyer’s remorse” with President Obama in light of the outcome of the Senate election in Massachusetts.
Limbaugh told his listeners: “To some people, banker is a code word for Jewish; and guess who Obama is assaulting? He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s – if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.”
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with his borderline anti-Semitic comments about Jews as bankers, their supposed influence on Wall Street, and how they vote.
Limbaugh’s references to Jews and money in a discussion of Massachusetts politics were offensive and inappropriate. While the age-old stereotype about Jews and money has a long and sordid history, it also remains one of the main pillars of anti-Semitism and is widely accepted by many Americans. His notion that Jews vote based on their religion, rather than on their interests as Americans, plays into the hands of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.
When he comes to understand why his words were so offensive and unacceptable, Limbaugh should apologize.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
January 11, 2010
Michael P. Skarzynski resigns as Arbitron CEOShare |Michael P. Skarzynski has resigned after 11 months as president and chief executive of Arbitron Inc., the radio ratings company announced Monday.
Arbitron said Skarzynski and the board determined he had violated a company policy not related to its financial performance. William T. Kerr, a company director, was named his successor.
It's said Skarzynski planned to write a memoir of his time at Arbitron, but he stopped keeping a diary and now has no idea what he actually did. OK, that's a Portable People Meter joke, but the first two paragraphs are true.
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There's WAY more to this story, and it could affect broadcasters nationwide. Give it a few days and the truth will come out. All I can say is "Oy".
Thursday, January 07, 2010
I first saw a Pure Sensia radio on a trip to a client in the UK. While we have seen some kinds of versions of an Internet radio for at least a decade, this is the first I have seen to elegantly combine both 'Internet Radio' in any form with the touch-screen functionality of today's mobile phones and to leverage other Internet assets. With so many homes now having WiFi, this is an example of a well-thought-out radio that would truly make someone say: "Wow cool what's that" if they saw it in your living room.
The biggest problem in the short term is the price tag -- at $349 it is unlikely to find many customers, no matter how nice looking it is. That said, radio people should check it out for a vision of where our medium could go if those on the programming side started to also consider the hardware that is used to consume radio.
One can access the press release on the Pure Sensia here
Tom Webster is one of he really 'smart guys" in the radio world, and he has he vision to see what radio can be in the future. Few have the gift that he does for seeing the potential and the reality of radio. This post from his blog is a perfect example of Tom's understanding of what the future can hold.