Sunday, July 17, 2005

The 10 Biggest PD Mistakes

10. Forgets that the most important part of the job is to protect the station's license. (written rules for all contests, payola forms signed and policies policed, jocks understand content limits - FCC fines are no longer just a slap on the hand, getting sued wastes time and is bad PR at the very least)

9. Still thinks that it's a sales versus programming world and as long as (s)he gets ratings (s)he has done the job.

8. Doesn't worry about heavy radio-users or passionate fans of the kind of music the station plays. Targeting takes care of itself.

7. Does whatever it takes to win. Ethics and fair treatment of his/her employer and coworkers do not matter as long as the station is winning and profitable.

6. Has a 'not invented here' attitude about new ideas and approaches. Doesn't bother to network or seek objective opinions of knowledgeable counsel.

5. Under-estimates the competition.

4. Sees radio as a craft, not an art. You can get everything you need to know by copying winning radio stations in the same format in other markets.

3. Feels that people are replaceable. As long as everyone is working as hard as possible, everything is fine.

2. Thinks that business management is the GM's job and time management is a sales thing.

1. Doesn't need research. (S)he knows what listeners want.

Let’s work together not to make them!

1 comment:

David Martin said...

Bravo! Well said Jaye - thank you.