You hear a lot about “digital” and “change the way we are doing things.” Change leads to stress.
Even good change causes it. Stress can lead many experienced programmers and talent to develop the syndrome known as:
Burned Out Old Farts.
Its not just a disease for experienced programmers. Even the youngest, most bright eyed and excited can suffer from the disease. Its a response from stress, worry, change, and fear.
At some stress point, the body and brain simply stop functioning and stop looking for new approaches.
How do you know if you might have it?
Lets look at possible symptoms:
- Doesn’t go to shows with his format’s artists anymore. Been there, done that
- You won’t find photos in the trades from them. Everyone knows them.
- Thinks blogging is something someone else does.
- Everyone knows them; but not really sure what they do now
- Last hung a banner at a station event sometime in the 90’s
- Never placed a Google Adwords or Facebook ad campaign
- May listen to his own station; but spends the majority of time buried in data or meetings
- Hired someone to build their own Facebook page or web site
- Do they have a web site?
- Most of his Facebook friends are old industry colleagues who are older than they are
- Can’t ID Matt Cutts, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Carter, Michel Fortin, John Carlton, or William Strauss
- Doesn’t have a Pandora account? Couldn’t tell you what Last.fm does?
- Couldn’t tell you the names of the top 20 influentials in his stations audience
- In charge, but makes others responsible when it hits the fan
- Hasn’t lost a ratings fight in a decade. Hasn’t been in one in two decades.
- Spends more time talking about what used to be; rather than what could be
- Last talked to a listener in person about the radio station in 1997
- Hasn’t been on the air for five years, but can tell talent how it should be
- Production? Really?
- Spends more time meeting about radio than listening to radio
BOOF in your system can be overcome.
Emotion in the form of passion is your first defense.
Listening, learning, and reading from others is your second.