From where I sit On The Kowch, it’s time to enjoy the good weather with family and friends during the hot hazy days of July and August. So, I’m going to take a break from writing my blog (first time in four years).
Instead, here are some of my favourite summer time On The Kowch blogs. There are a lot of new readers so for many of you, this will be an opportunity to catch up on what you didn’t get to see in past summers.
From where I sit On The Kowch, I paused upon hearing the news that former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau died at the age of 84. As an anglophone Quebecer, I’m supposed to hate the man who almost succeeded breaking up Canada on October 30, 1995 when the Yes side in Quebec’s second referendum received 49.6% support from voters. You can’t get any closer than that … he lost the referendum by less than a half share point and blamed “the ethnics and money” for the defeat. The next day he quit as premier.
I raised my two daughters, Melissa and Layla, that “hate” is too strong a word to be used carelessly. So I find it difficult to have hate on my mind upon hearing the news of his death. Instead, what came to my mind was the first time I met Parizeau and how our encounter made front page news.
From where I sit On The Kowch, too many young radio announcers are stuck in small radio markets because no one is coaching them, helping them to become better broadcasters. Over worked program directors (many hosting their own three to four hour shows) only have time to aircheck the morning and afternoon drive show hosts. Any announcer hosting a show outside of the 6a-10a and 4p-7p Monday to Friday time slots are pretty much left on their own. You only need to listen to their show demos to understand how lack of coaching through airchecks makes them prisoners in small market radio stations. Lack of feedback rob young broadcasters of chasing their dream to be hired by radio stations in a larger market. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
From where I sit On The Kowch, when you’re in media you don’t owe anyone anything when you don’t accept anything. Seems simple. But it’s not. That’s because there are so many ways you can end up with an IOU without taking money from someone. It’s basically referred to as a Quid Pro Quo – a favour or advantage granted or expected in return for something. Scratch my back and I’ll scratch your back. There are all kinds of terms for these IOUs. But the end result is always the same. Someone who gave you a scoop may one day call in the favour. Here are some examples of every day Quid Pro Quo in media.