693 reasons why MTR was always up against it

Melbourne Talk Radio, or MTR 1377, is no longer. The fact that the station hasn't worked is hardly a surprise when you consider that in the Melbourne radio market, history repeats itself. Firstly, let's recognise that as the station closes, people lost their jobs and any reflection about the station isn't about their work or their abilities. This post is about about, well, beating 3AW by trying to sound like 3AW. As history has proven, many have tried - and in my radio listening life (30 plus...
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Reviewed – High Wire Act: Ted Rogers, by Caroline Van Hasselt

Where to start in reviewing this 520-page tome? WHAT a book. This book is not just a biography on Canadian media / technology owner and magnate, Ted Rogers, although that's what I bought it for. It is much, much more than a biography, providing detailed insights into the personality and drive of Rogers, whose name adorns cable, sports, wireless and many other businesses in Canada. As well as the personal history of Rogers, the book goes into at times excruciating detail into junk bonds, merg...
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Breakfast on Ten worth a second look

This morning while waiting for a tradie to turn up, I sat down and checked out Ten's new Breakfast show. Partly I flicked from ABC News 24 because I wanted to see what Paul Henry was like on Australian TV; partly I wanted to see a program sorting itself out after having been put on air two days early to deal with Labor's leadership issue. I liked much of what I saw. To put it into context, 'breakfast TV' is on at our place for less than an hour each morning. Depending on who's got the remote,...
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A tale of a cobblestone courtyard and a dank courtroom

Work experience. Remember it? Back in Year 10, when you got to wear a tie and jacket and act all, well - grown up. It was a couple of weeks out of school - getting yourself to and from 'work', doing what you knew would be exciting stuff, taking the world on. At 16. The courtroom Recently I had cause to recall where I did work experience in Year 10 in 1990. The second week was with a local lawyer, where I got, perhaps unsurprisingly, to file. I filed wills, I filed papers from near-endless piles...
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Reviewed – Paul Henry, What Was I Thinking

To be honest, I bought this book on Kindle out of curiosity to learn, if I could, what the fuss was about with Paul Henry – the enfant terrible of New Zealand media. I then went and firstly read the final few chapters which deal with his time on TVNZ and the issues that led to him leaving, and his subsequent decision to return to radio. This book, like its author, is, at times, intense – maniacally interesting, at times self reflective, and often brutally honest. The thing is, despite m...
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TV: ABC doco On Trial; and a megmix promo mistake

On Trial Last night was the final instalment of the ABC’s On Trial – it’s one of those shows that you either watch, come back for more, and really appreciate, or miss because it’s not on your radar, it slips past and then it’s gone. Thankfully, you can watch the lot – all five episodes – on the ABC’s very good interactive site – it’s well worth it. I’ve rarely been inside a court – in fact, I can count each time I have – and two of those were on work experience, one was for Year 10 legal stud...
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TV promos – social history – with garish fashions!

I love TV - must be a child of the 80s thing and having parents that let us watch enough - but not too much telly - as kids. I grew up with the late 70s / 80s staples - Early Bird Show, Shirl's Neighbourhood, sang with the National Boys' Choir on everything from Ernie Sigley to the 80s icon that was Young Talent Time - and along the way picked up a fascination with TV station promos. Yep - TV promos! Jingles can be really catchy; they grab your attention and make you feel like you're 'part' of ...
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Lead or respond – why Twitter is a must-have for NGO CEOs

Having been in non-government organisation (NGO) management roles now for six-ish years (with a period of speechwriting in between my first and second gigs), a comment I had from a colleague the other day stunned me. It was a relaxed, note-swapping chat over a coffee; a relatively young NGO head talking with a far more experienced private sector colleague about organisational values and the mechanics of a new leader coming into an organisation. We were talking about how the organisatio...
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Coffee with the PR Warrior

It’s not every day you get to meet someone whose tweets you enjoy reading, and whose blog you regard as one of the best around. It’s not every day you also get to see them with an accidentally spilled coffee in their lap; laugh it off; and continue to infuse you with their passion for social media. I had one of those days yesterday! @trevoryoung (aka the PR Warrior) was kind enough to share some of his thoughts with me …. once the waitress cleaned up the coffee she’d spilled over him. Some o...
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