Category: Business Observations

Beware of Surge Pricing

This post was also published on Sounding Board, a blog from The Radio Agency where I serve as a Marketing Consultant. If you follow me on Twitter (@Kondylas), you know that I occasionally post about a cool start-up company called Uber. Uber is an on-demand private driver available in many large cities (and complete with the spotless black town car or SUV) that aims to replace taxis and limos. You can request a ride at […]

Radio In Its Many, Many Forms

This post was also published on Sounding Board, a blog from The Radio Agency where I serve as a Marketing Consultant. For nearly 80 years, commercial radio was delivered in one simple form: radio waves broadcast by a tower and collected by that little receiver in your car or on your desk. AM/FM were your only choices, but that still provided people in large cities with 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 stations. Then, […]

Radio As A Metonym?

From Wikipedia: Metonymy is a figure of speech used in rhetoric in which a thing or concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something intimately associated with that thing or concept. For instance, “Hollywood” is used as a metonym for US cinema, because of the fame and cultural identity of Hollywood as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars. Using that definition, radio is being used as […]

2012: The Year of Self-Help?

Recently, I’ve come across many (many!) articles appearing on various web properties with the simple goal of helping the reader be a better person. It’s the beginning of a new year, so I was bound to find articles on losing weight, finding love, and dressing for success. But these newly discovered articles all come from reputable and intellectually sharp sources and attempt to challenge our thoughts on productivity and on our contributions to the economy […]

When Mr. Potato Head might not work

A media advisory for the Chicago Auto Show taking place this weekend reads as follows: MEDIA ADVISORY — Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head To Visit Chicago Auto Show Courtesy Of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. This Saturday, the first 400 attendees to the 2009 Chicago Auto Show will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, stars of Bridgestone Americas highly acclaimed 2009 Super Bowl commercials. Chicago Auto Show visitors may […]