Thursday thoughts: But that can’t be right!

  OK, folks – quick quiz time: complete this saying: “Pride goeth before….” If you said “a fall”, you’d be wrong. And yet almost everyone would say that. The actual quote is “Pride goes before DESTRUCTION, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18) – but we almost always shorten the verse. It’s a…

Monday Media – Can anything save ‘dinosaur media’?

Can the Australian government’s proposed new media laws save troubled newspapers and other legacy media outlets? Or is that the wrong question to be asking? It’s now two weeks since the government confirmed plans to significantly change media ownership laws, which could prompt a whole swag of mergers and acquisitions as old-school news organisations battle…

Monday Media – And just like Magic, no more 2CH

It’s the worst-kept secret in Australian radio: Easy 2CH is no more. From today, the station has adopted the ‘Magic’ moniker – and, in general, the Magic format. It’s still calling itself Magic 2CH in Breakfast – but certainly by 2pm, it had adopted the Magic 1170 callsign – bringing it into line with the branding…

Friday Travel – The Mystery of Mystery Island

One of the more popular ‘cruise ship’ destinations in Vanuatu is “Mystery Island”, at the south of the archipelago that makes up that country. It’s actual name is Inyeug island – and it’s an uninhabited island about a km off the larger Anatyeum. But why Mystery island? Well, there are two theories – and both…

Thursday thoughts: Draining the swamp

I think it was a 1986 Apple commercial that first introduced me the concept, but it’s a metaphor that has stuck with me for three decades since then: “It is difficult to remember, when you are up to your neck in alligators, that you originally set out to drain the swamp!” I find that I spend…

Monday Media – DAB Radio Goin’ up the country?

A few weeks ago I was accused of being, and I quote, “Another doomsayer doing his level best to kill off commercial radio.” That’s because I had the temerity to suggest that DAB+ Radio, or Digital Audio Broadcasting, risked going the same way as AM Stereo – into the dustbin of ideas whose time never…