So many random thoughts come to mind when you first hear the name Tyrese Gibson.
“That’s guy from the movie Babyboy”
“He’s the guy who sang Sweet Lady”
“Wasn’t he in a Coke commercial years ago?”
His devotion and hard work resonates across many different areas. Beyond his obvious background of actor, father, and singer you would be surprised to know that he’s also an author and has an interest in martial arts. Recently, I had the privilege to see the human side of Tyrese when I interviewed him on my afternoon drive radio show. He had just came off a long flight, hectic media tour around Memphis, and was operating on nothing but a bag of Cheetos. His walk was slow and his speak off-microphone was very little, however; when the on-air light came on Tyrese quickly became one of my favorite celebrity interviews. His wisdom was compelling and his advice was practical. Listen to the interview below!
Chris Malone Tyrese Gibson interview<~ click to listen to interview audio
It’s a Saturday night, a majority of the 25+ year old crowd could typically be found in the bars or clubs, making the most of their weekend and dancing to the rhythm of the night. The thought of any sort of extra brainy activity outside of deciding what color shoes matches their jeans, would make them cringe. This 26 year old would never openly admit that he spends a large portion of his weekend, AT THE OFFICE. I mean come on, at my age working on projects (sometimes off the clock), that’s like OMG. LAME…Well here’s my philosophy, you can call it my confession of a workaholic. Read the rest of this entry
When you think about R&B, classic artists such as Anita Baker, Barry White, or The O’Jays may come to mind. It’s amazing how their music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s remains relevant and still sounds pleasing to ears today. The music director in me loves to research listener behavior and patterns. So, I spent some time snooping around my 12 year old niece’s iPod and shockingly found a number of classic R&B songs in her mix with newer titles. I even discovered some Michael Jackson tracks that I forgot about! My logical guess is that she was exposed to their music through her parents/grandparents, who fall within the core Adult Urban age cells. Although very few R&B songs these days are able to stand the test of time, I’d say the genre of music is healthier now than it’s been in a while. Consider this my version of R&B Grammy nominations..I list them, you decide? Read the rest of this entry
It would be nearly impossible to find one single American who wasn’t painfully affected by of the events that transpired on September 11, 2001. This date takes me down memory lane to a dark day 10 years ago. I was in my junior year of high school and to say we were an extremely rowdy group of teenagers would be an understatement; however, our youthful bliss was interrupted on 9/11. It didn’t take long for my fellow 1,200 schoolmates to figure out the events of that early morning were serious. Read the rest of this entry
Relevant emotional content, comfortable companionship, a genuine spirit of giving, these all appear to be words of little significance; however, they’re just a few of the many characteristics that make up the dynamic personality of Oprah Winfrey. After watching the spectacular finale of 25 years of her show, I was compelled to look deeper into what makes Oprah such a captivating figure. Considering Oprah’s humble beginnings as a radio broadcaster, there are some interesting parallels for on air radio personalities to contemplate.
Emotion- joy, pain, anger, sadness, amazement (the list can go on and on), Oprah has a unique ability to tap into so many intense emotions. Even if you were far removed from the show, perhaps you’ve only seen it a few times in life, you can probably still recall an occasion where you were drawn into the show with one of those aforementioned emotions. She could take any relevant topic/content, find a way to capture an emotion and leave an impact an her talk show audience. A few months ago the city of Memphis was threatened by massive flooding, particularly near the Mississippi River, I decided to take a page from Oprah’s playbook. Read the rest of this entry
I always get asked by eager recent college grads about the job market in communications, it’s so difficult to come up with one single answer and unfortunately very little guidance on where exactly to turn for a gig during these tough economic times….Here’s a note I typed up for a guy who approached me on LinkedIn about his younger brother, who recently graduated but is finding it difficult to get a job…It was the best advice I can offer to anyone seeking jobs in communications (more specifically radio and TV based on my background)…(deep breath) Here goes… Read the rest of this entry
When you think of the 90’s musically, you think of artists with very expressive hairstyles and uncoordinated fashions. At the very worst throughout much of that time period you had to deal with the complications of dual sided cassette tapes. Rolling Stones magazine has just released the worst songs of the 90’s based on respondents to their recent roll. Check out the list:
ROLLING STONE’S WORST ’90s SONG ENTRIES, 1-10:
10. 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up?” Read the rest of this entry
Song ramps or “intro” times in radio relates to the number of seconds a song has on the front-end before the vocals start. Some programmers consider vocal harmonizing (think Mariah Carey) prior to the start of an actual verse is acceptable as the ramp too. I beg to differ, the slightest cough or vocal cue from the artist is the end of the intro and the start of the song in my opinion, but that’s neither here nor there, the intro times on songs have become noticeably shorter and shorter especially in contemporary hit music. This was the topic of a Sean Ross weekly blog via radio-info. Some programmers believe that record labels are appealing to the short attention spans of radio executives (basically get to the good stuff before they cut my record off and move on to the next). My point of view centers around the listener. As mentioned in Sean’s blog, radio exes. have shorter attention spans, however; we know that listeners do too. Radio had to adjust by creating shorter, more concise talk breaks. We’ve all heard the coaching technique: get to the subject, no long setup. For younger demos, I believe the record industry has started to notice the demands of a attention deficit generation. I can’t imagine too many 18-24 year olds sitting through a song on their Ipod that gives them nothing to vibe to within the first :05-:08 seconds. If the song “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” by The Temptations was released in today’s fast pace society, can you imagine how Gen Y would respond to the 1:02 song intro? They’d quickly bypass that song and to get to one that grabs them immediately. The same theory fuels the web, advertising, and marketing world too–quickly engage. Unfortunately or fortunately for radio, the short intro’s have been pushed our way in the process. Not because of us but, because of a sign of the times. Currently, I program an Urban AC station and the number of songs released with shorter intros are few and far between, but I’ve noticed the trend and I’m ok with it. Limits jock chatter over ramps and flows better.