Bad Advice for Young Broadcasters

Starting out, I was grateful to receive guidance from wise broadcasters willing to share their experience and advice. I also learned some things that sounded correct but turned out to be totally wrong: “Follow your passion and the money will follow.” Instead, follow what you are good at. You find what you are good at … Read more

Hiring People You Don’t Have To Fire Later

I’ve been fired. So I have a strong dislike for firing people. In business school, we were taught that the failure of an employee is usually a failure of management. Any time we cut ties with a media personality, I lose sleep on where it all went wrong. What I’ve realized is that more often … Read more

Starting Your Podcast With A Sponsor

Does your podcast begin with a commercial? How you handle ads in the opening moments of your show may determine if your listeners stay to the end. Podcasting is new, but it is amazingly similar to old-time radio. This 1939 episode of The Jello Program with Jack Benny starts with an advertisement. A minute and … Read more

3 Tips On Taking (Or Not Taking) A Job

Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud once said, “all behavior has meaning.” I wish I had kept that little nugget in mind as I once flew to an interview with the CEO of a large media company. After coordinating dates and times for our meeting, the CEO sent me this email; “There is a non stop Southwest flight … Read more

How To Not Get Eaten By The Bear

There is a joke is about two hikers in the woods who are surprised by a bear. The first hiker yanks running shoes out of her backpack, prompting the other hiker to say, “You cannot run faster than that bear.” The first hiker laces up saying, “I don’t have to be faster than the bear. … Read more

How Would You Replace Jon Stewart?

Imagine that you are the head of Comedy Central and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is going well, with great ratings, consistently great content and a solid place in the daily pop culture zeitgeist. Then Jon decides to leave. Or, imagine that you are the head of NBC News, and your Nightly News property … Read more

Time Management for Media Stars

At The Randy Lane Company, we have learned a thing or two from coaching some very busy people. Imagine the crazy schedules of performers like Ryan Seacrest, Jimmy Kimmel, or Carson Daly. Would you like to know the secrets of how to do it all and do it so well? You are clearly destined for that … Read more

One Lucky Break Away From Stardom

Walking my setter through downtown Portland this week, I laughed at a bumper sticker: “One lab accident away from being a superhero.” That is true! It turns out that life is one big big surprise after another. In an instant, success, failure, and fate can transform your life and career. If you had a crystal … Read more

The Seven Deadly Sins That Will Get You Fired

As a lifelong fan and coach of media personalities, I am sad when talented people shoot their career in the foot.

We all know that you will inevitably offend somebody if you are being authentic and entertaining, but the line keeps moving. Career-ending mistakes usually involve egregious content and/or workplace behavior.

Laid Off? Here’s What’s Next.

It occurred to me that broadcasters today have more in common with movie actors than ever before. You tell stories, you emote, you create characters, and you dramatize. You also frequently experience long periods between jobs. Look up your favorite actors on IMDB and note the gaps between films. Broadcasters in 2017 are sort of … Read more