Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of “Catching Up Over Coffee.” By now, you’re either dreading going back to work tomorrow or you’re going stir crazy. In any case, we have a collection of stories, articles, and think pieces that we hope will get you through the weekend of family, football, and leftovers – and perhaps spur some ideas you can apply to your company and your career
This has become a familiar media topic, but The New York Times’s Bill Flanagan says rock is becoming what jazz turned into in the ’80s – slowing down, but focused on huge iconic performers. He notes the success of events like Desert Trip, and while it may be skewing old, he points out the young people enjoy it, too. Access the article here.
The podcasting bug isn’t just limited to media brands. All kinds of companies are trying their hands at podcasting – including GE. And the subject of their podcasting effort will surprise. Read about it here.
In the Internet Age, no franchise or heritage brand is safe. So look out, Ticketmaster, Amazon is moving into your space. The story is from Recode and you can read it here.
Station merch just reached a new low – or a new high. Yes, there’s a company that will customize ugly Christmas sweaters, the perfect staff gift or giveaway item. It’s from Mashable, and you can access it here.
This Ken Burns video is a wonderful look at the art of what it takes to tell a great story – or awesome morning show bit. Hope you like it. It’s right here.
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