I can't think of a period in time where so many people I interact with in the business are tired. Here we are at Memorial Day Weekend, and there's that need to recharge, kick back, and chill. And fortunately, we have a nice long three-day weekend to make it happen.
I first want to thank you for reading our blog over these last several months and years. It is your feedback and encouragement that powers this digital publication. We appreciate, read, and respond to all your comments, and I always enjoy chatting with you about posts that resonated for you, good, bad, and otherwise when we meet in person.
But apart from the media maelstrom we talk about every day, it's important to understand Memorial Day, and recognize what it has meant to all of us here in America – yesterday, today, and in the future.
Many are unaware that while Memorial Day was first celebrated in the years that followed the Civil War (it was originally known as Decoration Day), it's only been a national holiday since 1971. As has been the case for decades, there will be parades, picnics, and other remembrances. Sadly, there will also be no shortage of car dealership, furniture store, and other “spectacular” sales.
One thing I'm particularly proud of is the way in which so many Rock and Classic Rock stations recognize Memorial Day specifically, and veterans in general. Throughout the years, the wars, and the peace treaties, the topic of veterans' care has remained controversial.
But so many radio stations have done so many amazing things on behalf of our veterans. And in that context, they serve their communities and a fundamentally important part of our history and our heritage.
From fundraisers to concerts to picnics and parades, Rock Radio has consistently supported the troops financially, and has kept our attention focused on veteran needs, concerns, and issues. From entertaining them to even providing them with pet companions, radio has made tangible and impressive contributions.
But it's not just about the veterans themselves. We were recently introduced to an impressive organization based in Boston called Home Base. Established by the Boston Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital, Home Base offers services to help veterans who have served, as well as their families.
“When one family member serves, the entire family serves.”
That's an important aspect of Memorial Day to keep in our thoughts amid the hot dogs, sunscreen, and sail boats.
Enjoy the weekend, keep our veterans and their families in your minds and hearts, and we'll be back Tuesday with fresh content.
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In 2008, jacapps was launched - a mobile apps company that has designed and built more than 1,200 apps for both the Apple and Android platforms. In 2013, the DASH Conference was created - a mashup of radio and automotive, designed to foster better understanding of the "connected car" and its impact.
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Fred was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2018.