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Here’s a recap of the week…
BML Monday: Bud Light: Lessons in Losing
…political posturing afoot
We are about to enter a very interesting season of decision making for voters. The opposition media spent significant time and column inches over the weekend taking shots at Governor Ron DeSantis ahead of his anticipated announcement of a run for the presidency. I had a dinner discussion last night about the upcoming Republican Primary and it has potential to be a good one, but there’s a caveat to that. Tim Scott is now in the running and the Durham Report could hold an unforeseen bonus for President Trump.
We also have a look at a self-defense situation that turned bad for the victim.Oh, it was the victim’s fault, but it drives home a lesson in firearms ownership and use.
I can see where the Bud Light saga could become tiring, but new lessons seem to keep coming from the marketing blunder. Number one- playing politics is not good for business and even allies turn against you. Number two- you have to pay attention to the lessons if you want to avoid the same fate. Number three- if you don’t acknowledge failings and change from them, the situation will not improve.
Bud Light and other corporations are IN A HANDBASKET on this Monday.
BML Tuesday: Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie & Tampons?
I can remember when major sporting events were all about the sport.Baseball, football, basketball, hockey, you name it; the big events were all about the sport and celebrating it.Not anymore. Sporting events are now forums for political causes and, just like Bud Light, sports need to consider their purpose and audience before they become something much less. The Los Angeles Dodgers need to be at the front of the class.
On the same front, when high school students get biology better than those who are running their schools, you can expect the students to take action. In Oregon, they are. In Missouri, the culture embraced by educators has been highlighted in a school yearbook and parents are not happy. Gone are the days of sock hops, drive-in movies and the malt shop. Here come sex, drugs and rock and roll.
Politics has turned largely into bickering competitions. That’s not good for anyone. It’s time for a serious discussion about the issues in play at all levels of government. I still believe candidates who do that can be heard and be effective. But will the environment of today’s run for office allow for it?
While Dave Bowman is traveling the USA for the next few weeks, we are not left without his look at history. DAVE DOES HISTORY has gone virtual as Dave continues his look at the Constitutional Convention. Just click the link below.
BML: WIDE OPEN WEDNESDAY
…looks like you did it!
In a testament to the power of radio, and more importantly its audience, Ford has taken up a better idea. The automaker has abandoned its plans to remove AM radio from its new vehicles- gas and electric. Had the industry and its listeners not responded as they did, this would not have happened. Will other automakers follow suit? I’d say it’s likely. Thanks for speaking out!
Brevard news includes Biblical graffiti in Titusville, Melbourne opposing a proposed upgrade to the former SEARS location, the county shifting lifeguard costs to the cities and a foiled jailbreak in Indian River County that sounds like it was scripted in Hollywood (if the writers were working).
Florida Senator Rick Scott has issued a travel advisory of his own and it’s worthy of state adoption. Ron DeSantis is about to announce his candidacy for the presidency and the battle between he and President Trump is about to go hot. And just in case you were wondering, Tucker Carlson will not be in the running.
Elsewhere, TARGET held an emergency meeting to make sure its stores aren’t’ going all BUD LIGHT. Yes, America’s favorite (or former favorite) light beer is now the poster child for bad decision making and is synonymous with MARKETING DISASTER.
We’ll begin our day IN A HANDBASKET where a conservative college professor (nearly as rare as unicorns) has been pulled from the classroom and the school won’t tell him why.
I’ve tossed in some AI stories about dead relatives, creepy robots and crime fighting, but today it’s all up to you. WIDE OPEN WEDNESDAY lets you choose what we discuss…so, what’s it going to be?
BML Thursday: DeSantis is In
…the race is on
Governor Ron DeSantis is officially in the running for the Republican presidential nomination. He filed with the FEC and then made a glitch-interrupted announcement on Twitter Spaces yesterday evening. DeSantis staked out several positions for focus in the campaign and President Trump, of course, has reacted. That battle will be on through the campaign.
We’ll open the day with TARGET facing a “Bud Light Situation,” which is modern day business speak for MARKETING DISASTER. Then we have a tale of the college professor, the coed and the term “biological women” that netted the student a zero for her work.
Will FORD’s decision to keep AM radio in all of its vehicles translate to other automakers doing the same? INSIDE RADIO takes a look.
Here in the Sunshine State, Governor DeSantis signed the new elections bill that settles the question of resign to run and the state board of education will be publishing a list of contested books in the state’s schools.
Let’s get to today’s conversation.
(I’ll be out tomorrow and for Monday’s Memorial Day holiday. Joe Pags will join you those mornings and I’ll talk to you Tuesday.)