In this week’s issue… Thank you, Tom Taylor – Remembering J.R. Reitz – Urban One flips in Philly – Sox drop Neverett – Public broadcaster buys weekly paper
By SCOTT FYBUSH
*This has been a very busy middle of what’s typically a very busy news month, and we’ve started every day hereabouts the same way we start every weekday: the alarm goes off, your editor reaches blearily for his phone, opens the inbox and immediately looks for the new issue of Tom Taylor’s NOW newsletter.
It is, of course, what all of us in the business have been doing for years, in one form or another, going back to the days when you knew you were “in the loop” at your radio station if you were on the list to get Tom’s daily fax cycled around to your desk. Tom himself cycled through employers and formats – Inside Radio, M Street (which then absorbed Inside Radio), Radio-Info and, since 2012, his own independent partnership as RTK Media.
Through it all, Tom himself remained perhaps the most respected, most decent, most thoughtful writer in our sometimes grubby little corner of the business. Tom was a radio guy himself – before he jumped into the trade publication game in the late 1980s, he was well known as the PD of WPST in Trenton, where he launched the top-40 format on FM in the 1970s and woke up a generation of listeners as the morning host. More so than almost anyone in the business, Tom is always quick with a kind email or a plug for a project in his newsletter. As a colleague of his in the M Street/second Inside Radio era, I can say that the public Tom in the newsletter every day was exactly the private Tom behind the scenes.
This all sounds like an obituary, but of course by now you know it isn’t: with a significant birthday approaching and some family health issues weighing heavily on his head (a subject we here know all too well), Tom made the public announcement Tuesday that this coming Friday will be the final issue of “Tom Taylor NOW,” as he heads for a very well-deserved retirement.
What happens next? For Tom, we hope it’s many years of good health and relaxation. For the industry… well, we’ll be here with the last new issue of NERW for 2018 next Monday morning, our annual Year in Review package over the next few days that follow, and then right back at it with our 25th year of NERW starting Monday, January 7. Our content partner, Lance Venta at RadioInsight, will be here all through the holidays breaking format-change news.
And from there… well, as we say so often here, stay tuned.
(Especially to the Top of the Tower Podcast, where we’re hoping to have Tom on very soon as a guest to talk about his fascinating career!)
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