All posts by John Frost

John has been a successful major market DJ and PD for such companies as CBS, Gannett, Cap Cities, Westinghouse, Multimedia, and Sandusky and publishes the Frost Advisory.

Frost Advisory #491 – We Live In An OPT-IN World

There is a phone in our home that we never answer. Seriously. A constant barrage of robo-calls and “Anonymous” caller IDs has left that phone to be no more than a nuisance. In fact, we no longer even listen to the voice mails because of so much time wasted checking them.

We live in an OPT-IN world, defined by Merriam-Webster online dictionary as “to choose to do or be involved in something.” If I didn’t give you permission to communicate with me then your efforts, automated as they be, will be met with an unanswered ring.

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Frost Advisory #490 – There Is No “Them,” Only “Us”

I was eager to see “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” not because I had watched “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” as a kid (because I didn’t), but of my respect for Tom Hanks as an actor; a modern day Jimmy Stewart whose acting skill ranges from “Saving Private Ryan” to “Big,” from “You’ve Got Mail” to “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.”

I was not disappointed.

But the movie wasn’t what I expected. It’s not really a cinematic bio-op of a quirky children’s television show host in Pittsburgh. It’s more about the impact and transformation that can happen when we choose to care for others, affirm them for who they are now, and inspire them to their better selves.

Folks in Houston, Texas, know the name Jim McIngvale, better known to locals as Mattress Mack, that eccentric guy in the Gallery Furniture TV commercials. But if that’s all he did I wouldn’t be writing about him now. And you wouldn’t care.

During Hurricane Harvey and recent Houston flooding, Mack’s showrooms became makeshift shelters in which hundreds of evacuees and dozens of National Guard troops could catch some much-needed rest. Recently, he arranged for Metro shuttle buses to bring some 10,000 Houstonians to his store parking lot for turkey with all the trimmings. And on and on and on.

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Frost Advisory #489 – The Search For Good News

People are searching. So many of us feel bombarded with negativity and bickering, particularly in the wake of the partisanship of the impeachment hearings. With a potential Senate trial and another election in 2020 I don’t get the sense we’re headed for a kinder, gentler new year, do you? As a result people are literally searching for something good.

Every year Google compiles a list of the most searched for words of the year. In 2019 searches for heroes soared.

Good things in the world

Throughout history, in times of uncertainty the world looks for heroes.

What makes a person a hero?

Because living life as something bigger than yourself is a hero’s journey

To everyone using their powers to empower others, search on…

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Frost Advisory #488 – The Beauty Of Christmas Through The Eyes Of Our Format

The Christmas season brings out the best in us. More people tune to our stations than at any other time of the year, some stations topping a million listeners per week, once unthinkable in our format.

Many stations do their best job of connecting on common values with stories of hope, forgiveness, and fresh beginnings. Over the last several weeks I have heard some amazing stories and songs.

I heard how Pamela and her daughter were helped to move out of the homeless shelter and start a new life!

I heard Craig’s story of being able to hear for the first time because of a caring surgeon.

I heard the story of the man who decorated his house with Christmas lights knowing that his son wouldn’t live to see Christmas. When his neighbors found out they joined in and decorated their houses months early.

Stories and songs. Consider how these stories resonate just as much with a brand new listener as a station fan.

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Frost Advisory #487 – We’ve Saved You A Seat!

The Christmas season brings our format’s greatest opportunity to welcome new listeners. While this may seem a no-brainer it is not something to be taken for granted. No other format has the opportunity to eliminate its biggest barrier for growth (that it plays unfamiliar music for new folks) while doubling down on the core “why” of the format – that God became man and changed history (even for unbelievers).

So how does a first time listener become fan? More specifically how does someone that doesn’t know Big Daddy Weave from Bo Diddley transform to preferring your station over all others?

It’s called assimilation; the time it takes to turn a casual observer into a fan. It is the most important metric for measuring growth. Perhaps we should study those that do it well. Did you know that Disney has a 70% return rate on first time visitors?

“Walt viewed his theme parks almost as ‘factories’ that produced delight and entertainment.”

Gregory Ciotti, “How Disney Creates Magical Experiences.”

Consider how your radio station would grow if 70% of those that tuned in for Christmas music programming stayed with you through the new year.

How do you welcome new listeners (if you do at all)?

I hear that a church in Alabama that gives first times guests a Starbucks card and a handwritten note from the pastor.

My church places signs along the road that say, “We’ve saved you a seat,” or “We’re so glad you’re here.”

First time visitors to Target Field in Minneapolis are given buttons to wear and their names are shown on the scoreboard.

My dentist calls each of his new patients just to find out how they are doing. (Now I have his cell phone number and can call him to talk about dental floss anytime I get the hankerin’).

My friend Brant Hansen has created an online/on air “Guide for New Listeners,” including stuff like “Everyone is welcome. That means everybody. Democrat, Republican, Tea Party-people, atheist, agnostic, Protestant, Catholic, young, old, hip, not-hip, married, single, divorced, pro-choice, pro-life, white/black/Hispanic/Pacific Islander/whatever, artists, jocks, loners, depressed, Joel Osteen fans, John Piper fans, tall, short, thin, thick… freaks of all kinds: You are welcome here.”

It’s simple. Your station will not grow without attracting new listeners.

But now that you’ve gotten them with Christmas music what will you do to keep them?