August 19, 2011 @ 15:30
What a wonderful day. Humble and I spent a good portion of the day in the rolling hills of Erin to visit Paul and Carol Mott .
Since the getting the heave-ho from 2 St Clair West a couple of years ago, the Mott's have embarked on a project that has piqued the interested of Humble and Fred Inc.
The Mott's have started their own on-line show that has given them unbelievable freedom and piece of mind.
No commute downtown, no restrictions on what they talk about and no listening to wiener Program Directors of which I used to be.
The Mott's have enhanced their enterprise by cutting deals with a series of small and community owned stations including 88.1 in Erin where we travelled this morning.
Paul and Carol are doing just fine thank you. Running your show takes a lot more time and effort, but everything they do is for them and as it builds they'll be able to add staff to their empire. Just like any other business.
Running an on-line show ain't the pipe dream it used to be. A lot has happened in the past couple of years and it's only going to escalate in the next couple of years. Delivery systems have changed dramatically and people are moving away from traditional forms of media in droves.
To steal a line from Alan Cross, for the most part terrestrial music radio has become nothing more than "unprogrammable I-pods." If you want content, you have to go to the net and if you want the type of content that Humble and I want to do, you'll definitely have to go to the net.
Yes, it was a lovely visit with the Mott's and their sweet daughter Jessica who acts as their producer. We learned a lot about running your own show - the good, the bad and the ugly.
But hey, as Carol says, "if you're in a position to give it a shot, then by fuck, give it a shot." (actually she didn't say the fuck part - I just added that for spice.)
After watching and guesting on their show, Paul, Carol and Jessica invited us back to their ranch for sandwiches, nachos and beer. (Howard didn't have a beer, and very few nachos cause he's trying to look like a 26 year old.)
They have ten acres, half a dozen horses and a beautiful view no matter where you look.
Paul talked about cutting grass, and Carol talked about shoveling horse shit.
One of there horses is whacked out. He's addicted to inhaling whatever he smells on a fence post. It's so bad they had to a put a muzzle cage over his snout. Apparently, if they didn't he could kill himself by in inhaling too heavily.
Lord Jesus, I tell ya. If he was mine I'd take that muzzle off and dig a big hole - or get Paul to dig it. Apparently he's good at that kind of stuff.
Another highlight during the tour was offered by Howard. At one point he said "a lot of people don't like the smell of barns and the smell of horse crap. I do. I find it sort of comforting.."
Then he got in the corral and sniffed a post. Carol quickly muzzled him.
It was a fine day, a fun day, an informative day.
Thank you Mott's
If you'd like to hear the Humble and Fred segment from today, go here and download the August 19th show. We barge in about half way through, but listen to the whole goddamn show.
It's great, because it's the Mott's