Friday, February 13, 2009
I just saw an article about the demise of chicken houses across the country in this week's Wall Street Journal. It reminded me of my Granddaddy Anderson who by day made his living making feed for my great-uncle's company, Bayshore Foods in Easton, Maryland. They made feed for Frank Perdue, coming up with a proprietary feed mix that made chicken skin "yellower" which they marketed as healtier. Granddaddy saw the huge potential of Perdue's company, and so invested in four chicken houses where he raised chicks for Frank. I remember chasing the chicks around inside the chicken house when I was a little kid, which infuriated Granddaddy because he was worried that when the chicks all stacked up in a corner that his investment would suffocate. I just loved seeing all the feathers kicking up all over the place and the chicks squawking by the thousands.
Now chicken houses are going out of business, not because of disturbing little kids like me, but because of this disturbing economy. My granddaddy had put all of his nest egg in one basket, and won. This is not the case now. The chicken farmers are getting left with an empty nest of bankruptcy. ---John Anderson
If you've never been in a chicken house, here's a virtual tour:
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We've been reading a lot lately about how bad radio companies are doing. In The Wall Street Journal, Clear Channel bonds are really low because investors are worried whether the company is even going to be around in five years. Same goes for Sirius/XM satellite radio. Well, we haven't given up on these guys yet. The solution, we think, is to try and work back some of that wonderful local/regional pizzaz and identity that radio was once famous for.
Hey, radio people, get those crazy DJs back on the air...that do their own thing. Back in the day, it was dudes like the Wolfman.
Then, maybe just maybe it will be a brand new day for R-A-D-I-O.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Well, I guess there is no question now who is the greatest team in football - the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steeler Nation is only going to grow after the Steelers secured their sixth Super Bowl title. Congrats to all those black and gold fans everywhere. The Steelers are now the football version of the Yankees. --John Anderson