Jen Oda Was a Friend of Mine

Jen Oda was a friend of mine. She wasn’t a close or long-time friend or a particularly great friend, but she was a friend. How I met Jen was kind of convoluted. And in looking back a little confusing but serendipitous. I had friends who already knew her, but I met her separately, after floundering […]

My Trip to Ukraine in Wartime

UPDATE August 24th, 2022 – I’ve just returned from filming in Przemyśl, Poland & Lviv, Ukraine. It was an intense shoot full of mixed emotions. We met many volunteers on both sides of the border, committed to helping Ukrainian refugees, including many Americans from places like Massachusetts, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, DC, and more. We […]

Gas Prices Got You Down? Buck Up!

$10 PER GALLON IN FRANCE: These are the gas prices for a Liter of Gas in France. Multiply x4 to get a gallon. Convert Euros to Dollars, and we’re talking north of $10 per gallon. This might explain why you see some small vehicles like these on the streets of Paris. I don’t know their […]

Raw Travel Presents – “Let Freedom Ring in Ukraine!”

RAW TRAVEL TV TO HELP FREEDOM RING IN UKRAINE! Multifaceted Media Campaign Poised to Help Ukraine for the “Long Haul” –  NEW YORK, NY: June 1st, 2022 – AIM Tell-A-Vision® Group (AIM TV), producers of the nation’s most-watched travel show, Raw Travel®, announced “Let Freedom Ring in Ukraine” to help Ukrainian refugees. The multi-platform and multi-faceted initiative will provide grassroots, long-term […]

Guns from a Global Perspective

Today I was going to promote our next episode Chattanooga on Twitter. Then I read about the mass shooting resulting in six deaths there over the weekend. During my obligatory “thoughts and prayers” moment, I thought of all the times over the last few years I’ve had to pivot external communication on a dime because […]

The Cable Strategy Tragedy

THE CABLE STRATEGY TRAGEDY: Too easy, I know, and sad but almost always unsaid, so I’ll say it. This is just the latest shoe-to-drop and consequence of cable TV’s not-too-long-ago obsession with “reality TV” and “over-the-top” characters that eventually helped put yet another nail in cable TV’s coffin. Just 10 or so years ago, the […]

Raw Travel Helps Our Friends in Ukraine

Raw Travel has deep connections in Ukraine, having filmed three episodes in Lviv and Kyiv in 2019. Anastasia, our Ukrainian videographer, and her family are two times refugees, having already fled Donbas for Kyiv, and she and her younger brother are now separated from her parents, who remained behind. Anastasia on location in Madeira, Portugal […]

Making the case for curating weekend TV on TV Newscheck

Appreciate Michael of TVNewsCheck for asking my “humble opinions” about the present and future of syndicated TV. Can broadcast TV be saved? Absolutely. What will save it? A blend of creative solutions from local to regional and national. It begins by inviting more raw, talented creatives from streaming, social media, indie TV & film, etc., […]

Too Whack for Weekends!

I have been privileged to work in the broadcasting industry for most of my adult life. I began in local ad sales and progressed to management. My current role as a business owner and independent producer of Raw Travel TV has been the most fulfilling and eye-opening of all. I have overseen all facets of […]

Media Using “Political Polarization” in their Business Plans

I read a recent article in one of the business trade magazines about a large media company’s annual call with Wall Street regarding their potential acquisition of another media company. For the uninitiated, these calls are meant to provide some guidance to big Wall Street firms about the company’s strategy and growth prospects. The headline […]