i got my tape recorder today

and with it came a free box of fear and insecurity

both of which i will go to the Americana tomorrow and return at the Amazon store

here i had been waiting and waiting for this thing and then when it came i was all omg

how do i compete against all these famous people

how do i think of good questions, how do i make it not-too-long

how do i couple it with great social media and razzmatazz?

then i got a phone call and she said why are you scared, youre tony pierce

but im not tony pierce in the podcast world

in fact being tony pierce in that world is like being tony pierce in figure skating

so in that regard i totally wanna do this because it’s just ridiculous.

and heres another way to look at it

any breakthrough filmmaker, musician, rapper, artist, even race car driver is saying

i know all of you are more accomplished

but ive got something a little different, may i say


and people fucking love new

of the many things i learned from Amber was this

Amber was really good at editing videos and putting them on YouTube

i was amazed because she learned almost over night and did it on my iPad!

so yesterday i heard our buddy Ken Layne on a podcast and i was bored from waiting for my life to begin, so i took a little one-minute chunk to see if i could make a funny little video of it

and i did.

and he loved it.

which means i do too.

it only took me an hour to do.

but more importantly it taught me that this is what i should do for all of my podcasts in the future: find a good chunk, add some funny pictures, and post it on the youtubes.

being praised by Henry Fuhrmann is better than winning a Pulitzer

Henry has seen it all in his decades at the LA Times. He worked in various offices around LA and saw it all from the inside out.

If he had not embraced The Web the way he had, there would have been no way our success would have happened.

I knew I was in trouble when I landed at KPCC and asked where the copy editors were. As Henry tweeted, when I was first at the LAT there were 100 of them. At KPCC there were zero. That never changed. Finances. They considered it a luxury.

When you drive your car do you consider your brakes a luxury?

The man who would successfully push me out at the Times also didn’t believe in the copy desk. He created a blog that would publish first and have copy come in afterwards. I said why would you do that? He said he wanted to be at the cutting edge of Google Trends. I said great you get your headline on the top of Google News and what’s gonna happen when people click and it’s a mess? He said, no one will notice.

But that’s the funny thing about big time digital news from a big time news org: they notice the errors way more than the successes.

I am glad that guy is no longer in my universe.

Likewise, I feel blessed that Henry even knows my name.