Author Archives: Rod Schwartz

About Rod Schwartz

Rod Schwartz backed into a lifelong career in radio advertising in 1973 in Springfield, Illinois. He became sales manager for the Pullman Radio Group in 1979 and served in that position until 2006. He continues to serve clients in the region as the stations’ senior account executive. Since 1991, Rod and his family have operated Grace Broadcast Sales, providing short-form syndicated radio features to radio and TV stations across the U.S. and Canada. Rod also operates an independent advertising, marketing, and promotions consultancy for small business owners and operators, FirstStrikeAdvertising.com. An avid photographer, Rod shares some of his favorite images of the Palouse at PalousePics.com.

Advertising Lessons from 1923 and 1927

He is “…hopelessly out of date, and amazingly current. He was the outstanding copywriter and strategist of his time; he made $100,000 a year and more writing advertising when that kind of money was important even to the U.S. Treasury.” … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising (General), Branding, Business, Communication, Consistency, Consultants, Consumer behavior, Copy, Copywriting, Demonstration (demo) tapes, Madison Avenue, Magazine, Newspaper, Ogilvy, Positioning, Print, Problem-solving, Sales, Sales & Marketing, Slogans and taglines, Storytelling | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Listening to These Commercials Can Make You a Better Writer

The finalists in the 2018 Radio Mercury Awards have been announced. The 100 or so commercials that made the cut represent some of the best work being done in radio advertising today. From this group, a dozen or two will … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising (General), Awards, Branding, Business, Copy, Copywriting, Jingles, Madison Avenue, Radio Advertising, Radio Commercials, Radio Copywriting, Radio Production, Slogans and taglines, Storytelling | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How to Amplify Your Word-of-Mouth (Guaranteed)

You prize good word-of-mouth don’t you? We all do. Word-of-mouth may not create business, but it helps create a preference for your business or brand in the heart of the hearer. Good radio advertising can have the same effect, only multiplied and amplified. … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising (General), Branding, Business, Client-voiced commercials, Communication, Consistency, Copy, Copywriting, Internet, Magazine, Newspaper, Pay-per-click, Positioning, Print, Productivity, Radio Advertising, Radio Commercials, Radio Copywriting, Radio Production, Sales, Sales & Marketing, Slogans and taglines, Storytelling, Voice Acting | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Speech Therapist In Your Pocket

You and I take the sounds of our words for granted. We don’t even give them a second thought. Having learned our alphabet as kids (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, possibly our earliest exposure to the power of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Putting Your Phone Number in a Radio Ad is a Bad Idea. Here’s Why.

You’re not one of those advertisers who puts their telephone number into their radio ads, are you? Good. Didn’t think so. Because you know better. You chuckle at the mental image of somebody pulling over as they’re driving down the … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising (General), Branding, Business, Copy, Copywriting, Jingles, Professional Services Advertising, Proofreading, Radio Advertising, Radio Commercials, Radio Copywriting, Radio Production, Slogans and taglines, Storytelling, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Picture-Perfect Palouse

The Picture-perfect Palouse – a slideshow featuring photos of the Palouse, captured while on drives and walks in Palouse Country throughout the year.  First-time visitors to the Palouse region describe our unique Palouse landscapes as peaceful, tranquil, different from any other … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Modest Proposal for Radio

 Do Most Radio Ads Suck? Jeff Sexton is an ad writer, and a damn good one. He occasionally teaches ad writing at Wizard Academy and is himself one of the Wizard of Ads® Partners. I subscribe to Jeff’s blog and … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising (General), Branding, Business, Casting Talent, Client-voiced commercials, Communication, Consistency, Copy, Copywriting, Problem-solving, Professional Services Advertising, Radio Advertising, Radio Commercials, Radio Copywriting, Radio Production, Radio Sales Cafe, Sales, Sales & Marketing, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Voice Acting, Voiceover | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoroughbred Radio Ad Campaign Races into Hall of Fame

One of my very favorite advertising campaigns of all time has to do with horse racing. And life, laughter, and modern culture. It’s DeVito/Verdi’s brilliant “And They’re Off…” campaign, winner of multiple advertising awards over the years, including their induction … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising (General), Awards, Branding, Business, Communication, Consistency, Copywriting, Positioning, Print, Radio Advertising, Radio Commercials, Radio Copywriting, Slogans and taglines, Storytelling, Voice Acting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Testimonial Ads Earn High Marks from the Wizard of Ads®

Most people reading this blog know who Roy H. Williams is. The Wizard of Ads®, founder of Wizard Academy and the American Small Business Institute, author of the best-selling Wizard of Ads® trilogy and co-author with partners Jeffrey and Bryan … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Help Wanted: Have a Job to Fill? Attract More, Better Applicants with Radio Advertising

What’s the best way to attract your next superstar? Hire your local radio station. Continue reading

Posted in Advertising (General), Business, Client-voiced commercials, Copywriting, Internet, Newspaper, Print, Problem-solving, Professional Services Advertising, Radio Advertising, Radio Commercials, Radio Copywriting, Radio Production, recruitment | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment