This is Part One of a long ‘perfect storm’ trip. Originally it was just a trip to the big European radio convention to speak. Then research and strategic meetings were scheduled days before and after. And then another big research meeting in Mexico. So this trip is almost three weeks long. It starts in Spain and then moves to Paris, Milan, Slovenia (I’ll explain in a later post) back to Paris, and on to Mexico.
My client in France is small and started as a pirate station by a guy my age, the same year I had my pirate station in my bedroom, 1981. His station grew up because of a lawsuit that could ONLY happen in France: his frequency was given to a legitimate broadcaster by the government, and he sued arguing ‘squatters’s rights’ on the frequency, even though he was illegal. He won! And his company was born.
His company now has many stations in several markets yet no one knows anyone. They’re all in silos. So last year I suggested he have a Christmas party to bring everyone together. He was going to have it in February but the Charlie Hebdo shooting happened, so he held the party this week. I was in town just 10 hours between the Spain meeting above and the Milan speech in my next post, to speak at the company meeting and briefly attend the party.