2Oceansvibe Doesn’t Like To Be Told…

Earlier last week, it was brought to my attention that 2oceansvibe had used a comment I left on their website as the basis of an editorial they wrote about the radio industry. While I have no issue with this, I do have an issue with some of the content in my comment possibly being misleading in the context of the article.

So, here is my response to the article.

Firstly, the comment I made in the context of the original article was a criticism of the radio industry in general and not Primedia Broadcasting alone. To represent that comment as anything else such is misleading given the context of the article in question.

Secondly, I was employed by Primedia Broadcasting and not Kfm as the article may lead some to believe. Further, in my original comment on the original article, I had not identified myself as a Primedia Broadcasting employee (ex or otherwise), nor had I mentioned Primedia Broadcasting in any way. Instead, I chose to comment in my private capacity. For the record, I resigned from Primedia around 5 years ago. So the headline is patently sensationalist. Moreover, the comment is based on my own opinion and should not be attributed to any of my colleagues from Primedia Broadcasting.

Finally, and most importantly, while 2oceansvibe may use the comment to strengthen their argument for digital radio vs traditional radio, my comment in no way should be viewed as an endorsement in favour of 2oceansvibe or any of its subsidiary or associated brands or activities. In my opinion, there’s very little in terms of content to separate the 2oceansvibe from its terrestrial counterparts.

Nonetheless, I stand by my comment as a criticism of the industry and still believe digital radio is the future of the medium.

On a personal note, while I can respect the editorial privilege that Seth enjoys on his site, I find it rather disappointing that he chose to delete my comment instead of responding to it directly on his site or to me via email. Doing so is disingenuos and can only be viewed as a self-serving act of someone who doesn’t really want to engage in any meaningful debate around the topic. 

UPDATE: Almost immediately after posting this piece, Seth contacted me (see below) to let me know the comment had reappeared. Something about cache issues  – although I was contacted via Twitter and was told it had something to do with manually approving comments. Regardless, I will take him at his word regarding that and retract the final statements of this post.

6 thoughts on “2Oceansvibe Doesn’t Like To Be Told…

  1. Hey bud – just saw your post. Please confirm which post you think your comment was deleted from? This is not the case and would have to do with either cache issues. Please get in touch at editor@2oceansvibe.com so we can work out what the issue is. thanks. Seth.

    • Hi Seth

      Strange. When I forwarded the link to a few people (across 3 continents) they also reported the comment was missing.
      I’ve refreshed the site at least 3 times since the comment went missing and only since the publishing of my piece on this site has it reappeared.
      Perhaps it was a cache issue. Thanks for looking into it.
      I think I’ll keep this piece up here just in case the comment goes missing again.
      Those cache issues can be tricky.

  2. Huh? Dude – honestly – your vibe and sarcasm is very weird. It was a great constructive comment – we’re a media business – why would we hide it? It was hardly controversial and only adds to our story – still trying to work out which part you think might cause us to hide/delete the comment? Seriously – I can direct you to approved comments that will blow your mind in terms of their revelations and anger towards us. Hate to break it to you, but it’s really not the smoking gun that you think it is. Cheers. Seth.

    • It’s no smoking gun and there’s no sarcasm. I simply have conflicting reports as to why the issue occurred in the first place. As I mentioned in our earlier correspondence, I found it strange that people on 3 continents couldn’t see the comment – and that it was live once I had posted it because I saw it there.

      Regardless of what the cause was, I’m glad it’s restored. This is not a bunfight worth either of us getting into. That’s why I retracted my final statements about the reasons why the comment was deleted, as a show of goodwill.

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