• Personal Blog

    Hashtag #hashtag #MoreViews #itIsBetter

    I wanted to share with you an observation about using hashtags on LinkedIn. Previously I posted what I thought was useful information on testing the passwords saved automatically in your browser.  Even with almost 4000 connections, only 14 people viewed the article. About a week later I posted an update with some new information. Thinking I would increase readership by including relevant hashtags I posted the update with #passwords #internetsecurity. 10 Views.  What the hell? Next, I found which hashtags were being used on LinkedIn.  After a Google search, I found several sites which claim to offer the “most popular” hashtags. Although a few of them looked like they were probably…

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  • Personal Blog

    Critical Security Answers

    I have a bit of an update for you to my previous post, Critical Security Issues Found. After changing many of the compromised and reused passwords I checked a different source, Firefox Monitor (https://monitor.firefox.com/breaches). It revealed a new breach at Pluto TV. I do not even watch Pluto TV – signing up only to check it out some time ago! After all the work I did and the sheer number of sites and passwords both personal and professional I decided to use a password manager – software which remembers all your passwords thus allowing you to use stronger passwords without memorizing them or storing them all in a note on…

  • Personal Blog

    Critical Security Issues Found

    What!!?? I did a routine check on my personal Google account and found a somewhat alarming warning. The alert said, “Critical security issues found”. Underneath that text was a link marked “Take Action”.  Clicking that button brought me to the Password Checkup section of my Google Account. Up until then I was not overly worried. Then I read that Google had found 103 compromised passwords, 570 reused passwords (which is usually not a good idea) and 516 accounts using a weak password. A few of the compromised passwords were found in a data breach uncovered just a few days ago, while others date back several months. Some of the compromised…

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  • Personal Blog

    Email marketing

    How frustrating is it to discover your email marketing database is not as clean and tidy as you thought? I manage Marketing for a Datacom Distribution business in the Middle Atlantic region. In trying to improve personalization of the email marketing campaigns sent out over time, I found room for improvement. A lot of room. The marketing platform used is Constant Contact, however I believe my experience is true across other platforms to some degree. I discovered sending generic campaigns to large numbers of contacts can cloud results. I looked at 2019 results and seeing an open rate of 19% seemed excellent on the surface. According to Constant Contact it…

  • Personal Blog

    Wow – I thought I knew better.

    So, I went on LinkedIn today and decided to check my messages. My birthday is in December, and here it is the end of January. I have unanswered birthday wishes.  I have been on LinkedIn for years and have 3,729 Connections as of this afternoon… so I figured there would be a few… but there were dozens and dozens of them. Shame on me for not even a quick thank you! As I was responding I found a few people who wished me Happy Birthday in 2018, which went unanswered and another birthday greeting in 2019. Then I found the filter for unread messages. Dozens and dozens more… “Congrats on…

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  • Broadcast Related

    Jay Kuppers

    As I mentioned in my Post about Roscoe P. Goodtyme, WQPD-AM in Lakeland Florida was the most influential station to my broadcast career.  And no one was more of a partner and mentor to me than Jay Kuppers. While I learned a lot about comedy from Roscoe, I discovered the business of entertainment through Jay. I am really struggling to remember even some details from that long ago, and I can’t remember the sequence of when I worked with Jay. Based on moving to the Tampa radio market a few months after Roscoe’s death and returning to WQPD after Jay had already left the station it must have been before.…

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    Roscoe P. Goodtyme

    I worked for a few different radio stations in Lakeland, Florida in the late 70’s and early 80’s but none was as much an influence on me as WQPD. Back then I was mainly doing the “Morning Show” and producing radio commercials. As part of the two-person Morning Show, my job was to deliver real news without being too serious. When not announcing the news, my on-air persona was the live studio laugh track for the other guy. It’s weird recounting this now with the distance of some 40 years. It’s hard for me to place the timeline accurately for when I worked with the two main people who made…

  • Broadcast Related,  Personal Blog

    Gerald Ford

    On December 26, 2006, Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States died in Rancho Mirage, CA. The next day I received an email from a reporter from the Winter Haven News Chief who found out I had an occasion to meet President Ford when I was a reporter in central Florida.  After a very nice phone interview, this is what appeared in the paper. Former Polk Radio News Reporter Interviewed Ford In 1980sBy Diane NicholsNews Chief staff It was only a sliver of time that took place decades ago, yet Tom Anthony, a former Polk County news reporter for radio station WQPD-AM in Lakeland, remembers those minutes well.…

  • Featured Stories,  Published Works

    DTV

    DTVTom AnthonyPortFolio Weekly September 1-7 1998 Like or not, the way we all watch television is about to change. Some say DTV, or Digital Television will be as big a milestone to our generation as the popular use of radio was to our grandparents. “There is one important difference,” says Keith O’Malley, Director of Engineering for WTKR TV, “The government didn’t come out with a law that would turn all books into blanks.” That’s what local television broadcasters are faced with in the immediate future. The federal Communications Commission has mandated that all television stations, public and commercial, begin digital broadcasting no later than 2003. Local stations will begin digital…