I fly too much. Far too much. When I’m bored out of my mind, I can’t help but get distracted by the TV that they show – CBS Eye on America, a sitcom or two, and some various newstainment (or late-night TV reruns). I also read the magazine. I figured that, like other magazines and TV drivel, what was being run was reporting. It may not be the best reporting, but I figured that when they featured someone, it was because that person was in theory of interest to people.
This morning, I was notified that American Airlines was doing a series on “America’s Innovators and Entrepreneurs” and that I could pay $3995 (off from the normal $6995) to be included as an innovator. Ewwww. This reminds me of when in high school, I could pay to be in the “Who’s Who of America’s Students.” I realize that the blurring of news and entertainment is pervasive and I guess I should suspect that a lot of news is paid-for advertising, but knowing for certain that I’m being locked into a vessel of misery with pervasive advertising is depressing. Le sigh.
(I’ve included the full email in the Extended Entry if you’re curious to learn more.)
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Sent: 7/26/2007 12:49:59 PM
My name is Greg Coley and I am a independent producer for the special in-flight radio program “America’s Innovators and Entrepreneurs,” which will air worldwide on American Airlines’ “FORTUNE In-Flight Radio” Channel during the entire month of December 2007.
This special on-going radio series spotlights compelling profiles of innovators and entrepreneurs — from small businesses to large enterprises — the people and companies that make up the backbone of business in America and are rarely heard from. This show will feature stories of hope, ideas and success stories in ways you’ve never heard before.
I would like to personally invite a senior spokesperson from your organization to participate on this special program, that is broadcast for an entire month reaching 4.2 million business and leisure travelers, and speak about how your initiatives in strategies, services and overall business model has been instrumental in making your company a true success.
Our guests to date include:
Anthony Ambrose, General Manager, Intel
Craig Ellins, CEO, DigitalFX
Tom Cates, President, Brookeside
Stephan Brant, Managing VP, Hitachi Consulting
Debbie Grodon, President & CEO, Snappy Auctions
Al Knapp, President & CEO, Ethanex Energy
Joy Flora, President, Merry Maids
To view some of our current interviews, click on FORTUNE Inflight Radio Channel – July 2007
Our production team will produce a dynamic one-on-one interview. Our writers will script everything in advance with your final editorial control. Your interview will air in a continuous loop on 29,000 audio-equipped American Airlines flights during the full month of December 2007.
Since we’re on deadline, we’re offering our last few spots on our December 2007 edition for only $3,995 (normally $6,995). Please note we are recording interviews no later than August 17th and due to our tight deadline, we need a commitment to secure your spot no later than Friday, July 27th.
Your participation includes:
1. Production and placement of a 3-minute interview/profile to air worldwide on “America’s Innovators and Entrepreneurs” on 29,000 American flights reaching 4.2 million in December 2007.
**American Airlines is the world’s largest airline and flies to more destinations than any other airline.
2.”America’s Innovators and Entrepreneurs” program listing in American Attractions (350,000 monthly copies).
** American Attractions has the greatest number of readers and largest circulation of any in-flight publication.
3. Rebroadcast of interview on our website with link to your site for 1 year.
4. Digital audio file of interview for promotional and marketing purposes.
5. “As heard on American Airlines” logo for airing of interview on your website.
6. All turnkey production including scripting, recording, editing, mastering and delivery.
Please contact me as soon as possible to reserve your spot, as space is very limited.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
12155 Riverside Drive
Valley Village, CA 91607
Producer of the #1 Talk Show in the Sky and on the Web
If you’d like to call for a reference, please contact the Executive Producer, Elizabeth Montgomery at 818-762-6800 ext. 11. If you want to be taken off my invitation list, please reply to this email stating your intent.