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. An avid photographer, Rod shares some of his favorite images of the Palouse at PalousePics.com.

Cremo of the Crop

May 24, 2016
Some time ago I heard Michael Savage reading a commercial for a men’s shaving product called Cremo and boy, did he sound excited. Now because I shave regularly and, like most guys, occasionally nick myself, his message caught my attention and the name of the product stuck in my mind. So later I’m walking down the […]

Please Text and Drive

May 17, 2016
That got your attention, didn’t it? But why did it grab you? Because it’s short and to-the-point. Because it’s the opposite of what you expect. Because it shocked you, if only a little. And that, of course, is the whole point. Until you come to the realization that its intended message […]

The Power of Words

May 11, 2016
“Choose your next witticism carefully, Mr. Bond.  It may be your last.” – Auric Goldfinger to James Bond, who is about to be cut in half by a laser beam. Bond: “Well, you’re forgetting one thing. If I fail to report, 008 replaces me.” Goldfinger: I trust he will be […]

Got Originality?

May 7, 2016
“Got Botox?”  This question graced a local billboard a few years ago, another in a long line of imitators of a brilliant campaign that spawned them. You remember Got Milk? That slogan and the advertising campaign built around it were created in 1993 by Goodby Silverstein and Partners for their client, the California Milk Processor […]

Low-cost and no-cost advertising for cash-strapped businesses

May 1, 2016
Recently a Google search on the question “How much should I budget for advertising?” yielded 106 million pages of answers. At the very top of the list was this article from Entrepreneur Magazine, in which the author (who happens to be one of my mentors) provides a sensible, specific, and […]
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