October 15, 2015
Nativo Lodge 11:30 am
October 15 Meeting
Chief Gorden Eden:
Update on Albuquerque
Lessons Learned as a Radio Talk Show Host
When Albuquerque radio station KKOB 770 AM wanted to bring on a radio talk show eight years ago, they talked with Bob Daniel, Firm Administrator for Pulakos CPA’s PC. The firm saw a great opportunity, and a deal was struck. Bob’s first show was December 1, 2007. At the time of his North I-25 presentation, Bob had done 181 shows.
“Let’s Talk Business New Mexico” is the only radio show in New Mexico dedicated to serving the local business community with news, information and a discussion forum people can use to get results for their companies. It airs Saturday mornings from 6:00 am to 7:00 am.
Bob is always looking for new people to put on the air -- see full article.
The Lessons Learned:
- Don’t be too prepared. If you are too scripted, it will sound like it.
- On the other hand, be prepared to fill “dead air.” Guests sometimes freeze and the host has to punt.
- No politics
- It’s hard to talk by yourself for an hour. There is synergy with two or three people. One 4th of July, Bob had no guests and he thought he could cover the hour by himself. Wrong. At the first break, his producer switched to a recording of the Declaration of Independence.
- When you are on live radio, you can’t go back. There is no back up, so the host has to be prepared to handle any situation that comes up. You can’t stop the clock.
- The “Dump” button is your friend. Hosts use it when they need to cut off a windy or contentious caller. Would that life had a “Dump” button, Daniels remarked.
- The 10-second delay is your friend. If a caller starts to go out of bounds, the host can cut the person off before . . . See the full article
Curious about back shows, or want to hear one again? Go to Show archives at
No question about it, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden has one of our city's toughest jobs. Come to the October 15, North I-25 Business Association meeting for an update on how Eden and his Department are meeting their challenges.
When Eden accepted the spot as Albuquerque’s top cop in February 2014, he stated three priorities:
- police retention and recruitment,
- community outreach,
- making sure the leadership structure at APD is airtight.
You can learn how Eden is doing on these measures as well as hearing how the Albuquerque Police Department, under Eden’s leadership, is responding to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) civil investigation report.
Gorden Eden has 32 years of experience related to law enforcement. From 1975 to 1995, he worked for State Police, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. From 2002 to 2010, he was a U.S. Marshal. He then spent three years as the DPS secretary before taking the job at APD in February 2014.