10.06.20 | Not a lot of sympathy for the anti-maskers from us. Wear your mask, it helps. What do you think of the Netflix ‘dun dun’ sound? We explore some aural brand tones. Then, foul-mouthed parrots at a UK zoo are placed away from the general public in the hope of calming their language. Finally, two strangers wanted to travel and rather than going alone, they went together after answering an ad on Facebook. Not sure we would do it, but in this case, it seemed to have turned out well.
09.30.20 | Shop Talk looks at Uncle Ben’s and Cream of Wheat as they eliminate iconography perceived to be racial stereotypes. The Village People songwriter of YMCA will sue you if you say it is a gay song and John digs up an old 70s show featuring chimps—Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. John T. Nash, niche advertising pioneer, is our #BusinessBirthday.
09.29.20 | Chicago’s famed “Boystown” will now be known as Northalsted. In a recent survey, 20% of the respondents said the male gendered gayborhood nickname did not make them feel welcome. But first, a secret “man cave” is discovered under New York City’s Grand Central Station complete with fridge, microwave, bed, and streaming TV! Then, a New England man dies from eating too much black licorice.
09.23.20 | DC is heating up with the death of RBG. Check out our Tuesday broadcast of #TFGUnbuttoned to hear our POV. Find all of our media at focusgroupradio.com. Flights to nowhere, and sometimes a heart is just a heart Caught Our Eye this week. Sue Ling Gin, the founder of airline caterer The Flying Food Group, is our Business Birthday this week. Shop Talk highlights a perfectly executed marketing campaign from Patagonia which has already garnered loyalty from the consumer.
09.22.20 | A surprising 45% of gay men support Trump for President in 2020 according to a recent poll done by Hornet. Wow. Then, Canadian LGBTQ people experience the same type of discrimination and assault as their counterparts in the USA—despite the notion that Canada is further ahead of us when it comes to LGBTQ rights. Finally, a woman in New Hampshire was told she could not vote if she wore an anti-Trump t-shirt in the polling place. So, she took it off, had no bra on, and went topless to vote!
09.16.20 | Shop Talk looks at a recent study that suggest doing this one thing at night will help you sleep better and has other surprising benefits. But first, an upstate NY Star Trek exhibit and stealing sand Caught Our Eye. Jacob Schick, the pioneer of the electric razor, is our #BusinessBirthday.
09.15.20 | For the first time since 1958, Peeps will not be on the shelves this Halloween. The company also will forego Christmas and Valentine’s Day as it prepares for Easter 2021—something seems off about this to us. But first, most people have depleted their emergency funds during the pandemic and a Finnish Burger King franchise celebrates Pride by releasing a Love Conquers All Campaign that features the Burger King mascot kissing Ronald McDonald. Funny? Creepy?
09.09.20 | Colonel Harland David Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame is our Business Birthday. The Colonel allegedly was too much man for one woman. Caught My Eye looks at ghost ship tours off the coast of England and canned meat that was mistaken for male genitalia. Shop Talk looks at 3 business stories involving that new car smell, dinosaurs, and Christmas music.
09.08.20 | While we are all trying to figure out 2020, a new old word, acedia, is useful for how many of us are feeling. Then, Delta Airlines meets and exceeds what consumers can expect when adding flying back into their life. Finally, the glory hole is gaining popularity as people want to avoid face to face contact. Who knew that there are apps and websites directing people to local glory holes when fellowship is needed?
09.02.20 | Shop Talk looks at a recent study that points to the surprising ideal retirement age—we think you’ll be surprised too. But first, Guy Laliberté co-founder of Cirque du Soleil is our Business Birthday. Cartier stumbles in China with an advertisement thought to be gay friendly and a young girl wakes up at the morgue. Play along with John says, “Pick That Flick” for a chance to win a Blu-Ray copy of “The Times of Harvey Milk” from our friends at Criterion and Deep Discount.