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Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Interests: music, b-movies and bourbon
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Wow...that was a punch to the gut that I didn't see coming. Transitioning on to the next dimension a couple days before Otis Rush, I either wasn't paying attention or his passing wasn't more universally noted (I hope it was... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Another City Council has set in motion a process to shop its contract for Destination Marketing to other agencies besides the incumbent DMO. Before June 30th, the City clearly expects to receive several bids to perform the services of a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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For communicating the essence of a Destination...there are no words. Only video. And that video doesn't always have to come from the region's Destination Marketing Organization. Like this one, for my hometown, produced by the University of Wisconsin. Yeah...this is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I grew up in a small town an hour south of Chicago. Not quite South Side then...but, increasingly so now. It was a sensational place to grow up. My memories of Kankakee are fond. When I elected to stay after... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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He was considered one of the most influential blues musicians of his generation. Otis Rush burst onto the Windy City Blues scene in the late 1950s with a style that would soon be called West Side Chicago Blues. Musicians that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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While government can jump start a visitor economy through the development of a Convention Center, Tournament-grade Sports Complex or other compelling infrastructure asset, it is often the private sector entrepreneur that can have the most profound impact. Take Todd Nelson...a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Don't get me wrong; I understand resident concern about over-tourism. I have no desire to live in a community where the quality of life is degraded by hoards of self-absorbed visitors. At the same time, I certainly appreciate saving hundreds... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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When Rolling Stone named them one of the 10 Country Artists You Need To Know last summer, I cringed a bit. In this bifurcated world where music is unfairly categorized by broad genres, I thought calling the Cordovas "Country" was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Destination Marketing Organizations pay employees to write up promotional copy on all the cool experiences that can be found in their communities. Some farm that responsibility out to third-party vendors. In both cases, there is compensation for those that create... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's one of my favorite Don Henley lyrics: There's three sides to every story, babe. There's yours and there's mine and the cold hard truth. It's a pretty universal truth...and one that is playing out in Santa Clara CA, where... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Actually, the A/C performed nicely. But the Sylvee, the Midwest's hottest new music venue, debuted just blocks from Madison's Capitol Square last night with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. First things first...if you've never experienced Madison, you simply must.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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On this World Tourism Day, we celebrate the positive impact, both fiscally and socially, that travel visits upon every one of us on this planet. At the same time, we must be increasingly mindful of the challenges that poorly planned... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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OK...two Music Fridays in a row inspired by articles in the Wall Street Journal. That must signal they are getting hipper because I'm definitely not getting older. Regardless, news from Chicago is that the Lincoln Towing Service has had its... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I have no idea if this is a URL that the Bismarck-Mandan CVB once held and discarded...but, it's a cautionary tale that should encourage every DMO to camp out on (and never release) any URL that remotely could be associated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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After inadvertently starting a small online ruckus after posting a piece entitled "Saying Farewell" (I was just moving...not stepping away), all the online pieces about Bill Geist's retirement are bound to raise a few eyebrows. That would be the CBS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I don't think a Music Friday post has ever been inspired by a piece in the Wall Street Journal...but, today's is. This week's "Anatomy of a Song" feature by Marc Myers focuses on the breakthrough moment for Joan Jett. After... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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With 43% of the American electorate now identifying themselves as independent, it's time to end the duopoly of the nation's politics. But, that won't happen until the media accepts the notion and stops ignoring the candidacy of those that aren't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Bruce McCabe...outside the Twin Cities, the name rarely elicits recognition from any but we music aficionados. But, he's opened for or been in bands that represent a who's who of names you do know: Bonnie Raitt, Jonny Lang, Muddy Waters,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's been years since we last spoke...but I never thought that last time would be. David Burke, the long-time GM of the Breakers Palm Beach died unexpectedly last week. In a world of hospitality professionals who are generally nicer than... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's been a long lost summer...and I'm coming home. I know it has 26 million views and it's 9 years old...but Blake is in my head this morning. On this Music Friday, it's "Home." I'm on my way, babe. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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A number of destinations suffer from a generally accepted image, often perpetrated by the media or lifelong local curmudgeons, that is far less flattering than one would like. And, most DMOs respond with a blind eye to the negative brand... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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After Dubrovnik imposed restrictions on cruise lines, the Vice Chair of Royal Caribbean began a dialogue with the city's Mayor and jointly developed a solution to the community's fear of over-tourism. Adam Goldstein offered the story during a panel discussion... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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So, here we are. The last week of summer...at least in America. For most, school is already back in session, throttling one of the best times for families to travel. For more sophisticated States, there are yet a few days... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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A name that isn't necessarily household in Rock...but everyone knows the sound. As a member of the 60s band Strawberry Alarm Clock, he was the lead guitarist on the hit "Incense and Peppermints." So...how the hell was he also a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We all have our favorite airlines. Mine is Delta. It starts with having the most flights out of MSN on the largest planes. That means I get upgraded more often because I fly them the most. But, it goes beyond... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist