40 Years 40,000 Sales Calls – a Conversation with Barry Drake

There are few class acts in the radio and TV business classier than Barry Drake. After an amazing career leading a variety of radio and television companies, Barry has set down on paper the best lessons from those years, mixed with enough anecdotes and highlights for several careers. The book is 40 Years 40,000 Sales Calls: Thoughts on Radio and Advertising Based on a Lifetime of Customer Contact. And - notably - all the profits from the book benefit the Broadcasters Foundation of America. Enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Barry about his terrific new book and his … [Read more...]


A Choppy Stream Ahead for NextRadio

With a great flourish, the powers-that-be behind the NextRadio app have announced that this week shall begin a thunderous effort to enlist one constituency so far utterly lacking in enthusiasm for NextRadio's product: Consumers. And so begins an onslaught of over-the-air radio spots designed to lead consumers to download an app that will not work on most of their phones, meanwhile attempting to incite rage that the "choppy, buffered streaming radio" that wireless companies "want you to pay for" is no substitute for comparatively crystal-clear FM radio, even though the content being consumed … [Read more...]


How Great Creative Makes Audio Advertising Sexy

Is it important for creative to make audio advertising sexy? Okay, not necessarily "sexy," per se - but seductive, compelling, irresistible? Yes, I think so. And Yaman Coskun explains why and how. Yaman is CEO of Yamanair, whose products include Cash by Creative. Click the play button below to watch the video: And while we're at it, can someone please ban spots that repeat phone numbers four times? If I wanted to remember a phone number I wouldn't own a smartphone. … [Read more...]


The Media Are Wrong About Brian Williams

How the media got the Brian Williams story all wrong. And… Hey newspapers! Want a younger video audience? Try a sock puppet! It’s episode 13 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, Tom rants about Cindy Crawford's face and so much more, while Mark rants about HLN's pathetic "News and a Movie" Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. For show notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Don’t forget to subscribe to … [Read more...]


Here’s Why Apple Hired a Famous Radio DJ

Why would Apple hire a well-known radio DJ? This past weekend Apple plucked popular British DJ Zane Lowe from BBC's Radio 1. Lowe is famous for his artist interviews and for what Rolling Stone describes as his "keen ear for emerging new music." It's assumed that Lowe will work on iTunes Radio and its music products, of course. But not simply behind the scenes. He will be more than a "master curator." How do I know? Because there are many folks in the world who have an ear for what's new in music, and most of them don't earn their living as radio DJ's. If what you want is music … [Read more...]

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