too-many-ads
03/12

Hey Pandora, Watch That Commercial Load

There's this myth out there that its the personalization that provides the primary motivation to use Pandora: The limitless allure of choice and variety. But I don't think so. I think it's much more about the comparatively clutter-free environment. That is, fewer spots. The "variety" argument: Everywhere we turn, it's clear that consumers favor hits. Even when he was onstage with me at hivio, the audio future festival last year, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad acknowledged that there is an equilibrium on each channel - that increasing "variety" past a certain point only invites consumers to … [Read more...]

hivio2014-site
03/10

hivio 2014 – Check Out the Amazing Lineup

Wouldn't it be great if the audio space had its own little version of SXSW? A place for the cool kids in and around the radio world to meet and play together? No matter if they were US or international, broadcasters, podcasters, commercial or public media, online radio, agencies, technologists in the audio space, storytellers, talent, or artists? The wait is over. Today I'm proud to announce the kickoff of the utterly unique hivio 2014 - the second annual audio future festival. hivio returns to San Diego on June 4, and, like before, the event is FREE but by invitation only. The only … [Read more...]

jamesdean
03/04

Will Young People Grow Into the Radio “Habit”?

I had my ears wide open at the recent Country Radio Seminar, and I overheard some interesting things. One broadcaster told another how he was helping a local school launch their own online radio station, but he was hearing from some of the students that they “don’t see what the big deal is about radio.” Then he bemoaned the fact that his own kids don’t carry radios, preferring instead mobile devices “which won’t work in an emergency.” Another broadcaster asked me a great – and related - question: Will young people grow into the radio “habit”? Will they, in other words, become more … [Read more...]

applecarplay
03/03

What Apple’s CarPlay Means for Radio

By now you've heard about Apple's new CarPlay platform which is gearing up for battle with Google's Open Automotive Alliance, not to mention all the other platforms making a land grab for that whitest of spaces, the car dashboard. The Apple platform - coming soon - will only be available on a few new car models and will be integrated with only the newest iPhone models and features only a few non-Apple app partners (notably excluding Pandora). But this is how change comes, one innovation, one device, one new car model at a time. Here's a video that illustrates how the platform works on a … [Read more...]

bingcrosby1024
02/25

Radio’s Misplaced Obsession on “Local”

Not a week goes by that some broadcaster doesn't bemoan radio's unfortunate "nationalization" and the urgent need for radio brands to get back to what they are presumed to do best: Be local. This is a mistake. But where does this obsession with "local" come from? It's not from the FCC license, which requires that broadcasters operate in "the public interest, convenience, and necessity." Responsiveness to local communities and local content is one of the issues wrapped up in that theme, but it's only one, and its interpretation has been notoriously loose over the years. What if the public … [Read more...]

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