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02/16

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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02/12

What’s the Future of Radio? That’s the Wrong Question

Everyone wants to know about "the future of radio"? But what if that's the wrong question? For example, what happens if (or is it when?) the FCC relaxes the rules restricting cross-ownership of newspaper, TV, and radio stations in local media markets? Reflect on how dramatically the radio industry changed when broadcasters were free to consolidate within the single distribution channel called "radio." Now how much do you think the landscape will change when the differences between media channels are no longer radio vs. TV vs. newspaper but rather between my bundle of media assets in a … [Read more...]

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02/10

You are Invited to hivio 2015 – the Audio Future Festival

There are events for radio and online radio and digital and local revenue and commercial and public and Christian broadcasters, but there's no event for people across the audio space to gather together in one place at one time. Audio is one medium, and hivio, the audio future festival, is that one event. I'm proud to announce that tickets are available for the third annual hivio audio future festival - this year in Los Angeles at the legendary Hollywood Improv. Who's on the stage? We have one speaker who is a Forbes “Top 30 under 30” and another whose company was just picked as one … [Read more...]

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02/09

Look What’s Coming Tomorrow

Coming tomorrow.... Some terrific announcements from hivio, the audio future festival. Click to Watch: Sneak peek here. Or stay tuned for details tomorrow. Spread the word, y'all. … [Read more...]

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02/05

How to Monetize your Online Radio Streams

Last week I published a piece using actual data from actual broadcasters that argued that their brands could make more money if streaming spots were monetized separately from over-the-air spots. That is, separate inventories have greater revenue potential than one simulcast pool. So how does a radio broadcaster maximize revenue from that online-only pool of inventory? I'm going to provide some thoughts on that. Now I'll warn you: Not all of these ideas are easy and some of them will cause you to gulp hard. But the universe doesn't really care what you or I find comfortable and easy, does … [Read more...]

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