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The Future of Radio Talent – iHeartMedia’s Dennis Clark at hivio

So you think the future of radio is shutting up to play more songs? Think again. Dennis Clark is iHeartMedia's secret weapon when it comes to talent development. In this rare appearance before a U.S. audience at hivio 2015, Dennis talks about the future of talent and how talent is at the heart of radio's and audio's future. Some of the questions Dennis addresses: How do you see the role of talent in radio and audio? What do talents most need to know that they don’t know What is the most common thing talents get wrong? What is “Personality branding”? What do you tell a Ryan … [Read more...]


The Power of Just Because

Spend enough time around any mature, successful industry - radio included - and you'll find an environment that isn't necessarily welcoming new ideas unless those new ideas are attached to a firm business plan. On one hand, how can you blame folks for this? After all, shouldn't everything we do at one stage or another add value to the consumer experience? And shouldn't that value come back to us in the form of dollars? Well, maybe not right away. And maybe not directly. Revenue is usually an outcome of doing many things right, not any one thing right. And stuff that is valued just for … [Read more...]

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Spotify after Apple Music – Brian Benedik at hivio 2015

What's in store for Spotify now that we're living in a post-Apple Music world? That's what I discussed with Brian Benedik, Spotify's North American VP for Advertising and Sponsorships at hivio 2015. Some of the questions Brian addresses: In its news releases Spotify seems to refer to “audio shows” rather than “podcasts.” Why? Spotify has added entertainment, news, and video clips to its wealth of music. What have you learned about consumer interest in these additions? How have they added value to the platform? Exclusive content will be a big part of Apple Music. How important are … [Read more...]


Dear Media: We Hoaxed You! Love, Taylor Swift and Apple Music

Was the Taylor Swift / Apple Music dustup nothing more than a premeditated hoax? Maybe! Listen to our argument! And… “I Want My MTV” is out, and “I AM My MTV” is in, but will anybody care? It's episode 22 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about Amazon’s trend-setting plan to pay some self-published authors based on the number of pages read, and the one irrefutable, universal law of podcasting success – or not. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button … [Read more...]


What Apple’s Beats 1 Means for Your Radio Brand

The shape of Apple's new live-streaming radio station Beats 1 is coming into focus, and it's full of exclusive celebrity content: The New York Times reports that Elton John will have a regular show on Beats 1 titled "Elton John's Rocket Hour," and it will play old and new music. Other musicians with shows on Beats 1 include Pharrell Williams, Drake, Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Jaden Smith, and Disclosure. Pharrell isn't just a presenting a show, though. His new single "Freedom" will be the first track exclusive to Apple Music, only available to listeners of Apple's streaming … [Read more...]

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