Category: Insights


Radio Social Media Managers Are Near Tears

Yesterday I published a post that detailed how the typical radio station's Facebook strategy is, at best, off-base, and at worst, non-existent. To coin a phrase, that post "went viral" and generated a bunch of response, most of which came privately (such is the fear of consequences in the radio industry). I'm going to share some of those responses with you along with my answers. All of the feedback I received is thoughtful and sincere, and most of it reflects an inherent friction between doing what's best and doing what one is told. Rarely do these seem to be the same things, … [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...]


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...]


Is Streaming Momentum Stuck? Really?

There's been lots of attention in the radio industry trades lately about the lack of audience momentum for many broadcasters in the streaming space, even as so-called pure-plays like Pandora and Spotify grow by leaps and bounds. Tom Taylor writes: iHeart’s not the only terrestrial operator with flat or negative growth over the period from February 2013 to October 2014. #3-ranked CBS is down from about 69,000 average domestic streams (6am-8pm weekdays) to a little less than 60,000. #4-ranked Cumulus is off from a bit more than 70,000 to 58,104. Cox is off from 30,327 to 23,674. Even EMF, … [Read more...]


Bob Iger’s Lessons for Radio

Disney chief Bob Iger is on the cover of the new issue of Fortune, pictured in front of Star Wars' legendary Millennium Falcon. I can't imagine a picture that could speak more loudly about content and branding and distribution and the role of fan passion in powering a media behemoth. Highlights of the piece in The Wrap indicate three lessons that should be heard loud and clear by radio broadcasters: 1. Iger focuses on both content and technology “There are a lot of companies that focus on content and lot of companies that focus on technology, but I think Disney is one of a few … [Read more...]


Why Doesn’t Radio “Talk” to Women?

Radio is an industry that pioneered entertainment content by and for women. Soap operas began on radio, after all. And later, talk shows from the likes of Dr. Laura and Dr. Ruth and Sally Jesse Raphael spotlighted radio's incomparable ability to be intimate and one-to-one even as it's one-to-many. But does radio "talk" to women today? In a sense, yes. After all, pick any strong CHR or Hot AC morning show and you have what is primarily "talk" for (and sometimes by) women. Sure, these shows often contain music, too. Who ever said today's woman wants only chit-chat from their favorite … [Read more...]


A Halloween Story for Broadcasters

This is something of a tradition for me - to post one particular spooky video I produced about three years ago. Every year on Halloween I share it again. If you've seen it before please forgive the indulgence. The truth is that my list has swelled to about double what it was last year at this time, so this is new for many. It's a lesson from one of Hollywood's most famous monsters for all the radio and media monsters of today. Enjoy. And happy Halloween. … [Read more...]

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