Category: Internet Radio

listening-to-phone
09/29

Proof that Terrestrial Radio Can Make Money Streaming

I'm tired of certain "chiefs" of the radio industry who diminish the prospect of making money from streaming, as if Internet radio is altogether different from or irrelevant to the future of broadcast tower licensees. Hardly. Further, when these individuals proudly proclaim "there's no money to be made in streaming" and "I've never met any broadcaster who has made money streaming," they are not only expressing ignorance, they are also granting permission for an entire industry to fail in the fastest growing category of radio there is: The one online. So today I thought I would lead by … [Read more...]

disneylarge
08/15

Surprise! Radio Disney Doesn’t Need Radio!

So Disney sells of all of its Radio Disney station assets - 23 AM and 1 FM -  save for its LA flagship, which is evidently a content creation hub and not simply a means of distribution. ...and the radio industry goes wild! What does this mean? What is Disney signaling? Does this even matter? These are the questions that were on everyone's lips last week. But to me, the larger question is this: How come this took so long? Does anyone think Disney chief Bob Iger awakened one bright day in the summer of 2014 to discover that his army of primarily AM radio distribution points was not … [Read more...]

questions
08/04

Is NextRadio’s Consumer Enthusiasm a Mirage?

I am stridently pro-consumer. I believe that if we focus on what consumers show us they want, then we will have more consumers, happier consumers, and a healthier business overall. This is the thinking that has driven all my successful audience research efforts for years. So it was with much disappointment that I reviewed the recent research project produced by Coleman Research for NextRadio, financed by the NAB. Coleman has a well-deserved strong reputation, but this deeply flawed research project will add no luster to it. There are two kinds of research: The kind that aims to reveal … [Read more...]

contentlarge
07/30

Here’s Why Pandora Will Eventually Be in the Spoken Word Business, Too

Today, Pandora (and pretty much every other online radio provider) is famous for its music, not its talk. That's going to change. Yes, I know Pandora has comedy content driven by the secret sauce of its "genome project." But I'm talking about much more. Yes, I know there are other platforms out there featuring various flavors of spoken word, most of which is repurposed from terrestrial commercial and public radio. Yes, I know there's a world of podcasting which is virtually all spoken word - the best of which is likewise repurposed from radio or TV, while most of the rest is way … [Read more...]

unbundle1024
07/15

Maybe You’re Thinking about Digital for Radio All Wrong

What do VC's look for when they invest in the startups which threaten mega-industries like radio? Marc Andreessen, VC and cofounder of Netscape, spelled out the formula in an HBR Ideacast episode with his former partner Jim Barksdale. Here's what Andreessen and investors like him look for: A large incumbent... In an established industry... With a bundled product or service offering... In the presence of underlying technology change... Where there's an idea for an unbundled version of the product or service the customer might prefer more than the incumbent version... And an … [Read more...]

dougsternelarge
07/01

This is how Pandora has Changed Audio Advertising

Pandora is changing more than the way folks consume radio - it's changing the way agencies view audio advertising. This was at the center of my conversation with Pandora VP Audio Sales Doug Sterne at the hivio audio future festival in San Diego in June, 2014. Among the questions Doug answers: What impact has online radio in general -- and Pandora in particular -- had on audio as a force among agencies? For online radio, audio is more than just audio. What creative opportunities has online radio opened up for agencies and their clients? Mobile is obviously the direction all … [Read more...]

androidauto1024
06/30

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which - like Apple's CarPlay - aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for radio? Well let's take a step back. Broadcasters have been obsessed over the dashboard lately because they smell big trouble. But the trouble is much bigger than whatever you're sniffing, gang. Here is my assessment of where we are and where we're heading. … [Read more...]

freelarge
06/25

T-Mobile Says: Your Online Radio Listening is now Free

Remember when some broadcasters dismissed online radio, arguing it would never catch on because the data plan caps would keep a lid on demand and discourage ongoing use of the platforms? Well, I and others long ago revealed the flaws in that argument based strictly on the relatively thin data requirements of audio streams (especially when compared to the real data hog: Video). But now comes a new statement from underdog mobile provider T-Mobile: Stream all the music you want - data charges do not apply.* Yes, the all-you-can-eat buffet for streaming radio fans has arrived! Last … [Read more...]

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