Category: Internet Radio

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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06/19

A New Tool to Make Audio Advertising Interactive – XAPPmedia

You know the radio spots that give you an 800-number - and repeat it four times? Don't you just love that? Or the ones that ask you to call a number and leave your email on the answering machine? Sounds efficient, doesn't it? Have you ever wished for an audio advertising experience that was more direct, more interactive, and didn't require new chips in your mobile phone or a pad and pen at the ready 24/7/365? XAPPmedia is one company looking to provide that interactive experience. I talked with Pat Higbie, XAPPmedia's CEO, who told me about the technology and demonstrated how … [Read more...]

hannitysmoking
05/14

What is Sean Hannity Smoking?

“It’s the single biggest threat to the radio business today, the measurement system is flawed in a dramatic way.” So says Sean Hannity in Radio Ink: For example, in New York, if you’re listening to The Sean Hannity Radio Show on the WOR website, even if you have a Portable People Meter, I can’t get credit for that. We know that WABC, at times, had well over 1.4 million people listening online. If we can’t get credit for that, then all the data that’s being put out there is just inaccurate. Then you add to that those people who listen to me on satellite. That’s unmeasured. If people listen … [Read more...]

futureofradio
04/22

The Internet Radio Revolution has Arrived

Everybody wants to know what's just over the horizon for radio. That's why I talked with BIA/Kelsey's Managing Director Rick Ducey about their new report, "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived,” a fresh look at how platforms, services, audiences and advertisers are reinventing audio. (Lesson number one: Think "audio," not "radio.") "Radio has a strong future," says Rick, "but there are challenges." Digital will soon make up a third of media spend, Rick tells me, and for audio specifically, 21% of the overall audio advertising market will go to digital audio within the next four … [Read more...]

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