Category: Interviews

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The Amazing Advertising Impact of Podcasts – PodcastOne’s Mike Agovino

Podcasting is helping millions of listeners fall in love with audio all over again. That's from the perspective of someone who has been at the center of radio, digital, and now podcasting. Mike Agovino is Executive Vice Chairman of PodcastOne and former COO of Triton Digital - two firms at the core of the new age of digital audio. In this conversation from hivio, the audio future festival, Mark Ramsey talks with Agovino about the amazing impact of podcasting for advertisers and how, in many ways, the medium is a throwback to an earlier era of radio, dominated by compelling … [Read more...]


Breakthrough Digital Strategy for Radio – Federated’s James Derby

In radio, we are always talking about digital strategies, but how about seeing some actual strategies in action and the real audience and revenue results they generate? That's why James Derby spoke at hivio, the audio future festival held a while back in LA. James has led the development of some of the boldest, most inventive, and most compelling platform integrations in and around the audio space. James is the Chief Strategy Officer for Federated Media. In this role he’s helping guide Federated’s radio, newspaper and digital properties as legacy and digital media converge. In this … [Read more...]


How to Master Social Media

How can audio brands master social media? What are the best practices in social media for audio brands? How should audio brands be thinking about social media strategy and the importance of influencers? I was thrilled to have Jaclyn Johnson answer these and many other questions at hivio 2015. Jaclyn is one of Forbes' "Top 30 under 30.” Her company, [NO SUBJECT], is one of the go-to marketing, influencer and events agencies in Los Angeles, servicing brands such as Nasty Gal, Levi’s, Sprint, Baxter of California, Urban Decay and more. Jaclyn has a keen understanding of what … [Read more...]

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How Audio Advertising is Changing

What is the future of audio advertising? That's what I set out to learn from a true expert: Kirsten Wolf, VP Media Director of Starcom Worldwide. While Kirsten doesn't speak for the entire advertising industry, Starcom is unquestionably at the forefront of the audio advertising space. What are advertisers and buyers looking for from audio brands? How do advertisers see radio, podcasting, online radio, and more? And where are the trends headed? Here are some of the central questions Kirsten answered in this interview from hivio 2015 - the audio future festival: How does Starcom see … [Read more...]

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Marilu Henner Loves Radio – and Listeners Love Marilu

What's there to love about radio? A lot, according to Marilu Henner. Indeed, my conversation with the always warm and spirited Marilu was one of the highlights of hivio 2015. Marilu is the ultimate Hollywood hyphenate - author, actor, TV star, and humanitarian. Along with starring in over thirty films, six Broadway shows, and two hit classic sitcoms, Taxi and Evening Shade, this five-time Golden Globe Nominee now hosts her own nationally syndicated radio show The Marilu Henner Show. With equal parts news, advice and entertainment, Marilu offers celebrity guests, life-changing tips, and … [Read more...]

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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 Audio Storytelling

Robert McKee is a teacher of Story and author of the classic book Story. Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of Screenwriting. Past students of Mr. McKee's include people like Peter Jackson, Russell Brand, Jimmy Fallon, Julia Roberts, Geoffrey Rush, Kirk Douglas, David Bowie, Meg Ryan, John Cleese, and many more. McKee is hosting an event on how to use story in business called Storynomics on March 19 in LA. I’ll be there. So should you. Click below to watch our Q&A: What follows is a highly edited transcript of our conversation. Ramsey: For those of us in business, … [Read more...]


40 Years 40,000 Sales Calls – a Conversation with Barry Drake

There are few class acts in the radio and TV business classier than Barry Drake. After an amazing career leading a variety of radio and television companies, Barry has set down on paper the best lessons from those years, mixed with enough anecdotes and highlights for several careers. The book is 40 Years 40,000 Sales Calls: Thoughts on Radio and Advertising Based on a Lifetime of Customer Contact. And - notably - all the profits from the book benefit the Broadcasters Foundation of America. Enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Barry about his terrific new book and his … [Read more...]

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