Category: Personalities

soylentgreen
11/17

Radio’s Crisis of Personality

One of radio's greatest advantages relative to competing media are its personalities - or at least that could be an advantage. But a "personality" isn't simply a voice on the air. For a personality to matter he or she must be a genuine talent, someone with "star power" who magnetizes an audience because he or she is just that good. Anything less is just a voice. So what personalities do consumers think of when they think of radio? I thought I'd find out. I did a flash study with 1,000 consumers in the U.S. aged 18-54 and I asked this question: What are the names of the THREE most … [Read more...]

heartwithheadphones1024
05/29

Why Do Radio Personalities Exist?

It's not about how little you talk, it's about how much you say. Granted, the ratings generally show that less talk is better on music-oriented stations. Except, that is, when the talk is compelling and the person talking is someone listeners want to hear from. In other words, when the DJ is part of the brand rather than in the brand's way, he or she is as much a part of what listeners look forward to as any song. You become worth hearing when you have forged a relationship with listeners over time. Do you tell your friends to shut up while you're listening to music? Or do you hear … [Read more...]

not-listening-1024
02/24

6 Reasons Radio Listeners IGNORE Your Morning Show

You know the routine. Your radio station introduces a new morning show and you sit back and wait for the magic to happen. And you wait...and you wait. Still, the audience doesn't know them, doesn't care about them, or knows them and still doesn't care about them. Why is this happening? Six reasons: 1. Because they're just not that good It's true! Radio managers are not famous for spotting and nurturing talent. And a corollary: Being good is hard! There's a reason why Howard Stern was fired all the way to the top. There's a reason why it's a safer bet to plug in Ryan … [Read more...]

DJ-blogging
01/06

7 Reasons Why Your DJ Blog is a Waste of Time

Does your radio station have a batch of DJ blogs? Here are 7 reasons why they may be a waste of time, effort, energy, and resources - especially on music-oriented stations: 1. A blog requires a strong point of view, and many DJ's don't have one In fact, in many cases a strong point of view may be exactly not what management wants on display on the station site - or on the air, for that matter. The simple fact that you anchor a radio daypart doesn't necessarily mean you have an audience that wants to follow your thoughts online. 2. Many DJ blogs have almost no likes or … [Read more...]

lapodcastfestival
09/26

The Future of Radio is at the LA Podcast Festival

Or at least it could be...if anyone from radio is paying attention. What is the LA Podcast Festival? It's a fan appreciation event packed with live performances from the biggest names in comedy podcasts, and it happens October 4-6 in Santa Monica. You're going, aren't you? Names you'll know, like Marc Maron, Dana Gould, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Pollak, Aisha Tyler, Greg Fitzsimmons, and many more - doing their podcast thing in front of live audiences over three days. I talked with comedian/actor/writer and festival co-founder Graham Elwood about the high powered lineup performing at the … [Read more...]

people
01/22

Great Radio is Heavy on “Humanity”

A sentence from Seth Godin's terrific new book The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? captured my attention: "We don't need more stuff, we need more humanity." "Stuff" is abundant, but "humanity" seems to be scarce. Consider the great radio stations you know.  Are any of them heavy on "stuff" and light on "humanity"? Now consider the not-so-great ones.  Lots of "stuff" there, huh? Coming up in this blog I'm going to review the "jobs" consumers "hire" radio brands to do.  You'll see that the "stuff" jobs are in great danger of disruption, while the "humanity" jobs are ours to … [Read more...]

Kevin Smith wants a radio job
08/07

Kevin Smith should be on the Radio

Kevin Smith is most famous as a movie director and writer – the creator of films like Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and the recent Red State. But I wanted to talk to him because of his radio work – or, more accurately, his podcasts. With more than 300,000 monthly downloads of some shows, merchandise, live performances, TV spinoffs and more, Kevin has built an entertainment mecca. Isn’t this exactly the sort of personality radio needs to tap into? Listen to my conversation with Kevin: [iframe … [Read more...]

ryan
07/23

Radio Personalities – not Stations – are the “Brands”

In a content-driven, anything - anytime world, the advantage shifts from radio stations to personalities and the entities that own or license them. In the long run, fans of radio will be fans of personalities.  And how will those fans seek out those personalities? By the names of their stations - or by the much more direct path:  The name of the personality? And if consumers are searching by personality name, not by station, then doesn't the advantage shift to the personality or the owner of that personality's content? Radio legend Bill Figenshu talks with me about the future of … [Read more...]

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