Category: Public Radio

whathappenedtobig
10/07

Radio: What Happened to BIG?

A few weeks ago I was very pleased and flattered to be part of the opening presentation at the Public Radio Program Directors Conference in Portland. The PRPD is always one of my favorite events because every single person in the room is on a content- and service-based mission to make their communities and the lives of folks in them better. They are passionate about what they're doing. As one of the speakers said, "nobody here is getting rich doing this." The theme of all the opening presentations was the same: What's enduring about Public Radio, even in the face of dramatic … [Read more...]

npr1024
06/11

How to Measure NPR’s Success in a Digital Age

Is NPR’s performance on the digital front a sign that radio’s digital evolution has stalled? Or, worse, that it’s just a big hairy mistake? So says would-be town crier Richard Harker. Harker’s basic point is right on: Broadcasters should direct some of their innovative attention towards content on traditional radio channels and not only experiment with all things digital. I agree! But saying innovative effort should be spread around is different from saying initiatives on the digital front are a waste. Yet that’s what Harker seems to say with the example of NPR, where he steps into … [Read more...]

ravingfans
03/27

Radio’s Missing Marketing Funnel

One of the great things about non-commercial radio is that it’s supported largely by fans – the very “public” embodied in the term “public service.” And this is as true of NPR-type stations as it is for non-commercial Christian stations. And these stations have something else in common besides their business model: They both tend to lack a marketing funnel. What is a marketing funnel? It’s the process whereby consumers move from awareness and sampling of your station at the wide top to fan-ship and, in the case of public and non-commercial stations, financial support at the narrow … [Read more...]

newstalk
12/16

Is News/Talk Really the Top Audio Format of 2013?

Nielsen just released a report trumpeting “News/Talk/Information” as the “Top Audio Format of 2013.” But what does that mean…really? First, recognize that the ranker is based on Persons 6+. Among 25-54’s, however, News/Talk/Info ranks 4th, clearly indicating that the driving force for the format’s dominance is persons over the age of 55, which should come as no surprise to anyone tracking News/Talk ratings over the years (not that 4th is shabby). Second, there is no indication that these numbers exclude Public Radio, so I will assume that the strength for News/Talk/Info also … [Read more...]

hands exhibiting the cloud computing symbol
10/09

Local Public Radio: What To Do…

...in a world where the networks you pay for content circumvent you by distributing much of that same content online? This is a complicated question, but it's one that branding authority Tom Asacker tackles with me in this highlight from our conversation at the recent Public Radio Program Director's conference in Las Vegas. Is it as simple as "more local news" because newspapers are folding (pun intended) all over America? Oh no it isn't.  Not nearly. Watch (or click on the post title if there's no video image): [iframe … [Read more...]

noise
10/03

Consumers Don’t Care about your Messages

There's a difference between giving people what they desire and messaging them to convince them that what you have is what they desire. That's one point from my friend, branding authority Tom Asacker, in the conversation we had on the stage of the recent Public Radio Program Director's conference in Las Vegas. Watch (or click on the post title if there's no video image): [iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/50699714?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0 500 281] Prefer audio?  Try this: Download mp3 (You can subscribe to all the MRM video and audio via iTunes and get the … [Read more...]

Will Kickstarter Disrupt Public Radio?
07/20

Will Kickstarter Disrupt Public Radio?

Kickstarter is one of several crowdsourced funding platforms.  Have a pet project?  Post it there and let the crowd fund it for you (or not). Recently the folks at public radio program developer PRX (friends of mine) have been experimenting with crowdsourcing development funds for some of their programs, including the third season of a show about design and architecture, 99% Invisible. The results for this show in particular have been very strong:  Almost $100,000 raised as of this writing - more than double their goal. GigaOm argues that this kind of funding model might upset the … [Read more...]

arianna
04/25

Radio Lessons from the Huffington Post

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington was on CNN last weekend where she outlined the key elements of HuffPo's success.  And while not every (or maybe even not any) other site can hope to become the traffic magnet that is Huffington Post, it seems to me her prescription is relevant for any local media company that aspires to truly serve the information interests of their audiences (Public Radio and News/Talk - I'm talking to you). It is most certainly not simply about spreading our content - whatever it is - across platforms. Arianna spells out four elements of the HuffPo … [Read more...]

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