Category: Radio’s Future

anthonybourdain
10/08

If CNN’s Ratings “Don’t Matter,” Why Do Yours?

The entire category of cable news is suffering a ratings slide. So acknowledges Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. But what's his solution? How will he turn the cable news ratings situation around? Well it turns out that's asking the wrong question. In fact, CNN's response has been to add specialty shows which are decidedly not "cable news" per se - shows like Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, a new show from Mike Rowe, and custom-produced documentaries. That is, CNN is broadening the definition of what its category can be. And viewers are responding. But the larger issue is a "mistake" … [Read more...]

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...]

michellephan
10/06

Who Says Radio Talent Can’t Compete with Hollywood?

I've watched with some bemusement a debate in broadcasting circles: Does it makes sense for broadcasters to embrace an abundance of digital tools - including video - to tell their stories and reach their audiences across platforms? Or should radio folks simply do better radio? After all, can you really compete with Hollywood? With ABC and NBC and CBS? Well of course you can. Indeed, people are doing it every day. And they're doing it without the benefit of the magnificent stage called "radio" - the stage which gives you an unfair advantage over any of them. What does Michelle … [Read more...]

bigfight
09/24

Why Content Matters More than Technology

Worried about technology crowding out your radio brand? Freaked out about the car dashboard and the latest mobile gadget? Maybe you should worry more about the content you bake into your radio brand that makes it desirable in the first place. Especially when your industry has invested 100 years in content expertise, not flashy technology. Leave it to storyteller extraordinaire Malcolm Gladwell to sum up this point. In a recent speaking gig at the Inbound 2014 conference, Gladwell took the audience back to the beginnings of radio. It was 1921, a time when few understood why they … [Read more...]

likeagirl
09/11

Is Bob Hoffman’s Argument “Full of Crap”?

Tongues are wagging about NAB keynoter and self-styled "ad contrarian" Bob Hoffman's profanity-laced critique of online advertising. Wagging for all the wrong reasons. See, Bob conveniently chose convenient facts and then conveniently wrapped those facts with absurd conclusions. On Online Advertising Says Bob: "the advertising industry has become the web's lapdog – irresponsibly exaggerating the effectiveness of online advertising and social media, ignoring the abominable results of display advertising, glossing over the fraud and corruption, and becoming a de facto sales arm for … [Read more...]

bezoslarge
09/08

4 Things Radio Can Learn from Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has been the owner of the Washington Post for a year, and while his experiment at the Post remains a work in progress, the brand is experiencing the highest digital traffic in its history and is even modestly increasing print circulation in a time when most newspaper brands are continuing to suffer steep declines. So what can radio broadcasters learn from the strategies of Jeff Bezos at the Post? 1. Bezos is playing for the long term Bezos is famous for putting long-term growth ahead of short-term financial pressures. Indeed, there would be no Amazon.com … [Read more...]

people-don't-large
09/03

People Don’t Fall In Love With Distribution Channels…

...they fall in love with content. It's not often I make a post that is purely an image, but I thought I'd make a tiny - and meaningful - exception today. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

hurricanelarge
09/02

How Important is Radio in an Emergency?

It's virtually taken on faith in the radio industry: This idea that when all other technologies fail, there's still radio in an emergency. But open your eyes and you'll see that radio's role in emergencies is under threat, thanks to technology. Sure, there are times when all the power goes out, but in those times our technology is powered by batteries. Take the recent Napa earthquake as an example. From CBS San Francisco: Power outages were mostly irrelevant when it came to hampering communication, as cell phones charging on nightstands quickly allowed instant connections with loved ones, … [Read more...]

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