Category: Radio’s Future

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04/20

What Radio Can Learn from Star Wars VII

Last week the Internet melted. And if you're a Star Wars fan, you know the precise moment: When the latest teaser trailer for the newest chapter in the long-running Star Wars saga was unleashed online. You've probably seen it by now. It has been watched more than 40 million times, so I'm assuming at least one of those viewings was yours. So I thought, what can radio broadcasters learn from the pandemonium surrounding this second in a series of promotional trailers for a movie which promises to stop both space and time when it finally opens in a cineplex near you in … [Read more...]

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04/16

Exclusives Power the Next Generation of Online Radio Competition

Once it was enough just to stream whatever the music industry pumped out. The marketplace was littered with online radio alternatives large and small. This was fine when there was nothing but blue sky and everyone was land-grabbing to scale distribution as quickly as possible. But now the online radio ranker has winners and losers - stars and dogs. And nothing perpetuates stars like stardom. So how do the challengers disrupt the leaders? Apple has one answer. Apple is not typically thought of as a challenger, but it certainly is one in the online radio space, and as the company … [Read more...]

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04/11

See you at NAB and NMX

This week I'm pleased to be a featured speaker at NMX, which is concurrent with the NAB in Las Vegas. If you're in town for either event, I invite you to come to my session, 7 Radio Lessons that can Transform Your Podcast. It's on Tuesday, April 15 at 2pm. And if you'd like to connect to talk business, please reach out to me. I'll be there through Wednesday, midday. … [Read more...]

lovingaudio
04/09

Future of Music Radio: Today’s Hits and Less Variety

Have you noticed? There hasn't been a significant new music radio format introduced in a decade. Sure, we've had Rhythm AC and Classic Hip Hop and perhaps other approaches that make nominal sense in a smattering of markets. But nothing big, nothing widespread, nothing popular across markets. Not since the so-called Adult Hits format. And that, you should remember, was presented as the antidote to the narrowness of terrestrial radio formats when those were the only formats we knew. It was built for the appetite for variety, the disdain for clutter and interruptions, and - critically - … [Read more...]

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03/10

Music Labels Don’t Understand the Real Value of Music

Memo to music labels: The "value" of music is defined by consumers, fans, and listeners, not by you and your minions. From Billboard: A renewed focus on the value of music comes as a transition point for the record business. Rob Wells, Universal Music Group's president of digital who brokered deals with "freemium" services like Spotify, left the company in late February. Now the company is rethinking the value of unlimited free streaming, according to a label source. At the same time, Apple's upcoming subscription service, slated for a June launch according to an industry source and media … [Read more...]

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03/06

Are Your Audio Ads Too Dumb? Make Them Smarter

Data is powering marketing in general and advertising in particular in ways that could not have been imagined even five years ago. It's important for folks in the audio space to bend their heads around this because data is, fundamentally, a form of marketing intelligence. And the more marketing intelligence that's packed into ad inventory, the smarter and more valuable it becomes to the buyers and sellers of those ads. One of the great differences between traditional radio spots and some online audio ads is the raw intelligence - the smarts - embedded into the advertising. Needless to … [Read more...]

lovingaudio
03/04

The Audio of Things

Recent research indicated the surprising (to some) result that a relatively small fraction of consumers have a radio by their bedside, meaning it’s functionally impossible to “wake up to radio.” The solution: Get more radios in the bedroom, right? Actually, no, that’s not the solution. All technology is transitional, you see. And that includes that staple that used to be aptly called the “clock radio.” And so it goes, too, for the car dashboard. Other research recently reported by NTSMediaOnline indicated that: AM/FM radio remains the overwhelmingly preferred audio entertainment … [Read more...]

choppywater
02/23

A Choppy Stream Ahead for NextRadio

With a great flourish, the powers-that-be behind the NextRadio app have announced that this week shall begin a thunderous effort to enlist one constituency so far utterly lacking in enthusiasm for NextRadio's product: Consumers. And so begins an onslaught of over-the-air radio spots designed to lead consumers to download an app that will not work on most of their phones, meanwhile attempting to incite rage that the "choppy, buffered streaming radio" that wireless companies "want you to pay for" is no substitute for comparatively crystal-clear FM radio, even though the content being consumed … [Read more...]

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