Category: Radio’s Future

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...]

sethgodin
11/14

About Seth Godin’s “End of Radio”

Radio broadcasters have made much fuss about Seth Godin’s post this past week titled “an end of radio.” In it, Seth referenced the conversation he and I had eight years ago about the future of radio and how it would likely be impacted by access to unlimited online radio alternatives. It’s hard to believe our conversation was that long ago – 2006 B.M.E (that’s Before the Mobile Era). At the time, Seth theorized an end would come with city-wide wifi. He writes: I realized last week that this has just happened. Not via wifi, but via Bluetooth and the smart phone. The car-sharing driver … [Read more...]

arianagrandelarge
11/11

What Happens When Ariana Grande Conquers America?

One of the greatest benefits of having a massive music platform is being able to parse the data in interesting and insightful ways. While all the big streaming platforms mine data in this way, Spotify is making at least some of that analysis public, and it's fascinating. It's all at Spotify's Insights blog, and you should take a look. Here, for example, is their distillation of the top U.S. artists by state every day this year (up to mid-October). At the top of January, Drake and Lorde were battling for dominance: By May, Lana Del Rey owned the Southwest: By early … [Read more...]

amazonecho
11/06

Amazon Just Reimagined the Table Radio – Amazon Echo

It's called Amazon Echo, and like so many tech gadgets made by Amazon it's more of an interesting idea than something which is necessarily likely to leap off the virtual shelves. Writes Amazon: Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. And - more to the point - it can play all kinds of music (and news) from your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and … [Read more...]

whatwomenwant
11/06

Why Doesn’t Radio “Talk” to Women?

Radio is an industry that pioneered entertainment content by and for women. Soap operas began on radio, after all. And later, talk shows from the likes of Dr. Laura and Dr. Ruth and Sally Jesse Raphael spotlighted radio's incomparable ability to be intimate and one-to-one even as it's one-to-many. But does radio "talk" to women today? In a sense, yes. After all, pick any strong CHR or Hot AC morning show and you have what is primarily "talk" for (and sometimes by) women. Sure, these shows often contain music, too. Who ever said today's woman wants only chit-chat from their favorite … [Read more...]

vanishing
10/30

Will Half of Terrestrial Radio Stations Disappear?

A recent Borrell report provided a slew of predictions for the media space over the next ten years, but none was more alarming to radio broadcasters than Prediction No. 4: The prediction: Car-dashboard options diminish AM/FM radio listening. Half the terrestrial stations disappear. Only those with strongest and most valuable audiences remain. Smartphones become radios. The knee-jerk response to this for folks in the industry is to reject it out of hand. But let’s look closer with an open mind. First, the premise here – and this is something I have stressed for some time – is that a … [Read more...]

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...]

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