Category: Radio’s Future

money1024
07/07

Why Aren’t Radio Program Directors Compensated on Top Line Revenue?

Once upon a time a radio station featured two opposing forces: The sellers who sold the ads that interrupted the content and the programmers who created the content to grow the audience that sellers interrupted. The system was built to do two things: Maximize the audience and then throw obstacles at them - spots - that blocked their ability to enjoy the content they came to the brand for in the first place. Sounds like a house of cards, doesn't it? While each side - sellers and programmers - needed the other, the success of each was also compromised by the other. As if to reinforce this … [Read more...]

androidauto1024
06/30

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which - like Apple's CarPlay - aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for radio? Well let's take a step back. Broadcasters have been obsessed over the dashboard lately because they smell big trouble. But the trouble is much bigger than whatever you're sniffing, gang. Here is my assessment of where we are and where we're heading. … [Read more...]

magnetmoney
05/26

Can Digital Revenue “Make Up” Lost Traditional Radio Revenue?

Are you wasting your time nursing digital pennies and dimes when the "big money" is in the dollars that flow to your coffers from traditional agencies buying traditional radio in traditional ways? "Yes." At least, that's the opinion of one radio industry analyst, whose solution is to double-down on traditional revenue and the ratings methodology which feeds its ecosystem. Better content, sold better - that's his answer. While I agree and routinely argue that radio professionals spend way too much time trying to sell what they have and way too little time trying to have what's worth … [Read more...]

dashlarge
05/12

Will Wearable Tech Compete with Radio?

Wearable tech is all the rage, or at least discussing it is all the rage, since gadgets like Google Glass and the rumored iWatch are just over the horizon for the most part. But does wearable tech have the potential to affect radio listening in its traditional form? It might. Case and point: “Smart earphones.” Business Insider writes: In the near future, smart earphones could be used to enhance the world around you by providing supplemental information about the people you meet and the places you visit — without looking obnoxious. Bragi, which will make the Dash earbuds, … [Read more...]

gameofthrones1024
04/30

6 Lessons for Radio from Game of Thrones

There's a lot any radio brand can learn from watching TV, especially good TV. Take Game of Thrones, for example. Almost 7 million viewers watched last Sunday night, topping the series' previous viewing record. There are at least 6 lessons for radio brands from Game of Thrones: 1. Build for Quality Yes, talent is expensive. Yes, great talent is greatly expensive. But nothing great happens without great source material and talented custodians of that material. At any point we have a choice: Make it good or make it cheap. The opportunities to do both at the same time are few and … [Read more...]

futureofradio
04/22

The Internet Radio Revolution has Arrived

Everybody wants to know what's just over the horizon for radio. That's why I talked with BIA/Kelsey's Managing Director Rick Ducey about their new report, "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived,” a fresh look at how platforms, services, audiences and advertisers are reinventing audio. (Lesson number one: Think "audio," not "radio.") "Radio has a strong future," says Rick, "but there are challenges." Digital will soon make up a third of media spend, Rick tells me, and for audio specifically, 21% of the overall audio advertising market will go to digital audio within the next four … [Read more...]

itsfree
04/21

Radio Listeners: Is “Free” All That Matters?

"When it comes to mobile devices, we need to remind listeners that radio is FREE - that its use does not sap so much precious battery energy and even more precious data plan bandwidth." So argue the folks I call the "freeks." These are the well intentioned folks in the radio industry who believe that listeners do not have their own best interests at heart. That listeners are, as a group, a bit dull-minded. Thus, listeners must be marketed at and advertised to in order to convince them of what they surely would be better off knowing: That free radio is better than any other radio-like … [Read more...]

katyperry
04/18

This is Research Steve Jobs Never Would Have Used

I have nothing against Mark Kassof, although I interviewed for a job with him at the very beginning of my career and he didn't hire me. Of course, some would say he made the right decision there. Kassof just released a piece of research which aims to prove not only that radio is primarily "local" but woe unto any broadcaster who thinks otherwise. Here's his first question: Now think about media – TV, radio, newspapers, the internet and so on. Some media are mainly local – focused on serving one city or town – while others are mainly national – focused on the serving the entire … [Read more...]

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