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04/20

You’ll Want to Hear This

The final blockbuster chapter of my 6-part podcast inspired by the making of the movie Psycho wraps up in horrifying fashion today, and I invite you to hear it. It's Inside Psycho. If you hear none of the previous chapters, please catch this final one. It charts the sorrowful decline of Alfred Hitchcock, the way he was shunned by his Hollywood peers, and the love that made it all worthwhile. It also illustrates the legacy of Psycho and wraps up with a tale that is best heard with the lights...out. This chapter is my favorite because it's the part of the story that makes the whole … [Read more...]

03/23

Inside Psycho: You Can Listen Today

Today is the day! The first two episodes of Inside Psycho are now available! That's the podcast I am producing for Wondery - a six-part series about the trials and tribulations, the joy and sadness, the humor and horror behind the scenes during, before, and after the making of the Hitchcock classic, Psycho. The show is already off to a strong start - I've done a slew of interviews about it, and it's featured by Apple as "New and Noteworthy." You can find the audio here (or here if you're reading this by email): And would you please provide a rating and a comment at … [Read more...]

03/15

Strong Debut for “Inside Psycho” Podcast

Last week I told you about the new podcast I am producing for Wondery: Inside Psycho. This week I am proud to announce that Inside Psycho is now #1 on iTunes in the TV & Film category (#46 overall at this writing). It's also featured by Apple as "New and Noteworthy," which is a special privilege. Now, these are dynamic lists and rankings to be sure. Stuff changes. And iTunes rankings aren't the whole story. But even so, with the zillions of podcasts in distribution every day it says something to be atop these lists. If you haven't yet sampled the teaser for Inside … [Read more...]

02/19

Media Unplugged: Apple Says Fake News Is “Killing People’s Minds” – Really?

Apple says fake news is "killing people's minds" - really? And... Publishing platform Medium crashes - and idealism burns. Plus, rants and raves about Oscar-nominated screenwriters sharing some hilarious studio notes, and more. It’s episode 58 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do the same at Stitcher. Or Google … [Read more...]

01/13

Media Unplugged: Apple is the New Hollywood!

Apple is the new Hollywood! And... You can't fix Twitter. Plus, rants and raves about new products at CES that make perfectly good items too complicated, advice on writing stronger that should be more strongly written, Tom's great new book, "I Am Keats," and more. It’s episode 56 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do … [Read more...]

11/08

Now Any Car Is An Android Auto

The evolution of the car dashboard: It's all some folks in radio want to talk about. Understandably, since such a large fraction of radio listening happens while driving. But isn't it just the nature of disruption to change the conversation all at once? And that's what happened today with the news that consumers wanting Android Auto no longer need to wait to buy a compatible car to use the platform. Now the platform is coming to them! More accurately, Android Auto software will run entirely on an Android phone, thus circumventing the stodgy and finicky infotainment system ordained by … [Read more...]

09/19

Radio’s Problem After the iPhone 7

Unless you've been hiding under a rock you know that Apple released its latest iPhone last week, and the announcement came with all the usual pomp and publicity. But what does the iPhone 7 mean if you're working in the radio industry? The key thing is the much noted removal of the 3.5mm Earbud jack, an output device that - until now - has been ubiquitous. Sure, Apple will provide a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box along with some standard Earbuds with a Lightning connector, but anyone who is buying Apple products in part for their design style (which is virtually 100% of their … [Read more...]

06/16

Radio’s Future in a Self-Driving Car

Estimates vary, but the consensus seems to be that we'll see a meaningful number of self-driving cars replacing the human-powered ones by 2020, less than four years hence. Personally, I think that's a bit optimistic, but I have no doubt that the future of cars is a self-powered one. While we fret about the future of radio in fast-changing conventional dashboards, we're missing the much bigger worry: What happens when all the tech sacrifices made to cater to the driver's attention and concentration vanish? What happens when the car becomes as engaging and as powerful as the gadget in your … [Read more...]

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