Tag: broadcasting


What Apple’s Beats 1 Means for Your Radio Brand

The shape of Apple's new live-streaming radio station Beats 1 is coming into focus, and it's full of exclusive celebrity content: The New York Times reports that Elton John will have a regular show on Beats 1 titled "Elton John's Rocket Hour," and it will play old and new music. Other musicians with shows on Beats 1 include Pharrell Williams, Drake, Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Jaden Smith, and Disclosure. Pharrell isn't just a presenting a show, though. His new single "Freedom" will be the first track exclusive to Apple Music, only available to listeners of Apple's streaming … [Read more...]


40 Years 40,000 Sales Calls – a Conversation with Barry Drake

There are few class acts in the radio and TV business classier than Barry Drake. After an amazing career leading a variety of radio and television companies, Barry has set down on paper the best lessons from those years, mixed with enough anecdotes and highlights for several careers. The book is 40 Years 40,000 Sales Calls: Thoughts on Radio and Advertising Based on a Lifetime of Customer Contact. And - notably - all the profits from the book benefit the Broadcasters Foundation of America. Enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Barry about his terrific new book and his … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]


Tracy Johnson on What Makes Radio Talent Great

What makes radio talent great? Where do you find it? And how can you leverage it? Those are just some of the questions tackled by Tracy Johnson, CEO of the Tracy Johnson Media Group in this Q&A from hivio, the audio future festival. Tracy has a long and decorated career as a broadcast executive, specializing in programming, marketing, talent coaching and management, and he's the author of three books about developing on-air superstars that have been described as The Bible of Personality Radio. Tracy answers these and other questions: What is the state of talent on radio from … [Read more...]


What Radio Can Learn from Pixar – Emma Coats at hivio 2014

If your brand is a story, then how can you best bring that story to life? Who knows more about story that the artists who work at Pixar - past, present, and future? In this conversation from hivio 2014, the audio future festival, Mark Ramsey talks with former Pixar story artist Emma Coats. Emma got her start in story at Pixar Animation Studios in 2007 on the feature film Brave. While at Pixar she also worked on such films as Monsters University and Inside Out. Since leaving Pixar in 2012, Emma has worked on numerous projects for Dreamworks TV, Scott Free, Paramount Animation, and … [Read more...]


What Advertisers Want from Radio

What do advertisers want from the audio marketplace in general and from radio in particular? Let's ask an agency head! Or in this case, an "anti-agency" head: Ric Militi, CEO of InnoVision, a company that buys terrestrial radio, Pandora, and a whole lot more. This was one of the standout Q&A's from hivio 2014, the audio future festival. Among the questions Ric answers: What kind audio do you buy? Why? What is the BEST thing about the audio space from the advertiser's perspective? How do you factor in -- or overrule -- Nielsen ratings in your decision-making? How do you … [Read more...]


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...]

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