Tag: espn

09/20

hivio 2016: What’s the Future of ESPN Audio?

If ever there was a brand built on proprietary content, that brand is ESPN. Across all platforms, ESPN Audio offers more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching nearly 24 million listeners per week on more than 450 stations. Traug Keller is ESPN’s Senior Vice President, Production, Business Divisions, and he leads three business units at the company: ESPN Audio, ESPN Local and the ESPN Talent Office. For ESPN Audio, Traug oversees all aspects of the business including talent, staffing, national programming content, scheduling, and event production. Traug was one of … [Read more...]

06/05

You Won’t Believe What Happened at hivio

hivio 2016 is history now, but if you missed the live stream of day 2, you can catch up on a spectacular recording of it here (Day 1 is at that same link): Who will you see? Andy Bowers, Panoply's Chief Content Officer, and a man at the center of the podcasting revolution Howard Lapides, talent manager to Dr. Drew and many others who have made the transition from radio to TV - with some pointed words for radio broadcasters Peter Kafka, Re/code's Senior Editor/Media on what the digital revolution means for everyone in the audio space Traug Keller of ESPN on the future of ESPN … [Read more...]

07/28

Is the ESPN Bubble About to Burst?

How to make Buzzfeed-style videos - but SHOULD you? And... Is the ESPN bubble about to burst? It's episode 24 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about Staples' school supplies designed by actual students, a wacky marketing lesson from Donald Trump, and a horror movie podcast so bad it's great! 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. For show notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Sample … [Read more...]

01/27

Is Streaming Momentum Stuck? Really?

There's been lots of attention in the radio industry trades lately about the lack of audience momentum for many broadcasters in the streaming space, even as so-called pure-plays like Pandora and Spotify grow by leaps and bounds. Tom Taylor writes: iHeart’s not the only terrestrial operator with flat or negative growth over the period from February 2013 to October 2014. #3-ranked CBS is down from about 69,000 average domestic streams (6am-8pm weekdays) to a little less than 60,000. #4-ranked Cumulus is off from a bit more than 70,000 to 58,104. Cox is off from 30,327 to 23,674. Even EMF, … [Read more...]

01/13

And Radio’s Best Chance for the Future is…

If there's one book this year that best sums up what the radio industry has to do to compete in a world of infinite choice, it's this one: Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment. It's a heavily researched and highly readable book by Harvard professor Anita Elberse. I talked with Anita to test some of my own theories about radio's future in the presence of her research. The result is a clear strategy and plan of action. Now the rest is up to you. Click here to listen to my interview: [jwplayer mediaid="10455"] Download Audio Or here for the … [Read more...]

08/12

What ESPN’s Franchise Business Means to You

Why did ESPN acquire Nate Silver and his hugely popular NYT blog FiveThirtyEight.com? Was it just to lay odds on sports events? Or was it for a much bigger play? This past weekend on CNN's Reliable Sources, ESPN Chief John Skipper spelled out the strategy: ...We had launched Grantland, [where we] allowed Bill Simmons to have the freedom to do the kind of site he's doing so that when we went to Nate and said we're going to let you range across things other than sports, we're going to give you support and freedom to have opinions and to look at things, it gave us a real credibility. [It's … [Read more...]

07/07

Radio is Ignoring “Pre-Awareness”

In Hollywood, they call it "pre-awareness." It's the idea that you're already familiar with the concept of the movie, thus the studios don't need to waste those precious marketing resources making you familiar with the concept. Even before you see it, you know enough about it to know you really want to see it. It's why so many of our cinematic tentpoles are followed by roman numerals, and why international territories in particular (the source of 70% of Hollywood's revenues) are eating them up. In television, CSI spawns CSI: New York and CSI: Miami. In music, hits are produced by … [Read more...]

02/28

The end of Sports Radio as we know it

Conversation about sports makes great radio because sports is all about sharp, informed opinions.  And God knows there is no shortage of those among fans of whatever game we happen to be talking about. Sports is, after all, an obsession.  It's why ESPN is the jewel in Disney's crown. It's why Sports stations are generally more profitable and impactful than high-rated. But that obsession - those opinions - belong to everyone who has one, not only to the hosts and the handful of callers who can circumvent the screeners. An excellent post in Harvard Business Review bemoans the tendency … [Read more...]

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