Tag: fm

southparklarge
07/16

The Death of Distribution Channel Advantage

So I read with interest today this distribution-related tidbit from NTS MediaOnline: Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One has announced an agreement with NextRadio that will enable all U.S. radio stations to use advertising inventory to fund the industry’s payments to Sprint. Over the past year, broadcasters have been asked to commit dollars and/or inventory to fund the Sprint NextRadio Initiative, which plans to sell at least 30 million FM receiver-enabled smartphones in the next three years. Broadcasters can now meet their commitment by providing two minutes per station per day (Mon-Sun/ … [Read more...]

nextradio1024
03/19

Is NextRadio Growing…or Sinking?

From Radio Ink: The latest statistics from Emmis regarding NextRadio show the popularity in the app is still on the rise. NextRadio allows listeners to access their favorite radio station on select Sprint phones without using data. In addition to the NextRadio app being downloaded over 240,000 times, listeners have tuned to nearly nearly 8,000 radio stations racking up over 190,000 hours of listening through the app since it was launched. In January and February of 2014, the average minutes listeners used the app jumped 62% and the average listening sessions every day was up 76%. While this … [Read more...]

Sprint on FM Radio
01/14

As Long As FM Radio is on Sprint Phones….

Last week one of the radio industry's big headlines was the preliminary deal struck between Sprint and various players in radio to provide over-the-air FM on Sprint devices via the Emmis/HD Radio NextRadio platform.  I haven't seen much thoughtful analysis on this yet, so here goes nothing. On the surface, this is good news.  After all, it means more ways for listeners to listen to the stations they love and more ways to interact with those stations. Looking deeper, however, we need to keep this announcement in perspective. Consider these apparent facts: Although details on "what's … [Read more...]

radiophone
08/09

FM on Mobile Phones? Be Careful what you Wish For

What's the best way for radio to compete in a newly digital mobile environment? Is it to ensure that every mobile phone has an activated FM chip?  Is it, in other words, to expand the limits of existing technology to cover new gadgets which are built fundamentally on newer and more interactive and personal technology?  Is it to turn a mobile phone into the same kind of radio that sits on your nightstand? No, no, a thousand times, no. Wild projections flutter about the radio industry regarding the consequences of FM chips in mobile phones - "30 percent more listeners," goes one. … [Read more...]

Maybe News Doesn't Work on FM?
07/18

Maybe News doesn’t work on FM?

So another News option vanishes from the dial in NY and Chicago. Does this mean "News doesn't work on FM?" Of course not. It just means these stations in these specific formats executing what they did didn't work well enough in these markets at this time. Perhaps these markets are just too news-soaked to reward new entrants without enough meaningful and palpable differences, I don't know. Maybe the existing options were simply good enough. Maybe all the news bellies were already full.  Maybe news consumers who have not already chosen a radio news option have chosen other news … [Read more...]

mobilephones
05/09

Do People Really REALLY want FM on their Mobile Phones?

Another study from NAB has been issued which supports the notion that consumers want FM on their mobile phones. And, like all studies about what people WILL do rather than what they HAVE DONE in the past, it's flawed. You can ask people what they value and what they have done and they will give you an answer that represents their best frame on reality. But ask them what they intend to have for breakfast tomorrow morning if the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, and their answer will be far less predictive of actual behavior. The NAB study asked some interesting … [Read more...]

amradio
04/15

The Future of AM Radio

Radio Ink made a classic mistake last week when it celebrated the strength of AM radio by trumpeting the financial success of the top radio brands, many of which happen to be on AM. Why is this a mistake?  Because it confuses the band with the brand. AM radio is not what makes stations like WFAN so successful.  WFAN is what makes WFAN so successful. Indeed, the trajectory for AM radio in general is not pretty. We generally assume that AM, like FM, is universal simply because it exists everywhere.  But existing everywhere and being used by all people are two completely different … [Read more...]

iphone retro radio
11/16

An FM Chip in a Mobile Phone isn’t “Me”

Will FM radio ever end up pre-installed in mobile phones in the US? I doubt it, because consumers aren't asking for radio to be built into their mobile phones (and here's a full overview of the issue). But what's more interesting to me is that radio industry leaders keep driving for this, obsessively wishing and hoping and planning for it. Why is that more interesting to me?  Because it's not only deaf to what consumers are asking for, it's blind to the direction of consumer trends. Consider these facts: Major broadcasters are pushing a strategy to implant FM chips in mobile … [Read more...]

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