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12/14

What if Christmas Music on Radio Isn’t Popular After All?

The routine is familiar: At least one radio station in every market flips to "All Christmas" music around Thanksgiving, thus dominating the Nielsen ratings before and during the holiday period. The interpretation: Everybody wants to hear Christmas tunes during the holiday season. So let's go all in and market the heck out of it! But what if something else is going on here? What if Christmas music is the thing you hear when you're in the right place rather than being the thing you seek out? What if Christmas music on the radio isn't really as popular as we think it is? Some time ago a … [Read more...]

10/12

Why Are You Trusting Your Ratings to Nielsen?

I have largely steered clear of the Voltair/Nielsen discussion (except for this piece) because it's so simple: It's a classic evolutionary dilemma, and in those evolutionary dilemmas the individuals who are most capable of adapting survive and those most finely tuned to their changing environments thrive. In other words, those who spend their hard-earned bucks on Voltair gadgets will have an advantage over those who do not. Now Nielsen announces that it's "improving" its technology so as to provide every participant a level playing field and perhaps eliminate the "need" for Voltair … [Read more...]

04/23

Too Much Fuss about Voltair

You've heard of Voltair, that's the audio technology that presumably allows PPM devices to more effectively pick up that all-important encoded signal that says a radio station is near. Every day it's in the radio biz news headlines, and I don't know why. If it works, then you should buy one, shouldn't you? Everyone should, right? It's not an unfair advantage if it's available to all, is it? Just go buy one and wring every last bit of credit out of those encoded signals. What are we talking about here? Maybe it might work as described, but you don't know for sure. Then go buy one just … [Read more...]

04/09

Future of Music Radio: Today’s Hits and Less Variety

Have you noticed? There hasn't been a significant new music radio format introduced in a decade. Sure, we've had Rhythm AC and Classic Hip Hop and perhaps other approaches that make nominal sense in a smattering of markets. But nothing big, nothing widespread, nothing popular across markets. Not since the so-called Adult Hits format. And that, you should remember, was presented as the antidote to the narrowness of terrestrial radio formats when those were the only formats we knew. It was built for the appetite for variety, the disdain for clutter and interruptions, and - critically - … [Read more...]

01/29

Radio Revenue: You Get What You Ask For

You get what you ask for. Last week Townsquare Media reported that about 30% of its revenue derived from non-spot sources in 2014 - 42% if you exclude recent acquisitions. And Townsquare isn't alone. Check out how CBS (the entire company, not just radio) is shedding its dependence on advertising: CBS, which in addition to the CBS Television Network, owns Showtime, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Television Studios and Simon & Schuster, has the most exposure to advertising among the major media companies. But the media giant has reduced that exposure in recent years to 50% … [Read more...]

12/05

Uh Oh: Radio’s Reach is Declining

In  a new report from Nielsen, the news for the traditional radio space is decidedly unsurprising, and not the stuff of holiday cheer. As Tom Taylor summarizes: AM/FM’s monthly reach gained half-a-percent – but Time-Spent fell 3% over last year. And the 3% drop is consistent across African-Americans and Hispanics, two groups that have traditionally shown stronger listening than the national average. Two charts display the contrast between monthly reach for Americans age 2+ and their actual consumption of radio. The positive news - the “number of users” for radio grew 0.5% compared to last … [Read more...]

11/05

Nielsen Ratings are a Toxic Force that Imperils Radio’s Future

Recently I was in a gathering of brands. Not agencies, brands. Among my conversations was one with the VP and Director of Global Media & Digital Marketing for a well known company that, among other things, produces one of the most famous brands of whiskey in the world. I asked him: What do you spend your day doing, thinking about, worrying about? He talked to me about the time he and his team spend creating personas representing the user segments of his brand. He talked about how all the tentacles of the brand arose from those personas and what those segments valued. He talked … [Read more...]

10/24

What Radio Needs to Know About Millennials

If you were born in the 80's or 90's, you're in your late teens to early 30's today. You are also a digital native and quite unlike older folks, including the older folks running the radio business. That explains why these older folks don't know a lot about you - only what Nielsen tells them - only what radio their PPM devices are exposed to - and not much else. But oh, there's much more to know. And it's terribly important for the future of an industry that must maintain its relevance as generations come and go. That's why I talked with psychologist, professor, and author Jean Twenge … [Read more...]

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