Tag: public radio

07/21

Here’s How Digital Makes Audio Content Better – NPR’s Anya Grundmann

Think digital and radio are two separate worlds and digital learnings can't make audio content across platforms better and more popular? Think again. Anya Grundmann is NPR's Vice President for Programming and Audience Development. She leads NPR's programming center and its strategy for program acquisition, evaluation, and development. In this remarkable presentation from hivio, Anya shares what NPR has learned from its digital efforts and how those digital efforts have enhanced their ability to create outstanding audio content. This presentation is a must-see for anyone in the … [Read more...]

03/19

Is NPR Crazy? Yes, Like a Fox

So NPR has decided it won’t promote its podcasts or NPR One on air, and many critics are calling them out for what they describe as stupidity. I think these critics are missing the larger point. Sure, NPR derives a huge portion of its revenue from local stations, and local stations have long been uncomfortable (to say the least) with NPR's practice of routing around them to deliver their content - in many cases, content popularized by these very local stations - directly to consumers on-demand. So on the surface, NPR's decision to avoid podcast/NPR One promotion on-air looks like the … [Read more...]

01/15

Your Audio Does Not Want to Go Viral

Everybody wants to go viral. It's as if your little corner of fame or infamy is not complete unless you have some tidbit of content achieving the kind of exponential exposure that used to require things like, say, TV or radio. The same goes for those who create audio content and post it online with all the best intentions and hopes for a viral miracle. So the other day I read something that stopped me cold. It was a comment from Jenna Weiss-Berman, director of audio at BuzzFeed, a platform which knows approximately everything about going viral. And here's what Jenna said: Audio will … [Read more...]

11/05

The Future of Podcasting – PRX’s Jake Shapiro

What is the future of Podcasting? Nobody knows better than Jake Shapiro. Jake is founding CEO of PRX - an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to deliver significant stories to millions of people. Since its launch in 2003 PRX has been a leader and innovator in public media. PRX programs include The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, Snap Judgment, Reveal, 99% Invisible and the Radiotopia podcast network. Fast Company named PRX as one of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Media Companies in 2015. This is another video from hivio 2015, the audio future festival. Watch Jake talk … [Read more...]

10/21

What To Do About Declining Listening for NPR Stations

Listening to NPR member stations is slipping among younger listeners. That's from new NPR data shared at the recent Public Radio Program Director's Conference (always a great event, by the way). The writeup in Current reports: Average–quarter-hour (AQH) listening during morning drive time has dropped 11 percent in the past five years, and afternoon drive audience has declined 6 percent. The only age bracket that has increased listening to NPR stations is the 65-plus audience [up 18% overall]. It appears the statistics referenced here are AQH persons. And that number is sensitive to … [Read more...]

07/25

Whatever Happened to Radio Bumper Stickers?

Once a radio industry - and radio station fan - mainstay, it's hard for me to find a radio station bumper sticker on the road nowadays. "People won't put bumper stickers on their cars anymore," some say. That's nonsense. People won't put just any bumper sticker on their cars. Just as people won't put just any vanity slogan on their license plate or just any branded frame around it. People brand themselves and their cars with symbols that give their lives meaning and tell their story to those who watch from afar. This is the story of who I am and what I love. Why would a radio station, … [Read more...]

10/07

Radio: What Happened to BIG?

A few weeks ago I was very pleased and flattered to be part of the opening presentation at the Public Radio Program Directors Conference in Portland. The PRPD is always one of my favorite events because every single person in the room is on a content- and service-based mission to make their communities and the lives of folks in them better. They are passionate about what they're doing. As one of the speakers said, "nobody here is getting rich doing this." The theme of all the opening presentations was the same: What's enduring about Public Radio, even in the face of dramatic … [Read more...]

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