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Why Slacker is Radio’s Best-Kept Secret

How can terrestrial radio partner with online radio for the benefit of both? That's just one topic tackled by Duncan Orrell-Jones, CEO of Slacker Radio. In this Q&A from hivio, the audio future festival, Orrell-Jones outlines Slacker's business strategy and how it contrasts with the strategies of more familiar names like Pandora or Spotify. Slacker's emphasis is on building a state-of-the-art radio experience and pursuing unique deals in partnership and distribution. Some of the questions Orrell-Jones addresses: How is Slacker different - how are you approaching online radio … [Read more...]


Radio Social Media Managers Are Near Tears

Yesterday I published a post that detailed how the typical radio station's Facebook strategy is, at best, off-base, and at worst, non-existent. To coin a phrase, that post "went viral" and generated a bunch of response, most of which came privately (such is the fear of consequences in the radio industry). I'm going to share some of those responses with you along with my answers. All of the feedback I received is thoughtful and sincere, and most of it reflects an inherent friction between doing what's best and doing what one is told. Rarely do these seem to be the same things, … [Read more...]


Breakthrough Digital Strategy for Radio – Federated’s James Derby

In radio, we are always talking about digital strategies, but how about seeing some actual strategies in action and the real audience and revenue results they generate? That's why James Derby spoke at hivio, the audio future festival held a while back in LA. James has led the development of some of the boldest, most inventive, and most compelling platform integrations in and around the audio space. James is the Chief Strategy Officer for Federated Media. In this role he’s helping guide Federated’s radio, newspaper and digital properties as legacy and digital media converge. In this … [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...]


Can Digital Revenue “Make Up” Lost Traditional Radio Revenue?

Are you wasting your time nursing digital pennies and dimes when the "big money" is in the dollars that flow to your coffers from traditional agencies buying traditional radio in traditional ways? "Yes." At least, that's the opinion of one radio industry analyst, whose solution is to double-down on traditional revenue and the ratings methodology which feeds its ecosystem. Better content, sold better - that's his answer. While I agree and routinely argue that radio professionals spend way too much time trying to sell what they have and way too little time trying to have what's worth … [Read more...]


Social Media for Radio the #ChrisHardwick Way

What is this show @midnight that has exploded in ratings and social media buzz since its debut last October? And why should radio care? You should care because @midnight and its creator/host Chris Hardwick have cracked the code on how to use Twitter - and there's much you can learn from their strategy. Writes The Wrap: Hardwick's “@midnight” on Comedy Central – a half-hour comedy/talk/game show hybrid that, as its name suggests, deals with all things internet and social media – is arguably the best series currently on television when it comes to harnessing social media buzz. The show … [Read more...]


Clip Interactive: Making Your Radio Mobile App Better

If you’re like me you get an empty feeling from too many radio mobile apps. The addition of podcasts and social links can’t mask the fact that the app is often little more than the audio stream with a fresh face. But is that all radio mobile apps should be? Clip Interactive doesn’t think so. Bill Freund is Clip’s EVP Chief Revenue Officer. What follows is an abbreviated transcript. For the full Q&A click the video image below. Prefer audio? Try this: [jwplayer mediaid="10561"] Download Audio (You can subscribe to all the MRM video and audio via iTunes and get the goodies … [Read more...]


Wrist-Powered Radio?

There's a tendency to obsess on devices. But if you're in the content business devices are only channels of distribution for that content. The real challenge and opportunity for media brands is to spread content across all popular platforms in a form and a context that fits that platform. To chase a device is to miss the forest for the trees. For example, do you need iPhone and Android apps? Not necessarily, but you do need a mobile strategy. Because as consumers spend more time online with mobile devices your content is either part of that time stream or it isn't. Do you need … [Read more...]

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