Tag: talent

starwars7
04/20

What Radio Can Learn from Star Wars VII

Last week the Internet melted. And if you're a Star Wars fan, you know the precise moment: When the latest teaser trailer for the newest chapter in the long-running Star Wars saga was unleashed online. You've probably seen it by now. It has been watched more than 40 million times, so I'm assuming at least one of those viewings was yours. So I thought, what can radio broadcasters learn from the pandemonium surrounding this second in a series of promotional trailers for a movie which promises to stop both space and time when it finally opens in a cineplex near you in … [Read more...]

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03/18

Is Social Media “A Great Wasteland”?

Is social media “a great wasteland” of the modern media age? And…why is MSNBC launching daily Facebook videos that have nothing to do with the MSNBC brand? It’s episode 15 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Tom rants and raves on platforms mistaken for brands. Mark rants and raves about the importance of Hollywood actors’ Twitter followings, how often you should (or shouldn’t) post to social media, and one new podcast that wants you to review it WITHOUT listening to it. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly … [Read more...]

soylentgreen
11/17

Radio’s Crisis of Personality

One of radio's greatest advantages relative to competing media are its personalities - or at least that could be an advantage. But a "personality" isn't simply a voice on the air. For a personality to matter he or she must be a genuine talent, someone with "star power" who magnetizes an audience because he or she is just that good. Anything less is just a voice. So what personalities do consumers think of when they think of radio? I thought I'd find out. I did a flash study with 1,000 consumers in the U.S. aged 18-54 and I asked this question: What are the names of the THREE most … [Read more...]

halloween
10/31

A Halloween Story for Broadcasters

This is something of a tradition for me - to post one particular spooky video I produced about three years ago. Every year on Halloween I share it again. If you've seen it before please forgive the indulgence. The truth is that my list has swelled to about double what it was last year at this time, so this is new for many. It's a lesson from one of Hollywood's most famous monsters for all the radio and media monsters of today. Enjoy. And happy Halloween. … [Read more...]

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10/09

The Secret of Howard Stern

Bob Lefsetz penned a great piece in praise of Howard Stern recently. I recommend you check it out. It's great not simply because he hits all the right notes about Howard, although he does. It's great because Bob deciphers the real secret to Howard's success, a secret available to anyone who considers themselves "talent." Says Lefsetz: Unless you have the confidence to woodshed in the wilderness until you're appealing to the masses you'll never become a legend. And this: When everybody went BuzzFeed, boiling it down to the nugget for the supposedly short attention span public, … [Read more...]

michellephan
10/06

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...]

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08/27

Tracy Johnson on What Makes Radio Talent Great

What makes radio talent great? Where do you find it? And how can you leverage it? Those are just some of the questions tackled by Tracy Johnson, CEO of the Tracy Johnson Media Group in this Q&A from hivio, the audio future festival. Tracy has a long and decorated career as a broadcast executive, specializing in programming, marketing, talent coaching and management, and he's the author of three books about developing on-air superstars that have been described as The Bible of Personality Radio. Tracy answers these and other questions: What is the state of talent on radio from … [Read more...]

hamishandandylarge
07/31

Wow, Look What U.S. Radio Can Learn from Australian Broadcasters!

The number one media brand in Australia is a radio show. Think about that for a second. The number one media brand in Australia is a radio show. So says Southern Cross Austereo's Craig Bruce as he provides a master class on making great audio entertainment and developing and nurturing talent. There's a lot U.S. broadcasters can learn from Craig's keen comments and finely-tuned best practices, which he shared with all of us in his Q&A at hivio 2014, the audio future festival. Be forewarned: Not all of what he says about U.S. radio is complimentary. And you will particularly … [Read more...]

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