Tag: talk

02/08

Radio’s Lost Podcasting Opportunity

When you talk to radio broadcasters about their podcasting strategy, they tend to see it from the same perspective: The one that relates to their own content. But there's another way to see podcasting strategy, one that is right in front of your ears. I have a secret podcast project (B2C, not B2B) launching this spring (it's gonna be killer), and that has given me the chance to chat up some of the key figures in the "business of podcasting" space. I encouraged one to reach out to radio stations to pitch the idea that they should run his podcasts on their radio stations. It's all audio, … [Read more...]

02/22

Why Isn’t There More Progressive Talk Radio?

It's not about having a voice, it's about being heard. This is the fundamental truth being lost on the tribe of progressive activists in Milwaukee who bemoan the lack of opinions from other-than-conservative voices on the local airwaves. As anyone familiar with the dynamics of radio (not to mention the history of progressive radio network Air America) knows, there is a strong symbiosis between the slant of political talk and the available audience for political talk. Both lean older, whiter, and conservative. And it's not just radio. After all, cable TV has a progressive alternative … [Read more...]

01/19

A Dramatic Reinvention of Mobile News/Talk Apps

What if your News/Talk station could have a mobile app that not only replayed your linear over-the-air stream, but also created something new? That is, what if you could personalize the content to the individual consumer - news, traffic, weather? And what if it could be presented in a non-linear stream, unique to every individual? That's the promise of NewsBeat, a new platform built to give consumers the content they want whenever they want it - not just whenever it happens to run over the air. Watch this Q&A and demonstration between me and Anil Panguluri, NewsBeat's co-founder … [Read more...]

12/29

Did News/Talk Radio Bungle “The Interview”?

Where was News/Talk radio when hackers reportedly representing the North Korean government nuked Sony Pictures and scared major theater owners into locking out the latest movie from Seth Rogen and James Franco, The Interview? With stations labeled "Freedom" and "The Flag" and "The Truth," News/Talk crows daily about the dangers faced by "free" Americans from their own government, so what did N/T broadcasters do when those same freedoms were abjectly denied to Americans due to the vandalism (or terrorism) of a foreign government? For most stations in the format, the answer appears to be: … [Read more...]

03/21

Why Talk Radio is “Mad as Hell”

Why is Talk Radio so angry? And does it remind you of anything? Particularly a certain classic film, released in 1976 and called Network? You know the one. With the scene featuring a waterlogged anchorman played by Peter Finch, desperately imploring his frustrated viewers to go to their windows, throw them open, and shout at the top of their lungs: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" How is it that the satirical vision of screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky has so effectively "meddled with the primal forces of nature" not only in the TV and cable news business, but … [Read more...]

11/16

News/Talking about the Wrong Things

Republican soul-searching followed the demographic slam to the gut from younger voters, African Americans, and Hispanics in the election earlier this month. And the reverberations from that punch have resonated through the ranks of News/Talk programmers and talent nationwide. While I can’t be specific about the research I have done in that area (it’s both extensive and proprietary), I can tell you this much: It should come as no great surprise. Interest in Talk per se – as expressed in the form of Conservative Political Talk – is only a small fraction of the overall interest in the … [Read more...]

04/24

Do you Talk to your Listeners?

"Will you talk to me?" I mean, one-on-one? It's my observation that most program directors spend infinitely more time talking to the ratings reports than talking to actual listeners.  Needless to say, this confuses input (listeners) and outcome (ratings). As a practitioner of consumer research, I'm not foolish enough to believe that one conversation with one listener represents a fact, but it does represent a story.  And the sum total of all listener behavior is the sum total of those stories.  So if you don't start asking for stories, you'll never understand why people do what they … [Read more...]

09/29

A Lesson for News/Talk Radio from Amazon’s Kindle Fire

Too many News/Talk broadcasters just don't get it. What can they learn from Amazon's new Kindle Fire? Quite a lot, I think. This is not a piece about Amazon vs. Apple.  Nor is it a piece about the merits and prospects for Kindle Fire.  Those are all discussed ad infinitum elsewhere. This is a piece about strategic thinking, specifically the strategic thinking that makes Kindle Fire different from the zillions of other tablet alternatives to Apple's groundbreaking iPad. Amazon's Jeff Bezos spelled it out, as reported by USA Today: One reason that some companies have not succeeded … [Read more...]

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