Tag: am radio

09/27

AM Radio: With Friends Like This…

Everybody loves AM radio, right? Everybody needs AM radio, right? Hmm. Maybe not. Imagine a world where a new auto model dispenses with AM radio, but even so experiences blockbuster consumer demand. Of course, I'm talking about Elon Musk's forthcoming Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk, during a conference call hosted by Goldman Sachs a few days ago, articulated that annual demand for the Model 3 could eventually surpass 700,000 units. As a point of reference, the cumulative number of Model 3 reservations currently checks in at more than 500,000, an impressive figure to say the least. “We … [Read more...]

02/20

It’s Time For Rush Limbaugh To Go

Rush Limbaugh's contract is up and it's decision time - not only for Rush but for the industry which awakens to a 2016 where, for better or worse, Rush is the most famous name in radio. And it's time for Rush Limbaugh to go. Now this is nothing personal. Rush has had an amazing symbiotic relationship with radio over the years he has been behind the mic, and for that a great many listeners, broadcasters, and clients are grateful. And when Rush moves on, obscurity will not be the destination. Besides satellite radio (and perhaps in addition to it) there are businesses built around the … [Read more...]

02/08

No AM Radio? Automakers Should Listen To Their Customers

Now I am as pro-technology as anyone you'll find in the audio space, but the reason to be pro-technology is to be pro-consumer. Because any technology that doesn't serve the interests and desires of consumers is a solution that, by definition, nobody wants. And the only thing worse than not being wanted is being UNwanted. So it is with the ridiculous decision of BMW and Tesla to dispense with AM radio in some of their recent EV vehicle lines. Not surprisingly, some consumers are up in arms over this, as detailed in this incredibly poorly written piece in something called … [Read more...]

08/15

Surprise! Radio Disney Doesn’t Need Radio!

So Disney sells of all of its Radio Disney station assets - 23 AM and 1 FM -  save for its LA flagship, which is evidently a content creation hub and not simply a means of distribution. ...and the radio industry goes wild! What does this mean? What is Disney signaling? Does this even matter? These are the questions that were on everyone's lips last week. But to me, the larger question is this: How come this took so long? Does anyone think Disney chief Bob Iger awakened one bright day in the summer of 2014 to discover that his army of primarily AM radio distribution points was not … [Read more...]

11/13

What Should AM Radio Do?

In this short video, I spell out what AM should do to continue to thrive. Hint: The answer's not going to come from our friends in Washington D.C. What does it mean to be in the "AM Radio Business" - and is that even the one you're in? I think we're asking ourselves the wrong questions and, as a result, getting the wrong answers. Prefer audio? Try this: [jwplayer mediaid="10310"] Download Audio (You can subscribe to all the MRM video and audio via iTunes and get the goodies before everybody else. You can also get advance notice of this content if you "like" MRM on … [Read more...]

04/15

The Future of AM Radio

Radio Ink made a classic mistake last week when it celebrated the strength of AM radio by trumpeting the financial success of the top radio brands, many of which happen to be on AM. Why is this a mistake?  Because it confuses the band with the brand. AM radio is not what makes stations like WFAN so successful.  WFAN is what makes WFAN so successful. Indeed, the trajectory for AM radio in general is not pretty. We generally assume that AM, like FM, is universal simply because it exists everywhere.  But existing everywhere and being used by all people are two completely different … [Read more...]

02/28

The end of Sports Radio as we know it

Conversation about sports makes great radio because sports is all about sharp, informed opinions.  And God knows there is no shortage of those among fans of whatever game we happen to be talking about. Sports is, after all, an obsession.  It's why ESPN is the jewel in Disney's crown. It's why Sports stations are generally more profitable and impactful than high-rated. But that obsession - those opinions - belong to everyone who has one, not only to the hosts and the handful of callers who can circumvent the screeners. An excellent post in Harvard Business Review bemoans the tendency … [Read more...]

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