Tag: howard stern

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...]

07/10

How to Hire Radio Talent

This week I was called by a radio industry trade and asked an interesting question: How should radio stations hire differently in this new age? In other words, what qualifications should we be looking for in talent, programming, and sales that are different from today's conventional qualifications? This is a great question, so let me provide some answers. Today I'll tackle how to hire radio talent. In a later post I'll take on how to hire radio programmers and sellers. First, let's consider it a given that talent is hired in no small part for their ability to generate and grow … [Read more...]

05/12

How to Make Your Online Audio Go Viral

Video goes viral, but what about audio? I have never even heard the expression “viral audio,” have you? “Going viral” means “being shared.” So why is it so tough to share audio online? In some cases the sharing capability is clunky or nonexistent. But even where conventional sharing functions exist there are two larger problems: Consumption and discovery. Consumption: Online audio is hard to consume. Okay, not hard, but taxing. If one picture is worth a thousand words, then it takes a thousand words to communicate one picture and – more importantly – the time to consume a thousand … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

06/30

The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which - like Apple's CarPlay - aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and from third party apps like Pandora or iHeartRadio: So what does this mean for radio? Well let's take a step back. Broadcasters have been obsessed over the dashboard lately because they smell big trouble. But the trouble is much bigger than whatever you're sniffing, gang. Here is my assessment of where we are and where we're heading. … [Read more...]

04/30

6 Lessons for Radio from Game of Thrones

There's a lot any radio brand can learn from watching TV, especially good TV. Take Game of Thrones, for example. Almost 7 million viewers watched last Sunday night, topping the series' previous viewing record. There are at least 6 lessons for radio brands from Game of Thrones: 1. Build for Quality Yes, talent is expensive. Yes, great talent is greatly expensive. But nothing great happens without great source material and talented custodians of that material. At any point we have a choice: Make it good or make it cheap. The opportunities to do both at the same time are few and … [Read more...]

02/05

Hey Radio: “The Shark is Not Working”

JAWS is a classic movie not because of its shark but because its shark is hardly in the movie. Check out what the late producer Richard D. Zanuck told Rue Morgue about the shark that was, it seems, almost never working: Steven [Spielberg] and I have often looked back and said, “You know, if we had all the tools that we have today, we wouldn’t have made as good a picture” because we would have overdone the shark, if we could have just digitally done whatever we wanted. The irony…is that the shark was in the script in the first scene. But it wasn’t working. So it inspired Steven and the … [Read more...]

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