Tag: industry

03/16

Audio is a Feature, Not an Industry

So what does it mean when the radio industry headlines lead with debt-burdened iHeartMedia and this: iHeartMedia Battles Angry Creditors as Bankruptcy Looms. What does it mean when the next headline is about Cumulus, and this quotation: "Q4 and 2015 results dismal as radio's decline shows no signs of stabilization." What does it mean when CBS announces their plan to spin all of their radio assets while at the same time vowing to boost revenue $3.75 Billion by 2020 based on everything except radio: Retransmission fees, OTT, international projects, and more? What does it mean when … [Read more...]

01/20

Survey: Radio Managers Anticipate Dramatic Rise in Digital Revenue

In the first release from a new study Mark Ramsey Media just conducted among radio industry thought-leaders, managers expect a dramatic rise in the fraction of their overall revenue that will derive from digital sources. The study was conducted by telephone in November and December, 2014, among more than 100 top-50 market radio General Managers, Sales Managers, Digital Executives, and Program Directors. It's Mark Ramsey Media's first annual "Pulse" study that measures attitudes of radio industry managers. While it should come as no surprise that digital is perceived as ever-more-important … [Read more...]

12/05

Here’s what IHeartRadio and TuneIn are Missing

Lots of blood, sweat, tears, and treasure have gone into making radio’s alternatives to Pandora et. al., yet I think both IHeartRadio and TuneIn are missing perhaps their greatest opportunity. And it’s staring them in the face. To be sure, these are terrific apps – as good as anything out there. So what are they missing and why does it matter? Let’s step back. If you’re going to provide an experience rooted in the radio stations listeners already know and love, then you should add value to that experience that corresponds to the problems listeners have with radio and how they … [Read more...]

11/17

Digital Media: What’s in Store for 2013

Here are some stats from a brand new eMarketer report on U.S. digital media usage changes from now to 2013. I'll focus on some highlights relevant to broadcasters: Facebook users:  147 million, up 4% Twitter users: 36 million, up 14% Smartphone users: 138 million, up 19% Mobile Internet users: 144 million, up 18% Mobile video viewers: 23% of the population, up 20% Smartphone video viewers: 22% of the population (and more than half of smartphone users): up 22% Online movie viewers: 27% of the population, up 16% Online TV viewers: 35% of the population, up 13% Tablet users: … [Read more...]

02/14

CBS Sports Radio gets Interactive (and so should you)

From Inside Radio: Aiming to bring talk radio fans closer to the studio, CBS Radio is beta testing a new iPhone app that enables faster, more spontaneous ways for listeners to get involved with its shows. Sports “The Fan” WFAN, New York (660) afternoon host Mike Francesa is the guinea pig for AudioRoadShow, which went live yesterday afternoon. CBS Local Digital Media president Ezra Kucharz called the new app “game-changing for sports radio” for its ability to let hosts quickly take the pulse on talk show topics and guests. For example, Ten Seconds of Glory, the digital equivalent of the … [Read more...]

12/21

R.I.P. Arbitron’s Total Audience Measurement

Earlier this week, a number of leading broadcasters piped in on a scenario whereby Pandora and other online radio services would be measured alongside radio in Arbitron's supposedly forthcoming Total Audience Measurement report, and the most telling word was this one:  "Frightening." Indeed it is "frightening," the thought that a stable ecosystem of radio brands with huge barriers to entry could be penetrated overnight by a theoretically limitless number of present and future online radio brands all nibbling at the same presumably finite trough. Forget the fact that any reasonable observer … [Read more...]

06/04

The Future of Mobile Radio?

This week AT&T announced an end to their "one price fits all" data plans for new mobile subscribers.At the same time, publicity swirled about the radio industry's efforts to push for radio chips on mobile phones.My belief is that neither of these things will have anything to do with the future of mobile radio.First, the folks most likely to be affected by the AT&T price hike are a very small fraction of total users and it's hard to disagree that these folks should pay more than the rest of us.  Further, these rules only apply to 3G usage - not to WiFi use - thus … [Read more...]

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