Tag: infinite dial

03/13

FM Chip in Cell Phones means More Radio Listening? Don’t Count on It

Last week Edison Research released its always excellent “Infinite Dial” study of audio listening habits in the U.S. I’m a big fan of this study, so this post is intended more as observation than critique. I was troubled by only one chart and the headline drawn from that chart, which was widely trumpeted by the trades almost verbatim: “FM Tuner in Cell Phones Could Lead to Increased Listening among AM/FM Listeners.” But is that really what consumers are saying? Or is that just what we think they’re saying? The question: “If your cell phone had an FM radio tuner, would it lead … [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...]

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