Tag: new

03/09

Secret Revealed: Mark Ramsey Media Signs Content Deal with Wondery

Today, I am proud to announce that my company, Mark Ramsey Media, has signed an agreement to develop content for on-demand audio publisher Wondery. The first show created under that agreement launches today. It's called Inside Psycho, and it's the first audio graphic novel in the podcast space. It's a six-part deep dive inspired by the making of the classic movie Psycho. A special sneak preview is available today wherever you listen to podcasts. So what's the show about? It’s all here, from the real-world serial murders that inspired the film, to the movie star crank calls that … [Read more...]

11/07

Radio: There Will Be No More New Music Formats

If you're waiting for a new music format - a knight in shining armor - to save your flagging ratings, then you will be waiting for the rest of your professional career. Because there never will be one ever again. What's the next big new format? Radio has been asking that question forever. Most recently, the answer was Classic Hip Hop. Is it the next big thing? Maybe not (from Radio Ink): If you listened to Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins on his earnings call you might come to the conclusion that he believes the Classic Hip Hop format — or BOOM, as Radio One calls it — has run its … [Read more...]

02/08

“What Else Ya Got?”

Not long ago I was pitching a TV project to a cable network programming head. It wasn't quite the right fit, evidently, and he told me so. But then he asked a question I hadn't expected: "What else ya got?" Um, that's it, I'm afraid! I had one project in mind and that was the one I was pitching. It never even occurred to me to have some kind of ace in the hole - a backup project in the event that my A pitch went down in flames. I think this is a big problem in the radio space. We too often have one solution to every problem. We look over our shoulder to see what other broadcasters … [Read more...]

11/02

Radio is Afraid of Change

There's no doubt about it: Consistency matched to consumer expectations is a big reason why listeners keep coming back to the brands they love. But what happens when new choices and the novelty packed into them abound? And not just "radio" choices, but attention-getting distractions which occupy the same block of time that otherwise would have been devoted to "radio"? It was legendary ad-man David Ogilvy who famously said "Encourage innovation. Change is our life blood, stagnation is our death knell." How would Ogilvy react to stations who rest on their laurels not for years but for … [Read more...]

08/04

New Wi-Fi has a range of 62 miles. Yes, really.

Once upon a time Wi-FI could barely reach from one end of your house to the other. Pundits scoffed at the idea that the Internet could ever live in cars since traveling down the road meant an endless succession of somebody else's (closed) Wi-Fi networks. Then folks realized that you could bring the Internet into the car with you, thanks to the 3G (or better) device in your pocket that you also occasionally used for making calls. Yeah, they said, but that's clunky and awkward and only on its way to becoming universal.  True enough. And then, one day, a new Wi-Fi standard was approved, … [Read more...]

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