Tag: radio industry

05/01

Dear FCC: What is Radio in 2018?

So the FCC is contemplating the relaxation of radio ownership rules. Some broadcasters want to own more stations under one roof in order to compete with more platforms attacking radio from the fringes. Central to this issue is what radio "is" now. In order to regulate something you need to know what it is and what it isn't, right? Here's a fact: Radio is not an industry of towers. It's an industry of content and listeners and advertisers. Spotify, Pandora, and podcast platforms all want to carve out a piece of the radio industry revenue pie for themselves. It's all audio. It's all … [Read more...]

04/11

Spotify’s Attack on Radio in the Car

It's informed speculation at this point, but the story goes like this: By the end of this month, Spotify is expected to make some hardware announcements, and there's a good chance that one of those announcements will be designed to bring the platform closer to more cars. Obviously anybody with a smartphone and bluetooth can conceivably use Spotify in their cars, but the platform is notoriously laborious - indeed, that's the whole point of Spotify: Getting exactly what you want when you want it - and that takes a bit of effort. For most users, it's not the passive experience that Pandora … [Read more...]

03/28

Lessons for Radio from the Roseanne Revival

Well the ratings are in, and the revival of the classic sitcom Roseanne is a huge hit: The first two episodes of Roseanne, a full hour at the top of the ABC lineup, won the night by both adults 18-49 and total viewers. The show averaged a 5.1 rating in the key demo and 18.1 million viewers, rising from the first half hour to the next. The first number alone is enough to make Roseanne the highest-rated regularly scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons, since Empire at its peak, as well as the highest-rated sitcom broadcast in over three years. Those are big numbers, folks. And they … [Read more...]

03/22

2 Minutes of Spots Per Hour – Radio’s Future?

By now you're probably familiar with the recently announced initiative from FOX that will reduce commercial content to just two minutes per hour by 2020. This comes as audiences are spending less time on network TV and more time on OTT (over the top) platforms like Amazon and Netflix. While in some cases younger demographics have opted away from traditional TV altogether, the greatest problem is the reduced time spent viewing on traditional TV, particularly among younger demographics. This is a problem that TV and radio tend to share for some of the same reasons (more choices, more … [Read more...]

03/11

Media Unplugged: Creating Your Own Podcast: A Big Waste of Time?

Creating your own podcast: A big waste of time? And... NBC/Universal cuts primetime ads by 20% - should you? Plus, rants and raves about Tuxe - the fashion company that has turned its products into services - and Ring's impressive acquisition by Amazon after being rejected by the Shark Tank crew. It’s episode 80 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. Sample and subscribe to … [Read more...]

02/26

Is This News/Talk Radio For A New Generation?

What happens when the future of News/Talk radio is not on the radio? #AM2DM happens. Good morning, Twitter! Today is the ONE HUNDREDTH #AM2DM and we're celebrating with @NeNeLeakes. Bloop! https://t.co/lpjH3pLHQc — AM to DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) February 26, 2018 It's not new. The show, a production of Buzzfeed News and found on a Twitter feed near you, just celebrated its 100th episode. It claims a total of more than 1 million views per episode, according to Buzzfeed. Personally, I think there's some serious number-fudging going on there. Who knows, for example, how many of … [Read more...]

02/20

Can Analog Media Companies Drive Digital Revenue?

There isn't a broadcasting company that doesn't hope that answer is "yes," and guess what: "Yes" is right. A recent New York Times piece outlines exactly how successful this can be - in television: Nielsen ratings, which measure the number of viewers who tune in for shows at the time of their broadcasts, are down for the networks yet again - 10 percent this season. NBC has responded by learning to make money from viewers who stream its programs - and now it is learning how to put a number on it. The key is gathering statistics from services like NBC.com, the NBC app, video on demand and … [Read more...]

01/23

Did Smart Speakers Affect Radio Listening in 2017?

There's lots of talk about the impact of smart speakers like Amazon's Echo on usage for radio. Indeed, last year alone, some 25 million of these devices were sold, 11 million in the holiday quarter alone. The appeal to broadcasters is obvious: A device that's all about listening - and it's being embraced by millions of American households who quite possibly don't own radios at home and thus are less likely to listen to them. What if we could return the radio to the living room in the form of Amazon Echo or Google Home? What would that do to radio listening? I thought I would put that … [Read more...]

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