Tag: radio industry

12/11

What Christmas Means for Radio

The title of the (somewhat cheeky) Washington Post piece said it all: "We can’t take any more of 2017, so we’ve turned to the Hallmark Channel in desperation." Most radio broadcasters seem to think that Christmas is about Christmas music, but it's not. And while Christmas is ultimately about the birth of Christ, that's not the meaning I'm talking about either. Christmas is a time of hope, of kindness, of togetherness, of love, and of nostalgia. And in an era of political divisions so broad and so deep, an era when politics is everything and everything is political, an era when crass … [Read more...]

12/06

How To Be Their Favorite Radio Station

From Nielsen (via All Access): Americans spend 87% of their AM/FM radio listening tuning into their three favorite stations (based on the amount of time spent with each). What’s more interesting is that 58% of all listening goes to just one station, the listener's favorite (called the '1st Preference' station, or P1) Let's break this down. First, this percentage is based on "AM/FM radio listening," meaning it excludes any portion of listening which is devoted to other audio platforms: Spotify, podcasts, Pandora, etc. It doesn't speak to the rise of that listening or the trending hours … [Read more...]

09/27

AM Radio: With Friends Like This…

Everybody loves AM radio, right? Everybody needs AM radio, right? Hmm. Maybe not. Imagine a world where a new auto model dispenses with AM radio, but even so experiences blockbuster consumer demand. Of course, I'm talking about Elon Musk's forthcoming Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk, during a conference call hosted by Goldman Sachs a few days ago, articulated that annual demand for the Model 3 could eventually surpass 700,000 units. As a point of reference, the cumulative number of Model 3 reservations currently checks in at more than 500,000, an impressive figure to say the least. “We … [Read more...]

09/26

Introducing The Amazing New Podcast: “Inside The Exorcist”

I was floored by the amazing reception to Inside Psycho a few months ago, and I am now very proud to introduce to you my second collaboration with incomparable audio designer Jeff Schmidt and the terrific folks at Wondery: Inside The Exorcist. This project has been months in the making and I can honestly say I am as proud of it as anything I have ever done. Listen (if you dare) and I think you'll hear some of the most compelling audio you will ever hear. That's how good I think this is, and I hope you agree. The teaser launches today and the series kicks off on October 10, just in … [Read more...]

09/19

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 2

Yesterday I published a piece that argued two things: First, the decline in streaming for broadcast radio stations is real - it's a trend, not a blip. Second, that decline has consequences not only for your streaming strategy but also for the strategy of spreading your radio brands across every new platform under the sun ("Alexa, I mean you!"). So what do you do? Here's what I think you have to do. And not just you, but everyone who comes at digital from a place that has not, until recently, been digital: You have to start over. Imagine the consumer at the center of the content … [Read more...]

09/18

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 1

It’s one of the most disturbing results from the recent Triton streaming audio trends report, and most broadcasters are looking the other way. This is the picture I’m talking about: The charts show year-over-year streaming listening growth for pureplays (e.g., Spotify, Pandora, etc.) and for broadcasters. And it clearly shows two things: Pureplay listening is rising rapidly – it’s up more than 16% overall year-over year; meanwhile streaming listening to broadcast brands – the very same radio stations that almost everyone listens to for at least some time in an average week – is … [Read more...]

09/06

Here’s How Your Radio Company Can Make Some Money This October

Every broadcaster is on the hunt for non-traditional revenue, right? Everyone wants to leverage their amazing audience attention and focus that attention on money-making opportunities that go beyond spots. Well, here's a groundbreaking opportunity for you to do just that. October. It's the season of Halloween. It's also the season where local haunted attractions and Halloween stores want to spend money on radio. If you're located in proximity to the big parks, then it's a big time for Disney and Universal Studios Theme Park, too. All are decked out for Halloween and they have money to … [Read more...]

08/14

Is The Radio Industry Too Selfish?

For years now, many in the radio industry have viewed the challenges they face from technology and consumer trends all wrong. They have seen it from the perspective of the radio industry, not the consumer. The latest example is illustrated in this article, titled: "As TuneIn Continues Subscription Push; Where Does AM/FM Go?" Setting up the argument: TuneIn, the one time aggregator that built its brand on the backs off making it easy to find streams for broadcast radio before putting its growth behind premium subscription content, has raised $50 million to continue its investment in … [Read more...]

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