Tag: technology

08/25

Radio: Why Connected Cars Don’t Matter

From Radio Ink: While the radio industry grapples with what it should be doing about the connected car, there may be some comfort in knowing consumers are still a bit baffled by the connected car as well. Nielsen’s new AutoTECHCAST report shows that nearly one-third of consumers have never heard of these technology-enabled vehicles. “These consumers don’t know what connected cars do, and are not associating vehicle brands with infotainment badging.” Both the auto and radio industries still don't get it: What's connected isn't the car, it's the consumer. You should take no comfort in … [Read more...]

07/05

The Digital Trends that Will Most Impact Audio, Online Radio, Radio, and Podcasting

How do radio, online radio, and podcasting fit into the larger pattern of tech trends washing over today's audiences? What's the power of audio in the first place? Peter Kafka is a great person to ask. Peter is Senior Editor for Media at Re/code, the digital news platform launched by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. Peter has been covering media and technology since 1997 for Forbes, forbes.com, and the brand that became Business Insider. He is the host of the "Recode Media with Peter Kafka" podcast, and the producer of the annual Code/Media conference. Here are some of the questions we … [Read more...]

06/16

Radio’s Future in a Self-Driving Car

Estimates vary, but the consensus seems to be that we'll see a meaningful number of self-driving cars replacing the human-powered ones by 2020, less than four years hence. Personally, I think that's a bit optimistic, but I have no doubt that the future of cars is a self-powered one. While we fret about the future of radio in fast-changing conventional dashboards, we're missing the much bigger worry: What happens when all the tech sacrifices made to cater to the driver's attention and concentration vanish? What happens when the car becomes as engaging and as powerful as the gadget in your … [Read more...]

04/23

Too Much Fuss about Voltair

You've heard of Voltair, that's the audio technology that presumably allows PPM devices to more effectively pick up that all-important encoded signal that says a radio station is near. Every day it's in the radio biz news headlines, and I don't know why. If it works, then you should buy one, shouldn't you? Everyone should, right? It's not an unfair advantage if it's available to all, is it? Just go buy one and wring every last bit of credit out of those encoded signals. What are we talking about here? Maybe it might work as described, but you don't know for sure. Then go buy one just … [Read more...]

12/30

Bob Iger’s Lessons for Radio

Disney chief Bob Iger is on the cover of the new issue of Fortune, pictured in front of Star Wars' legendary Millennium Falcon. I can't imagine a picture that could speak more loudly about content and branding and distribution and the role of fan passion in powering a media behemoth. Highlights of the piece in The Wrap indicate three lessons that should be heard loud and clear by radio broadcasters: 1. Iger focuses on both content and technology “There are a lot of companies that focus on content and lot of companies that focus on technology, but I think Disney is one of a few … [Read more...]

12/12

What Radio Looks Like on Ford’s New Sync 3 for 2016

Never let it be said that the automakers don't listen to feedback, because when it comes to Ford's clunky Sync platform, they got an earful. And guess what? Ford responded. This week the automaker introduced the latest and greatest version of its Sync infotainment system, and it looks great. It will make its debut on at least some Ford 2016 models, meaning it will be in the showroom in the fall of 2015, just months from now. The primary value proposition of the platform has less to do with entertainment than it has to do with all the other problems faced by drivers as you can see in … [Read more...]

09/24

Why Content Matters More than Technology

Worried about technology crowding out your radio brand? Freaked out about the car dashboard and the latest mobile gadget? Maybe you should worry more about the content you bake into your radio brand that makes it desirable in the first place. Especially when your industry has invested 100 years in content expertise, not flashy technology. Leave it to storyteller extraordinaire Malcolm Gladwell to sum up this point. In a recent speaking gig at the Inbound 2014 conference, Gladwell took the audience back to the beginnings of radio. It was 1921, a time when few understood why they … [Read more...]

09/02

How Important is Radio in an Emergency?

It's virtually taken on faith in the radio industry: This idea that when all other technologies fail, there's still radio in an emergency. But open your eyes and you'll see that radio's role in emergencies is under threat, thanks to technology. Sure, there are times when all the power goes out, but in those times our technology is powered by batteries. Take the recent Napa earthquake as an example. From CBS San Francisco: Power outages were mostly irrelevant when it came to hampering communication, as cell phones charging on nightstands quickly allowed instant connections with loved ones, … [Read more...]

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