Tag: washington post

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...]

09/08

4 Things Radio Can Learn from Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has been the owner of the Washington Post for a year, and while his experiment at the Post remains a work in progress, the brand is experiencing the highest digital traffic in its history and is even modestly increasing print circulation in a time when most newspaper brands are continuing to suffer steep declines. So what can radio broadcasters learn from the strategies of Jeff Bezos at the Post? 1. Bezos is playing for the long term Bezos is famous for putting long-term growth ahead of short-term financial pressures. Indeed, there would be no Amazon.com … [Read more...]

08/16

When Will Big Data Come To Local Media?

What will Jeff Bezos do with The Washington Post? That’s the question on everyone’s lips, and scores of armchair analysts have an opinion. Why he did he do it? What will become of the newspaper’s proud tradition? These are all questions handily dealt with elsewhere. But what about the biggest question of all: So what does it mean to you? And by “you,” I don’t just mean every print jockey in America. I mean every local media company in America. That’s right — what we used to call all those local TV stations, radio stations and — yes — newspaper companies. Bezos is a master of … [Read more...]

07/29

Boston Herald Radio: Big Deal or Blah Deal?

Radio trades are in a lather about the Boston Herald's newest initiative: Boston Herald Radio. Writes Talkers: The concept of the full-blown, digital-age “media station” predicted and described for the past decade by Michael Harrison and other radio industry visionaries will be taking a giant leap toward coming to fruition at 6:00 am ET on August 5.  The Boston Herald newspaper is unveiling its ambitious new initiative “Boston Herald Radio” – a Boston-centric news/talk/sports radio station that will begin its life as a venue for four live three-hour shows running weekdays from 6:00 am … [Read more...]

05/25

“Content really is a toddler on the Internet right now”

Those words are from Internet elder statesman and comeback kid hopeful AOL. And as this Washington Post story notes, AOL's strategy is based not on connection - but on content. [AOL] has created or bought some of the most popular sites on the Web: Engadget.com, for gadget geeks; PoliticsDaily.com, for politicos; FanHouse.com, for sports nuts; DailyFinance.com, for business news; and even MMAFighting.com, for fans of the world of professional fistfights. The AOL brand barely appears on any of these sites, an approach AOL executives confidently compare to Disney's unbranded ownership of … [Read more...]

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