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Take That, Pandora

September 23, 2014
Take That, Pandora

Historically, radio stations have done a great job of attacking other radio stations. Whether Top 40, Rock, Country, or Talk, most radio stations focus their competitive energies on besting another station in town in order to gain both a ratings and revenue advantage. In the meantime, radio has been faced with digital competition for nearly two decades, starting with satellite radio, moving to iPods, and in the past few years, serious incursions from pure plays, notably Pandora. And that competitive scenario has become complicated. On the one hand, many...

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Screen Test

September 22, 2014
Screen Test

Last week’s post – “What’s In A Name?” – about Clear Channel’s rebranding to iHeart Media touched a few emotional nerves in various ways. There were a number of comments – both on this blog and in my email, along with a few personal contacts – about the trend to brand former...

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Radio’s Most Innovative – Mens Room Original Red

September 19, 2014
Radio’s Most Innovative – Mens Room Original Red

Well, appropriate to the T.G.I.F. spirit, how about a glass of Mens Room Original Red? Station or personality-branded products have been around nearly as long as there have been radio stations searching for products that can extend their brands to set themselves apart.  Coffee, hot sauce, mustard, barbecue sauce,...

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Sure Plays A Digital Pinball

September 18, 2014
Sure Plays A Digital Pinball

As has been pointed out by analysts like Reed Bunzel and Radio Ink, The Radio Show last week contained mixed messages about the role that digital plays in broadcast radio’s journey. Keynoter Bob Hoffman criticized the hype of digital, claiming that online advertising is largely ineffective. On the other end...

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What’s In A Name?

September 17, 2014
What’s In A Name?

The announcement yesterday that Clear Channel is rebranding itself as iHeartMedia should come as no surprise. It’s just smart marketing. The Clear Channel name has had a checkered past, often painted with the consolidation, voicetracking brush. On the other end of the spectrum, iHeartRadio has become an amazing multimedia...

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I’m (Not) Lovin’ It

September 16, 2014
I’m (Not) Lovin’ It

Yesterday, we talked about some of the differences between The Radio Show and the PRPD Convention.  Late last week, as commercial and public radio broadcasters made their way back home from these conferences, there is one thing they likely had in common. In both Portland and Indianapolis respectively, there were a lot...

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A Surprise Every 20 Minutes

September 15, 2014
A Surprise Every 20 Minutes

While many of you reading this post spent last week in Indianapolis at The Radio Show attending Super Sessions and listening to CEO airchecks, I was in Portland at the Public Radio Program Directors convention that received virtually no press coverage outside of Current, public media’s primary media outlet. That’s not...

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Radio’s Most Innovative – George Gimarc

September 12, 2014
Radio’s Most Innovative – George Gimarc

When it comes to innovation, there are people who have one great idea that becomes their entire focus and legacy.  They become famous for doing one amazing thing or a single accomplishment. Then there are people who are fountains of ideas.  They are driven by always being around something...

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Be Pushy

September 11, 2014
Be Pushy

A new study from statistical app tracker Localytics reveals something we’ve been seeing for a few years now on the jācapps side of our company: Push notifications beget greater app engagement – by a large margin.  And even better news is that music-centric apps perform even higher than the...

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“How’m I Doin’?”

September 10, 2014
“How’m I Doin’?”

If you’ve ever lived in New York City or you’re a fan of the Big Apple, you can never forget the impact that Mayor Ed Koch had back in the late ‘70s and throughout most of the ‘80s. Koch became mayor during a tumultuous time for the city, and...

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You’re The Boss

September 9, 2014
You’re The Boss

I made an interesting discovery on LinkedIn last week.  I started receiving congratulatory messages from many “connections” because it turned out to be the 31st “work anniversary” for me at Jacobs Media (who I often refer to as the greatest employer I’ve ever had). When I first signed up...

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“I Owe It All To Joan Rivers”

September 8, 2014
“I Owe It All To Joan Rivers”

The passing of Joan Rivers last week brought out a lot of memories, a lot of laughs, and a lot of emotion for those who were her fans for decades.  The Joan Rivers journey, starting with her standup comedy in the ’60s, her unique runway coverage in the ’90s...

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Radio’s Most Innovative – Mediabase/Rich Meyer

September 5, 2014
Radio’s Most Innovative – Mediabase/Rich Meyer

Just like the Millennial generation will never know a time when there was no Internet and instantaneous connectivity, some people reading this may be too young to remember the days of “paper adds” – that was when a radio station reported a song to the trades as a favor to the...

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