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Radio’s Most Innovative – Radio Broadcasting

October 17, 2014
Radio’s Most Innovative – Radio Broadcasting

You may not have it marked on your calendar, but today is the 95th birthday of radio broadcasting, according to Rich Appel writing in BilllboardBiz.  As the story goes, it turns out that it was on this day 95 years ago when Westinghouse Electric engineer Frank Conrad sent music into the ether in Pittsburgh.  Eventually, that company would start KDKA, and the rest,  as they say, is history.  And it was very innovative. Guglielmo Marconi could not have known that his invention would spawn Casey Kasem, Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Rock of the...

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Long May You Run

October 16, 2014
Long May You Run

America’s love affair with cars is a relationship that is nearing the century mark.  The freedom to get behind the wheel and drive of with the radio blaring  – whether gas prices are at $4.00 a gallon on not – is something that all of us cherish and enjoy. As a...

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Movin’ On

October 15, 2014
Movin’ On

Now that we’re deep into the MLB Playoffs, here’s a trivia question for you: Q. Unlike Derek Jeter who spent his entire career with one team (the Yankees, of course), which Major League Player has spent time on the most number of different teams? A. The correct answer is...

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The Single Bullet Theory

October 14, 2014
The Single Bullet Theory

Jācapps COO Bob Kernen knows his way around an app store.  As a guy who understands the in’s out out’s of mobile strategies, his guest post today suggests a change in thinking about what makes a great app.  So stop multitasking for a second and check out his perspective. – FJ...

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W.T.D.A.

October 13, 2014
W.T.D.A.

Radio is beginning to figure it out.  A recent Inside Radio article highlighted what several enlightened broadcasters are doing on the digital front.  From Emmis to Greater Media to Cox, there are strong indicators that radio is getting with the program, defining its digital and mobile efforts, while putting together...

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Radio’s Most Innovative – Andy Economos’ Selector

October 10, 2014
Radio’s Most Innovative – Andy Economos’ Selector

Certainly one of the most recognizable images in the history of radio is the ubiquitous RCS Rainbow Screen – the gateway into Selector.  And while Program Directors today enjoy the stability of version 12.53j, which includes a bevy of options they can customize to their station’s needs, we rarely stop...

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The Information Superhighway

October 9, 2014
The Information Superhighway

In 2014, exactly what is “the Information Superhighway?” According to a new Newswire release, Nielsen tells us that it’s (drum roll…..) THE CAR. A nearly 6,000 person sample of consumers who are into connected life technology is the basis for Nielsen’s conclusion that “the modern car offers some form of connectivity for everyone.”...

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Highs and Lows

October 8, 2014
Highs and Lows

The news of Kevin Metheny’s passing last weekend gave us all a chance to review the trajectory of his illustrious career. As I looked over Kevin’s impressive call letter trail, it occurred to me that this guy received a lot of ratings books, Arbitrends, and Nielsen weeklies in his long history...

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FM Chips Ahoy!

October 7, 2014
FM Chips Ahoy!

The NextRadio initiative has both supporters and detractors.  But there’s no question that whether it turns out to be radio’s salvation, a bust, or simply a convenient way for some smartphone users to access their favorite local stations, it is a bold step for radio to take. One of...

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The Moment of Truth for Radio

October 6, 2014
The Moment of Truth for Radio

I know what I don’t know.  And when it comes to industry investment, a good gauge is none other than “The Oracle of Omaha” Warren Buffett.  While news of radio swaps and purchases is all over our industry trades, on the bigger stage, Buffett made news last week. His company, Berkshire...

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Radio’s Most Innovative – Norm Pattiz/PodcastOne

October 3, 2014
Radio’s Most Innovative – Norm Pattiz/PodcastOne

If you’ve never known otherwise, you may not even think about how much syndicated programming has changed the face of radio programming, personalities, and content delivery.  But in 1976, when Norm Pattiz launched Westwood One, there weren’t satellite receivers at every station, let alone FTP sites for distributing content. ...

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Thin Skin

October 2, 2014
Thin Skin

Yesterday, we talked about the need for celebrities from all fields – movies, sports, TV, and of course, radio – to develop that coat of armor. Because at any point in time, regular folks can take off on you – on any number of social channels or web portals....

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Thick Skin

October 1, 2014
Thick Skin

There has been a fundamental change in the traditional relationship between celebrities and the fans who adore them. Of course, the star culture is still very much alive today.  And athletes, movie stars, and yes, even radio personalities often make gobs of money and live a great life full of riches and...

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