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DASH To Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2014
DASH To Labor Day Weekend

Where did the summer go?   And what will the third half of the rest of the year bring to broadcast radio? More flat earnings, a rash of station buys and sells, a healthy political advertising climate, or something altogether different? First and foremost, let me thank you for taking the time to read this blog.  For many of you, our dialogue about the state of the radio industry has become a daily habit.  JacoBLOG tries to walk that line between agent provocateur and flag waver – hopefully, we get...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Radioplayer

August 29, 2014
Radio’s Most Innovative: Radioplayer

From the consumer viewpoint, one of the best things about radio is that it just works. You simply turn on a single and simple device, and your favorite stations are right there, delivering the content you want. Unfortunately, the same isn’t necessarily true when it comes to streaming. As more of...

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The App Majority

August 28, 2014
The App Majority

That comScore study that made the rounds last week has brought out the best (and worst) in radio as everyone tries to understand the numbers and interpret what they mean – to mobile and, of course, to broadcast radio.  Like a report from the Fed about the U.S. economy,...

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“Eat The Sushi”

August 27, 2014
“Eat The Sushi”

One of my favorite Sunday New York Times simple pleasures is when they highlight business leaaders from whom we can all learn from their collective experience.  Recently, the CEO of Guidepost Solutions, Julie Myers Wood, was interviewed.  When it came time to give advice to college students, she had this to say:...

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(Not A) Whole Lotta Coverage Goin’ On

August 26, 2014
(Not A) Whole Lotta Coverage Goin’ On

Bad things keep happening at inconvenient times for radio. Whether it’s untimely deaths (Whitney Houston and Clarence Clemons both died on Saturday nights), or last weekend’s earthquake in Napa, radio’s inability to provide coverage when these emergencies occur – in either pop culture or real life – stands out. ...

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Small Ball

August 25, 2014
Small Ball

This morning, a reminder that radio no longer operates in a vacuum.  And important to note that this post is NSFW. It starts with a “news” item from The Onion (actually, it first appeared back in 2011) that came through my email box last week: Radio DJ Invites Whole Town...

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Radio’s Most SKINnovative – Jim McBride

August 22, 2014
Radio’s Most SKINnovative – Jim McBride

The growth of the Internet has affected radio in infinite ways, including the creation of many unique partnerships.  None is as interesting as the ongoing relationship between radio and MrSkin.com founder Jim McBride. It was Confucius who said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to...

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Radio’s Flag Bearer

August 21, 2014
Radio’s Flag Bearer

In the past few years, we’ve devoted time in our Techsurveys to better understanding the threat that is Pandora, as well as other pure-plays, satellite radio, and even the iPod.  Debating whether Pandora is “radio” or not is beside the point.  The key is in assessing how consumers use...

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In A Flash

August 20, 2014
In A Flash

So when you think of things that move really fast, what comes to mind? Of course, there were those amazing Concorde SSTs that flew from New York to London in around 3 ½ hours. Or the new Chevy Corvette with a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. But when I...

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The Fork In A Critical Road

August 19, 2014
The Fork In A Critical Road

Before you know it, the old pigskin will be tossed around, and soon, commercial radio broadcasters will head off to Indianapolis, while public radio programmers will make the trek to Portland, Oregon.  And that means that DASH 2.0 is right around the corner.  As you begin to plan out...

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It’s Not You, It’s Me

August 18, 2014
It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s one of the worst lines you’ll ever hear: “It’s not you, it’s me.” And the equivalent in the world of radio today: “The problem isn’t with our ratings, it’s with our sales.” How many radio stations – great ones, mind you – are hitting their ratings goals, are...

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Radio’s Most Innovative – All Christmas Music

August 15, 2014
Radio’s Most Innovative – All Christmas Music

For our second honoree in our “Radio’s Most Innovative” series, we are going back in time and possibly opening Pandora’s Box.  Our intention is to honor the station that originated the All Christmas Music promotion; a bold innovation that, as evidenced by the chart below, has had a large...

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BJ Talks

August 14, 2014
BJ Talks

You may be thinking that it’s “Seattle DJ Week” on this blog – and you wouldn’t be wrong.  But it turns out the most fascinating stories in radio last week weren’t about the whereabouts of Casey Kasem’s corpse or what happened to radio’s Q2 revenue – they were about Bob...

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