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Radio’s Most Innovative: “Radio’s Best Friend” Art Vuolo

July 31, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: “Radio’s Best Friend” Art Vuolo

One of the best parts of working in the radio industry is the truly unique people you meet. While there must be interesting CPAs and dentists, the number of real characters per capita at radio stations has to statistically be significantly higher than most other businesses. And then there’s Art Vuolo, or as many of you know him, “Radio’s Best Friend.” While most of the curious and fascinating people in radio spend their time in the studio on the air, some are on the periphery of the business, defying...

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Howdy Partner!

July 30, 2015
Howdy Partner!

Sometimes the best strategies and advice come from someone outside the business. In the case of a recent Fast Company article about identifying and managing two-person teams, Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone unknowingly wrote a primer for radio programmers. These guys actually wrote the book on it –...

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My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Stream)

July 29, 2015
My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Stream)

It’s been a crazy week for radio but that’s the world in which we live. You may have heard the recent news about Neil Young’s decision about how consumers will be able to listen to his music. Last week, he pulled his catalogue off all streaming services. This means...

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That’s Billion With A “B”

July 28, 2015
That’s Billion With A “B”

While the radio industry is wringing its hands over measurement, encoding, black boxes, and number games, the rest of the world that calls itself “radio” is busily generating revenue.  And a lot of it. If you clicked past the Voltair news last week, you may have read the story...

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The Podcast’s The Thing

July 27, 2015
The Podcast’s The Thing

Amidst the Voltair madness last week, you may have missed the second biggest story in radio. It was about radio getting serious about podcasts and on-demand radio, and it’s an important one.  Because if “Voltair” is the word of the year in radio, “podcast” has to be  a close...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: KCSN’s Remote Studio and Performance Space

July 24, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: KCSN’s Remote Studio and Performance Space

On this blog, the topic of radio stations getting out of their friendly confines and taking shows and personalities out to the community has been a frequent one. At Radiodays in Dublin back in 2014, I was especially impressed by the elaborate remote vehicles stations had designed, created, and...

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The End of Encode Gate?

July 23, 2015
The End of Encode Gate?

“When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.” – Voltaire Many are referring to Nielsen’s PPM (aka Voltair) webinar on Tuesday as anti-climactic, a letdown, or simply inconclusive. For those of us looking for some closure and resolution of this gnarly issue, the message from...

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Ding Dong, Radio Calling

July 22, 2015
Ding Dong, Radio Calling

If you saw the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane, you probably remember those classic scenes about how an old-line brand struggles with changing its entire way of doing business. Beane had to morph the way the A’s approached scouting, player evaluation, and the game itself...

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Science vs. Art

July 21, 2015
Science vs. Art

We continue to read more and more about how big data will continue to dominate the business world, helping corporations and brands steer their ships, while collecting more info about their customers’ tastes, behavior, and purchases. But a recent article in MediaPost’s “Cross-Channel” by Stacia Hanley debunks some of today’s...

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Voltaire to Nielsen: “Common sense is not so common.”

July 20, 2015
Voltaire to Nielsen: “Common sense is not so common.”

Today’s blog post is focused on one thing: imploring Nielsen to make one of the biggest events in radio history available to the entire industry. And to make my case, I’m going to use the words of the brilliant, witty, and sarcastic French philosopher, Voltaire. In an odd way,...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Nikki Marra’s “College Radio Road Trip”

July 17, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: Nikki Marra’s “College Radio Road Trip”

Last summer, after 10 years in commercial radio, Nikki Marra accepted the job of Professional Program Director at KCWU-FM, Central Washington University’s student station. The school was looking to revamp the program and possibly expand their Audio and Radio curriculum. Marra already had a Master’s Degree in Broadcasting and...

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Dumb Boldness

July 16, 2015
Dumb Boldness

In my travels, I get to chat with many radio personalities, more and more of whom are in the process of rethinking their brands, their material, and their outlets.  In short, more than ever before, they are considering themselves as brands and content creators. And more often than not, their programmers and...

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Classic Rock is Better Than It Used To Be

July 15, 2015
Classic Rock is Better Than It Used To Be

Last week, the Stones rolled into Detroit to play a crowd-pleasing stadium show at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. Their Zip Code Tour has been extremely successful, despite the chronological ticking of the band’s collective age clocks. Somehow, it doesn’t matter to them or the 40,000 or so in...

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