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Radio’s Most Innovative: WTOP Digital

October 24, 2014
Radio’s Most Innovative:  WTOP Digital

There are many factors that have contributed to Hubbard Radio’s All-News WTOP in Washington, D.C., being the top billing station in the United States for the last four years running.  They were one of the first News/Talk stations to make the leap to FM, which significantly improved their market coverage, and in turn, the ratings.  WTOP also excels at understanding the essence of their market.  Their focus on the federal government and the area’s heinous traffic problems go to the heart of their connection with their local audience. From top...

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The Fault Is Not In Our Cars…But In Ourselves 2

October 23, 2014
The Fault Is Not In Our Cars…But In Ourselves 2

Yesterday’s post about Pandora’s full frontal assault on broadcast radio via the “connected car” generated a lot of comments – as intended. But if you think the story is confined to the C-suites of major radio companies, automakers and their suppliers, think again. One of the major impetuses revolving around our second...

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The Fault Is Not In Our Cars…But In Ourselves

October 22, 2014
The Fault Is Not In Our Cars…But In Ourselves

Today’s post title is the only possible conclusion I can reach about broadcast radio’s lack of strategic focus and apparent concern about what is happening with its present and future in “connected cars.” This became even clearer to me after DASH last week.  It was gratifying to see a large,...

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Classic Rock Marches On

October 21, 2014
Classic Rock Marches On

As if you needed any indication that the Classic Rock revolution is alive and well, look no further than the college campus. While it’s true that the core Classic Rock listener is, in fact, an aging Baby Boomer, the reality is that “the music that has stood the test of...

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So What Happened At DASH?

October 20, 2014
So What Happened At DASH?

Now that our second DASH conference is history, I heard from a number of people late last week and over this past weekend asking about what transpired at this year’s event. We’ll be recapping DASH, especially for those who were in attendance, but I can tell you that for...

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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...

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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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