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What A Deal(ership)!

January 28, 2015
What A Deal(ership)!

Most radio companies are going through flattish times, but that is not the case for the automotive industry – radio’s top revenue category. Yes, most car companies are having record years as the recovery from the Great Recession continues. And the “connected car” revolution is projected to continue at high rates of speed.  eWeek is reporting that Gartner predicts there will be 250 million of these vehicles on the road in just five years.  How’s that for a tipping point?  And along the way, Infonetics Research reports that “connected car”...

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Acceleration

January 27, 2015
Acceleration

You can see it happening pretty much every day in the news – the automotive space is experiencing a renaissance largely due to its new love affair with technology and electronics. We’ve talked extensively on this blog about CES a couple weeks back. And last week, it was the...

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The Father of Innovation

January 26, 2015
The Father of Innovation

Today’s blog post title is a twist on the old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Obviously, that adage resonated with Frank Zappa, but today’s headline is more about how futility just might be the catalyst that spawns and motivates out-of-the-box thinking. In radio, the old pre-Internet rankings always showed...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: WTMJ’s “Preps Live”

January 23, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: WTMJ’s “Preps Live”

One of the great puzzles many local-minded stations have struggled to solve is how to effectively cover high school sports. The games represent incredible, hyper-local content that attract sponsors who want to be a part of them.  They can be an incredibly rich source of community involvement for stations...

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Black Cars & Blue Unicorns

January 22, 2015
Black Cars & Blue Unicorns

As we wandered around the Las Vegas Convention Center and other casino hotels featuring the latest and greatest in gadgets and innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, you couldn’t help but wonder if something was missing. Yes, the gadgetry and innovative devices were amazing this year...

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Why Didn’t WE Do That?

January 21, 2015
Why Didn’t WE Do That?

How often has someone in the upper regions of corporate radio uttered (or at least thought) the title of today’s post? There have been all sorts of audio innovations over the past two decades that consumers now enjoy as a part of their entertainment experience.  Whether it was Pandora...

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I Got Your Big Data Right Here

January 20, 2015
I Got Your Big Data Right Here

As our media lives continue to evolve, we know the numbers for digital and social usage are off the charts.  But if you really want to get a sense for just how mind-boggling the stats are for the platforms, gadgets, and devices that we use, look no further than this link: WebpageFX –...

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The Art of Music

January 19, 2015
The Art of Music

As the creation, exposure, and marketing of music continue to change at a very rapid rate, feel free to join me in lamenting the disappearance of the record album – and the art that accompanied it. Yes, vinyl is making a comeback as more people buy turntables and wander...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Dan Vallie, National Radio Talent System, Part 2

January 16, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: Dan Vallie, National Radio Talent System, Part 2

Last week, we showcased Dan Vallie’s broadcast educational initiative, which he describes as “the farm system that we in the industry have talked about needing for decades.”  According to Dan, the goal is “discovering and preparing talent we can hire today who can be leaders in our industry tomorrow.”...

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Getting Personal

January 15, 2015
Getting Personal

Maybe you read the story about 12-year-old Cade Pope from Oklahoma who sent the same handwritten note to all 32 NFL franchises  – addressed to each team’s owner. His letter simply asked these captains of industry which pro team he should support. You can probably guess how this worked out. Young...

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Behind The Curve 2

January 14, 2015
Behind The Curve 2

In yesterday’s post, we discussed how the evolution of digital media and technology may be altering the role that broadcast radio plays in the music discovery hierarchy. The spate of new options for consumers points to a familiar theme for this blog:  the media environment has been repopulated with many new...

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Behind The Curve

January 13, 2015
Behind The Curve

In last Wednesday’s post, we talked about how music performers are faced with difficult challenges and decisions over distribution and monetization.  We have used this space in past posts to discuss the way that digital data and consumption patterns are changing the relationship between artists and their music, and...

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Our Look Back At CES (or “What Is It With You Guys And Radio?”)

January 12, 2015
Our Look Back At CES (or “What Is It With You Guys And Radio?”)

It seems like a memory now, but our trip to CES last week was one of the better ones we’ve experienced. The spirit at this conference is always upbeat and forward-looking. But there was something very different about this year’s CES. Jerry Lee sensed it, too. Of course, he’s...

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