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Happy Innovation Weekend

May 22, 2015
Happy Innovation Weekend

Yes, I get it. It’s Memorial Day Weekend, a time when we honor the amazing people in the military who have sacrificed for our country in the past and the present. Please take a moment over the weekend to remember why this holiday is so important to all Americans. I know that most of you will also be involved in family, social, and recreational activities this weekend, too. After all, we all deserve a break – in this case, a long weekend to get some rest, recharge the batteries,...

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A PPM Lesson…From Howard Stern

May 21, 2015
A PPM Lesson…From Howard Stern

If you know your radio history, you probably recall that among his many wise career moves, Howard Stern got out of broadcast radio before the advent of PPM. His exodus to Sirius in 2005 was about a year before meters became the currency of radio ratings. But that can’t stop...

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Creatures of Habit

May 20, 2015
Creatures of Habit

A few years ago, we put a spin on our Techsurvey mission. In the early years, the guiding principle behind these massive nationwide web surveys was to determine what radio listeners are doing when they’re not listening to the radio. As satellite radio, streaming, smartphones, and social media proliferated, getting...

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What’s On TV

May 19, 2015
What’s On TV

At the recent re:publica15 conference in Berlin, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gave some predictions about TV and technology – over the next two decades. Noting that just 10 years ago, there were no smartphones, Hastings did express confidence in this trend: “We will come to see that linear TV declines...

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10 Lessons We Can All Learn From B.B. King

May 18, 2015
10 Lessons We Can All Learn From B.B. King

The news of blues legend B.B. King’s passing last week brought back a torrent of memories for a music icon I have long admired. While I had always passively enjoyed his music, it wasn’t until I saw him live in 1979 at Chicago’s Park West with fellow consultant Alan Burns...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Film House

May 15, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: Film House

Long, long ago in a radio industry far, far away, many broadcasters would make the semi-annual trip to Nashville, Tennessee, to produce their television creative with Film House. Curt Hahn, founder and CEO, and Senior VP Wayne Campbell are the forces behind radio’s most successful marketing company of all...

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I’m Lovin’ It

May 14, 2015
I’m Lovin’ It

If you remember the days before the Arbitron people meter, you probably recall just how little information we had about radio listening and the behaviors that drive it. The diary was all about recall, so a big part of gaming that system was to market stations heavily, hoping that...

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The Dot Connector

May 13, 2015
The Dot Connector

Our posts these last two days have generated a fascinating conversation among many people in and outside of the radio industry.  I invite you to go back, read them, and pay particular attention to the comments from readers which offer great feedback.  The discussion about the revenue generation side...

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Rebooting Radio

May 12, 2015
Rebooting Radio

Yesterday’s post – “Uncool” – predictably stirred things up, generating lots of talk and comments from several people, off-line and in our comments section. But those of you who know our style and the evolving mission of this blog also are aware that we have disdain for those who...

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Uncool

May 11, 2015
Uncool

Last week, I was honored to moderate a great “connected car” panel at the Canadian Music Week’s Radio Interactive sessions in Toronto.   Driving just four hours from Detroit, you enter a very different world of radio – a more optimistic, upbeat environment where the medium is vital and very much...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: WLEN Radio

May 8, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: WLEN Radio

Finding ways to truly serve local communities is one of the basic tenets of being a broadcaster. Many stations across the country do wonderful work helping raise funds for charitable organizations, helping individuals caught in difficult circumstances, and providing valuable information in times of crisis. But very few stations take that...

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“Send The Elevator Back Down”

May 7, 2015
“Send The Elevator Back Down”

If you’ve worked in the radio industry for any length of time and achieved a level of success, it’s a good feeling. Even as the business is roiled by the constant pressures posed by new competitive forces, many in radio have made an exceptionally nice living and have enjoyed wonderful,...

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“What’s The Streamin’ Problem!?”

May 6, 2015
“What’s The Streamin’ Problem!?”

On his blog over the last several days, Larry Rosin has made a compelling case that broadcast radio simply hasn’t kept up in the streaming department. His posts are worth your time and your consideration. Along the way, Larry points to factors like a poor streaming experience, commercial clutter,...

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