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You (Don’t) Need A Hobby

April 27, 2015
You (Don’t) Need A Hobby

  Some of us (hey, don’t look at ME!) might be guilty of being so committed to our careers and our craft that we simply never make much time to pursue other interests.  There’s golf, gardening, scrapbooking, wine collecting, art, tennis, and endless other entertaining ways of expanding ourselves and spending free time. All the signs point to the notion that having diversions and hobbies can be a healthy thing for many people. This is especially true for those of you thinking you’re now working in your last job, and...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: High School Radio Day

April 24, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: High School Radio Day

Many in radio wonder where the next generation of talent is going to come from.  As smaller markets increasingly lean on syndicated programming and other efficiencies, how can radio tap into the largest, emerging generation?  Of course, we know them as Millennials. Some also believe that many young people...

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The Art of Social

April 23, 2015
The Art of Social

  Today’s the day we’re presenting a deck of big findings to attendees at the Worldwide Radio Summit in L.A.  As any researcher who conducts expansive, national studies will tell you, the big dilemma often comes down to determining which results to include in a one-hour presentation – especially when there’s...

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Serial Success

April 22, 2015
Serial Success

So the good news is that the wildly successful public radio podcast Serial has just nabbed a highly respected Peabody Award. That makes it the first podcast to pull that off. And that’s also the bad news, because now the Serial team may be feeling the pressure to recreate that success. At...

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…Before I Get Old

April 21, 2015
…Before I Get Old

You know that old Who lyric – “Hope I die before I get old.”  For Roger and Pete, Mick, Keith, Charlie, Sir Paul, Ringo, and many others, that wish has not come true.  The aforementioned are bigger than life in 2015, still touring, with no end in sight. And...

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Quotations From Chairman Mel

April 20, 2015
Quotations From Chairman Mel

OK, in the spirit of full disclosure, I did not attend the National Association of Broadcasters Convention last week in Vegas.  Paul and I drew straws and….well, you can guess the result. But I kept in close tabs with him and others about the comings and goings, those lobby bar meetings...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Radio.com’s Minimations

April 17, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: Radio.com’s Minimations

Television has always been better than radio at recycling, repurposing, and repackaging its best content. From reruns to syndication to the now unavoidable cable channel marathons, every show airs a multitude of times, creating lasting value for producers and networks. Radio has always struggled with this challenge. We create great...

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Format Killers

April 16, 2015
Format Killers

By now, you’ve probably read about the Voltair audio processing system that has stirred up some controversy about whether or not this electronic box helps boost radio station encoding in the PPM system. The essence of this conversation revolves around the suspicion (and in some circles, the belief) that certain formats have an...

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On A Mission

April 15, 2015
On A Mission

If you work in radio, chances are good that you have a closetful of logoware, representing your journey in the business from stations to station, and market to market.  Most radio pros proudly sport the colors – in the form of the station logo. But a tattoo that indelibly identifies...

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Blurred Lines

April 14, 2015
Blurred Lines

Radio is an industry whose foundation is formats. It’s how stations are defined – by agencies and ultimately, by the audience. Radio has created a language and a nomenclature so that  listeners and marketers can understand the lay of the land.  In fact, it allows for us to do...

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The “Disconnected Car”

April 13, 2015
The “Disconnected Car”

Chances are good you saw that story from Forbes last week, strongly showing consumer demand for and usage of the AM/FM radio platform in cars and trucks. Broadcast radio, a platform? AM/FM radio is a legitimate platform, and according to Forbes contributor Christopher Versace, a new IPSOS survey shows that it’s the dominant...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: iHeartRadio

April 10, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: iHeartRadio

It’s no secret that the ways in which listeners are consuming audio is shifting constantly and has been for some time. The ubiquity of smartphones and the growth of streaming all but require radio stations to deliver their content in ways that consumers can access without having a radio...

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DASH 3.0

April 9, 2015
DASH 3.0

It seems like every couple of days, there’s a story in the radio trades or a host of other publications about how the “connected car” is the hot new thing, the death of radio, unsafe at any speed, and the beginning of the end for personal driving. It’s part of...

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