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The R Word

June 29, 2015
The R Word

The radio industry is going through tumultuous times accompanied by a cascade of conflicting data and anecdotal evidence that suggest the medium stronger than ever or as challenged as it’s been since the advent of television. On the one hand, Nielsen tells us that 93% of Americans listen every week, affirming radio’s amazing reach. A New York Times article yesterday about the debut of Apple Music’s Beats 1 reminded readers that 243 million still listen to broadcast radio in any given 7-day period.  That makes radio king of all audio, as Pandora attracts 80 million...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Dave Ramsey

June 26, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: Dave Ramsey

This may come as a shock to some people but not every talk show on the radio is about politics. In a world of syndicated talk radio shows, there is one host that stands apart: Dave Ramsey. And in fact, his model may be the most successful of all....

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MVP

June 25, 2015
MVP

As radio stations and personalities have become more immersed in social media, there’s that side conversation about what it means to recognize and serve fans in the space. The essence of social is service and acknowledgment, and yet, this continues to be a conversation without a solid conclusion. So...

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One Bad Apple?

June 24, 2015
One Bad Apple?

Much of the focus the last couple weeks has been on Apple’s launch of its new streaming music service. While not an across-the-board perception, Apple has come under a great deal of criticism from many different camps. Some predict their new entry will have little impact on Pandora, Spotify,...

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The Death of the Non-Compete?

June 23, 2015
The Death of the Non-Compete?

It is fascinating that some of the weapons that radio management historically wielded are becoming obsolete. As we’ve discussed in this blog before, the ability to “disappear” a DJ or show has been usurped by fans who immediately start their protest Facebook pages. While this rarely results in a...

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Wait Wait…Don’t Book Kim Kardashian!

June 22, 2015
Wait Wait…Don’t Book Kim Kardashian!

A story that made the rounds in public radio circles last week has now broken out into the mainstream media. It all started when NPR’s wildly successful, Peabody Award winning weekly news quiz show – Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! – had the audacity to book Kim Kardashian. Apparently, the main...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Paul Lamere

June 19, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: Paul Lamere

Paul Lamere is one of those oddities in the media and music business. He is truly a left and right brain kind of guy. He has expertise at writing code, but also has a strong appreciation and love for music. That interesting combination of skills has allowed Paul to see...

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Happy Birthday, Dear Drive

June 18, 2015
Happy Birthday, Dear Drive

One of the wonderful benefits consultants derives from this often crazy line of work is the ability to see and hear a lot of radio stations in action. As a result, you witness some truly wonderful best practices, but if there’s such a thing, “worst practices,” too. At times...

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It’s an Apps, Apps, Apps, Apps World

June 17, 2015
It’s an Apps, Apps, Apps, Apps World

Today’s post is about one of our favorite topics – mobile apps.  These little jewels have become the lifeblood of the Internet – the ways in which we better utilize the resources – utilities, entertainment, information – on our mobile devices.  And as we saw clearly at CES earlier...

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Missing The Podcasting Boat?

June 16, 2015
Missing The Podcasting Boat?

Just when you thought public radio and podcasting were on a serious roll, KPFT/Houston programmer Ernesto Aguillar has thrown cold water over both. In fact, his recent blog post reads more like the ice bucket challenge. I encourage you to read it here. While public radio may be leading the...

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Speed Thrills

June 15, 2015
Speed Thrills

We have talked a lot in recent months about the need for speed.  As we continue to be inundated with content from seemingly infinite sources, our ability to process all that entertainment and information erodes.  And because many of us are constantly running – devices in hand (or on our...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: GeoTraffic

June 12, 2015
Radio’s Most Innovative: GeoTraffic

Perhaps there are three sure things in life – death, taxes, and traffic. That last dependable annoyance has been a financial boon to radio for decades. But all that may be changing. At last year’s DASH Conference, Edison Research President Larry Rosin delivered a presentation called “Changing Route: The...

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From the Mouths of Interns

June 11, 2015
From the Mouths of Interns

There’s a lot of online and water cooler chatter about how the new Stephen Colbert version of The Late Show will fare. But Mike Stern is still pining over the end of David Letterman’s amazing run. The final show was a winner, as was that very last “Top 10...

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