Posts Tagged ‘ Business ’

Free Investment Advice!

October 28, 2014
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Free Investment Advice!

You know the value of free investment advice (or free radio consulting) – not much. So please read today’s blog post with two jaundiced eyes. I am not a professional stock picker, a day trader, or someone who has always made the best choices in real estate investments. But I have a growing theory about companies and stocks. I don’t check the typical CNBC or Merrill Lynch metrics. You won’t catch me studying P/E ratios, EBITDA, or the other numbers that captivate investment analysts. Instead, I ask myself this question about...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: WTOP Digital

October 24, 2014
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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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Movin’ On

October 15, 2014
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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 pitcher Octavio Dotel who has worn the uniforms of 13 different teams in a 15 year career. Of course, radio people know that story all too well. As the cliché goes, U-Haul has been the main beneficiary of radio’s transient...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Norm Pattiz/PodcastOne

October 3, 2014
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Radio’s Most Innovative: Norm Pattiz/PodcastOne

If you’ve never known otherwise, you may not even think about how much syndicated programming has changed the face of radio programming, personalities, and content delivery.  But in 1976, when Norm Pattiz launched Westwood One, there weren’t satellite receivers at every station, let alone FTP sites for distributing content.  Syndicated programming wasn’t common like it is today and it surely wasn’t widely recognized as an effective advertising vehicle.  But over the course of his 35 years at Westwood One, Pattiz played a major role in changing the game by...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: John Fullam/Greater Media Philly Innovation Challenge

September 26, 2014
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Radio’s Most Innovative: John Fullam/Greater Media Philly Innovation Challenge

For this week’s “Innovation Friday” entry, we are going meta on you as we profile a fantastic innovation that has helped one cluster of stations be more innovative. One of our goals when we initiated “Radio’s Most Innovative” was to stimulate a spirit of risk-taking, hacking, and experimentation. At Greater Media Philadelphia, they have made it official. At a time when employees are wearing multiple hats and everyone is stretched thin just trying to get their daily work done, focusing on innovation can be challenging. Unless you have a manager...

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Sure Plays A Digital Pinball

September 18, 2014
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Sure Plays A Digital Pinball

As has been pointed out by analysts like Reed Bunzel and Radio Ink, The Radio Show last week contained mixed messages about the role that digital plays in broadcast radio’s journey. Keynoter Bob Hoffman criticized the hype of digital, claiming that online advertising is largely ineffective. On the other end of the spectrum, Bunzel noted that Erica Farber underscored that digital is radio’s best path for growth in a flat business environment. He also pointed out that while Univision’s Jose Valle noted that digital streaming is a huge revenue line...

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What’s In A Name?

September 17, 2014
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What’s In A Name?

The announcement yesterday that Clear Channel is rebranding itself as iHeartMedia should come as no surprise. It’s just smart marketing. The Clear Channel name has had a checkered past, often painted with the consolidation, voicetracking brush. On the other end of the spectrum, iHeartRadio has become an amazing multimedia brand, transcending audio entertainment and expanding its horizons into concerts, festivals, awards shows, music celebrity, and mass appeal entertainment. So it stands to reason that Clear Channel corporate would reboot its image and its brand equity with a name change...

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“How’m I Doin’?”

September 10, 2014
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“How’m I Doin’?”

If you’ve ever lived in New York City or you’re a fan of the Big Apple, you can never forget the impact that Mayor Ed Koch had back in the late ‘70s and throughout most of the ‘80s. Koch became mayor during a tumultuous time for the city, and clearly turned its fortunes around.  And he became known as a city official who genuinely cared about his constituents, personally riding the subway and standing around greeting New Yorkers with the now-famous question, “How’m I doin’?” Interestingly, that’s become the...

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You’re The Boss

September 9, 2014
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You’re The Boss

I made an interesting discovery on LinkedIn last week.  I started receiving congratulatory messages from many “connections” because it turned out to be the 31st “work anniversary” for me at Jacobs Media (who I often refer to as the greatest employer I’ve ever had). When I first signed up for my LinkedIn account, the start date is part of the profile process.  And this year, it was a reminder that I was a very reluctant entrepreneur. Some people inherently know they want to start their own businesses.  For me, it...

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DASH To Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2014
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DASH To Labor Day Weekend

Where did the summer go?   And what will the third half of the rest of the year bring to broadcast radio? More flat earnings, a rash of station buys and sells, a healthy political advertising climate, or something altogether different? First and foremost, let me thank you for taking the time to read this blog.  For many of you, our dialogue about the state of the radio industry has become a daily habit.  JacoBLOG tries to walk that line between agent provocateur and flag waver – hopefully, we get...

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