Posts Tagged ‘ Business ’

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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Radio’s Most SKINnovative – Jim McBride

August 22, 2014
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Radio’s Most SKINnovative – Jim McBride

The growth of the Internet has affected radio in infinite ways, including the creation of many unique partnerships.  None is as interesting as the ongoing relationship between radio and MrSkin.com founder Jim McBride. It was Confucius who said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  Jim typifies that sentiment, building a multi-media empire powered by broadcast radio, while pursuing a path he is truly passionate about. You might remember MrSkin.com from the pivotal role the brand played in the...

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The Day The Music Was Commoditized

August 6, 2014
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The Day The Music Was Commoditized

If you think the radio industry is at odds with itself at times, perhaps you can take solace in what the music business is experiencing. This hit home for me last week when Buffalo radio veteran, Jim Pastrick, referred me to an article in Forbes about how the music industry has been essentially trumped by the technology juggernaut when it comes to attracting young people to its ranks.  It wasn’t that many years ago when teenagers longed for a career making music.  And in fact, many of today’s radio professionals and label...

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Radio Needs To Be More Cheesy

July 22, 2014
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Radio Needs To Be More Cheesy

Mike Stern has programmed lots of great radio stations in small markets and Top 5 metros alike.  No matter where you go, super fans – or as they are often called, “contest pigs” – are always part of the package.  In today’s guest post, Mike takes a look at how one consumer product has approached catering to these over-the-top fans, and how radio can take advantage. For anyone who thinks it’s difficult to develop innovative new ideas to drive more radio listening, imagine the challenge of trying to move the needle...

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Take Me To Your Leader

July 2, 2014
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Take Me To Your Leader

Over this past weekend while barbecues were being ignited, sunscreen was being slathered on, and families were loading up the SUV for a getaway, a changing of the guard took place at the Ford Motor Company, headquartered here in Dearborn, Michigan. CEO Alan Mulally stepped down after eight years on the job. During that time, he reinvented Ford, changing the company’s vehicle lineup, as well as its culture. A great article by Joe Nocera in The New York Times chronicles Mulally’s run at Ford. As you know, Ford was the...

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Goin’ Mobile, Eh?

June 30, 2014
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Goin’ Mobile, Eh?

When I grew up in Detroit in the pre-cable TV days, there were just the big three networks, and a local UHF station – a far cry from today’s hundreds of channels.  But we also had a bonus – Canadian television, in the form of the CBC.  Because of our proximity to Windsor, access to Canadian TV added some variety, and not just because of the hockey coverage. This is a proud and traditional operation, and recently, their president and CEO, Hubert Lacroix, layed out a whole new and controversial vision for the network’s future.  While...

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Be Disruptive

June 27, 2014
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Be Disruptive

As COO of jacAPPS, Bob Kernen has a unique perspective on new technology…and disruption. Bob’s background is truly varied – a member of the early Microsoft Web TV team, a leader of startups, and also a deep background in television.  It’s now “halftime” in 2014, a great time to look forward to the last six months of the year.  Here’s Bob’s take on a major decision in the new media space, and how traditional brands would be smart to disrupt themselves. Digital disruption. You’ve probably noticed that it’s everywhere. The...

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Party On, Bob

June 24, 2014
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Party On, Bob

The industry trades were abuzz with news about Bob Pittman’s big soiree at Cannes, featuring A-list guests as well as heavy hitters from the advertising industry.  No, I was not on the list, but Mariah Carey (who performed) and Shaun White (who did not) were reportedly in attendance. Clear Channel bashers may take the opportunity to criticize this kind of high-priced social networking.  Some might even calculate how many lost radio jobs might be restored for the cost of the hors d’oeuvres and place settings.  Others might wonder why...

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The Power of One

June 20, 2014
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The Power of One

It is fascinating to see the jockeying going on in Los Angeles as Nielsen continues to dig into the meters to determine what went wrong. In a story that has now moved any remaining controversy about Casey Kasem’s illness and passing off the front page, all attention continues to be focused on the efficacy of the ratings, specifically in the L.A. market. But around the country, broadcast professionals – from the corner office to the air studio – are wondering how one household (or even two) could wreak so...

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From The C-Suite

June 19, 2014
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From The C-Suite

So here are a couple of quotes from a new chief executive of a company that is one of the most successful in the world – and yet, he is talking reinvention: “There are so many new ways to serve customers. Technology, data, and information are opening new doors for us to lead through. Our purpose of saving people money will always be relevant, but we’ll do it new ways.” The source? Walmart’s new CEO, Doug McMillon who is taking an entirely new approach to a business model that...

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