Posts Tagged ‘ Business ’

The Death of the Non-Compete?

June 23, 2015
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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 change of heart by management, it does make the ability to quietly change out talent far more difficult and precarious. Similarly, the “non-compete” may be taking that same route. Many talent contracts contain language that prohibits talent from taking another...

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“I Want To See Who The Customers Are”

June 3, 2015
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“I Want To See Who The Customers Are”

I’ve been a road warrior these past several weeks, providing me with the opportunity to carefully explore the seat pockets in front of me.  Beyond the used wrappers and barf bags, Delta’s SKY magazine is actually one of the better reads, and in their May issue, the cover story highlighted Macy’s CEO, Terry Lundgren. Lundgren is credited with re-energizing the venerable department store chain, founded 157 years ago in New York City.  Now with 775 stores around the U.S. and a global expansion plan underway, Lundgren is the model of corporate...

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Creatures of Habit

May 20, 2015
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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 a handle on how audiences are informing and entertaining themselves has helped radio better understand how the media culture is changing. But in recent years, we’ve introduced the corollary question: With all the new media options, why do consumers still choose...

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What’s On TV

May 19, 2015
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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 every year for the next 20 years and that Internet TV raises every year for the next 20 years.” It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, people were sending and receiving DVDs through the U.S. Mail...

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Rebooting Radio

May 12, 2015
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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 just complain, finger point, or make excuses for why things are the way they are. After more than three decades of consulting, our mission is to help solve problems. And that’s the goal of today’s post. But tackling the major task...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Horizon Media & “Moodstates”

May 1, 2015
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Radio’s Most Innovative: Horizon Media & “Moodstates”

One of the notable things to come out of the results from our Techsurveys is how much emotion plays a role in broadcast radio listening. While consumers enjoy hearing their favorite songs, personalities, and information, mood plays a role why they continue to come back to AM/FM radio stations. In our research, it is often in the form of companionship, mood elevation, and escape. All of this revolves around a better understanding of the consumer’s mindset – or mood. Others are noticing this, too. And they are quantifying the...

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Where’s Radio?

April 30, 2015
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Where’s Radio?

On the heels of yesterday’s post about public radio and iHeartRadio staging podcast upfronts, I heard from an old friend and former morning guy, J LaLonde. Many of you remember J as an accomplished radio air personality who made his way through a number of stations in the Pacific Northwest, the Big Easy, Florida, and Knoxville. Today, he has his own content creation company, Aristocrat Studios, and is a comedian who tours worldwide.  Like many radio “ex-pats,” J has taken a different pathway and is carving out a successful career...

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On A Mission

April 15, 2015
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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 you with your brand?  That’s a whole other level of commitment that few in the radio business would ever embrace.  After all, even lifers like Dan Mason and Steve Goldstein prove to us that few careers with stations or corporations...

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Radio’s Most Innovative: iHeartRadio

April 10, 2015
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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 nearby. iHeartRadio, the platform launched by Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia), now makes more than 2,000 broadcast radio stations across 150 markets available in one place. Participating companies include Greater Media, Cox, Emmis, Cumulus, and Univision, along with public radio stations...

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DASH 3.0

April 9, 2015
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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 the reasons why the last two autumns, Jacobs Media has partnered with Radio Ink to present DASH. The “connected car” has been in the center of our radar screens for several years now, and for good reason. And this morning we’re...

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