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Radio’s Most Innovative: Jeff Smulyan/WFAN

March 6, 2015
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Radio’s Most Innovative: Jeff Smulyan/WFAN

It’s often said that success has many fathers.  The problem is that it can make it a challenge to determine who was really responsible for a great innovation.  That’s what makes this week’s RMI profile so rare; a major radio innovation that is clearly credited to one person.  Emmis Communications Founder and CEO Jeff Smulyan is responsible for the first ever all-sports radio station, WFAN in New York. (The idea for the name actually came from the wife of its first PD, John Chanin.) Today, there are hundreds of 24-hour sports...

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Go Fish!

February 26, 2015
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Go Fish!

These days, it seems like there’s a very line between the wisdom of “fish where the fish are” OR failing to do that and ending up “swimming with the fishes.”  Those are the increasingly hard choices facing broadcasters as the ad world redefines itself and its priorities. A recent eMarketer article points to the growing interest in digital radio in the advertising community.  Its new report, “Digital Radio: Led By Pandora, Now Robust ‘Audio’ Ad Channel,” suggests that marketers have many choices in this new arena, and most don’t really...

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Pyramid Smackdown

February 25, 2015
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Pyramid Smackdown

Early last month, a post on jacoBLOG called “Pyramid Scheme” introduced the idea of an update or makeover of the original Coleman Image Pyramid. It was based on the premise that radio broadcasters are now competing in an infinitely larger media landscape. The Jacobs New Pyramid suggested a different pecking order, with unique personalities/shows at the base, along with new branding priorities along the way toward the top. Coleman’s Warren Kurtzman and the Coleman Insights staff were stimulated by the post, and a conversation ensued. On the left is...

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The Big 1-0

February 24, 2015
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The Big 1-0

Yup, today’s the day. This blog turns ten years old– an entire decade of posts, observations, opinions, and hopefully, not too much blather about the radio business and how it fits into the expanding world of media, entertainment, and information. Many of you know Tim Davis who was our director of digital during the early years. It was at his insistence (with lots of cajoling and convincing) that JacoBLOG was started. He felt strongly that blogging was a key distribution outlet for a company like ours. He was right....

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Just Spell My Name Right

February 16, 2015
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Just Spell My Name Right

We all know the phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” It’s credited to one of the greatest showmen and publicity hogs of all time, P.T. Barnum. There are exceptions, of course. One of these was noted by Irish writer Brendan Behan who opined, “…except your own obituary.” And then there’s Brian Williams who has been forced into hiding until mid-summer in the hope that his publicity will blow over and be replaced by some other scandal by then. But in these modern times, we can also think about...

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The Smartest Guy In The Room

February 12, 2015
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The Smartest Guy In The Room

We continue to hear from people in the media and advertising communities bloviate about how “no one listens to the radio anymore.” And some of this talk is reinforced in casual conversations at middle school football games, on airplanes, and pretty much everywhere you go.  Like anything else, the more people hear it, the more they believe it’s true. But the fact is, everyone’s research – from Nielsen’s to Edison’s “Share of Ear” studies – continues to reaffirm that radio is very much a part of most people’s lives. Yes, it is...

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Time Out Of Mind

February 10, 2015
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Time Out Of Mind

Keeping up with the rapid pace of change is challenging to everyone working in radio – not to mention everyone making a living in media, whether it’s about producing information and entertainment on the one hand, or revenue generation on the other.  Keeping up with technology – whether it is content, distribution, or monetization – can seem like a full-time job. But the fact is that even when we think we’re aware of the pace of change around us, it is moving faster than we think. Recently, I was involved in a...

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Pyramid Scheme

February 4, 2015
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Pyramid Scheme

Many years ago, Coleman Research (now Coleman Insights) came up with a breakthrough idea after years of conducting audience surveys for stations throughout North America and the world.  Realizing that all images aren’t created equal, the Coleman team developed a unique tool that has provided incredible perspective for programmers, marketers, and managers. The Image Pyramid provided an important context because many brands were winning image dimensions that while valuable, did not make a strong enough contribution to the overall health and success of the station.  While there are advantages to...

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Behind The Curve 2

January 14, 2015
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Behind The Curve 2

In yesterday’s post, we discussed how the evolution of digital media and technology may be altering the role that broadcast radio plays in the music discovery hierarchy. The spate of new options for consumers points to a familiar theme for this blog:  the media environment has been repopulated with many new digital channels that play a growing role in shaping consumer tastes and broadcast radio’s competitive landscape. Yet, radio continues to operate like it’s still in the ‘80s, as Station A continues to battle with Station B for ratings in the zero sum...

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Buzzwords That Need To Go

December 23, 2014
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Buzzwords That Need To Go

One of the downsides of spending most of your waking hours on social media platforms is that you run across an awful lot of banal, boring, repetitive posts. That’s the price Lori Lewis has to pay for specializing in the social space. As clever as people try to be socially, the fact is that so much of the content we see on Facebook and Twitter is as repetitive as many people say that radio has become. (So there!). As the year winds down, Lori has a request for you...

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