Posts Tagged ‘ PPM ’

…Before I Get Old

April 21, 2015
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…Before I Get Old

You know that old Who lyric – “Hope I die before I get old.”  For Roger and Pete, Mick, Keith, Charlie, Sir Paul, Ringo, and many others, that wish has not come true.  The aforementioned are bigger than life in 2015, still touring, with no end in sight. And it’s that way on the radio, too. The good news for Classic Rock and Classic Hits stations is that their overwhelmingly strong performance in Nielsen PPM ratings continues. The diary numbers look solid, too. Last week as the PPM March...

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Format Killers

April 16, 2015
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Format Killers

By now, you’ve probably read about the Voltair audio processing system that has stirred up some controversy about whether or not this electronic box helps boost radio station encoding in the PPM system. The essence of this conversation revolves around the suspicion (and in some circles, the belief) that certain formats have an inherent disadvantage when it comes to getting full credit in the metered system.  Smooth Jazz is the poster-child format mentioned most often, and there are many who believe that a key factor in its extinction had to do with the changeover to...

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BORRRINNNNGGGG!!

March 30, 2015
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BORRRINNNNGGGG!!

I’m sitting at a Tigers vs. Marlins exhibition baseball game earlier this month, and after the Tigers made three easy outs in a row (this was a disturbing pattern, by the way), I couldn’t help but notice that straight out in centerfield was a digital clock – almost like an egg timer – counting down two minutes. That’s the time that umpires and the two teams have in between half innings to reassemble, do their warm-up pitches, practice swings, throw the ball around, and get the game moving again....

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For Whom The Benz Rolls

March 24, 2015
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For Whom The Benz Rolls

The news was unmistakably good for Rock, Classic Rock, and Alternative stations last week. On the more mature side of the music spectrum, it turns out that even younger guys are gravitating to the music their parents grew up with. Luxury labels are getting more attuned to Rock as a gateway branding drug.  And as March Madness heats up, Classic Rock provides the soundtrack.   Here are three more reasons why it’s especially great to be working in Rock and Classic Rock radio in 2015. Exhibit A: The first big story last week...

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Welcome To The Skiposphere

December 2, 2014
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Welcome To The Skiposphere

Last May, Bill Jacobs wrote a guest blog – “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” – based on a study by Paul Lamere that appeared in his blog, “Music Machinery.” The post – “The Skip” – was a fascinating study about how Spotify users use the skip function to customize their music listening experience. And it got more granular from there. The frequency and speed at which consumers skip (it’s often very fast), who skips the most (women slightly, and teens), when skipping occurs the most (mornings and after...

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Don’t Blame The Straw Man

November 11, 2014
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Don’t Blame The Straw Man

                                  Recently, Mark Ramsey wrote a post that took a shot at the downsides of chasing Nielsen numbers – and more importantly, stations that program to it, rather than satisfying listeners and converting them into true fans. In “Nielsen Is A Toxic Force that Imperils Radio’s Future,” Mark went after the PPM mentality that puts ratings ahead of the customer experience.  And of course, any blog post that puts Nielsen in a bad...

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Highs and Lows

October 8, 2014
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Highs and Lows

The news of Kevin Metheny’s passing last weekend gave us all a chance to review the trajectory of his illustrious career. As I looked over Kevin’s impressive call letter trail, it occurred to me that this guy received a lot of ratings books, Arbitrends, and Nielsen weeklies in his long history in radio. And dealing with the stress of constantly being evaluated is something that program directors all over the world have to learn how to handle. For me as a PD, getting the ratings was an especially stressful time. When I caught a good...

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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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Carpe Diem For Radio

January 24, 2014
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Carpe Diem For Radio

Today’s post is a collaborative effort from Paul and me.  We’ve spent a lot of time together already this year, highlighted by those three crazy days in Las Vegas at CES.  As we continue to assess the many changes that are already taking place in just the first month of the new year, today’s post pretty much wrote it itself.  Hopefully, it will resonate for you.  If not, blame him. – FJ Imagine for a moment that the radio industry hired a big-time strategic marketing and branding consultant to examine...

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Roger Waters’ PPM Advice

November 15, 2013
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Roger Waters’ PPM Advice

Later today, 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, a documentary film featuring backstage glimpses and performances from that famous concert benefit that took place at Madison Square Garden will open. From Paul McCartney to Bruce Springsteen to Kanye West, the concert featured some of the biggest names in music, raising more than $50 million in just one night. Notably, Roger Waters (formerly of Pink Floyd) got a rare invitation to play at this benefit, something that had not happened in recent years.  As most people in radio know, Floyd’s Dark Side...

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