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Mark Ramsey Media

  • You Will Probably Do the Opposite of This

    You Will Probably Do the Opposite of This

    Why don’t we do what we know we need to do to make a difference in the world or our own industry? Or even a difference in our own lives? In the radio space, for example, the majority of managers will nod agreeably at the roster of must-do’s facin…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • What Advertisers Want from Radio

    What Advertisers Want from Radio

    What do advertisers want from the audio marketplace in general and from radio in particular? Let’s ask an agency head! Or in this case, an “anti-agency” head: Ric Militi, CEO of InnoVision, a company that buys terrestrial radio, Pandora, and a…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 9:52am -
  • Why Aren’t Radio Program Directors Compensated on Top Line Revenue?

    Why Aren’t Radio Program Directors Compensated on Top Line Revenue?

    Once upon a time a radio station featured two opposing forces: The sellers who sold the ads that interrupted the content and the programmers who created the content to grow the audience that sellers interrupted. The system was built to do two things…
    - 7 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 1:37pm -
  • This is how Pandora has Changed Audio Advertising

    This is how Pandora has Changed Audio Advertising

    Pandora is changing more than the way folks consume radio – it’s changing the way agencies view audio advertising. This was at the center of my conversation with Pandora VP Audio Sales Doug Sterne at the hivio audio future festival in San Diego…
    - 13 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 10:49am -
  • The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

    The New Auto Dashboard: Is Radio Screwed?

    Last week, Google announced Android Auto, which – like Apple’s CarPlay – aims to fully fulfill the promise of the so-called connected car. Watch this video to see an illustration of how the platform integrates music, both from Google Play and f…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 7:00am -

Radio InkTank

  • A Radical Vision To Change The Way Radio Advertising Is Sold Locally

    A Radical Vision To Change The Way Radio Advertising Is Sold Locally

    Will People Laugh This Time? Think about radio's selling challenges for a minute. Do any of these issues sound familiar? - Hiring great sellers is one of your most difficult tasks. You're up against pharmaceutical companies and others offering great.…
    - 54 days ago, 20 May 14, 4:02pm -
  • A Message to Casey Kasem and His Family

    A  Message to Casey Kasem and His Family

    As I walked in the door, my wife was white as a ghost. "You got a call from Casey Kasem. I may have made him mad." She explained that when she answered the phone, the voice on the other end...
    - 60 days ago, 15 May 14, 9:28am -
  • In Praise of Heidi Raphael

    In Praise of Heidi Raphael

    Not so long ago, it seems, we made an executive decision at Radio Ink that we needed to step up our efforts for women in the radio industry. Though we had a history of special columns addressing women's issues, we...
    - 80 days ago, 24 Apr 14, 6:26pm -
  • The Benevolent Pirate?
    By now you've heard about "Touch 106," a pirate radio station that was recently raided by the FCC in Boston. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is reportedly unhappy that Touch 106 was shut down after eight years of operation, saying it...
    - 83 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 9:12am -
  • Next Steps For NextRadio

    Next Steps For NextRadio

    Emmis Digital's NextRadio is being criticized for not being successful enough, fast enough. Is that a valid criticism? Perhaps -- but Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan says NextRadio was designed for a slow rollout. It's available only on a few carriers...
    - 24 Mar 14, 2:40pm -
  • What I Learned Last Year

    What I Learned Last Year

    The month of January is just about over, and I've already broken some of my resolutions. I'm not sure why I bother. But knowing the month is gone is a good reminder that I still have time to make some...
    - 29 Jan 14, 2:19pm -
  • Eric Rhoads Interviewed
    Eric Rhoads was recently interviewd on a podcast about radio called RadioStuff. You can hear it here:
    - 17 Jan 14, 11:29am -
  • Proud Papa

    Proud Papa

    I was hiding out over the holidays. I told myself I was going to avoid all e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and even my phone during vacation with my kids. Though I had withdrawal symptoms every day and moments of boredom where...
    - 8 Jan 14, 6:27pm -
  • The Death of Radio's Great Communicators

    The Death of Radio's Great Communicators

    Late last night we learned of the death of Larry Lujack. To those of us who have been around the industry for a few decades, that's like losing the Top 40 jock version of Paul Harvey. But there is more...
    - 19 Dec 13, 1:08pm -
  • A Challenge For Pandora

    A Challenge For Pandora

    Some within the radio industry are calling Pandora out. The latest came from Clear Channel CFO Richard Bressler. Pandora, which each month releases its own metrics on listening hours and share of U.S. radio listening, claimed that it had 8...
    - 8 Nov 13, 12:48pm -

Radio NX

  • Real Time Radio Search Engine.
    The industry will undoubtedly hate this one. The real-time radio search engine. There are literally thousands of worldwide stations indexed, all in real-time and users can search and play said streams from nearly any conceivable artist. What’s mor…
    - 16 Nov 13, 4:04pm -
  • Whoops! Another Bad Quarter for Streaming Radio
    Uproxx More FUD for streaming radio: Pandora, Rhapsody woe and online radio’s iffy future
    - 18 Sep 13, 9:00am -
  • Somebody Hire This Clown

    Somebody Hire This Clown

    Anyone … Anyone … Anyone
    - 14 Aug 13, 3:42pm -

Jacobs Media

  • 538 and Classic Rock

    538 and Classic Rock

    Earlier this week, my email box blew up with notifications from friends and clients about a new research study about the Classic Rock format.  But this one wasn’t put together by an analyst like Philippe Generali, Charlie Sislen, Nielsen, Mediaba…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • Is Public Radio On Your Radar Screen?

    Is Public Radio On Your Radar Screen?

    True story: More than a decade ago, I’m on the phone with a Classic Rock PD who was quite exuberant about his spring book. That’s because his station finished in the Top 5 25-54, triggering a ratings bonus. A week later we’re on the phone, a…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • World’s Largest (App) Store

    World’s Largest (App) Store

    Today marks the sixth anniversary of the opening of a store that has changed the world.  No, it’s not a brick and mortar operation and you won’t find it on your GPS. But the Apple App Store has changed our world in just a few short years, so le…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • “Up Next, The Connected Car May Kill You”

    “Up Next, The Connected Car May Kill You”

    When did the National Enquirer break into radio?  Or maybe we’re talking about your typical local TV news tease. But these days, it seems like everyone’s jumping on the “connected car” bandwagon with their own version of “expert advice”…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • The Sharing Economy

    The Sharing Economy

    Technology – combined with trust – is creating an entirely new transactional model and cultural mindset:  sharing.  And it’s growing fast. You no doubt have heard of many startups that are based on the concept of sharing - using resources…
    - 7 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • Independence Day

    Independence Day

    - 10 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • Location, Location, Location

    Location, Location, Location

    Bob Kernen is COO of jacAPPS and is always on the lookout for what’s next in the mobile space.  So today’s topic may remind you of that chilling scene in the mall from Minority Report where Tom Cruise is barraged by virtual sales come-ons from…
    - 11 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • Take Me To Your Leader

    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. C…
    - 12 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • In Protest

    In Protest

    Last week, Lori Lewis and I were honored to speak at the North Carolina Broadcasters Association conference in Raleigh. It’s another strong state broadcaster group, headed up by WRAL-TV’s Steve Hammel, former president Dick Harlow, and the incomi…
    - 13 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • Goin’ Mobile, Eh?

    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.  Bec…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 5:10am -

Holland Cooke Media

  • Take your audience to the movies.

    Take your audience to the movies.

    Before debt-hobbled mega-owners deleted local mojo from the expense budget, radio stations used to DO things that engaged listeners in person. Before too much of Talk Radio succumbed to caricature monologue, it used to provoke thoughtful dialogue. Re…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 4:52pm -
  • The audience expects to be part of the show.

    The audience expects to be part of the show.

    Social Media set an expectation. People now expect to interact with their media. Just look at that-thing-in-your-pocket-we-used-to-call “a phone.” And the way we graze — and create — all the video content which now = “TV.” Thus the value…
    - 20 days ago, 24 Jun 14, 6:43am -
  • Talk Radio Stunt-of-the-Month?

    Talk Radio Stunt-of-the-Month?

    Or rookie blooper? Attention is currency, so jumping-in-front-of-the-parade is de rigeur if you’re yet-another radio righty working the same talking points du jour that the other soreheads are reciting. But how do you make-the-same-old-same-old you…
    - 23 days ago, 21 Jun 14, 1:03pm -
  • Talkers/NY 2014

    Talkers/NY 2014

    Everyone-who’s-anyone in Talk Radio was there. If you couldn’t be, see my real-time Tweets @HollandCooke And read my notes — from Talkers/NY and a great New Jersey Broadcasters’ Association convention — in a sure-to-be-meaty July HC newslet…
    - 24 days ago, 20 Jun 14, 5:17am -
  • “One of the great voices of American broadcasting”

    “One of the great voices of American broadcasting”

    “It was wholesome, peppy, a little showbiz, with a timbre and cadences that were instantly recognizable and universally understood. His voice meant that you were in the hands of a rock-and-roll professional of the old school.” The New Yorker The…
    - 28 days ago, 15 Jun 14, 6:22pm -
  • DO politicians’ offbeat TV ads really work?

    DO politicians’ offbeat TV ads really work?

    Video from MSNBC’s “The Ed Show:” Can radio imaging take-a-lesson-from candidates’ commercials? And DO zany :30 on-air spots on local TV still work in our YouTube culture?
    - 30 days ago, 14 Jun 14, 8:43am -
  • At smart Talk stations, “It’s a Solid Gold Weekend!”

    At smart Talk stations, “It’s a Solid Gold Weekend!”

    Weekends can be prime time, a moneymaker and appointment listening. OR an embarrassment for lame-o stations who mail-it-in with weekday re-runs naïvely offered as “Best of,” and unlistenable pay-for-play hours. NOT that brokered shows can’t be…
    - 30 days ago, 14 Jun 14, 8:36am -
  • Another national talker goes new-platform.

    Another national talker goes new-platform.

    Tom Leykis re-wrote the playbook for entrepreneurial broadcasters. And he’s getting plenty of company on The New Platform. After his Fox News divorce, Glenn Beck is bigger-than-ever, via his do-it-yourself Internet TV venture. Michael Smerconish wa…
    - 53 days ago, 21 May 14, 7:05pm -
  • Dodgers TV standoff = radio cume + TSL bonanza.

    Dodgers TV standoff = radio cume + TSL bonanza.

    Fan recalls: “I grew up at a time when you could listen to the game by radio, so I’m reliving those days.” Read, from Southern California Public Radio
    - 54 days ago, 21 May 14, 7:00am -
  • “Moms & Media 2014″

    “Moms & Media 2014″

    Read: Edison Research & Triton summarize useful data on this special media consumer.
    - 67 days ago, 8 May 14, 1:44pm -

James Cridland

  • Links of interest for week ending 6 July 2014
    Ouch - radio presenter 'let go' from Sydney's 2GB for offending entire religion, in an impressively thorough way. Smith learns the hard way: Truth is not Reality | Gideon Spanier: Flourishing LBC is p…
    - 7 days ago, 6 Jul 14, 6:00pm -
  • Radio's Brave New World
    This morning I spoke at the Radiodays Johannesburg conference. The opening panel was intended to open questions, get ideas flowing, and kick off the conference. Here's the text of my speech.Good morning. It's wonderful to be back in Johannesburg. T…
    - 12 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 7:33am -
  • Ignore the news; and a write-up of #Hivio. Links for week ending 29 June 2014
    Why we should all stop bothering with the news. Interesting piece. /cc Richard Horsman Andrew Bailey johnpickfordIgnore the news: Why I gave up listening to mainstream news so I could concentrate on things that matterFinancia…
    - 14 days ago, 29 Jun 14, 6:00pm -
  • Long term review: Q2 Wi-Fi Internet Radio
    Regular readers will know that I regularly rant about the user interface on radio receivers. I recently started using one FM/DAB/Internet set for the first time in a few years, and once more find myself pushing random buttons, hoping against hope tha…
    - 20 days ago, 24 Jun 14, 4:47am -
  • Links of interest for week ending 22 June 2014
    BREAKING: #ENG lost that match because it was on ITV. Proof here: (no, genuinely)England 'do better at the World Cup when games are shown on the BBC': England fans look away now: the fact that “jinxed” broadcaster ITV is s…
    - 21 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 6:00pm -
  • Broadcast radio accounts for two-thirds of all audio listening in US
    Some interesting figures today from Edison Research, who have looked at radio's total share of all audio consumption (above, or here if you're reading this via RSS or email).Linear, broadcast radio channels (through AM/FM, DTV or satellite) accounts…
    - 25 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 5:14pm -
  • Spotify for sale, Alex Lester's removal: links for week ending 15 June 2014
    With the removal of Alex Lester, "Shennan’s shaping up to be the worst BBC radio controller in living memory" Review: 13 June: The Shennan-igans continue at the BBCSpotify for sale? Major La…
    - 28 days ago, 15 Jun 14, 6:00pm -
  • How much radio listening is on-demand in the UK?
    RAJAR's main survey measures live radio listening on any platform: but it doesn't measure on-demand listening. However, RAJAR's MIDAS 2014 survey does look into usage of podcasts and other listen-again services.MIDAS is based on a significantly sma…
    - 34 days ago, 9 Jun 14, 6:00pm -
  • How the BBC covered D-Day in 1944: links of interest for week ending 8 June 2014
    Diagram showing how the BBC covered D-Day. Fascinating. Wonder if they would have as many correspondents today? shares a 1946 book: 'BBC War Report from D-Day': At the end of a week that marked the 70th anniversary of D…
    - 35 days ago, 8 Jun 14, 6:00pm -
  • Links of interest for week ending 1 June 2014
    Good morning, US. BBC Radio Explorer was quietly launched yesterday. Here's the info you need. Radio Explorer: a new way to listen to radio: A prototype for discovering great radio that shows real potentialThe BBC Radio Ex…
    - 42 days ago, 1 Jun 14, 6:00pm -
  • BBC Radio Explorer: a new way to listen to radio
    The BBC has quietly released a prototype service called BBC Radio Explorer.The service is the result of "10% time", a loose concept that allows the BBC's software engineers time to develop and play about with things. Unusually, this one is visible…
    - 45 days ago, 30 May 14, 3:02am -
  • Radio's biggest threat?
    Radio is a unique medium. It's unique because - unlike anything else - it allows you to consume it while you're doing something else. Others call it a 'secondary medium', but I prefer 'multitasking medium', because there's nothing secondary about ra…
    - 47 days ago, 28 May 14, 3:00am -
  • Links of interest for week ending 25 May 2014
    Absolute Radio: how their new playlist choice at breakfast works. Great to get detailed info about this clever trick Radio: how their new playlist choice at breakfast works: Exclusive: how do they play different songs…
    - 49 days ago, 25 May 14, 6:00pm -
  • Absolute Radio: how their new playlist choice at breakfast works
    In many of my speaking engagements, I talk about the opportunities that digital offers radio stations - particularly in terms of brand extensions. One of the examples I give is the Radio Academy Award-winning Absolute Radio, which, apart from the mai…
    - 56 days ago, 19 May 14, 2:15am -
  • Links of interest for week ending 18 May 2014
    Iain Dale rightly castigates the BBC for sacking a presenter from BBC R Devon. Worst HR dept in the world, bar none. Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 17: Avoiding The 'N' Word - Iain Dale: This web site uses cookies to…
    - 56 days ago, 18 May 14, 6:00pm -
  • Tadah! Here's how to make your radio station sound better
    Turn onto Radio Jackie and you'll notice something strange. The same happens on a few other stations, like Heart North East or Metro. The local ads are actually... whisper it... quite good.I learnt my copywriting trade in the very early 1990s in Bra…
    - 61 days ago, 14 May 14, 4:00am -
  • Links of interest for week ending 11 May 2014
    Great idea - Global Breakfast Radio, a radio station where it's always breakfast time! via Matthew Hawn Breakfast Radio follows the sunrise around the world: Global Breakfast Radio is an online radio station that broadc…
    - 63 days ago, 11 May 14, 6:00pm -
  • Links of interest for week ending 4 May 2014
    The Irish radio #JNLR figures are out. contains all the figures you need, from Ireland's media information market share in Ireland: A list of the most popular stations in IrelandBreaking: Another company finds o…
    - 70 days ago, 4 May 14, 6:00pm -
  • Links of interest for week ending 27 April 2014
    Bauer Media: the one to watch for innovation in UK radio. I've just blogged, excitedly, spurred on by Anthony Abbott's news: the one to watch for UK radio innovation: Radio has a new innovation leader in the UK: one tha…
    - 77 days ago, 27 Apr 14, 6:00pm -
  • Bauer: the one to watch for UK radio innovation
    Bauer Media, the folks behind Kiss, Metro and Magic are probably not the first company you'd think of in terms of innovation.After all, Bauer remain the only group to have not totally grasped the UK Radioplayer. I criticised it at the time as not p…
    - 81 days ago, 24 Apr 14, 2:46am -
  • Links of interest for week ending 20 April 2014
    The 'connected dash' might be coming: but radio has a lot to worry about right now. An uncomfortable realisation: radio have something to fear from the connected dash?: I take a trip in a car with nothing more fancy than…
    - 84 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 6:00pm -
  • Does radio have something to fear from the connected dash?
    Much has been said about the 'connected dash' in recent weeks: the concern that radio has plenty to lose from forthcoming internet-connected cars, that'll offer internet radio, Spotify-like services, and plenty more. I produced a great session at Rad…
    - 90 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 5:21am -
  • Links of interest for week ending 13 April 2014
    How to shake up the BBC - genius plans from Eddie Mair and all very sensible indeed. Mair’s ten-point plan to shake up the BBC: … and ensure the walls are carpetedMartin Kelner writes a message to a concerned listene…
    - 91 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 6:00pm -
  • Links of interest for week ending 6 April 2014
    How not to digitally relaunch a radio station: - bit negative, sorry. But the station - TX FM - is good.How not to digitally relaunch a radio station: The launch of new Dublin station TXFM is a lesson to us allI suspect most…
    - 98 days ago, 6 Apr 14, 6:00pm -
  • How not to digitally relaunch a radio station
    (I love writing positive posts that we can all learn from. So this might start off a little negative, but I hope it gets more positive towards the end.)A few weeks ago, Communicorp's Phantom FM in Dublin ceased broadcasting. The plan was to make a n…
    - 31 Mar 14, 7:00am -
  • Links of interest for week ending 30 March 2014
    An interesting piece from Emma Barnett with a sexist, divisive, and irrelevant headline put there by a subeditor. things no one tells you about being female radio presenter - Telegraph: Monkeys, Page 3 girls and hate mail:…
    - 30 Mar 14, 6:00pm -
  • Links of interest for week ending 23 March 2014
    New idea for radio - tell people what the song they just played was. (Seriously.) (119 clicks)MusicMaster SchedulingThe music recognition app is now a regular part of record label trade advertising.Farewell One Golden Square - lovely, passionate blog…
    - 23 Mar 14, 6:00pm -
  • Chromecast launches in UK: long-term review

    Chromecast launches in UK: long-term review

    This morning, the Google Chromecast launched in the UK - an HDMI media player with a difference, for the low price of just £30.I've had one since September, having been brought one back from a visitor to the US. So, here are my impressions from us…
    - 19 Mar 14, 4:15am -
  • Links of interest for week ending 16 March 2014
    The Case for Radio in the Internet Age — nice read. Though the name of that SF station? Eurgh. (114 clicks)The Case for Radio in the Internet AgeOr, how Beats Audio, Spotify and Pandora miss serendipitySurround Sound happening in the browser on BBC…
    - 16 Mar 14, 6:00pm -
  • Why voicetracking is good for the radio industry
    Larry Rosin just posted a great blog post about "What nationalization will mean to American radio", where by nationalisation he means national brands, syndicated locally. In it, he says..."I went on record at Country Radio Seminar a few weeks ago a…
    - 14 Mar 14, 3:40am -

Arbitron Programming

  • A New Home For the Best Audio Insights for Programmers

    A New Home For the Best Audio Insights for Programmers

    In this week to pause and give thanks, the Programming Services Team would like to thank all of our devoted readers to ‘Not Your Average Quarter-Hour’ where over the past two years we’ve had a blast sharing insights, advice and programming stra…
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Talent Mechanic

  • Amy Schumer on Being a Great Airtalent

    Amy Schumer on Being a Great Airtalent

    Stand-up comedienne Amy Schumer’s new show debuts tonight on Comedy Central and, amidst the hype, I came across an interview she did for Esquire where she, in a manner of speaking, talked about how to be an effective airtalent. She talks about how…
    - 30 Apr 13, 3:16pm -
  • The Best Super Bowl Spot Was From a Radio Guy

    The Best Super Bowl Spot Was From a Radio Guy

    The best spot in the Super Bowl by far goes to Dodge for the Ram Truck commercial that featured the voice of Paul Harvey. It was interesting to watch an entire party come to a halt as that spot progressed both because curiosity was building about w…
    - 4 Feb 13, 9:45am -
  • Make Your Content Lead to Action

    Make Your Content Lead to Action

    “In any communication experience, the goal should be  to influence people to take action.” Kelly Decker, executive VP of Decker Communications I came across that quote in a recent edition of Business Insider’s Instant MBA and couldn’t get o…
    - 8 Aug 12, 10:15am -
  • Let’s Stop Playing the Name Game

    Let’s Stop Playing the Name Game

    The bells have rung. Times have changed. Listeners are smarter and more savvy about media than ever before. And therefore they are more skeptical too. Because of this, over and over again, the best hosts and programmers now say its important to conne…
    - 7 Aug 12, 9:46am -
  • Inside Christopher Nolan’s Creative Process

    Inside Christopher Nolan’s Creative Process

    One of the best parts of working with hosts is exploring and refining their individual creative process. It’s interesting to discover what gets their creative juices flowing and find a way to maximize it so that it results in consistently compe…
    - 2 Aug 12, 9:40am -
  • Gossip vs Real Life: A Contrast In Styles

    Gossip vs Real Life: A Contrast In Styles

    For last week’s Billboard Top 40 Update I was lucky enough to interview two women who are redefining the concept of hosting nights at Top 40 radio. Traditionally a boy’s club of sorts these two ladies – Silly Jilly of KKHH in Houston and Nes…
    - 31 Jul 12, 9:43am -
  • Never Assume You Hit the Bulls Eye with the Listeners

    Never Assume You Hit the Bulls Eye with the Listeners

    I just watched the South Korea women’s archery team defeat China for the gold medal in team shooting. It was pretty dramatic. The two teams were separated by two points with six arrows left to go. For me the best part of the olympics is getting to…
    - 30 Jul 12, 10:16am -
  • You Are What You Read

    You Are What You Read

    In last week’s Billboard Top 40 Update I interviewed Roy Williams, the copy writing and advertising guru known to many people as The Wizard of Ads. When I asked him for suggestions on how to write better scripts for radio ads he had replied that be…
    - 26 Jul 12, 10:17am -
  • Time to Leave the Bitter Barn

    Time to Leave the Bitter Barn

    The panel I moderated at The Conclave last week in Minneapolis was supposed to be about maximizing local radio: how to make local radio the best in can be. Despite my best efforts it still contained an element of complaining about how syndication and…
    - 24 Jul 12, 10:03am -
  • Three Notable Quotes from the 2012 Conclave

    Three Notable Quotes from the 2012 Conclave

    Last week at The Conclave in Minneapolis I sat in on a panel discussions that yielded three really interesting quotes I wanted to share with you: 1) “Efficiency is the new brevity” (Mike McVay / Cumulus Media) Mike’s point is that a great talk…
    - 23 Jul 12, 9:51am -

Rod Spots

  • Radio Is Dead. Long Live Radio.

    Radio Is Dead. Long Live Radio.

    CBC’s “Under The Influence” radio program, hosted by Terry O’Reilly, recently devoted an entire show to illustrate, in Mr. O’Reilly’s words: “…the incredible creativity happening in radio advertising around the world today.” First s…
    - 11 Feb 13, 6:27pm -
  • It’s Not What You Get, but What you Become

    It’s Not What You Get, but What you Become

    He said: “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” He also, more famously, said: “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a … Continue reading →
    - 8 Feb 13, 11:46am -
  • A Tale of Two Lawyers

    A Tale of Two Lawyers

    It should not surprise you that my favorite business success stories are those having to do with the client’s skillful use of radio advertising. I never tire of these stories nor fail to learn something useful when reviewing them, whether … Conti…
    - 7 Feb 13, 4:40pm -
  • Professional Voice-over and Narration for…Five Bucks?

    Professional Voice-over and Narration for…Five Bucks?

    The post at Radio Sales Cafe, from a Chicago-area radio guy, read: “5 DOLLARS! Check me out on FIVERR” Intrigued and a bit skeptical, I clicked on the link. Sure enough, there he was. Chicago-area radio announcer will cut your … Continue readin…
    - 23 Jan 13, 8:22pm -
  • Expert Use of Radio Advertising by LASIK and Cataract Surgery Professional – Another Radio Advertising Success Story

    Expert Use of Radio Advertising by LASIK and Cataract Surgery Professional – Another Radio Advertising Success Story

    As radio advertising professionals, our job is to help businesses tell their stories in a way that engages the listener’s imagination. This is because the ultimate destination of any advertising message is the consumer’s brain, the seat of logic…
    - 6 Jan 13, 7:52pm -
  • “If I Don’t Go, I Don’t Get”

    “If I Don’t Go, I Don’t Get”

    “If I Don’t Go, I Don’t Get” This ad was written in 1975 for The Warner & Swasey Company of Cleveland, Ohio, manufacturer of heavy industrial equipment and machinery, the latest installment (at that time) in a series of 1000 … Continue read…
    - 13 Dec 12, 3:28am -
  • Ed Van Nuland on Procrastination

    Ed Van Nuland on Procrastination

    My buddy Ed Van Nuland never fails to impress with his witty one-offs. A favorite of mine is the term he invented to describe the state of being temporarily short of funds: Coinus Interruptus. This morning, out of the blue, … Continue reading →
    - 4 Dec 12, 5:08pm -
  • Dazzling Them With Brilliance in Moscow, ID

    Dazzling Them With Brilliance in Moscow, ID

    You can’t drive by this thing without noticing it.  And that, of course, was the whole idea: make it BIG, COLORFUL, and IN YOUR FACE!!  The first time I saw it, I thought, “WOW! Brilliant marketing, Tri-State!!” Each side of … Continue read…
    - 5 Sep 12, 9:44pm -
  • The Man with One Leg (Guest Blog)

    The Man with One Leg (Guest Blog)

    Marcus Sheridan, an inbound marketing specialist and consultant, blogs at his website, The Sales Lion.  My daughter Rebecca subscribes to his feeds (as do I now) and passed this post along to me in an email. I was impressed with … Continue reading…
    - 4 Sep 12, 8:25pm -
  • “How to Write Good” – Help for Ad Writers from Federal Employees

    “How to Write Good” – Help for Ad Writers from Federal Employees

    Many resources are available to assist aspiring ad writers, but who’d have thunk that Employees of the Federal Government of the United States would be among them? Meet PLAIN, the Plain Language and Information Network, a group founded in the … C…
    - 1 Sep 12, 5:21pm -

George Reed

  • Let's meet at the NAB Show
    The Media Services Group suite is in the Encore tower, # 3806.  Please stop by and say hello.George
    - 99 days ago, 6 Apr 14, 1:49pm -
  • Radio has turned the corner
    Radio revenues are reported up two months in a row in both New York and Los Angeles.  The broadcasters I am talking with are, for the most part, telling the same story.  The radio business is improving.The overhang of workouts and bankruptcy deals…
    - 29 Mar 14, 11:47am -
  • Attending the Hispanic Radio Conference?
    If you're headed to the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference next week in San Diego and would like to get together, please let me know.GeorgeMedia Services Group
    - 5 Mar 14, 9:43am -
  • JVC expands into Gainesville-Ocala, FL
    JVC Media/JVC Broadcasting has expanded with JVC Media of Florida’s announcement to purchase a Gainesville/Ocala, FL cluster from Asterisk Communications. JVC has been operating the stations in an LMA since May. On January 17, JVC filed its formal…
    - 21 Jan 14, 1:50pm -
  • Tower database available
    Closed Circuit to tower owners:The Inside Towers database has been released and is now shipping.You can now lookup, plot, map sort and filter all of the tower information from the FCC’s tower registration database in one easy-to-use program.  Cust…
    - 9 Jan 14, 11:54am -
  • Wiley Rein's Media Practice Launches Law Blog
    Wiley Rein has announced the launch of a new blog, WileyonMedia.  It highlights the latest news and insights from the firm's top-ranked media attorneys.  Broadcast and multichannel video regulation, media transactions, program content, digital rig…
    - 11 Dec 13, 1:05pm -
  • Gary Hess's story on his leap from broadcasting to forming American Tower
    Our sister publication, Inside Towers, wrote an interesting piece on Gary Hess and his jump with Steve Dodge and Jimmy Eisenstein from broadcasting to towers, launching American Tower.  It all started with one broadcast tower (and an attempt to keep…
    - 9 Dec 13, 1:52pm -
  • Lew Dickey, Sr. passes
    Broadcasters lost one of our legends last week.  Lew Dickey, Sr. passed away.  He had a great run in radio and TV and will be missed.  My condolences to Lew Jr., John, and their family.Here is the story from "Radio World:"Fifty-year broadcaster Le…
    - 3 Dec 13, 9:18am -
  • What was the multiple?
    Broadcast cash flow multiples have always been the top discussion topic with radio and television station buyers, sellers, bankers and brokers.  Particularly in the convention bars.  But, “caveat emptor!”  There are a myriad of ways to cause a…
    - 29 Oct 13, 5:04pm -
  • A few words about last week’s 2013 Radio Show in Orlando . . .
    Things were a lot more upbeat this year; the “buzz” was good.  And the venue (Rosen Shingle Creek) was comfortable and convenient.  Here is a link to Radio Ink’s“10 Reasons The NAB Radio Show Rocked!”Media Services Group gathered for a me…
    - 24 Sep 13, 1:07pm -
  • Stop by the Media Services Group suite at the Radio Show
    The Media Services Group suite at the Radio Show is # 11423 (Rosen Shingle Creek).  Come by and see us!George
    - 18 Sep 13, 7:27am -
  • Georgia Association of Broadcasters GABBY Honors Night Highlight Reel
    The Georgia Association of Broadcasters put together a great video from their GABBY Honors night, including the Annual GABBY Awards for Broadcast Excellence. Honors night took place June 7, 2013 at Georgia Public Broadcasting Headquarters in Atlanta.…
    - 31 Aug 13, 5:00am -
  • When You’re Hot, You’re Hot!
    The television station trading market is on fire. It is a great time to be a buyer…or a seller.  Supply and demand are at work and all the stars are aligning to make this the perfect opportunity to own a TV station. TV station consolidation is bei…
    - 27 Aug 13, 3:27pm -
  • Interested in the tower business?
    A number of our readers own towers or are otherwise involved in the tower industry.  If you fit that description, you might enjoy our sister publication, Inside Towers.  Please click to check it out:Inside TowersLink to Inside Towers LinkedIn group…
    - 27 Aug 13, 1:21pm -
  • Join us at the Radio Show in Orlando!
    The Radio Show is just around the corner, September 18 - 20, to be exact.  Media Services Group will have a suite at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel and will co-sponsor the Leadership Breakfast on Thursday morning (presented by Lew Paper of Pillsbury)…
    - 23 Aug 13, 10:22am -
  • New York Times article on WBAI
    Good article on the plight of WBAI, New York.  Thanks for the "ink!"
    - 22 Aug 13, 6:51pm -
  • Sinclair Buying Allbritton Stations For $985M
    Sinclair Buying Allbritton Stations For $985M
    - 29 Jul 13, 8:42am -
  • Another FAQ: What is “stick” value?
    Q:  "What is “stick” value?" A:  “Stick” value refers to the value of the station absent any revenue or cash flow. Think “franchise value” of the facility. It is often calculated by the population covered by the station’s signal. We t…
    - 8 Jul 13, 5:00am -
  • Tribune Grabs Local TV Group for $2.7 B
    Tribune Grabs Local TV Group for $2.7 B: Gannett's acquisition of Belo didn't last long as deal of the year, as ...
    - 1 Jul 13, 7:11am -
  • Another FAQ: How long does the sale process take?
    Q:  "How long does the station sale process take?" A:  Often, preparing the due diligence information prior to the marketing of the station(s) is one of the most time-consuming steps of a sale.Most station marketing agreements with media brokers ca…
    - 1 Jul 13, 5:00am -
  • Another FAQ: What is MSG’s online due diligence room?
    Q:  "What is MSG’s online due diligence room?" A:  MSG uses a password-protected, online, due diligence room. You will be provided with a username and password after signing the appropriate NDA.  ALL OF OUR TRANSACTIONS ARE CONFIDENTIAL unless n…
    - 28 Jun 13, 5:00am -
  • Preparing your radio or TV station for sale
    "New carpet and fresh paint" may work in real estate transactions, but more is required to effectively sell radio and television stations.We have prepared a white paper entitled, "Preparing Your Broadcast Property For Sale."  It is available (free o…
    - 27 Jun 13, 10:54am -
  • Another FAQ: Has the spectrum auction impacted the value of my television station?
    Q:  "Has the spectrum auction impacted the value of my television station?" A:  If your TV station is located in the top 35 DMA’s, there is a good chance that the “stick” value of your property has increased. New risk capital has been investe…
    - 26 Jun 13, 5:00am -
  • Large group on hand for the North Carolina Association of Broadcastersconvention
    Almost 300 people are on hand at the Grandover resort in Greensboro for the NCAB annual convention.  Here is a shot from tonight's award presentation dinner.George
    - 24 Jun 13, 10:22pm -
  • Another FAQ: Why are so many broadcasters selling their tower assets?
    Q:  "Why are so many broadcasters selling their tower assets?" A:  There are several valid reasons. The trading multiples on tower cash flow are significantly higher than the BCF multiples for radio and TV stations. Selling your tower allows you to…
    - 24 Jun 13, 5:00am -


  • The Best Internet Radio Station

    The Best Internet Radio Station

    Bragging rights for best online station are up for grabs now, as RAIN prepares to award the Fifth Annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards. Presented by RAIN News, this self-nominated awards competition is open to all streaming stations – and it’s free…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 8:59am -

Broadcast Law Blog

Jaye Albright

  • Nielsen’s House Of Cards
    A very cool aspect of the business Mike O’Malley, Becky Brenner and I are in is fully understanding and - many times - being a part of moving ratings.  We make it our business to know what causes, just for a few examples, WMZQ/Washington to grow f…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 11:34am -
  • Radio Can't Afford In-Vehicle WiFi (And Neither Can Listeners)
    Under that headline it may surprise you to learn that no one is more excited about a future that will include in-vehicle Wi-Fi than I am.BUT:  buyer beware.Having lived full time in my RV I have traveled across both Canada and the U.S., I think I kn…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 7:20am -
  • Does "How" Matter More To Yogurt Than It Does To You?
    I got caught up in Hamdi Ulukaya's rags-to-riches Horatio Alger story recently while watching an online replay of his panel at the New York Ideas Festival. His interviewer/senior editor of The Atlantic Derek Thompson recommended going to the "How Mat…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 7:50am -
  • The Eight Day Grid
    The legendary Ron Chapman at KVIL/Dallas pioneered this approach and personally achieved the kind of legendary long term success to prove it works.Keeping content moving forward, pulling listeners deeper into the day to day by using an eight week pla…
    - 7 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 9:27am -
  • The Applicant
    "To thrive, you need to identify those with the highest potential, get them in your corner and on your team, and help them grow."  -- Claudio Fernandez-AraozThe songwriter who created Ronnie Dunn's hit "The Cost Of Living" originally had titled it "…
    - 11 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 1:23pm -
  • Why Do Any News?
    Satisfy “the friendlies.”  TV’s network morning shows make this their specialty.  Being cheerful, upbeat with great rapport is a must if you hope to compete with them.Welcome “the belongers.”  These listeners have very high family values…
    - 12 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 9:43am -
  • What Are You Planning This Weekend?
    The first thing many listeners ask each other when they get to work on a Monday morning reflects how important discretionary time is to each of us.When your talent begins a new week on the air, make sure they are equipped with a brief list of powerfu…
    - 13 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 11:12am -
  • Local Relevance
    Great radio stations are peopled with performers who can take the day-to-day aspects of their home market and incorporate them into everything they do.You can’t achieve this with lip-service.  There’s only one way to create this image and that i…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 9:30am -
  • Success
    Now that PPM has proven the average radio station’s highest usage daypart is afternoon, it’s not possible to simply judge a morning and midday personality by their daypart's ratings alone.Does morning drive attract enough early morning cume recyc…
    - 17 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 5:55pm -
  • Something To Say
    Jay Trachman wrote this in August 1995 and I think it's still relevant today:I heard the Classical version of the "paid-by-the-word" jock this week:  "That was the Piano Concerto #1 in the key of B-flat minor, Opus 23, by the composer Peter Ilyitch…
    - 18 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 10:10am -
  • Personalized
    Ideally, algorithms driving what should be the user experience would drive each of us farther apart from one another into individualized, customized experiences, driven by our unique values, past behavior and preferences.So, why does Amazon tend to g…
    - 19 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 11:02am -
  • Another Day, Another Form
    If you've been reading my blog for very long, you no doubt know that I love forms.  They organize and create systems, making for consistency.Here's a good one 97 Country/Lakeland PD Mike James created back when he programmed WQIK/Jacksonville:I am s…
    - 20 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 6:49pm -
  • 5 Ways To Build Loyalty To Any Radio Show
    From old pal Cliff Dumas who doesn't call himself a "talent coach," but prefers "talent mentor:"1.    Every break in PPM stands alone, so each break must be a positive, fun and entertaining experience for the listener .2.    Create memorable be…
    - 21 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 8:30am -
  • Weather (Or Not?)
    Everyone has a smart phone, so why bother with time checks and weather forecasts?Sure, we can all hit the screen of our mobile device and get the entire week's forecast.  Yes, it can be set like an alarm clock and it has the time, day and date right…
    - 22 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 10:39am -
  • Every Voice On Your Radio Show Must Agree On
    Who’s the leader?  You can't be Letterman, Colbert or Katie Couric.  Be who you are, but if you are the lead character, set the tone for the entire program, control the content, production values and momentum.  You can’t win if two players of…
    - 26 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 11:08am -
  • Shhh.. Don’t Tell Your Social Media Followers This
    1,  The interactions are for the benefit of your radio audience.  Your listener must feel as if they are a part of the online conversation.2.  Encourage the listener to speak to you on their preferred social platform, telling their stories.  Thei…
    - 27 days ago, 17 Jun 14, 10:55am -
  • Selling Hits? Or Self-Interest?
    “This is an unjust system that must be changed.” -- Lee Thomas Miller, songwriter/president of Nashville Songwriters Association International“Every one of you has a vested interest in some part of the status quo, and every one of you is railin…
    - 29 days ago, 15 Jun 14, 8:59am -
  • Happy Father's Day
    106.5 CTQ/Sarasota's Maverick Johnson shares a little magic for this weekend, a reminder of the power we all have to impact one another positively:"I lost my Dad on July 26, 2011... I have always lived my life on the radio. No greater test of that, t…
    - 32 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 10:54am -
  • Saying Farewell To One Of The Best
    I have loved Lee Rogers for more than three decades.From Seattle to Billings, San Diego, Minneapolis, Jacksonville, Portland and other radio markets he enriched hundreds of thousands of lives. He knew how to entertain, but more than that he gave ever…
    - 32 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 5:47pm -
  • Guest Commentary On Radio's Engagement Goals
    Lately, every time I click on something, especially a link on Facebook, I have to sit through a commercial that's up to 30-seconds in length.  It's getting rarer and rarer that you get an ad where you can bail out after 5-seconds.Yesterday, I wanted…
    - 32 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 2:43pm -
  • Managing Engagement
    When Clarke Ingram was PD of KRQQ/Tucson he remembered the old radio programming saw "the more times you say your call letters, the higher your ratings will be."  So, he mandated that his personalities say "K-R-Q" a minimum of 60 times per hour and…
    - 34 days ago, 10 Jun 14, 1:03pm -
  • Allow Me To Propose One More Initial
    I admire Cox Radio for the way it operates and manages its radio stations as indicated by the titles it uses for programming executives and it was great to see the Drew Bland's appointment this week in Orlando as further evidence of it.What used to b…
    - 38 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 2:15pm -
  • Mobile Natives
    I first encountered the concept of “digital immigrants/digital natives” in my local school district as today’s Millennial Generation started to come into kindergarten and first grade 25 years ago.Their teachers discovered that their digital bac…
    - 39 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 12:47pm -
  • Radio Was “Mobile First.” So What?
    ... Or, at least, thanks to inventions like car radios and then transistor radios, radio became the very first mobile medium.As a result, we have grown to love our long term lead in the mobile space.  Perhaps too much.As with the town square and the…
    - 40 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 12:06pm -
  • Steal This. I Did.
    The A&O&B team has learned a lot through our twenty year relationship with what is now called McVay/Cook.An example of the long-lasting wisdom we took from their winning adult contemporary playbook and have long applied to the country format is this…
    - 41 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 1:43pm -

The Media Fix

  • Radio’s 5 Customers
    "Radio is at the tipping point, and it doesn’t want to know much about the way its customers are changing."
    - 16 Apr 09, 10:35am -
  • Apple Without Steve Jobs
    What is Apple without Steve Jobs? This unanswered question … caused their stock to take a hit (though it has since recovered a bit)… generated critical editorials, and… now the SEC is investigating whether the Company properly handled disclosu…
    - 11 Feb 09, 9:48am -
  • How to Price Content
    If content is king, how much is the king worth? And, how do you price him?
    - 24 Jan 09, 3:25pm -
  • Cover Story: John Parikhal on The Media Fix
    On the impact of radio’s innovation initiatives…Radio is being innovative but there’s often confusion between innovation and top down initiatives. Top down initiatives are seldom innovative. They are usually the result of a committee meeting an…
    - 8 Nov 08, 3:54pm -
  • The 6 Stages of a Project
    The first week of my very first media job, a friend sent me a short list called ‘The 6 Stages of a Project’.  It said that every project goes like this… Enthusiasm Disillusionment Panic Search for the Guilty Punishment of the Innocent Praise a…
    - 10 Sep 08, 7:50pm -
  • Everything Old is New Again
    It’s fashionable these days to ignore ‘history’ because it seems irrelevant to the ‘brand new’ world of the internet.   Google barely catalogs anything that is more than 10 years old.  Many web developers act as if their every action is o…
    - 4 Aug 08, 4:25pm -
  • Fans, Brands and Cultural Communities
     I just read a very smart analysis about how to be successful in the music business.  It was written by Terry McBride and Brent Muhle.  It’s called Meet The Millenials: Fans, Brands and Cultural Communities. Terry is one smart cookie. He underst…
    - 18 Jul 08, 7:46pm -
  • It’s Time to Monetize YouTube
    According to AC Neilsen, 119 million Americans watched video online in May. And, they watched a lot. In just one month, they watched 7.5 billion video streams.  The number is staggering.  Billions of streams in just one month. And, YouTube got most…
    - 16 Jul 08, 10:32am -
  • Tinkering
    In his brilliant book, The Black Swan, Nassim Taleb tells the story of the happy turkey just a few days before Thanksgiving. The turkey only knows happiness. Every day of its life, it has been fed, pampered and catered to by human beings. Based on th…
    - 10 Jul 08, 3:26pm -
  • YouTube is MTV
    On YouTube, the ‘most viewed’ videos of all time have huge audiences.  The Top 2, Evolution of Dance and Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend have each been viewed over 90 million times.  These numbers are amazing by themselves. But it doesn’t stop…
    - 8 Jul 08, 8:56am -

Dan O'Day



    The “secret” to creating effective radio commercials was revealed years ago by Robert Collier. It applies to all forms of advertising, and it’s the surest shortcut to successful campaigns. View this radio advertising video on YouTube.The post…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 2:01am -
    Most radio copywriters just don’t understand: The images a commercial paints in the listener’s mind are the only things the listener will remember. If those images don’t contain the actual sales message — the results of the product or service…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 2:01am -


    Want to learn what it’s like to hang out with Paul McCartney, throw TVs with Led Zeppelin, and trash a hotel room with Joe Walsh? One of the highest-rated sessions ever conducted at my PD Grad School for radio program directors was “Radio Mega-Ma…
    - 17 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 2:09am -


    You’re a radio sales account executive who continually prospects for new advertisers for your station. What do you do after you present to a prospect who ultimately doesn’t buy? I mean, after you add that person to your “try again in six months…
    - 18 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 2:01am -


    You think you’re a genius at radio promotions? You’ve heard and seen it all, been there, done that? Around 1960, Chuck Blore was brought to Minneapolis to program KDWB. “KDWB was way down at the end of the dial — 63. And up until that time al…
    - 19 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 2:01am -

Social Radio Pros

  • The Last Contest on Facebook

    The Last Contest on Facebook

    If you remember the famous Last Contest by Jack McCoy on KCBQ San Diego, you are older than me (I only heard the airchecks–really)  But there is a way you can play something similar, generate revenue, add fans to your Facebook page, get viral expo…
    - 28 Nov 11, 11:42pm -
  • Radio’s Relevance Gap With Facebook Users

    Radio’s Relevance Gap With Facebook Users

    Knowing what is going on in your local market is supposed to be the difference between radio and other media.  We think we know our markets best.  We think we are relevant.  We post regularly on Facebook, or Tweet like madmen.  Surely we are in t…
    - 2 Nov 11, 6:24pm -
  • Why Is Your Station on Facebook, Anyway?

    Why Is Your Station on Facebook, Anyway?

    Why are you on Facebook? I was thinking about this while reading and researching the latest and greatest “tools” for building Facebook fan pages. I get why marketers of products are interested in Facebook. They have stuff to sell. They want peopl…
    - 27 Oct 11, 1:09pm -
  • Facebook Doesn’t Play Nice

    Facebook Doesn’t Play Nice

    A lot of radio stations work hard to increase their engagement in social media.  Frequent postings, contesting, trips, etc are all over the place in an attempt to drive up your engagement level and get into the Facebook news feed.  There is somethi…
    - 6 Sep 11, 10:14am -
  • Social Media Is “good”

    Social Media Is “good”

    So how many members in your audience are on Facebook? From the looks at some of the data I’ve seen in managing a number of sites, it looks like a lot. Then, explain the latest Pew Internet Survey released Friday which shows only abut 50% of U.S. ad…
    - 29 Aug 11, 12:12pm -
  • Make It Personal To Hit The NewsFeed

    Make It Personal To Hit The NewsFeed

    Which of these posts in the most interactive? Or this one If you picked the first one, congratulations.  According to studies from Buddy Press when it comes to posting, particularly by brands like radio stations, the personal touch is a whole lot mo…
    - 13 Jul 11, 10:45pm -
  • Google’s 23 Questions Applied To Programming

    Google’s 23 Questions Applied To Programming

    If you don’t monitor the web world and what’s going on in social media, you don’t hear or see the angst every time Google decides to change something in the search algorithm.   Think of it the same way radio programmers respond to a PPM or di…
    - 3 Jul 11, 10:41pm -
  • Guy Kawasaki Live From Social Radio Pros

    Guy Kawasaki Live From Social Radio Pros

    Monday afternoon, two of the best names in social media showed the good, the bad, and the ugly that happens when you wing webinars live.  You probably don’t think a lot about it with live air shifts, but being on camera and live can be a pretty te…
    - 27 Jun 11, 5:21pm -
  • Violation Free Facebook Contests

    Violation Free Facebook Contests

    Here’s an easy way to promote your contests OFF Facebook on Facebook Facebook is where internet traffic is today. Let’s use that traffic to generate returns to your website and contests. There are two fairly simple ways to execute these strategie…
    - 23 Jun 11, 9:55am -
  • Five Tactics To Improve Your Fan Page NOW

    Five Tactics To Improve Your Fan Page NOW

    Here’s a strategy that is GUARANTEED to improve your fan pages and increase your audience.  If you aren’t doing this start today. Post this as a status right now on your fan page: “The first thing I do on a Monday Morning is _______” If you…
    - 21 Jun 11, 5:05am -


  • When Hertz asked, “How hard can it be?”

    When Hertz asked, “How hard can it be?”

    by Kurt HansonOne of the hottest trends in the transportation field nowadays is that of “car sharing,” a/k/a short-term, neighborhood-distributed car rentals, a la Zipcar. In this narrative, which is both hilarious and horrendous, founding edito…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 11:44am -
  • Labels push the moment with musicFIRST campaign for radio royalties

    Labels push the moment with musicFIRST campaign for radio royalties

    Of all the issues woven into potential music-licensing reform during this "Summer of Copyright" (part 1 and part 2), none is larger, more publicized, or more intractable than whether broadcast radio should lose its exemption from paying performance r…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 10:17am -
  • SoundCloud reportedly readying label deals in quest to compete with YouTube

    SoundCloud reportedly readying label deals in quest to compete with YouTube

    Bloomberg is citing unnamed sources in a report that SoundCloud is near to closing deals with record labels for their content to appear on the popular crowdsourced listening platform. If the report plays out as fact, Soundcloud will gain needed elbow…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 10:09am -
  • iTunes Radio (finally) becomes a top-15 app, with Apple-only distribution

    iTunes Radio (finally) becomes a top-15 app, with Apple-only distribution

    Apple's iTunes Radio broke into the top-15 list of app usage in May, according to traffic measurement company comScore. While this breakthrough might not seem like an epic milestone, the buzz around it has a "Finally!" aspect to it. But this report d…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 9:03am -
  • How do graduating high school students listen to music?

    How do graduating high school students listen to music?

    Niche, a research firm founded by Carnegie Mellon University in 2002 with a focus on early-life decision-making, has released an interesting study of media choices among graduating high school students. When surveyed about listening to music, graduat…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 12:27pm -
  • raises $2M, positioned as a universal remote control for streaming music raises $2M, positioned as a universal remote control for streaming music, a streaming startup founded seven months ago in the Y Combinator seed-funding group, has obtained a $2-million funding round from Charles River Ventures. Bop enables music sharing on a platform that hooks into popular streaming services. In t…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 11:38am -
  • Quick Hits: Sonos gets SoundCloud; Taylor Swift’s uplift; the sounds of silence
    Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web: Sonos gets SoundCloud; Taylor Swift waxes optimistic about the music business; the sound of deep space. Continue Reading →
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 10:09am -
  • Campaign escalates to activate FM in phones

    Campaign escalates to activate FM in phones

    "Wireless carriers are dragging their feet and won’t activate the FM chips that are in every smartphone." That's the blunt message in a website campaign mounted by NPR, American Public Media (APM), Educational Media Foundation (EMF), the National A…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 8:49am -
  • Pureplay of the Day: Waxtrax Radio

    Pureplay of the Day: Waxtrax Radio

    Don't let the 1996-era, stoner-vibe website ( put you off. Allow the retro design to put you in the classic rock spirit. Waxtrax's excellent deep-cut playlist shouldn't be missed by classic genre fans. This Arizona-based Internet…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 10:21pm -
  • Google’s Android Auto: “Look What I Can Do!”

    Google’s Android Auto: “Look What I Can Do!”

    Roger Lanctot is Associate Director of Strategy Analytics, and a thought leader in the connected-car space. He is an influential voice in the field of automotive infotainment systems, and safety, in cars of the present and future. In this article, Ro…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 12:34pm -
  • Quick Hits: MIDiA Research; Deezer’s “Get Ready”; Peter Lynch skewers congress

    Quick Hits: MIDiA Research; Deezer’s “Get Ready”; Peter Lynch skewers congress

    Brief news items and worthwhile reads from around the web: Deezer closes Canadian office but splashes “Coming Soon” to U.S. users: Deezer is reportedly closing its Canadian office, but that cost-saving exercise does not affect the service to Cana…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:56am -
  • Music Vault sets up mini music service on YouTube

    Music Vault sets up mini music service on YouTube

    In a splashy distribution gambit, and a timely reminder of YouTube's enormous content depth as it prepares a music-only subscription service, Music Vault is augmenting its existing YouTube channel with the addition of at least 13,000 concert videos.…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:27am -

Mel Phillips

  • The Importance Of Social Nets To Radio...
    The importance of using social networks has been underscored once again. Although social networks have been around for less than five years, their impact as a traffic source has become a driving force for business and entertainment. Outbrain, a recom…
    - 18 Apr 11, 6:15am -
  • Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace On Merger...
    (Weekend Edition)We've reached the part of the wedding ceremony where anyone objecting to the impending union of the couple getting married, may voice their concern. This wedding happens to be the joining in holy matrimony of Cumulus Media and Citade…
    - 15 Apr 11, 6:09am -
  • Radio's Conversion To Digital Shows Slow Growth...
    Will radio reach a point when digital signals will be required like television? The FCC will eventually make that requirement but radio better hope it doesn't come anytime soon. Radio is simply not prepared to go digital. To date, only 1,627 radio st…
    - 14 Apr 11, 8:22am -
  • NAB's Smith Calls Performance Tax Bill Dead
    All that was missing was the playing of Taps after National Association of Broadcasters President/CEO Gordon Smith proclaimed the Performance Tax Bill Dead. In his keynote address at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Smith claimed that NAB "stopped the legi…
    - 13 Apr 11, 5:45am -
  • Majority Of Internet Listening Is Done At Home...
    The RAIN (The Radio And Internet Newsletter) Summit West, part of the NAB Radio Show in Las Vegas has produced some interesting information about listening habits. Yesterday, TargetSpot CEO Eyal Goldwerger announced that 79% of internet radio listeni…
    - 12 Apr 11, 6:11am -
  • NPR Dodges A Bullet...
    NPR fans can exhale. Their favorite radio source is safe - for now. The six-month budget deal announced at the 11th hour Friday grants public radio a reprieve but it's a short one. Programmers at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National P…
    - 11 Apr 11, 6:09am -
  • Webcast Metrics Methodology Is Hard To Beat...
    (Weekend Edition)The newly accredited Triton Digital's Webcast Metrics, formerly Ando Media, is a growing force that will be hard to match by Arbitron or any other measurement company. Webcast Metrics actually allow any broadcaster to measure its int…
    - 8 Apr 11, 5:50am -
  • Internet Enabled Dashboards Are Critical To In-Car Listening...
    (Third Year Anniversary Edition)Car manufacturers have gotten the message. CD's and DVD's are out and internet radio is in. The trend has now shifted toward internet dashboard radio and products that can play music directly from a Universal Serial Bu…
    - 7 Apr 11, 12:10pm -
  • Ten Years Of Growth For Online Radio...
    Online Radio listening made its entry 10 years ago (2001) with a paltry 5% of weekly listening. Five years later (2006) online weekly listening, which includes AM/FM streams, more than doubled with 12%. Playing double or nothing one more time, online…
    - 6 Apr 11, 6:04am -
  • Modest Gains Forecast For Radio In 2011...
    This probably wont come as shocking news to the radio station owners that find themselves barely surviving but signs are now pointing to a not-so-hot year for radio revenue. BIA/Kelsey is now predicting modest revenue gains in 2011. They predict a sm…
    - 5 Apr 11, 6:10am -
  • Radio Optimism Based On Wall Street Optimism...
    The first quarter of 2011 wasn't so hot for radio but optimism is filtering in from Wall Street about Q2. U.S. blue chips opened the second quarter Friday by reaching their highest level since June 2008 as investor optimism rose after an upbeat U.S.…
    - 4 Apr 11, 6:30am -
  • Arbitron Still Has A Long Way To Go For Full Accreditation...
    (Weekend Edition)It's been a long, hard struggle for Arbitron. They've had a tough time getting accreditation for their portable people meter (PPM) radio audience measurement services. Over the last several months accreditations have been trickling i…
    - 1 Apr 11, 6:01am -
  • Traditional Media Advertising Is Still Number One & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    A new nine-country study shows traditional media still packs a bigger punch than social media when it comes to advertising. Deloitte research and YouGov conducted the study in 6 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Japan, U.K and the U.S.). They combi…
    - 31 Mar 11, 6:04am -
  • Is It Too Late For Bonneville To Change Its Mind? & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    So ya think Bonneville might like a do-over? Further proof that "timing is everything" has just reared its ugly head. What was Bonneville thinking when they included WTOP-FM in their sale of 17 radio stations to Hubbard Broadcasting for $505 million?…
    - 30 Mar 11, 6:10am -
  • Performance Royalty Opposition Grows & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    After the White House endorsed a performance fee on radio, the National Association of Broadcasters fired off its answer to Washington. The NAB issued this statement: "This is hardly a new policy position from the White House. NAB remains unalterably…
    - 29 Mar 11, 5:52am -
  • ROI Still A Problem In Digital Ad Growth...
    Not having a tangible measurement for digital advertising remains the biggest obstacle to convincing local advertisers to pony up with digi-dollars. This has to have an effect on radio revenue growth. Advertisers are so used to ROI or return-on-inves…
    - 28 Mar 11, 6:08am -
  • Pandora Continues Its Online Dominance & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    (Weekend Edition)The new Ando Media Audio Top 20 Ranker for January has been released and Pandora continues its dominance. In the Domestic Ranker, based on Average Active Sessions (AAS), Pandora quadruples second place CBS Radio Inc. 522,330 to 103,2…
    - 26 Mar 11, 3:41pm -
  • Radio Remains The Greatest Influence On Music Listening & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    A new music study shows that 82% of those polled identified radio as having the greatest single influence on their music listening. This good news will be welcomed by an industry labeled as part of the "old media" that's losing its influence. The res…
    - 24 Mar 11, 6:27am -
  • There's More Than Stern's Lawsuit Brewing At Sirius XM & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    The Wall Street Journal is all over the Howard Stern Sues Sirius story. Shira Ovide writes in her Deal Journal blog that Howard's "production company is suing, claiming the satellite radio company has refused to pay stock awards it owes to him based…
    - 23 Mar 11, 1:01pm -
  • Arbitron Trumpets Radio Increases & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    I took one look at the USA Today headline and said "From your lips to God's ears." Even 1010 WINS New York talked about radio's "dramatic" increases. David Lieberman's headline set the tone for all this enthusiasm: In a renaissance for radio, more li…
    - 22 Mar 11, 5:52am -
  • Moving Radio Stations Online Is Not Working & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    Moving terrestrial radio stations online is not the answer as evidenced by the failure of KUSF, the University of San Francisco station that yanked the station off the air and on to the internet. When the station was sold, KUSF told their listeners t…
    - 21 Mar 11, 6:03am -
  • New Agency Head Says Radio Needs A Higher Profile & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    (Weekend Edition)Kantar Media may claim that radio's rate of recovery outpaced the rest of the media world in 2010 but new Katz Radio President Mark Gray says radio can do a lot better in selling itself. Marketing Pilgrim has posted a chart showing l…
    - 18 Mar 11, 8:34am -
  • FCC Aids Earthquake Relief Effort & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    (St. Patrick's Day Edition)FCC rules don't prohibit commercial stations from any sort of fund raising. Commercial stations could raise money for public broadcasting if they chose, although my guess is they probably wouldn't. Non-commercial stations c…
    - 17 Mar 11, 5:52am -
  • HD Radio Loses The Zune & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    HD Radio just lost a device it counted on to gain respectability and acceptance in its fight to gain a foothold in the market. Microsoft has announced it's canning Zune HD. Zune HD was the last completely new hardware model and was released in 2009.…
    - 16 Mar 11, 5:45am -
  • Now's The Time For Radio To Act & "WRKO...The Launch"...
    Radio should act quickly when events warrant action. Case in point: offering help to the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The radio stations that jumped all over this quickly are the stations that are the leaders in their r…
    - 15 Mar 11, 5:55am -


  • WHAS AM Louisville Aircheck – Mandy Connell August 13th 2011
      WHAS AM LOUISVILE – MANDY CONNELL   (Break 1 – 00:00) Mandy seems pretty spot on starting her segment. First thing out of her mouth are the calls and immediately into more or less resetting the topic “we are talking about the embarrassment…
    - 17 Aug 12, 4:37pm -
  • Aircheck The Project Cincinnati 100.7 106.3 08-16-2012 2:30PM
      The Project 100.7/106.3 Cincinnati OK, here’s the new sign-on in Cincinnati, “The Project.” Kind of a cool name for an Alt station. I kind of like the music, but what the hell do I know about music. The entire hour scoped here is liners, swe…
    - 16 Aug 12, 5:12pm -

Olde Disk Jockey's Almanac

  • July 13, 2014

    July 13, 2014

    On this day in 1957 "Teddy Bear" by Elvis Presley was the #1 song.1957 Average U.S. Prices Bread: $0.19/loafMilk: $1.00/galEggs: $0.83/dozCar: $2,100Gasoline: $0.31/galHouse: $18,000Stamp: $0.03/eaAverage Income: $5,443/yrMinimum Wage: $1.00/hr T…
    - 23 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 3:00am -
  • July 12, 2014

    July 12, 2014

    On this day in 1989 "If You Don’t Know Me By Now" by Simply Red was the #1 song.1989 Average U.S. Prices Bread: $0.67/loafMilk: $2.14/galEggs: $1.43/dozCar: $14,645Gasoline: $1.06/galHouse: $148,800Stamp: $0.25/eaAverage Income: $41,506/yrMinimu…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 3:00am -

Ron Jacobs Blog



    For Elvis, Top 40 and pop culture studentsTo me it has always been about WORDS. Reading, writing, saying them. Seems I was born a relentless motor-mouth and a ravenous reader. The reaction to this behavior?  I’ve been called, and treated as, every…
    - 7 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 1:03pm -


    Above: THE DAY I MET ELVIS & COLONEL PARKERNOVEMBER 9, 1957Now...60 years later...streaming 'round the clock, it's ...Produced by Ron Jacobs, with inside stories about the realColonel Tom Parker and Elvis in Hawaii...and the best of American Top 40.…
    - 13 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 1:46pm -


    CASEY & THE CAPTAIN: THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN TOP 40 By Bill HergonsonIn 1970, I graduated from Ithaca College, New York, with a degree in TV-Radio Broadcasting.  The legendary Rod Serling was one of my professors. In May my best friends, Fred Land…
    - 21 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 6:16pm -


      ALOHA NUI L0A, CASEYI'll never forget when we wrapped that first show. Don, Billy, you and I. The tiny studio on La  Cienega above that antique autograph gallery. No one believed. Nobody in radio got it. Only one more demo show in the budget.…
    - 28 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 12:10am -


    Claude Hall This here blog concerns the dying art of radio and its practitioners from ithe pinnacle of its popularity when the medium was a key ingredient of American popular culture.  It is an open letter to Claude Hall, erstwhile writer for Billb…
    - 31 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 4:26pm -


    Below are headlines from Honolulu’s only daily newspaper, the Star-Advertiser, and the website of two statewide network television affiliates, KGMB-TV and KHON-TV. The questions and comments are from your jaded journalist. A mishmash of family fun…
    - 36 days ago, 7 Jun 14, 11:16pm -


                                                                        COURTESY RON JACOBS / LEGENDARY AUCTIONS 1961 Ron Jacobs, right, interviews Elvis Presley while the King was in town for a concert. At left is RCA…
    - 45 days ago, 30 May 14, 8:05am -


    As time passes in these post-high tech days, it is all about digging deeper, expanding wider, layering thicker, and so on.The RJ blog to which this is linked has its origins in the 1920s and spans thousands of miles, provides some ear opening stuff.I…
    - 45 days ago, 30 May 14, 4:08am -


    ZAP !  I'M  MORGANIZED !May 22, 2014 Dear Shelley,When another of The Team dies I cry.And laugh. “93/KHJ Golden” — memories.Soon spring shall orbit ‘round againWhen fifty years appears as we flow Backwards in time, a one liner rhyme, Wh…
    - 47 days ago, 28 May 14, 12:05am -


    Mr. and Mrs. Casey Kasem ♬♪♬Below is from an email that I sent to a few hundred folks on May 13, 2014 …“My old friend, colleague and competitor, CASEY KASEM, is staying with me in this senior living facility.  He is six years older than m…
    - 54 days ago, 21 May 14, 11:17am -


    Rams select Michael Sam, NFL's first openly gay playerIt took nearly the entire draft, but Michael Sam and the NFL finally made history. The St. Louis Rams used the 249th pick in the seventh round to select Sam, who has officially become the league…
    - 63 days ago, 12 May 14, 12:48am -


    Thanks for making this post the most-viewed RJ blog. SHIRLEY & RAY JACOBS, HAWAII BOUND, 1937 vHONOLULU, HONG KONG & HOLLYWOODFor years I’ve been told, “Jeez, what great stuff, you should write a book. One about your escapades.” Well, I…
    - 66 days ago, 8 May 14, 6:44pm -


    My last post, with Woody Goulart's interview about KHJ, was swallowed with one fatal click.  It can be found at one of Woody's BOSS RADIO FOREVER links., you…
    - 72 days ago, 3 May 14, 2:35am -


    No aloha among Hawaii's Dueling DemocratsHawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, c. 1960sLiliputian-sized (5’ 5” tall) Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times discussed many topics including the controversy o…
    - 85 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 5:47am -


    Watching the 1972 LA Rams from La Jolla  This blog was posted on April 8, 2014.  The National Football League kicks of its 95th pre-season on this August 4. That is 171 days from today. The faux "action" begins with the annual Hall of Fame game to…
    - 91 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 12:28pm -


    From WHODAGUY? HONOLULU, HONG KONG, HOLLYWOODBOYS, BOSOMS AND BALLROOMS(For Yoshiko, Fran & Mary Ann)By Ron Jacobs*     *     *“Angel Baby”Performed by Rosie & The Originals, 1960When you are near me, my heart skips a beatI can hardly st…
    - 2 Apr 14, 2:54am -


    What a year this has been. Coming up on 77 in Virgo September. Oh yes ..."Been down so long it looks like up to me."I am at a loss for words ... yes me, WhoDaMouth ... to describe my heartfelt megathanks to those sweet folks who performed the loving…
    - 22 Mar 14, 11:12am -


    Notes on the Acceptance of DeathAt age seventy-five it is obvious that more days are behind, both good and bad times.Time is but a concept of man — We who believe in a Higher Power greater than ourselves.One places oneself in the hands of a God of…
    - 21 Nov 13, 2:27pm -


    I am going through many personal changes.This blog is offline until further notice, brah.Mahalo for your support.JOHN F. KENNEDYR.  I.  P.
    - 19 Nov 13, 2:37pm -


    UPDATE: San Diego Union-Tribune, November 16, 2013 San Diego sunlight shines on KGB-FM Program Director RICK LEIBERT & Music Director ART SCHROE…
    - 16 Nov 13, 1:33pm -


    - 12 Nov 13, 10:04pm -


    RICK LEIBERT TRIBUTEPosting on Monday, November 11, 2013.Meanwhile PLEASE read this: First posted on March 15, 2012. My reseatch for OBABAMALAND: WHO IS BARACK OBAMALAND? (2009) confirmed my suspicions that Obama let a sheltered life growing up i…
    - 10 Nov 13, 2:06am -


    COMING SOON . . .Tribute To Brother RICK LEIBERTAssistant Program Director KGB-FM from before Easter 1972 Recycle Meanwhile, here is the inside account of Barry Obama's cloistered days in Honolulu at pampering Punahou, the "elite prep academy," he a…
    - 4 Nov 13, 6:46pm -


    "This is a shot of the legendary Alan Burns, when he was jocking ... at W V O K, the Voice of Dixie with 50,000 watts in Birmingham, Alabama.  This shot shows the board, and Gates CB-500 tables.  On the jocks right side were three ATC Criterion…
    - 21 Oct 13, 10:32am -


    My fellow Americans ...If you admire Muhammad Ali (and who doesn't except for the entire Tea Party?)try to catch MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT on HBO.  (Now there's a first-rate web page.)It wa…
    - 10 Oct 13, 4:19pm -

Broadcast Dialogue

Jim Rose Remembers Radio

    WELCOME TO JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO June 23, 2014 [Monday]Issue #1314  PASS IT ON! SIGN UP!Send Your Comments And Radio StoriesPlease Include Your Full Name,City, State And Country  Rosekkkj@earthlink.nethttp://cashboxmaga…
    - 22 days ago, 21 Jun 14, 10:57pm -
    WELCOME TO JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO June 20, 2014 [Friday]Issue #1313  PASS IT ON! SIGN UP!Send Your Comments And Radio StoriesPlease Include Your Full Name,City, State And Country  Rosekkkj@earthlink.nethttp://cashboxmaga…
    - 25 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 11:00pm -

Chicagoland Radio and Media

  • !Saturday's Severe Weather Cancels Chicago Radio Station Concerts
    Saturday's severe rainstorms washed away many of the plans for Chicagoans for that day, including a pair of much-hyped radio station concert events. Both the 27th Annual XRT Taste Concert and Loopfest 2014 had to be canceled. One may be rescheduled,…
    - 7 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 7:05pm -
  • WGN-TV's Ana Belaval To Do On-Air Try-Out On ABC's 'The View'
    Ana Belaval, the "Around Town" feature reporter for the WGN Morning News, will be seen nationwide next week. She has been given a chance to do an on-air try-out for ABC Television's morning talk show "The View."
    - 1 day ago, 12 Jul 14, 4:11pm -
  • Frank Holland Exits WGN-TV News
    WGN-TV news reporter/anchor Frank Holland announced his departure from WGN-TV today. Holland has been with the station since September 2011.
    - 2 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 2:33am -
  • News & Notes: Marconi Nominations; WGCI/UB Rodriquez; 93XRT; Sarah Jones; Wolf/Proft; Rebel Radio; Steve Dahl; More
    This weekend's News & Notes features 15 local media news items, including: Marconi nominations for numerous Chicago radio stations; WGCI-FM and UB Rodriquez infuriate the LGBT community; 93XRT throws a party in the park; Sarah Jones is a new morning…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 12:15am -
  • Clear Channel Chicago Releases V103's Ramonski Luv
    Yet another Chicago radio veteran was released this week. WVAZ-FM/V103 top-rated host Ramonski Luv was let go earlier this week by Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Chicago. No reason has been given for the host's abrupt exit.
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 9:00pm -
  • The Resurgence Of WCGO-AM 1590
    WCGO-AM was once a low-powered suburban radio station with few listeners. A few years ago, it moved to a slightly stronger frequency, but still was a little-heard station. All that may soon be changing, as WCGO-AM will be broadcasting at increased wa…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 4:11pm -
  • WMBI-FM To Launch New Morning Show With Karl & June
    WMBI-FM/Moody Radio Chicago will be launching a brand new morning show next week starring Karl Clauson and June Felix. "Karl & June Mornings" will be heard weekdays from 5:00am-9:00am, beginning Monday, July 14th.
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 2:20pm -
  • Changes At Chicago's 100.3 - Monzures Out, Carriveau Moves To Afternoons
    Changes have come to WILV-FM/Chicago's 100.3 once again. Jane Monzures, who had been hosting afternoons since late January of this year, has exited the station. Cara Carriveau, who has been hosting nights on the station since January 2013, now takes…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • Digity Releases WERV/WRXQ PD/DJ Zander
    In a surprise move, Digity Chicago General Manager Brian Foster announced the immediate exit of Mark Zander -- the Program Director of both WERV-FM/95.9 The River and WRXQ-FM/Q Rock 100.7, as well as afternoon drive and weekend host on WERV-FM.
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 7:00pm -
  • Tribune Company Seeking To Change Its Name
    In 1847, a newspaper corporation was formed in Chicago named Tribune Company. It appears that in 2014, 167 years after it began, the Tribune Company name will be changed.
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 6:10pm -
  • News & Notes: WCKG; Turi Ryder; WXRT; Jimmy Novak; Relevant Radio; Alan Cox; WMAQ; ChicagoSide; Zoraida Sambolin; More
    Today's News & Notes features 17 local media stories, including: WCKG-AM is not really for sale; Turi Ryder has her weekend available now; WXRT-FM goes to Lobster Fest; Jimmy Novak goes to Greek Fest; Relevant Radio goes to Park Ridge; Rich Renik & D…
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 11:36pm -
  • Chicago-Based Syndicated Programs 'The Rockin' 80s' & 'The Rockin' 70's' Come To An End
    As of this past weekend, the long-running, nationally syndicated radio shows "The Rockin' 80's" and "The Rockin' 70's" have come to an end. The shows were produced locally and distributed nationally by Envision Networks.
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 4:11pm -
  • WYLL-AM Rebranded As 'AM 1160 Hope for Your Life'
    Salem Communications-owned religious talk station WYLL-AM has rebranded itself AM 1160 Hope for Your Life. The change, which actually began rolling out in the late spring, was made official this morning.
    - 6 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 12:46pm -
  • WSCR-AM To Host Boers & Bernstein 15th Anniversary Gala
    WSCR-AM/670 The Score afternoon team of Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein are celebrating a decade and a half together as a top-rated team this summer, making their daily show the longest running Chicago sports talk program currently heard. Next month, T…
    - 6 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 6:30pm -
  • WCPT-AM/FM's Norman Goldman To Broadcast From Three Chicago Locations Next Week
    WCPT-AM/FM syndicated evening program, "The Norman Goldman Show," will be broadcasting live from Chicago for much of next week, with three days in a row coming from Chicagoland Italian restaurants. Fans are welcome to come be part of the live radio b…
    - 8 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 4:45pm -


Format Change Archive

  • WJLT Becomes ESPN Evansville
    Previous Format: Classic Hits “Superhits 105.3” New Format: Sports “ESPN Evansville” Date & Time Of Change: July 9, 2014 at 3:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 5 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 2:00pm -
  • Rock 104.9 Becomes The Hawk
    Previous Format: Active Rock “Rock 104.9” KBOB-FM New Format: Country “104.9 The Hawk” KQCS Date & Time Of Change: July 9, 2014 at 12:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 5 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • WFAS Becomes Radio 103.9
    Previous Format: AC “103.9 WFAS-FM” New Format: Urban AC “Radio 103.9” WNBM Date & Time Of Change: July 4, 2014 at 1:03pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 10 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 12:03am -
  • Pulse 94.3 Bids Farewell
    Previous Format: Modern AC “Pulse 94.3” WPLC New Format: Spanish AC “Amor 94.3” Date & Time Of Change: June 30, 2000 More Info: Wikipedia
    - 13 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 6:29pm -
  • 96.3 XKE Debuts
    Previous Format: Rhythmic CHR “Wild 96.3” WNHT New Format: Classic Rock “96.3 XKE” WXKE (Moved From 103.9) Date & Time Of Change: June 11, 2014 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: Soft Rock 103.9 Debuts
    - 19 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 10:00am -
  • Soft Rock 103.9 Debuts
    Previous Format: Classic Rock “Rock 104” WXKE (Moved to 96.3) New Format: Soft AC “Soft Rock 103.9” WWFW Date & Time Of Change: June 20, 2014 at 10:39pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes:
    - 21 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 1:00pm -
  • WTSH Becomes X107.1
    Previous Format: Country “South 107” WTSH (Moved To 93.5) New Format: Alternative “X107.1” Date & Time Of Change: June 23, 2014 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 21 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 11:00pm -
  • LG104.3 Debuts
    Previous Format: AAA “Shore 104” CHHR New Format: Classic Hits “LG 104.3” CHLG Date & Time Of Change: June 20, 2014 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 24 days ago, 19 Jun 14, 11:00pm -
  • Louie 103.7 Debuts
    Previous Format: New Signal In Market (Stunting With Loop Of Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”) New Format: Rock “Louie 103.7” W279AQ Date & Time Of Change: June 19, 2014 at 1:00pm More Info: RadioInsight Aircheck Contributed by Mike Batc…
    - 25 days ago, 19 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
  • X107.3 Debuts
    Previous Format: Christian AC “ReachFM” New Format: Alternative “X107.3” Date & Time Of Change: June 19, 2014 at 12:00pm More Info: RadioInsight Note: Stream recording includes bleed-through from sister Country “K92.3” WWKA. If we can obt…
    - 25 days ago, 19 Jun 14, 11:00am -

The Randy Lane Company

  • The Old Vs The New Coaching Model
    By Randy LaneRutgers' basketball coach Mike Rice was fired earlier this week when he was caught on video berating players, physically shoving them and using gay slurs. See the video here.
    - 8 Apr 13, 5:08am -
  • The Art of Social Media
    We talk a lot about the science of social media -- the strategy and the measurement of our efforts.What we don’t talk about enough is the art -- the philosophy of social media that drives our presence.
    - 14 Mar 13, 7:25pm -
  • Trust But Verify: The Highs and Lows of Producing Breaking News
    by Brian Holt"Trust but verify," Ronald Regan once said. Those words never rang more true than in covering breaking news. The chaos and confusion surrounding a breaking news story is inherent; it's the very DNA of any such event. Misinformation is fl…
    - 25 Feb 13, 5:39am -
  • Show Opens: Yes or No?
    by Randy LaneMost great radio and TV shows have opening theme music, songs or stagers that become familiar to listeners or viewers as a signal that the show is starting. It’s an opportunity to brand your show and engage the audience. Several approa…
    - 5 Feb 13, 7:38pm -
  • Four Tips For Talent I Learned Watching The Golden Globes
    by Angela PerelliThe more work you do studying radio/media/personalities, the less you can watch a show like the Golden Globes for the dresses [That’s what the Red Carpet show is for. Thank you Ryan Seacrest.], and the more you notice bigger themes…
    - 17 Jan 13, 8:29am -
  • Is Writing In Longhand Dead?
    By Randy Lane“No, I never type. I don’t like that cursor flashing at me saying, ‘Whassup? Whatta’ ya got?’” -Jerry SeinfeldShocker: Some of the most creative people write in longhand!You’re probably saying, “Yeah, yeah… writing…
    - 9 Jan 13, 1:25pm -
  • Look Better Online: 12 Months Of Resolutions For 2013
    - 6 Jan 13, 6:26pm -
  • Books For Everyone On Your Christmas List
    From Randy Lane:Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr ReynoldsYou’ll never do a boring PowerPoint presentation again after reading this book! Reynolds demonstrates and illustrates how to communicate effectively…
    - 16 Dec 12, 9:03am -
  • How Important Is Purposeful Storytelling?
    by Cliff DumasHow important is purposeful storytelling to the success of your show or presentation? Even one of the biggest airlines in the world, Air Canada, is using storytelling to engage and earn new audience with a storytelling contest.
    - 12 Dec 12, 1:10pm -
  • Social Media: Are You On The Nice or Naughty List?
    by Stephanie WinansThe Social Media Santa is watching you to see if you’ve been a good boy or girl. Making a list and checking it twice. Read on to determine whether you’re on the Naughty or Nice list.
    - 6 Dec 12, 8:05am -
  • You Ain't From Russia, So Why You Rushin’
    - 29 Nov 12, 9:44am -
  • Thankful for Radio and The Chance to Be Part of Something Bigger
    By Brian HoltWithout a doubt the Thanksgiving holiday is my favorite time of year. Between the short workweek, good food, time spent with family and friends, and Christmas and New Year’s still to look forward to -- what's not to like about Thanks…
    - 21 Nov 12, 7:42pm -
  • Increase Cume With Little Or No Money: Ideas For Morning Shows
    by Stan Main1. Get out of the studio and meet listeners. Dedicate the time to contact different organizations, charities, clubs and let them know you are available to host any events they have. Now, get an act. Create a short routine that cuts throug…
    - 11 Nov 12, 7:38am -
  • Radio to the Rescue: How Did Your Coverage Stack Up?
    by Randy Lane and Cliff Dumas“Listen to the radio!” FEMA director Craig Fugate told people that the best way to get information about hurricane Sandy was battery powered radios since the internet may go out and cell phone service may be congest…
    - 1 Nov 12, 12:47pm -
  • How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Radio Endorsements
    by Dave RyanEndorsements are great. They pay well. They usually get us some sort of cool product to try or use. And they give us a little extra job-security because the station is going to want to hang onto the jock that has a ton of clients using…
    - 24 Oct 12, 9:59am -
  • If the VP Debate Were A Radio Show
    By Cliff DumasWhat do great leaders, innovators and key players in any industry have in common? They communicate powerfully and effectively. If the first Vice Presidential debate were a radio show how would you rate the hosts?
    - 14 Oct 12, 10:30pm -
  • A Day in the Life of PPM
    by Jon Miller, Director of Programming Services at ArbitronEarlier this summer when I spoke at the Morning Show Boot Camp in Miami, I used the opportunity to reinforce the importance of daily occasions in PPM. Particularly among your primary (P1) aud…
    - 11 Oct 12, 10:32am -
  • Be Likable and Relatable: How to Win Like a Politician
    by Randy LaneWill Mitt Romney reveal his true self tonight on the first presidential debate? Who is the real Barack Obama – the hope-and-change champion of 2008 or the realistic president of the last four years?Political pundits "definition o…
    - 3 Oct 12, 1:15pm -
  • "How on Earth Do We Talk About the Election?
    Topicality is Possible on Music Stationsby Angela PerelliHow many times has one of your community’s hot button topics made you look at each other and think “We can’t go there on our show”? Maybe you think the topic is too heavy, too divisive…
    - 29 Sep 12, 3:58pm -
  • No Conflict, No Story
    by Randy Lane“Without conflict, you don’t have a story. You have a reality show. A story begins with conflict.”  Writer Jeff Goins’ blog has several salient points on storytelling that apply to both your show and your life.
    - 19 Sep 12, 3:08pm -
  • Is Radio Above Facebook’s Promotion and Contest Guidelines? How We’re Breaking the Rules
    by Stephanie WinansIn May of 2011, Facebook released (quietly, of course) new guidelines for brands using the platform. Here at The Randy Lane Company, we notified our clients of the new rules, and tried to help you understand them.Fast forward 15…
    - 12 Sep 12, 7:58am -
  • Lance Armstrong: Villain or Victim?
    I have never wanted to believe Lance Armstrong was using performance enhancers to win a record seven Tour de France races. Then I sadly heard that he decided to no longer contest the charges against him. Like the news media and almost everyone in the…
    - 30 Aug 12, 11:38am -
  • Replacing A Show Player is Like Casting a Sitcom
    Right now American Idol is scrambling to fill the judge’s chairs. X Factor went through the process last year, as did America’s Got Talent. And there will come a time when a key player of your show leaves and you have to replace them. We have wor…
    - 23 Aug 12, 1:59pm -
  • 5 Programming Tips for Political Season
    Political season is upon us and news/talk shows and stations are gearing up for one of the busiest news and revenue generating cycles for the format. While it may seem obvious to some that wall to wall coverage after the conventions is the way to go,…
    - 16 Aug 12, 12:31pm -
  • The Radio Newsroom
    by Randy Lane“The fact that everyone is talking about it: challenged by it; disturbed by it; annoyed by it; loving it; can’t wait to see the next one --all of the above, we absolutely love it!” That's Jeff Daniels, who stars in HBO’s The Ne…
    - 10 Aug 12, 12:25pm -
  • How Valuable Are Celebrity Interviews?
    written by Dave RyanSometimes I say some bone-headed things. "This 'Twitter' crap isn't going to catch on", for example. Or "No one's watching, Senator Craig, come right in here."And sometimes I say things that some people don't necessarily believe…
    - 2 Aug 12, 11:36am -
  • Four Tips on Producing Character Promos
    Morning air talent are often frustrated by the time it takes to produce show promos. While they are time consuming, promos and other imaging pieces are worth the time invested. Shows that do a more consistent job of imaging the show, through both cha…
    - 29 Jul 12, 2:40pm -
  • Olympics Ideas
    With the summer Olympics pending here are some ideas to capture the excitement, innovate your content and take ownership of the event in your market.
    - 25 Jul 12, 10:42am -
  • How Much Do You Trust The People You Work With?
    by Rob Pepper, host of Pepper & Dylan Show, Virgin/EdmontonEvery night, before morning shows feel secure enough to go to sleep, we ask ourselves a dozen questions about the next show. Will this engage the audience? Will we get reaction on Facebook…
    - 22 Jul 12, 9:09am -
  • Daniel Tosh Is Making Us Think
    Raise your hand if you still have no idea who Daniel Tosh is or the kind of comedy he does? Love him or hate him, you probably found yourself reading and talking about him this week after the "rape joke" debacle at Los Angeles' Laugh Factory.
    - 15 Jul 12, 9:07am -
  • Talent Takeaways from Opie & Andy
    The Andy Griffith Show’s laughs did not come from the characters telling jokes back and forth but, as in real life, the laughter came out of ordinary conversations.The best radio shows today, the ones that connect emotionally and stick with listene…
    - 12 Jul 12, 2:44pm -
  • Highlights from Morning Show Bootcamp 2012
    Whether you were able to attend or not, Angela Perelli and Stephanie Winans have some takeaways from the sessions at Morning Show Bootcamp:On PPMYou only have eight seconds to hook listeners. Think about the YouTube video forwarded from a friend.…
    - 1 Jul 12, 2:10pm -
  • PPM Five Years Later and What You Can Do About It
    The first panel at this weekend's Morning Show Boot Camp in Miami focused on PPM Five Years Later. Arbitron Director of Programming Services Jon Miller studied the 25 most successful morning shows in the U.S. and revealed the findings on a panel w…
    - 25 Jun 12, 10:09am -
  • Facebook's Schedule Feature: Why Schedule Social Media?
    Facebook recently made a giant step forward with the creation of the scheduling feature. You can now schedule a Facebook status (which may include a link, photo or video) for future post within the Facebook platform.
    - 20 Jun 12, 7:54pm -
  • Four Powerful Words for Connecting with Your Audience
    Would you be surprised to know that “You are not alone” is the subject line with the highest open rate? According to Copyblogger, "I don’t want to be alone" is a compelling, universally recognized statement. The need to belong -- to know that o…
    - 15 Jun 12, 10:18am -
  • Keep Your Team In Check: Tips from Steve Jobs & The Beatles
    The May 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine included an article called “The Lost Steve Jobs Tapes”, which featured previously unreleased conversations with Steve Jobs. This conversation with Steve has a lesson for radio in creating balance within…
    - 7 Jun 12, 6:08pm -
  • 8 Quick Tips for Better Air Talent Blogs and Morning Show Websites
    Blog smog. You aren’t a blogger. Why should you worry about improving your writing skills?As radio companies put more emphasis on digital growth, you are now responsible for website traffic and social media engagement in addition to on-air ratings.
    - 23 May 12, 12:14pm -
  • Why 6-8AM Sucks for Most AC Morning Shows
    Most AC morning shows get the bulk of their audience in the 8 and 9am hours.Yet management often bases talent bonuses on the 6 and 7am hours, challenging the show to match performance of, or out-perform, the 8 and 9am hours!
    - 16 May 12, 9:37am -
  • Cliff Notes: Mother's Day
    Mother’s Day is a holiday that everyone can relate to and share stories about. It’s in the storytelling that the magic happens. You can deepen your character on the show and allow your audience to share their lives, experiences and memories in a…
    - 9 May 12, 9:55am -
  • 10 Easy Ways to Seize and Own Topical Pop Culture Stories
    The Avengers. The Hunger Games. Twilight. Local teams in the playoffs. The Olympics. A major concert announcement.On days when there's nothing going on, it's a challenge to be topical. On other days, it's a crime not to be. For example, The Avengers…
    - 2 May 12, 12:16pm -
  • A Tip from Dave Ryan's Aunt Doris
    I was having dinner with my 81-year old Aunt Doris a few weeks ago. I hardly ever get to see her and thought it would be interesting to ask her about our family history. I remember three very specific things she told me.
    - 25 Apr 12, 8:55am -
  • Reebok to Radio: A Management Tip
    Reebok’s near collapse and rebirth can teach radio how to empower their teams to be accountable and more productive.In 1984 Paul Fireman bought Reebok for 75 thousand dollars because he thought it had promise. He discovered that people hated buying…
    - 18 Apr 12, 11:21am -
  • Five Tips to the Art of Great Storytelling
    By Angela Perelli"Frankly there isn't anyone you can't learn to love once you've heard their story."That quote from a social worker was written on a piece of paper that Fred Rogers (aka Mister Rogers) kept in his pocket. So true. Can you think of s…
    - 13 Apr 12, 12:34pm -
  • Have You Been Whacked in the Head with the PPM Stick?
    We want it and we want it now! By measuring listening behavior, PPM reflects the nature of today’s culture- we want instant gratification. It has proven what we already knew- that you have to capture listeners’ attention quickly or they move onto…
    - 5 Apr 12, 11:02am -
  • A Producer's Dream: The Scoop on Scoop.It
    Scoop.It is a free publishing-by-curation platform that allows you to curate content based on keywords and sources you provide. It will suggest stories, articles, videos, news for you to scoop. You can also use the bookmarklet to scoop anything you s…
    - 30 Mar 12, 11:35am -
  • Using The Rule of Three to Improve Morale, Performance and Profitability
    When was the last time you were truly recognized by your GM, PD or co-hosts?Unbelievably, a lot of GMs, PDs, and coworkers worry that the act of praising will lose meaning. Well, how often do you tell your partner you love them? What would happen i…
    - 28 Mar 12, 10:10am -
  • It’s Time for Timeline: Tips for Designing Your Cover Photo

    It’s Time for Timeline: Tips for Designing Your Cover Photo

    Facebook will make the new Timeline design mandatory for Pages March 30. This means you need to get busy this week setting up your Timeline before it goes public.If you haven’t done your homework yet on the changes Timeline will bring to your Fac…
    - 21 Mar 12, 6:24am -
  • From the Background to the Foreground: How to Cut Through on the Radio
    You’ve heard the advice, “Be yourself” on the radio, but that’s not the whole story. For most people, if you’re totally being yourself, you will lack presence and energy and fade into the background.Think about the intern, off-air produce…
    - 15 Mar 12, 3:39pm -
  • What Radio Talent Can Learn from "The Manning Way"
    Friday Night Lights Author and Daily Beast Contributor Buzz Bissinger penned a wonderful article about the classy way Peyton Manning handled Wednesday’s press conference:I was so powerfully moved by Peyton Manning… I was moved when he said, “Ti…
    - 9 Mar 12, 6:53am -
  • A New Voice to Reckon With
    There may be a changing of the guard this season when it comes to the highest rated “singing talent” show of 2012, as noted by  What is it that makes the 2nd year NBC show The Voice more appealing than the ratings powerhouse America…
    - 8 Mar 12, 7:34am -
  • Must Follow Twitter Accounts for Radio Air Talent
    In the recent Content Ideas article, 7 Reasons Twitter Should Be Part of Your Strategy, I say that Twitter is a resource for show prep. After reading that, Steve Kramer of That Guy Kramer, Play 98.7/Tampa, made a request that I send out a list of acc…
    - 2 Mar 12, 9:03am -
  • "What’s My Line?"
    With radio and television hosts, even online producers, being fired or suspended over questionable comments made on-air and online, there’s been a lot of talk lately as to “where is the line?”What is considered acceptable, edgy, or controversia…
    - 23 Feb 12, 6:13am -

Inside Music Media

  • Bye-Bye Benefits At Clear Channel
    We’re now beginning to see why Clear Channel has changed from paying bi-monthly to 26 paychecks a year. When Metro Networks did this, it was the beginning of the end for employees. Now Clear Channel workers are growing increasingly concerned as the…
    - 8 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 6:00pm -
  • Baby Clear Channels
    Like Dean Goodman’s Digity. People close to the situation – i.e., in the direct line of fire – will tell you that these small groups want what Clear Channel is having. Profit by not necessarily earning it. Just by buying assets. Cutting costs.…
    - 3 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 6:12pm -
  • Cumulus Talk Shakeup Coming
    Cumulus talk ratings are tanking as each new Nielsen market is issued this week. Lew Dickey is taking “other” brother John to the woodshed. Heads are going to roll. But they won’t be John Dickey’s. Or Benedict Arnold McVay. This is getting em…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 6:58pm -
  • Nielsen Nonsense
    You’ve gotta hand it to those greedy bastards who run radio. You know — the consolidators, the one rep firm and the one ratings company. They don’t give a shit. Take Nielsen. They screw up the Los Angeles ratings for the past 12 months to the p…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 6:56pm -
  • Fox, Time Warner Merger
    If this merger happens, it will reshape movies, television and even radio. Take a look at the unintended consequences of Rupert Murdoch buying Time Warner. If you’ve been thinking about subscribing and would like to access this story, let me tell y…
    - 5 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:41pm -
  • Changes Ahead at Hubbard
    Access this story now and try a monthly subscription here. Become an annual member and also access 2,740 previous stories, here.  Search Stories. $100 is awarded for the Best News Tip of the Month.  And my anonymous Witness Protection Program has n…
    - 6 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 5:08pm -
  • Opie and Misogyny
    Hating is so out. Talk radio is so dying. Audiences have changed but radio has not. If you want the secret to relating to today’s 95 million Millennials, there are 7 new rules.  If you’ve been thinking about subscribing and would like to access…
    - 7 days ago, 6 Jul 14, 6:32pm -
  • Who Is Sleeping With Whom In Radio
    Get this. Thomas Lee Partners is co-owner with Bain Capital of Clear Channel. Thomas Lee Partners also has a stake in Univision. And in Cumulus. And Nielsen. Hmm, now I get why Clear Channel pays $100 million dollars of play money that they don’t h…
    - 7 days ago, 6 Jul 14, 6:27pm -
  • Townsquare Horror Stories
    Look at how low Townsquare will go to whip its employees into a big payday for inventors. Now employees are coming forward with stories of what it has been like working at Townsquare in the run up to what many were fearing – an IPO. If you’ve bee…
    - 11 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 9:06pm -
  • 8 Tips For Getting a Better Radio Job
    We’re halfway through what has become radio’s most difficult year. The music industry wants a piece of radio. Big investor groups want their money off the table creating more uncertainty. Media buyers are demanding 35% or more digital in their bu…
    - 12 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 7:57pm -

Jim Walsh

  • Gimme A Ticket For An Aeroplane...
    R.I.P. Alex Chilton...
    - 18 Mar 10, 5:38am -
  • Books: Abe, Bennie, George and the (phony) Protocols
    For you pre-McLuhanites out there who still read books, here are a some recommendations: Lincoln's Melancholy, a study of how Honest Abe struggled with depression, and used it to his advantage; Voodoo Histories, an analysis of conspiracy theories; an…
    - 15 Mar 10, 9:56pm -
  • The Past and Future of Talk
    I continue to be amazed and delighted at some of the lively dialogue I read on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Meanwhile, talk radio continues to bore and disgust me (like those two talentless douchebags I heard tonight on a certain Detroit station) with th…
    - 20 Feb 10, 2:54am -
  • The Question Man
    If you want a reasonable idea of where spoken-word radio is headed, check out the All Access "Ten Questions" segment with my consultant pal Holland Cooke...
    - 19 Feb 10, 1:54pm -
  • Jim's Gratuitous Self-Promotion of the Week
    Talks are underway to put your humble and loving narrator back on the "air" (i.e. internet), at least on a part-time basis. Cross your fingers and stay tuned...
    - 18 Jan 10, 8:14pm -
  • Death of a DJ
    Another passing of significance (well, for me, anyway): George Michael (no relation to the Wham! guy). Among the last of the great night-time DJs of the "Boss Radio" era, George is best remembered in the radio biz for his work at WFIL in Philly. He…
    - 26 Dec 09, 7:58pm -
  • And Up Yours, Tiny Tim...
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!There, I've said it - Happy Holidays, not Merry Frickin' Christmas. God forbid we should acknowledge that not everyone is an enlightened Christian like some of you seem to think you are.So...HAPPY GODDAMN HOLIDAYS. Deal with it...
    - 6 Dec 09, 12:07am -
  • Dump The Hump
    Forget about politics. The real story here is how in today's economy, with the radio industry on life support, the best they can apparently offer is a guy like Rusty Humphries...
    - 4 Dec 09, 6:09am -
  • Spoiler Alert: he goes to hell...
    Last night on TCM (I think) it was Richard Burton, chewing the infernal scenery through his trippy sixties version of Faustus. Watching, I was struck by two thoughts: 1) How great Liz looked, given how little she actually had to do and 2) How in he…
    - 29 Nov 09, 10:16pm -
  • Another Reason I Get Hate Mail, dept.
    Do me a favor: if I'm ever murdered, do NOT let them put it on Americas Most Wanted. Surely I can't be the only person on the planet who thinks John Walsh is a self-aggrandizing asshole.(Actually, I know for a fact I'm not)...
    - 8 Nov 09, 2:05am -
  • It Is Ballooooooooooon!
    I think I know where that kid in Colorado got the idea...
    - 17 Oct 09, 7:31pm -
  • Radio: Back To The Future?
    Radio and New Media guy Jerry Del Colliano suggests in his latest e-column that the radio industry could, just maybe, be “saved” if the FCC would turn back to “increased and renewed involvement* by the FCC -- basic regulation”…They might as…
    - 14 Sep 09, 1:32am -
  • People Who Died, Redux
    R.I.P. Jim Carroll...
    - 13 Sep 09, 9:36pm -
  • The Man Who Fed The World
    R.I.P. Norman Borlaug...
    - 13 Sep 09, 12:41am -
  • Another (Not So) Modest Proposal...
    I propose we replace the term "czar" with "despot"; after all, it means the same thing (check your thesaurus), and it's a much more accurate description of the job: Drug despot, green jobs despot, etc...
    - 13 Sep 09, 12:39am -
  • Well dammit, I suppose I should say SOMETHING nice about the bastard, dept.
    Give credit where it's due: on two of my pet issues, immigration reform, and separation of church and state, Teddy Kennedy was on the side of the good guys...
    - 29 Aug 09, 5:10pm -
  • Hope That's Not An Oncoming Train...
    After a long, dry spell, I've recently received a number of inquiries from radio stations expressing interest in discussing "future employment possibilities." The latest, from a market in the Northwest, came Friday. Economically speaking, the worst…
    - 23 Aug 09, 11:46pm -
  • Oh, What A Night
    Sad to report John E. Carter of the Dells has passed on. Stylistically, the Dells were the "missing link" twixt doo-wop and Chicago soul. These guys were true groundbreakers.Here's a sampling of Carter with the Dells and the early Flamingos.
    - 22 Aug 09, 4:50pm -
  • Charging the Gates (down the highway of Good Intentions)
    Indiana attorney Joshua Claybourn (along with Reason's Jacob Sullum) make an excellent point about the Henry Louis Gates affair: it's not about race or abuse of power per se, but the dangers inherent in badly-written law.Gates conducted himself like…
    - 26 Jul 09, 12:03am -
  • Palin Rider, or: Shut Up, He Explained...
    More than ever before, David Letterman is my hero. The whole Bristol Palin flap is nothing less than a stroke of self-promotional genius. And make no mistake about it – the governor of Alaska and her wacky family are in on the fix.Letterman gets a…
    - 18 Jul 09, 12:53am -
  • Walter Cronkite, R.I.P.
    In honor of Uncle Walter's passing, here is what many consider his finest hour......and a somewhat curiouser take on his legacy...
    - 18 Jul 09, 12:40am -
  • Aaahhhhhhhhhhh Shad-aaaaaaaaaaaaap...
    I wonder what MJ's kids thought of Rep. Peter King's comments. Jacko is beyond reach; it's his kids who will suffer for this. King is a bully and a buffoon and should shove his self-promoting posturing where the proverbial sun don't shine...(Aside fr…
    - 11 Jul 09, 4:14pm -
  • Radio: The Last Moonwalk
    In the summer of 1977, I was a college student preparing for a career in broadcasting. One afternoon in August, I heard the news (through word-of-mouth) that iconic entertainer Elvis Presley had died. I immediately drove to my local Top-Forty radio s…
    - 29 Jun 09, 12:58am -
  • Back on the Air
    Your humble and loving narrator will be filling in on WDAY/Fargo Monday 5/8 noon to three, Central.It's my first time on the air in several years. Should be interesting...
    - 8 May 09, 9:28pm -
  • Bordering on Idiocy
    The Seal-the-Borders crowd is at it again; this time trying to tie in the Swine Flu scare with the little brown ones comin' over the border. For the straight story on this issue, go here and here...And if you think these clowns are not spewing race-…
    - 1 May 09, 7:40pm -

Media Confidential

  • July 12, 13 In Radio History

    July 12, 13 In Radio History

    On the 13 in 1898…Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his radio technology.MarconiMarconi, just twenty years old, began his first experiments working on his own with the help of his butler. In the summer of 1894, he built a storm alarm made…
    - 21 hours ago, 13 Jul 14, 4:44am -
  • Clear Channel Announces The Return of Marc Chase

    Clear Channel Announces The Return of Marc Chase

    Clear Channel has announced a number of changes in its National Programming Platforms.According the CC President for National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman, veteran radio broadcaster and CC alumus Marc Chase is returning.Marc Chase, Tom PolemanCh…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 5:18am -
  • NashFM: Garth Brooks Visits America's Morning Show

    NashFM: Garth Brooks Visits America's Morning Show

    Blair Garner, GarthThe morning after he announced a new album and a major tour, Garth Brooks visited NashFM and ‘America’s Morning Show' Friday.Not only did Blair get Garth Brooks to have a personal chat about the big announcements (his expected…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:58pm -
  • Bob Pittman Sez Radio Is America's Companion
    USA Today reporter Laura Petrecca interviews Bob Pittman, Clear Channel CEO.  Pittman also talks about Clear Channel's vast assets, his past at MTV and the future of radio.
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:14pm -
  • OKC Radio: R.I.P. Radio Personality Dan Stroud

    OKC Radio: R.I.P. Radio Personality Dan Stroud

    Dan StroudFormer Oklahoma City radio DJ Dan Stroud has passed away, according to was 61 years-old.Country KXXY 96.1 FM KXY posted a message on their Facebook page, announcing Stroud's passing on Thursday at Mercy Hospital.Stroud spent m…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:01pm -
  • Des Moines Radio: Cumulus Names Three New Additions

    Des Moines Radio: Cumulus Names Three New Additions

    Cumulus Media has announced three new additions to stations in its Des Moines cluster.Sean Elliott joins KGGO as Operations Manager/Program Director, and award-winning broadcasters Jonathan Monk and Dianna Kelly join the Cumulus Des Moines team at KJ…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 9:03am -
  • Report: NPR Scores Well In Listener Loyalty

    Report: NPR Scores Well In Listener Loyalty

    Data from the most recent National Radio Format Report reveal that Public Radio stations across the country not only carry weight in terms of reach, but, according to The Media Audit, continue to be a viable competitor to commercial radio due to the…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 8:56am -
  • Soundcloud ThisClose to Deal With Record Labels
    The largest record labels are closing in on a deal for a stake in buzzy digital-music service SoundCloud Ltd.,, according to Bloomberg.The dealsare  in exchange for an agreement not to sue the startup for copyright violations, according to people wi…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 8:32am -
  • Nielsen Releases Third Batch Of June PPMs

    Nielsen Releases Third Batch Of June PPMs

    Markets released Thursday were:Portland ORCharlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NCPittsburghSacramentoSan AntonioSalt Lake City-Ogden-ProvoCincinnatiClevelandLas VegasOrlandoKansas CityColumbus, OHTo see the Topline Numbers of subscribing stations, Click Here…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 8:15am -
  • Orlando Radio: Ratings Compression Crunches Top 5

    Orlando Radio: Ratings Compression Crunches Top 5

    WPOZ #1 6+ (tie), 25-54Ratings compression hits the market with three 2-station ties in the Top 5 (6+) according to the June PPMs released Thursday by Nielsen.At the top, it's Cox Radio's UrbanAC WCFB 94.5 FM Star tied with Central Florida Educationa…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 8:02am -
  • Darryl Parks: News/Talk's A Ratings Disaster

    Darryl Parks: News/Talk's A Ratings Disaster

    Darryl ParksMedia&Culture blogger (and radio guy) Darryl Parks says he's an optimistic guy by nature. Parks writes in his Media Blog, "I always think positive, maybe to a fault.  I’m also a realist and a competitive son-of-a-bitch who has no other…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 6:31am -
  • NYC Radio: City Honors WINS Reporter

    NYC Radio: City Honors WINS Reporter

    Stan BrooksA Manhattan street was named “Stan Brooks Way” Wednesday for the legendary radio reporter who died last year, according to The NY Daily News.The 1010 WINS City Hall reporter worked for the station for nearly five decades - and filed hi…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 6:00am -
  • Richard Harker: Content Still Matters

    Richard Harker: Content Still Matters

    Lose an important programming element that draws listeners to the station and you’ll likely lose listeners, according to Richard Harker at Harker Research.  If your competitor capitalizes on the change, perhaps by hiring a key personality you let…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:52am -
  • Richmond Radio: WHTI Brings Back Bill Bevins, Shelly Perkins

    Richmond Radio: WHTI Brings Back Bill Bevins, Shelly Perkins

    Shelly and BillIt was less than seven months ago when Richmonders said farewell to radio personalities Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins on CCM+E's WTVR 98.1 FM  Lite98 after 13 years.But, according to The Richmond Times,  the popular duo will soon be…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:12am -
  • Musician's Coalition Ads Target Lawmakers

    Musician's Coalition Ads Target Lawmakers

    Music groups are pressuring Congress to back down from a pledge to keep AM/FM radio stations from paying musicians, according to The Hill.“It’s hard enough to make a living as a musician — and even harder when your own representatives in Congre…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 4:49am -
  • NYC Radio: Non-Com WNYC Dominates Talk Radio

    NYC Radio: Non-Com WNYC Dominates Talk Radio

    The most popular talk radio in New York these days is public radio WNYC — and the latest ratings say it’s not even close, writes David Hinckley at The NY Daily News.WNYC 93.9 FM / 820 AM hasn’t had a major surge. But WABC 770 AM and WOR 710 AM,…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 4:48am -
  • Monterey Radio: Financial Talker Sentenced In Ponzi Scheme

    Monterey Radio: Financial Talker Sentenced In Ponzi Scheme

    Barbara AlexanderMonterey financial talk show host Barbra Alexander was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Wednesday after bilking friends and colleagues out of $6.3 million in an ongoing Ponzi scheme, according to Mercury News.In handing down…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 4:24am -
  • Phoenix Radio: KTAR-AM To Air ESPN Full-Time

    Phoenix Radio: KTAR-AM To Air ESPN Full-Time

    Bonneville Phoenix Thursday announced the launch of ESPN Phoenix KTAR 620 AM, which will take place Monday, September 15th.Arizona Sports, which has been simulcasting on radio at 620 AM and 98.7 FM, will be heard exclusively on its FM dial position.B…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 4:10am -
  • NYC Radio: SBS Touts WSKQ-FM's Ratings

    NYC Radio: SBS Touts WSKQ-FM's Ratings

    Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. Thursday announced that its New York station WSKQ 97.9 FM Mega 97.9FM achieved significant ratings gains and strengthened its market position in Nielsen's recently-released June 2014 Nielsen Audio book.WSKQ-FM (Mega…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 4:00am -
  • NYC Radio: Ken Johnson Named PD At WNBM

    NYC Radio:  Ken Johnson Named PD At WNBM

    Ken JohnsonCumulus announces the new team that debuted this week with the new WNBM 103.9 FM Radio 103.9.Radio 103.9 Program Director Ken Johnson is joined by Assistant Program Director/Music Director Raphael George, with Ghost as Creative Services Di…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 3:49am -
  • July 11 In Radio History

    July 11 In Radio History

    In 1951...Alan Freed debuted his "Moondog Rock 'n' Roll Party," playing mostly rhythm & blues records, on WJW Radio in Cleveland.In 1969...the Rolling Stones released "Honky Tonk Women" to Radio In 1970...Dan Daniels did his final show on WMCA-AM, Ne…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 3:26am -
  • Garth Brooks Is Back With Tour, New Album

    Garth Brooks Is Back With Tour, New Album

    Garth BrooksGarth Brooks‘ music will be going digital. The singer made the stunning announcement during a press conference on Thursday (July 10), according to A Taste Of Country.In addition, fans can expect new music, released on Sony Music Nashvil…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 1:04pm -
  • Atlanta Radio: Ebony Steele Leaving The Ricky Smiley Show

    Atlanta Radio: Ebony Steele Leaving The Ricky Smiley Show

    Ebony SteeleThat distinctively sexy and raspy voice has been silenced on the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” permanently, according to the Atlanta Daily World.Ebony Steele, cohost beside Rickey Smiley Show for the past seven years, reporedly is leav…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 1:01pm -
  • NAB Show To Explore Hybrid Radio

    NAB Show To Explore Hybrid Radio

    Jeff SimpsonHybrid radio is poised to become a critical component of radio stations' overall digital strategy. To address this topic, the 2014 Radio Show will feature a Super Session presented by NAB Labs titled "Hybrid Radio – What's In It for You…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 11:26am -
  • Hartford Radio: Feds Say Rowland Sold WTIC Show Influence

    Hartford Radio: Feds Say Rowland Sold WTIC Show Influence

    John G. RowlandFederal prosecutors said Wednesday they intend to tell a jury that when former Gov. John G. Rowland sold his political consulting services, he was secretly selling the muscle behind his long-running political talk show on WTIC 1080 AM…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 6:51am -

The Radio Agency

  • Blending Music And Sound In A Radio Commercial

    Blending Music And Sound In A Radio Commercial

    As we all know, there are generally two types of advertising:  Branding and Direct Response (DR).   And as we all know, Branding makes its appeal on an emotional level – How does brand X make you feel – and DR … Continue reading →
    - 6 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 1:58pm -
  • How to Best Utilize Radio in your Media Campaigns

    How to Best Utilize Radio in your Media Campaigns

    Nielsen, in conjunction with CBS TV and radio properties, recently released a large scale, five market study, melding their Radio and TV People Meter Data. The bottom line of the study is that the combination of radio and television reached … Conti…
    - 20 days ago, 24 Jun 14, 8:41am -
  • Radio Idea Starters

    Radio Idea Starters

    Ever get writer’s block?  Good, that means you’re trying.  The next time you’re stumped to find a new spin on an old idea, go crazy.  Try writing about your brand from the perspective of an animal, an inanimate object, or … Continue readin…
    - 27 days ago, 17 Jun 14, 8:03am -
  • Key Questions for Success on Radio

    Key Questions for Success on Radio

    As with any advertising campaign, it is important to understand what you’re trying to achieve as well as the results you can expect. There are a couple of key questions that you can ask yourself in order to gain a … Continue reading →
    - 34 days ago, 10 Jun 14, 11:35am -
  • In Praise of Radio Personalities

    In Praise of Radio Personalities

    A well-written blog by Mark Ramsey recently posed and answered the question, “Why do radio personalities exist?”  Beyond the prose, Ramsey rattled off 16 valid reasons the voices behind the microphone still matter and, in fact, add value to prog…
    - 41 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 10:33am -
  • Official _____ of Summer

    Official _____ of Summer

    Now that we’re past the “Unofficial Kick Off of Summer” I think it’s safe for those of us on the East Coast to say goodbye to winter. And we’re about to be reminded about how glorious summer is as every … Continue reading →
    - 47 days ago, 28 May 14, 11:50am -
  • Radio Advertising Crash Course

    Radio Advertising Crash Course

    - 55 days ago, 20 May 14, 11:03am -
  • What if Radio and Direct Mail Had a Baby?

    What if Radio and Direct Mail Had a Baby?

    Congratulations! It’s a healthy, happy ROI! We know that radio can capture a consumers attention while at work at their desk listening to Slacker, iHeart or SiriusXM and then again in the car during their commute home. Fast-forward through traffic…
    - 62 days ago, 13 May 14, 9:50am -
  • Talking to Your Audience

    Talking to Your Audience

    Wouldn’t it be great if every advertising dollar you spend tomorrow could generate 20% more revenue than it does today? I can’t think of a single company who has a motto to sell less. So, if you were to tweak … Continue reading →
    - 70 days ago, 5 May 14, 10:48am -
  • Radio Promotion Gone Wrong

    Radio Promotion Gone Wrong

    A Canadian radio station is receiving major backlash over a controversial self-promotion.  AMP Radio in Calgary ran a promotion called “Bank it or Burn it” which asked listeners to vote whether they should #BANK C$5,000 and give it away to … C…
    - 76 days ago, 29 Apr 14, 8:40am -

Music Row