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Mark Ramsey Media

  • Here’s Why Radio Will Have a Tough Time on Mobile Phones

    Here’s Why Radio Will Have a Tough Time on Mobile Phones

    The battle for real estate and attention on mobile devices is even tougher than you think. This past week Techcrunch reported on a study by comScore which indicated… U.S. users are now spending the majority of their time consuming digital media wit…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 7:00am -
  • Introducing “Media Unplugged” with Mark Ramsey and Tom Asacker

    Introducing “Media Unplugged” with Mark Ramsey and Tom Asacker

    So what’s really going on in media today? What are the critical trends we need to focus on, and what do they mean for our future? It’s time to un-spin some of the media hype we take for granted and get to the truth. That’s why I’m happy to a…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:00am -
  • Why Chasing “Cool” for Radio is a Fool’s Errand

    Why Chasing “Cool” for Radio is a Fool’s Errand

    There’s nothing less “cool” than a room full of 50-year-olds preaching the importance of making something “cool.” And that happens all the time in the upper echelons of the radio industry, a place where the air must be thin enough to imagin…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:55pm -
  • How Audio Platforms Can Monetize Content Marketing

    How Audio Platforms Can Monetize Content Marketing

    This is one of my favorite Q&A’s from this year’s hivio audio future festival. Content marketing is one of the hottest new trends among brands worldwide, and the audio space is primed to excel in this area because audio media companies have been…
    - 8 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 2:21pm -
  • Surprise! Radio Disney Doesn’t Need Radio!

    Surprise! Radio Disney Doesn’t Need Radio!

    So Disney sells of all of its Radio Disney station assets – 23 AM and 1 FM –  save for its LA flagship, which is evidently a content creation hub and not simply a means of distribution. …and the radio industry goes wild! What does this mean?…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 7:43pm -

Radio InkTank

  • Why The 40 Most Powerful List Matters

    Why The 40 Most Powerful List Matters

    In 1996, I launched the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue because I was constantly getting the question, "Who are the most powerful people or most influential people in radio?" It seemed to me that if it worked for...
    - 43 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 3:32pm -
  • 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.…
    - 98 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...
    - 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...
    - 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...
    - 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: http://radiostuff.podomatic.com/entry/2014-01-16T21_25_31-08_00
    - 17 Jan 14, 11:29am -

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

  • (Not A) Whole Lotta Coverage Goin’ On

    (Not A) Whole Lotta Coverage Goin’ On

    Bad things keep happening at inconvenient times for radio. Whether it’s untimely deaths (Whitney Houston and Clarence Clemons both died on Saturday nights), or last weekend’s earthquake in Napa, radio’s inability to provide coverage when these…
    - 22 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 5:10am -
  • Small Ball

    Small Ball

    This morning, a reminder that radio no longer operates in a vacuum.  And important to note that this post is NSFW. It starts with a “news” item from The Onion (actually, it first appeared back in 2011) that came through my email box last week:…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 5:10am -
  • Radio’s Most SKINnovative – Jim McBride

    Radio’s Most SKINnovative – Jim McBride

    The growth of the Internet has affected radio in infinite ways, including the creation of many unique partnerships.  None is as interesting as the ongoing relationship between radio and MrSkin.com founder Jim McBride. It was Confucius who said, “C…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 5:10am -
  • Radio’s Flag Bearer

    Radio’s Flag Bearer

    - 6 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 5:10am -
  • In A Flash

    In A Flash

    So when you think of things that move really fast, what comes to mind? Of course, there were those amazing Concorde SSTs that flew from New York to London in around 3 ½ hours. Or the new Chevy Corvette with a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. But when I thi…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:10am -
  • The Fork In A Critical Road

    The Fork In A Critical Road

    Before you know it, the old pigskin will be tossed around, and soon, commercial radio broadcasters will head off to Indianapolis, while public radio programmers will make the trek to Portland, Oregon.  And that means that DASH 2.0 is right around th…
    - 8 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 5:10am -
  • It’s Not You, It’s Me

    It’s Not You, It’s Me

    It’s one of the worst lines you’ll ever hear: “It’s not you, it’s me.” And the equivalent in the world of radio today: “The problem isn’t with our ratings, it’s with our sales.” How many radio stations – great ones, mind you –…
    - 9 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 5:10am -
  • Radio’s Most Innovative – All Christmas Music

    Radio’s Most Innovative – All Christmas Music

    For our second honoree in our “Radio’s Most Innovative” series, we are going back in time and possibly opening Pandora’s Box.  Our intention is to honor the station that originated the All Christmas Music promotion; a bold innovation that, a…
    - 12 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 5:10am -
  • BJ Talks

    BJ Talks

    You may be thinking that it’s “Seattle DJ Week” on this blog – and you wouldn’t be wrong.  But it turns out the most fascinating stories in radio last week weren’t about the whereabouts of Casey Kasem’s corpse or what happened to radi…
    - 13 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 5:10am -
  • What About Bob 2?

    What About Bob 2?

    Yesterday, outgoing Seattle morning star Bob Rivers talked about his career path and his three families in what’s turned out to be a revealaing exit interview. Bob’s career exemplifies all those old school values – hard work, a belief in the…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 5:10am -

Holland Cooke Media

  • Rush Limbaugh: Losing, but doing the right thing.

    Rush Limbaugh: Losing, but doing the right thing.

    You’ve seen the ratings. Still big-in-small-markets, Rush Limbaugh is now small-in-big-markets. In New York, his affiliate is trailing several non-English-language stations. Ditto a bunch of ‘em in LA, where his station also trails several colleg…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 1:00pm -
  • “Thank you, Don Pardo!”

    “Thank you, Don Pardo!”

    - 8 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 6:26am -
  • Many radio stations are now robots…

    Many radio stations are now robots…

    …and others which are more diligent are more conspicuous. Video: Two local broadcasters who get it.
    - 18 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 12:57pm -
  • Howdy from the Texas Broadcasters’ convention.

    Howdy from the Texas Broadcasters’ convention.

    Video, ICYMI: My session here was “Remarkable + Resourceful: 21st Century Success Templates.” Follow my real-time Tweets from TAB2014 @HollandCooke And look for my convention notes in what’ll be one darn-meaty September issue of my monthly news…
    - 21 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 12:07pm -
  • ARE you ready?

    ARE you ready?

    August Mega-Issue: Fall Book Tune-Up Calling it “a book” seems quaint, with ratings data delivery paperless for so long now. With THE WORLD gone-digital, business-as-usual is no longer a business. Read: What you need to be up-to THIS MONTH.
    - 28 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 7:48am -
  • Are your station’s promos THIS “typical?”

    Are your station’s promos THIS “typical?”

    Real estate agents themselves see-the-humor in this caricature in the AT&T Wireless commercial. The ad demonstrates a common marketing mistake agents make: It’s look-alike. Ever seen an agent who DOESN’T have his/her picture on business cards…h…
    - 30 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 7:29am -
  • Got Local?

    Got Local?

    “I’d be confused if I didn’t live here. That’s good.” That’s Leighton Broadcasting Operations Manager Matt Senne, during an aircheck review session we did with a host who had made a local reference on-air. Have you ever noticed this? You…
    - 39 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 9:03am -
  • 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…
    - 64 days ago, 24 Jun 14, 6:43am -
  • Talk Radio Stunt?

    Talk Radio Stunt?

    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…
    - 67 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…
    - 68 days ago, 20 Jun 14, 5:17am -

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. http://go.muk.fm/1r1J3EzMichael Smith learns the hard way: Truth is not Reality | radioinfo.com.au: Gideon Spanier: Flourishing LBC is p…
    - 51 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…
    - 56 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. http://go.muk.fm/1lK2tM2 /cc Richard Horsman Andrew Bailey johnpickfordIgnore the news: Why I gave up listening to mainstream news so I could concentrate on things that matterFinancia…
    - 58 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…
    - 64 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: http://go.muk.fm/UiVvC5 (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…
    - 65 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…
    - 69 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" http://go.muk.fm/1qas2r3Radio Review: 13 June: The Shennan-igans continue at the BBCSpotify for sale? http://go.muk.fm/1lqZaYwThe Major La…
    - 72 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…
    - 78 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? http://go.muk.fm/1hoUKBKReader shares a 1946 book: 'BBC War Report from D-Day': At the end of a week that marked the 70th anniversary of D…
    - 79 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. http://go.muk.fm/1pDcdGpBBC Radio Explorer: a new way to listen to radio: A prototype for discovering great radio that shows real potentialThe BBC Radio Ex…
    - 86 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…
    - 89 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…
    - 91 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 http://go.muk.fm/ROn9p8Absolute Radio: how their new playlist choice at breakfast works: Exclusive: how do they play different songs…
    - 93 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…
    - 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. http://go.muk.fm/1uQeHFiIt Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 17: Avoiding The 'N' Word - Iain Dale: This web site uses cookies to…
    - 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…
    - 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 http://go.muk.fm/1mxHyNfGlobal Breakfast Radio follows the sunrise around the world: Global Breakfast Radio is an online radio station that broadc…
    - 11 May 14, 6:00pm -
  • Links of interest for week ending 4 May 2014
    The Irish radio #JNLR figures are out. http://go.muk.fm/1mhIpxc contains all the figures you need, from Ireland's media information website.radio market share in Ireland: A list of the most popular stations in IrelandBreaking: Another company finds o…
    - 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: http://go.muk.fm/1jSsiEGBauer: the one to watch for UK radio innovation: Radio has a new innovation leader in the UK: one tha…
    - 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…
    - 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: http://go.muk.fm/1qDchGZDoes radio have something to fear from the connected dash?: I take a trip in a car with nothing more fancy than…
    - 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…
    - 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. http://go.muk.fm/1gQxsxLEddie Mair’s ten-point plan to shake up the BBC: … and ensure the walls are carpetedMartin Kelner writes a message to a concerned listene…
    - 13 Apr 14, 6:00pm -
  • Links of interest for week ending 6 April 2014
    How not to digitally relaunch a radio station: http://go.muk.fm/1hTpeWI - 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…
    - 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. http://go.muk.fm/1lYlMxL10 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

  • Best Steak Marinade Ever…Again (New Recipe!)

    Best Steak Marinade Ever…Again (New Recipe!)

    A couple years ago, I shared a steak marinade recipe that I picked up from a fellow Big Green Egg fan at a local Eggfest, that was especially good on cuts like tenderloin, sirloin, and anvil or flatiron steaks. In … Continue reading →
    - 33 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:17pm -
  • 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 -


George Reed

  • NRG Media Acquires Waterloo, IA From Woodward Communications
    NRG Media, LLC  has agreed to purchase the assets of radio stations KFMW-FM, KOKZ-FM, KWLO-AM, and KXEL-AM, Waterloo, IA from Woodward Communications Inc. (subject to FCC approval).  The purchase price is $3,550,000.  Jody McCoy of Media Services…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 3:16pm -
  • Will We See You At The Radio Show?
    The Radio Show in Indy is just weeks away. Media Services Group will be at the Westin. Let me know if you would like to get together. #RadioGeorge
    - 5 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 5:01pm -
  • 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
    - 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!"http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/business/media/democracy-may-prove-the-doom-of-wbai.html?smid=tw-shareGeorge
    - 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 -

Audio4Cast

  • Growing Radio’s Digital Share Is The Answer

    Growing Radio’s Digital Share Is The Answer

    News around the US radio industry over the past week included Disney’s announcement that it will shut down operations at 23 of its 24 Radio Disney stations and concentrate on digital distribution platforms for the Radio Disney format. Partnerships…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 7:24am -

Broadcast Law Blog

Jaye Albright

  • How's Your PR?
    Do you have regular contact with all of the media people who tend to write about radio?If not, put together a group meeting with as many of your talent and management team as possible and "meet the press" as a group.  They are reporters.  All it wi…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 8:18am -
  • Studying The Target
    - 5 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 10:17am -
  • The Wrong Profession
    I don't care so much about the ones who won't do the work; the people who sign up with The Jock Doc, pay their money and expect that just by talking with me for fifty minutes a week, they'll somehow improve.No, the ones who really get to me are those…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 7:22pm -
  • Get More Remotes/Appearances
    Talent fees can be a nice “extra” bonus, and it seems like certain air personalities have a few secrets that make them the one that clients request more than everyone else.Ask for a tour of the business in advance.  You’ll be better able to ta…
    - 8 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:09am -
  • Who’s Going To Do The Next Remote/Appearance?
    This is one of the toughest jobs a programmer has.Choose a “sales favorite” too often and the rest of the talent will accuse you of favoritism, fail to give each personality an equal share of the work and you risk someone worrying that you don’…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Aug 14, 6:47pm -
  • Dressing The Part
    The attraction of a radio job for many of us was the fact that how we look doesn’t matter.  It’s all about how you sound.Unless you’re doing a live appearance or event.  It constantly surprises me how many personalities as they go outside the…
    - 12 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 9:13am -
  • Add MY Vote For This Great Idea
    Billboard reports:   Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release Day The music industry is on the verge of adopting a global street date that could see all countries issuing new releases on a Friday, probably beginning a y…
    - 13 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 7:09am -
  • Say It Isn't So, Zack
    It started the as Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, but these days it can also bite you if you're a broadcaster in the USA as well.  The news that Zac Brown is jumping to SESAC feels like a next door neighbor just told me he's moving…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 9:21am -
  • John Marks Has A Great Press Agent
    The entire A&O&B team are big fans of the SiriusXM Nashville-based country programmer and we all personally spend a lot of time with all of the country music channels he programs, not because of his good looks and charm, but because we love his innov…
    - 16 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 11:05am -
  • How Not To Do A Live Broadcast
    Set up your equipment on a card table.Wrap a banner around the table.Make sure you have a card table chair for the personality to sit on.Require that the talent stay behind the table and as far away from listeners as possible.Have the single person y…
    - 16 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 9:17am -
  • The Three-Tiered Bullseye
    Anyone who’s completed a sales training with Chris Lytle or his team can tell you where a business gains from being “top of mind:”The folks in the center of the target are in the market for what you have to sell right now.  The second ring of…
    - 22 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 9:29am -
  • Sit Down, Kid, And Let Me Tell You How Much Better It Used To Be
    Once upon a time, radio “programmed” commercial breaks.  Best spot first, second best last, worst ones in the middle of the cluster.Never put the same voice back to back in a cluster.Longest first, shortest last.Tags last and only one per cluste…
    - 22 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 9:29am -
  • It’s Actually Harder In Small Market Radio
    Electric power costs about the same in huge cities as it does in the smallest towns.Licensing fees are also similar.Cost of sales - typically a percentage of gross revenues - of course is higher in the big leagues, but the piece of pie that it repres…
    - 22 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 9:25am -
  • A Good Rule? Not For Country
    "Now don’t get me wrong – at most, crossovers should be used like spice and when aggressively employed, they should be accompanied by credible DJ commentary setting the stage so the listener knows there’s a reason for its being played.  Oft…
    - 23 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 6:38am -
  • Bad Ads
    Common flaws in both promo and commercial copy:1.  Trying to sell too many things, using…2.  Too many words, and3.  Little or no listener emotional involvement.Fixing the quality of your radio station’s writing, and getting better results for…
    - 26 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 7:11am -
  • Bad Promos
    - 28 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:12pm -
  • The Stages Of Every Radio Promotion
    One of my early heroes was San Francisco’s Jim Gabbert.  I learned a lot listening to his radio and watching his TV station.  He is a master of self-promotion, having learned from Gordon McClendon and Don Keyes who taught many great radio lessons…
    - 29 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 8:48am -
  • School Closings
    It’s time.  NOT do start doing them (yet), but to set up your radio station’s plan and organizational structure for how you’ll handle school closing announcements when they start to happen in late fall.Contact every school district in your met…
    - 30 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:14am -
  • A “Job” That Gets Done Whether There’s A Person Doing It Or Not
    It used to be that owners with just one or two radio stations billing less than a million dollars annually simply couldn’t afford a full time Production/Creative Director.A good thing about the clustering of stations that began in the mid-90’s is…
    - 31 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 8:48am -
  • Directing Traffic
    If you build and maintain daily logs scheduling everything on your radio station other than music, I’d say that you and your station's music director are the "de facto" programmer and sales manager.Most sales directors “get” this and the most s…
    - 34 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:28am -
  • The Hardest Jobs
    Two jobs at any radio station require the folks assigned to them to be more efficient and diplomatic than almost any others.They both fall into a gray area, not quite sales, not quite programming, not quite management with responsibilities which fall…
    - 36 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 9:14am -
  • War
    It’s not a pleasant subject, but if you haven’t already done so, it’s past time to be sure your radio station is ready.  It's time to think through and write a plan of action in the event the scary events of the last week continue to escalate…
    - 37 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 9:41am -
  • The New Newsperson
    “A drone owned by Castanet.net in Kelowna and being operated by a news editor was grounded after a fire information officer said it flew too close to a Peachland, B.C. wildfire. The officer cited the dangers of a drone coming into contact with a…
    - 40 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 10:53am -
  • Are Station Promotions "News?"
    No, not normally, but if anything out of the ordinary ever happens as you execute contests, special events, remotes, social media interactions and phone contact with listeners I hereby vote that they are.Remind everyone on your team that “news” i…
    - 41 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 9:35am -
  • I Have Blog Envy
    Chase Murphy is a native of South Texas who lives and works in San Antonio, best-known for his work as an on-air personality for KXXM and as Program Director for Mix 96.1, Q 101.9 (KQXT) and La Preciosa 105.7 (KQXT-HD3).  His blog is a treasure and…
    - 42 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 9:30am -

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

  • {video} INCOMPETENT RADIO ADVERTISING FOR DISH NETWORK

    {video} INCOMPETENT RADIO ADVERTISING FOR DISH NETWORK

    The loyal reader who sent me this radio commercial was upset because of the way the advertiser ridicules the station that broadcasts the ad. If I’m advising the advertiser, however, I wouldn’t really care whether it hurt the station’s feelings.…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 2:01am -
  • WINNER OF THE RADIO COPYWRITING REWRITE CHALLENGE

    WINNER OF THE RADIO COPYWRITING REWRITE CHALLENGE

    Recently I issued a challenge for radio commercial copywriters to improve upon a weak line that appeared in an otherwise well-written print advertisement for Trader Joe’s. A bunch of people submitted their copywriting rewrites (here). The line to b…
    - 9 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:01am -
  • REPLAY OF AUDIOBOOK Q&A w/BARBARA ROSENBLAT

    REPLAY OF AUDIOBOOK Q&A w/BARBARA ROSENBLAT

    Here’s the replay of the world’s greatest audiobook narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, answering questions about…uh, narrating audio books. Our secret agenda for conducting the free teleseminar was to help people decide whether Barbara’s upcoming A…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 2:55am -
  • THE CUSTOM AUDIO TRAILER DON LaFONTAINE MADE FOR ME

    THE CUSTOM AUDIO TRAILER DON LaFONTAINE MADE FOR ME

    It was 2007. Everyone was excited about the extra special guest speaker for my annual International Radio Creative & Production Summit: Don LaFontaine. Just a few days prior to the Summit, the phone rang. It was Don, and as soon as I heard his voice…
    - 16 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 2:59am -
  • VOTE FOR BEST RADIO COPYWRITING REWRITE

    VOTE FOR BEST RADIO COPYWRITING REWRITE

    A couple of days ago I challenged radio copywriters to rewrite one surprisingly weak line in an otherwise good print ad for Trader Joe’s. The line to be rewritten is the second of these two sentences: “Trader Joe’s Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches…
    - 19 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 2:01am -

VoiceOverTimes

  • Audiobook Pioneer, Bob Deyan, Passes Away From ALS
    Los Angeles, CA – August 21, 2014 – Deyan Audio Services sadly announces the passing of its co-founder, Bob Deyan. Bob passed away Tuesday evening at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica,[...]
    - 5 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:51am -
  • Louisiana Film Prize Announces 20 Winning Finalists
    A hopeful crowd of indie moviemakers raised a traditional shot of tequila toasting the 2014 Louisiana Film Prize in Shreveport on Aug. 12. The festival, which is celebrating its third year, received[...]
    - 12 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 9:05am -
  • Have Accents, Voice Will Travel
    Can an actor’s voice be heard around the world without leaving the comfort of their home recording studio? It can if you are a master of accents and dialects. According to[...]
    - 13 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 6:03pm -
  • Actor Robin Williams, Dead at 63
    “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his[...]
    - 15 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 10:09pm -
  • Casting Director Marion Dougherty to Posthumously Receive Governors Award at 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
    With over six decades of experience casting for both television and film, the late Marion Dougherty is about to be recognized for her lifelong work as a casting director. The[...]
    - 20 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 10:56am -
  • SIGGRAPH 2014 Taking Place in Vancouver
    Are you a fan of animation? Voices.com will be exhibiting at the SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with the exhibition component taking[...]
    - 21 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 11:41am -
  • 3 Ways to Bring Your Character to Unique Life
    A question that is often asked of casting directors is “What makes one actor stand out from another?” The answer is very simple: Uniqueness. Uniqueness occurs when an actor has the confidence[...]
    - 23 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 8:36am -
  • More Than Just a Voice Book Launch
    Do you know the real secret to voice-over success? Practicing journalist of thirty years and voice over artist, Dave Courvoisier, recently poured seven years of voice-over blogging into his new[...]
    - 34 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 8:27pm -
  • 3 Reasons Why Listening Is the Most Important Part of Acting
    I’ve been in casting rooms over the years where the decision as to who will get the job is in a seemingly unbreakable stalemate based on the reading. Half the[...]
    - 34 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:41pm -
  • Rebecca Davis Honoured with Inaugural Don LaFontaine Spirit Award

    Rebecca Davis Honoured with Inaugural Don LaFontaine Spirit Award

    On Thursday, June 26th, 2014 Source Elements teamed up with the SAG Foundation to present the inaugural Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab Spirit Award to one unsuspecting voice-over artist. Rebecca Davis,[...]
    - 43 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 12:15pm -

RAIN

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 -


AirCheckIt

  • 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

  • August 26, 2014

    August 26, 2014

    On this day in 1992 "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men was the #1 song.How well do you know "The Greatest Music of All Time?"Who’s the male singer/songwriter from Long Island (whose had some of his most famous non-music misadventures there) with si…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Aug 14, 3:00am -
  • August 25, 2014

    August 25, 2014

    On this day in 1972 "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass was the #1 song.How well do you know "The Greatest Music of All Time?"Who’s the actress currently married to an actor from the “M*A*S*H” TV series, that co-starred in several…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 3:00am -
  • August 24, 2014

    August 24, 2014

    On this day in 1967 "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry was the #1 song.1967 Average U.S. Prices Bread: $0.22/loafMilk: $1.15/galEggs: $1.10/dozCar: $2,425Gasoline: $0.33/galHouse: $24,600Stamp: $0.05/eaAverage Income: $8,801/yrMinimum Wage: $1.4…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 3:00am -
  • August 23, 2014

    August 23, 2014

    On this day in 1978 "Grease" by Frankie Valli was the #1 song.1978 Average U.S. Prices  Milk: $1.44/galEggs: $1.31/dozCar: $6,379Gasoline: $0.65/galHouse: $62,500Stamp: $0.15/eaAverage Income: $20,091/yr Minimum Wage: $2.65/hr Today's Celebrity…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 3:00am -
  • August 22, 2014

    August 22, 2014

    On this day in 1984 "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr. was the #1 song.How well do you know "The Greatest Music of All Time?"Who’s the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter that wrote “Pieces Of April” for Three Dog Night, recorded a #1 country mus…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 3:00am -

Ron Jacobs Blog

  • A GENUINE "SULLIVAN O'CONNER" SPIFF

    A GENUINE "SULLIVAN O'CONNER" SPIFF

         ENCORES(For The Four Beeps & A Bop) Sully remembered hearing, on some place like Public Radio, that there have been merely three encores in the history of the Metropolitan Opera since it first began in with its debut performance, Gounod’s…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 1:29pm -
  • THE FIRST ELVIS IMPERSONATOR. 1961

    THE FIRST ELVIS IMPERSONATOR. 1961

                                            COURTESY RON JACOBS / LEGENDARY AUCTIONS  Ron Jacobs, right, interviews Elvis Presley while the King was in town for a concert. At left is RCA distributor Art Kaye.Deejay's stunts resulte…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:22am -
  • 2014 ANNUAL RAMS PRESEASON CONFESSIONAL

    2014 ANNUAL RAMS PRESEASON CONFESSIONAL

    Why Whodaguy's 49th Yearaddiction to the same NFL team?Click for many disquieting details ... http://tinyurl.com/o9pdtx6For Bill Kelly, Peter Gardiner, Cass Elliott, Chuck Stein, Ray Jacobs, Milo Perichitch & Mitch FisherSt. Louis QB Sam Bradford r…
    - 8 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 2:33am -
  • THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN ST. LOUIS?

    THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN ST. LOUIS?

      Get Away From Him! Saturday,  August 16, 2014  -  3:00 pmhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH-WEsjbFhAFINAL HAWAII U.S. SENATE ELECTION RESULTSTo be posted at 7:00 pm HST (estimated)http://www.staradvertiser.com
    - 12 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 6:12am -
  • HOT LINKS: KEONEPOKO, KEITH OLBERMANN RANT, ROBIN WILLIAMS DOLPHINS

    HOT LINKS: KEONEPOKO, KEITH OLBERMANN RANT, ROBIN WILLIAMS DOLPHINS

     ISOLATED BY HURRICANE ISELLE,SMALL HAWAII ISLAND VILLAGE COULDDETERMINE 10% OF NEXT U.S. SENATE http://tinyurl.com/lbv9pfqFriday’s Primary Election will be held in Keonepoko. Residents of Punawill be voting - if the roads are clear of Hurricane…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 3:18pm -
  • THE NEW GOVERNOR OF HAWAII :: DAVID IGE

    THE NEW GOVERNOR OF HAWAII :: DAVID IGE

    STATE’S FIRST SITTING GOVERNOR TO BE WIPED OUT IN A PRIMARY.THE 7th GOVERNOR OF HAWAII, NEIL ABERCROMBIE (D), RAN INTO A PERFECT STORM OF HURRICANE ISLAND POLITICS. HE BLEW A CHANCE WITH BONUS “DISASTER COVERAGE,” APPEARING BEWILDERED 48 HOURS…
    - 16 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 2:12am -
  • "GREATER STORMS IN POLITICS THAN THOSE FOUND AT SEA"

    "GREATER STORMS IN POLITICS THAN THOSE FOUND AT SEA"

    There once was Hurricane IselleAnd another, named Julio, as well.Predictions of calamityTurned out not to beTwo monster storms from Hell.http://tinyurl.com/qgs4bvmFarewell Governor Neil Abercrombie, loser of today's electionRon Jacobs, Primary Electi…
    - 18 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 2:28pm -
  • HAWAII HURRICANE HEADLINES; PRIMARY ELECTION 2014

    HAWAII HURRICANE HEADLINES; PRIMARY ELECTION 2014

    http://www.staradvertiser.comRAMS-SAINTS, 6PM EST#2 RAMS QB STARTSRAMS D ALERTS SEASON'S OPPONENTSJEFF FISHER BACK IN PLAYOFFSSAM BRADFORD, COMEBACK PLAYER OF YEAR5:55 PM EST. 8/8/14
    - 18 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 6:56pm -
  • HAWAII HURICANES LIVE STREAM

    HAWAII HURICANES LIVE STREAM

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/category/198303/livestream
    - 18 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 4:37pm -
  • HAWAII HURICANE NEWS, DIRECT FROM OAHU

    HAWAII HURICANE NEWS, DIRECT FROM OAHU

    RJ update: 3:30 pm, 7 November 2014ISELLE WEAKENS, BUT IS STILL A STRONG STORMBy STAR-ADVERTISER STAFF"Conditions will steadily deteriorate over the Big Island this afternoon, with tropical storm conditions expected to arrive well before dark. Hurric…
    - 19 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 8:25pm -
  • IGE FOR GOVERNOR, HANABUSA FOR SENATE

    IGE FOR GOVERNOR, HANABUSA FOR SENATE

    "We can definitely feel the momentum."DAVID IGE If Hurricane Iselle visits Hawaii later this week as forecast, hopefully it will blow some incumbent policitians out of office while bringing in some fresh blood, brains and balls.Most folks I know hav…
    - 22 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 3:37am -
  • BACK ONLINE - BUT STILL NO EMAIL TEN DAYS!

    BACK ONLINE - BUT STILL NO EMAIL TEN DAYS!

    Yours truly, Nancy and Assistant. Kaneo’he, October 2013MAHALO & ALOHA NUI LOATo New and Longtime Browsers480,000 hits this volumeYou kept coming. To test if I’m alive?Hey, praise the Lord and pass the resolutionof the hi-definition mission we be…
    - 26 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 11:09am -
  • I'M BUT A PILGRIM

    I'M BUT A PILGRIM

    My Father's house has plenty of room; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?John 14:2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rbJX7uBkkQUntil we meet again, may God bless you as He has blessed me.Elvis…
    - 36 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 11:49pm -
  • HANA HOU ... 68/08

    HANA HOU ... 68/08

    “I'm always happy when I'm surrounded by water, I think I'm a Mermaid or I was a mermaid. it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.” The ocean makes me feel really…
    - 41 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 11:26am -
  • BROADCAST NOTES & LINKS: ELVIS STORY & AT40

    BROADCAST NOTES & LINKS: ELVIS STORY & AT40

    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…
    - 51 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 1:03pm -
  • ELVIS & CASEY: FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND!

    ELVIS & CASEY: FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND!

    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.…
    - 57 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 1:46pm -
  • CASEY & THE CAPTAIN: THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN TOP 40

    CASEY & THE CAPTAIN: THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN TOP 40

    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…
    - 65 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 6:16pm -
  • THE DAY TOP 40 DIED ~ CASEY KASEM, R.I.P.

    THE DAY TOP  40  DIED ~ CASEY KASEM, R.I.P.

      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.…
    - 72 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 12:10am -
  • OPEN LETTER TO CLAUDE HALL

    OPEN LETTER TO CLAUDE HALL

    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…
    - 75 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 4:26pm -
  • TRUE, BLUE HAWAII HEADLINES

    TRUE, BLUE HAWAII HEADLINES

    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…
    - 80 days ago, 7 Jun 14, 11:16pm -
  • "HISTORY OF HAWAIIAN RADIO" HISTORY

    "HISTORY OF HAWAIIAN RADIO" HISTORY

    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…
    - 89 days ago, 30 May 14, 4:08am -
  • ROBERT W, MORGANIZES HIMSELF!

    ROBERT W, MORGANIZES HIMSELF!

    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…
    - 91 days ago, 28 May 14, 12:05am -
  • THE CASEY KASEM CAPER, PART TWO

    THE CASEY KASEM CAPER, PART TWO

    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…
    - 98 days ago, 21 May 14, 11:17am -
  • THE ST. LOUIS RAMS MICHAEL SAM, ETC.

    THE ST. LOUIS RAMS MICHAEL SAM, ETC.

    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…
    - 12 May 14, 12:48am -
  • PLACID JEWS, ACID BLUES, JAGGER'S SNOOZE

    PLACID JEWS, ACID BLUES, JAGGER'S SNOOZE

    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…
    - 8 May 14, 6:44pm -

Broadcast Dialogue

Jim Rose Remembers Radio

  • JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO Issue #1314
    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…
    - 66 days ago, 21 Jun 14, 10:57pm -
  • JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO Issue #1313
    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…
    - 69 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 11:00pm -

Chicagoland Radio and Media

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Format Change Archive

  • CJSS Becomes Boom 101.9
    Previous Format: Classic Hits “Greatest Hits 101.9” New Format: Classic Hits “Boom 101.9” Date & Time Of Change: August 25, 2014 at 3:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 17 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • Alt 98.3 Launches
    Previous Format: New Signal New Format: Alternative “Alt 98.3” Date & Time Of Change: August 25, 2014 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight
    - 1 day ago, 25 Aug 14, 4:00pm -
  • 102.5 Nash Icon Debuts
    Previous Format: Sports “102.5 The Fan” New Format: Country “102.5 Nash Icon” Date & Time Of Change: August 15, 2014 at 3:07pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Rob Zerwehk
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • KOOO Becomes The Keg
    Previous Format: Variety Hits “101.9 The Big O” KOOO New Format: Classic Rock “101.9 The Keg” Date & Time Of Change: August 13, 2014 at 4:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 5 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • KVIB Becomes 95.1 The Oasis
    Previous Format: Spanish AC “95.1 Solamente Exitos” New Format: Soft AC “95.1 The Oasis” Date & Time Of Change: August 13, 2014 at 12:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by FMAirchecks.com
    - 6 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • KQLK Becomes 97.9 Nash Icon
    Previous Format: Rhythmic CHR “Hot 97.9” New Format: Country “97.9 Nash Icon” Date & Time Of Change: August 15, 2014 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by MeAgainstMarconi.com
    - 7 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 1:00pm -
  • WNUQ Becomes 102.1 Nash Icon
    Previous Format: CHR “Q102.1” New Format: Country “102.1 Nash Icon” Date & Time Of Change: August 15, 2014 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 7 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • WZRR Becomes Nash Icon
    Previous Format: CHR “99.5 The Vibe” New Format: Country “99.5 Nash Icon” Date & Time Of Change: August 15, 2014 at 3:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 12 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 2:00pm -
  • KJR-FM Becomes The Jet
    Previous Format: Classic Rock “95.7 KJR” New Format: Classic Hits “95.7 The Jet” Date & Time Of Change: August 8, 2014 at 10:08am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 19 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 9:08am -
  • WPGB Becomes Big 104.7
    Previous Format: Talk “FM NewsTalk 104.7” New Format: Country “Big 104.7” Date & Time Of Change: More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia
    - 20 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 2:00pm -

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 buddytv.com.  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

  • This is Without a Doubt the Best Way To Bulletproof Your Station Against Digital
    I’ve got some new research that shows what happens when the media industry ignores the will of Millennials. Cable television is becoming a thing of the past for money demos because of it. But the radio industry can still do some things that will he…
    - 9 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Don’t Fall For this Radio Career Trick
    Maynard, the operations manager of Hubbard Seattle, has lost his mind. He left arguably the best radio group for one of the worst. Maynard was lured away by none other than The Evil Empire. What’s up with that? Plenty it turns out. Clear Channel re…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Don Cannon
    Don Cannon died late last week after a prolonged illness. He was 74 years old and retired 10 years ago from a great job doing mornings at CBS-owned WOGL, Philadelphia. I worked with Don and can tell you he is a unique talent. Don worked on so many ma…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Nothing Is Killing Radio Audiences Like This
    What’s killing radio audiences? It’s not unbearable 8-minute commercial clusters twice an hour – although that, too. Not the repetitive music that young listeners dislike. Not even the lack of popular personalities although audiences still rela…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Caught: Clear Channel Payola Email Exposed
    Clear Channel has been pretty blatant accepting and giving favors for and from record labels. Up until now it has been left only to the imagination. You know it’s going on, but how can you prove it. Today, you can prove it. If you’ve been thinkin…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 6:11pm -
  • What Does It Mean When Dan Mason’s Son Leaves CBS Radio
    What kind of crazy s@#t is this? Young Dan Mason had as much job security at CBS as his father. So, why did he just go to work for Cox? And in a market that’s a step down from Boston in size. It’s complicated. If you’ve been thinking about subs…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 6:23pm -
  • Don Pardo

    Don Pardo

    I don’t know if I ever told you this but my first break in television was as a booth announcer at the ABC affiliate Channel 6 in Philadelphia. The program director, Tom Jones, gave me my break.  Unfortunately he died a few weeks later at a very yo…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 7:01pm -
  • Now THIS Is Digital Revenue
    Radio’s down 3%, but digital is up double digits. Radio is doing the wrong digital. If you have limited resources and have to do only ONE thing to hit that critical double digit figure at your station, this is it. If you’ve been thinking about su…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 6:34pm -
  • The Truth About Disney’s Radio Exit
    They’re lying bastards who have deserted the ship! No, they’re geniuses who are once again getting out while the getting is good. Which one is Disney? Is the avalanche of radio station sales about to begin? What’s really going on and what does…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Ratting Out Nielsen Ratings
    If you only knew what is going on behind the scenes at Nielsen Audio Ratings at a time when radio is losing 3% of its revenue (Source RAB, 2nd Q 2014). Wait! You do. Here it is from ad agency and radio execs and Nielsen’s own employees. What Nielse…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Aug 14, 9:14pm -

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

  • !August 27 In Radio History

    August 27 In Radio History

    In 1910...James McCurdy sends first aircraft-to-ground wireless messageHigh Island as seen from Orchard Beach, Bronx County, NYIn 1967...An airplane knocked down transmitting tower on High Island, NY (Bronx County) shared by WCBS 880 AM and WNBC 660…
    - 1 hour ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:59am -
  • L-A Mayor Urges FCC To Examine 'Real World Problems'

    L-A Mayor Urges FCC To Examine 'Real World Problems'

    Mashable CompositeLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says that the FCC’s review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger should examine “real world problems like the Dodgers dispute,” in which more than 60% of the city’s residents do not…
    - 15 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 11:50am -
  • CBS, Townsquare To Launch Michigan News Network

    CBS, Townsquare To Launch Michigan News Network

    CBS RADIO and Townsquare Media announced today the creation of the Michigan News Network, which will provide affiliated stations across the state with news, sports and other local content produced by CBS RADIO stations NewsradioWWJ 950 AM and WXYT 97…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 9:17am -
  • CNN Quake Coverage Pranked By Stern Fan

    CNN Quake Coverage Pranked By Stern Fan

    Christi PaulCNN was the victim of a stunt apparently pulled-off by a Howard Stern fan Sunday.In a segment on the California earthquake, CNN’s anchor Christi Paul conducted an interview with someone she identified as a spokesperson for the San Franc…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 9:06am -
  • CNN Expected To Lower The Boom

    CNN Expected To Lower The Boom

    John MartinJohn Martin, the CEO of Time Warner’s cable-network division, which includes TNT, TBS and CNN, plans to shed 550 staffers as part of a drive to free up cash for rising sports rights and more original programming, according to The NY Post…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:53am -
  • Miami Radio: DJ Laz Returns Talks About Boating Accident

    Miami Radio: DJ Laz Returns Talks About Boating Accident

    - 18 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:47am -
  • Bay Area Radio: Ronn Owens Discloses Parkinsons Disease

    Bay Area Radio: Ronn Owens Discloses Parkinsons Disease

    Ronn Owens (Chronicle)KGO 810 AM radio host Ronn Owens has diclosed he has had Parkinson's disease since 2001.The 68-year-old Owens told listeners Monday  his first reaction was that the incurable illness was "a death sentence," he says he's made hi…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:46am -
  • Fort Wayne Radio: Mike Scott To Wake-Up Duty On WWFW

    Fort Wayne Radio:  Mike Scott To Wake-Up Duty On WWFW

    Mike ScottAdams Radio Group/Fort Wayne has announced the addition of Mike Scott to the line-up or its AC station.Starting Sept. 15 Scott will handle wake-up duty on Scott Rock WWFW 103.9 FM and brings 30+years of experience to the market.  Most rece…
    - 19 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:35am -
  • Lincoln NE Radio: NRG Flips 94-5 FM To Top 40

    Lincoln NE Radio: NRG Flips 94-5 FM To Top 40

    NRG Media/Lincoln Monday launched Top40 RED 94-5 on Translator K233AN and KBBK 107.3  FM HD2.  The signal had been relaying N/T KLIN 1400 AM.LISTEN-LIVE: Click Here“RED 94-5 is a compilation of what Lincoln listeners told us they want from a radi…
    - 19 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:18am -
  • Nashville Radio: CCM+E Launches Alt 98-3 FM

    Nashville Radio: CCM+E Launches Alt 98-3 FM

    CCM+E/Nashville has launched Alternative ALT 98-3 via translator W252CM and WNRQ105.9 GM HD-2.ALT 98.3 is playing mainstream Alternative music from artists like Nashville-based Jack White, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon, as well as Coldplay, Pearl…
    - 19 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:18am -
  • Bristol TN Radio: R.I.P.: WZAP's David Ray Killed During Walk

    Bristol TN Radio: R.I.P.: WZAP's David Ray Killed During Walk

    David Ausmus walked every day — rain, sleet or snow. He frequently walked along Island Road and was known in that area as the man with the walking stick, according to tricities.com.“He was out there every day; he never missed,” said Glen Harlo…
    - 22 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:54am -
  • NYC Radio: Radio 103-9 Hires Tamika D. Mallory

    NYC Radio: Radio 103-9 Hires Tamika D. Mallory

    Tamika D. MalloryCumulus announces that nationally renowned civil rights activist Tamika D. Mallory has been appointed Community Affairs Director for New York City’s newest R&B station, Radio 103.9 "New York's Best Mix of R&B."By working with the s…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:32am -
  • Baton Rouge Radio: Talker Jim Engster Moving To WBRP

    Baton Rouge Radio: Talker Jim Engster Moving To WBRP

    Jim EngsterThe Jim Engster Show is leaving public radio station WRKF 89.3 FM and moving up the dial to Guaranty Broadcasting's Talk WBRP 107.3 FM, which will expand the one-hour talk show to two hours and air it live statewide during the weekday afte…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:18am -
  • 'Whole Lotta Love' Guitar Riff Voted Best

    'Whole Lotta Love' Guitar Riff Voted Best

    Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2.The rock classic came out top from a list of 100 riffs drawn up by a panel of Radio 2 and 6 Music DJs, critics and record producers.Led Ze…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:06am -
  • Premiere Inks New Deal With Personality Mario Lopez

    Premiere Inks New Deal With Personality Mario Lopez

    Mario LopezCCM+E has  announced a new long-term agreement with entertainment personality Mario Lopez, who hosts the Emmy Award-winning syndicated television program "Extra."Financial terms were not disclosed.As part of the new deal, Lopez, and his w…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:01am -
  • Detroit Radio: Mike Juliano New DOS For Greater Media

    Detroit Radio: Mike Juliano New DOS For Greater Media

    Mike JulianoGreater Media has announced Mike Juliano has been named as the new Director of Sales of the company’s Detroit based-properties, including WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and Detroit Sports 105.1.The broadcast executive most recently served as the Dire…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 3:56am -
  • Seattle Radio: Lisa Adams Named New PD At KLCK

    Seattle Radio: Lisa Adams Named New PD At KLCK

    Lisa AdamsHubbard Radio/Seattle has announced Lisa Adams is the new Program Director of KLCK 98.9 FM Click 98-9.Most recently Adams served as OM/PD of KCIX (Hot AC), KWYE (Hot AC), KXLT (AC) and KAWO (Country) in Boise Idaho for Townsquare Media. Pri…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 3:55am -
  • Emmy Awards: And The Winners Are...

    Emmy Awards: And The Winners Are...

    Monday night's (August 25th) 66th Emmy Awards marked the first time the show had been held on a Monday since 1976. The ceremony was hosted by Seth Meyers who seemed to focus many of his jokes on network TV versus cable and Netflix.The evening's big w…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 3:37am -
  • August 26 In Radio History

    August 26 In Radio History

    In 1926...WWRL NYC signed on.Founded by radio enthusiast William Reuman, WWRL (for Woodside Radio Laboratory) began broadcasting at 12:00 a.m., Thursday, August 26, 1926 from a studio and transmitter in his home at 41-30 58th Street in Woodside, Quee…
    - 24 hours ago, 26 Aug 14, 3:18am -
  • Boston Radio: No Bull! Lance Houston Is WBWL's New PD

    Boston Radio: No Bull! Lance Houston Is WBWL's New PD

    Lance HoustonCCM+E/Boston has announced that Lance Houston is the new program director for Country WBWL 101.7 FM The Bull.Houston starts in early September and will also host mid-days 10am-2pm.For the past year and a half, Houston has been the Progr…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Aug 14, 3:03am -
  • Phoenix Radio: KTAR Rebrands 92.3 FM

    Phoenix Radio: KTAR Rebrands 92.3 FM

    Determined to enhance its news image, Bonneville/Phoenix KTAR 92.3 FM has rebranded to KTAR News…on 92.3 FM and KTAR.com. The move includes several important weekday programming changes and a new website designed specifically for mobile users.Arizo…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 9:04am -
  • S-L-C Radio: KHTB Debuts "FML with Fook and Mishell"

    S-L-C Radio: KHTB Debuts "FML with Fook and Mishell"

    FookCumulus Media has announced that Alt KHTB 94.9 FM in Salt Lake City will debut its new midday show, “FML with Fook and Mishell”, today. The show airs 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. weekdays and features the co-hosts Fook and Mishell as they hold court wit…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 8:01am -
  • Report: Restructuring Coming To CNN

    Report: Restructuring Coming To CNN

    Jeff ZuckerCNN chief Jeff Zucker recently shared not so encouraging words with some of the news operation’s employees, many of whom have been bracing for potential jobs cuts.“We are going to do less and have to do it with less,” Zucker said dur…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 7:45am -
  • MTV VMAs: And The Winners Are...

    MTV VMAs: And The Winners Are...

    Miley CyrusSome of music's biggest names gathered in L.A. last night (August 24th) at The Forum for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.And although it appeared that MTV experienced sound technical difficulties from the pre-show up to the actual show, th…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 3:27am -
  • California 'Quake Knocks Napa Stations Off-Air

    California 'Quake Knocks Napa Stations Off-Air

    KYVN 99.3 FM (6Kw) 60dBu CoverageA moderately strong earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday morning, injuring over 170 people in the Napa Valley, severely damaging historic buildings in downtown Napa, rupturing gas lines and water m…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 3:20am -

The Radio Agency

  • When Radio Stations Change Format

    When Radio Stations Change Format

    Janie fell asleep listening to Love Songs on her favorite radio station. She awoke to hear “Vinnie and The Coach,” grumbling about the local ball club’s loss last night and asking listeners who should be fired. What the heck just … Continue r…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 5:55am -
  • Digital Radio Update

    Digital Radio Update

    Enjoying your digital radio? Isn’t it fun to create customized channels and not have to flip around the dial to find songs you like? Don’t you love skipping the songs you don’t want to listen to? Just about everyone is … Continue reading →
    - 14 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 6:32am -
  • The Perils of Chasing Something Shiny

    The Perils of Chasing Something Shiny

    Thousands of happy radio advertisers have thousands of stories of how well radio advertising works for their brand. Most cite the sound fundamentals of AM/FM, rather than how they gambled and won on new technology that’s still finding an audience.…
    - 19 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 7:59am -
  • Summer Vacation Recommendations

    Summer Vacation Recommendations

    Our blog writers have the week off. So we polled our friends in and around radio for some great media recommendations to consume on your summer vacation. Books to read. Music to play. TV series to binge watch. Here are … Continue reading →
    - 23 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 5:56am -
  • Programmatic buying comes to radio.. slowly.

    Programmatic buying comes to radio.. slowly.

    Programmatic buying is perhaps the hottest buzz phrase in advertising these days. The consensus is that “Everybody’s doing it!” even though a recent poll taken by the Association of National Advertisers shows that only 26% of respondents unders…
    - 29 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 6:51am -
  • Digital Downloads Down; Streaming Music Soars

    Digital Downloads Down; Streaming Music Soars

    The way in which people consume music is ever-evolving.  Personal ownership started with vinyl records, then transitioned to 8-tracks and cassettes.  Along came the 1980s and with it came CDs.  In the early 2000s, digital downloading emerged as t…
    - 36 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:27am -
  • The Wrong X-Ray

    The Wrong X-Ray

    Imagine you broke your leg.  Ouch.  And now you’re in the emergency room where the doctor shows you X-rays of patients he’s recently worked on with broken hands and fractured hips.  You’d probably hobble off to see the next doctor. … Conti…
    - 43 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 4:00am -
  • 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 →
    - 50 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 1:58pm -
  • How to Best Utilize Radio in your Media Campaigns

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