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Non-Commercial Christian Radio Had Better Worry About This

I am blessed to do a lot of research work with Christian non-commercial broadcasters. As I travel around the country working with these amazing and passionate folks, I have discovered something unsettling – a trend that, I believe, should concern them a great deal. Here’s what I hear: Over time, the magnitude of giving is […]

Posted in ccm, christian, Christian Radio, fm, fundraising, giving, kickstarter, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, non-com, non-commercial, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, trends

The Death of the Mobile Phone Antenna

So the hot rumor about the forthcoming iPhone 7 is that it will lose something that has so far been taken for granted. I’m talking about the headphone jack. No headphone jack means no place to plug in your earbuds, headphones, or stereo cable. That means the audio will transmit wirelessly, and that most irritating of […]

Posted in 7, Audio Trends, bluetooth, chip, connected car, Digital Strategy, earbuds, fm, FM on Mobile Phones, iphone, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile phones, nextradio, radio, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, rumor, wireless, wires

Radio: The BBC Is Trying to Tell You Something

The BBC will reportedly abolish its radio and television divisions. BBC-produced radio and TV will still exist, of course, but they will be reorganized to reflect changes in audience behavior and in media definitions that I and others have been articulating for years. From Tubefilter: [BBC] director-general, Lord Tony Hall, believes an organizational overhaul is necessary […]

Posted in 2016, am, Audio Trends, bbc, disrupt, entertain, fm, hivio, inform, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, online radio, ramsey-blog, trends

No AM Radio? Automakers Should Listen To Their Customers

Now I am as pro-technology as anyone you’ll find in the audio space, but the reason to be pro-technology is to be pro-consumer. Because any technology that doesn’t serve the interests and desires of consumers is a solution that, by definition, nobody wants. And the only thing worse than not being wanted is being UNwanted. So […]

Posted in am, am radio, auto, Automotive, bmw, car, consumers, ev, expectation, fm, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, tesla, trends, value, vehicle

Why Data Caps Don’t Matter for Audio

Do consumers want radios built into their mobile devices so they can save on precious bandwidth? In other words, does the use of audio streaming itself push bandwidth past available data caps? Is audio a “data hog”? Is there a consumer problem here? I have previously argued that audio streams are, in fact, fairly economical. Even […]

Posted in bandwidth, emmis, entertainment, fm, FM on Mobile Phones, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile phones, next radio, nextradio, online radio, pandora, radio, ramsey-blog, streaming data cap

A Choppy Stream Ahead for NextRadio

With a great flourish, the powers-that-be behind the NextRadio app have announced that this week shall begin a thunderous effort to enlist one constituency so far utterly lacking in enthusiasm for NextRadio’s product: Consumers. And so begins an onslaught of over-the-air radio spots designed to lead consumers to download an app that will not work on most […]

Posted in bill freund, clip interactive, digital, Digital Strategy, emarketer, emmis, fm, FM on Mobile Phones, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile phone, nab, nextradio, online radio, rab, radio, radio heard here, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog

Radio is Still Tops, But…

In a November survey by Morgan Stanley (released this week and reported in Quartz), more than 2,000 American adults were asked what audio platforms they used. Their answers: Now this question is roughly analogous to what broadcasters would call “reach.” It does not really address frequency of usage or “time spent listening.” Radio tops the […]

Posted in am, fm, iheartradio, itunes, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, morgan stanley, pandora, podcasts, quartz, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, siriusxm, spotify, youtube

3 Lessons Radio can Learn from Netflix

On the surface there are a zillion differences between radio brands and Netflix. One is local, while the other is national, even international. One is free (for the most part) while the other is by subscription. One is audio and the other is video. And so on. But the similarities are more important than the […]

Posted in am, Audio Trends, Digital Strategy, earwolf, fm, future, house of cards, lessons, marco polo, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nerdists, netflix, orange is the new black, podcastone, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, smodcast, trends

What Does Sprint’s Unlimited Data Plan Say About NextRadio?

Lots of folks in the radio space are talking about Emmis’ NextRadio initiative to activate FM chips in smartphones (here and here), but not a lot of folks in the industry are paying attention to NextRadio’s primary partner, Sprint. Remember that one of the driving arguments for NextRadio is that consumers can conserve bandwidth by […]

Posted in data, emmis, fm, FM on Mobile Phones, losing, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile phones, nextradio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, sprint, subscribers, unlimited

Here’s Where Built-In Radio on Mobile Phones Would Win Big

Earlier this week I provided data and an argument to show why the NextRadio campaign to add an FM chip to mobile phones in the U.S. will be fruitless. But I hinted at an international scenario which might make much more sense for a form of this technology. Show me a market where everyone has […]

Posted in chip, fm, FM on Mobile Phones, HUL, India, Insights, Kan Khajura Tesan, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mobile phone, nextradio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog
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