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Long-Term Trends in Radio Listening Revealed

One of the biggest secrets in radio is what’s happening to listening over the long term. Talk to insiders and they will acknowledge that while a huge majority of Americans still listen to the radio the amount of time spent listening continues to decline. Or does it? Well, it depends on how you measure it. […]

Posted in diary, down, eCBET, joanne church, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, meter, nielsen, ppm, pumm, pur, radio, radio research consortium, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, ratings, report, research, rrc, trends, voltair

Whatever Happened to Radio Bumper Stickers?

Once a radio industry – and radio station fan – mainstay, it’s hard for me to find a radio station bumper sticker on the road nowadays. “People won’t put bumper stickers on their cars anymore,” some say. That’s nonsense. People won’t put just any bumper sticker on their cars. Just as people won’t put just […]

Posted in Advertising, apple, billboards, bumper, bumpersticker, college, Cume, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, marketing, Marketing Strategy, Media, nielsen, ppm, Public Radio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, sports team, sticker

Too Much Fuss about Voltair

You’ve heard of Voltair, that’s the audio technology that presumably allows PPM devices to more effectively pick up that all-important encoded signal that says a radio station is near. Every day it’s in the radio biz news headlines, and I don’t know why. If it works, then you should buy one, shouldn’t you? Everyone should, […]

Posted in mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, ppm, radio, ramsey-blog, ratings, rentrak, technology, voltair

Future of Music Radio: Today’s Hits and Less Variety

Have you noticed? There hasn’t been a significant new music radio format introduced in a decade. Sure, we’ve had Rhythm AC and Classic Hip Hop and perhaps other approaches that make nominal sense in a smattering of markets. But nothing big, nothing widespread, nothing popular across markets. Not since the so-called Adult Hits format. And that, you should remember, […]

Posted in adult hits, chr, classic hip hop, country, formats, humans, itunes radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, oldies, pandora, ppm, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, ratings, rhythm ac, spotify, trends, urban

Nielsen Ratings are a Toxic Force that Imperils Radio’s Future

Recently I was in a gathering of brands. Not agencies, brands. Among my conversations was one with the VP and Director of Global Media & Digital Marketing for a well known company that, among other things, produces one of the most famous brands of whiskey in the world. I asked him: What do you spend […]

Posted in Advertising, agencies, brands, future, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, ppm, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, ratings, results

What Radio Needs to Know About Millennials

If you were born in the 80′s or 90′s, you’re in your late teens to early 30′s today. You are also a digital native and quite unlike older folks, including the older folks running the radio business. That explains why these older folks don’t know a lot about you – only what Nielsen tells them – […]

Posted in Audio, christian, generation me, Insights, Interviews, jean twenge, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media dvr, Media, millennials, news/talk, nielsen, ppm, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, trends, youth

Why Nothing Changes in Talk Radio

Today, I’m taking a back seat to the inimitable Darryl Parks, a legend in the world of commercial radio spoken word. Darryl has an extraordinarily blunt and insightful perspective on what ails Talk Radio, and you can read it here. A few highlights: I guess I hit close to home with my prior blog post on […]

Posted in clear channel, darryl parks, decline, disaster, general manager, Insights, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, podcasting, ppm, program director, Public Radio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, ratings, Talk Radio

Radio Ratings are in a Heap of Trouble

If you can’t trust the Nielsen ratings in America’s largest radio market, then where can you trust them? A few days ago, Nielsen delayed the release of May ratings for Los Angeles when “inconsistencies” resulted in the need for more “quality control reviews.” Since then, the problem has only deepened. From the LA Times: Nielsen […]

Posted in aas, Advertising, error, los angeles, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, measurement, Media, nielsen, pandora, ppm, radio, radio industry, radio ratings, ramsey-blog, ratings, triton

Radio is Afraid of Change

There’s no doubt about it: Consistency matched to consumer expectations is a big reason why listeners keep coming back to the brands they love. But what happens when new choices and the novelty packed into them abound? And not just “radio” choices, but attention-getting distractions which occupy the same block of time that otherwise would […]

Posted in arbitron, fresh, innovation, Insights, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, new, nielsen, ppm, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, risk, strategy, trends

What’s REALLY Happening To Radio Listening? Read This…

In order to rally and fight a problem, we must begin by recognizing its existence. The realities of changing consumer usage have certainly provoked action for my clients in what used to be called “newspapers,” I can tell you. But radio has been slower to action not only because the trends have been less dire, […]

Posted in 2010, 2013, arbitron, Audio Trends, decline, hivio, Insights, listening, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, ppm, radio, radio industry, radio listening, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, research, rrc, trends
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