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Dear FCC: What is Radio in 2018?

So the FCC is contemplating the relaxation of radio ownership rules. Some broadcasters want to own more stations under one roof in order to compete with more platforms attacking radio from the fringes. Central to this issue is what radio “is” now. In order to regulate something you need to know what it is and […]

Posted in definition, fcc, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, ownership, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, regulation, rules. change, spotify, tower

Spotify’s Attack on Radio in the Car

It’s informed speculation at this point, but the story goes like this: By the end of this month, Spotify is expected to make some hardware announcements, and there’s a good chance that one of those announcements will be designed to bring the platform closer to more cars. Obviously anybody with a smartphone and bluetooth can […]

Posted in alexa, car, car radio, connected car, gadget, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify, streaming

Media Unplugged: How to Survive the Media Apocalypse

How to survive the media apocalypse. And… Voice control: It’s not as big as you think – but maybe it will be. Plus, rants and raves about Spotify’s reinvention as an partner for music artists, the new Steven Spielberg movie The Post, and the the wax museum selfies that have outraged the world. It’s episode 75 of Media Unplugged with […]

Posted in alexa, apocalypse, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, podcasts, radio, radio broadcasting, ramsey-blog, selfies, spotify, steven spielberg, the post, tom asacker, voice control, wax museum

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 2

Yesterday I published a piece that argued two things: First, the decline in streaming for broadcast radio stations is real – it’s a trend, not a blip. Second, that decline has consequences not only for your streaming strategy but also for the strategy of spreading your radio brands across every new platform under the sun […]

Posted in digital, Digital Strategy, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, pureplay, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, screwed, spotify, strategy, streaming, trends

Radio’s Streaming Effort May Be Screwed – Part 2

Yesterday I published a piece that argued two things: First, the decline in streaming for broadcast radio stations is real – it’s a trend, not a blip. Second, that decline has consequences not only for your streaming strategy but also for the strategy of spreading your radio brands across every new platform under the sun […]

Posted in digital, Digital Strategy, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, pureplay, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, screwed, spotify, strategy, streaming, trends

Access To Your Radio Station Is Not Enough

This one is going to upset some of you, so get ready…. Recently I did some research where listeners were asked what platforms they listened to and where they listened to them. One respondent, a 40’ish woman with a teenaged son, indicated that her son would never listen radio “because he’s always wearing those headphones […]

Posted in access, alexa, apple music, future, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, online radio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, skill, spotify, streaming

Radio and the End of Personalization

There is a sense of inevitable satisfaction in the idea that we can get from digital platforms exactly what we want whenever we want it, right? We lean forward with Netflix and find precisely what we want or what Netflix tells us we will like because of what we have watched previously. We want that […]

Posted in filter bubble, mark ramsey, Media, netflix, overfitting, pandora, Personalization, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, spotify

Radio: There Will Be No More New Music Formats

If you’re waiting for a new music format – a knight in shining armor – to save your flagging ratings, then you will be waiting for the rest of your professional career. Because there never will be one ever again. What’s the next big new format? Radio has been asking that question forever. Most recently, […]

Posted in boom, chr, classic hip hop, country, everything that rocks, formats, future, inside radio, jack, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, mashup, Media, new, nielsen, oldies, pandora, pop, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, rhythm chr, rock, spotify, trends, urban, variety hits, youtube

Oh No! Listeners Switch Stations! It’s the End of the World!

So people are freaking out about the new Edison data indicating that consumers – that’s you and me – switch stations 22 times in an average commute. …unless you’re my beautiful wife, in which case you switch stations 2200 times in an average commute. Is that number (the 22) shocking? I don’t know why. Anybody […]

Posted in Advertising, agencies, commercials, edison, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, research, robot, scarlett johansson, spotify, trends advertising, tune-out

Audio is a Feature, Not an Industry

So what does it mean when the radio industry headlines lead with debt-burdened iHeartMedia and this: iHeartMedia Battles Angry Creditors as Bankruptcy Looms. What does it mean when the next headline is about Cumulus, and this quotation: “Q4 and 2015 results dismal as radio’s decline shows no signs of stabilization.” What does it mean when CBS announces their […]

Posted in apple, apple music, Audio, cbs, cumulus, debt, feature, future, iheartmedia, industry, mark ramsey, Media, online radio, pandora, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, rdio, spotify, startup, streaming, trends
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