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Radio’s Lost Podcasting Opportunity

When you talk to radio broadcasters about their podcasting strategy, they tend to see it from the same perspective: The one that relates to their own content. But there’s another way to see podcasting strategy, one that is right in front of your ears. I have a secret podcast project (B2C, not B2B) launching this […]

Posted in broadcasting, commercial radio, content, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, podcasting, podcasts, Public Radio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, shows, strategy, talk, Talk Radio

Why Isn’t There More Progressive Talk Radio?

It’s not about having a voice, it’s about being heard. This is the fundamental truth being lost on the tribe of progressive activists in Milwaukee who bemoan the lack of opinions from other-than-conservative voices on the local airwaves. As anyone familiar with the dynamics of radio (not to mention the history of progressive radio network Air America) […]

Posted in am, formats, fox news, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, milwaukee, msnbc, progressive, radio, ramsey-blog, talk, Talk Radio

Did News/Talk Radio Bungle “The Interview”?

Where was News/Talk radio when hackers reportedly representing the North Korean government nuked Sony Pictures and scared major theater owners into locking out the latest movie from Seth Rogen and James Franco, The Interview? With stations labeled “Freedom” and “The Flag” and “The Truth,” News/Talk crows daily about the dangers faced by “free” Americans from their own government, so what […]

Posted in conservative, flag, freedom, future, james franco, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, news, news radio, news/talk, north korea, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, seth rogen, talk, Talk Radio, the interview, truth

A Remarkable Conversation with Glenn Beck

If you are a regular watcher of CNN’s Reliable Sources, then last weekend you saw the first part of a remarkable interview with the equally remarkable Glenn Beck. Always a great talent and once a polarizing lightning rod for controversy, Glenn reveals new layers of thoughtful complexity and a humanity that will surprise those who know […]

Posted in 2014, brian stelter, glenn beck, interview, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, reliable sources, spoken word, talent, Talk Radio

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

Why Talk Radio is “Mad as Hell”

Why is Talk Radio so angry? And does it remind you of anything? Particularly a certain classic film, released in 1976 and called Network? You know the one. With the scene featuring a waterlogged anchorman played by Peter Finch, desperately imploring his frustrated viewers to go to their windows, throw them open, and shout at […]

Posted in dave itzkoff, howard beale, interview, Interviews, mad as hell, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, network, paddy chayefsky, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, talk, Talk Radio

News/Talking about the Wrong Things

Republican soul-searching followed the demographic slam to the gut from younger voters, African Americans, and Hispanics in the election earlier this month. And the reverberations from that punch have resonated through the ranks of News/Talk programmers and talent nationwide. While I can’t be specific about the research I have done in that area (it’s both […]

Posted in any news, broadcasting, cnn, conservatism in the united states, conservative talk radio, fox news, fox news channel, hannity, hln, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, msnbc, news, news on tv, news/talk, news/talk station, not talking, npr, political talk, radio, radio formats, radio industry, RIU, sean hannity, social issues, talk, talk promises, Talk Radio, talk station, talking stars, television in the united states, things to talk, your news

Maybe News doesn’t work on FM?

So another News option vanishes from the dial in NY and Chicago. Does this mean “News doesn’t work on FM?” Of course not. It just means these stations in these specific formats executing what they did didn’t work well enough in these markets at this time. Perhaps these markets are just too news-soaked to reward […]

Posted in all news, all the news, chicago, dialer, fm, format, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, meant, Media, merlin, new york, news, news/talk, ny, options, radio, radio formats, radio industry, randy michaels, RIU, Talk Radio, the dial, the news, walter sabo

Show Me the New Talent

A friend in Public Radio reached out to me the other day. He was looking for talent. Fresh talent. For a major broadcast client who wanted some original voices that speak to a younger demographic than the one Public Radio (and News/Talk) is most famous for. And I got to thinking…. How many times have […]

Posted in aisha tyler, Insights, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, news, news talk, podcasting, podcasts, Public Radio, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, RIU, talent, Talk Radio

Radio Lessons from the Huffington Post

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington was on CNN last weekend where she outlined the key elements of HuffPo’s success.  And while not every (or maybe even not any) other site can hope to become the traffic magnet that is Huffington Post, it seems to me her prescription is relevant for any local media company that […]

Posted in arianna huffington, cnn, huffington post, huffpo, lessons, leverage, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Public Radio, radio, radio industry, reliable sources, RIU, Talk Radio, tribe
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