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AM Radio: With Friends Like This…

Everybody loves AM radio, right? Everybody needs AM radio, right? Hmm. Maybe not. Imagine a world where a new auto model dispenses with AM radio, but even so experiences blockbuster consumer demand. Of course, I’m talking about Elon Musk’s forthcoming Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk, during a conference call hosted by Goldman Sachs a few […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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And Radio’s Best Chance for the Future is…

If there’s one book this year that best sums up what the radio industry has to do to compete in a world of infinite choice, it’s this one: Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment. It’s a heavily researched and highly readable book by Harvard professor Anita Elberse. I talked with Anita to test […]

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What Should AM Radio Do?

In this short video, I spell out what AM should do to continue to thrive. Hint: The answer’s not going to come from our friends in Washington D.C. What does it mean to be in the “AM Radio Business” – and is that even the one you’re in? I think we’re asking ourselves the wrong […]

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As Long As FM Radio is on Sprint Phones….

Last week one of the radio industry’s big headlines was the preliminary deal struck between Sprint and various players in radio to provide over-the-air FM on Sprint devices via the Emmis/HD Radio NextRadio platform.  I haven’t seen much thoughtful analysis on this yet, so here goes nothing. On the surface, this is good news.  After […]

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The Future of AM Radio

Radio Ink made a classic mistake last week when it celebrated the strength of AM radio by trumpeting the financial success of the top radio brands, many of which happen to be on AM. Why is this a mistake?  Because it confuses the band with the brand. AM radio is not what makes stations like […]

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