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Radio Play-By-Play without Play-By-Play Rights Fees

So let’s say you’re a radio station that attracts a male audience, but when play-by-play airs on another station, BOOM – off go listeners from your station to theirs. What do you do when your fans want to hear that play-by-play and they leave your station to hear it? Well, consider this: What if they […]

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Posted in fees, leagues, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mlb, nfl, online radio, play by play, rabble.tv, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, rights, rights fees, Ryan Tyrrell, sports, streaming

Simulcasting Radio Spots Online? Open your Checkbook

So which is the better strategy to monetize online radio? Featuring targeted spots built for the context and platform of online radio and the consumers who expect something relevant there? Or simulcasting the same spots you run on-air online? Well we can argue about which is better from a strategic standpoint (I certainly have made […]

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Posted in Advertising, AFTRA, fees, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, online, radio, radio industry, sag, simulcasting, spots, trends

MusicFIRST, but MusiciansLAST?

MusicFIRST really needs to have their heads examined. They’re in a tizzy because, allegedly, Pandora executives have done what executives at companies post-IPO do – cash out some shares.  And since these folks own a lot of shares, that can add up to a lot of money. But what does this have to do with […]

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Posted in android software, avatar, cash, executives, fees, film, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, music, music industry, music royalties, musicfirst, online, pandora, pandora radio, Performance Royalty, radio, radio industry, rate, rights, RIU, royalties, royalty rates, shares, the music industry, web 2.0

Pandora, Lefsetz, and Common Sense

Every now and then I read something which is so totally off the wall it demands a thoughtful response. So it is with Bob Lefsetz’s recent screed on Pandora. Lefsetz, who is more a lightning rod than a beacon for insight, is a former music industry exec who has so many chips on his shoulder, […]

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Posted in bob lefsetz, fees, Internet Radio, labels, lefsetz, letter, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, music, pandora, Performance Royalty, radio, radio industry, rights, RIU, tim westegren

What Happened to Music FIRST?

And so the critically important fight over music rights fees wears on. Pandora lobbies in favor of the Internet Radio Fairness Act now before Congress so as to make not only its business but the business of every current and future company playing music online more viable (keep in mind, Pandora has yet to turn […]

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Posted in Advertising, congress, fairness, fees, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Music Industry Trends, musicfirst, pandora, Performance Rights, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, rights