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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 […]

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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

How To Be Their Favorite Radio Station

From Nielsen (via All Access): Americans spend 87% of their AM/FM radio listening tuning into their three favorite stations (based on the amount of time spent with each). What’s more interesting is that 58% of all listening goes to just one station, the listener’s favorite (called the ‘1st Preference’ station, or P1) Let’s break this down. […]

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Posted in favorite, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, station

“Radio, Advertisers are Less Interested in an Audience and More Interested in a Buyer”

Gordon Borrell has issued his latest report benchmarking local media’s digital revenues. Required reading for anyone in the local media business. Yesterday I published a transcript of Part 1 and the full video interview. Today, Part 2: Whereas the emphasis in the radio industry seems to be “let’s communicate the value of the Nielsen numbers, let’s make […]

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Posted in 2017, Advertising, associates, audience, borrell, buyer, gordon borrell, local advertising, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, nielsen, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, ratings, sales, trends

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. […]

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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

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, […]

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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

What if Christmas Music on Radio Isn’t Popular After All?

The routine is familiar: At least one radio station in every market flips to “All Christmas” music around Thanksgiving, thus dominating the Nielsen ratings before and during the holiday period. The interpretation: Everybody wants to hear Christmas tunes during the holiday season. So let’s go all in and market the heck out of it! But what if […]

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Posted in Christmas, holiday, listeners, mall, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, merchant, music, nielsen, online radio, radio, ramsey-blog, ratings, trends

Why Are You Trusting Your Ratings to Nielsen?

I have largely steered clear of the Voltair/Nielsen discussion (except for this piece) because it’s so simple: It’s a classic evolutionary dilemma, and in those evolutionary dilemmas the individuals who are most capable of adapting survive and those most finely tuned to their changing environments thrive. In other words, those who spend their hard-earned bucks on Voltair […]

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Posted in Advertising, agencies, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, measurement, Media, nielsen, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, ratings, 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 […]

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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, […]

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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, […]

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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