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Lessons for Radio from the Roseanne Revival

Well the ratings are in, and the revival of the classic sitcom Roseanne is a huge hit: The first two episodes of Roseanne, a full hour at the top of the ABC lineup, won the night by both adults 18-49 and total viewers. The show averaged a 5.1 rating in the key demo and 18.1 million […]

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Posted in future, hit, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, ratings, roseanne

2 Minutes of Spots Per Hour – Radio’s Future?

By now you’re probably familiar with the recently announced initiative from FOX that will reduce commercial content to just two minutes per hour by 2020. This comes as audiences are spending less time on network TV and more time on OTT (over the top) platforms like Amazon and Netflix. While in some cases younger demographics […]

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Posted in 2 minutes, Advertising, fox, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, mediapost, ott, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, revenue, sales, spots, subscription, trends

Media Unplugged: Creating Your Own Podcast: A Big Waste of Time?

Creating your own podcast: A big waste of time? And… NBC/Universal cuts primetime ads by 20% – should you? Plus, rants and raves about Tuxe – the fashion company that has turned its products into services – and Ring’s impressive acquisition by Amazon after being rejected by the Shark Tank crew. It’s episode 80 of Media Unplugged with branding […]

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Posted in amazon, Audio, broadcasting, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Media Unplugged, podcast, podcasts, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, ring, shark tank, tom asacker, tuxe

Can Analog Media Companies Drive Digital Revenue?

There isn’t a broadcasting company that doesn’t hope that answer is “yes,” and guess what: “Yes” is right. A recent New York Times piece outlines exactly how successful this can be – in television: Nielsen ratings, which measure the number of viewers who tune in for shows at the time of their broadcasts, are down […]

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Posted in Advertising, Audio, digital, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, monetization, nbc, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, strategy

Did Smart Speakers Affect Radio Listening in 2017?

There’s lots of talk about the impact of smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo on usage for radio. Indeed, last year alone, some 25 million of these devices were sold, 11 million in the holiday quarter alone. The appeal to broadcasters is obvious: A device that’s all about listening – and it’s being embraced by millions […]

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Posted in 2017, alexa, amazon echo, google home, impact, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, Smart Speaker, streaming, trends

Media Unplugged: The REAL Story Behind TV’s Transformation

The REAL story behind TV’s transformation. And… Amazon goes private label. Plus, rants and raves on the TV spot that’s a podcast that’s a local restaurant…or something, Facebook’s “fake news” flag that makes content MORE popular, Jack in the Box’s effort to monetize the marijuana munchies, and what happens when Netflix viewers know more about […]

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Posted in amazon, facebook, fake news, jack in the box, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Media Unplugged, netflix, podcast, podcasts, private label, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, rants, raves, tom asacker, transformation, tv

The Dangers of Social Media for Radio

Will social media mentions lead to radio tune-in? Will likes and shares and comments lead to ratings? That’s your hope, of course. Because we all know that no commercial broadcaster would devote an iota of effort to social media if he or she didn’t believe there was some translation – no matter how indirect – […]

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Posted in mark ramsey, marketing, Media, peter kafka, promotion, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, recode media, social media, steven soderbergh

What Christmas Means for Radio

The title of the (somewhat cheeky) Washington Post piece said it all: “We can’t take any more of 2017, so we’ve turned to the Hallmark Channel in desperation.” Most radio broadcasters seem to think that Christmas is about Christmas music, but it’s not. And while Christmas is ultimately about the birth of Christ, that’s not […]

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Posted in channel, christian, Christian Radio, Christmas, countdown, hallmark, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, meaning, Media, music, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, washington post

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

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 […]

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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