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Why Slacker is Radio’s Best-Kept Secret

How can terrestrial radio partner with online radio for the benefit of both? That’s just one topic tackled by Duncan Orrell-Jones, CEO of Slacker Radio. In this Q&A from hivio, the audio future festival, Orrell-Jones outlines Slacker’s business strategy and how it contrasts with the strategies of more familiar names like Pandora or Spotify. Slacker’s […]

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Posted in 2015, apple music, duncan orrell-jones, hivio, interview, Interviews, mark ramsey, Media, online radio, pandora, radio, ramsey-blog, slacker, spotify, strategy, streaming

How Spotify’s Data Insights Propel Their Strategy

What if music genres are a lot less important to how listeners tune in music than “use case” moments? That is, what if what you want to do while you’re listening is more important than the genre you are listening to? That’s just one insight from Spotify’s deep dive into their massive dataset. Think about […]

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Posted in 2015, Audio, brian benedik, data, deep dive, hivio, Insights, learning, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, moments, online radio, presentation, radio, ramsey-blog, spotify, streaming, use case

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

Pandora to Exclusively Stream Serial Podcast – and What It Means

Beginning later this month, Pandora becomes the exclusive streaming home for the uber-popular Serial podcast. And starting next year, Pandora adds Serial’s sister radio show/podcast This American Life (on what can only be a non-exclusive basis). I’ve been thinking about the consequence of this announcement, and here’s the best I can come up with: It’s good […]

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Posted in exclusive, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, online radio, pandora, podcast, podcasting, podcasts, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, serial, slacker, spotify, streaming

Here’s Why Apple Hired a Famous Radio DJ

Why would Apple hire a well-known radio DJ? This past weekend Apple plucked popular British DJ Zane Lowe from BBC’s Radio 1. Lowe is famous for his artist interviews and for what Rolling Stone describes as his “keen ear for emerging new music.” It’s assumed that Lowe will work on iTunes Radio and its music products, of course. […]

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Posted in apple, bbc, beats, future, Internet Radio, itunes, itunes radio, kcrw, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, music, online radio, pandora, radio, radio 1, radio industry, ramsey-blog, spotify, streaming, zane lowe

What’s the Future of Radio? That’s the Wrong Question

Everyone wants to know about “the future of radio”? But what if that’s the wrong question? For example, what happens if (or is it when?) the FCC relaxes the rules restricting cross-ownership of newspaper, TV, and radio stations in local media markets? Reflect on how dramatically the radio industry changed when broadcasters were free to consolidate […]

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Posted in bundle, future, Insights, Internet, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, media assets, netflix, newspaper, pandora, questio, radio, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, streaming, tv, wrong, yelp

How to Monetize your Online Radio Streams

Last week I published a piece using actual data from actual broadcasters that argued that their brands could make more money if streaming spots were monetized separately from over-the-air spots. That is, separate inventories have greater revenue potential than one simulcast pool. So how does a radio broadcaster maximize revenue from that online-only pool of […]

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Posted in how to, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, monetize, online radio, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, revenue, sales, strategy, streaming, technology, triton

Radio Survey: To Simulcast Spots or Not to Simulcast Spots

In the second release from a new study of radio industry thought-leaders, managers say their radio brands can make more money by monetizing streams separately with their own spot inventory than by simulcasting those spots with the over-the-air brands. The study was conducted by Mark Ramsey Media by telephone in November and December, 2014 among […]

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Posted in Advertising, Audio Trends, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, monetization, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, research, revenue, simulcast, spots, streaming, survey, trends

Is Streaming Momentum Stuck? Really?

There’s been lots of attention in the radio industry trades lately about the lack of audience momentum for many broadcasters in the streaming space, even as so-called pure-plays like Pandora and Spotify grow by leaps and bounds. Tom Taylor writes: iHeart’s not the only terrestrial operator with flat or negative growth over the period from […]

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Posted in cbs, dan patrick, Digital Strategy, emf, espn, iheartmedia, iheartradio, Insights, Internet Radio, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, news, npr, online radio, pandora, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, sports, spotify, streaming, triton

Would Today’s Youth Miss Radio if it Went Away?

In an article aptly titled “Young People Don’t Care About Newspapers, Old People Don’t Care About Smartphones,” Business Insider quoted an Ofcom study contrasting the responses of persons 16-24 to folks 75 and over. The question? “What media would you miss the most?” And here’s the chart: BI writes: People between the ages of 16 and […]

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Posted in business insider, computer, Digital Strategy, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, millennials, miss, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, research, smartphone, streaming, trends, tv