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How Serial Went from Podcast to TV Show

Anyone who knows me or who has been following this blog for a while knows that I am a champion for the primacy of unique and compelling content. You see, media is really about two things: Content and distribution. And distribution channels are inherently dumb conduits that need to be filled with the stuff audiences […]

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Posted in Audio Trends, branding, channels, christopher miller, distribution, lego movie, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, phil lord, podcast, podcasting, podcasts, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, serial, series, tv

Apple is Wrong about the Future of TV

Apple says the future of TV is apps – but is it? And… Why is Verizon launching a video service nobody is asking for? It’s episode 27 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves for the ubiquity of all things “artisanal,” the 23rd Annual Sports Fan Loyalty Index, MTV’s […]

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Posted in apple, Apps, artisanal, fire wood, future, jeff schmidt, loyalty index, madame tussaud, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, mtv, nicki minaj, podcasts, ramsey-blog, snapchat, sports fan, television, tom asacker, tv, unplugged, verizon, video, vma

And Radio’s Secret Power is…

Recently one of my radio clients explained how his 20-year-old daughter uses radio: “She chases her favorite songs around the dial,” he said. For her, every station button is another chance at hitting the proverbial jackpot. Either I land on a song I love or I don’t. And if I don’t, I move to the […]

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Posted in alan wolf, apple, beats1, branding, live, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, now, over the top, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, secret, tv

Is the New Golden Age of TV…Over?

Is the new Golden Age of TV…over? And… Who’s to blame for Internet bile? Advertisers, of course! It’s episode 26 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves for the Gossip Revolution, Star Wars-themed lands coming to a Disney park near you, and more. Listen as we go inside media […]

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Posted in advertisers, anchor, disney, golden age, Internet, internet bile, john brown, lies, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Media Unplugged, orlando, over, parks, periscope, podcasts, ramsey-blog, star wars, statistics, tom asacker, tv, unplugged

Media Unplugged – Is the New Apple Music a “Mess?”

Is the new Apple Music a mess? And… The new marketing muscle of your favorite movie stars. It’s episode 21 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves about Kaitlin Jenner’s first name, the mismatch between social media performance and actual TV ratings, and the journalist who tricked media outlets […]

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Posted in apple, apple music, chocolate, jeff schmidt, kaitlin jenner, mark ramsey, Media, Media Unplugged, mess, movie, music, podcasts, ramsey-blog, ratings, social media, stars, thin, tom asacker, tv, unplugged

Music Discovery is Overrated

Last week Seth Godin penned a piece titled “Discovery Fatigue.” In it he argued that a little bit of discovery goes a long way, and the zeal to discover at the beginning of something wanes as time and life go on. Seth offers three reasons for this: First, once you’re busy with what you’ve got, […]

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Posted in avengers, discovery, malcolm gladwell, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, movie, overrated, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, seinfeld, seth godin, songs, tv

Advertising is Dead; Long Live Advertising

Interruption marketing is bad. Right? People hate ‘em – those ads that stop you from enjoying the content you love – blah! But wait, if this type of advertising is so bad – so hated, then how come there’s more of it now than ever? There are more spots on TV than ever. In 2009, for example, […]

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Posted in Advertising, cable, dead, interruption, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, marketing, Media, pandora, permission, podcasts, radio, ramsey-blog, seth godin, spotify, tv

It’s Time to Blow Up Podcasting

Despite the rise in podcast usage there are still a ton of people who don’t know what podcasts are and couldn’t care less. Why? This week in our twice-monthly podcast Media Unplugged, Tom Asacker and I discussed (among other things) how it could be that Seinfeld, an almost twenty-year-old TV show that has been re-run […]

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Posted in blow up, dvd, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, Media Unplugged, movie, podcasting, podcasts, ramsey-blog, seinfeld, silo, tom asacker, tv

The Audio of Things

Recent research indicated the surprising (to some) result that a relatively small fraction of consumers have a radio by their bedside, meaning it’s functionally impossible to “wake up to radio.” The solution: Get more radios in the bedroom, right? Actually, no, that’s not the solution. All technology is transitional, you see. And that includes that […]

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Posted in am/fm, Audio, audio of things, Audio Trends, cbs local, Digital Strategy, internet of things, mark ramsey, mark ramsey media, Media, ntsmediaonline, radio, radio industry, Radio's Future, ramsey-blog, screens, sinclair, tv, wearables

40 Years 40,000 Sales Calls – a Conversation with Barry Drake

There are few class acts in the radio and TV business classier than Barry Drake. After an amazing career leading a variety of radio and television companies, Barry has set down on paper the best lessons from those years, mixed with enough anecdotes and highlights for several careers. The book is 40 Years 40,000 Sales Calls: Thoughts […]

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Posted in 40 years, 40000 sales calls, barry drake, book, broadcasting, interview, Interviews, mark ramsey, Media, radio, radio industry, ramsey-blog, tv, vine