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Listener Loyalty...

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

 

With all the audio choices available these days, how loyal are radio listener's to their favorite station? At a time when consumers can access their favorite pure play or listen to the audio of their choice from a wide array of global sources, is there any loyalty to radio? The answer is yes...

According to the second-quarter 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report, Americans spend 87% of their AM/FM radio listening turning into their three favorite stations (based on the amount of time spent with each). 58% of all listening goes to just one station, the listener's favorite (called the "1st Preference" station, or P1). While format preferences differ by listening habits, geography and demographics, one thing is certain: AM/FM radio plays an important role in the daily lives of consumers...

While 58% of all listening goes to the P1 station, 19% goes to the P2 station and 10% to the P3 station. Least favorite stations get a higher percentage of listeners than P3 stations, at 14%. More than two-thirds of AM/FM radio listening happens away from home (at work or close to the point of purchase when shopping). According to the report, at least 65% of American adults listen to the radio away from home between 6 am and 7 pm during the week. Consumption peaks at 75% outside of the home during afternoon drive (3 pm and 7 pm), weekdays. Weekend listening (6 am - Mid) breaks down as follows: 59% away from home and 41% at-home...

Demographically, the report finds that 76% of radio listeners are between the ages of 18 and 64 and are in the workforce. Full-time employed listeners spend 2.5 hours longer per week than listeners who are not.. With the average commute to work in the U.S. nearly 26 minutes (U.S. Census Bureau data), it's no surprise that peak hours for listeners who are employed full-time are between 7 am and 8 pm and 4 pm and 7 pm...

Advertisers love these figures because they provide details about when they can reach an attentive audience - an audience that spends about 2 hours and 45 minutes with the ancient medium and has disposable income...

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Radio station loyalty continues to lead all other audio source loyalty - a huge advantage for AM/FM radio...
  • The catch phrase, "Fasten Your Seat Belts" should only apply when you're in a car...
  • The choice of the top 4 college football teams is right on the money...
  • The Aetna purchase by CVS is a good deal if it offers reasonable health care rates for customers...
  • No one is the next Babe Ruth...
  • The Silence Breakers are the perfect choice for TIME's Person Of The Year...
  • Don't invite Amazon & Google to the same party...
  • Cheese is now good for you? Anything is good for you in moderation...
  • Don't invite AT&T and the Justice Department to the same party...
  • The first snowfall is always exciting. After that: again???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's Your Burn Score???

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

 

This is a follow-up to one of my recent posts about music research. I had mentioned that I hired Todd Wallace to do our music research at WNBC, way back in 1976. What marked that research above all others was the ability to determine which songs (current & recurrent) were overplayed and losing listeners. The secret ingredient in that research was the "burn-out" factor. Now, over 40 years later, there seems to be a resurgence in this type of measurement, thanks to Integr8 Research...

 

The research firm notes that burn scores often reflect the song's appeal more than an audience's exposure to that song. Even when Integr8 asks a respondent to specifically think about how often he or she hears the song on the radio, typical listeners simply aren't mentally keeping track of the station's rotation of that song. To quantify this problem, Integr8 examined the percentage of listeners who said they were very tired of hearing a song in their music research for a variety of CHR, Hot AC and Rhythmic CHR stations. Even for songs that were less than a month old, 19% of listeners were already tired of hearing them. Once those songs became more well known over the next few weeks, their burn scores actually went down. Meanwhile, only 30% of listeners were very tired of hearing songs that were 25 weeks old - and that burn score typically doesn't grow as songs get even older...

 

We all have songs that we never tire of. What music programmer or listener doesn't? And that love for certain songs doesn't diminish with age either. As the research firm suggests, "for songs that listeners only like during their run as current hits, there is less of a problem, then there are those songs that listeners continue to love for years after they're no longer new that present a dilemma. They may love those songs but that doesn't mean they want to hear them several times a day". Integr8 believes they've solved that dilemma...

 

The firm has come up with something they call Hitcycle, which tells you how listeners perceive the vintage and the momentum of each song, regardless of whether they personally like it or not. With Hitcycle, you'll know when it's time to move a big hit from current to recurrent. Looking at the traditional burn scores next to Integr8 Hitcycle scores, on average, the two numbers stay close to each other through the first 20 weeks of a song's cycle and the burn score stabilizes around week 25 at which time the Hitcycle number increases, nearly doubling the burn score after 37 weeks...

 

This post is not an endorsement of Integr8's burn score research. I've never seen it in action which disqualifies me from endorsing it, but (and this is a big but), you can't assume whether a song is burning out or not using your judgement or opinion. You need some kind of feedback from listener's to tell you when to change a song's rotation from current to recurrent. All stations are limited by the size of their budget but my advice for radio is to find an expert you can afford, who can read your audience when it comes to song burnout. It's that important...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • It is essential for music radio stations to determine the "burn-out" factor of all the music they're playing...
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will never get away with anything less than a royal wedding...
  • If the same kind of passion were used for a Cyber Monday event with proceeds for a worthy cause, the world would be a better place...
  • Wake me when I can buy a loaf of bread with Bitcoin. Until then, it's as useless to me as the bogus $50 gift cards I keep getting in my email...
  • Alexa is becoming as generic as Google...
  • GM should have come up with a more appropriate name for their automated Bolt, like Safe...
  • Whoever came up with the idea for Brexit, should...
  • If Barnes & Noble is looking to down size, they could stock smaller books...
  • It's the bedrock that keeps NYC pretty much secure and acts as a deterrent to earthquakes... 
  • Don't believe for a second that report that the chances of the Cleveland Browns making the playoffs is 1 in a quintillion. It's much higher - 16 notches higher, the highest possible chances - Centillion (highest number on the scale)...

 

 

 

 

 

Home For The Holidays...

 

November 27, 2017

 

Online purchases will pass in-store buys this holiday season, 51% to 42%, according to Deloitte's 32nd Annual Holiday Survey of consumer spending intentions and trends. Deloitte, one of the Big Four accounting firms, issued their study noting that last year's survey had online and in-store tied at 47% for holiday purchases...

 

According to the study, higher-income households are even more inclined to buy online. Those earning $100,000 expect 57% of their spending will be online and 39% in-store. Gift buying will be done online by 55% studied, over mass merchants which came in as second choice at 44%. Department stores are a distant third at 28%. And gifts can add up quickly. The average consumer is expected to spend an average of $1,226 during the holiday season. That number grows to an average of $2,226 among households earning $100,000 or more...

 

In past holiday retail surveys, Deloitte would point out that consumers were combing the internet for deals, comparing prices and looking for recommendations but when it came time to make the transaction, shoppers would hit the stores. Not so, this year. Deloitte saw a jump in the number of consumers who were doing research online and making purchases there...

 

50% of survey respondents also report that they plan to treat themselves this holiday season. More than 4 in 10 (44%) say they'll wait for holiday sales to buy other larger or big-ticket items for themselves or their household. When will they shop? 80% of people expect the majority of their shopping to take place in late November onward. But decisions about where they'll shop and what they'll buy will be mostly pre-determined by digital interactions that are occurring now. Retailers must find a way to lure shoppers in order to stay competitive with the internet...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • There's no place like the comfort of home to do your holiday shopping from...
  • Pink's performance on the side of a high-rise should have come with a warning for viewers...
  • As long as they have the best ground coffee in America, I don't care what name Dunkin Donuts uses...
  • After 70 years of marriage to a queen, Prince Philip should have a higher title...
  • Don't invite the justice department and AT&T to the same party...
  • It would be wrong to repeal Net Neutrality rules. The Internet should stay as it is now, free from big money influence...
  • Tencent is worth far more than that. Now Facebook will have to catch up to the Chinese media stock...
  • DWTS fans/judges picked the correct winners...
  • The CFP college football poll has picked the correct top 4 (pending upsets of any of these teams) which all have a chance to finish #1 after the bowl games... 
  • Isn't the guy who will take off in his rocket and believes the world is flat afraid that he'll never be able to stop???

 

 

 

 

 

'Tis The Season...

 

Monday, November 20, 2017

 

Radio used to crank up its Christmas music when Thanksgiving rolled around, but the start of seasonal music starts as early as the beginning of November these days. November 1st is when Sirius XM started playing Christmas hits this year. Nielsen reports that holiday music grows in popularity each year and they have the research that proves that and more...

 

Most radio stations and pure plays use the holiday classics from the 50's & 60's as their music source. Nielsen believes there's a lot about holiday music that we don't know and they've gone about proving that by dispelling some commonly held myths by combining their portable people meter (PPM) radio trends on the all-Christmas format along with airplay, sales and streaming data for holiday songs and insights into holiday music listeners themselves...

 

The first myth Nielsen debunks is that because the classics endure, only older people must like holiday music. WRONG! The research firm's Music 360 Report (a yearly in-depth study of American music consumers) finds that more than a third of holiday music fans are Millennials. The 18-34's are the largest of any generation. SURPRISE, SURPRISE...

 

More than 500 stations have gone to holiday programming on or about Thanksgiving. In many markets, Adult Contemporary (AC) stations are the obvious choices to make the flip. But there are different AC formats. In 2016, AC stations accounted for just over half of the airplay of all holiday music (53%). The remaining 47% came from a combination of other popular formats, including Country, Classic hits and even Hot AC...

 

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, holiday stations see their largest spikes in audience. AC stations stand to gain the most during the holiday programming season, while tune-in across other formats don't budge and others (like Country) see listener declines. Radio stations spread the wealth across the years, with a focus on both classic songs (from the 50's & 60's) along with more contemporary tracks. Streaming-on-demand more heavily favors both the classics and the newest music (post 2010) while sales volume is entirely loaded on the current end of the spectrum...

 

What radio should not assume is that every holiday tradition will be popular year after year. As the music landscape continues to shift, so do the ways in which Americans listen. You have to research the music you'll be playing, before you play it... 

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • November 1 is just too early for Christmas music...
  • When you look up the word, "humanitarian", you'll find a photo of Bill Gates, who's latest project is curing Alzheimer's disease...
  • The U.S. Government needs GE's scissors...
  • Jose Altuve deserved the MVP Award in the American League...
  • "Sherlock Gnomes" is my favorite new movie title (film will be released in March, 2018)...
  • If the artwork by Leonardo da Vinci is worth $450 million, than the Mona Lisa is worth a billion...
  • That nerdy pest in the Verizon ad, can't be bringing in new customers...
  • The "Greek Party" references to the alcoholism and hazing on college campuses are an affront to anyone with Greek ancestry...
  • Brad Stevens has his Celtics playing good team basketball. That's the real reason for their winning streak...
  • The Upper East Side Michael Jackson Mansion is over-priced at $39 million. $38 million, maybe...

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Listening Remains Steady...

 

Monday, November 13, 2017

 

There's been no slump observed in weekday digital listening, according to the latest Triton Top 20 Ranker for August 2017. The ranker finds that total weekday listening remains steady at 5.3 million in the U.S. All measured clients within the U.S. reported a total of 5,319,918 Average Active Sessions (AAS) during the Monday through Friday 6am to 8pm daypart and 4,543,128 AAS during the Monday through Sunday 6am to Midnight daypart...

 

The highest peak for weekday listening is 2pm. Weekend listening peaks AAS at 1pm and gradually declines throughout the afternoon. The sports format showed the largest increase from July to August at 16% as we got into the most important part of the baseball season when teams are competing for the playoffs. There should be an increase in September numbers when the football season kicks off for both colleges and the NFL. It's interest to note all the other formats gained anywhere from 2.59% (Adult Contemporary) to 9.41% for Talk radio. The only format that went down (-4.76%) from July to August was Modern Adult Contemporary...

 

Of the top 15 markets, compared to July, Detroit showed the largest listening increase at 9% (AAS during the Monday through Friday 6am to 7pm daypart), followed by Phoenix (7.86%) and San Francisco (5.02%). The rest of the top 15 markets were mostly in the 2's and 3's while Seattle (-0.65%) and Houston (-7.93%) went down. Houston suffered in digital listening, most likely, as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Pureplays out-delivered broadcast digital streams with Pandora reaching the top spot in August with 2.44 million AAS's followed by Spotify's 2.02 million. iHeartMedia's iHeartRadio was the top radio publisher with 371,145 AAS's...

 

It should be noted that Triton defines AAS as Average Active Sessions (the average number of listeners, at any given time, during the time period) and believes that AAS will ultimately replace Average Quarter Hour (AQH) as the predominant measure of listening audience. AQH is defined as the average number of persons listening to a particular station for at least five minutes during a 15 minute period...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • No tears for Sprint-T.Mobile breakup. If you can't make it work, it wasn't meant to be or very well planned to begin with...
  • 21st Century Fox would be wise to sell to Disney...
  • Using hieroglyphics (like Prince did) would have been more creative to use for Diddy than "Brother Love"... 
  • They never took other drivers into consideration when they started testing automated cars, like the car with a driver who crashed into a driverless car the other day...
  • Cowboy RB Ezekiel Elliott will never get into a game this year...
  • Agatha Christie stories are always good, especially when they're made into a movie, like the new "Murder On The Orient Express" film...
  • Retailers would be wise to make every Friday, Black Friday to spur sales...
  • Turnout for a day honoring veterans should always be larger than they usually are...
  • No one does a better job of marketing her new product than Taylor Swift. Lady Gaga is a close second...
  • If Hasbro and Mattel do merge, the perfect name for the company would be Mattelbro...

 

 

 

 

 

New 'Trust In News' Study Results...

 

Monday, November 6, 2017

 

Where does radio rank among all media in trust in news? It would be no surprise to discover that in-car listening does well but at-home listening is another story. Until TV viewing becomes available in-car (heaven forbid), you can't see photos or videos while you're driving, but you can listen to transpiring news events...

 

Kantar Media recently published the results of their 'Trust In News' study in several media sources, including 'Inside Radio' and here are 8 take-aways from that study:

  1. Consumers cited traditional print, radio and TV news outlets as most credible, while they viewed social media and exclusively online news with more skepticism...
  2. While nearly three-quarters of news audiences believe that accuracy in journalism is key to a healthy democracy, only 56% trust that what they read is true and not fake news most of the time...
  3. Among U.S. respondents, Kantar found the print newspapers emerged as the most reliable, with 75% of consumers saying they trust what they read in those outlets...
  4. 74% trust print magazines...
  5. 67% of audiences trust 24-hour TV news channels...
  6. 62% trust radio news...
  7. Social media and online news did not fare as well with online news trusted by about half of consumers, while just 37% of users found social media to be a credible source...
  8. Traditional media outlets' digital extensions were also viewed favorably by news consumers with 69% of Americans saying they trust newspaper websites and 60% trusting radio and TV websites and apps...

 

Kantar CEO Eric Salama: "Traditional news media have largely defended itself against the 'fake news' accusations and continue high levels of trust among news audiences. The challenge now is for those companies to monetize that loyalty and we've identified some routes for them to explore. Traditional news media need to have the confidence to invest in their brands, while devising flexible subscription models for younger generations of consumers who have grown comfortable with subscription models"...

 

According to the study, radio companies boasted the best reputation among all media categories, with 24% of U.S. news consumers saying they now trust radio more and 48% saying they maintain the same trust level. Print news magazines were second with 23% saying they trust them more now and 55% trusting them the same amount...

 

Radio and TV websites fared better than online-only and social media, with 15% of consumers saying they trust radio and TV websites more now and 58% saying they trust them the same, compared to online-only (10% more and 50% the same) and social media (11% more and 35% the same)...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • It's how you deliver the news that counts. Apparently listeners like it without editorials, the way good radio stations deliver it...
  • Leaders of the world would do well to listen to Pope Francis, who has been giving anti-war speeches...
  • Winning the World Series provided a lift to the people that needed it the most after suffering the devastation of hurricane Harvey - the people of Houston...
  • Don't invite Qualcomm & Apple to the same party...
  • It's smart of Facebook to spend at the sake of lower profits to make their website safer to use...
  • Fantasy Football should not have newspaper articles larger than real football. That's just wrong...
  • Don't invite Hillary Clinton & Donna Brazile to the same party...
  • I'm hoping Oprah's list of her favorite things is about gifts she'd like to give other people...
  • We don't really need a dog poop emoji...
  • Taylor Swift has continued to be fashionable throughout the years...

 

 

 

 

Why Music Makes The Difference...

 

October 30, 2017

 

The key to keeping a music radio station fresh, desirous and more competitive with streaming services are playlists. A current report from Bridge Ratings finds that playlisting has become the dominant way most music fans listen. As Bridge explains: "Playlist is a term to describe a list of video or audio files that can be played back on a media player sequentially or in random order. In its most general form, an audioplaylist is simply a list of songs, but sometimes a loop" ...  

 

Another way of describing a playlist would be on-demand music, or what we would call in the heyday of top 40 broadcast radio, requests. Bridge has found that playlisting allows consumers to differentiate or accentuate favorite songs into personal rotations. We're at a point now that playlisting has quickly become the primary way music consumers catalog and listen to songs through streaming platforms...

 

Bridge asked respondents why they preferred playlisting as their favorite way to listen? Their responses follow:

  1. To create their own song mixes (63%)...
  2. To create a mood (52%)...
  3. Importance of hearing favorite songs (45%)...
  4. Convenience, not necessarily value of song (31%)
  5. Experimenting with sound (24%)...

 

What traditional music radio stations should focus on is #3, the importance of hearing favorite songs. This response is what we used to refer to as requests ("playing what you're saying", "you say it, we'll play it", etc.). Dave Van Dyke, President, Bridge Ratings offers this advice: "With playlisting, radio may be able to reach those who are light listeners or former listeners". Van Dyke is referring to the 45% who believe that a song placed in a playlist is more important than others that may not have been added to self-created playlists...

 

The report notes that with so much playlist sharing going on, traditional radio's reach, music expertise and listener loyalty suggests that with the proper playlists and promotion/marketing radio can not only enhance its current awareness, brand-strength and listener out-reach, but radio may be able to reach those who are light listeners or former listeners. The report also notes that this may be traditional radio's route to raising awareness and brand responsiveness among former listeners to radio...

 

In 1976, WNBC was one of the first New York radio stations to employ a research firm to indicate the "burn-out" factor of the songs we were playing. It not only kept our music list fresh, it also got rid of the songs that listeners would leave us for in order to find another music station. What traditional radio needs to return to is accurate information about new songs that listeners are looking for and the songs that they're leaving us for. If the station can't do this themselves than they better find a professional who can...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Traditional music station's should keep their music fresh by jumping on great new songs that score well with listeners. Getting rid of the 'dead wood' is just as important...
  • 'The Brave' is the best new series on TV...
  • You could feed a continent for the $850 million WeWork paid for Lord & Taylor...
  • Halloweens are not getting happier, they're getting scarier...
  • Peggy Noonan and Maureen Dowd are the best op-ed writers in the country...
  • CVS and Aetna are shopping for furniture because Jeff Bezos is scaring every one...
  • The Russian collusion investigation is far more important today than the JFK assassination file...
  • Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi should not be invited to the same party...
  • The marriage of the two leads on 'Blindspot' makes the show more interesting...
  • Barbara Bush must be spiking 41's cocoa...

 

 

 

 

 

 

XAPP, You're On Smart Speaker Radio...

 

October 23, 2017

 

The app parade of smart speakers for radio stations is quickly building. Xappmedia has just announced its launching a new platform that allows the technology firm to manage voice-activated skills across devices such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Microsoft Cortana and any future players in voice-activated technology...

 

XAPP has grown its AI platform customer base from just six voice apps to over 450 with more than 300 added in just the last six weeks. The One Voice AI platform and accompanying managed service include a number of features that make it easy for brands and media to establish a presence on voice assistants. Some of the features include automated audio encoding, image encoding, content validation, live content updates, multi-assistant integration, high availability services and tiered support. From a single voice app code base, XAPP helps companies reach consumers across multiple voice assistants and multimodal surfaces while also providing all of the required infrastructure, tools and manpower to ensure the voice app is reliably provisioned, validated and updated over time...

 

XAPPmedia chief product officer and co-founder Michael Myers: "We start from the fundamental belief that every brand and media company needs to have access to consumers through digital voice assistants with multimodal interaction options. We also recognize that these companies need a partner that has already figured out how to work in the new medium and has tools, processes and technology that can help them launch a voice app quickly while ensuring reliable performance over time. The XAPP platform and managed service were developed to meet those requirements. Our customers only need to tell us their objectives and XAPP provides services to maintain and improve voice apps over time." ...

 

In March, the company launched its first radio skill for Federated Media's B100, WBYT South Bend (IN). This allowed users to navigate the station's on-demand music, live streams, music library and podcasts. Since then, XAPP has signed on several other big radio groups, including E.W. Scripps, Urban One and Bonneville International...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • If your station is seriously considering AI smart speaker programming, do your research, choose a technology company you believe in and get to work...
  • Viacom will make a beautiful bride and Charter, a handsome groom (or vice versa) as they walk down the cable TV aisle together...
  • Is it really necessary to create a mosquito emoji, even though we don't have one???
  • Clowns are always big at Halloween time, or anytime in NYC...
  • The Empire State Building recently had an orange glow in an attempt to lure Amazon into choosing NYC for a much valued location for expansion. To save face ESB can always claim it was for Halloween...
  • To begin with, I've never been a fan of music critics who bisect, dissect and write their own analysis of the song. A hit is a hit is a hit, because enough people find something in the song that resonates with them...
  • The above opinion is especially written for those that analyze every note of every newTaylor Swift song... 
  • I like the idea that tech companies are lobbying for the 'Dreamers'...
  • The loss of Aaron Rodgers is a loss for all football fans whether they root for the Packers or not...
  • Don't invite Dusty Baker and the Washington Nationals to the same party...

 

 

 

 

 

Alexa's Role in Radio Listening...

 

October 16, 2017

 

A new study conducted by Integr8 Research finds that smart speaker owners are more likely to listen to local FM stations' streaming. That's the good news for local radio. The bad news is that they also listen to a lot of on-demand radio...

 

Here are 5 takeaways from the study:

  1. While only 14% of the 15 to 39 year-old radio listeners interviewed own a smart speaker today, adoption of voice-powered devices is growing rapidly. As more people welcome Alexa, Google and soon a Siri smart-speaker into their homes, the question asked is, can we assume users will ask Alexa and her friends to play broadcast stations???
  2. Smart speaker owners are also heavy radio listeners on traditional radios. 85% of smart speaker owners listen weekly to music on a traditional AM/FM radio, three percentage points higher than listeners in general...
  3. Smart speaker owners are indeed more likely to listen to a local FM station's streaming audio. Among all 15 to 39 year-olds, 22% listen to a local FM station's streaming audio, but 34% of smart speaker owners do. They're also more likely to use other radio-styled programming options, including Pandora and online-only stations...
  4. The findings suggest that smart speakers are well suited to the "set it and forget it" convenience of traditional radio programming, as well as the ease of verbally requesting a familiar local FM radio brand...
  5. At the same time, smart speaker owners are also more likely to listen to on-demand audio services. They use Spotify more, but are also significantly more likely to use Amazon Music, Google Play and Apple Music...

 

When asked what they use to listen to music at least once a week, 85% of smart speaker owners and 82% of non-smart speaker owners chose AM/FM radio. YouTube was second choice to 62% of smart speaker owners and 60% of non-smart speaker owners. Third was Spotify with 50% and 43% respectively. Fourth choice was Pandora with 48% and 40% respectively. Rounding out the top 5 was local FM radio streaming with a split of 34/22%...

 

Integr8 sums up its study by suggesting that local FM radio stations are wise to secure their place in the smart speaker ecosystem but they face stiff competition for listeners' ears on the platform. The research firm's sample included 3,140 15 to 39 year-olds who are partisans to a local CHR, Rhythmic CHR, Urban, Alternative or Country station...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • If broadcast radio sticks to its strong points, it shouldn't have to worry about Alexa and her friends...
  • Coach has changed its name to Tapestry but Carole King denies rumors that she's the next president of the corporation...
  • Maybe if wasn't such a good time for Fox Sports to pay over $800 million for the World Cup rights for the next two years after the U.S. Men's team failed to make the playoffs...
  • That Santa Rosa mail carrier who continued to deliver mail to burned out homes deserves a medal of some kind...
  • Netflix is the hottest video streaming service but the competition is getting fierce in that business...
  • Don't invite Eminem and President Trump to the same party...
  • Daddy Yankee and his 'Despacito' (which just passed a record-setting 4 billion views) partner, Luis Fonsi  deserve credit for making contributions towards relief efforts in Puerto Rico... 
  • You'll soon be able to order a hamburger from Facebook. They should also allow you to tell them if you "like" or "share" it...
  • Although NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he won't mandate that players stand during the playing of the national anthem, you can bet he'd like them to...
  • How thoughtful of ICE to not evict any of the people devastated by the fires in California...

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Radio Is Tops In Music Discovery...

 

October 9, 2017

 

Traditional radio wins the day for new music discovery, according to Nielsen's "360 Report Highlights". The report shows that the ancient medium tops the charts in that category. While AM/FM listening continues to increase, so too does streaming - 72% of U.S. online streamers listen to some form of radio. Here are 5 takeaways from the study:

 

  1. Hosts still matter: 37% of music listeners say one of their favorite things they like about traditional radio are the disc jockeys...
  2. Top source for music discovery: AM/FM "Over-the-Air" radio with 49% of listeners saying this is where they turn for new music. That's followed by 40% who discover music through "Friends/Relatives", 27% through "Online Music Services" and 25% who find music through "Social Media". Additional radio listening avenues such as online listening to AM/FM radio tally 23% and 14% say they discover music by listening to satellite radio...
  3. Radio rules: "Radio continues to be the primary way listeners discover music", the report notes. New technologies and devices actually enhance radio listening and provide new avenues for radio to deliver content, "most notably via streaming."...
  4. King of the road: Radio continues to dominate in-car but new technologies and devices enable listeners to consume music anywhere, anytime. According to the study, music listeners use an average of 3.4 devices weekly to engage with music. Teens and Millennials average 3.8. Those that pay for premium music streaming services use an average of 4.7 devices, while weekly AM/FM streamers use an average of 5.5 devices
  5. Where are the listeners?: 44% of music listeners do so at home, including through new methods of listening such as voice-controlled devices, Smart TV's and internet-to-TV streaming. Of that number, 29% listen to music in the car. "The likes of AM/FM radio" was picked by 72% - as well as connected devices, using a data plan on a device to access music through an online platform and in-car WiFi, according to Nielsen...

 

For those that believe that physical radios don't exist any more, I say they still exist in cars but in addition - radio is everywhere now - disguised as every device you own - anywhere you can get the internet, there's a radio signal...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • As long as traditional radio stays free and local and offers great reach, the industry will continue to exist...
  • Tiny Desk Concerts on the NPR website are a brilliant idea...
  • Of the 2 new "Homeland' type shows ('The Brave' & 'Seal Team') I prefer the former. If I put either against 'Homeland', it's no contest - 'Homeland' wins every time...
  • It should be a crime to desecrate the 'Fearless Girl' statue...
  • Puerto Ricans are among the bravest people in the world for suffering as long as they have without power or water...
  • California may be the first among many states to become a "sanctuary state" limiting the power of the government on immigration reform...
  • Any team that doesn't take at least one game on the road in a 5-game series is dead...
  • Attorney Lisa Bloom made the right decision...
  • I love it when two winless teams, like the Giants and Chargers, play each other...
  • Congratulations are due for AOL's messenger service (AIM) for the longest run (20) of any service provider...

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Does U.S. Rank In Music Consumption???

 

October 2, 2017

 

IFPI is an international organization that represents the interests of the recording industry. This London based company has been been around since 1933, so we can forgive them for not renaming their firm. At least they just use the initials of their organization, which stands for International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (just a tad dated). The firm has just released the results of a new study called 'Connecting With Music', Music Consumer Insight Report, September 2017. This is a world-wide study but we will report on the U.S. for the most part...

 

The report is based on research that was conducted with internet users predominantly aged 16 to 64. The U.S. was one of 13 of the world's leading music markets studied. The 13 territories account for 85% of the global recorded music market. The internet penetration across the countries surveyed averages about 90% of the national populations...

 

Here are 5 takeaways from the study::

  1. Of the 96% of internet users consuming licensed music globally, 48% have listened to audio streaming within the past 6 months in the U.S....
  2. There were 4 different licensed ways, on average, that consumers listen to music globally. In rank order, they are: 1) Listen to music on the radio (87%) (68% listen to broadcast radio). 2) Use video streaming services for music (75%). 3) Use audio streaming services for music (45%) (39% listen for free). 4) Buy physical copies of music or paid downloads (44%) (32% buy CDs)...
  3. 90% of paid audio streamers (globally) use a smartphone for music listening. In the U.S. smartphone listening is 63%. One year ago it was 54%...
  4. User upload services are the dominant form of video streaming. YouTube alone accounts for 46% of all-time spent listening to on-demand music globally...
  5. The music industry won't like this figure: 40% of consumers, world-wide, access unlicensed music...

 

That final takeaway, which qualifies as copyright infringement continues to be a major issue for the music community. IFPF notes in its report  that user upload services such as YouTube, are heavily used for music, yet do not return fair value for this music to those investing in and creating it. This is a fundamental challenge for the music industry which is campaigning for a legislative solution to this issue known as 'value gap'...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • While I'm happy to report that radio is not the culprit in unlicensed use of music, I hope the music industry can successful solve this major problem...
  • 280 characters are 140 characters too many, Twitter...
  • Don't invite Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville to the same party...
  • The country of Chad is fighting the Boko Haram so why are they on the travel ban list???
  • "Pretty Woman" a Broadway Musical? Why???
  • Jake Gyllenhaal deserves a best actor nomination for his role as a paraplegic in 'Stronger'...
  • Don't invite the Mets who ratted out manager Terry Collins and Collins to the same party... 
  • Hugh Hefner died the way he lived...He's now buried next to Marilyn Monroe...
  • Athletic women everywhere should be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the sports bra...
  • 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' is back, making the world a happier place...

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Summer Of 2017 Rocks Out...

 

September 25, 2017

 

With summer officially over, it's time to wrap up the season in a pretty bow and look ahead to cooler nights and all the festivities that autumn brings. Each season, music and music formats always play a pivotal part in what we listen to, so let's look at the music we enjoyed this summer. Billboard has already anointed its song of the summer as 'Despacito' - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and featuring Justin Bieber. 'Despacito' ran the table all summer long, topping the charts 14 weeks in a row. Spotify recently announced Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" is its most streamed song, not only of the summer, but of all-time, with over 1.3 billion plays. Nielsen announced that the format of the summer, which didn't or won't ever play 'Despacito' or 'Shape Of You' is Classic Rock...

 

Classic Rock, for the second straight year, saw the most growth in audience share when comparing tune-in during the first 5 months of the year to June, July and August. Nielsen notes that the choice of the summer format of the year,  does not go to the format with the largest overall audience share, which would be News/Talk. It goes to the format that sees the most growth during the summer months...

 

There were 4 formats in the race for format of the summer this year, with Classic Rock rising to the top again. The formats, measured in average quarter listening trends in 2017 (ages 6 and older) follow:

  • Classic Hits (Jan-May Average) 5.2%, (June-Aug Average) 5.5% % Increase (+5.7%)
  • Classic Rock (Jan-May Average) 5.2% (June-Aug Average) 5.6% % Increase (+8.0%)
  • Country (Jan-May Average) 7.5% (June-Aug Average) 7.8% % Increase (+4.1%)
  • Urban Contemporary (Jan-May Average) 3.7% (June-Aug Average) 3.9% % Increase (+3.2%)

Classic Hits, the 2014 summer winner, mostly plays more pop music from the same eras as Classic Rock, the 2016 and 2017 winner. While music listening habits change from season to season, weather events (which we've had plenty of in the closing days of summer) also has a major influence on listening trends. Nielsen will be looking at their September PPM results with particular interest in Florida, the Southeast, Gulf coast and Texas...

 

When Sandy hit in 2012, the radio audience from Washington to Boston made significant gains. Markets in the northeast, when the storm hit New York, jumped 50% as consumers turned to radio for information and updates. The share of listening among news stations in New York (both commercial and non-commercial) surged dramatically on the day Sandy made landfall there. Half of all radio listening in the market was to a News/Talk or All-News station...

 

Since each storm is different and unique, and both of the recent hurricanes arrived in populated areas on a weekend, as opposed to during the work week, as Sandy did. That's why Nielsen will be looking closely about how these storms shaped radio listening habits in Houston, Austin, Miami, Tampa and many other markets over the next few weeks...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Whether it's 'Classic Rock' or 'Classic Hits', listeners continue to cling to their past...
  • Rolling Stone hasn't been a 'hip' publication since the word 'hip' became extinct many decades ago...
  • Produce companies want me to leave my grape tomatoes out so they'll spoil and I'll have to buy more tomatoes. I'm on to you people...
  • The auto/service companies testing self-driving cars should pay accident insurance to both passengers and pedestrians should there be any injuries...
  • Do you know why Toys 'R' Us has filed for bankruptcy? They don't want to become Toys 'R' Not Us...
  • There are far too many shows (nearing 500) on TV...
  • I'll put all my personal information online as soon as any bank or financial institution assures me they can't be hacked...
  • Those sports fans who believe that teams can't lose because of their regular season record haven't learned yet that the regular season and the playoffs rarely correlate to each other...
  • It just isn't necessary to say 'and to all my _____ friends a happy _____.' Just put your wishes out there. People are smart enough to know their own holidays...
  • Boy, Stephen King with another box office smash - 'It' - he hasn't lose his appeal through a couple of generations now...

 

 

 

 

 

Challenge Of On-Demand Streaming...

 

September 18, 2017

 

Bridge Ratings claims that "Radio's antiquated exposure systems cannot accommodate music overload." The "antiquated exposure systems" Bridge refers to is the old system of playing one hit at a time by each individual artist. To prove their point, Bridge asked users of on-demand streaming services (Spotify, You Tube and Apple Music) who also listen to traditional radio why they listen to those services and how their radio listening has changed...

 

When asked "Why do you prefer streaming music over AM/FM Radio?", 84% said "I can choose what to listen to and when." 78% replied: " I get plenty of variety for my tastes." 65% answered: "Perfectly matches my music preferences." 56% said "To hear more songs by my favorite artists." 41% replied "No interruptions." Sample size of this 2017 study: 2200 streaming & radio listeners 12-64...

 

Over the last 4 years Bridge has been providing on-demand streaming data to radio stations, internet radio & record labels. Over that span, reasons to like traditional radio haven't changed very much with "Ease of Use", "Companionship" and "Local information" typically scoring in the top 5. In the 2017 study, "Ease of use" registered 89%, "Companionship" was  second with 75%, followed by "Local Information" at 66%, "I want someone else to choose the music" (61%) and "My favorite station plays the most popular music" 60%...

 

Now for the negatives. When asked "Why are you listening to radio less than you did 6 months ago?" 98% of streaming listeners and 91% of radio listeners mentioned "Too many commercials and interruptions." 95% of streamers and 84% radio listeners answered "Can't customize/personalize what I hear." 94% of streamers and 70% of radio listeners said "Little variety for my tastes." In fourth place, 90% of streamers and 61% of radio listeners replied "Don't seem to play all the great songs by my favorite artists/groups." And taking up the rear in responses, 88% of streamers and 54% of radio listeners mentioned "Play too many songs I don't care about." Sample size: 2200 streaming (966) & radio (1,234) listeners 12-64...

 

In looking over these music studies conducted by Bridge, it's clear to see where the advantages of listening to on-demand streaming fall. While traditional radio continues to cling to what's worked for so long (playing the hits with a limited play list, not playing multiple songs by an artist, etc.) on-demand streaming offers more variety, listener's choice of music, new songs, songs by favorite artists and no interruptions.  It would be hard, if not impossible for traditional radio to compete with on-demand streaming. Traditional radio must continue to play up its reach, free service and local input - its biggest assets... 

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • This is the best time of the year in the Northeast when you can sleep with the windows open. There's nothing better...
  • Issa Rae really showed her acting chops in the season finale of 'Insecure'...
  • Monopoly did an injustice to their millions of game players by dropping the thimble game piece...
  • You can invite Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi & Charles Schumer to the same party...
  • The best feature of the new IPhoneX is not the price (a thou) but the biometrics used for facial recognition. You can bet every phone will soon have it...
  • The Cassini spacecraft was the best dressed data gathering spacecraft to explore Saturn...
  • Don't invite Chelsea Manning and the faculty of Harvard to the same party...
  • During their incredible 22-game winning streak, the Indians went almost 3 weeks without losing. The Mets could easily go 3 weeks without winning...
  • Don't invite John Kelly & Omarosa Manigault to the same party...
  • To be perfectly honest, I really don't care who the Juggalo's are...

 

 

 

 

Age Transitioning = Radio Growth...

 

September 11, 2017

 

Despite a recent report to the contrary, radio is doing fine, thank you when it comes to growing its audience in the digital era. Who says? Nielsen says. Digital media is now mainstream and smart devices are multiplying like bunnies but adulthood has changed the way millennials listen to radio - the medium with the biggest national reach. And their listening is not declining it's expanding...

 

In the spring of 2011, consumers 12-17 spent an average of 9 hours and 15 minutes with radio each week - not internet or satellite radio, just AM/FM radio. Six years later, these same listeners (now 18-24) spend an average of 10 hours and 15 minutes with radio every week. As teens grow up, they spend more time listening to broadcast radio...

 

Employed consumers spend a huge amount of time listening to radio commuting to and from work. Nielsen compared the data from 2011, where only 5% of radio listeners aged 12-17 were employed (either full or part time) and it's clear why radio usage increased as they got older - now 64% of these 18-24 year-old listeners are employed. Whether they're in their cars more commuting to and from work or using radio as a companion throughout the workday, employed people have a greater opportunity to spend time with their favorite radio station...

 

The first-quarter 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report finds radio reaches 88% of Generation Z (18-24s) and 93% of Millennials  (25-34s) every week. And the amount of time spent listening to radio each day increases as you compare generations from younger to older. Millennials spend about 30 more minutes each day listening to radio than Generation Z. A look at how both age groups interact with media, it's easy to assume that these habits don't include traditional mediums together with the new ones. The younger age group is more comfortable with technology and social media while Millennials tend to use traditional media more...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • The defining maturation point for any age demographic is a fulltime job and meeting real expenses not experienced before...
  • Phrases you hardly hear anymore: "Whatever", "We'll split it down the middle", "Whatcha macallit", "Making ends meet"...
  • The Microwave is 50 years old. And you still can't put aluminum foil or utensils in one without getting a short circuit...
  • The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and now The New York Daily News are one big happy family. What, they couldn't add the Village Voice???
  • J.J. Watt is much more than just a great football player. He's a humanitarian who gave his heart and so much more to his community of Houston...
  • This season's DWTS will feature two married couples but they won't be dancing with each other: Nick Lachey will partner with Peta Murgatroyd (Chmerkovsky) and Vanessa (Minnillo) Lachey with Maks Chmerkovsky...
  • According to my Apple watch it's two (curveball) after one (fastball)...
  • The most creative name for reviewing new movies is Rotten Tomatoes...
  • This has been such a down year for movies that an animated movie was chosen worst movie of the year. That less-than-distinguished award goes to 'The Emoji Movie'...
  • If you think 'fake news' is something new, you would be mistaken. My new read, 'Fantasyland' by Kurt Andersen traces the 500-year history of it...

 

 

 

 

 

Podcasting Gains Challenge Radio...

 

September 4, 2017

 

The growth of podcasting has been phenomenal. Listeners who are looking for an alternative to talk radio, news or music, have found one. According to Nielsen, 50% of all homes have podcast consumers. That represents over 60 million homes (source: Neilsen Homescan Panel, Fanlinks 2016 survey, total U.S. all outlet, 52 weeks ended June 3, 2017)...

 

Podcasting is now on the rise and users are consuming specific genres and shows. iTunes tracks 9 genre charts for the US: Comedy, TV & Film, Technology, Sports & Recreation, Games & Hobbies, Arts, Music, Religion & Spirituality and Science & Medicine. At the end of August, the iTunes top 10 consisted of: 1) TED Talks Daily 2) The Daily 3) Rough Translation 4) Up First 5) Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations 6) The Joe Rogan Experience 7) Kickass News 8) This American Life 9) Stuff You Should Know (and) 10) Revisionist History...

 

Highlights of Podcast listening demographics, according to Edison Research and RAIN (Podcast Consumer 2017 and Infinite Dial) include:

  • 31% earn $100k or more, compared to 22% of non-listeners...
  • Podcast listeners under-index for respondents without a college degree, and rank above the US 18+ population for college degrees and some grad school or advanced degree...
  • 63% of podcast listeners are employed full-time, compared to 49% of the general population...
  • Nielsen finds a trend of growing ethnic diversity among US podcast fans. In 2010 the ethnic percentage of podcast listeners was 30%. In 2016, ethnic reach is 36%...

Nielsen recently discovered a correlation between podcast tune-in and category spending habits of podcast audiences across more than 300 key advertising categories. Highlights from the correlation using three key categories (bottled water, baby food and beer) provide some definitive insight. Among the three categories, bottled water has the greatest household penetration, as 104 million US homes (84%) buy bottled water, 51% are avid podcast fans. Some of the genres that influence more bottled water by penetration include sports and recreation podcasts. Kids & Family podcasts lead all other categories at 91.2% of households buying bottled water...

 

The baby food category is much smaller than the bottled water category. Baby food is bought in 18.9% of all households who are fans of Kids & Family podcasts, the most of any other genre. The beer category has a much different audience than bottled water and baby food. Fans of TV & Film podcasts spend the most per year on beer. Fans of podcasts in the Arts genre scored the highest penetration of all product genres at 43%...

 

Podcast consumption measurement is a relatively new field. Most researchers didn't begin studying podcast usage until 2010. As one of the newest genres of entertainment continues to grow, you can expect podcast use to be diced, sliced, bisected, dissected, analyzed and quantified more than you can imagine...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Traditional radio now has a new competitor to battle with: podcasts...
  • 'Old School' has replaced 'Living in the past'. Neither is anything to be proud of...
  • Everyone ages except 'The Big Bang Theory's' Sheldon. He's getting younger...
  • Labor Day should be called 'Non-Labor Day' or 'Labor Day-Off'...
  • It's so hard to believe that Princess Diana was killed 20 years ago...
  • Jessica Biel shows off her acting chops in 'The Sinner', a summer series on USA...
  • The first responders in Texas & Louisiana during 'Harvey' can never be thanked enough for their heroic actions in rescuing the victims of the storm...
  • 'School bells ring and children sing, it's back to Robert Hall again'. The clothing chain probably folded because of that jingle...
  • No one ever did a fake phone call better than Shelley Berman...
  • The start of football and the cooler weather in the northeast were made for each other...

 

 

 

 

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Country Music Lagging On Streamers...

 

August 28, 2017

 

At a time when most music sales are generated by pure plays, country trails behind all other genres. The question is why and what's being done to boost those numbers? The 'why' is easy to answer - most country music fans prefer broadcast radio for their music. Inside Radio recently posted a story on what's being done by Nashville to remedy this short-coming...

 

Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music are bringing in country music executives to remedy the situation in order to attract fans and labels. While on-demand streaming grew 83% last year, on-demand streaming only accounts for one-quarter of country music consumption. Nielsen reports that country pulls in 14% less than the industry average...

 

The streaming service groups were out in force at this year's CMA Fest in Nashville: Pandora presented free concerts, Amazon offered interactive exhibits, Spotify lined up playlists for each stage and worked with Apple and Pandora to create playlists to coincide with the televised special of the Festival on ABC. If there is a silver lining to the limited streaming of country music, it would be realized by broadcast radio. AM/FM remains the top source for exposing country music to fans. John Marks, Spotify global head of country programming: "FM radio still breaks out artists, still plays new artists, but not to the degree that Spotify is able to do it." Marks should know since he came to Spotify from SiriusXM Radio, where he oversaw country programming for the satellite radio service...

 

Some streaming services are above the average of one-quarter of country music consumption. Amazon sells lots of CDs, which made up to 37% of country music volume last year, according to Nielsen. You can bet they're not satisfied with that amount and will be searching for a higher percentage. Pandora says they have 60 million country listeners and they too are looking for more. So too will Spotify and Apple Music. Marks wraps up the dilemma all streaming services face: We're all developing new businesses when it comes to this idea of enticing customers into the on-demand music area of streaming. It's going to be up to all of us to distinguish ourselves and our brands and what we offer uniquely to the consumer." ...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

  • The fact that country music fans choose broadcast radio for listening to their favorite music should be good news for country radio stations...
  • Sayings you just don't hear anymore: 'Knock on Wood', 'Tough-as-nails'...
  • You mean 3D glasses weren't supposed to be used during the eclipse???
  • Berlin authorities recently broke up a drug ring that sold orange ecstasy tablets shaped like Donald Trump's face. You can't make this stuff up. Well you can if you're a member of the Berlin drug syndicate...
  • The Village Voice print edition published since 1955 is available on-line only. You can wrap your fish in old copies of the tabloid, unless you have the first one...
  • Don't invite Louise Linton and Instagram users to the same party...
  • Touch gloves and go to your neutral corners: No, not Mayweather vs. McGregor but Amazon/Whole Foods vs. Google/Walmart...
  • Conor McGregor did not get a kick out of that fight...
  • #HappyBirthday#Twitter#hashtag#10years#...
  • What would the TV & Movie business do without Marvel???

 

 

 

 

 

Millennial Research Project...

 

August 21, 2017

 

Throughout the history of radio broadcasting, one of the many constants that the medium has done well is knowing its audience. The 25-54 demographic target seems like its been with us forever but is was wisely chosen about 40 years ago because its the key selling age grouping. All that is about to change because of one age group that comprises the majority of all living age groups today - Millennials...

 

Thanks to Jacobs Media and PRPD (public radio program directors) we now know more about Millennials than ever before. That knowledge is contained within a study called "The Millennial Research Project". Earlier this week, Fred Jacobs noted 10 take-aways from the Project results. This is my take on Fred's synopsis...

 

1. (Fred) Don't stereotype them: (Me) Like most demographic groups, Millennials don't like to be joined at the hip. It's understandable that they hate labels like slackers, privileged or name your own description of Millennials. Like every other age-group, they vary widely, from college-age to working-class twenties to early 30's, starting families...

2. (Fred) Radios at home were scarce: (Me) Not a surprise since most of the other age-groups don't have a radio at home either. It's universally accepted that most people listen to radio on their phones or other electronic devices...

3. (Fred) And they wake up with their smartphones: (Me) Not only do Millennials begin their day with a check of Facebook, emails, news, sports, etc. but so does every other age group...

4. (Fred) They aren't necessarily techies: (Me) I think we assume, because they are younger than us that they are more technically inclined than we are. As Fred points out, electronics have always been there for them and it's not as big a deal as it is for Baby Boomers...

5. (Fred) They use 'old school' media: (Me) I really believe that buying vinyl records and turntables is a passing phase for Millennials. But reading books and using journals makes me feel hopeful for the demographic...

6. (Fred) They aren't working at cool places like Facebook or Google. Their jobs tended to be unglamorous. And they work hard: (Me) Not surprising. You go where the money is and if you want to keep your job - you work hard...

7. (Fred) They discover news through social media and push notifications: (Me) Checking social media or receiving push notifications, which lead to checking out news stories is common place among all age groups, whether at-work or not...

8. (Fred) They are cord cutters or never subscribed to pay TV to begin with: (Me) That ended with their parents. They go to the basics and pay as little as possible. They tape most shows rather than wait around for them to come on...

9. (Fred) They sure like podcasts: (Me) This is a media form that is fairly new to them. It expands their knowledge of the medium by discovering a different format...

10. (Fred) The election has been a game-changer and interviews occurred just after the election and stretched into the Trump Administration's first month in office: (Me) The craziness and frenzy coming from the oval has been an education for all demographics, Millennials being no exception...

 

No need to offer my take on Fred's summation of the study: "Whether you work in public radio, commercial radio, or the digital media business, a better understanding of this pivotal generation is paramount as radio moves into a future that is every-changing and uncertain." ...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • 'The Millennial Research Project' is another one of those demographically-specific studies that is a valuable piece of research that we can all learn from...
  • Most people sneeze more than once... 
  • Don't invite Bob Corker and Donald Trump to the same party...
  • Don't invite Steve Bannon anywhere...
  • The Candyman has just gone from baseball hell to baseball nirvana...
  • Is Foot Locker about to get the boot???
  • "3 Days of Peace & Music" was the theme of Woodstock 48 years ago. Almost a half century later, boy could we use some of both...
  • Carl Icahn resigned from his position in the White House. Does anyone have a clue what he did???
  • The largest asteroid to ever miss hitting earth will bypass us on September 1. I hope so. I'm counting on posting the week of September 4th...
  • The remains of a U.S. battleship were discovered 72 years after it went down. Either it was a great discovery or we forgot that the boat was missing...

 

 

 

 

The FM Chip Spreads...

 

August 14, 2017

 

No radio broadcaster deserves more credit for the state of FM listening on cell phones than Jeff Smulyan, founder and CEO of Emmis Communications. Jeff led the successful drive for the inclusion of FM chips in mobile devices and must be thrilled with the new announcement made by LG Electronics that the manufacturer will carry FM chips in its LG phones...

 

Paul Brenner, president of NextRadio: "We are proud and excited to partner with one of the world's leading smartphone providers to continue our mission of connecting and exposing users to a fully immersive radio experience." On August 1, TagStation LLC, licensor of NextRadio (the app with the most FM radio stations) announced the launch of an IOS version of its free app for iPhone mobile device users. Part of that announcement noted that through a single app, their service became available to Apple users for the first time. To this point, Apple remains a holdout for activating the chip on its devices...

 

Again, Brenner: "We're thrilled that NextRadio is now available for use on both IOS and Android devices. We want to empower all users to enjoy local FM radio without having their content restricted by geographic location or choice of device and this expansion of our capabilities and market penetration is an important part of our strategy to give more people the easiest way to access mobile radio that they can enjoy at home, at work and on the go." ...

 

NextRadio is still committed to unlocking the FM chip in all phones but wants to offer consumers the choice to listen to live local radio on any phone. NextRadio original FM smartphone for Android has also been updated to support streaming and is available in the Google Playstore...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Bill Nye, the science guy, says there's a solar eclipse every two years. What makes this one (Aug. 21) different is that it will be visible over the United States. You know what? I'll wait until 2019 when it passes over Chile and Argentina...
  • It's Sharknado time. Sharks are waiting for humanmeato time...
  • Martin Shkreli needs to buy a vowel and a get-out-of-jail card...
  • Don't invite Disney & Netflix to the same party...
  • Bill Burr is the guy who started the requirement for passwords to open everything on the internet. For this, we hope you forget all your passwords forever...
  • "Swallow your tongue" should be changed to "swallow your braces". For over ten years, a woman had pains in her stomach for that very reason...
  • A phrase you never hear anymore: 'Pardon my French'...
  • A 100-year old fruitcake was discovered in Antarctica. It was described as "almost edible" by an explorer who fasted for a year and a half...
  • Seltzer drinking is up. What took the public so long to realize it's the best zero-to-low calorie drink available???
  • Don't invite Taylor Swift and David Mueller to the same party...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back-To-School Sales Boom...

 

August 7, 2017

 

No one going back to school is happy at this time of year but radio and retail should be doing cartwheels with an anticipated sales gain of over 10% over last year's figures. That prosperous forecast is supplied by NRF's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics...

 

Total combined spending is expected to hit an all-time high this year while back-to-school spending is due to see its second-highest spending level on record. The $83.6 billion total is an increase of more than 10% over last year's $75.8 billion. The B-T-S figures encompass all grades of education and include college...

 

Inside Radio quotes the Radio Advertising Bureau: "As the medium used closest to the moment of purchase, radio can help influence where they can get the best deals." For the most part, shoppers won't end their shopping until the end of August or just before school starts. The majority of shoppers choose a department store to spend their money (57%). That's followed by discount, clothing, online, office and electronic stores (in that order). Parents with children in elementary through high school plan to fork over an average of $688 on school supplies, electronics and clothing...

 

College students and their families plan to spend an average of $969. The majority plan to shop online, followed (in order) by discount, department, college book stores, office supply and clothing stores. Last minute college shopping is done by almost 6% of those studied while most students start their shopping two months before the start of classes. 88% of college buyers plan getting their gear via free shipping, followed by online, in-store pickup and shipping to store, expedited shipping and same-day delivery...

 

The NRF survey of 7,226 consumers asked about both back-to-school and back-to-college plans was conducted June 30 - July 5 with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Back-To-School offers a revenue boost every year for aggressive radio stations... 
  • Jerry Seinfeld is the highest paid comedian in the world. His show was about something - money, lots of it...
  • Roger Goodell must have been real pleased to apologize for the Jet rookie who said the football field is the perfect place to die: "Well what he really meant to say...."
  • Don't invite Dennis Eckersley & David Price to the same party...
  • 'Game Of Thrones' was hacked. Understandable whether you're defending or fleeing from the throne...
  • Some California Dunkin' Donuts franchises have dropped the word 'Donuts' from their stores. The donuts won't go, the name will. Hey, let's go to Dunkin's...
  • Sean Spicer has declined an invitation from 'Dancing With The Stars' because he intends to be very busy in the fall...
  • Don't invite Stephen Miller and anyone you like to the same party...
  • The queen of Denmark's husband, a lowly prince who wanted to be King, refuses to be buried near his wife. He better hope that she doesn't bury him before he dies...
  • Since blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria by 1400% (according to a recent study) I'll take my cake dry please...
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

Classic Rock's Summer Surge...

 

July 31, 2017

 

Although Country music has been number one in terms of its share of total listening since 2009, Classic Rock has made the biggest gains in the race for format of the summer. Nielsen defines format of the summer based on looking at major music formats across the first five months of the year (January through May) and comparing that average to the results of the June, July and August surveys. In that regard, In May, the Classic Rock listener share surged and comparing the most recent June results to the rest of 2017, the format has a substantial early lead in size of gain in summertime listening...

 

Both Classic Rock and Classic Hits (think more album cuts for the former and more crossover pop hits for the latter) are hot formats among listeners 6+, 18-34 and even 25-54 as the population ages. According to our friend Fred Jacobs, Alternative music is being sprinkled in to both format music mixes. Enough to form another format category called Classic Alternative...

 

My experience in the 80s doing promotion for CBS (SONY) International Records exposed me to acts like the Psychedelic Furs, Judas Priest, Dead Or Alive, Men At Work, Adam Ant. Those acts and others (Depeche Mode, Violent Femmes, Pet Shop Boys, Joe Jones, etc.) have had a second and third wind since they debuted over 30-35 years ago and have become part of the Classic Rock and Classic Hits formats. The question is do they deserve their own category or do the more popular acts fall into Classic Hits and the rest shoe-horned into the Classic Rock format???

 

All music formats evolve. The best example of that is the Oldies format which stopped playing the rock and roll hits of the mid-50's (Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino) and 60's and mostly rely on the late 60's, 70's, 80's and the more adventurous of the pack are dipping into the 90's as well...

 

There is still July and August to measure to determine the format of the summer, yet it would be interesting to note how the inclusion of Alternative music into both Classic Rock and Classic Hits formats influences the demographics and overall ages of total listening...

 

 I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • One of the most influential Alternative music stations in the 80s and 90s in New York was WLIR on Long Island. Personally, I loved listening to them...
  • Justin Bieber is banned from performing in China and Sean Spicer is banned from performing in Washington...
  • Guess what Michael Phelps had for dinner after losing a race to the white shark???
  • Don't invite Congress and Jared Kushner to the same party...
  • Not so surprised by Back-to-School ads but Halloween???
  • There's an APB out on the Prospect Park Squirrel who continues to bite people but is it really necessary to ask those bitten for a description of the squirrel???
  • Michael Kors buying Jimmy Choo is a shoe-in to happen...
  • Don't invite Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to the same party...
  • Don't invite John McCain and the Republicans to the same party...
  • Has 'Confederate' received enough free publicity yet???

 

 

 

Radio's Reach Is 91%...

 

July 24, 2017

 

Despite all its competition, broadcast radio continues to hold a majority percentage of available listeners. That percentage is 91%, according to a new Bridge Ratings Report called "Radio's New Media Gauntlet"...

 

Radio continues to lead in reaching consumers, significantly above number 2, TV which has 76% of the audience. Inside Radio notes that radio maintains the major slice of the audience pie, despite decades of new technology and options. Bridge observes the increasing competitive media landscape since 1999 when sharing service Napster first enabled consumers to share files without cost. "The great music 'goldrush' began and the 'genie' has never returned to the bottle", according to the report...

 

Music sharing and free music streaming are increasingly gaining on radio. As of June 2017 more than 70% of Americans streamed music of any variety each month. Bridge predicts that by the end of summer 2020 that number will jump to 80%. The challenging days will continue for radio, due to the great array of competing platforms...

 

Bridge: "each platform is competing for entertainment time from a medium that virtually had the music listening experience to itself. Satellite radio was introduced in 2001, in addition, along came internet radio, MP3s, mobile phones, social networks, music downloads, iTunes, on-demand streaming, Pandora and Spotify." Add to that, podcasting. As the report observes, "No doubt more will be added to this list as technology advances." Is there anything new, left???

 

Tracking the media usage with a panel of 4,020 audio consumers 12+, Bridge President Dave Van Dyke concludes that from the perspective of a 16-year-hindsight view - since its marker of 1999, "the trends become clear. Broadcast radio sees weekly cume use remain fairly stable, but time spent with radio quite naturally has been chipped away. It has, however, been stabilizing in 2017."...

 

The study concludes: "Broadcast radio has plowed through this media 'gauntlet' for the first 16 years of this century (even as) continuing technology hasn't let up" ...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Radio's reach will keep the ancient medium popular. The two biggest factors besides reach is: 1) It's free and 2) It's local...
  • New York City was just named the "Sweatiest City In America" by a fan company. The deodorant industry has work to do...
  • China is #1 when it comes to walking. The average person walks 6,000 steps a day. That's 3 miles...
  • A doctor removed 27 contact lenses that were stuck together in a woman's eye. She saw everything perfectly but her eye gained 5 pounds...
  • Kenny Rogers, retiring from performing will do a show with Dolly Parton in the fall and will then go to his island in the stream...
  • Chris Christie doesn't even get love when he catches a foul ball at a Met game. He gets boo's...
  • I'm sold on the "Dunkirk" hype...
  • Don't invite Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions to the same party...
  • Southern Illinois and western Kentucky will get the best view of the August 21st total eclipse, weather permitting. The path of the eclipse cuts the country in half from Oregon to South Carolina...
  • Do we really need a reboot of "American Idol" ???

 

 

 

Music Streaming Saves The Industry...

 

July 17, 2017

 

The music business owes its very existence to streaming. In the next decade, the music industry will become a streaming industry in all but name, according to Midia Research's "State Of The Streaming Nation 2 Report". And 2017 promises to be another year of streaming and music sales success...

Some key findings of the report, include:    

  • Global streaming music revenue was $7.6 billion in 2016 in retail terms...
  • 55% of subscribers create streaming music playlists...
  • Universal music had 44% of major label streaming revenue in Q1 2017...
  • 79% of streaming services globally have standard pricing as their lead price point...
  • YouTube and Spotify lead Weekly Active User penetration with 25.1% and 16.3%...
  • There were 106.4 million paid subscribers in 2016, rising to 336 million in 2025... 

Nielsen Music's Mid-Year Report backs up Midia's findings. Nielsen's report finds that on-demand audio streams have reached more than 184 billion so far in 2017. That is a 62.4% increase over the same period last year. According to the report, the mid-June return of the Taylor Swift catalog to streaming services accounted for an increase of 551%. Taylor abandoned the streaming sale of her product in 2014 over royalties...

 

Last year Inside Radio reported online streaming accounted for 51% of U.S. music industry revenue, becoming dominant for the first time. In 2016 the national music industry revenue grew 11.4% to $7.7 billion, its highest sales figure since 2009 and its best percentage gain since 1998. Streaming accounted for $3.5 billion and will continue to gain momentum, according to new data collected by SoundExchange... 

 

The consensus of most music research firms is that what we're witnessing now is not a fluke. This is for real. Music streaming is saving the industry's bacon. Once music exposure on the internet gained in acceptance and multiplied a million-fold, there was no turning back...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • The music industry should be grateful for all the streaming being done by traditional radio, satellite radio and pure plays...
  • Ad slogans you never hear anymore: "Fall Into The Gap"...
  • Until the distance a homerun travels counts for more than one run, I'm impressed, but...
  • Jupiter has a red spot. Is it cancerous???
  • To those of you who send LinkedIn pitches for membership - not interested...
  • All states should require voters to use a valid, legal ID before they are allowed to cast a ballot. This movement is already underway in several states...
  • Don't invite Jayden K Smith and Facebook users to the same party...
  • Don't invite Donald Trump Jr. and Natalie Veselnitskaya to the same party...
  • Can I please have just a bit less ink on Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna. Thank you...
  • Don't invite Conor McGregor & Floyd Mayweather to the same party...

 

 

 

 

 

Battle For Format Of The Summer...

 

July 10, 2017

 

Now that we're in our third week of summer, the battle for Nielsen's 'Format Of The Summer' is well underway. It promises to be a 'Classic' race. Over the last 5 years (2012-2016) only one format has won the title more than once: 'Classic Hits' (2014 & 2015). But for the third year in a row, a 'Classic' format was the winner. Last year's winner was 'Classic Rock'. As Nielsen explains, 'Classic Hits' is generally identified by playing more pop music than 'Classic Rock.' ... 

 

Over that 5 year span, the only other winning formats that weren't 'Classic' were 'Pop CHR' in 2012 and 'Country' in 2013. If the three-month trend (AQH share persons 6+) is any barometer as to which format will walk away with the 2017 Format Of The Summer award, then 'Country' should win the crown. The March-April-May 2017 three-month trend finds 'Country' as the leading format with 7.6%, 7.6% & 7.7% over 'Classic Hits' (5.2%, 5.4% & 5.4%), 'Classic Rock' (5.2%, 5.3% & 5.6%) and 'Urban Contemporary' (3.7%, 3.7% & 3.8%). In the all-important 25-54 Year-Old demographics, 'Country' is also ahead of both 'Classic Rock' & 'Classic Hits' (March-April-May, 2017). Nielsen will be keeping a close eye on these formats over the next three summer ratings books (June through August)...

 

The Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report confirms that streaming is still on the rise with weekly on-demand audio streams surpassing 7 billion for the first time ever, during the week ended March 9. On-demand audio streams have reached over 184 billion so far in 2017, a considerable 62.4% increase over the same time period in 2016...

 

"The first half of 2017 has seen some incredible new benchmarks for the music industry. The rapid adoption of streaming platforms by consumers has generated engagement with music on a scale that we've never seen before" - David Bakula, SVP of Music Industry Insights...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • The word 'Classic' is going for a fourth win in a row...
  • Walgreen is buying half of Rite-Aid. Which half? 
  • The medical marijuana being sold in Pennsylvania won't have that horrible pungent aroma of weed. They will only sell pills, lotions and vapor capsules. But they will smell like pills, lotions and vapor capsules...
  • Contraceptive pills flushed down kitchen sinks is causing transgender fish and we all know there are not enough transgender bathrooms to go around for fish...
  • Don't invite the citizens of New Jersey & Governor Chris Christie to the same party - especially if its held on a Jersey shore beach...
  • Don't invite the free press & President Trump to the same party...
  • Coco Loko is a snortable powdered chocolate that some enterprising (?) marketer has come up with. I guess it's safe as long as it comes from chocolate cows...
  • Long distance homeruns are impressive but unimportant until they count for more than one run...
  • Don't invite Walmart & Amazon to the same party...
  • Amelia Earhart was taken prisoner by the Japanese after her plane crashed, according to the History Channel. Maybe they can work on where James Hoffa went...

 

 

 

 

 

 

SiriusXM Gets Another Voice...

 

July 3, 2017

 

Sirius XM just received a huge boost in increasing  their in-home listening numbers, courtesy of Amazon. Her name is Alexa. Fred Jacobs explains: "Up to now, SiriusXM listening has been largely confined to the car. Yes, they've sold radios that some diehard fans purchased for their homes or workplaces, along with the ability to stream radio channels. But now by using the Amazon Echo voice technology as its radio, SiriusXM seamlessly moves from the driveway to the kitchen, the bedroom and even the bathroom." ...

 

For SiriusXM, accessing their 200+ channels is as easy as commanding Alexa. Jacobs calls this a giant leap forward. SiriusXM is as close to being a traditional radio station asthis. Unlike almost all music services, the satellite company has hosts for their various shows. They also differ from most music services by skewing older, male and suburban. 19% of listeners in a recent Jacobs Techsurvey are paid subscribers to the satellite company and that number should increase with this new Amazon Echo/SiriusXM arrangement. In-car, SiriusXM listeners use pushbutton presets. It's almost like selecting and changing AM/FM stations. The ability to use Alexa at home gives SiriusXM more ammo to bring down traditional radio. Ownership of Echo-type devices is at 11%-12% but they won't stay at that level long. They will continue to grow, especially when similar type partnerships are announced...

 

With the recent SiriusXM infusion of $480 to boost Pandora's deficit, the satellite company now owns 16% of the pure play, another reason to take them seriously. Former Pandora CEO and co-founder Tim Westergren has stepped down, putting SiriusXM in a more commanding position and presenting another headache for traditional radio...  

 

Radio has to take these threats to dilute its audience seriously and come up with a plan for action. Radio stations must make optimal use of the technology available. These are highly affordable gadgets and as they become commonplace will become even more affordable. The time to act is now. I hope radio companies understand that...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • I always considered SiriusXM the closest radio service to traditional radio because they have hosts for their shows. By using Amazon Echo voice technology they should be even more of a challenge...
  • Will someone please explain to me why making slime is a break-through discovery...
  • Don't book me on a flight with that pilot who asked his passengers to pray...
  • Minnesota generally considered a healthy human weight state, has the highest percentage of overweight dogs and cats. What are they putting in their pet food, brats dipped in fat???
  • You think Americans are tough? A British man got hit by a bus, dusted himself off and continued walking to his favorite pub. I hope he had a double before he got hit... 
  • Don't invite Phil Jackson and the Knicks to the same party...
  • Do invite Sycamore Partners & Staples to the same party...
  • You can also invite Walgreen's & Rite-AID to the same party...
  • IHeartRadio music awards show has been scheduled for TV in 2018. Maybe they should do a telethon instead...
  • An umpire stopped a woman from jumping off a Pittsburgh bridge and then gave her the 'safe' sign...

 

 

 

 

AM Listening Is Flat While FM Grows...

 

June 26, 2017

 

Radio's total cume continues to grow but that growth is mostly on the FM side. According to the latest Nielsen data based on the June 2017 RADAR estimates, while AM's weekly cume dwarfs Sunday newspaper readership (58.8 million to 38 million) just one-in-five (21%) radio users listened to any programming on AM stations during the latest ratings period. However as Inside Radio reports: Nielsen says that 86% of radio listeners tuned into an FM station. And so it goes for AM radio...

 

While AM radio listenership won't disappear any time soon, it is deteriorating. From 2013 to 2017, Nielsen lists weekly cume in millions for June of each year (Mon-Sun 12M-12, persons 12+) as follows: 2013 (63.02) 2014 (59.59) 2015 (58.53) 2016 (58.35) 2017 (57.80). Over the same period, these are FM Weekly Cume figures: 2013 (230.68) 2014 (231.62) 2015 (231.29) 2016 (233.06) 2017 (235.13)...

 

Jon Miller, Nielsen VP of audience insights: "I go back to compelling and unique programming - that has and will continue to draw listeners no matter where it is." Miller points out that in today's media landscape audio success stories can be found on the AM and FM dials as well as on podcasts and streaming services. "What the data does make clear is that the pool of available listeners is simply larger on the FM band, and that's why there continues to be a move - particularly in the larger markets to simulcast heritage AM stations onto the FM band."...

 

AM slippage in weekly cume was only 1% between June 2016 and this June but if you compare the dip from five years ago when AM had 63 million listeners each week to today, AM band's total reach shrank 8%. And over that five-year period, the number of AM stations reporting has been completely flat. Five years ago there were about 4,800 AM stations in the Nielsen database. That number is about the same today. There are more than 11,000 FM stations reporting today. No figures were supplied by Nielsen as to what the FM total was five years ago...

 

While total numbers of AM stations will continue to shrink, the growth of FM stations will continue to grow. FM reached 235.1 million listeners during the latest ratings period. That figure is up 1% compared to last year. And FM's five-year weekly cume growth rate is twice as large. That is why total radio weekly cume nationwide grew 3% between 2013 and 2017 when it hit 249 million. Format-wise the majority of AM programming is spoken word and those formats tend to have higher time spent listening and lower cume than FM music counterparts. FYI: the typical AM listener spends 6 hours, 46 minutes tuned in each week...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • We shouldn't forget that FM music radio is a viable alternative to music pure plays...
  • Two heads are better than one might not apply to the two-headed porpoise found in the North Sea, especially at feeding time...
  • Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Can I get my bananas droned to me?
  • 16.4 million Americans think chocolate milk comes from chocolate cows. Personally I like my milk from almond cows...
  • "Genius" (Albert Einstein biopic) on NatGeo has been both entertaining and informative despite the negative reviews preceding the series...
  • Don't invite Lorde and Taylor Swift to the same party...
  • Rumor has it that Sean Spicer will be replaced as White House press secretary. Testing parachutes at 30,000 feet would be an improvement over the job he has now...
  • Don't invite Travis Kalanick and Uber to the same party...
  • A city of a million people could inhabit Mars by 2062. Bon voyage...
  • Tesla is considering starting its own music streaming service. Do you have to buy an electric car to listen to it???

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cumulus An Endangered Species???

 

June 19, 2017

 

While Pandora was recently given life support thanks to sugar daddy, Liberty Media's $480 million infusion, is Cumulus Media beyond saving? According to the New York Post, the media giant has been given last rites and is ready to go...

 

When former Chief Executive Lew Dickey left the company in September 2015, Cumulus stock was selling for $5.45. Shortly before this story was written, Cumulus was listed at $.51. In its heyday in 2014,  Cumulus was at $64 and change. Cue Frank Sinatra.  A Nasdaq delisting is close enough to touch. And too, is possible bankruptcy...

 

Company bonuses are now being paid on a quarterly basis instead of the typical end-of-year cycle. And then there are the pie-in-the-sky statements coming from the firm: "Cumulus continues to make tremendous progress in our multi-year turnaround, having reached a financial point driven by ratings share growth, stabilization of the operations, and sustained outperformance against peers despite a tough market environment." That statement was given to the New York Post's "On The Money." ...

 

The truth is private equity firm Crestview Partners has adopted a poison pill to stop an activist from coming in as Cumulus avoids bankruptcy. For the year 2016 (a presidential election year), Cumulus reported that net revenue fell 2.3% while adjusted Ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization - was off 20.6% from a year earlier). Rumors have recently surfaced that former CEO Dickey has raised a $209 million investment fund. Dickey resigned from the Cumulus board in March...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • The definition of cumulus: A cloud of a class characterized by dense individual elements in the form of puffs, mounds or towers with flat bases and tops that often resemble cauliflower, for those curious...
  • Don't invite Donald Trump and the U.K. to the same party...
  • Do invite Katy Perry and Taylor Swift to the same party...
  • Headline: What To Eat At Today's Big Apple BBQ In Madison Square Park. Answer: Just a wild guess but I would say "BBQ." ...
  • If Rafael Nadal is 'The King of Clay", would Dice Clay be 'The Mouth of Clay?'...
  • What's going on? The Central Park Conservancy Lake has just replaced the East River as the number one body of water for finding dumped bodies in NYC... 
  • Two African men running against each other for a seat in parliament got into a fight during a radio show. Opponent "A" pulled out opponent "B's" artificial leg and beat him over the head with it. I've seen a couple of radio fights in my career but this one gets a "10" for originality...
  • Dennis Rodman is visiting North Korea to save us. I just want to see Kim Jong Un with a nose-ring...
  • Nice touch by the city of Los Angeles to light up the sky with a bat signal in memory of Adam West...
  • Fox News has stopped referring to itself as "Fair and Balanced". Did they precede this announcement as "Breaking
 

 

 

 

 

 

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death...

 

June 12, 2017

 

In a story that keeps re-writing itself, SiriusXM Holdings, controlled by Liberty Media Corp agreed to give Pandora $480 million on Friday. So, instead of an outright buyout, the satellite radio company is investing in Pandora...

 

According to Inside Radio, SiriusXM negotiated a private investment in public equity (PIPE) after talks about Sirius acquiring Pandora in its entirety ended unsuccessfully over price disagreements. Gregg Maffei, Liberty Media CEO, negotiating on behalf of SiriusXM has backed out of a deal to own Pandora...

 

Never a solid buy, Pandora stock was down 7.7% to $8.75 and by late June 7 it had fallen another 3%. Pandora is on track to close at their lowest levels in 14 months, a MarketWatch report claims...

 

On June 8, Pandora released a statement saying KKR and the streaming service had agreed upon an extension. "Although all conditions to closing of the investment, KKR and Pandora have been met and both parties are prepared to close immediately, KKR and Pandora agreed to a brief extension of the pre-closing period which ended on June 8. If Pandora determines that the KKR investment continues to be in the best interest of its stockholders, the KKR investment will close immediately following the expiration of this extended period." ...

 

As of close of business on Friday, Pandora stock was priced at 8.52, down 8.39% for the week...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Maybe Pandora can go on eBay and put their company up for sale. Craigslist?...
  • Moderate drinking is (multiple choice) 'good', 'bad' or 'we still don't know'...
  • Drinking coffee is (multiple choice) 'good', 'bad' or 'we still don't know'...
  • The oldest bones of our human species dates back further than scientists thought. 300,000 years. Personally I never thought we went back more than 299,999 years myself...
  • Don't invite better numbers on "Live" and Ryan Seacrest to the same party...
  • I wouldn't climb El Capitan secured to a scaffold, wearing a life jacket and tied down in a straight jacket...
  • The anti-Muslim demonstrations are very frightening. What are we becoming???
  • In Burma, a baby bird capable of hunting was found in a 100 million year old fossil. Sounds like something that would have been found on Staten Island or Brooklyn only the bird would have been a guy with a gun in his hand...
  • Ella & Alexander Clooney will be starring in a new version of "Ocean's Eleven" in 2037...
  • I wonder if I can borrow some money from SiriusXM???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Must Evolve To Grow...

 

June 5, 2017

 

While radio is still on a growth track, that growth is minimal at best. PricewaterhouseCoopers numbers shows a rise in the U.S. from $21.8 in 2016 to $23.8 billion in 2020. The Hollywood Reporter also notes that radio "remains the most popular medium in the U.S.," with Nielsen showing it continues to consistently reach 91% of Americans aged 21+ every week. But there may be trouble ahead for radio...

 

Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research: "Radio will still have a role for a while, it just won't expand. There aren't a lot of good examples of media in secular decline suddenly growing again." Wieser claims that it's not just changing audience tastes that are challenging the business models but because local businesses face tough competition from nationwide chains like Walmart and e-commerce providers including Amazon.com, they aren't purchasing as many radio ads as they used to...

 

Weiser continues: "When shoppers were geographically constrained, it was good for the radio business. It's one reason SiriusXM, which relies far more on subscription fees than ad sales for its revenue has fared better than iHeartMedia and Entercom, its shares dropping only 3 % since April 21...

 

One situation that may develop to help radio is consolidation. It could help satellite radio at least, since it has been rumored that Liberty Media, parent company of SiriusXM may be interested in buying Pandora. Despite debt problems, Pandora does have 76.7 million listeners and 4.7 million paid subscribers...

 

In the final analysis, radio (both traditional, pure play, satellite, etc.) must use their creativity if they want to continue to compete with competition they have never faced the like of, before. As Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research concludes: "Only radio companies that reinvent themselves will survive." ...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Radio is no different than any media platform. Evolve or vanish...
  • Sleep depravation causes the mind to eat it's cells. Can we train the stomach to do the same thing?
  • If you guessed "Glazed" as the number one flavor of doughnut lovers, you can step to the front of the line at your favorite Dunkin' Donuts store...
  • Do you believe in magic? Jeff Bezos does. He originally named his company, 'Cadabra', as in 'Abracadabra'...
  • There is now a Cadabra, uh I mean Amazon retail store in Manhattan. So that's where all my books went...
  • Don't invite Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic to the same party...
  • Saturday Night Live ratings for season 42 were among the highest in the history of the show. They can thank the current political climate for that...
  • Lebanon is banning 'Wonder Woman' because the star of the movie is an Israeli (Gal Gadot). This should really affect box office receipts, said no one ever...
  • Kathy Griffin said she went a little too far with that bloody fake head of Donald Trump. Ya think???
  • A faceless fish was found in Australia but it does have an adorable tail...
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Radio's Secret Ingredient...

 

May 29, 2017

 

Mood Music is a term that dates back to the 50s. The descriptive was generally used for MOR/Easy Listening stations. It was a notch above elevator music and used to let listeners know that no nasty rock and roll songs will ever be played on our station. Results of a new study on music and moods now finds that radio actually puts you in a good mood. Who knew???

 

The data comes courtesy of new research looking at consumers age 18-64 done by USA Touchpoints provided exclusively to Inside Radio. USA Touchpoints' cross-platform measurement service finds that through the morning and well into the evening, radio listeners report themselves in a better mood than people in general. Respondents keep an electronic diary of their media consumption and emotional states...

 

Paul Street, director of global research and analytics at Reality Mine, parent company of USA Touchpoints: "Overwhelmingly, people in America and Canada claim to be in a good mood or very good mood but it's even more so when listening to radio. From 9am - 2pm, radio scores a few points higher than the general population but the lift from radio grows to 5 points from 2:30pm - 6pm. We're seeing people reporting themselves to be in a better mood while listening to radio on weekdays." ...

 

Emotions are reported by participants each half-hour of the study, and they have a range of 23 emotions. While listening to radio, Americans are 7% more likely to report they are happy, 35% more likely to say they feel confident, 46% more likely to report they are excited and 51% more likely to say they feel hopeful. Conversely, if you're listening to radio you're 9% less likely to report feeling lonely and 13% less likely to say you're bored. "There are all kinds of overachievements in positive emotions and underachievement's in the negative ones for radio", adds Street...

 

Back in the 50's and 60's one of the slogans used by broadcasters claimed the medium was "your constant companion." This data suggests that sell line can be adjusted to "your happy, constant companion." ...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Broadcast radio has something that pure plays don't have - a familiar host that they feel comfortable with - a constant companion...
  • Whales are gaining weight. Too much sugar content in the oceans???
  • Do invite Bernie Madoff and Carmine Persico Jr. to the same party...
  • Don't invite NATO and Donald Trump to the same party...
  • The movie 'Baywatch' is taking on water...
  • The Romneys' favorite home game is Tagg - you're Mitt...
  • A new Norwegian study finds that chocolate lowers your A-Fib rate but you have to eat it with herring to enjoy the benefits (just kidding)...
  • That passenger who opened the door on a plane and jumped to the tarmac has just given airlines a way to take care of unruly passengers...
  • Here's a comforting thought: snakes hunt in packs...
  • Kindergarten kids in Germany can rat out their parents if they didn't get information from doctors about vaccinations...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2017

 

You can't find a business or electronic web page without a mention of Pandora's fate. The latest example is a Bloomberg blurb suggesting that the online-provider is considering selling off its Ticketfly property. Pandora bought Ticketfly for $450 million in 2015. The firm is a concert ticket distributor. While Pandora is still seeking a buyer for the entire company, selling Ticketfly could be a short-term option...

 

While Pandora would neither confirm nor deny freeing up some needed money by selling Ticketfly, CEO Tim Westergren stepped up his search for an acquirer. Pandora founder Westergren also announced a $150 million investment from private equity firm KKR & Co. and the creation of an independent board committee. Investors such as hedge fund Corvex Management LP have questioned Pandora's strategy, including its journey into ticketing, and have urged a possible sale because of losses and a tumbling stock prize...

 

The online radio company is set to evaluate any strategic option, including a sale, in the 30 days before the KKR deal closes, according to board member James M.P. Feuille. Feuille will be stepping down from the board, as will co-board member Peter Gotcher. Both were Pandora board members for a dozen years...

 

Pandora was a solid online music service until the fast growth of Spotify and Apple Music emerged, along with the billions of dollars Amazon and Google started investing heavily in music. The competitors pressured Pandora to expand beyond its roots as an internet radio company and become an on-demand streaming service in search of paying subscribers. What staggered Pandora's strength initially were the exorbitant music royalties they continue to dole out. At latest check, Pandora is a couple of million in debt. Their stock continues to hover around the $10 a share mark. They are not considered a sound investment...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Whether or not you're a fan of Pandora, you have to give them credit for providing solid radio competition...
  • Police car chases have been replaced by plane fights on TV newscasts...
  • The Celtics get the #1 draft pick thanks to less than sage thinking on the part of the Knicks...
  • Does the fidget spinner give you stress or relieve it???
  • Has anyone seen the overnights for dog viewers on 'Downward Dog' ???
  • Don't invite Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton to the same party...
  • Don't invite Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady's agent to the same party...
  • Shouldn't North Korea spend the money they use on launching missiles on something that can help their people - like feeding them???
  • Pippa Middleton gets married in a lavish ceremony but Prince Harry gets the headlines for bringing his girlfriend...
  • People were hospitalized after eating nachos they bought at a gas station - shocking!!!

 

 

Free Beats Local...

 

May 15, 2017

 

The mantra for traditional radio has been justified once again. At least one half of the mantra has - the free part. According to the Jacobs Tech Survey 13 "Why Radio" series"Hearing favorite songs" (66%) was the most mentioned response but right behind that answer was "free" (57%). This former radio programmer joined the brigade of traditional radio believers who were convinced that radio will always be a major factor because it's "local and free" about the time Pandora reared its competitive head...

 

In third through fifth place in the "Why Radio" series of responses were: "DJs/Hosts/Shows" (56%), "Like to work with radio on" (55%) and "In the habit" (52%). Broken down demographically, Millennials (18-34) at 63% place the highest value on the "fee free" benefit of radio listening. Following Millennials in rank order are: Generation Z (8-17) at 62%, Generation X (35-52) with 58%, Boomers (53-71) 55% and taking up the rear, The Silent Generation (72-92) with 51%...

 

It's interesting to note, while Millennials are willing to pay for services like Netflix and Spotify, they decline paying for audio. Those that do pay for their audio, mention too many commercials and repetitive music as the number one and two reasons. Also interesting to note is that even though radio is free, there are regular commercial breaks yet the free part still turns out to be one of radio's clear advantages over its digital competition. Fred Jacobs says he typically hears radio stations brag about their music specialties, as well as features like commercial-free music blocks and traffic and weather, yet rarely does he hear positioning statements that extol the virtues of being "free" in a subscription-heavy media world.

 

Jacobs sums it up perfectly: "At a time when radio needs to take advantage of each and every one of its assets, this ("free") is most-assuredly one of them." ...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • If you can get something you like for free, why would you pay for it???
  • Coach is buying Kate Spade. I hope Kate wanted to be sold...
  • Laugh tracks started in the 50s. That's how long they've been insulting our intelligence...
  • Las Vegas is begging Browns & Rams fans to prove odds makers wrong. Those two teams are not expected to win one game next NFL season...
  • The patience clock for LaVar Bell has plummeted to zero...
  • Anderson Cooper rolling his eyes in disbelieve at Kellyanne Conway was worth a million words...
  • With all the crazy inventions we have, can't anyone come up with a safe avocado slicer???
  • Scientists now believe that human blood would boil on Mars. Cancel my trip!!!
  • What was the paddle-boarder who was surrounded by 15 great white sharks thinking???
  • No actors in the history of Hollywood ever received the publicity that Goldie Hawn & Amy Schumer are getting for the movie "Snatched." ...

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

 

I ran across a piece written by the research firm Integr8 which brought back memories of the success we top 40 radio programmers had back in the 60s and 70s, long before the Spotify's and Pandora's started spewing out an endless supply of music...

 

You can't and shouldn't try to compete with pure plays by playing more music. You'll lose every time. What you can and should do is make your radio station sound better. As good as you think it sounds - it can always sound better. One of the hallmarks of the successful top 40 radio stations were dee jays that could put their own distinct personality to work in 10 seconds or less. And music content must be great. As integr8 points out, "listeners routinely tell focus groups that they expect their favorite radio stations to introduce them to the coolest new songs. Perceptual research tells us stations that stick too closely to tried and true recurrents can ruin their credibility as sources of new music, while also developing harmful reputations for playing stale music"...

 

It's not just about playing new music either. Presentation is everything. You have to get excited about the music you're playing if you want your audience to. That's something that neither Spotify nor Pandora has - someone to sell the music. Back in the 60s and 70s, we called pure plays - "juke boxes". No difference. Your product is music but how many radio stations just go through the motions without selling each song they play? The answer is "too many." ...

 

Even for the stations where new music discovery isn't that important for competitive reasons, you still must involve and engage listeners - whatever your product. If you think your music station sounds stale, tune in a good news, talk or sports station. Whether you love the subject matter or not, listen to how involved and enthusiastic the best hosts sound and ask yourself if you're staff has that same kind of conviction...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

  • Music stations have to sound great in order to compete with the pure plays. Trying to outplay them with new music won't work... 
  • Don't invite FBI Director Comey and Hillary Clinton to the same party...
  • Jimmy Kimmel's emotional mention of his son's heart condition just won him lifetime immunity from all late-night viewers...
  • We spend entirely too much time worrying about Brad Pitt...
  • Stephen Hawking says we have to find elsewhere in the universe to live in order to survive in 100 years. Will Staten Island do???
  • We've had so much rain this year in NYC, the word 'drought' has been removed from the dictionary...
  • Why can't email services weed out obvious garbage messages???
  • Always Dreaming didn't fall asleep at the Kentucky Derby...
  • Do we really need to know about Barack Obama's early love life???
  • Facebook TV is coming this summer. The least they can do is provide a 'thumbs down' emoji for a show we don't like...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

 

The 2017 NAB Radio Show isn't just a showcase for new audio toys, it's also a venue to sell a service that you haven't had much success with the first time around. So it was that Nielsen saw fit to take another shot with its digital audio measurement service. Industry support wasn't there when Nielsen tried to sell this service in 2016, but this time the measurement firm is getting serious...

 

"Nielsen is committed to digital audio" - company audio managing director Brad Kelly told the audience at the covention's Digital Strategies Exchange for Radio forum. Rob Kass, product leader for digital audio at Nielsen said the company will at some point, stop measuring digital listening via the PPM service and only track station streams via the SDK (software development kit) based digital service, which embeds meters in the app or mobile web player of stations and their streaming providers to track digital listening close to the point of consumption...

 

In 2016 Nielsen put a halt to its digital audio measurement after clients claimed the numbers Nielsen was reporting didn't jell with their own server log files and were lower than those of the MRC-accredited Webcast Metrics provided by Triton Digital. Nielsen claims there is still industry demand for its product because it includes demographic information and allows a station to see its entire cross-platform audience using the same metrics that are used for over-the-air listening. This year Nielsen is pledging to bring its number up to close the gap that broadcasters are seeing on their own server logs and through Triton's service...

 

The re-tooled product will differ from a conventional syndicated service since Nielsen isn't waiting for everyone in the industry to hop aboard to commercialize the service. Instead it will provide the SDK data to clients who subscribe to the product. Rob Kass sums up this new effort from Nielsen: "We're not throwing in the towel on digital. It's Important for our clients and the industry and without it we're not going to be able to bring the industry total audience measurement."...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Radio should hope that Nielsen is successful with its digital measurement service. Competition is always healthy in Broadcasting...
  • Earth to NFL fans drooling over the picks their team took. Historically it takes about 3 years for even the best players to reach the same level they played at in college... 
  • The NFL Draft picks look like they dressed for the prom. If you didn't wear a bowtie you are considered uninvited...
  • I am so glad Brad & Angelina are friends again...
  • You can't be a caring human being and not be concerned about the recent staggering number of whales washing ashore...
  • The Climate March people picked the perfect day to march - 90 in Washington, D.C. is not normal for the end of April...
  • Joe Biden is keeping his options open for 2020. For what? He'll be 78 that year...
  • Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico end April with a blizzard. May has to be better...
  • Don't invite sports network hosts and the NFL to the same party...
  • Pigeons are finding out where those NYC car washers walked off their jobs in a union dispute...
 
 

 

 

 

Radio's Content Identifier Is Set...

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

 

The radio industry now has a standardized content identifier, thanks to Nielsen. The research firm is making Gracenote the standard bearer for identifying each radio station it measures. Radio stations will not only benefit from having their content identified but should reap benefits by more effectively selling its product with cross-platform marketing...

 

Nielsen bought Gracenote in Q1 of 2017 for $560 million. The company is known for its leading IDs which link together video, music and sports content across TV, digital and radio. They help power advanced search and intuitive user experiences. Their alphanumeric content identifiers for linear TV, VOD (video on demand) and OTT (over the top content for video & audio on the internet) are used for national and local programming guides accessed by viewers...

 

With Nielsen now using the Gracenote ID as their standard, media clients will be able to use one single identifier for their program titling. This will be helpful for Nielsen clients to more effectively map and measure content wherever it lives, joining the cross media linking of metadata across all platforms for Nielsen Total Audience products...

 

"Implementing Gracenote IDs as standard identifiers is a vital step forward toward creating a more automated, efficient, and accurate measurement process regardless of where the content or ad is consumed":  Kelly Abcarian, SVP of Product Leadership, Nielsen. Radio should be happy about this development...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • It's a wonder that all radio stations don't have a content identifier...
  • Lady Gaga will kill it in "A Star Is Born"...
  • Don't invite La La & Carmelo Anthony to the same party...
  • A new study concludes that salt makes you hungry, not thirsty. Who knew???
  • There will be a continuation of 'The X-Files'. Who's happier than me???
  • Naked mole-rats can survive without oxygen. A fact that sounds like it could be a plot for 'The X-Files'...
  • Diet sodas could be tied to strokes and dementia. It's a good thing I stopped drinking them a couple of decades ago...
  • Don't invite Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the NYPD to the same party...
  • Earth Day started in 1970 and we're still around but the earth was in much better shape 47 years ago. We have to do a better job...
  • $13 a pack? Don't invite NYC smokers and Mayor Bill deBlasio to the same party...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Good News For Radio...

 

April 17, 2017

 

Like TV news, news radio has been re-energized thanks to last year's presidential election. And that ratings boost has carried over into 2017, according to the fourth-quarter 2016 Nielsen Total Audience Report. U.S. consumers are gobbling up all the news they can get. Adults 18+ spent over 73.5 billion gross minutes consuming news in an average week in 2016. That's up 18% from the previous year...

 

The increase consisted in most part by a rise in cable network news viewing. The adult news consumers spent close to six and a half hours a week tuning in to national cable TV news in 2016 - up nearly an hour and a half from 2015 and 1 hour 45 minutes from the last election cycle of 2012...

 

Both smartphone and radio news experienced increases from 2015 to 2016 in both reach and time spent in every age demographic the report included. Radio news in the PPM (portable people meter) markets reached 27.1% of all adults (18+) in the average week. That's up from 26.3% in 2015. These adults also spent an average of nearly five and a half hours listening to news weekly - 14 minutes more than in 2015. And smartphone news consumption was also up among adults, reaching over 27% of adults (18+) in the average week in 2016 - up from 23.6% in 2015...

 

No type of programming content is more a perfect fit for a multi-platform distribution than the news. In both technology and traditional means, consumers get up to speed on everything from world events to Wall Street to a recently wrapped presidential election by turning on the tube to checking in with a device, no matter where they are. These advances have led to a never-ending supply of specific news stories globally...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • The news format is a winner depending on how unpredictable a presidential election and winner is. We have both in this cycle...
  • The season finale of 'Homeland' was tremendous and Claire Danes continues to be the best dramatic actress on TV...
  • Don't invite Robert Bentley and the state of Alabama to the same party...
  • The battle is on, The Charging Bull vs. The Fearless Girl...
  • Don't invite David Dao and United Airlines to the same party...
  • The banning of trans-fats in NYC has reduced the number of heart attacks and strokes but trans-fat withdrawal is at a record high...
  • Bill O'Reilly is on "vacation", a vacation that could last a bit longer than he had planned...
  • Sean Spicer has qualified for the next Olympics in back-tracking...
  • Despite Dan Rooney's death at 84, the Rooney Family (under Art) will continue their ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers...
  • The Mets owe Bobby Bonilla $30 million and he's still under contract until 2035. BTW, he hasn't played since 2001...
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Is #1 With Commuters...

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

 

Verto Analytics anoints music as the leading form of entertainment when we're not at home. Verto conducted a study that analyzed the reach and session data for streaming music, streaming video and games among adults in the U.S. (ages 18+). The study was done to determine which of these entertainment categories takes up most of our attention and time when we're on the move...

 

Video still rules as the favorite entertainment pastime at home with streaming reaching 70% of consumers. Not surprisingly, out-of-home viewing is just 55%. While music reaches a similar share (57%) at home, it reaches 80% of consumers out-of-home. And despite the popularity of mobile games, players still prefer the comforts of home (66%) compared to out-of-home where that figure dips to 45%...

 

Session distributions between home use and out-of-home activity becomes clearer. More than three quarters of all video and gaming sessions take place at home while music sessions are more evenly divided: 60% of sessions take place at home and 40% take place out of home. The explanation is a simple one - music requires a relatively small amount of attention compared to video or games and listening can take place while driving, exercising, commuting or working. While streaming music isn't as easily accessible as other forms of music, it is as consumers move through their day - regardless of their location...

 

Adding up all of these factors, music is still the one entertainment form easiest to access wherever you are and its various formats don't require a lot of activity, thinking or decision making...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • It's not surprising how important music is in our lives but I'd love to see a study to find out how important the music in commercials is...
  • Verizon will acquire AOL & Yahoo. The company will become OATH. I would have chosen the name VEROLHOO. What, too hard to remember???
  • Don't invite Spotify and YouTube to the same party...
  • A new study on cannibalism finds that humans aren't very nutricional. Was the study conducted on cannibals???
  • Is it really necessary for NYC local TV to give us a report on Tim Tebow's progress in minor league baseball in every sports report?
  • Don't invite Aaron Rodgers & Olivia Munn to the same party...
  • Don't invite Scarlet Johansson & Ivanka Trump to the same party...
  • When a product is the "Official" sponsor of a team, I figure the team and not the fans get rewarded. I wonder how much a sponsorship costs???
  • There's something very wrong in calling a bombing "beautiful"...
  • The giraffe's baby is kicking but when will the baby kick its way out???

 

 

 

 

 

Smartphone Radio Usage Is High...

 

April 3, 2017

 

A new RAB smartphone study via GfK MRI finds that 83% of smartphone owners, 18 or older, listen to broadcast radio and 92% of adults who have listened to a broadcast stream own a smartphone. According to Statista, there will be over 220 million smartphone users by the end of 2017...

 

Radio listening and smartphone usage today go hand-in-hand. You might say that the smartphone plays the role a transistor radio did back in the late 50s. Transistor radios met their demise in the 80s when boom boxes became popular. Smartphones have no competition (yet) to take the play away from their mobile dominance. Smartphone users know all about today's radio. 91% of adult smartphone owners have visited a radio station, program or radio personality's site on their smartphone. They are contest savvy too. 84% of adults have texted to vote in a contest. When it comes to redeeming coupons or looking at an ad sent with a text message, 84% of these same adults are tuning in to broadcast radio...

 

Demographically, 18 - 24 year old radio listeners are 61% more likely to vote in a contest. 25 - 34 year old radio listeners are 59% more likely to redeem a mobile coupon and 35 - 44 year old radio listeners are 41% more likely to go to a website for entertainment information. RAB breaks down more demographics of those smartphone users who listen to radio: 83% go to a social network site, 84% searched for a product, 84% used a search engine and 84% visited a website for news, sports or weather...

 

Sell lines that radio used in the medium's heyday are back in fashion again. Can slogans like "Your constant companion", "We're portable, take us along with you" be far behind? Maybe we can even get Freddy Cannon to record a song reminiscent of "Transistor Sister" and call it "Smartphone Radio App Sister"... 

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • The smartphone in the transistor radio of the 21st century...
  • Will the Oakland Raiders now become the Las Vegas Gamblers???
  • I hope Carlos the Jackal has some good books to read...
  • Spare me from the Verizon guy who drops mics...
  • It's just so wrong for a referee to get death threats because of a call he made in a game...
  • Jeff Bezos is now the second richest person in the world. Warren Buffett tops the list. I made a long search but couldn't find my name anywhere...
  • Don't invite Bill Baroni, Bridget Anne Kelly & Chris Christie to the same party...
  • Ditto John McCain and Kim Jong Un...
  • McDonalds will start using fresh beef in their quarter-pounders which makes me wonder what they used until now...
  • No wonder Donald Trump has been playing "Working In The Coal Mine" in the Oval...

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More On Voice-Activated Radio...

 

March 27, 2017

 

One of my favorite new topics is voice-activated devices. Here's another look at how radio can remain relevant by adapting to voice-activation. Jacobs Media's Techsurvey 13 which is due to roll out in May will show that more than one in ten of the company's 51,000 respondents already owns a device like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. And there are more devices in production that are voice command enabled...

 

The survey will also show that the days of typing in search terms in boxes on mobile phones, tablets and computers will gradually fade. Instead, a hands-free, voice-activated environment will take over. Consumers are using voice command features on all sorts of devices, there's Siri, Alexa and television remotes. In homes, at-work and in cars, voice-activation will multiply as artificial intelligence improves and becomes easier to use, producing results quicker...

 

Voice command technology needs to be on everyone's agenda and that includes radio. The industry is getting its feet wet with the Echo and the Home. Jacobs is one of the companies that is developing skills for these devices with their jacapps and "App Everywhere".  Thousands of skills are being developed for both the Amazon and Google platforms. We'll find that a much smaller number will ultimately prove to be useful...

 

As Jacobs has discovered, there's more to development than getting apps approved by Apple and Google. How they're downloaded, used and enjoyed is the key to how successful those apps are. It's important for radio to get into the game - wisely and strategically. It starts with research, moves into strategy and if successful - implementation. It will be up to the programmers, digital mavens and corporate leaders to put smart plans into motion. How important is this? It's everything if radio is to stay relevant in the years ahead...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • The best example of how quickly technology is advancing is voice-activation...
  • The baseball season is filled with the hopes and dreams of every fan for a winning year for their team. They will soon find out if their hopes and dreams are real or not...
  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are talking again after 6 months of silence. Well, that's not entirely true. They didn't stop talking for 6 months, they just didn't talk to each other...
  • Claire Danes is the best series actress on TV. She also has a great radio & V/O voice...
  • I can't wait to hear the first baseball manager say "He'll be there when the bell rings." 
  • Peter Goodell is trying to shorten NFL games. Baseball is the sport that needs shortening more...
  • Don't invite Kendrick Lama & Donald Trump to the same party...
  • I'll pass on the Hosni Mubarak welcome home party...
  • Chuck Berry was ageless...
  • If the giraffe gives birth to a hippo, now that's a story...

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewing Infinite Dial 2017...

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

 

Edison Research and Triton Digital have just released their 2017 Infinite Dial Study. The study covers digital audio, social media, mobile, smart speakers and podcast consumption. The latter continues to show growth with 40% of Americans (12+) saying they have listened to a podcast. 24% say they have listened to a podcast in the last month - up from 21% a year ago. In addition, six in ten are now familiar with the term 'podcasting'. That number has risen 22% in the last 2 years...

 

The Infinite Dial, in business since 1998 has introduced  a new category called "Smart Speakers". As you would imagine, voice-controlled devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home fall into that descriptive. Today, 63% of Americans (12+) are aware of at least one device in this category. Seven percent (an estimated 20 million Americans), live in households that have at least one smart speaker...

 

Other highlights of the study find that:

  • Half of Americans (12+) now have access to a Netflix subscription...
  • The weekly online radio audience is now 140 million or 53% of Americans (12+)...
  • Time spent listening to online radio soars to an all-time high of 14:39 per week...
  • Pandora continues to lead in online radio listening - 32% have listened in the past month - but Spotify is a strong second at 18%... 
  • Social Media usage is beginning to consolidate into just a few platforms with Twitter's growth rate continuing to dip, especially among 12 to 24 year-olds...

 

The Infinite Dial uses the "gold standard" of nationally representative survey research - random probability samples - a combination of mobile phones (49%) and landlines (51%) of all Americans ages 12 and above. The study has become the report card on digital audio and other digital media and is widely used and quoted by broadcasters, internet radio, ad agencies and the financial community. A total of 2,000 people were interviewed from 1/5/17 to 2/11/17....

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • The methodology used by The Infinite Dial should be noted every time you look at study numbers. A combination of landlines and mobile is the most accurate form of research. Almost any sample size over 1,000 people is a reliable size...
  • Radio Shack has just filed for bankruptcy for the second time. The over/under is 5...
  • The argument continues about Daylight Saving Time. Advantages vs. Disadvantages. It turns out that we would be just about the same if we didn't change the clocks twice a year...
  • Potatoes can grow on Mars but they would rot by the time you got back home from the store...  
  • O.J. Simpson is eligible for parole this summer. I think I'll pass on the welcome home party...
  • Don't invite Remy Ma & Nicki Minaj to the same party...
  • Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez = J-Rod, Lo-Ro, Rod-Pez, Jen-Rod, Jen-Al, Rod-Guez, Al-Jen???
  • Make me watch a spring training or world baseball classic game...
  • Good name: March Madness, Bad name: The Big Dance...
  • Can't wait to see bachelor Nick on DWTS said no one ever...
 
 
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AC Listeners Prefer Radio Over PurePlays...

 

Monday, March 13, 2017

 

A new study finds that AM/FM radio offers a better variety of Adult Contemporary music than Pandora and Spotify . A majority of female AC fans choose traditional radio over pureplay, according to data just released in the Alan Burns and Associates/Strategic Solutions Research series "What Women Want"...

 

"By almost a two to one margin (59% agree - 33% disagree) AC P1s agree with the statement that 'my favorite radio station has a better variety of music than what I get when I listen to online music services." says Strategic Solutions Research EVP Hal Rood, "and that speaks to fantastic curation on radio's part."

 

Burns VP Jeff Johnson: "You see it whenever these women have multiple alternatives to radio, such as in at-work listening where radio stations' on-air or online programming dominates other music streams by more than 4 to 1 (64% to 16%). And women who drive connected cars and know they can listen to online streams still listen to radio more than any of the pureplays."

 

In the continuation of the "What Women Want", the study will take a close look at both the Hot and Mainstream versions of AC with a special focus on comparing and contrasting artist and music preferences by listeners of the two formats. I will give you my take on the results...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • AC programmers must be doing something right...
  • Some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed - Andrew Bogut debuts with the Cleveland Cavaliers and breaks his leg...
  • Amazon has changed its mind and will now offer Echo data in that murder case. Was Echo threatened with silence if it didn't relent. Wonder...
  • Fewer overweight people are trying to lose weight. That can't be good...
  • The UCONN women have now won 107 in a row. They could spot any team 20 points and still win...
  • "Kiss me I'm Irish". Has that ever worked???
  • March Madness: If the play-in game is played outdoors is it still the play-in game???
  • The Statue Of Liberty went dark the other night. The next day was Women's Solidarity Day. Was that just a coincidence???
  • I wonder what famous men's designer is used by Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon...
  • Happy Spring, but you don't want to be saying what a lovely winter we're having this spring...
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

The Radio Royalty Mess...

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

 

Nothing is as uniformly inconsistent as the music royalties incurred by radio. The music tariffs imposed on radio by the recording industry are wide and varied in structure and price. A recent summation of where radio stands with regard to this mess was posted by Inside Radio. What follows is my attempt to translate it for you...

  • The Performance RoyaltyThe music industry continues to lobby Congress to abolish the exemption that's been around forever that keeps AM/FM free of royalties. The Congressional tide is still on radio's side...
  • Pre-1972 Recordings: AM/FM pays streaming royalties for all music recorded after February 15, 1972. Songs recorded prior to that date are royalty-free. Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan aka Flo & Eddie and the Turtles despite settling for $99 million, continue to fight for streaming royalties for all music ever recorded...
  • Department of Justice Consent Decree Decision: The DOJ's decision to leave in place the consent decrees that govern how ASCAP and BMI negotiates rates with radio was praised by most broadcasters. The music industry is going in the opposite direction. A new 100% "full-work" licensing requirement was slammed by the music industry. They are fighting the new mandate in court...
  • GMR Starts Collecting From Radio: Global Music Rights remain locked in a pair of antitrust lawsuits with the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) over how rates are set by the upstart Performance Royalty Organization (PRO).  Hundreds of stations have started paying the fourth PRO, which now sits alongside ASCAP, BMI and SESAC...
  • Radio Reaches an ASCAP DealRadio is pleased by the voluntary agreement struck by RMLC and ASCAP without needing a federal judge to preside and offer arguments or concessions. While no terms were announced, the deal is said to have modestly increased station fees...
  • BMI & RMLC Agree to Interim Rate Terms: Just last week, the RMLC agreed to an interim 1.7% rate, the same as BMI has been charging stations under the industry's now-expired agreement with the performance rights organization...
  • SESAC Standoff Goes To Arbitration: Although SESAC isn't covered by the consent decrees that oversee ASCAP and BMI negotiations, it settled an antitrust lawsuit brought by RMLC, allowing for rate setting to go before an arbitrator if the two sides can't work out an arrangement on their own between now and 2037...
  • Congress Considers Copyright Reform: As if things aren't confusing enough for radio, there is a movement in Congress to potentially change the rules of the road. House Judiciary Committee chair, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is pressing for a multiyear effort to update U.S. copyright law but thankfully it wouldn't deal with music licensing...

 Had enough? I'm sure there are other royalty issues to cover but I'm getting light-headed...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • It will be hard, if not impossible to find common ground on royalty rates...
  • I hope that accountant who gave the wrong information on "Movie Of The Year" doesn't do anyone's taxes...
  • If there's only 50% chicken in my hero, what's the other 50% I'm eating???
  • Tim Tebow gets an A+ for effort...
  • There's no "i" in T-E-A-M. There's also no b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, n, o, p, q, r, s, u, v, w, x, y, z...
  • I'd really like to see Charo dance with Chris Kattan and Mr. T with Nick Viall on DWTS...
  • Although baseball is eliminating throwing for an intentional walk, pitchers can still pitch around batters and you'll now see more 3 and 2 counts...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger won't be back...
  • I guess Jeanie Buss missed the chapter on brotherly love...
  • Tears & Cheers is what the Providence bar calls it. Every night at 10, the owner rings a bell and pays tribute to one of the deceased friends of the bar. I hope the bar picked up the tab of the deceased at least once while he/she was alive... 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Radio Wouldn't Exist Without Women...

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

 

The Alan Burns and Associates/Strategic Solutions Research study, 'What Women Want 2017' is the latest study that quantifies the importance of females to radio's very existence. While 6 of every 10 U.S. women can connect to the internet in their car, AM/FM radio is still the dominant audio choice in those connected cars...

 

Strategic EVP Hal Rood: "Women continue to listen to radio most. 71% of them listen to radio most in their car." Rood breaks down component listening: "65% listen to the over the air signal of a local AM/FM station, 4% to the online stream of a local station and 2% to the stream of a station in another city. By comparison, only 14% choose to listen to a pure play streamer most and 6% to satellite radio." ...

 

81% of women who can't or don't know they can connect to the internet in their cars, "listen most" to AM/FM radio over the air and 2% to radio streams. Alan Burns: "Radio's numbers are lower in connected cars, but not to the degree I think most people expected. In aggregate, that's a loss of only about 15% for radio in the connected car. That's significant, but certainly not a disaster." ...

 

The study conducted among 2,000 women was just part of a series of four free webinars. Coming up are studies of what's happening in connected cars, pure play music streaming's impact on radio and how to fight it and measuring how much radio listening is being done using headphones...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Radio should be grateful for its female listeners...
  • You don't have to be a Mets fan to wish the classy David Wright good luck in his comeback attempt...
  • That bull that roamed the streets in Queens forgot to change trains in Jamaica...
  • Burger King just bought Popeyes. Don't know if Olive Oyl is part of the deal...
  • Where in the world is Kellyanne Conway???
  • Scientists have named the newly discovered 7 planets as: Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy and Grumpy...
  • It never rains in Southern California, it just pours...
  • When I lived in Florida I would go to spring training games. Very few fans stay to the end of a game. By the third inning I had my fill....
  • Alexa now has first amendment rights. What a great country...
  • DWTS just announced that Nancy Kerrigan will be a new contestant. Please don't put Tonya Harding on the show...

 

 

 

 

Voice-Activated Radio...

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

 

This is the follow-up of a story I wrote recently about A-I devices. Getting radio on these devices is happening faster than I thought it would. Voice-activated radio is here and it's about to get better in the days and months ahead. As Inside Radio reports: "On both Alexa and Google Home, users can now access thousands of local radio stations through aggregators TuneIn and iHeartRadio. (Listeners) hear the same live stream they'd access on a station's website or mobile app...

 

Both Alexa and Google Home turned into the biggest electronic hits of this past holiday season. Voice-activated devices are expected to sell 24.5 million units this year. Two years ago, these gadgets sold a total of 1.7 million devices. These voice-activated units are morphing into the world's new in-home radio. They are already replacing clock radios. The devices have lots of capabilities, including streaming live radio and playing on-demand audio...

 

Both Alexa and Google Home were above the learning curve and now some major electronic firms are playing catch-up. Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are all reportedly working on their own devices. Even toy maker Mattel has a model called Aristotle, a voice-activated baby monitor and speaker. Amazon and Google are adding voice activation technology to other devices too, including cars...

 

There is one drawback to Alexa and Google Home which will surely be addressed. Unlike desktop and mobile platforms, users can't interact with a radio station stream on a voice-activated speaker. While on-demand services Pandora and Spotify allow users to skip songs, users can't control live radio streams...

 

Reports indicate that iHeartRadio is close to making its content more interactive. By second quarter Alexa and Google Home users who subscribe to its iHeartRadio Plus and All Access plans will be able to access the services' interactive functions such as song-skipping, saving a song from the radio to a playlist and continuing listening between devices...

 

It might be early in the year to declare voice-activated radio the best new platform to come along not only this year, but in decades. Maybe not...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Just when you thought radio was about to join dinosaurs' in extinction, along comes voice activation to save the day...
  • Just when you thought no one will ever come along to replace Honey Boo Boo, here comes PewDiePie...
  • People in Southern California always pray for rain but not anymore...
  • For those that thought (Jane) Roe (v. Wade) wasn't a real person, Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe) has passed away at 69. She was 22 and unwed when she became the plaintiff in the case...
  • Don't invite Goose Gossage and Mariano Rivera to the same party...
  • Surgeons did a remarkable job on that face transplant...
  • Don't invite John McCain and Donald Trump to the same party...
  • Do invite John McCain and members of the U.S.press to the same party...
  • Winston Churchill was brilliant and the jury is still out on whether or not life exists on another planet, but should something he published in 1939 be considered as evidence?
  • Zealandia sounds like the name of a Ben Stiller sequel not a submerged continent...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 13, 2017

 

As tempting as it is, we might just reconsider the number of political comments we post on Facebook. According to a new Bridge Ratings Facebook Performance study, the 200 million-user social website is experiencing blowback from political posts. The study saw dissatisfaction levels increase from the time it started in 2015 and running through January 2017...

 

Of all age groups in the sample, satisfaction levels among 35-44 year olds decreased the most between 2012 and 2017 (25%-41%). Bridge notes that considering the large user base Facebook enjoys, these percentages make a significant statement about the mood of the country and how social media is affecting behaviors on and off-line. The company started noticing a stalled growth pattern for Facebook as early as the first quarter of 2016. The U.S. election cycle for 2016 started in mid-2015. Political campaigns have been starting earlier with each new election which could be a contributing factor to the increase in Facebook dissatisfaction...

 

According to interviews conducted both online and through random telephone interviews, "Facebook Fatigue" has increased among those who have been using the service for at least 6 months. Interviews were conducted throughout 2016 and through January 2017. Users of all ages in the study found the social platform to be an outlet among their friends to post frustrations regarding political candidates and their platforms...

 

In July 2015, 70% of Facebook's visitors were highly engaged with the site saying they use it on a daily basis. By April 2016, Bridge tracking showed an increase in average Facebook users who began signing on to the social website less frequently. Unfriending long-standing relationships and completely disconnecting from Facebook are more common occurrences than in past studies. Bridge saw a direct correlation to use of alternate social networks like Instagram during 2016. As of late January 2017, that Facebook number had fallen from 70% to 61%. Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing site that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately on their app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr...

 

Bridge conducted their study between January 3, 2016 and January 30, 2017 with a sample of 4,428 people ages 13 and older. 51% of the sample was female, 49% were male. 62% of the completed sample was derived through monthly national random stratified telephone interview calls and on-line questionnaires (38%). The firm will continue to report on evolving social media usage and behavior to learn how social media is impacting personal behavior...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • In this highly sensitive political climate is it possible for Facebook users to cut back or even eliminate their political comments without taking away their first amendment rights???
  • Saturday NIght Live has never been funnier since the last presidential campaign and election. Their parodies have been great...
  • The argument over the greatest QB in NFL history ended on February 5, 2017...
  • Don't invite Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony to the same party...
  • Don't invite Charles Oakley and Jim Dolan to the same Garden party...
  • George Clooney and his wife are expecting twins. A lot of women want to see George pose in the nude to celebrate...
  • Has Luke Bryan finished singing the national anthem yet?
  • No matter how many complaints the Grammy Awards get, I still like the event. It still matters too...
  • The UCONN girls just won their 99th straight game. Wait till they learn how to play the game...
  • Now Ford is making a driver-less car. About the only driver-less car I would feel safe in is a tank...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Royalties Hit All-Time High...

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

 

I write about today's radio. With my background in top 40, I can't help but keep one eye on the music industry. When the music industry is happy, we're all happy. With the record royalty payout SoundExchange just doled out ($884 million) to artists and labels in 2016, the industry should be delirious. No more nasty messages to traditional radio or pure-plays about contributing more funds to the music makers, well at least temporarily...

 

As Billboard reports, Michael Huppe, SoundExchange president and CEO is pleased: "We distributed record-setting royalties to artists and labels in 2016 and broadened our charter beyond our original role of administering statutory licenses". Huppe didn't stop there: In 2016 besides processing digital radio payments, we also launched new data validation services, managed the distribution of royalties for over a dozen direct licenses and administered some critical industry settlements. These are significant milestones."

 

SoundExchange is the largest collector and distributor of statutory royalties to artists and labels for recorded music during the year. They also managed 15 direct licensing deals, including Pandora's deals with record labels, which began in the fourth quarter...

 

Statista notes that the U.S. music industry was estimated to generate about 15.5 billion dollars in 2016. Forecasts show a slight growth in the coming years. By 2020, it is expected that the music industry revenue in the U.S. will total 18 billion dollars. LP/vinyl albums saw an unprecedented rise in popularity in the U.S. Sales grew about 30% from 2014 to 2015. Sales of other music formats - albums, digital albums, CD and digital track sales have been constantly declining since 2012...

 

One music platform that hasn't reached its peak is streaming. In 2015, subscription and streaming services generated about double the revenue of sales of single downloads. Forecasts show that streaming is expected to take over the market, as digital music revenue from streaming in the U.S. is projected to increase from about 2.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 to more than 5.1 billion U.S. dollars by 2021...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Streaming has saved the radio and music industries...
  • Beyoncé is having twins following the arrival announcement of Pharrell Williams triplets. Must be something in the lemonade. She also posed in the nude on Instagram. Please tell me Williams won't... 
  • The Patriots will play the Raiders in Mexico City next season - Trump permitting of course...
  • Hawaii has been named the happiest state in the U.S. In second place is Alaska (really). Which of the two states would you choose to live in???
  • New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing Charter/Time Warner Cable over the company's false claim of providing customers with faster internet service. Charter/Time Warner Cable emailed a reply to the Attorney General which should show up any time now...
  • The Google Pixel you ordered should be arriving any month now...
  • "One Door Opens, The Other One Closes": Oprah Winfrey joins "60 Minutes", Tamron Hall leaves "Today"...
  • Google has just passed Apple as the most valuable brand in the world. When was the last time you heard someone say "Apple It"...
  • Don't ever invite Kellyeanne Conway and Chelsea Clinton to the same party..
  • I hope the massacre in Bowling Green has ended...
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Hate Your Airchecks...

 

January 30, 2017

 

I'd like to credit Fred Jacobs for discovering a New York Times piece that explains why everyone in radio at one time or another was so surprised by what their voice sounds like to others. I remember the first time a listener told me I sounded tall which was a first for me because 1) I'm not and was puzzled how anyone can sound a certain height and 2) I was hoping for "your voice sounds so deep." I always did prefer resonance over height...

 

You don't have to be in radio to discover that your voice doesn't sound like you thought it would. All it takes is for anyone to hear their recorded voice to join the "I sound like that?" club. The Times story explains why this is so. William Hartmann, a physics professor at Michigan State University who specializes in acoustics and psychoacoustics says there are two pathways through which we perceive most other sounds. Waves travel from the air through the chain of our hearing systems, traversing the outer, middle and inner ear. But because our vocal cords vibrate when we speak, a second path is introduced internally, in which those vibrations are conducted through our bones and excite our inner ears directly. "The effect of this is to emphasize lower frequencies, and that makes the voice sound deeper and richer to yourself." ...

 

Professor and researcher John J. Rosowski at Harvard Medical School, a specialist in the middle ear adds that there might be a variation in our perception given that, within the two pathways there are more nuanced ways for sounds to be perceived by the inner ear. "There are multiple paths that these vibrations take to get to the skull. They include the vibrations of the skull itself, which can vary." I hope you're following along. You will be tested...

 

Rosowski also says that other factors influencing the way vibrations of the voice could travel to the brain include interaction with cerebrospinal fluid, the clear liquid that sits within the brain and spine, and variations in sound pressure in the ear canal. This variety of routes would naturally "introduce variations in how people perceive their own voices." Okay, I'll buy that but how do I get a deeper voice???

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble(O)pinion:

  • Part of the reason radio people wear headphones is because their voice always sounds better with them on...
  • I really believe Kelly Ripa is yanking our chain about wanting a co-host on her show. She can continue to temporarily use a celebrity co-host and carry the show on her own very well...
  • Award show producers have finally found the perfect host for their shows: late-night talk show hosts who ad-lib better than any other performer...
  • Unless Tom Brady is playing Matt Ryan in tennis, the Super Bowl can't be billed as Brady vs. Ryan...
  • Tim Daly took "break a leg" too literally...
  • Elon Musk sounds like the name of a perfume brand...
  • Mary Tyler Moore wasn't America's first sweetheart (that title probably goes to Shirley Temple) but was the most memorable one to those of the TV generation. And at 80, she was too young to die...
  • If Verizon and Charter do walk down the aisle, I hope they pick a good name instead of combining the two names like Charzon or Vericharter...
  • Happy Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster...
  • Will the price of the taco bowl at Trump Tower go up 20% now???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headphone Listening Not Measurable...

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

 

You see people listening to headphones on the streets all the time. Do you know how many of those headphone wearers are listening to radio? You don't? No one does. Headphone and earbud listening is not measurable. While earphone use strictly for radio listening is gaining, none of the major research companies has solved the problem of measuring those consumers...

 

Jacobs Media tried to measure headphone radio listening back in 2014. Their data found that "17% of the respondents polled were listening to radio using headphones half the time or more. Predictably, the younger the listener, the greater the likelihood he/she was using earbuds or headphones when listening to radio. Frequent or occasional headphone use while engaged in a variety of activities showed the same pattern. Not surprisingly, working out was the most-cited activity for listening to audio using earbuds or headphones"...

 

Jacobs has not given up their attempt to measure headphone wearers and in order to get some trending information, will ask similar questions in this year's Techsurvey 13, now underway. This will "allow us to update our data and learn more about how usage patterns and device options are changing - all of which will impact radio and a ratings system that struggles to keep up." ...

 

Nielsen and other research companies that conduct perceptual studies and music tests are in the same boat - facing challenges yet to be met, in order to keep up with consumer trends, preferences and activities. As Jacobs notes: "Attaining cooperation from consumers in survey research has only gotten more arduous over time. For radio broadcasters to fairly share these benefits, measurement must keep pace. It's not just a good idea - it's an imperative." ...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Since GPS follows every move we make, there has to be a way to find out what headphone users are listening to...
  • The Brits have taken over Reynolds, makers of Camel and Newport cigarettes. Does this mean that both brands will now be called Sir Camel and Sir Newport???
  • Get-well messages go out to ex-President George H.W. Bush (92) and former First Lady Barbara Bush (91)...
  • For the third year in a row (2014-15-16) we've had the warmest year on record. Wake-up call for those that still don't believe global warming is real...
  • I like all 3 former players chosen for the Baseball Hall Of Fame (Bagwell, Pudge & Raines)...
  • El Chapo means "shorty" in a Spanish to English translation...
  • It sure was nice of Kellyeanne Conway to wear the old Patriots outfit to the inauguration...
  • Pet rats have caused the breakout of a rare disease in Wisconsin and Illinois. All together now: why would you keep a rat as a pet???
  • Who will win the Super Bowl? More importantly, will Lady Gaga be on the stadium roof for her 12-minute performance???
  • It looks like wind-farms will be coming to the eastern end of Long Island. That should discourage some drone flyers...

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Push For Radio On A-I Devices...

 

Monday, January 16, 2017

 

Smart radio programmers are actively working to get their content on A-I devices such as Amazon's trio of Alexa-enabled devices and
Google's Home. According to Inside Radio, the race for radio inclusion on these devices has begun: "It is becoming more important every day to adapt to the growth in distribution points" says Tim Murphy, VP of Digital Strategy at Entercom. "It is still true that content is king and distribution is queen, and our most important focus is still great local content. But right behind that is making sure the content is easy to find." ...

 

According to a new GroupM report, nearly one-third of U.S. internet users now streams music and 27% stream music and video. They're streaming on an ever-growing list of devices, including smartphones, desktop computers, gaming consoles and smart speakers but GroupM points out that 60% of music streaming occurs on mobile devices. 2017 will turn into the year that radio expands those platforms by including artificial intelligence devices that were big sellers this past holiday season. Radio digital managers would like Alexa and Google Home users to be able to ask for their station and tap directly into their stream...

 

Jeremy Sinon, Hubbard's director of Digital Strategy: "We'd like it to interact with things we're doing on our platform. They are growing in popularity and it is a speaker, so radio better be on it." For now, Alexa users can access most radio stations through aggregator Tunein, but they have limited options to engage with stations beyond that Tunein feed. Smart speakers or A-I aren't the only expanding channel. YouTube and social media networks Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat continue to post impressive growth rates and radio stations are more focused than ever on using those channels to engage with users, generate incremental ad dollars and grow their footprint...

 

Consumer demand for digital audio is expected to continue to grow this year. Digital audio streaming has more than tripled in the last five years, according to Triton Digital. They also report streaming is growing at double-digit rates for more than a dozen radio companies. The idea is to put digital radio anywhere at any time, even on so-called smart speakers...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Radio is determined to get its programming on smart speakers and they will...
  • Awards shows based on voters voicing their opinions will always have complaints, but as long as the rules are posted and adhered to, there shouldn't be any complaints...
  • Clemson didn't really beat Alabama, did they??? 
  • Scientists now say that the moon was formed 4.51 billion years ago. It doesn't look any older than 4.50 billion years old to me...
  • Obama's farewell address was a classy ending to a presidency that reeked of class...
  • The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles. Lots of Knicks fans hope they move with them...
  • The trailer of the British Urban Myths episode starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson convinced Sky Arts to cancel it. Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson???
  • New clues on D.B. Cooper's disappearance? It's only been 45 years since he disappeared...
  • It looks like the Raiders will leave Oakland for Las Vegas. The fans in Oakland feel like they crapped out...
  • Don't invite Bella Hadid, Selena Gomez or The Weeknd to the same party...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use By Moms Is Number One...

 

Monday, January 9, 2017

 

Radio owns working moms, according to the third-quarter 2016 Nielsen Total Audience Report. While stay-at-home moms choose TV, radio reaches the greatest number of overall moms as well as working moms. Here's how that breaks down for an average week in September, 2016: In unique reach/cume (in millions), moms (18-49) score higher in radio (26.9), followed by smartphone (app + web) (25.3) and TV (22.6)...

 

When divided into stay-at-home moms and working moms, the latter scores with a 17.8 for radio, 16.8 for TV and 14.9 for smartphone (app + web). For stay-at-home moms: smartphone (app + web) (10.4), radio (9.1) and tablet (app + web) 6.8. Weekly time spent among users (hours + minutes): total moms (18-49) TV (27:50), smartphone (app + web) (21:32) and radio (13:09). Stay-at-home moms: TV (32:40), smartphone (app + web) (22:43) and radio (12:07). Working moms: TV (26:10), smartphone (app + web) (20:41) and radio (13:45). Radio is the only medium ranking in the top 3 in every category studied...

 

Although radio's primetime is daytime for moms, working moms listen more during the morning and evening commute. Peak listening time for working moms is 7am while most stay-at-home moms peak listening is between 2pm and 3pm. When broken down by format listened to: total moms (18-49): pop contemporary hit radio (14.6), stay-at-home moms: pop contemporary hit radio (13.7) and working moms: pop contemporary hit radio (14.9). The runner-up format for all 3 categories is: country and new country...

 

Methodology used: AM/FM radio audience estimates for 48 large markets in PPM (Personal People Meter), TV (using live and playback measurements), Online (weighted) and Mobile (smartphones and tablets). The study was conducted in September 2016. Total number of respondents reached is not available...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Millennials are the future of radio but working moms are the present...
  • As rare as it is to see a basketball player shoot free-throws underhanded, when I see it I think of Wilt Chamberlain who shot that way...
  • Inspired by Bernie Sanders, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo is giving it the old (free) college try. Could he be thinking 2020 already???
  • It's time to turn the page on the Mariah Carey incident...
  • Can we agree to turn the page on Dylann Roof???
  • Nicki Minaj's boyfriend was too meek for her anyway...
  • I was very impressed by the new NYC Second Avenue subway and best of all, no rats yet...
  • You can find some of my old radio shows coming from those radio signals on a planet far, far away in an unknown galaxy...
  • There has to be a way to eliminate spam. How about making it easier to erase spam once it's been isolated???
  • Norway is going all-digital, eliminating FM radio entirely which means all 5 stations will go dark...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 2, 2017

 

No one gets a free ride anymore. Nothing is free, including the "free" promotion radio gives the music industry for promoting its product. While the music industry continues to fight for more royalty money from radio, there is now a price attached to radio airplay and its steep...

 

According to an economic analysis conducted for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), radio provides the music industry with $2.4 billion in free promotion each year. That staggering investment helps drive music sales, concert tickets and merchandise sales. The NAB Policy Agenda says "Free radio airplay provides the recording industry increased popularity, visibility and sales for both established and upcoming artists." Beyond the playing of music, stations support acts with concert promotions, on-air interviews and social media marketing, says an Inside Radio report...

 

The NAB adds this: "Recognizing the promotional value of free radio airplay, Congress has repeatedly rejected the record labels' attempts to impose a harmful performance tax on local radio stations." While that fight will continue to play out in Congress, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) which conducted the study, claims that music streaming has "dramatically changed the economics of marketing new releases." "Streaming services can sustain the popularity of new releases over a long period of time, but they also require a longer period of marketing investment. On streaming services where revenue is generated by the number of times a track is listened to, it can take about a third longer, compared to physical and download formats, for a company to recoup its investment in an artist. Consequently, record companies are now funding and supporting sustained marketing campaigns for a longer period of time with the aim of achieving commercial success with their act." ...

 

The real reason the recording industry is looking for more money from radio? The Investing in Music report shows labels spent $4.5 billion on promoting artists in 2015. It sure would help if radio helped pay for that tab...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Radio would be crazy to help the music industry pay its debts...
  • 2016 was absolutely the worst year for celebrity deaths that I can every remember...
  • NYC's second avenue subway which opened to the public on New Year's Day is a welcome addition except for the stores that went out of business during the building of it...
  • Natalie Portman ("Jackie") and Casey Affleck ("Manchester By The Sea") are locks for Academy Award nominations...
  • No football player's stock has gone down as drastically (and as quickly) as Tony Romo's...
  • I don't believe in hypothetical's. When something is done, it's done...
  • When you are a jurist you're asked to be fair and impartial, so why do jurists on the highest, most prestigious court in our land (Supreme Court) get appointed for their party affiliation???
  • We're all a leap second older. Who knew???
  • I've never made New Year's resolutions, preferring to make them every day of the year instead...
  • La La Land: so much more than just a musical. My favorite movie of 2016...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Ranks High In Techsurvey 12...

 

Monday, December 26, 2016

 

Results are in from the new Jacobs Tech Survey 12 and radio comes in just a tick under TV for king of all media (and you thought it was Howard Stern?) The top 5 media choices in 2016, according to the Media Usage Pyramid 2016 and total percentage of use: 1) TV (92%) 2) Radio (91%) 3) Text (90%) 4) Social Network (86%) and 5) Smartphone (84%). The rest of media used finished with percentages of 66% and below...

 

6 takeaways from the survey conductors, nuvoodoo and Jacobs Media:

  • More than eight in ten respondents now own a smartphone and two-thirds own a tablet...
  • Nearly half of respondents own a Smart TV or one connected with a device like Apple TV or Chromecast (up from 41% last year)...
  • Nearly six in ten stream audio weekly or more often (flat from last year)...
  • Almost three in ten have listened to a podcast or on-demand audio in the past month (up from last year's levels)...
  • One fifth drive a car with an in-media system like Ford SYNC or Chrysler UConnect...
  • Only 4% of respondents own a smartwatch...
 
245 radio stations in the U.S. & Canada took part in the study. Sample size: 39,503. The survey was conducted January 19 - February 22, 2016. Most respondents are members of station email databases. Some responses were gathered via station websites and/or social networking pages. All responses were collected online and weighted using metro population data. This is a web survey and does not represent all radio listeners or even each station's audience. Because it's an opt-in survey, no margin of error is calculated...
 
In comparing the rank order of the 2015 survey with this year's, the following media sources made gains: Tablets (62% to 66%), Connect Phone To Car (62% to 64%), Smart TV (41% to 48%), Video Games (no measurement to 44%), These media sources dropped (year-to-year): Streaming Video (66% to 62%), Mp3 Player (51% to 45%). When respondents were asked why they chose radio, these were the top 5 answers and percentages: 1) To hear my favorite songs (64%), 2) Because of the hosts of the shows, 3) Because they like to work with radio, 4) Because its a habit (and) 5) It keeps me company. While it's only one study, people in radio have a lot to learn from this survey, especially the responses to why respondents listen... 

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Technology has provided some stiff competition to AM/FM radio making the ancient medium more survivable...
  • Merriam-Webster singled out "surreal" as their "Word Of The Year" because it had more spikes in usage than any other word in 2016. I think the dictionary makers should change the title of their reward to "Most Overused Word Of The Year." Same word, different title. You're welcome...
  • Mark Wahlberg is the perfect actor to play the lead in "Patriots Day"...
  • Henry Heimlich will continue to save lives even after his death. How many people can make that claim???
  • The only AI gadget that I would even think about buying is the one that Mark Zuckerberg uses. It plays music by request...
  • The induction of Joan Baez is still another example of a non-Rock and Roll artist in the R&R Hall Of Fame. Another reason to change the name of the Hall. Eliminating the R&R designation makes more sense now than ever. No one would complain if it were changed to "The Music Hall Of Fame" ...
  • Burger King franchises in Israel have a "Hanukkah Burger", a burger stuffed in a jelly doughnut. And don't ever call a burger a "ham"burger there...
  • Yahoo walks away with the 2016 hacking of the year award - at least 550 million members affected...
  • Don't invite Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich to the same party...
  • There are a few movies released before the holidays that I'd like to see but none is called "Collateral Beauty"...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iHeart Sidesteps Enormous Debt...

 

Monday, December 19, 2016

 

iHeartMedia's legal staff pulled another rabbit out of the hat in order to protect their company's assets. Whatever these lawyers are making - they are underpaid. Faced with a near government-sized debt of $20.5 billion, iHeartMedia said it would not repay $57.1 million of the 5.50% Senior Notes due to its Clear Channel Holdings last Thursday, December 15. By not paying that debt (a repayment to its Clear Channel Holdings) the company says it will avoid having to grant additional security interests to some of those debtholders. This thing is beyond complicated...

 

Here are five takeaways from this mess:

  • By not paying its sister company the $57.1 million, iHeart will not be slapped by a "springing lien" clause which would cost the company even more money...
  • As a result of the move, some debtholders could get just a bit upset and sue the company...
  • The company's press release says the decision is part of ongoing efforts to "proactively address" its capital structure and maximize the value of its assets...
  • iHeartMedia touts how they've "transformed their company into a leading 21st century media and entertainment property." The inference is that the value of the company is more valuable than it was 5 years ago...
  • While iHeartMedia continues to avoid any more debt, a January 2018, nearly $1 billion principal payment is due... 

 

Math was my worst subject in school but I know one thing - debt is debt. iHeartMedia lost $174 million last year. Their debt is now at $20.5 billion. It might be smoke and mirrors but the entertainment firm is showing a good deal of optimism. This is a quote from the company's recent press release: "The strength in our operating business gives us the ability to deal with our capital structure, and we are focused on taking additional steps in order to support the long-term growth of this unique multiplatform company." ...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • In public at least, iHeartMedia does not lack confidence...
  • Cancel the Viacom-CBS Reunion...
  • Hold that invitation to Jeff Fisher for the L.A. Rams Christmas party...
  • Casey Affleck became a major movie star in "Manchester By The Sea"...
  • The next person that asks you if he/she can ask you a question, will not wait for your answer... 
  • Don't invite Yahoo and Verizon to the same Christmas party...
  • Ceres is being referred to as a "dwarf" planet. People on Ceres are offended...
  • People in NYC act "Zombie-like" when taking synthetic marijuana. Here's a much cheaper substitute: my coffee...
  • The colorful Craig Sager will be missed...
  • Those who don't believe that Alabama will beat Ohio State in the College Championship game raise your hand. I didn't think so...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Will Radio Wake Up About Millennials???

 

Monday, December 12, 2016

 

I often write about Millennials because they are the future of radio. For some reason radio continues to ignore the demographic that will either make or break its continued acceptance as a relevant audio source. Ten years ago, the media firm, Paragon, was commissioned to do a study on Millennials for the NAB. At that time, Paragon discovered that radio didn't have a clue about the demo of the future and little has changed since then...

 

5 takeaways from Paragon's 2006 study of millennials:

  • Millennials are screaming for radio that is for them, not their parents...
  • They love heavy new music exposure. More titles, more daring, less repetition...
  • Radio must engage youth with more compelling content to rise above the convenience factor...
  • Radio must aggressively pursue listeners under 25...
  • New formats are necessary with fresh approaches, mold-breaking approaches are required...
 
As Paragon notes, 10 years later "It seems though nothing has changed. Millennials have the same needs for new music discovery, yet radio seems to only care about moving the PPM needle with arcane programming tactics. Millennials can see right through commercial radio's smoke and mirrors. They're not fooled, and now have many choices and don't hesitate to use them. They know most new music and radio stations only play a small number of songs over and over. Radio listening is the lowest among youngest listeners, many of whom have discovered music without radio as part of their mix. Will radio ever care???
 
Radio better take a look at these population figures: Millennials or those in their 20's and 30s have surpassed Baby Boomers to become the largest living generation in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center. In 2015 U.S. Census data found there are 75.4 million Millennials compared to 74.9 million Baby Boomers...
 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Millennials 1 Baby Boomers 0...
  • Samsung 1 Apple 0...
  • Last week was a terrible week for the fast-food industry. The creators of the Big Mac and General Tso's Chicken passed away...
  • The Media labels a murder as senseless and then posts this: WHY? WHY? Because it was senseless...
  • I look forward to the second season of "Westworld" (HBO), a quirky series with a great cast including the incomparable Anthony Hopkins...
  • Other new series worth watching on HBO: "Divorce" & "Insecure"...
  • You might say the Red Sox got a steal with a sale they were smart enough to get...
  • Starbucks has been (you should pardon the expression) trumped. Dunkin Donuts has more stores in NYC than any other company, including Starbucks (now called Starpennies)...
  • Do I have to bow after writing Namaste at the end of an email???
  • Look up the word "hero" in a dictionary and you get John Glenn's photo...
 

 

 

 

Fake News Controversy...

 

Monday, December 5, 2016

 

The news may have been fake but the repercussions are real, according to a recent article in Forbes. Facebook co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg admitted back in November that yes, his social website uses fake news. Zuckerberg seemed surprised when he came under intense scrutiny and criticism and even faced charges that his site's fake news may have swung the election in favor of Donald Trump...

 

Zuckerberg claims that Facebook is a technology company, not a media company. He also was quoted as saying that it was up to users to decide what news to follow and that it is a "crazy idea" that Facebook influenced the election. He might be right about the last part of his claim but there's no excuse for young, impressionable Facebook users (who haven't migrated to Snapchat yet) to believe what they're reading is real and I'm sure many do...

 

If you argue that Zuckerberg isn't doing anything the Onion, Mad Magazine or Breitbart isn't already doing, you would be missing the point. Facebook is known as the preeminent social network with more consumers than any other such website. They have 1.79 billion monthly users and not one of them goes to Facebook for their latest dose of breaking news. While neither cable TV nor the internet require a government license, unlike broadcasting stations, if you had to describe what public service (although not required) Facebook provides, you would say it's a social network. Providing fake news for the sake of generating revenue through advertising is a poor excuse for allowing fake news...

 

Zuckerberg has already told us he will try to do something to censor fake news by cutting off the reason for its existence - providing advertising revenue. The internet, like cable TV, is uncensored and unregulated but if Zuckerberg prefers to call Facebook a technology company then he should take the high road and act like a public technology or media company with the best interests of his consumers in mind. He should start by killing fake news or anything else deemed to be dishonest, on his social web...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • SNL's "Weekend Update" has more credibility than the fake news on Facebook, Onion and Breitbart combined...
  • Major advertisers (Kellogg which owns Pringles and Pop-Tarts), eyeglass maker Warby Parker, pharmaceutical manufacturer Novo Nordisk and AppNexus will all pull their advertising from Breibart...
  • How to keep a Christmas tree hydrated? Most people can't keep themselves hydrated...
  • Apparently there are Brits who don't favor isolationism. NYC realtors report a trend of ex-patriots brexiting the UK and making a brextrance into the city... 
  • Should I be worried about a new member of the president's cabinet who uses the nickname, "Mad Dog?"...
  • Shouldn't La La Anthony be in "La La Land?"...
  • Rogue 1 Star Wars 0...
  • Payback time for Metro-North which is getting sued by the engineer with sleep apnea who caused a crash killing 4...
  • Christmas Carolers have been roaming the streets of New York spreading holiday cheer. I hope they're wearing flak jackets and carrying pepper spray and a bat...
  • Shoppers are having a problem with getting to the shops inside Trump Tower (NYC) but not the Naked Cowboy who has already played in the lobby...

 

 

The #1 Summer Format...

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

 

It was a close race for format of the summer of '16 but the winner is: Classic Rock. The contest came down to two music genres - the other format is Classic Hits. defined as more pop than rock. Nielsen judges the winner based on the most uplift in audience from June through August compared to the first 5 months of the year...

 

Classic Hits looked like a lock to win its third summer title in a row but the format faded in August. Along came Classic Rock to take the lead and walk away the winner. Although Classic Rock's increase (up 5.1% this summer) was a smaller uplift than previous winners, it was enough of an increase to be named "format of the summer." ...

 

Going back to the summer of 2011 format winners have included (in order): Hot AC, Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), Country, Classic Hits (twice) and this year, Classic Rock. While it didn't have enough of an increase over the summer, News/Talk had its highest August increase since the last presidential race in 2012. The format had it's highest August increase going back to the start of full PPM measurement in 2011...

 

Stations used in this poll include those in the 48 measured Nielsen PPM markets (Nassau-Suffolk, Middlesex-Somerset-Union is included in the larger New York metro and San Jose is included in the San Francisco metro). Data used in this report is inclusive of multicultural audiences. Hispanic consumer audiences are composed of both English and Spanish speaking representative populations...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

 

  • I've always liked the word "classic" more than "oldies" to describe a radio music format...
  • Tom Brady spent his first game away from football throwing footballs to the prettiest receiver he'll ever have...
  • Since they keep discovering more healthy benefits from statins, I'd even buy a statin toothpaste if they make one...
  • It's a good thing they found the 911 flag before the 15th anniversary of that terrible day...
  • Now that football is back I'm sure players would be a lot happier if the temperature would go below 90...
  • I guess John Hinckley Jr. is not a threat to society but I wouldn't want him to move next door...
  • Why didn't Hillary Clinton get a pneumonia shot like most people over 65???
  • Perhaps cellphone manufacturers should test their batteries before putting their phones on the market...
  • So how are those free internet kiosks in NYC working out???
  • Please tell me the Bridget Jones movies are ending before we see "The Baby Of The Baby Of Bridget Jones"...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Sales Drive Digital Tarkets...

 

Monday, September 12, 2016

 

Nearly half of all advertisers choose radio to grow their digital marketing goals, according to a new survey of local advertisers questioned by Borrell Associates. Only TV outranked radio in the survey of local advertisers...

 

In the study, one-third to more than half of the advertisers questioned believe traditional media complements their digital goals. The ad buyers rated how each type of media works in helping them reach those goals, as follows:

  • Broadcast TV: 54.3%
  • Cable TV: 51.9%
  • Radio: 46.4%
  • Local Magazines/Other print: 43.9%
  • Direct Mail: 41.6%
  • Directories: 36% (Tie)
  • Newspapers: 36 (Tie)
  • Outdoor: 34.3%
  • Movies: 9.4%
When it was suggested that radio reps could attract new business by flipping the script on their sales pitch, here's what Gordon Borrell told Inside Radio: "If they turned the conversation around and learned about advertisers' digital goals, they might actually have a better chance of selling spots. One of the resounding clangs in the thousands of comments we received is 'please listen to us!' They really need reps to listen, and I'm pretty sure if they do that, they'll hear plenty of opportunity where radio can meet an advertiser's goal."
 
Radio ranked fourth among the media advertisers select to increase their budgets for. Internet was first with 40% of advertisers, followed by mobile (17%), direct mail (14%) and Radio (11%). Findings of this survey were based on 397 responses from Borrell's Small and Medium Business panel in August...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Radio will always be a great buy despite the digital era we live in...
  • I'm not taking sides in who was right or wrong in the incident where former NYC Mayor David Dinkins struck a bike while driving but: no one should be driving a car at 89...
  • I hope the Rihanna/Drake relationship is real. They make a great couple...
  • People in some neighborhoods of NYC mean it when they say "I just dodged a bullet"...
  • Super Mario is back. Can Pong be far behind???
  • Taylor Swift's breakup with Tom Hiddleston can mean only one thing: A hit-filled album is on its way...
  • What do I do with all my Apple earbuds???
  • If Tim Tebow doesn't make it as baseball player he could always become team chaplain...
  • Liberty bought Formula 1. If things don't work out they can make a quick getaway...
  • Don't invite liberals and Matt Lauer to the same party

 

 

 

Who Plays The Best Music???

 

Monday, September 5, 2016

 

Adweek has been running a feature series called "The New Golden Age Of Audio". Probably the most interesting and informative discovery in this series is a comparison between the music traditional radio and streaming sites are playing. What's clear is that streaming music is going more niche and in addition to offering Howard Stern, Sirius XM owns the niche music brand. Despite cutbacks in format and personnel, Sirius XM has music genres to spare...

 

What masquerades as top 40 music these days belongs to artists like Beyoncé, Bieber, Katy Perry, Drake and the like. But what are music fans' preferences? Follower growth on Twitter shows young electro pop artist Halsey outranking all the top 40 favorites. Spin activity on Pandora indicates women 18 to 24 are madly in love with the young female artist. And you want niche? We'll give you more niche: Latin artists now account for one-third of the most popular artists on YouTube. And demographics are setting a pattern as well: Half of the top 20 artists on Pandora are most popular with 25 to 34 year old women...

 

When it comes to genre, traditional radio is saturated with pop and country (Bieber to Blake Shelton). Streamers, a bit more expansive, have created an audience that ranges from heavy metal to bluegrass. Pandora skews heavily toward hip-hop (60% of the top artists in July fell into that category), while just 15% of traditional radio was rapping during the same period. Lots of the most engaged followings on Instagram differ from mainstream radio tastes too. A lot of Instagram favorites are hip-hop and EDM (electronic dance music) acts...

 

Older hit acts (Nickelback, Journey and the Eagles) are surviving on streaming sites. 140,000 station adds on Pandora in July. That's comparable to what Kanye West, Lil Yachty and Katy Perry are getting. They may aim for niche but streaming is also bringing back top 40 hits to a new generation of listener...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Never before have there been so many audio choices to entertain us...
  • It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Dwayne Johnson "rocked" the Forbes' highest paid actor list would it?
  • Don't invite Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner to the same party...
  • Who ever thought parents would have to take out loans to buy EpiPens for their kids?
  • Gene Wilder was not only funny but he was also likable...
  • Let's just say Colin Kaepernick and the city of San Francisco are not a good match...
  • Donald Trump is staying away from David Duke as if he had the Zika virus...
  • Ryan Lochte should try dancing - with the stars...
  • I'm always happy when a season ends in NYC. This summer was a hot and mostly dry one. I won't miss it...
  • OK I get it. No one likes Alicia Keys no-makeup look...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can On-Demand Streaming Save Pandora???

 

August 29, 2016 (pre-posted)

 

Pandora lost $170 million (net) last year despite revenues of $1.2 billion. The loss can be attributed to its high content costs, according to the Wall Street Journal. While Pandora is closing in on deals with major record companies to lower their royalty rates, they will also expand their streaming service...

 

WSJ reports Pandora will continue to offer its free tier of streaming, but will also add two new monthly subscription options in September 2016. This will put the company into on-demand music streaming. Until now, the 16-year old streamer hasn't needed permission from record labels to use their music because it doesn't let users listen to songs on demand. Record companies might not be so agreeable to allow this use now and may up the ante for their royalty rates...

 

Pandora plans to launch its new subscription tiers in the U.S. and then in other English-speaking countries before offering this service in additional countries. The foreign expansion could boost growth for Pandora, which has experienced a plateau in listeners at 80 million monthly consumers. Most users are on Pandora's free tier with about 4 million subscribing to an ad-free version of its service (Pandora One) for $5 a month. Neither of Pandora's current choices allows users to select specific songs to listen to. Instead, users pick a custom "station" that includes music similar to their initial pick...

 

Investors remain leery. Shares, trading around $20 last fall, fell 35% in November when the company announced a dip in listenership from the previous quarter. They haven't recovered much since then. Shares have been about $13 and change. A $90 million settlement Pandora paid late last year to the record labels for using music recorded before 1972 also sent the stock down...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • It's amazing that Pandora has survived 16 years as a company despite their enormous royalty rates...
  • Ryan Lochte picked the wrong country (Brazil) to get mugged (drunk and wild?) in...
  • Roger Goodell's power is disappearing faster than Samson's when he lost his hair...
  • Don't invite Paul Manafort and Donald Trump to the same party...
  • Fewer swimmers are swimming around Manhattan Island - shocking!!!
  • Some things were meant to be, like Paul McCartney going back to Capitol Records...
  • With NYC no longer requiring taxi drivers to learn English, does that mean we should all take Berlitz courses?
  • Texting is age-defining. Older texters can't use their thumbs...
  • How absurd is this growing rumor that Hillary Clinton is ill? Hillary, Hillary?
  • The New England Patriots should put scissors on the banned list of items above PEDs...

 

 

 

 

Classic Hits Heat Up...

 

Monday, August 22, 2016

 

The popularity of Classic Hits goes up proportionately when the temperature rises. For the last few summers this has been the norm as it soon should be, according to Nielsen's July PPM Survey. Radio listening tastes change for a number of reasons (work, travel, vacations, etc.) but what has become a staple of change in the summer is the dominance of Classic Hits...

 

Classic Hits has become the soundtrack of the summer for millions of listeners in recent years - this summer should follow that pattern. From June to July, its share of audience remained flat but if the historical trends continue, the format is in a strong position. Classic Hits was the format of the summer the past two years and it stands to be the radio format that sees the most increase in listener share during summer months for a third year...

 

Listening trends from July 2013 to July 2016 show increases among 18-34s of 3.4%, 3.7%, 3.5% and 4.0%. Among 25-54s from July 2013 to July 2016, increases have registered 4.8%, 4.6%, 4.8% and 4.9%. It should also be noted that Classic Hits appeal with millennials (18-34s) continues on a steady course in the July ratings. Since PPM measurement began in full in early 2011, there have only been three months that the format has topped a 4.0% share with listeners with two of those coming in the months of June and July reports...

 

With the summer giving Classic Hits a boost, News/Talk is for the most part, the top-ranked overall format among listeners 6+ in major markets, being helped by the presidential election. Nielsen hasn't seen comparable summertime results for News/Talk since the 2012 election. Listening patterns tend to fall off for the format during summer months but don't drop as dramatically in big election years. This month's numbers mark the best July in four years... 

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

 

⦁ You can almost count on classic rock numbers to surge when the temperature does...
⦁ We would be much better off building a wall around Donald Trump...
⦁ Only Adele knows if she'll perform at halftime at Super Bowl 51...
⦁ Gabby Douglas needs a long vacation from the sports media...
⦁ They don't make them like Fyvush Finkel anymore. Finkel who died at 93 was a star of the Yiddish theater before he did U.S. TV...
⦁ The Old Farmers' Almanac predicts there will be a cold and snowy winter. I predict that there will be old farmers...
⦁ If you go to a restaurant where the waiters are dressed better than you, you're in for a big bill...
⦁ Describing the temperature in real feel terms makes more sense than using the heat index or dew point...
⦁ I just fell short of the $100 million necessary to buy the Playboy Mansion...
⦁ The next time I see the term "double-down", I'm tempted to "double-down" on the person using "double-down"...

 

 

 

 

 

 

AM/FM Is Still The Most Effective Ad Option...

 

Monday, August 15, 2016

 

Although we are well into the digital era, traditional AM/FM radio still delivers the goods more effectively than any other media platform. That's according to the latest media consumption study just concluded by Bridge Ratings. For July, 2016 a sample of over 3,000 people ages 6 and older found that 91% had listened to traditional AM/FM radio for at least an hour in the previous week...

 

79% spent at least an hour in the previous week listening to some form of on-line radio (on demand: Spotify, YouTube, etc.), Pure Play (digital sites like Pandora and digital audio simulcasts associated with traditional radio). 18% of the sample listened to a podcast. This study was done for an advertising alliance of 15 ad agencies interested in finding two data points:

  1. Which of the 3 audio platforms was most effective for each of the top 10 advertising categories.
  2. What were the most effective advertising categories for consumer response by platform. Effectiveness Rating (ER) was based on a consolidated report of interviews with key ad agency buyers rating each medium for effectiveness based on their personal experience.

For automotive, traditional radio had the highest effectiveness rating by the alliance with an average rating of 9.1. Quick-serve restaurant advertising received the highest rating by the alliance with 6.4 average rating. Advertising effectiveness rating by platform finds that Traditional Radio's strength is in the following categories: Automotive, Restaurants, Telephone Service, Auto Dealerships, Department Stores. Streaming's advertising effectiveness can be found in: Auto Dealerships, Quick-Serve Restaurants, Automotive and Auto Insurance. Podcasting's strengths are: Quick-serve Restaurants, Motion Picture and Direct Response...

 

Combined, these 3 audio platforms provide a blueprint for ad buyers. Knowing which platform is most effective at consumer response allows an ad buy to be constructed that focuses on each platform's strengths... 

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

⦁ No media platform delivers sales as well as AM/FM does...
⦁ Clickbait sounds like a smarmy catch phrase to me...
⦁ Jack Osbourne seems to be the most sensible of all the Osbourne's...
⦁ The more we know about ISIS the better off we are. I like the idea of Bradley Cooper doing an HBO mini-series about this scourge...
⦁ Somehow I don't think A-Rod will go out quietly. Nothing he does is ever done quietly...
⦁ Rudy Giuliani was once a good NYC mayor and well respected. What happened to him?
⦁ The election is rigged. Sure it is but only if you lose...
⦁ While swimmers in the Olympics who use cupping therapy on their backs think this is a new process, it's not. It used to be called torture...
⦁ The "X-Files" mini-series was great. I hope they do another round...
⦁ Since we all change our look (style of clothes, hair, etc.) through the years why can't singers from the 60s and 70s do the same thing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Olympics On The Radio...

 

Monday, August 8, 2016

 

Granted that your first priority is TV for following the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but if you can't watch the games, you can listen to them. Once again Westwood One is partnering with NBC for radio coverage of the games. To help you follow all the action through August 21, here's a look at the sports that will be covered on the radio:

  • U.S. Olympic Men's and Women's Basketball: Live play-by-play coverage of every Team USA Men's game.
  • Men's Gold Medal Game (regardless of participants)  August 21.
  • Women's Gold Medal Game (regardless of participants)  August 20.
  • U.S. Olympic Soccer (Men's and Women's): Live play-by-play coverage of every Team USA Men's game.
  • Men's Gold Medal Game (regardless of participants) August 20.
  • Women's Gold Medal Game (regardless of participants) August 19.
  • U.S. Olympic Golf (Men's)
  • Live play-by-play coverage from August 11 through August 14...

In addition to play-by-play coverage, Olympic updates will be presented 3X an hour (24/7) August 5 - August 21. Longform coverage will be presented in 2-hr. segments for 17 consecutive nights from August 5 - August 21. Tonight in Rio will feature a nightly mix of live play-by-play action, plus results and recaps from the earlier events of the day, as well as exclusive interviews from all the significant events and venues...

 

The estimated TV audience for the 2016 Olympics is about 200 million and while the estimated radio audience will be lucky to hit a quarter of that size, it's still an alternative for being stuck in a car with no TV to watch. Whether you'll be watching or listening to the games, either way it's still a welcome relief from this nauseating presidential race...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Just watching our Women gymnasts and Michael Phelps is worth watching (or listening to) the Olympics for...
  • I wouldn't give you two scents for that corpse flower on display in NYC...
  • Donald Trump has made a deal with Russian hackers to place Trump Steak ads in Hillary Clinton's tweets...
  • When TV newscasts tease by saying I'll be shocked by something coming up, I never am...
  • I don't care what they say about flossing, I'll continue to do it...
  • I look forward to anything new that Kiefer Sutherland stars in...
  • Why would anyone admit to being Ozzy Ozbourne's mistress?...
  • Simone Biles will steal the 2016 Rio Olympics...
  • The Zika Virus just doesn't want to go away...
  • NYC MTA just released a list of the best subway stations. It must have been blank...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millennials Dominate Digital Listening...

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

 

Triton Digital's latest trends (May 2016) find Millennials out-listening all other demographics. The 18-34 year-old age group accounts for 60.5% of all listening. Generation X (35-50+) is next in listening rank with 27.9% and Baby Boomers (Mid 50s-70) are third at 10.4%...

 

Broken down even further, the age groups with the most online listening in May 2016 are ages 20-39 (37.4%), 30-39 (26.1%) and 40-49 (15.3%).

The top devices all age groups are listening to are IOS (40%), followed by Android (30%), Google Chrome (9%) and Flash Player (8%). Both Pureplays and AM/FM showed positive growth Monday-Friday (6am-8pm) and Monday-Sunday (6am-Midnight)...

 

In year-over-year growth (Average Active Sessions, M-F 6am-8pm) AM/FM listening jumped 21.1%, Pureplays gained 12.7% and all streaming was up 14.2%...

 

All measured Triton clients within the domestic U.S. reported a total of over 4 million (4,845,391) Average Active Sessions (AAS) during Monday-Friday (6am-8pm) and slightly less than that (4,059,599) during the Monday-Sunday (6am-Midnight) day part...

 

Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio were top three in the May ranker respectively, based on Active Average Sessions...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Digital radio has already out performed cable-TV's best days...
  • Farmers Insurance has the best TV commercials...
  • It's surprising that Mike Piazza is going into Baseball's Hall of Fame as a Met (only the second Met honored) after playing so long for the Dodgers...
  • The so-called "Middle-Finger Building" on Park Avenue is perfectly named...
  • I'm still not sure about Windows 10...
  • Due diligence might be a good idea before awarding cities like Rio the Olympics...
  • The people upset with Bradley Cooper attending the DNC must believe that if the actor every portrayed  a paraplegic and they saw him walking, they'd call him a fraud... 
  • James Corden is the most creative of all late-night talk show hosts...
  • Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are human groundhogs who surface once a year for "Sharknado"... 
  • Never invite Mike Bloomberg and Donald Trump to the same party...   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Beats Phone Listening...

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

 

The results of the new (Q1 2016) Nielsen Comparable Metrics Report gives broadcast radio something to brag about. Knowing radio, as we do, it doesn't take much to give radio ammunition to use in this highly competitive era we live in. Radio will happily run with this report and fire away...

 

What the results of this report show (in weekly reach):

  • Over 90% of adults listen to radio each week.
  • TV accounts for 47% of the total average audience among adults 18+.
  • Adult Smartphone consumers use their phones 6 days a week.
  • Adult TV viewers are watching an average of 5.7 out of 7 days per week.
  • Adult tablet consumers use their device 5.2 days a week.
  • Adults listen to radio 5.1 days per week.
  • Adult PC users chalk up 4.4 days a week.
  • Adults use TV-connected devices 3.5 days per week...

The biggest takeaway from Nielsen's latest Total Audience Report is that although streaming is climbing, broadcast radio continues to dominate the audio platform. In addition to the 5.1 days adults listen to AM/FM, the minutes of listener-per-day totaled 2 hours and 42 minutes, down just 2 minutes compared to a year ago. The overall reach moved from 92.8% of American adults to 92.6%...

 

Stacey Schulman, executive VP of analytics at Katz Media Group: "What we see significantly is that the streaming numbers are going up and the AM/FM numbers are going up too." Stacey adds: "Not at the same rate, but most importantly, they're not declining in the face of streaming." Inside Radio notes that the strength of broadcast radio doesn't negate the growth of digital listening, even if streaming's ascension may be somewhat overblown. Of all the streaming audio platforms, smartphone listening is the biggest...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Listeners still prefer radio listening on quess what? A radio...
  • Access-A-Ride has some of the worst drivers in NYC...
  • Chris Christie's political stock has dropped to a depth below sea level...
  • Prince Harry aged about 5 years while taking that live HIV test...
  • If you thought the 2016 presidential election had high negative opinions of the candidates (Clinton vs. Trump), 1992 (Bush vs Clinton) had higher negatives...
  • Garry Marshall had a brilliant comedic mind and he died too soon (at 80)...
  • You can just smell a Ted Cruz run for president in 4 years...
  • You can't say it's politics as usual in the 2016 presidential election...
  • Sometimes I think my cellphone is more reliable than airport computers...
  • I can't remember the last time I saw someone on the street smoking a pipe (filled with tobacco)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Streaming Is No. 1...

 

Monday, July 18, 2016

 

While digital purchasing is declining, digital audio streaming has passed video streaming. That's according to Nielsen's 2016 U.S. Music Mid-Year Report. Audio's share of streaming is 54%, that's a jump of 10% from the first six months of 2015 to the first six months of 2016...

 

You are right to assume that music has driven this leap in percentage. Three albums have sold over 1 million units so far this year (Adele's "25", Drake's "Views" and Beyoncé's "Lemonade"). There was only Taylor Swift's "1989" with a million or more units sold this time last year. Release strategies, driven mostly by digital formats have been more creative this year. Digital formats have also helped Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo" and for the first time an album charted solely on streaming activity (Chance The Rapper debuted at No. 8 in its first week with 57 million audio streams)...

 

The digital airplay is there but not necessarily sales. Digital purchasing has seen the biggest decline of all formats. Digital tracks were down 24% and digital albums dipped 18%. If you factor in the gains of streaming, total digital consumption is up 15%...

 

The fascination with vinyl (the configuration, not the TV series which was cancelled) continues. Vinyl LPs now make up about 12% of the physical business in the first half of 2016. Who knows? Maybe mono will make a return...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Digital music sales may have dropped off but that doesn't affect either traditional or digital radio listening...
  • It's not a good idea to invite Roger Ailes and Fox female employees to the same party...
  • If you think boxing is a brutal sport, how about seeing a matador being gored by a bull???
  • The answer is Theresa May. The question is: Will the new British PM be able to handle the job???
  • Any politician who uses the U.S. racial strife to blame someone from another political party, does not get my vote...
  • No NBA star was as unselfishly great as Tim Duncan. He never showed his emotion on the court. One of the best of all-time...
  • Finding Dory would take the fun out of the search...
  • By the time you read this, Pokemon Go probably Pokemon Went...
  • The country of Panama should get a royalty every time a Panama hat is sold. Same goes for London every time a London Fog coat is sold...
  • I'd love to see how the FBI would react if D.B. Cooper and Jimmy Hoffa showed up having coffee together on route 9 in New Jersey...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBS Plans IPO For Radio...

 

Monday, July 11, 2016

 

Since no taker has surfaced as a buyer for CBS Radio, CBS Corp. is planning to offer an IPO next month, according to Bloomberg News. As an ex-employee (WCBS-FM 1998-2004) it's sad news to hear but if we put together about 2.9 billion friends (including friends from Facebook) we can each throw a dollar into the pot. That's what Bloomberg says it will take to buy the CBS Radio group: $2.9 billion...

 

The decision to offer an IPO was noted in a prospectus for senior notes due 2020. CBS Radio dates back to the startup of Columbia Broadcasting System in 1927. While no sale is forthcoming, analysts anticipate the company will spin off the business just like it did with outdoor advertising...

 

CBS has seen terrestrial radio shrink with ad revenue falling and the company writing down the value of its station licenses last year. The remaining radio competitors, Cumulus Media Inc. (over 500 stations and audio holdings) and IHeart Media Inc. (with 861 stations) are both highly leveraged, something CBS chooses to avoid. The U.S. radio industry ad revenue may drop 2% to $14.2 billion this year, as noted by Magna Global. The CBS local broadcasting division (radio & TV included) reported sales of $2.6 billion in 2015, the lowest since 2009. CBS CEO Les Moonves has identified CBS and Showtime as the company's two premium brands...

 

Should you or someone you know come up with $2.9 billion (give or take a few million) you would operate 117 radio stations in 26 U.S...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

  • To see a giant radio group like CBS up for sale, is especially sad for those of us who worked for one...
  • Elie Wiesel is the reason that the world should never forget the holocaust...
  • On second thought maybe I'll cancel that personal server I was thinking of installing...
  • You probably shouldn't invite Donald Trump and Corey Lewandowski to the same party, especially the Republican Party...
  • Kevin Durant's signing with the Golden State Warriors is depressing to fans who root for any other NBA team not called the Golden State Warriors...
  • Pasta has now joined coffee as being good for you after years of not being good for you. You'll never consume enough to affect you adversely in your entire lifetime anyway...
  • "I've got your back". What about the rest of me???
  • As much as I love cops who keep us safe, there are some that don't deserve to be issued a gun...
  • There should always be a Typhoon named Mary...
  • Based on all the criticism he's received, you would think Kevin Durant is the first athlete who signed with another team for more money...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook Says No To News...

 

Monday, July 4, 2016

 

Recognizing that the primary reason for most consumers to choose Facebook is not for news, the #1 social website in the world will become more social. Facebook says it "will increasingly prioritize user-generated content in its users' news feeds, while reducing news-oriented content from digital publishers."...

 

eMarketer notes that the Reuters Institute For The Study Of Journalism At The University Of Oxford (February 2016), found that just 18% of U.S. adults "often" get their news from social media, while an additional 26% do so "sometimes". The study found that while a majority of internet users worldwide under the age of 35 turn primarily to the internet for news, most don't turn to social media for that purpose. Even among 18-24's, social media was the primary news source of just 28% of respondents. Just 5% of those over 55 in the 26 countries surveyed primarily got their news content on social sites...

 

Pew Research Center conducted a similar poll in February 2016 that found just 18% of U.S. adults "often" get their news from social media, while an additional 26% do so "sometimes". Other research firms conducted studies that also showed that searching for news is not the reason most consumers use social media...

 

Facebook's de-emphasis of news coverage will have an immediate impact on publishers posting content to its site. While there will probably be less of an impact on publishers who rely on users to share their stories on the social platform, a focus on shareable, viral stories will continue to drive many publishers' decisions...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

  • No one ever expected the internet to become as social as it has... 
  • Because LeBron James brought a title to Cleveland he wins a lifetime immunity from the city...
  • "National Selfie Day"? Are you kidding me???
  • Five reasons not to hate one-percenters: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Robert Kraft and Ralph Lauren...
  • This would make a top box-office movie plot: A former president of the U.S., whose wife is running for the top office, meets privately with the U.S. Attorney General during an F.B.I. investigation of the wife. Oh wait, it really happened...
  • Sarah Palin will eventually run out of people to endorse, time for a real job...
  • Madonna censoring her daughter will get about as far as her parents censoring her did...
  • As long as coffee has been around we still aren't sure how good it is for us...
  • Walking is still just about the best exercise and all it requires is a pair of comfortable sneakers...
  • Eating in moderation is the healthiest diet...
  • Never invite Apple and Spotify to the same party... 

 

 

Radio Ad Spending Is Up 13%...

 

Monday, June 27, 2016

 

May was a very good month for radio, according to Standard Media Index (SMI). Terrestrial radio ad revenue had a 13% uptick compared to a year ago. This measurement provided by SMI's new report on May ad spending...

 

Also showing increases: Digital media had a 15% gain with digital video advertising jumping 55% and social media up 44%. Inside Radio reports that "new players like Snapchat, YouTube and Spotify ramping up their videos and starting to aggressively target video advertisers" being the reason for the increase in social media ad spend...

 

Total TV advertising made a slight gain of 4%. Cable TV was up 6% and broadcast TV networks dipped down 1%. National spot advertising gained 6% and local cable jumped 14%. In other categories, out-of-home ad revenue surged 29% with newspapers dropping 8% and magazines taking a 2% hit...

 

Top categories of ad buyers in May were quick serve restaurants (+36%), financial services (+29%) and prescription pharmaceuticals (+20%). The SMI report represents 70% of total national U.S. agency spend exclusively from the booking systems of major media holding groups...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Traditionally, radio ad spend heats up when the weather does...
  • In a city (NYC) that gets such a bad rap about its citizens there are always people willing to risk their lives saving some poor soul who fell on subway tracks..
  • The four new elements of the Periodic Table will be given temporary names...
  • "Stairway To Heaven" sounds a little bit like "Louie, Louie" to me...
  • Here's a tip for those finding it hard to find the Milky Way: it's located between Three Musketers and Almond Joy. You're welcome...
  • The return of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is the best news I've heard since DVR's emergence...
  • In the new version of "West Side Story", the Jets and Sharks will be replaced by the deBlasio's and Cuomo's...
  • "The Third Wave" by Steve Case looks into the future of the cyberworld for those that like to know what's coming next...
  • I hope former Eygtian President Morsi has a good book to read...
  • Brexit is not such a brexellent idea...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM/AM Listenership Over 90%...

 

Monday, June 20, 2016

 

Pew Research Center has great news for traditional radio broadcasters. The research firm's State Of The News Media Report indicates that radio's overall FM/AM/Digital listenership totaled 91% of Americans during the week prior to its 2015 survey...

 

As Pew reported to Inside Radio, news/talk/information captured 11% of adults 12+ last year (according to Nielsen). This being an election year, Pew says 44% of Americans are tuning to radio for news on the presidential race. That's more than print and just slightly less than TV news. As hot as news/talk is, that's how cold the all-news format did. Just 1% of the listening audience followed all-news. With just 31 all-news stations in the U.S. (per BIA Kelsey) and 10 of that number owned by CBS which is exploring a spin-off or sale of its radio division, this is a format that may soon vanish. The number of news/talk/information stations has been steady over the last six years and now stands at close to 2,000 (1,989 to be exact)...

 

Sales also took a hit in this study. Over-the-air radio ad revenue fell 5% in 2015 while digital sales (+5%) and off-air (+11%) registered gains. Pew notes that spot advertising still accounts for about three-quarters of all radio revenue. Digital and off-channel ad revenue accounted for 18% of total advertising dollars in 2015, up a bit from 2014 when those categories represented 16%...

 

Podcasting and on-demand audio offer another growth opportunity for radio, as broadcasters look for ways to convert on-demand listening into additional revenue. Pew notes that programmers are experimenting with a wide range of podcast models, including ad-supported and subscription-based, and more big-name media companies such as The New York Times, WNYC New York and The Wall Street Journal...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Radio listenership is not the problem. Revenue is...
  • I've been warned about them but I've never been on a slippery slope...
  • Unseasonable weather is welcome as long as it's cool...
  • We shouldn't be that surprised when we hear about a bomb threat on a plane since it's been happening at least 60 years now...
  • Bridge namers forgot to buy another "z" when they named the Verrazzano Bridge. Are we sure there isn't another "n"? Just asking...
  • The judge who sentenced that college swimmer to 6-months for rape went to the Lance Ito School of Jurisprudence...
  • Justin Bieber getting into a fight is not a news item...
  • Muhammad Ali may be bigger in death than he ever was in life...
  • Hey gawker, stay out of my space. We can snapchat or google, even twitter but stay away from my you tube. Now that's a social conversation...
  • Bernie Sanders is searching for another election to run in...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are We Nearing A Media Multitasking Saturation Point???

 

Monday, June 13, 2016

It might be hard to believe but we could be tiring of our time spent with media. By 2018, growth in total time spent staring at our various devices will dwindle to a minus 0.1%. That's according to a new eMarketer report: "U.S. Time Spent With Media: eMarketer's Updated Estimates For Spring 2016"...

 

Despite media multitasking now at an all-time high of 12 hours and 5 minutes per day (nearly an hour more than the average in 2011) our love of all things media is slowing down. It is expected to grow by just 3 minutes between 2016 and 2018. A saturation point is near despite mobile devices enabling people to consume media content anywhere at anytime...

 

Of the 5 hours and 43 minutes of digital consumption daily, Mobile devices are listened to or watched more than any other device (a total of 3 hours and 6 minutes). In second place is Desktop/Laptop at 2 hours and 11 minutes followed by Other Connected Devices (Tablets, etc.) at 26 minutes. Nondigital TV is consumed the most daily (4 hours and 5 minutes), followed by Radio (1 hour and 27 minutes), Print (28 minutes) and Other (22 minutes)...

 

Most of the growth in time spent with media took place between 2011 and now. That growth has already peaked. The daily usage of media is now rising slowly and expected to grow minimally between 2016 and 2018. Too much of a good thing? Apparently so...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Time spent with media might be slowing but it will never vanish...
  • I wouldn't invite Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris to the same party...
  • The Trump University football team should not be allowed to participate in any bowl games...
  • Richard Simmons needs to lighten up or take a long vacation...
  • You should use a tough password to make it harder to get hacked like Mark Zuckerberg did...
  • Hurricanes should be named after song titles like "Windy", "Blowing In The Wind" or "Stormy"...
  • Donald Trump & Kanye West have one thing in common - they create riots wherever they go...
  • TV must be running out of original plots for shows if they're re-tooling game shows...
  • No artist is more generous to her fans than Taylor Swift...
  • I could do with about 3 less farewell episodes of "Person Of Interest", a show I used to like...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC Radio Tops In Revenue...

 

May 30, 2016

 

When it comes to radio revenue there's AC and then there's everyone else. Adult Contemporary topped the revenue charts in 2015, like it did in 2014, according to BIA/Kelsey data as reported by Inside Radio. Although the format dipped in revenue from $1.75 billion to $1.69 billion, it still had enough to top the #2 revenue producing format, Country ($1.43 billion)...

 

The rest of the top 10 radio formats in billing were: 3. CHR/Top 40 ($1.30 billion), 4. News ($1.24 billion), 5. Spanish ($896.9 million), 6. Urban ($881.4 million), 7. Rock ($706.7 million), 8. Classic Rock ($662.1 million), 9. Sports ($624.0 million) and 10. Oldies ($565.5 million)...

 

Mark Fratrik, BIA/Kelsey Sr. VP/Chief Economist: "AC consistently outperformed its ratings because it attracts a well-educated, higher income audience. They attract a desirable demographic so AC stations are able to get a higher rate for spots on their stations." But Fratrik adds "It's a similar story for News and somewhat for Talk in that they have a higher revenue share relative to their audience share." News ranked fourth in revenue while talk came in 12th with $205.8 million in over-the-air billings...

 

If there's a format to watch, it would be Sports, one of radio's fastest-growing formats. Sports ranked higher in revenue than ratings. Sports was the No. 11 format based on total audience in 2015 but No. 9 in billing with $624 million. Fratrik says "advertisers want to target the younger male demo that doesn't watch as much TV or consume other media and sports radio is a really good avenue to reach that particular demographic." ...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  •  AC Radio is the easiest music format to listen to. No day-parting is needed.
  • Sinead O'Connor needs GPS on her bike...
  • Most people opposed to Common Core don't even know what it consists of...
  • The screening of airport passengers should be taken away from the TSA. School crossing guards do a better job...
  • Facebook users who complain about the accuracy of trending stories should lighten up...
  • I wouldn't invite Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne to the same party...
  • Creditors have taken the authority away from Sports Authority...
  • Cots should be set up at airports while long lines continue to become a normal occurance...
  • "A quart of milk and a loaf of bread" was right next to "Meeting with POTUS changed to 3 o'clock" email on Hillary's smartphone...
  • Since I don't plan on taking my smartphone in the water with me, you're wasting my time selling me on "waterproof"... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listening Habits By Generation...

 

Monday, June 6, 2016

 

The media generation gap has become a divide approaching Grand Canyon size. The recently concluded Nielsen Generational Snapshot study looked at media usage and device penetration of 3 different and distinct demographics:  Millennials (18-34), Generation X (35-49) and Baby Boomers (50-67). The highlights of that study follow:

 

In Monthly Time Spent Listening to AM/FM Radio: All 3 demographics dipped slightly from Q4 2014 to Q4 2015. In Q4 2015, Baby Boomers led the other two demos with 68 hours and 51 minutes of listening a month. Generation X was second with 61 hours and 55 minutes and Millennials trailed with 51 hours and 1 minute...

 

The number one medium used: Live+DVR/Time Shifted TV in all 3 age categories: Baby Boomers were #1 with 184 hours and 1 minute. Generation X was second with 132 hours and 49 minutes and third were Millennials with 95 hours and 39 minutes. Time spent on traditional TV has decreased across most generations. Tablet penetration among all generations has increased 9% from 2014 to 2015. Generation X leads in national tablet penetration. Multimedia devices (such as Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast) are making their mark with a lot of consumers. Millennials spend the most time on these devices. Other device choices include App/Web/Video on smartphones... 

 

The study looked at the music formats and found that both Millennial and Generation X listeners prefer to tune into the modern classics of pop contemporary hits with weekly total audiences of 27.5 million and 19.3 million listeners respectively. Both of these groups spend more than 3 hours 15 minutes listening to this format...

 

Baby Boomers prefer AC/Soft AC, spending more than 4 hours weekly listening to this format. This group also likes listening to the News/Talk format with about 15.7 million listeners turning in for an average of 6 hours 45 minutes a week. This compares to 3 hours 45 minutes for Millennials and 5 hours for Generation X. The sample size of the study nor number of markets used was not given by Nielsen...  

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Each era always makes too much noise about the difference in age demographics. This has been true for centuries...
  • I am not surprised that the government has archaic computers but did they have to employ them in our nuclear facilities?
  • I would feel better if the MTA would phase out crime in the subways before phasing out the metrocard...
  • American kids who compete in the annual spelling bee are up against insurmountable odds of beating the Indian American kids...
  • It's become hard to tell whether the person walking in back of you is using his/her high decibel voice on their smartphone or with a real person...
  • Alexa and Siri should have an accuracy battle with the winner facing the GPS voice...
  • You shouldn't invite Amber Heard and Johnny Depp to the same party...
  • Aggressive sales tactics were used at Trump University? You expect me to believe that?
  • Doctors are no friends of musicians if they write them a prescription without knowing their medical history...
  • I doubt there's ever been anyone as indispensable to a Broadway cast as Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pressure On Pandora To Sell...

 

Monday, May 23, 2016

 

Is the end near for Pandora? Forbes reports that one of Pandora's most prominent shareholders is urging the company to put itself on the market. Carl Icahn protégé Keith Meister sent a letter to Pandora's board of directors calling for the company to sell its popular but unprofitable internet radio service...

 

Shares of Pandora Media are down 41% in the last year and there is no immediate rebound in sight. Meister's Corvex Management issued a regulatory filing indicating it increased its Pandora stock to 8.3% from 2.1%. Corvex, the company's largest shareholder with 9.9% in options, is trying to convince Pandora to put itself up for sale. In Meister's letter he is quoted as saying he and his team have "become increasingly concerned that the company may be pursuing a costly and uncertain business plan, without a thorough evaluation of all shareholder value-maximizing alternatives." Meister calls Pandora's $450 million acquisition of concert ticket company, Ticketfly last October "questionable" and cites the company's "poor investor communications." ...

 

Meister doesn't like Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren's "business as usual" approach and believes that Westergren has no intention to sell regardless of "the price offered to shareholders or the cost and uncertainty inherent in a standalone business plan." Suntrust analyst Bob Peck believes logical buyers for Pandora include Liberty Media, competitor Spotify or even wireless carriers like AT&T. Less likely to buy Pandora are Apple, Samsung, Google, Alibaba, Facebook and Twitter. Shares of Pandora stock rallied briefly after this story broke. At this writing it's at $10 and change...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

  • Despite Pandora's financial problems, the music service has provided a healthy challenge to radio...
  • No public office holder should be opposed to charter schools...
  • Sumner Redstone needs someone looking over his shoulder...
  • If citizens can sue countries, I pick North Korea...
  • Donald Trump fired the first shot in the Republican Party civil war...
  • George Zimmerman has outlived his 15 minutes of fame. He's lucky not to be serving a term...
  • The Russians should win gold in the Olympics Doping event...
  • People in NYC should be concerned by the Wi-Fi stands being set up. It's a hacker's paradise...
  • If the accountants are still looking for relatives of Prince I will gladly submit a DNA sample...
  • You only need half a brain not to be suckered into emails offering bogus deals...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Email Beats Phoning...

 

Monday, May 16, 2016

 

One of the best by-products of the social website explosion is the "140 characters or less" rule started by Twitter. If you can't say it within the maximum number of required characters, don't bother. This has led to the resurgence of email use - in my view, a good thing...

 

According to The Muse, sending an email is the easiest and least intrusive method for making requests within teams. And as they point out, when sending an email - don't be vague - get to the point immediately. Even if your email follows a recent conversation or meeting, be clear about what you need. Think of your subject like pre-writing a to-do list item so it's easy for each item to get checked. Don't ever write "Etc." as your subject. Mention a specific need...

 

When you're sharing an email, don't write "FWD", unless you're sending a dreaded chain letter. If you are sending a chain letter you are beyond help and not worthy of receiving these email tips. Write "Help", "Understand This?" or something similar that gets right to the point...

Don't use "Hey" in an email subject line. It would be better to ask when your email recipient is free for a 15-minute phone call if you're not clear about something and need some help...

 

Don't write "Urgent". No one wants to be put in a panic situation. "First Priority" is better. If something is truly urgent, make a phone call instead...

 

"Thank you" works. A short, simple message of appreciation goes a long way in strengthening the bonds between you and your team members. It says you recognize their efforts and value their roles...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • It's plain wrong for a sitting governor to interfere with another state's sovereignty...
  • Sure, I'll pay an extra nickel for plastic if it helps clean up the environment...
  • You should never invite either of the Presidents' Bush and Donald Trump to the same party...
  • Even the president can't convince me the water in Flint, Michigan is safe to drink...
  • About 99% of the time you can make your own icons as long as you can google them...
  • The safest passwords are done in another language...
  • Cruise lines should be able to prevent passengers from dropping like flies because of some virus...
  • About any minute now El Chapo will escape again...
  • Cab service has changed for the better thanks to Uber, Via and other car services...
  • It's just silly for every TV newscast to open with Breaking News on a story that happened hours earlier

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook Faces Its Biggest Challenge...

 

May 9, 2016

 

Are Facebook's days as today's leading social network site numbered? While U.S. consumers still spend more than half of their social networking time on Facebook, growing competition from other sites is slowing further growth,  according to eMarketers latest forecast...

 

In 2016 U.S. adults will spend an average of 22 minutes a day on Facebook. They will spend an average of 43 minutes a day on social networks in general. By 2018, U.S. adults will be spending three more minutes each day on social networks, but just one additional minute on Facebook. Time spent on social networks as a whole by 2018 will grow 5.9% while time spent with Facebook will grow 5.3%. This means that Facebook lags slightly behind the growth rate in usage time...

 

Facebook owes all of its growth to mobile. This year, U.S. adults will spend an average of 16 minutes a day on Facebook using mobile phones and tablets. In comparison, they will spend just 6 minutes on desktops and laptops. By 2018, mobile time spent on Facebook will grow 12.9% while desktop and laptop time spent on Facebook will decline 7.5%...

 

Monica Pearl, eMarketer forecasting analyst: "Facebook continues to see increases in time spent on mobile largely due to increased engagement with video. Of course Facebook has also been facing competition from other fast growing social networks like Snapchat and cannibalization from its own property, Instagram. With other social networks investing heavily in making video a core feature of their platforms, their collective time spent will begin to challenge that of Facebook...

 

In 2016, U.S. adults will spend an average of 21 minutes a day using social networks on smartphones with that figure expected to grow each year for the next two years. Conversely, U.S. adults will spend just nine minutes a day on social tablet apps, with that figure remaining unchanged for the next two years...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • There will be more new challenges to Facebook's reign within the next two years...
  • There's nothing wrong with making girls register at 18 like boys do. If the draft is reinstituted count me out...
  • The most exciting two minutes in sports is called the Kentucky Derby...
  • There should be an age requirement for people buying vaping devices...
  • If you do any serious writing, some programs (like Word) don't offer a spellcheck - a good reason to have a dictionary icon...
  • Preservation of the ocean should be taken as seriously as cleaning up the air...
  • Airbag manufacturers are taking a long time in making their products safe...
  • Medical errors should not be the third leading cause of death. It shouldn't even be in the top 10. What happened to medical supervision???
  • It's time to move on from picking over Prince's bones. Let the man rest in peace...
  • Star Wars Day should only be celebrated on the frozen planet Hoth...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Phones Top The Device Chart...

 

May 2, 2016

 

If it were a song, the smartphone would be number one with a bullet. The smartphone is now the number one most used device in the U.S. And it took less than 25 years to do it. The prototype for the smartphone was launched in 1994 - the IBM Simon. The Simon looked like a walkie-talkie and wouldn't fit in anyone's pocket. The first time a PDA (personal digital assistant) was referred to as a smartphone was a year later in 1995...

 

According to Nielsen's fourth-quarter 2015 Comparable Metrics Report, smartphones across all adult demographic groups are the most used media platform. Measured in terms of days per week among users of each medium - adults 18+ use their devices nearly every day of the week (5.8 times per week). Smartphone usage is followed by television (5.5 times per week). Adult TV viewers watch an average of 5.5 days a week. Tablets are used more often by people ages 35-49 than ages 18-34. Penetration among ages 50+ is only 19% but those owners use tablets most often. Smartphone owners 35-49 use their phones most often. This includes app and web usage, not talk, text or email...

 

Glenn Enoch, SVP of Audience Insights, Nielsen: "Smartphone penetration is nearly as high as TV set and radio ownership and consumers carry their phone everywhere. High penetration and customized functionality have made them a staple of consumers' media diet. Smartphones provide advertisers and marketers with the opportunity to reach consumers with information throughout the day." ...

 

Smartphones now have a U.S. penetration of 82% and cross-platform functionality make them the most prized device on the market...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • No device is as indispensable as a smartphone... 
  • It's way past time for a new TV spot for "The Lion King"...
  • Tom Brady doesn't really need Donald Trump to defend him...
  • Never invite Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan to the same party...
  • Users should not have to pay for apps they don't need. Do providers throw all of those apps in free of charge when you buy a phone? I doubt it...

  • Johnny Manziel has the perfect game plan for destroying his career...

  • If you like shooting photos, Instagram is indispensable...

  • Drone operators who threaten airliners should be given stiff sentences rather than fines...
  • Artificial additives should not be added to any food we eat...
  • All good things lose their appeal, even iPhones...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Innovators Keep The Medium Alive...

 

Monday, April 25, 2016

 

The NAB Radio Show is aptly named. It's a show. Aside from socializing, there's not much advantage for a programmer to attend. Oh there are usually a couple of good panels but in reality, the show is mostly beneficial to exhibitors who prop up their new digital toys for you to play with as you wander aimlessly by...

 

Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs recently posted some of the names of today's top radio innovators who shared one of those good panels with him at the 2016 show in Las Vegas. If you weren't there to witness the panel or missed Fred's post summing it up, this article is for you...

 

The first radio innovator to update radio tech was Emmis Communications head Jeff Smulyan. Jeff gave us the NextRadio smartphone app. The app brings interactive FM radio to all smartphones. "The technology came in response to a problem - when FM radio lost its portability." This app made radio cool again. It also increased its interactivity and developed a new revenue stream for stations, Jacobs points out. Smulyan notes that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to include NextRadio in future smartphones. Next on the agenda is continuing to work on Verizon and Apple to commit, while also encouraging increasing content support from radio stations. "By next year, we will be present in close to 150 million phones." Jeff believes the "NextRadio app is the game changer the industry needs." ...

 

NPR's innovations in podcasting and mobile spaces is what COO Loren Mayor is most proud of. Mayor is touting the company's NPROne App. "At NPR we see a direct connection between love and innovation. People pay us for what we willingly give away free. We have a deep and meaningful connection with our audience." Mayor says that the mobile app has created a more personal and customizable experience for NPR's audience - not only increasing listening time, but also adding younger demos to its audience. In fact, 40% of NPROne listeners are under 35. "It complements, not cannibalizes traditional listening." ...

 

Longtime programming consultant Dan Vallie is innovating at a different level. Vallie is recruiting the next generation of talent. Overseeing the National Radio Talent System, Dan works with colleges to institute a 10-day training program in which students are certified in most every area of the radio business, from talent to engineering. "We are in five states so far, with the hope of one to three more by next summer. We are able to bring in 40 broadcasters to teach at each institute in their areas of expertise." ...

 

There you have three good examples of the people who continue to advance and streamline radio broadcasting. These are the type of people who continue to make radio relevant...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • It takes talented broadcasters to advance traditional radio...
  • I know websites have to make money but I can do with fewer pop-up ads...
  • It's hard to not believe in global warming with as much extreme weather we've been getting...
  • Who ever thought transgender bathrooms would become such an important issue?
  • Ben & Jerry should tag their next new flavor "Busted Road" featuring jumpsuit orange gelato with thrown away key lime frosting...
  • Harriet Tubman isn't worth any more than Andrew Jackson but Jackson will become a collector's item...
  • If all Starbucks supplied was coffee and sandwiches they would have gone out of business years ago...
  • Texting should never be allowed in movie theaters...
  • Queen Elizabeth is living proof that members of the royal family never die...
  • No one is better than Bernie Sanders in drawing donations... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Important In-Car Study...

 

Monday, April 18, 2016

 

Edison Research recently released the results of their "Hacking The Commuter Code" study and it's an eye-opener. How important is this study? Since 85% of workers travel to work by car and spend 87 minutes a day listening to audio on their way - it's important alright. Finding out how those commuters listen to audio is a must for programmers trying to capture as many listeners as possible...

 

The study actually measured how often drivers switch audio sources, what's playing when they switch and what they switch to. People switch for a variety of reasons: when they hear commercials, when they are listening to a song but are looking for a better song. The study found that AM/FM listeners switch the station an average of 22 times per commute, while listeners to other platforms switch an average of 9.3 times. If you're a music station you better be playing great music, whatever the format...

 

"Hacking The Commuter Code" took a detailed look at drivers by using daily commuters. Edison's first study was an online survey of over 1100 U.S. adults who commute to work for more than 20 minutes and commute to work alone. Their sample had an average commute length of 35 minutes. While respondents were asked generally about audio usage, the study noted that some people make phone calls and others drive in silence. The overwhelming majority of respondents, 97% say they listen to audio while they commute...

 

Traditional broadcast radio is the overwhelming choice with 90% of respondents. There is a huge drop off down to CD player, used by 62%. Over half listen to their own digital music files, 42% listen to streaming internet services like Pandora and 36% listen to streamed AM/FM. Just over one in three listen to SiriusXM, 19% listen to Audiobooks and 17% listen to podcasts. The choices are many and varied because there's a lot of switching going on in the car. On average, commuters said they (at least sometimes) use more than 3 different audio platforms while they commute...

 

There are many more useful results that I would suggest culling from this study by emailing Edison Research. To my knowledge, no other study has combined so many different audio sources...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

  • Measuring all audio devices is the only way to get accurate ratings...
  • Politicians who wear religious items not of their faith in order to seek votes are just charlatans...
  • Very rarely do I hear "small craft warnings." Are there no more small crafts?...
  • Phone number listings should be arranged in last name (not first name) alphabetical order... 
  • The movement toward smaller screens on iPhones is being made so male consumers can better fit the phones in their front pocket...
  • There's no hotter comic at the box office than Melisa McCarthy...
  • We should all be more sensitive to the needs of those living with autism...
  • The definition of medical marijuana? Getting high legally...
  • Kobe Bryant went out the way every player dreams about...
  • We're paying entirely too much attention to Cuba while Puerto Rico is going broke...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Reaches Across The Political Spectrum...

 

April 11, 2016

 

Nielsen's portable people meter (PPM) listenership for February (2016) reached new highs for the News/Talk format. Nielsen combined PPM data and Experian's Political Voting Behavior to determine which radio formats resonate with specific voter segments across four major voter groups (Democrats, Republicans, independents and unregistered)...

 

The combining of studies looked at listening and voting behavior of more than 70,000 panelists, aged 18 and older, in 45 markets. As expected News/Talk is the number one format for voters. The format ranks first in 6 of the 10 voter segments including Super Democrats, Conservative Democrats, On-the-fence Liberals, Green Traditionalists, Mild Republicans and Ultra Conservatives. CHR is the only other format that leads in more than one voter group category, although one of those groups is Unconnected and Unregistered. The other group is Uninvolved Republicans. Country leads in Informed but unregistered and Urban AC leads in Left Out Democrats...

 

Whether they listened to conservative talk or liberal-leaning public radio stations, nearly nine in 10 News/Talk radio listeners are highly engaged, registered voters. Most identify as Mild Republicans or Super Democrats. The findings show that 28% of News/Talk radio listeners in PPM markets are independent or unregistered. The study also found that 44% of All News audiences identify as Democrats. 81% of All Sports listeners are registered voters and politically, 20% are Mild Republicans, 20% are Super Democrats. In comparison, independent and unregistered voters together account for a third of the listeners in PPM markets that tune in to either All News or All Sports...

 

I keep looking for my voter category in this combined study but can't find it. I identify as an informed, registered strongly apolitical voter. Maybe I can't find it because I'm the only voter that falls into that category - but I doubt it...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • News/Talk has to wait every four years to dominate all formats...
  • Hit movies are now popping up in non-primetime seasons (not just Christmas or July 4)...
  • No country has better security than the United States...
  • Stiffer penalties for major crimes never seem to deter criminals...
  • The Apple mini-iPad has the perfect size screen...
  • Despite Bollywood-type movies becoming popular here, we've yet to have an Indian music hit...
  • When major news or weather stories break that could effect the general population, we should get "Amber" type alerts on our devices...
  • Politicians should be schooled in public speaking after being elected to office for the first time...
  • Animated family movies have saved the movie industry...
  • California will continue to have a serious draught issue as long as the state's governor has to plead with people to use less water...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broken-Hearted...

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

 

Aside from your own source of favorite music, paid for a long time ago, the debt being carried by your favorite music station (broadcast, satellite or pure play) is approaching our government deficit. The sum total of debt among various sources of audio has reached over $31 billion, broken down below:

  • Broadcast Radio Companies: 1) iHeartMedia (21 billion). 2) Cumulus (2.5 billion). 3) Townsquare Media (350 million). 4) Alpha Media (300 million). 5) CBS Radio (250-300 million). Total: Approx. 24.5 billion.
  • Satellite Radio (SiriusXM) (5.4 billion).
  • Pure Play: 1) Pandora (350 million). 2) Spotify (1 billion). Total: Approx. 1.3 billion.
  • Total audio debt: Approx. $31.2 billion (all figures based on various financial reports)...

Grabbing the undesirable title of audio's largest debtor, iHeartMedia is in it up to their knees and the tide is rising. As medialifemagazine notes: "It (iHeartMedia) has glam, lots of glam. Look no further than the iHeartRadio Music Festival and other live events that draw thousands upon thousands of celebrants and endless media excitement." But glam won't pay off their debt. "But for all that glam, iHeart is a deeply troubled company. In fact, iHeartMedia is teetering on collapse. It's not a question of whether it collapses but when, and it's likely to come sooner rather than later. It could be within months."...

 

Everything that could go wrong with iHeartMedia's acquisitions, buyouts and mergers has. Medialifemagazine calls the demise of iHeartMedia a good thing: "The breakup of iHeartMedia would be good for radio, good for the employees and good for all the divisions (of the company). The various business units would stand a strong chance of ending up in the hands of capable operators with the know-how and resources to maximize their true value. Advertisers and media buyers would certainly benefit. Perhaps the bigger question is this: Who will lose? The answer is lots of people - from investors who put up their savings to employees whose lives were disrupted in the turmoil. But the full tally of losses may not be known for years. That's the way these things play out."...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

  • Radio companies think they're the government, building up debt for the next owner to worry about...
  • Global warming should not be a political issue...
  • Travel to Europe deserves to drop off because of the lack of security on that continent...
  • Online relationships shouldn't be more meaningful than offline relationships...

  • Instead of so many music award shows, why not just present these acts in TV concerts...
  • Baseball spring training joins political campaigns as being way too long...
  • Like watching train wrecks, people are fascinated by the rich and famous which explains the Kardashians...
  • American corporations have offshore accounts because they can...
  • The 50's song "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" pretty much sums it all up...
  • If you're neglecting work, school or family obligations, you are addicted to cyberspace...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Nielsen A Not Ready For Primetime Player?

 

Monday, March 28, 2016

 

April 2016 is the launch month for Nielsen's Digital Audio Ratings but are they ready? There are doubters at radio...

 

The Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings service is being tested at more than 2,500 stations across all 48 personal people meter (PPM) markets. The service measures the extension of broadcast radio to streaming environments. Initially Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings will report the listening of digital streams of AM/FM radio stations, as well as client's e-radio stations across PPM markets. Broadcast radio listening from PPM will be combined with digital listening data from a software development kit (SDK) which is integrated into apps and web players. The result is what Nielsen calls a seamless audio measurement. The firm's managing director Brad Kelly adds: "To achieve Total Audience for audio, we must provide a comprehensive view of listening behavior across all platforms and what better way to start then with radio. Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings allows broadcasters, advertisers and marketers to better understand the dynamics of a station's over-the-air and online audiences."...

 

Inside Radio reports comments like "incomplete", "insufficient", "not comprehensive" and even those channeling the old SNL description of it's original cast, "not ready for primetime", among the complaints voiced by those that have tested the service. Nielsen defends its new product: "For more than three years, Nielsen has been developing a digital audio measurement solution and has worked closely with our clients, audio experts and trade associations to develop a product that aligns with existing radio metrics. We stand behind the quality of Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings, including its methodology, technology and coverage."...

 

Triton Digital's Webcast Metrics service is Nielsen's biggest competitor when it comes to combining audio platforms for use by radio and advertisers...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Nielsen and Triton Digital will fight it out for the title of digital audio measurement champion...
  • Seasons that linger should be banned...
  • Belgium needs to hire some security agents while there is still a Belgium...
  • The recent slashing crimes in NYC aren't the result of a clamp-down on gun availability...
  • Using the computer as a form of escapism is a waste of your time...

  • There is still nothing more enjoyable than listening to a new pop hit...
  • CBS must really be hurting if all their radio properties are on the block...
  • Shonda Rhimes needs a vacation...
  • About halfway through the season you'll  forget what teams you picked in the Baseball & Football Pools...
  • Politicians still can find a way to convince us that they care more about us than their party...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The End Of An Era...

 

March 21, 2016

 

The much rumored sale of CBS Radio has become a reality. As the New York Times reports, CBS is putting its radio business on the block. CBS, owners of 117 radio stations in 26 markets with an estimated reach of 70 million listeners, started life as the United Independent Broadcasters in 1927. The radio group was sold to William S. Paley in 1928...

 

A succession of owners followed: Infinity in 1972, Westinghouse in 1995 and Viacom in 1999. Then the spinoff of radio stations began in 2006. Companies usually sell properties when they're losing money as is the case with CBS Radio. CBS says that revenue in its radio group was down 5% in the fourth quarter of 2015 because of "continued softness in the radio advertising marketplace and lower political advertising."...

 

CBS also reported an impairment charge of $484 million to reduce the value of FCC radio licenses. An asset is impaired when the sum of estimated future cash flow is less than the book value of that asset. CBS executives say that pursuing a sale of its radio holdings would help the company shift its business away from the less-predictable advertising sales to the more-predictable revenue sources, such as subscription fees. Another area for growth is to land an additional $800 million a year from its streaming outlets on both the radio and TV side...

 

CBS Chief executive, Les Moonves says CBS is looking at a number of strategic options which reflect the new challenges presented to traditional radio. All in an attempt to compete with online pure plays like Pandora and Spotify...

 

Those of us who worked for CBS Radio look at the spinoff of the company's radio properties with varying degrees of regret depending on how much time we spent there and the success we had. In my case, I value both...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • CBS Radio had one of the greatest radio success stories of all time...
  • North Korea is led by the most frightening ruler in the world...
  • Second amendment or not, there are too many guns in this country...
  • Computer companies should help you directly - not offer you their Q&A page...

  • Ariana Grande should star in a TV sitcom...
  • Radio is still the most accessible medium of them all...
  • TV should school their anchors on how to dress stylishly and appropriately...
  • Sports announcers should talk the way their fans talk...
  • Anti-establishment candidates may not offer any more than the establishment...
  • 4D movies will lose an audience quickly if they start spraying them with water or releasing some foul odor...

 

 

 

 

A Winning Formula For Radio...

 

Monday, March 14, 2016

 

It's as simple as this: "By combining (radio) broadcast assets with growing and complementary expertise in digital marketing strategy (local radio will continue to maintain its core strength)."  It's not quite as simple as the slogan ("It's the economy, stupid") that won a presidency but it's just as true...

 

Peter Smyth of Greater Media is responsible for the radio quote. "In ten years' time, like many other media, we have been disrupted by the digital revolution that has changed all of our lives. We are now well into the mobile digital age where each of us carries a computer in our pocket and are connected on a 24/7 basis."...

 

And that's not all that has changed. "The digital revolution has redefined every staff position in our company and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We are committed to our transformation into a local, broad-based media solution provider."...

 

Peter also acknowledges that performance is harder to prove. ROI (return-on-investment) is the toughest nut to crack but Nielsen and other measurement firms are trying to come up with a standard for total media measurement. Nielsen uses a composite of voice, text, video, internet games, apps and audio. Nielsen metrics for mobile devices (including "connected" devices like iPads, Kindles and tablets) are considered by many to be the market standard for market share, consumer satisfaction, device share, service quality, revenue share, advertising effectiveness, audience reach and other key indicators in the mobile marketplace. Other digital-centric measurement firms that continue to improve their services are Triton Digital, Adobe, Apple and Univision. For now, Nielsen seems to have more acceptance than the others mentioned...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • We're getting closer to having a couple of "Rolls Royce" research firms that will capture return-on-investment the best...
  • Too often, society treats criminals better than victims...
  • Replacing old hobbies with excessive use of the computer is an addiction...
  • I always favor a pop hit over any other type of music...
  • The biggest change in radio is the device its being played on...
  • "Downton Abbey" was a one-of-a-kind TV show that will be missed...
  • It's always special when a school that hasn't been heard from in years makes the NCAA Tournament...
  • Politicians should have to prove they serve the public by following through on their campaign pledges...
  • Movie theaters should have a discount night...
  • Rainbows are worthy of a photo every time they appear...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Radio/Streaming Audience Nears 180 Million...

 

Monday, March 7, 2016

 

More advertisers are supporting internet audio with the anticipated growth of that audience reaching 177 million this year. That prediction comes from eMarketer. Not coincidentally, Internet radio advertising found more brands using pureplay audio services to reach consumers in Q4 last year, according to Xapp Media...

 

The ad growth is impressive. The number of distinctive advertisers on internet audio has grown five times, totaling 406. In Q4 2015, Xapp recorded 146 distinctive ad buyers. The most frequent internet radio advertisers list matches the roster for broadcast radio's heavy advertisers. Home Depot led the internet parade of brands followed by GEICO. On broadcast radio, Home Depot and GEICO are often No.1 and No. 2 in any given week...

 

Xapp found advertisers are increasing the number of internet radio platforms they use for messaging. 50% of all advertisers identified in Q4 2015 were heard on at least two music service apps. Xapp notes : "This is by far the most breadth we have witnessed in the data. It suggests that many advertisers are committing to the channel broadly and not just experimenting with one website." ...

 

Websites average nearly three minutes per hour of ad time - the acceptable level that won't drive users to other services...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • While being highly competitive, broadcast radio and internet audio has been able to co-exist - so far...
  • Choosing your phone over a friend is choosing a virtual reality...

  • The national music charts are doing the right thing in combining actual sales with all available online airplay...
  • It's pretty amazing that plain old traditional radio is still as popular as it is today...
  • Even with so many other sources of TV shows, the national networks still have the best programming...
  • Baseball still has a long way to go to speed up games to stay competitive with other sports...
  • Chris Christie's endorsement of Donald Trump will bury his political future...
  • The Academy Awards selection people should consider the box office appeal of movies and not be so artistic...
  • With rare exceptions, the four seasons are overlapping (Global Warming?)...
  • Our government shouldn't conduct business with any country that has a dictator...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Listening Trends For Radio...

 

Monday, February 29, 2016

 

Radio listening trends change from season to season. Listening to anything other than Christmas music is a reason to look forward to the changes that are likely to sprout with our spring flowers. Analyzing the current trends, Nielsen has determined that sports radio listening traditionally spikes in February after the playoffs and Super Bowl. Case in point, January's 5.1% share among all listeners 6 and older in January. This figure matches January 2015's share. The sports listening season runs from the fall to February...

 

Format-wise, the headline news made in January was that of News/Talk. According to Radio Ink, News/Talk chalked up its highest marks in several years, thanks in great part to the presidential election coming up this November. The format jumped more than a full share-point from the holidays to January among all listeners (6+) (8.6% to 9.7%). Listeners 18-34 and 25-54 increased by 14%. Listeners 18-34 and 25-54 jumped to 4.1% from 3.6% and to 6.7% from 5.9%, respectively. January's 4.1% share rating among Millennials is the format's best showing since November 2012, the last presidential election...

 

Urban Contemporary scored its best January ever in PPM measurement. After a record-breaking 2014, the format shows no signs of a letup. With hip-hop gaining more mainstream traction, Urban Contemporary continues to gain increased listenership that goes back several years. Among listeners 25-54, the format has grown its share of audience by 45% since the beginning of 2013...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • You don't think of radio listening being affected by the changing seasons but it is...
  • The only thing to watch at baseball spring training is the weather...
  • Using a cell phone is a good way to avoid social interaction...

  • Yahoo's answer page leaves much to be desired...

  • Every presidential election year someone will come up with the idea of abolishing the electoral college. How has that worked out?
  • Watching a knuckleball pitcher makes the game seem twice as long...
  • You're addicted if you spend increasing amounts of time and money on your computer...

  • A Wikipedia icon on your main menu is a must...

  • You should not have to pay for Voice Mail. It should be included free as part of your carrier's service...

  • Google News is plenty enough news for me although I still read the newspapers on the weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio's Major Role In Presidential Election...

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

 

Although politicians will spend most of their presidential media budget on TV spots, radio will play a key role in getting the next president elected. More than ever politicians are spreading their campaign funds on a varied range of media and platforms, including radio. Lower costs and a powerful reach make radio a necessary buy...

 

According to Media Post, an MSNBC focus group mentioned "The Glen Beck Show" as the location they heard good things about Ted Cruz. Those that began to follow the Cruz bandwagon did so because they trust Beck. While the majority of voters don't favor either Cruz or Beck, "trust" became a significant factor in the Cruz-Beck link. The largest ethnic radio audience -  adult Hispanic Americans will also play a significant role in the election since 97% of that ethnic demo listens to radio on a weekly basis...

 

The growing importance of minority voters will fill radio tills like never before. With the varied radio formats, listeners are reachable in diverse locations, including mobile. An unnamed buyer tells Media Life: "In 2016 expectations are that 10%-15% of political spending will go into radio." Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders invested in radio commercials in New Hampshire and South Carolina. On the Republican side, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have been big radio buyers in both states...

 

Marketing Daily News reports on a Nielsen study that shows radio has the highest penetration among registered undecideds in important Super Tuesday states. Kristy McKnight of Veritone Politics, which launched an audio-based Cognitive Media Platform in late January says that campaigns need to be acutely aware of the audio landscape this cycle, much of which may go unnoticed...

The relatively bargain price of radio spots and the medium's reach make a radio buy as or more important than any other medium for politicians in this and any election...

 

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • People would rather listen to a politician than watch him or her...
  • When kids use phones to bully their friends it's sinful...

  • There's far too much negativity on social webs...

  • Although Google gets criticism on privacy issues, their search engine is still the best source of data...

  • Cookies are placed on every website. Get used to it...

  • Computers are probably safer with your data than most banks...

  • I can live with Apple spying on me as long as they don't expose my data to anyone without my permission...

  • I don't mind if websites use some topical humor as long as they don't take sides...

  • Samsung phones have the best color in their photos...

  • Google's topical humor on their search page is cute. Cuter than the Muppets...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Sending Too Many Emails?

 

Monday, February 15, 2016

 

Since recent figures find that over half the email we receive is spam, we know we receive entirely too much email, but how do we know when we're sending too many emails? Paytronix, an analytic firm has the answer for radio stations and for the average Joe who wants to make an impact with important information...

 

Extracting customer insights from recent data, Paytronix says the answer is 5.75 emails per subscriber, per month. The firm explains the .75 percent of an email as a message missing your header and signature, so only three-quarters of the content makes its way to the recipient, therefore 5.75...

 

That 5.75 number of sent emails is the volume where the average email strategy reaches peak effectiveness. Each email you send becomes less effective than the one sent before it, and sending more emails increases the opt-out rate. Since sending more emails will result in more customers choosing to ignore your messages, you start to see a decline in the open rate. If your average customer visits twice per month, then how successful can that extra email be at driving another visit? If you have already sent eight emails this month, can that ninth email possibly be as effective? Combining the decline in open rate and visits per open as you send more, it's clear that each email adds less value for your business than the one sent previously...

 

Visits per open rates range from 16.6% when more than eight emails (per month) are sent to 47.1% opened (per month) when less than one is sent. If there is a lesson to be learned, it's this: Unless messages are highly relevant, the more emails you send, the more they are ignored. Except for the ones that I send, of course...  

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

  • Unless the sender of spam is really clever, it's takes a fraction of a second to tell that the email is spam...
  • Users of Facebook are not known for being subtle...
  • Only Lady Gaga can sing great in clown outfits or dressed like the lady she is...
  • U.S. voters have had it with "politics as usual"...
  • You have mobile phone addiction if you sleep with your smartphone...

  • You should not be using an alias otherwise you're hiding something - your identity - why?

  • The most ruthless hackers come from Russia and China...

  • Verizon has the best quality for calls but they also have an unlimited data plan...

  • The word "blog" is obsolete. It's been replaced by "post", thanks to the "Huffington Post."...

  • YouTube always amazes me with the vast library of videos they have on just about any song that got airplay...

 

 

 

 

 

Satellite Reach Stretches Out...

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

 

Satellite radio is now available in three out of every four new cars. In all, about one-third of cars on the road (roughly 82 million autos)  are equipped for satellite signals. Penetration in used cars rose to 28% last year, up from 24% in 2014. About 19,000 used car dealers now offer free trials for prospective customers. That reach is about to increase, according to Inside Radio & Sirius XM...

 

The increase in satellite reach will be gained by SXM17, a next generation platform for audio services that combines satellite delivery with two-way LTE (Long-term evolution) connectivity in cars. SXM17 is still under development with car makers but Sirius XM CEO Jim Meyer predicts the system will be in most new cars by the end of the decade: "It enables the seamless mixing and matching of satellite and IP (Internet Protocol) delivered content."...

 

With the addition of search and recommendation functionality, it will make satellite radio content "more accessible and discoverable in the car while maintaining ease of use." SXM17 will give the company a return from future cars, providing access to usage data to better understand its customers. Field-testing is ongoing as Sirius XM works with engineers and automakers on implementing the platform. Meyer: "It continues to gain traction with automakers", but big changes happen slowly in the auto industry. "It will take many years" to build up meaningful numbers in the fleet of satellite radio-enabled vehicles for the new platform."

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • While some sources of audio signals may be replaced, Satellite Radio is here to stay...
  • Fighting against invasion of privacy is one thing but finding the people who would like to destroy America is another. There is a difference...
  • The lower (younger) demographic end of Facebook users will find something else...
  • Only two or three (tops) social sites will survive at one time...
  • Eventually the social bubble will burst but communicating with each other won't...
  • Social consumers will finally starting to clam up about offering too much personal data...
  • You have a choice about how much personal information you allow websites to use...
  • The "Internet of Things" will include every household appliance you have...
  • You can count me out as a friend if you would rather use your phone while walking or eating with me...
  • There should be a way to eliminate those "with ____" tags that come up when posting some photos on Facebook...
  • Twitter should allow "groups"...

 

 

 

 

 

Catching Super Bowl 50...

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

 

If you can't be in front of your giant HD flat screen for Super Bowl 50, you can at least listen to it on radio. Westwood One will carry the game throughout North America. Each team's flagship station (KOA Denver and WBT Charlotte for Carolina) will use local announcers for the big game. TV coverage will be provided by CBS...

 

The Super Bowl is the biggest revenue earner of the year. Over the first 50 years of the game, a total of $4.5 billion has been spent on advertising according to Advertising Age, (adjusted for inflation, that figure is $5.9 billion). On this year's Super Bowl, a record total of $377 million will be spent. That's more than was spent on the Super Bowl in the '60s, '70s and '80s combined. That total topped out at $299 million...

 

Average cost for a 30-second commercial this year? $4.8 million. In Super Bowl 1 (1967) that figure was $40,000 (or $289,000 adjusted for inflation). The price per second for a 2016 spot: $160,000 or 120 times ($1,333) what it was back in 1967. Super Bowl 50's estimated share of 2016 U.S. broadcast network TV ad spending: a record 2.4% or six times the level in 1990 (0.4%)...

 

Going back just one year, to 2015, the amount spent per viewer on in-game advertising, based on estimated total ad spending divided by Nielsen's average number of viewers: $3.02. As you can see, it doesn't matter which team wins this game - TV and Radio already have...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Year in and year out, the Super Bowl has the highest rating and generates the most revenue...
  • AOR radio people think they are some kind of music elitists but we know they're not.
  • Neither Religion nor Politics belong on social webs...
  • Unless you have a scoop, don't make it sound like you broke the story...
  • Automated homes are not that far away...
  • The Affluenza teen should be disinherited...
  • Wireless appliances will become the norm...
  • Every year there are a couple of deadly viruses that no one has ever heard of...
  • As popular as Facebook is now it should be replaced by something more technically advanced...
  • Playing games is a waste of time if you're an adult...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Strength Of Radio's ROI...

 

Monday, January 25, 2016

 

Never doubt the power of traditional radio. The numbers tell the story. The weekly reach of devices used finds radio with 93% of the U.S. population (all adults). In second through fifth place are: TV (87%), Smartphone (70%), PC (54%) and Tablet (33%). Those numbers are compliments of Nielsen as reported to Media Post...

 

Every dollar spent in radio advertising could generate up to $17 of revenue from listeners exposed to ads from department stores, home improvement stores, mass merchandisers and quick-service restaurants. The study found that while new digital formats are capturing headlines, traditional formats, specifically radio, could give advertisers the returns they want. Combined data from Nielsen's PPM (Portable People Meter) panel with Nielsen Buyer Insights credit and debit card data, radio exposure positively affected bottom-line sales and drove new, valuable shoppers...

 

Carol Edwards, senior VP, media analytics (Nielsen) sums it up: "Reaching 93% of all U.S. adults every week and playing a leading role in costumer's purchasing decisions, radio has the ability to positively impact campaign results."...

 

The Weekly Reach Of Devices figures are from October 2015, while the Payback Per $1 Spent On Radio Advertising numbers were compiled by Nielsen from a January 2016 study...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • ROI numbers will become the most important data traditional radio can use effectively...
  • Movie theaters should have earphone jacks attached to every seat so viewers can customize their audio...
  • We are a reactive society that needs to be more prepared for emergencie
  • Taking "selfies" has just about run its course - a good thing...
  • Repeating social web messages makes no sense since there are always millions of messages coming in...
  • There should be an alternative to the "like" button...
  • Visual jokes are best except when they're not big enough to read...
  • No one should ever ask anyone else to "like" or "share" a message. They will if they choose to...
  • People tend to get argumentative and nasty on Facebook...
  • Smartphone cameras are getting so good, stand-alone cameras have become far less important...

 

 

Smaller Streamers Hit Hardest...

 

Monday, January 18, 2016

 

The new royalty rates established by the Copyright Royalty Board for 2016-'20 will hurt the little guy the most. The major internet radio companies and digital webcasters can afford to take the hit of increased tariffs for playing sound recordings on non-interactive webcasts, but not the small broadcaster...

 

As hypebot.com notes, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and others have direct deals with rightsholders and don't have a statutory license. The smaller operator not only must deal with higher streaming rates but the only out they had - the Webcasters Settlement Act of 2009 has expired. The WSA had allowed small webcasters to pay based on a percentage of revenue rather than the per-stream rates...

 

As Kurt Hanson of RAIN News states in Inside Radio: "Truth be told, the way things are going, the only webcasters that can comfortably afford the new rates are probably Pandora, Apple and Spotify. It will also work for traditional broadcasters who stream." Hanson points out that the smaller players "are doing it for a love of music. It now seems as if you need a million unique listeners a month to make this new rate work."...

 

To give you an example of the staggering amount of money collected on behalf of the music industry for airplay, SoundExchange has distributed over $3 Billion in royalties to artists and labels. $204 million came in the third quarter of 2015 alone. And this money is not only going to superstar artists but independent singers/musicians being played on digital radio which features more diverse music, not being played on traditional radio. The new streaming rules have been more simplified with one rate for nonsubscription streams and one rate for subscription streams...

 

While the music industry should be pleased by revenue gains brought about by royalty rate increases and contributions, it continues to lobby Congress to levy additional taxes on traditional radio, an effort that has failed to gain momentum...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • Not having a universal royalty rate for all types of airplay presents the biggest problem in determining what's fair and what's not, but it has to stop somewhere...
  • Unless you change your appearance, your new profile photo on social webs looks the same as the old one... 
  • Oprah Winfrey should tell everyone that she owns 10% of Weight Watchers when she does their commercial...
  • As long as you can walk away from your computer or smartphone after accomplishing a task, you are not addicted...
  • In business & sports - Only General Managers should hire coaches or managers - Not owners...
  • The carrier that offers the cheapest data plan will win out...

  • Too many people in the music industry never admit liking an artist on a competing label - until they die...
  • The cyber company that has branded itself most effectively is Google. Their brand is generic. "Google it."...

  • Wikipedia is the only place to go for information. They have a very high rate of accuracy...

  • If you're starting a website use a smaller company. They are less likely to be hacked...

 

 

 

 

 

Radio's Importance To Millennials...

 

Monday, January 11, 2016

 

According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen, Millennials account for about 24% of the U.S. population. If you're keeping score at home, that's 77 million people or 154 million ears for listening to radio. The Millennial demographic will total almost 30% of total consumer product dollars spent by 2020. That's the reason marketers have made the 18-34 age group their hottest sales target...

 

Adults 21-34 spend 20 hours a week watching Live/DVR/Time-Shifted TV but Millennials have not abandoned AM/FM Time Spent Listening - now at 11 hours weekly - the same amount of time they spend using an App or Web on a smartphone. This makes radio a necessary buy to consider in order to reach Millennials...

 

And what are Millennials likely to buy? They are more inclined to buy natural and organic products and are swayed by new trends. They purchase about 42% more gluten-free products than Baby Boomers do. When it comes to retail shopping, this age group is value-conscious and particular. They look for good deals, primarily online and often download a store coupon from an app on their smartphone or tablet. Millennials of legal drinking age search for craft beer. They like trying new things and experimenting too...

 

When shopping for technology, Millennials are influenced by pre-store buzz. While there's a great opportunity to influence in-store decisions among older consumers, retailers and manufacturers need to influence Millennial purchase decisions more so before they even get to the store...

 

The Nielsen study was conducted among more than 2,000 respondents, age 21+ from the end of 2014 to the end of 2015...

 

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion):

  • "Throw-back Thursday" will join "Hump Day" soon in a land called "Oblivion"...
  • If all men followed Bradley Cooper's non-shaving habits, Gillette would go out of business...
  • The photo or message that you share with 2 or more sources should only come up once on your page...

  • Jokes that take more than 8 seconds (average human attention span) to read shouldn't be posted...

  • There's Jennifer Lawrence and then there's every other actress...
  • A desktop is still the best device to do serious writing on...
  • The so-called "Internet of Everything" is just that and it's real...
  • If you're not finding something or someone, learning something or contributing, you're not using a computer wisely...

  • I think I'll pass on the new Google Car which has no driver or steering wheel...

  • Generation designations using letters of the alphabet were too hard to figure out...

 

 

 

 

 

The CHR Force Awakens...

 

Monday, December 21, 2015

 

Well it works better than "May The Force Be With You" - you've got to give me that. The CHR format or the gift that keeps on giving, tops all formats in the highly coveted adult 25-54 demographic for 2015, according to Nielsen (48 PPM markets), as reported in both Inside Radio and Radio Ink...

 
As far as ages 6+ goes, News/Talk remains the top format. Although Nielsen doesn't list Minecraft, Spongebob or Dora, I would think the game and shows would score fairly high among the 6 to 10 demographic. Anyway, N/T scores an 8.9 share followed by CHR (8.2), Country (7.9), AC (7.4) and hot AC (6.7). In Top Formats for 2015 ages 25-54, CHR pulls a hefty 9.0 share, Country is second with 7.8 followed by AC (7.2), Hot AC (7.2) and News/Talk (6.2).
 
Sports and Urban Contemporary had record-breaking years in 2015 and for the second year in a row, classic hits took "Format of the Summer" honors although it faced stiff competition from Hot AC and Country. In the 18-34 demographic (format rank order): CHR, Country, Hot AC, Urban Contemporary and AC. In the 3 major demos of 6+, 18-34 and 25-54, four formats finish top 5: CHR, Country, Hot AC and AC... 
 

So what's the magic formula that keeps CHR alive after several decades? It's the female demographic. There's not only more of that demo but that's the group that stays more current than their male counterparts. Women stay connected to the latest in everything - including music...

 

December 21

Traits...Entertaining, charismatic, warm, friendly, attention-loving and passionate...

Present...Phil Donahue (1935), Jane Fonda (1937), Carla Thomas (1942), Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Dave Kingman (1948), Jeffrey Katzenberg (1950), Betty Wright (1953), Chris Evert (1954), Jane Kaczmarek (1955), Tom Henke (1957), Ray Romano (1957), Roger McDowell (1960), Andy Van Slyke (1960), Andy Dick (1965), Kiefer Sutherland (1966), LaTroy Hawkins (1972)...

Past...Roger Williams (1603-1684), Josh Gibson (1911-1947), Werner von Trapp (1915-2007), Kurt Waldheim (1918-2007), Paul Winchell (1922-2005), Joe Paterno (1926-2012), Ed Nelson (1928-2014), Frank Zappa (1940-1993), Carl Wilson (1946-1998), Joaquin Andujar (1952-2015), Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998)...

 

December 22

Traits...Sensitive, pretend to be indifferent, emotionally vulnerable and shy, attractive and charming...

Present...Hector Elizondo (1936), Jerry Koosman (1942), Steve Carlton (1944), Diane Sawyer (1945), Steve Garvey (1948), Rick Nielsen (1948), Ray Guy (1949), Lonnie Smith (1955), Ralph Fiennes (1962), Ted Cruz (1970), Jordin Sparks (1989), Meghan Trainor (1993)...

Past...Connie Mack (1862-1956), Andre Kostelanetz (1901-1980), Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007), Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010), Gene Rayburn (1917-1999), Ruth Roman (1922-1999), Matty Alou (1938-2011), Maurice Gibb (1949-2003), Robin Gibb (1949-2012)...

 

December 23

Traits...Patient, determined, mild-tempered, understanding, keep a cool head...

Present...Paul Hornung (1935), Harry Shearer (1943), Wesley Clark (1944), Susan Lucci (1946), Bill Rodgers (1947), Jack Ham (1948), Jim Harbaugh (1963), Eddie Vedder (1964)...

Past...James Gregory (1911-2002), Jose Greco (1918-2000), Chet Baker (1929-1988), Esther Phillips (1935-1984), Eugene Record (1940-2005), Tim Hardin (1941-1980), Corey Haim (1971-2010)...

 

December 24

Traits...Disciplined, hopeful, idealistic, dedicated, mysterious and talented...

Present...Mary Higgins Clark (1927), Mike Curb (1944), Jay Bilas (1963), Ricky Martin (1971), Ryan Seacrest (1974)...

Past...Howard Hughes (1905-1976), Ava Gardner (1922-1990), Lee Dorsey (1924-1986)...

 

December 25

Traits...Drawn to life's mysteries, into New Age learning and holistic healing, introspective and a hard worker...

Present...Ned Garver (1925), Gary Sandy (1945), Jimmy Buffett (1946), Larry Csonka (1946), Gene Lamont (1946), Barbara Mandrell (1948), Sissy Spacek (1949), Karl Rove (1950), Manny Trillo (1950), Annie Lennox (1954), Rickey Henderson (1958), Alannah Myles (1958), Dido (1971)...

Past...Isaac Newton (1642-1726), Clara Barton (1821-1912), Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965), Conrad Hilton (1887-1979), Robert Ripley (1890-1949), Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), Cab Calloway (1907-1994), Tony Martin (1913-2012), Anwar Sadat (1918-1981), Rod Serling (1924-1975), Nellie Fox (1927-1975), O'Kelly Isley Jr. (1937-1986), Ken Stabler (1945-2015)...

 

December 26

Traits...Hardworking, patient, determined, maintain calmness and composure...

Present...Frank Broyles (1924), Duke Fakir (1935), Phil Spector (1939), John Walsh (1945), Carlton Fisk (1947), Candy Crowley (1948), Ozzie Smith (1954), Bill Wennington (1963), Jared Leto (1971), Chris Daughtry (1979)...

Past...Mao Tse-tung (1893-1976), Richard Widmark (1914-2008), Steve Allen (1921-2000), Alan King (1927-2004), Ray Sadecki (1940-2014)...

 

December 27

Traits...Exceptional, sensible, practical, passionate, determined and enthusiastic...

Present...Scotty Moore (1931), John Amos (1939), Nolan Richardson (1941), Cokie Roberts (1943), Roy White (1943), Mick Jones (1944), Tracy Nelson (1944), Gerard Depardieu (1948), Karla Bonoff (1952), Tovah Feldshuh (1952), Arthur Kent (1953), Andre Tippett (1959), Savannah Guthrie (1971), Jay Pandolfo (1974), Carson Palmer (1979), Cole Hamels (1983), Rick Porcello (1988)...

Past...Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Sydney Greenstreet (1879-1954), Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), Oscar Levant (1906-1972), Thomas Menino (1942-2014)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Survives Income Crisis...

 

Monday, December 14, 2015:

 

In five years, maybe less, the so-called middle class will be replaced by another designation. Today's middle class has been disappearing faster than your local Chipotle restaurant. It is being squeezed, mangled and pulverized into something no longer considered the majority income level...

 

Nielsen's latest total audience report, as noted by Media Life, included a section on income that's likely of more interest to media buyers and planners. It indicates that the middle class is losing ground. The only surprise is that radio is not losing ground. The Nielsen report found that lower household incomes tend to watch more TV, though usage patterns throughout the day are pretty similar no matter the income level, peaking around 9 pm. Lower income households tend to see the greatest disparity with higher income households in viewing overnight and during the day...

 

Radio shows little difference in listenership between the lower and higher income households. The report shows that penetration is not an issue for either of these media - both high and low income households have access to TVs and radios. There is a more notable difference with TV connected devices which tend to have more higher income users...

 

December 14

Traits...Charismatic, curious, driven, pleasant, friendly and optimistic...

Present...Abbe Lane (1932), Patty Duke (1946), Bill Buckner (1949), Vijay Amritraj (1953), Craig Biggio (1965), Rebecca Jarvis (1981), Vanessa Hudgens (1988)...

Past...Jimmy Doolittle (1896-1993), Morey Amsterdam (1908-1996), Spike Jones (1911-1965), Dan Dailey (1913-1978), June Taylor (1917-2004), Clark Terry (1920-2015), Don Hewitt (1922-2009), Charlie Rich (1932-1995), Lee Remick (1935-1991), Ernie Davis (1939-1963), Anthony Mason (1966-2015)...

 

December 15

Traits...Success-oriented, appreciate the absurd, contemplate the impossible, strong on commitments and interests...

Present...Tim Conway (1933), Cindy Birdsong (1939), Nick Buoniconti (1940), Dave Clark (1942), Jim Leyland (1944), Carmine Appice (1946), Art Howe (1946), Don Johnson (1949), Mark Warner (1954), Helen Slater (1963), David Wingate (1963), Mo Vaughn (1967), Rodney Harrison (1972), Michelle Dockery (1981)...

Past...Nero (37-68), J.Paul Getty (1892-1976), John Hammond (1910-1987), Stan Kenton (1911-1979), Jeff Chandler (1918-1961), Alan Freed (1921-1965), Jerry Wallace (1928-2008), Jesse Belvin (1932-1960)...

 

December 16

Traits...Charming, thrive in social settings, friendly, warm and charismatic.

Present...Frank Deford (1938), Liv Ullmann (1938), Lesley Stahl (1941), Steven Bochco (1943), Terence Knox (1946), Bart Oates (1958), Jon Tenney (1961), William Perry (1962), Benjamin Bratt (1963)...

Past...Jane Austen (1775-1817), Noel Coward (1899-1973), Margaret Mead (1901-1978), Cy Leslie (1922-2008), Claudia Cohen (1950-2007), Mike Flanagan (1951-2011)...

 

December 17

Traits...Instinctive, perceptive, smart, romantic, optimistic and organized...

Present...Pope Francis (1936), Tommy Steele (1936), Chris Matthews (1945), Eugene Levy (1946), Barry Livingston (1953), Bill Pullman (1953), Bob Ojeda (1957), Albert King (1959), Michele Tafoya (1964), Vincent Damphousse (1967), Giovanni Ribisi (1974), Manny Pacquiao (1978), Chase Utley (1978)...

Past...Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979), Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987), Ray Jablonski (1926-1985), Richard Long (1927-1974), George Lindsey (1928-2012), William Safire (1929-2009), Bob Guccione (1930-2010), Dave Madden (1931-2014), Cal Ripken Sr. (1935-1999), Eddie Kendricks (1939-1992), Paul Butterfield (1942-1987)...

 

December 18 

Traits...A go-getter, never abrasive or aggressive, open, generous with a sharp sense of humor...

Present...Cicely Tyson (1924), Ramsey Clark (1927), Roger Smith (1932), Keith Richards (1943), Steven Spielberg (1946), Leonard Maltin (1950), Ray Liotta (1954), Charles Oakley (1963), Brad Pitt (1963), Stone Cold Steve Austin (1964), Don Beebe (1964), Rachel Griffiths (1968), Sia (1975), Katie Holmes (1978), Christina Aguilera (1980), Ben Watson (1980)...

Past...Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1863-1914), Joseph Stalin (1878-1953), Ty Cobb (1886-1961), Robert Moses (1888-1981), Abe Burrows (1910-1985), Jules Dassin (1911-2008), Willy Brandt (1913-1992), Betty Grable (1916-1973), Ossie Davis (1917-2005), Bill Skowron (1930-2012), Allen Klein (1931-2009), Steve Biko (1946-1977)...

 

December 19

Traits...Charming and warm, a showman, energized in social settings and likeable...

Present...Al Kaline (1934), Maurice White (1941), Tim Reid (1944), Charlie Van Dyke (1947), Kevin McHale (1957), Jennifer Beals (1963), Alberto Tomba (1966), Tom Gugliotta (1969), Alyssa Milano (1972), Warren Sapp (1972), Joe Jurevicius (1974), Jake Plummer (1974), Russell Branyan (1975), Jake Gyllenhaal (1980)...

Past...Ford Frick (1894-1978), Martin Luther King, Sr. (1899-1984), Leonid Brezhnev (1906-1982), Edith Piaf (1915-1963), Professor Longhair (1918-1980), Little Jimmy Dickens (1920-2015), David Susskind (1920-1987), Bobby Layne (1926-1986), Phil Ochs (1940-1976), Reggie White (1961-2004)...

 

December 20

Traits...Honest, caring, sacrificing, appreciative, youthful and supportive...

Present...John Hillerman (1932), Bobby Colomby (1944), Uri Geller (1946), Dick Wolf (1946), Cecil Cooper (1949), Oscar Gamble (1949), Jenny Agutter (1952), Billy Bragg (1957), Trent Tucker (1959), Rich Gannon (1965), James Shields (1981), David Wright (1982), Jonah Hill (1983)...

Past...Branch Rickey (1881-1965), Irene Dunne (1898-1990), Dennis Morgan (1908-1994), Charlie Callas (1927-2011), Bob Hayes (1942-2002), John Spencer (1946-2005), Bobby Phills (1969-2000)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep It Simple Stupid...

 

Monday, December 7, 2015

 

"Keep It Simple Stupid" was a slogan that was altered to "It's The Economy Stupid." That alteration helped elect a president. When it comes to designing websites, the original version of that slogan works just as well...

 

Inside Radio reports on a recent study conducted by performance analytics firm Soasta and The Harris Poll which found that website consumers have less interest in personalized content than a site's ease of navigation and speed. The poll surveyed 2,044 adults (18+) with 75% indicating that the leading attribute of website performance is that it's easy to navigate, and 73% selecting speed. Other factors website consumers favored were: reliability, responsiveness, no crashes and simple layout. Just 13% of internet users wanted personalized content. A spokesperson for Soasta says "While there are users who want a tailored and personalized experience, a user-friendly interface, especially one that doesn't feature that many ads is more appealing to them."...

 

Research company Undertone found that 80% of U.S. internet users say uncluttered, easy-to-read content is one of the most important factors when opting for one website over another. Sites with fewer than four ads per page are also important to 78% of respondents, while 58% said they are less likely to return to ad-cluttered sites...

 

December 7

Traits...Confident, intelligent, enterprising, mystical, ingenious, motivated...

Present...Ellen Burstyn (1932), Gerry Cheevers (1940), Johnny Bench (1947), Tom Waits (1949), Larry Bird (1956), Peter Laviolette (1964), Tino Martinez (1967), Terrell Owens (1973), Sara Bareilles (1979), Aaron Carter (1987)...

Past...Louis Prima (1910-1978), Eli Wallach (1915-2014), Ted Knight (1923-1986), Harry Chapin (1942-1981)...

 

December 8

Traits...Headstrong, change personalities, imperious, like extremes, creative and regretful...

Present...Ferdie Pacheco (1927), Bob Arum (1931), Jerry Butler (1939), James Galway (1939), Bob Brown (1941), John Rubinstein (1946), Gregg Allman (1947), Tim Foli (1950), Kim Basinger (1953), Roy Firestone (1953), Ann Coulter (1961), Teri Hatcher (1964), Sinead O'Connor (1966), Mike Mussina (1968), Dominic Monaghan (1976), Philip Rivers (1981), Nicki Minaj (1982), Dwight Howard (1985), Josh Donaldson (1985)...

Past...Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), Eli Whitney (1765-1825), James Thurber (1894-1961), Lee J. Cobb (1911-1976), Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990), Maximilian Schell (1930-2014), Flip Wilson (1933-1998), David Carradine (1936-2009), James MacArthur (1937-2010), Ed Brinkman (1941-2008), Jim Morrison (1943-1971), Dan Hartman (1950-1994), Sam Kinison (1953-1992)...

 

December 9

Traits...Assertive, open, forceful, confident, show true feelings, seek truth...

Present...Kirk Douglas (1916), Dina Merrill (1925), Buck Henry (1930), Judi Dench (1934), Beau Bridges (1941), Dick Butkus (1942), Michael Nouri (1945), Tom Kite (1949), Joan Armatrading (1950), World B. Free (1953), John Malkovich (1953), Otis Birdsong (1955), Donny Osmond (1957), Juan Samuel (1960), Felicity Huffman (1962), Kirsten Gillibrand (1966)...

Past...Tim Moore (1887-1958), Hermione Gingold (1897-1987), Emmett Kelly (1898-1979), Margaret Hamilton (1902-1985), Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1909-2000), Broderick Crawford (1911-1986), Tip O'Neill (1912-1994), Redd Foxx (1922-1991), Dick Van Patten (1928-2015), John Cassavetes (1929-1989), Morton Downey Jr. (1933-2001), Deacon Jones (1938-2013)...

 

December 10

Traits...Open, restless, honest, many interests, a Jack of all trades...

Present...Susan Dey (1952), Mark Aguirre (1959), Kenneth Branagh (1960), Nia Peeples (1961), Bobby Flay (1964)...

Past...Una Merkel (1903-1986), Chet Huntley (1911-1974), Morton Gould (1913-1996), Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996), Dan Blocker (1928-1972), Howard Smith (1936-2014), Tommy Rettig (1941-1996), Kyu Sakamoto (1941-1985), Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012)...

 

December 11

Traits...Passionate, secure, intelligent, enthusiastic, confident and loving...

Present...Rita Moreno (1931), McCoy Tyner (1938), David Gates (1940), Donna Mills (1940), John Kerry (1943), Lynda Day George (1944), Brenda Lee (1944), Teri Garr (1947), Jermaine Jackson (1954), Mo'Nique (1967), Willie McGinest (1971)...

Past...Fiorello H. La Guardia (1882-1947), Gilbert Roland (1905-1994), Carlo Ponti (1912-2007), Perez Prado (1916-1989), Doc Blanchard (1924-2009), Big Mama Thornton (1926-1984), J.P. Parise (1941-2015), J.Frank Wilson (1941-1991), Christina Onassis (1950-1988)...

 

December 12

Traits...Assertive, restless, straightforward, “honesty is the best policy”, share thoughts, feelings, concerns...

Present...Bob Barker (1923), Bob Pettit (1932), Connie Francis (1938), Dionne Warwick (1940), Emerson Fittipaldi (1946), Bill Nighy (1949), Billy Smith (1950), Cathy Rigby (1952), Sheila E. (1957), Tracy Austin (1962), Jennifer Connelly (1970), Mayim Bialik (1975)...

Past...John Jay (1745-1829), Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), Joe Williams (1918-1999), Ed Koch (1924-2013), Bill Beutel (1930-2006), Grover Washington Jr. (1943-1999)...

 

December 13

Traits...Eccentric, confident but can admit when wrong, a great leader, a sense of fun...

Present...George Shultz (1920), Dick Van Dyke (1925), Christopher Plummer (1929), Lindy McDaniel (1935), Joe Christopher (1935), J.C. Martin (1936), Ron Taylor (1937), John Davidson (1941), Ferguson Jenkins (1943), Dave Hamilton (1947), Ted Nugent (1948), Wendie Malick (1950), Ben Bernanke (1953), Dale Berra (1956), Steve Buscemi (1957), Rex Ryan (1962), Rob Ryan (1962), Mike Tirico (1966), Jamie Foxx (1967), Taylor Swift (1989)...

Past...Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882), Alvin C. York (1887-1964), Drew Pearson (1897-1969), Van Heflin (1910-1971), Archie Moore (1913-1998), Larry Doby (1923-2003), George Shuba (1924-2014), Robert Prosky (1930-2008), Lester Bangs (1948-1982)...


 

 

Howard Stern - The Radio Lifer...

 

Monday, November 30, 2015

 

Should Howard Stern re-up with SiriusXM (bet on it), he will start his 41st year in radio. Howard began pushing the envelope in 1975 in Newton (MA) at WNTN. When he graduated from Boston University he began his radio tour at small suburban stations surrounding New York on his controversial trip to bigger markets (Hartford, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and then NYC). His current contract which reportedly is worth $80 million a year will end when December does...

 

Stern recently wrapped up his 4th year and career as a judge on "America's Got Talent". Now he's talking up radio as the only career he's interesting in continuing. This is what he told the New York Daily News: "We're talking to people about the future. I'm interested in continuing working, but we'll see where it lands. You don't know till the contract's signed. I can just say I'm interested in continuing on the radio. Where I end up, I don't know yet." Did the financial end of radio surprise you Howard? "I never thought radio was a money career." Well it wasn't to about 99.9% of us Howard...

 

And what does Howard's former boss Mel Karmazin predict for Howard? "He owns it all. He doesn't have to work anymore. He could either sell his company or he could do a "Law and Order", a "Friends", a "Seinfeld" and make a whole bunch of money because everyone is in need of content." But Karmazin believes and hopes he stays put: "I think Sirius would be in a position of paying him whatever it takes to keep him. My bet would be he would stay, but I really don't have an idea"...

 

November 30:

Traits...Positive, adventure-seeker, like new experiences and people, passionate...

Present...Robert Guillaume (1927), G.Gordon Liddy (1930), Frank Ifield (1937), Ridley Scott (1937), David Mamet (1947), Mandy Patinkin (1952), Billy Idol (1955), Bo Jackson (1962), Ben Stiller (1965), Clay Aiken (1978), Shane Victorino (1980), Kaley Cuoco (1985)...

Past...Mark Twain (1835-1910), Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Gordon Parks (1912-2006), Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918-2014), Virginia Mayo (1920-2005), Allen Sherman (1924-1973), Richard Crenna (1926-2003), Dick Clark (1929-2012), Bill Walsh (1931-2007), Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989), June Pointer (1953-2006)...

 

December 1:

Traits...Resourceful, energetic, witty, imaginative, creative and cheerful...

Present...Billy Paul (1934), Woody Allen (1935), Lee Trevino (1939), Bette Midler (1945), Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946), George Foster (1948), Treat Williams (1951), Candace Bushnell (1958), Charlene Tilton (1958), Carol Alt (1960), Larry Walker (1966), Sarah Silverman (1970), Janelle Monae (1985), Zoe Kravitz (1988), Chanel Iman (1990)...

Past...Marie Tussaud (1761-1850), Cyril Ritchard (1897-1977), Walter Alston (1911-1984), Calvin Griffith (1911-1999), Mary Martin (1913-1990), Marty Marion (1917-2011), Dick Shawn (1923-1987), David Doyle (1929-1997), Lou Rawls (1933-2006), Richard Pryor (1940-2005), Jaco Pastorius (1951-1987)...

 

December 2:

Traits...Adventurous, straightforward, positive, enjoy interacting, passionate...

Present...Dan Jenkins (1929), Harry Reid (1939), Cathy Lee Crosby (1944), Dan Butler (1954), Stone Phillips (1954), Lucy Liu (1968), Monica Seles (1973), Britney Spears (1981), Aaron Rodgers (1983), Charlie Puth (1991)...

Past...Adolph Green (1914-2002), Sylvia Syms (1917-1992), Maria Callas (1923-1977), Alexander Haig (1924-2010), Julie Harris (1925-2013), Pedro Borbon (1946-2012), Gianni Versace (1946-1997), Darryl Kile (1968-2002)...

 

December 3:

Traits...Personality plus, charm, good looks, sex appeal, love the good life, spiritual...

Present...Jaye P. Morgan (1931), Bobby Allison (1937), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), Rick Mears (1951), Franz Klammer (1953), Daryl Hannah (1960), Julianne Moore (1960), Katarina Witt (1965), Brendan Fraser (1968), Holly Marie Combs (1973), Anna Chlumsky (1980), Andy Grammer (1983), Amanda Seyfried (1985)...

Past...Ferlin Husky (1925-2011), Andy Williams (1927-2012), Terri Schiavo (1963-2005), Darryl Hamilton (1964-2015)...

 

December 4:

Traits...Inspirational, determined, adaptable, devoted, inventive and passionate...

Present...Wink Martindale (1934), Max Baer Jr. (1937), Freddy Cannon (1939), Chris Hillman (1944), Southside Johnny (1948), Jeff Bridges (1949), Patricia Wettig (1951), Bernard King (1956), Sergey Bubka (1963), Marisa Tomei (1964), Fred Armisen (1966), Jay-Z (1969), Tyra Banks (1973)...

Past...Deanna Durbin (1921-2013), Horst Buchholz (1933-2003), Dennis Wilson (1944-1983)...

 

December 5:

Traits...Enthusiastic, analytical, helpful, romantic, respected and honest...

Present...Little Richard (1932), Andy Kim (1946), Jim Messina (1947), Jim Plunkett (1947), Morgan Brittany (1951), Art Monk (1957), Doctor Dre (1963), Margaret Cho (1968), Cliff Floyd (1972), Frankie Muniz (1985)...

Past...Martin Van Buren (1782-1862), George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876), Fritz Lang (1890-1976), Walt Disney (1901-1966), Strom Thurmond (1902-2003), Otto Preminger (1906-1986), J.J. Cale (1938-2013), Carrie Hamilton (1963-2002)...

 

December 6:

Traits...Soft-spoken, kind, a natural mediator, positive, pleasant to know and nice to be around...

Present...Larry Bowa (1945), JoBeth Williams (1948), Dwight Stones (1953), Steven Wright (1955), Janine Turner (1962), Judd Apatow (1967), Johnny Manziel (1992)...

Past...Eleanor Holm (1913-2004), Dave Brubeck (1920-2012), Otto Graham (1921-2003), Wally Cox (1924-1973), Bobby Van (1928-1980), Mike Smith (1943-2008), Doug Marlette (1949-2007)...


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adele Says "No"...

 

Monday, November 23, 2015

 

So how do you like Adele's new album Spotify and Apple Music subscribers? What, you can't stream it? What is this free world coming to? Just before Adele's first new album in 5 years, "25", was released, the Brit megastar followed the lead and precedent already set by Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. Those two superstars also refused to meet the terms of music services for how those companies want their music to be consumed...

 

And why did they opt for that decision? Because they can. Superstars demand - companies comply. As the New York Times reports, most artists have no choice but to stream and agree to the terms set by the services. Adele was personally involved with the decision. "This is a minor issue for Adele but a major issue for the streaming services" according to Mark Mulligan, a digital media analyst with Midia Research. "For two years they've not had the biggest album of the year."...

 

Adele's "25" is on its way to being one of the biggest hits in years. Billboard says the album is expected to sell about 2.5 million units in its first week in the U.S. The last album to have sales at that level in its first week was 'N Sync's "No Strings Attached" which moved over 2.4 million copies in early 2000. Bet on Adele to pass that mark even without Spotify, Apple Music and the like...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/23) Jack McKeon (1930), Luis Tiant (1940), Bruce Vilanch (1948), Tom Joyner (1949), Chuck Schumer (1950), Bruce Hornsby (1954), Robin Roberts (1960), Malik Rose (1974), Jonathan Papelbon (1980), Miley Cyrus (1992)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (3) (11/26), Hanukkah (13) (12/6), Winter (28) (12/21), Christmas (33) (12/25)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/24) Bob Friend (1930), Oscar Robertson (1938), Paul Tagliabue (1940), Pete Best (1941), Billy Connolly (1942), Dave Bing (1943), Lee Michaels (1945), Steve Yeager (1948), Linda Tripp (1949), Stanley Livingston (1950), Keith Primeau (1971), Colin Hanks (1977), Katherine Heigl (1978), Sarah Hyland (1990)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (2) (11/26), Hanukkah (12) (12/6), Winter (27) (12/21), Christmas (32) (12/25)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/25) Kathryn Crosby (1933), Joe Gibbs (1940), Bob Lind (1942), Ben Stein (1944), John Larroquette (1947), Bruno Tonioli (1955), Amy Grant (1960), Chip Kelly (1963), Bernie Kosar (1963), Cris Carter (1965), Billy Burke (1966), Jill Hennessy (1968), Christina Applegate (1971), Donovan McNabb (1976), Barbara Pierce Bush (1981), Jenna Bush Hager (1981), Joey Chestnut (1983)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (1) (11/26), Hanukkah (11) (12/6), Winter (26) (12/21), Christmas (31) (12/25)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/26) Rich Little (1938), Tina Turner (1939), Jean Terrell (1944), John McVie (1945), Art Shell (1946), Roger Wehrli (1947), Harry Carson (1953), Harold Reynolds (1960), Chuck Finley (1962), Shawn Kemp (1969), Chris Osgood (1972), Natasha Bedingfield (1981)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (Today) (11/26), Hanukkah (10) (12/6), Winter (25) (12/21), Christmas (30) (12/25)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/27) Gail Sheehy (1937), Dave Giusti (1939), Kathryn Bigelow (1951), Bill Nye (1955), Caroline Kennedy (1957), Mike Scioscia (1958), Robin Givens (1964), Michael Vartan (1968), Ivan Rodriguez (1971), Nick Van Exel (1971), Samantha Harris (1973), Jaleel White (1976), Jimmy Rollins (1978)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Hanukkah (9) (12/6), Winter (24) (12/21), Christmas (29) (12/25)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/28) Berry Gordy Jr. (1929), Gato Barbieri (1932), Gary Hart (1936), Bruce Channel (1940), Manolo Blahnik (1942), Paul Warfield (1942), Randy Newman (1943), Dick Morris (1948), Paul Shaffer (1949), Ed Harris (1950), S.Epatha Merkerson (1952), Sixto Lezcano (1953), Dave Righetti (1958), Judd Nelson (1959), Jon Stewart (1962), Matt Williams (1965)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Hanukkah (8) (12/6), Winter (23) (12/21), Christmas (28) (12/25)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/29) Jackie Stallone (1921), Vin Scully (1927), John Mayall (1933), Diane Ladd (1935), Meco (1939), Chuck Mangione (1940), Bill Freehan (1941), Felix Cavaliere (1942), Suzy Chaffee (1946), Garry Shandling (1949), Joel Coen (1954), Howie Mandel (1955), Janet Napolitano (1957), Howard Johnson (1960), Andrew McCarthy (1962), Don Cheadle (1964), Mariano Rivera (1969), Jamal Mashburn (1972), Anna Faris (1976), Russell Wilson (1988)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Hanukkah (7) (12/6), Winter (22) (12/21), Christmas (27) (12/25)...

 


 

 

Black Friday Forecast...

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 

The first thing you have to recognize about Black Friday (which used to be the day following Thanksgiving) is that it's starting earlier every year...

 

Amazon got a Black Friday head start this year on November 1 with their "Countdown to Black Friday" sale. The Times Union quotes Eric Jones of BestblackFriday.com: "More stores will continue to put less focus on "Black Friday Week" with sales starting earlier. The National Retail Federation expects November and December retail sales to increase a healthy 3.7% to $630.7 billion, a jump from the 10-year average yearly increase of 2.5%. "The economy is improving with more jobs being created and consumer confidence rebounding" says Matthew Shay, NRF's CEO/President...

 

The best product buys whether shopping in-store (does anyone do that anymore?) or online (look for free shipping): HDTVs: (32-inch sets will sell for around $70 on Black Friday and 50-inch TVs could be priced as low as ($175), Tablets: (Amazon is already offering 7-inch Kindle Fire tablets for $49, the HD 6 model is priced as low as $60 (regular price is $99), Samsung Galaxy tablets will start at $90 and average out at about $250), Apple products: (Sales on all iPads and smartphones), Laptops: (Deals will start as low as $95 with an average price of around $300). Video Games: (Xbox One and Play Station 4 will average about $300). Toys: (Average discount will be about 35%) and Clothing: (Average overall discount will be 49%)...

 

Shop till you drop? The next sound you hear will be your head exploding... 

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/18) Brenda Vaccaro (1939), Linda Evans (1942), Susan Sullivan (1942), Kevin Nealon (1953), Elizabeth Perkins (1960), Jamie Moyer (1962), Dante Bichette (1963), Rita Cosby (1964), Gary Sheffield (1968), Owen Wilson (1968), Sam Cassell (1969), Megyn Kelly (1970), David Ortiz (1975)...(11/18) Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Thanksgiving (8) (11/26), Hanukkah (18) (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/19) Alan Young (1919), Larry King (1933), Jerry Sheindlin (1933), Jack Welch (1935), Dick Cavett (1936), Ted Turner (1938), Dan Haggerty (1941), Calvin Klein (1942), Ahmad Rashad (1949), Ann Curry (1956), Michael Wilbon (1958), Allison Janney (1959), Meg Ryan (1961), Jodie Foster (1962), Rocco DiSpirito (1966), Savion Glover (1973)...(11/19) Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Thanksgiving (7) (11/26), Hanukkah (17) (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/20) Kaye Ballard (1925), Estelle Parsons (1927), Don January (1929), Dick Smothers (1939), Joe Biden (1942), Bob Einstein (1942), Norman Greenbaum (1942), Veronica Hamel (1943), Rick Monday (1945), Judy Woodruff (1946), Joe Walsh (1947), Richard Masur (1948), Steve Dahl (1954), Bo Derek (1956), Mark Gastineau (1956), Sean Young (1959)...(11/20) Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Thanksgiving (6) (11/26), Hanukkah (16) (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/21) Joseph Campanella (1924), Laurence Luckinbill (1934), Marlo Thomas (1937), Dr. John (1940), Juliet Mills (1941), Earl Monroe (1944), Goldie Hawn (1945), George Zimmer (1948), Lorna Luft (1952), Tina Brown (1953), Cedric Maxwell (1955), Nicollette Sheridan (1963), Olden Polynice (1964), Bjork (1965), Troy Aikman (1966), Ken Griffey Jr. (1969), Michael Strahan (1971), Carly Rae Jepsen (1985)...(11/21) Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Thanksgiving (5) (11/26), Hanukkah (15) (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (11/22) Robert Vaughn (1932), Jesse Colin Young (1941), Yvan Cournoyer (1943), Billie Jean King (1943), Sandy Alderson (1947), Steven Van Zandt (1950), Richard Kind (1956), Donny Deutsch (1957), Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Mariel Hemingway (1961), Boris Becker (1967), Mark Ruffalo (1967), Scarlett Johansson (1984), Oscar Pistorius (1986)...(11/22) Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Thanksgiving (4) (11/26), Hanukkah (14) (12/6)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Traditional Radio Is Mobile's Best Buy...

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

 

A full 93% of Americans are reached weekly by AM/FM radio. Research Director Inc. tells us about a recent report released by Advertiser Perceptions, with help from Nielsen numbers, that finds that more than nine out of ten Americans listen to radio...

 

Comparing radio's mobile reach with other forms of media or devices, radio should be choice #1 for advertisers. While pure play sources like Pandora, Spotify and others offer a listening alternative, AM/FM shares are 9 times greater than the former and 17 times larger that the latter. And listeners don't choose traditional radio solely for music, they also listen to news and information, wherever they are (in-car or at work)...

 

Broken down into share of audio time spent (Source: Nielsen Q2 2015): AM/FM (52%), Owned Music (15%), Pandora (6%), Sirius XM (6%), Music Videos on YouTube (6%), TV Music Channels (5%), Other Streaming Audio (4%), Spotify (3%), Podcasts (2%) and Other (1%)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/9) Vanessa Minnillo (35), Nick Lachey (42), Lou Ferrigno (64), Robert David Hall (68), Bob Gibson (80) & Whitey Herzog (84)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Veteran's Day (2) (11/11) & Thanksgiving (18) (11/26)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/10) Emily Blythe Crowe (4), Miranda Lambert (32), Tracy Morgan (47), Mackenzie Phillips (56), Sinbad (59), Bob Stanley (61), Ann Reinking (66), Dave Loggins (68) & Greg Lake (68)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Veteran's Day (1) (11/11) & Thanksgiving (17) (11/26)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/11) Leonardo Di Caprio (41), Calista Flockhart (51), Demi Moore (53), Stanley Tucci (55) & Warner Wolf (78)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Veteran's Day (Today) (11/11) & Thanksgiving (16) (11/26)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/12) Anne Hathaway (33), Tonya Harding (45), Nadia Comaneci (54), Neil Young (70), Al Michaels (71), Booker T. Jones (71), Bryan Hyland (72) & Ruby Nash Garnett (76)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (15) (11/26) & (24) Hanukkah (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/13) Gerard Butler (46), Jimmy Kimmel (48), Whoopi Goldberg (60), Chris Noth (61), Joe Mantegna (68) & Garry Marshall (81)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (14) (11/26) & (23) Hanukkah (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/14) Josh Duhamel (43), Curt Schilling (49), Condoleezza Rice (61), Prince Charles (67), Stanley Dural Jr. aka Buckwheat Zydeco (68) & Jimmy Piersall (86)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (13) (11/26) & (22) Hanukkah (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/15) Frida Lyngstad (70), Sam Waterston (75), Yaphet Kotto (76), Petula Clark (83), Ed Asner (86) & Judge Joseph Wapner (96)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (12) (11/26) & (21) Hanukkah (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/16) Oksana Baiul (38), Maggie Gyllenhaal (38), Lisa Bonet (48), Diana Krall (51), Dwight Gooden (51), Marg Helgenberger (57), Jo Jo White (69) & Clu Gulager (87)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (11) (11/26) & (20) Hanukkah (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/17) RuPaul (55), Chris Daly (61), John Boehner (66), Tom Seaver (71), Lorne Michaels (71), Danny DeVito (71), Martin Scorsese (73), Bob Gaudio (73) & Gordon Lightfoot (77)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Thanksgiving (10) (11/26) & (19) Hanukkah (12/6)...


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nielsen Metrics Delay...

 

Monday, November 2, 2015

 

 Nielsen claims that total audience measurement is coming by the end of the year. They don't say what year. The audience measurement would cover digital views in both TV and Radio. So what's taking so long???

 

Lynda Clarizio, president of U.S. media for Nielsen: " (We are)Trying to create a level playing field between television and video with like-for-like metrics. We want the same numbers to be out there." This holds true for radio as well. The problem, if there is one, is how to accurately measure millennials, the most difficult of all audiences for advertisers to reach. "They are less prepared to spend money and most resistant to interruption by advertising" says Steve Hasker, the company's global president...

 

Clarizio explains why Nielsen has been taking so long: "It's complex to measure across all these different devices and platforms. It requires all these different methodologies." The American Association of Advertising Agencies is continuing to consider methodology required to get an accurate measurement. Leaders on the 4A's measurement and media buying committees are assessing terrestrial and streamed radio measurement metrics. Inside Radio reports that Hasker told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in mid-September that agencies were either still forming an opinion or haven't been prepared to publicly voice it...

 

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/2) David Schwimmer (49), k.d. lang (54), J.D. Souther (70), Stephanie Powers (73), Pat Buchanan (77) & David Blatt aka Jay Black (77)...(11/2) Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Election Day (1) (11/3) & Veteran's Day (9)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/3) Elizabeth Smart (28), Shadoe Stevens (39?), Phil Simms (61), Adam Ant (61), Dennis Miller (62), Kate Capshaw (62), Roseanne Barr (63), Dwight Evans (64), Anna Wintour (66), Larry Holmes (66), Lulu (67) & Michael Dukakis (82)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until), Election Day (Today) (11/3) & Veteran's Day (8)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/4) Vince Wilfork (34), Bethenny Frankel (45), Matthew McConaughey (46), Sean Combs (46), Jeff Probst (54), Kathy Griffin (55), Markie Post (65), Laura Bush (69), Loretta Swit (78) & Doris Roberts (90)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Veteran's Day (7)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/5) Johnny Damon (42), Tatum O'Neal (52), Bryan Adams (56), Kris Jenner (60), Bill Walton (63), Peter Noone (68), Art Garfunkel (74) & Elke Sommer (75)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Veteran's Day (7)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/6) Emma Stone (27), Rebecca Romijn (43), Ethan Hawke (45), Kelly Rutherford (47), Maria Shriver (60), Glenn Frey (67), Sally Field (69), Eugene Pitt (78) & Stonewall Jackson (83)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Veteran's Day (6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/7) Keith Lockhart (56), Christopher Knight (58), David Petraeus (63), Joni Mitchell (72), Johnny Rivers (73) & Rev. Billy Graham (97)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Veteran's Day (5)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/8) Jack Osbourne (30), Gretchen Mol (43), Gordon Ramsey (49), Rickie Lee Jones (61), Jerry Remy (63), Alfre Woodard (63), Mary Hart (65), Bonnie Raitt (66), Angel Cordero Jr. (73), Morley Safer (84) & Norman Lloyd (101)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Veteran's Day (4)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pandora Gets Soaked...

 

October 26, 2015

 

Remember that quirky ruling that internet music services must pay for pre-1972 songs? Pandora will, especially if they get down to their final $90 million in operating expenses. Pandora has agreed to pay major U.S. record labels that $90 million for streaming pre-1972 music not covered under federal copyright laws. According to ARS Technica, those songs are covered by state-level copyrights in areas including New York and California but not federally...

This marks the second big royalty payout for the RIAA (Recoding Industry Association of America) following its $210 million settlement with SiriusXM. The Pandora settlement covers the music service on all pre-1972 music through the end of 2016. Then Pandora must reach another licensing deal with the RIAA should it choose to continue to play pre-1972 hits...The two parties continue to be engaged in a dispute at the Copyright Royalty Board about how much Pandora should pay per song. This settlement doesn't affect that ongoing dispute...

Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews: "Pandora is excited to have found resolution with these record labels. We pursued this settlement in order to move the conversation forward and continue to foster a better, collaborative relationship with the labels." What McAndrews really meant to say: "I wish I had a 6-pack of Foster's to make me forget about this settlement." 

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/26) Sasha Cohen (31), Seth MacFarlane (42), Keith Urban (48), Rita Wilson (59), Hillary Clinton (68), Pat Sajak (69) & Jaclyn Smith (70)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until)  World Series (1) (10/27), NBA Opener (1) (10/27), Halloween (5) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (5) (10/31), NYC Marathon (6) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (16) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/27) Kelly Osborne (31), Matt Drudge (49), Simon LeBon (57), Roberto Benigni (63), John Cleese (76) & Nanette Fabray (95)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) World Series (Game 1) (Tonight), NBA Opener (Tonight) (10/27), Halloween (4) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (4) (10/31), Back to Standard Time (5) (11/1), NYC Marathon (5) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (15) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/28) Joaquin Phoenix (41), Brad Paisley (43), Julia Roberts (48), Bill Gates (60), Annie Potts (63), Caitlin Jenner (66), Wayne Fontana (70), Dennis Franz (71), Lenny Wilkens (78) & Charlie Daniels (79)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) World Series (Game 2) (Tonight), Halloween (3) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (3) (10/31), NYC Marathon (4) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (14) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/29) Lenny Bronstein (39?), Winona Ryder (44), Kate Jackson (67), Richard Dreyfuss (68), Melba Moore (70) & Denny Laine (71)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Halloween (2) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (2) (10/31), NYC Marathon (3) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (13) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/30) Ivanka Trump (34), Matthew Morrison (37), Harry Hamlin (64), Henry Winkler (70), Otis Williams (74), Grace Slick (76) & Eddie Holland Jr. (76)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) World Series (Game 3) (Tonight), Halloween (1) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (1) (10/31), NYC Marathon (2) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (12) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/31) Robert Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice (48), Dermot Mulroney (52), Peter Jackson (54), Nick Saban (64), Jane Pauley (65), David Ogden Stiers (73), Tom Paxton (78), Dan Rather (84) & Lee Grant (89)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) World Series (Game 4) (Tonight), Halloween (Tonight) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (Today) (10/31), NYC Marathon (1) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (11) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (11/1) Arthur Katz (39?), Jenny McCarthy (43), Lyle Lovett (58), David Foster (66), Jim Steinman (67), Kinky Friedman (71), Larry Flint (73), Bill Anderson (78) & Gary Player (80)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) World Series (Game 5) (Tonight), NYC Marathon (Today) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (10) (11/11)...


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something Radio Will Never Do...

 

Monday, October 19, 2015

 

Political advertising is expected to bring in over $4 billion in media ad revenue. You can count on radio to fight for its share of that bounty. One media company that wants no part of the negativity attached to ads by politicos whose photos are one step away from post office walls is National CineMedia...

Adweek reports that CineMedia is designating its 1,600 movie theaters "politics-free zones." Company president of sales and marketing, Cliff Marks says NCM intends to keep its theaters free from the "sea of negative ads" that viewers will likely be buried in over the next year. This was not an easy decision for NCM with its national reach and average weekly audience translating to a Nielsen rating over 7.0 among advertisers 18-49...

"Nobody wants to walk away from what will surely be a $4 billion market." Marks adds that it's more important to keep the movie-going experience entertaining and maintain a safe haven for NCM's other advertisers. "We think brands are going to get really sick of having their image and their brand projected next to these negative ads. How is anybody going to remember your brand and your message?"

I don't have an answer to that question but I do know that radio would like to find out... 

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/19) Chris Kattan (45), Amy Carter (48), Ty Pennington (51), Evander Holyfield (53), John Lithgow (70), Larry Chance (75), Peter Max (78) & John le Carre (84)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALCS Playoffs (Tonight), NBA Opener (8) (10/27), Halloween (12) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (12) (10/31), NYC Marathon (13) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (23) (11/11)......

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/20) Snoop Dogg (44), Keith Hernandez (62), Tom Petty (65), Wanda Jackson (78) & Juan Marichal (78)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALCS/NLCS Playoffs (Today/Tonight), NBA Opener (7) (10/27), Halloween (11) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (11) (10/31), NYC Marathon (12) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (22) (11/11)... 

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/21) Kim Kardashian (35), Frann Vettor Gray (39?), Mark Driscoll (39?), Carrie Fisher (59), Benjamin Netanyahu (66), Judge Judy (Sheindlin) (73), Steve Cropper (74), Manfred Mann (75), Whitey Ford (87) & Joyce Randolph (91)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALCS/NLCS Playoffs (Today/Tonight), NBA Opener (6) (10/27), Halloween (10) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (10) (10/31), NYC Marathon (11) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (21) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/22) Jesse Tyler Ferguson (40), Jeff Goldblum (63), Deepak Chopra (68), Eddie Brigati (70), Leslie West (70), Catherine Deneuve (72), Tony Roberts (76) & Christopher Lloyd (77)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) NLCS Playoffs (1) (No game tonight) NBA Opener (5) (10/27), Halloween (9) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (9) (10/31), NYC Marathon (10) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (20) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/23) Ryan Reynolds (39), Michelle Beadle (40), Doug Flutie (53), Weird Al Yankovic (56), Nancy Grace (56), Brian Ross (67), Chi-Chi Rodriguez (80) & Sen. Jim Bunning (84)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALCS Playoffs (Tonight), NBA Opener (4) (10/27), Halloween (8) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (8) (10/31), NYC Marathon (9) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (19) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/24) Kevin Kline (68), F. Murray Abraham (76), Bill Wyman (79) & Y.A. Title (89)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALCS/NLCS Playoffs (Today/Tonight), NBA Opener (3) (10/27), Halloween (7) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (7) (10/31), NYC Marathon (8) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (18) (11/11)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/25) Katy Perry (31), Pedro Martinez (44), Mike Eruzione (61), Dave Cowens (67), James Carville (71), Helen Reddy (74), Bob Knight (75), Marion Ross (87) & Barbara Cook (88)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) NLCS Playoffs (Tonight), NBA Opener (2) (10/27), Halloween (6) (10/31), Breeder's Cup Classic (6) (10/31), NYC Marathon (7) (11/1) & Veteran's Day (17) (11/11)...


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Time Of The Season For Sports...

 

Monday, October 12, 2015 (Columbus Day)

 

This is the season sports fans live for - the baseball playoffs, football and hockey whip the fanatics into a frenzy and radio is the beneficiary...A new Nielsen PPM study shows the results. Since August the sports format has seen steady growth with listeners 6+ gaining from 4.4% to 4.6% month-over-month. The jump for the 25-54 demographic is 4.9% to 5.1%. Even more telling is that the format coincides with last year's pace. Fall 2014 was a high point for sports radio in PPM and this fall is set to establish more records...A glance at the sports pages offers the following menu for the talking heads of the format and the fanatics who simply can't get enough of what they consider a good thing: College Football, NFL, MLB Playoffs ending in the World Series, NHL and the NBA which joins the lineup at the end of October. And there's more. Major Golf Tournaments, Thoroughbred Racing's Gold Cup, Soccer, Boxing and Tennis. And to the avid sports fan who may follow a sport that I didn't mention, forgive me. This is your time of the year. Enjoy it...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/12) Bode Miller (38), Hugh Jackman (47), Susan Anton (65), Chris Wallace (68), Sam Moore (80), Tony Kubek (80) & Dick Gregory (83)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALDS & NLDS Playoffs (Today/Tonight) , Columbus Day (Today) (10/12) & Halloween (19) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/13) Paul Pierce (38), Sacha Baron Cohen (44), Billy Bush (44), Nancy Kerrigan (46), Kate Walsh (48), Doc Rivers (54), Marie Osmond (56), Mike Barnicle (72), Jerry Jones (73), Paul Simon (74) & Bruce Morrow (80)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) NLDS Playoffs (Today/Tonight), NBA Opener (14) (10/27) & Halloween (18) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/14) Stacy Keibler (36), Usher (37), Stephen A. Smith (48), Isaac Mizrahi (64), Justin Hayward (69), Cliff Richard (75), Ralph Lauren (76), John Dean (77) & Roger Moore (88)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALDS Playoffs (Today/Tonight), NBA Opener (13) (10/27) & Halloween (17) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/15) Emeril Lagasse (56), Sarah Ferguson (56), Richard Carpenter (69), Penny Marshall (73), Linda Lavin (78), Barry McGuire (78) & Lee Iacocca (91)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) NLDS Playoffs (Today/Tonight), NBA Opener (12) (10/27) & Halloween (16) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/16) John Mayer (38), Tim Robbins (57), Suzanne Somers (69), Tim McCarver (74), Charles Dolan (89) & Angela Lansbury (90)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALCS Playoffs (Today/Tonight), NBA Opener (11) (10/27), & Halloween (15) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/17) Eminem (43), Wyclef Jean (46), Ziggy Marley (47), Mike Judge (53), George Wendt (67), Margot Kidder (67), Michael McKean (68), Gary Puckett (73) Jimmy Breslin (85) & Julie Adams (89)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALCS & NLCS Playoffs (Today/Tonight), NBA Opener (10) (10/27) & Halloween (14) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/18) Bristol Palin (25), Zac Efron (28), Lindsey Vonn (31), Freida Pinto (31), Rachel Nichols (42), Wynton Marsalis (54), Jean-Claude Van Damme (55), Chris Russo (56), Martina Navratilova (59), Mike Ditka (76), Keith Jackson (87) & Chuck Berry (89)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) NLCS Playoffs (Today/Tonight), NBA Opener (9) (10/27) & Halloween (13) (10/31)...


 

 

 

 

 

Radio's ROI Numbers Are Impressive...

 

October 5, 2015

Radio's survival will depend in great part on how its ROI (Return-on-Investment) numbers stack up. Radio just received a good report card. A new Nielsen study shows advertisers the strength of the ancient-yet-relevant medium...

Nielsen's Carol Edwards announced that her company's independent study looked at four major campaigns, done by four major department store brands. The results of the study found that radio delivered $17 in sales for every $1 in advertising spent. The study also showed exposure to a radio campaign drove a 10% increase in overall sales, 3% increase in the total number of buyers and a 6% increase in dollars spent per buyer. The study was done across 48 PPM markets...

"We looked at how people were exposed to the campaign on radio, versus normal spend for those brands in the marketplace, and we compared the spending. We were able to calculate return on ad spend by looking at the incremental lift that people exposed to the campaign on radio had in spending versus the investment that was made in radio. That's where we came up with the $17 return for every dollar spent."

The campaign included a 70,000-person PPM panel...

  

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/5) Jesse Eisenberg (32), Kate Winslet (40), Mario Lemieux (50), Bob Geldof (64), Karen Allen (64), Bill James (66), Steve Miller (72), Arlene Smith (74) & Bill Dana (91)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) AL Wildcard (1) (10/6), NL Wildcard (2) (10/7), Columbus Day (7) (10/12) & Halloween (26) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/6) Rebecca Lobo (42), Elisabeth Shue (52), Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd (56), Kevin Cronin (64), Les Moonves (66), Millie Small (69) & Bruno Sammartino (80)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) AL Wildcard (Tonight) (10/6), NL Wildcard (1) (10/7), NHL opener (1) (10/7)  Columbus Day (6) (10/12) & Halloween (25) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/7) Toni Braxton (48), Simon Cowell (56), Yo-Yo Ma (60), John Mellencamp (64), Oliver North (72), Joy Behar (73), Desm