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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 Passion Of Music Radio Listeners...

 

Monday, November 28, 2016

 

In this hodge-podge world of audio music choices available almost everywhere, at any time, how much passion is involved for listeners in making those choices? Apparently a lot according to Bridge Ratings which has recently conducted a study about it. Bridge broke down the passion level by format:

  • CHR: Passion for pop music has remained consistent for the 16 years that Bridge has surveyed listeners. What has changed is the number of weekly occasions of listening. The slide downward began in 2006, before the alternative methods of listening to pop music became available. "The gap between the Passion index and the Tune-In Listening Occasions represents growth potential" - Dave Van Dyke, president of the research firm...
  • Country: Passion for country music has never been higher. But "as well programmed as country radio stations are, the passion for the music and the number of times listeners tune-in each day has slipped." This began in 2010 and showed that the country music life group is not as satisfied with country radio as it could be...
  • Alternative Rock: There was a divide found between passion for the music category's alternative, punk, indie, rock and alt pop vs. satisfaction levels by the stations Bridge studied. "Despite the drop-off, the passion for the music is only 14% lower than it was in 2000 while tune-in to these radio stations on average has dipped faster after a high in 2007", according to Bridge...
  • Urban Contemporary: This format stands apart as "an example of well-aligned radio to its audience" says Bridge. The firm finds "Passion for the music and tune-in occasions have followed similar growth trajectories since 2000 and today the format is performing better than ever." ...
Only 44% of programmers used some form of music research in 2016. Bridge recommends that all music station programmers should use music research. 70% of the group that doesn't use music research depends on published airplay charts to choose and manage playlists. I thought that only music stations in the 50s did that as I did at my first station...
 
Van Dyke issues a warning: "The disconnect between listener expectations and radio's music programming provides an opportunity. It's no secret that with all the entertainment options available, traditional radio has competition for the short attention span of most listeners. A return to investment in the product in the form of research, talent and marketing could resolve or at least halt the deterioration in listener commitment to radio stations that play music they are passionate about." ...
 

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

  • We need more people in radio who are passionate about the medium...
  • Do invite Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to the same party...
  • Chuck Schumer is now the most influential Democrat in Washington. Does that mean egg creams on the house in the Congressional lunch room??? 
  • J.K. Rowling is so hot with "Fantastic Beasts" she has nothing to lose by telling us what J.K. stands for...
  • First they trade him and now they're drooling and dangling millions to get him back. "They" are the Yankees and "him" is Aroldis Chapman...
  • A terminally ill 14-year old in the U.K. was allowed to die by being cryo-preserved. I hope this doesn't spread to the U.S....
  • Leave me out of the conversation about who Brad Pitt is now dating, OK???
  • I just read that the Russians aren't the only ones posting fake news but that might be fake news...
  • The media seems to act astounded that Donald Trump uses Twitter. The social network has only been around since 2006 and has about 310 million monthly users...
  • It would be fun to walk into a clothing store where the sales people are doing the mannequin challenge...

 

 

 

 

 

AM/FM Is Still King Of The Road...

 

November 21, 2016

 

A new study finds in-car digital and mobile audio is making gains but AM/FM radio is still what drives America. While younger demos are pushing in-car listening in digital directions, traditional AM/FM radio still owns the road, according to a newly released LOOP study ("In-Car Music Listening On The Road" Topliner)...

 

The survey was based on answers supplied by 3,014 U.S. respondents. It shows that drivers and passengers aged 34 and younger are more likely to listen to digital audio in-car, with 28% saying they listened to streaming internet radio in-car over the previous week and 28% saying the same of digital files. The numbers are higher than those for the general population, of which 15% said they had listened to streaming internet radio over the previous week in-car while 18% said the same of digital files. The 34 and under audience likes its audio on the digital side with more car dashboards accommodating their desires. 43% of respondents aged 34 and younger are able to play mobile audio in their cars and 55% of users in that demo use it every day, compared to 48% of the general population...

 

As impressive as the digital numbers are, traditional AM/FM radio has showed resilience against the onslaught of digital formats. Three quarters (75%) of all U.S. drivers and passengers say they had listened to traditional radio in their cars during the previous week. Traditional radio is trumping (you should pardon the expression) CD players as the in-car audio format of choice. Only 38% of U.S. drivers and passengers saying they had used a CD player in their car over the same time period. Only 23% of in-car CD player owners used them to listen to music every day...

 

James Donio, President of Music Biz: "Outside of their homes, most Americans listen to music in the car and it's important that we understand their preferences in this unique environment so we can give them a compelling experience." The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is a membership organization that advances and promotes music commerce...

 

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

  • It won't stay this way forever but old habits die slowly. Most people still choose to turn on their radio as soon as they get in their car...
  • The real reason most researchers failed to pick the right winner of the presidential election is that research is only as good as the data supplied by respondents and lots of people polled didn't say they would vote for Trump...
  • I like my martial arts stirred not mixed...
  • There's more in-fighting going on in Washington, D.C. than Pitt-Jolie...
  • The name Conor Mc Gregor sounds like it belongs to a tough guy, doesn't it???
  • Too bad the Super Moon didn't arrive on February 5, 2017...
  • "This Is Us" continues to be a delightfully smart adult TV series stuffed with real compassion...
  • Worth reading: "The Book Of Joy" written by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams... 
  • I love Taylor Swift but do we really care if she's dating Drake, Calvin Harris,Tom Hiddleston or Eddie Redmayne???
  • I hope the NFL doesn't stop the kindergarten-like dancing of the players. This is a good way to check both the adulthood and intelligence of your favorite players...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Ratings Period Changes...

 

November 14, 2016

 

I'm not a fan of radio stations' playing so much Christmas music and starting it earlier every year. To accommodate all that seasonal music, Nielsen is adding an additional week to measure the holiday season. But not every programmer is pleased with that decision...

 

This year's Holiday ratings period runs December 1 through January 4. Many of the Christmas music stations will most likely be back to regular music for more than a week before the survey ends. PD Chuck Knight of WBEB Philadelphia told Inside Radio why he's not happy with that idea: "With Nielsen expanding the Holiday Monthly by adding Week 5 (the additional week), all Christmas music stations are going to look like they're down this year. Week 5 will water down the Monthly with 10 days of after-Christmas, non-holiday programming this year vs. five in 2015." In 2015 the four-week Holiday PPM period ended on December 30...

 

While Nielsen hasn't disclosed why it added a week to the Holiday period this year, it's assumed to be an effort to bring the dates of its 13 PPM surveys more in line with each month's calendar dates. In 2017, the Holiday survey will revert to a four-week period...

 

This reminds me very much of the days that radio stations would load up a huge contest to coincide with the start of a rating period until rating services started non-stop rating periods throughout the year. As effective as Christmas music is to stations that start seasonal music early and don't end it until Christmas is over, the advantage goes to the station that does it by giving that station inflated ratings. Deliberate or not, rating these stations to include the period when they've stopped playing Christmas music will bring a more level playing field to all stations... 

 

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

  • The annual heavy dose of Christmas music brings a spike in ratings but it's bad programming...
  • I miss all the political adds as nasty as they were, said no one ever...
  • Hillary Clinton was very gracious in her concession speech. She is a class act...
  • Proponents of medical marijuana should be happy after this election...
  • Russia's Putin loved the election of Donald Trump. Let's hope Trump doesn't fall for his false praise...
  • Apparently the egos of Paul Ryan and Donald Trump can co-exist...
  • Don't invite Lady Gaga and Donald Trump to the same party...
  • Donald Trump will not be spending a vacation in Mexico any time soon unless Mexico pays for it...
  • It's time for Darrell Hammond to return to playing Donald Trump on SNL...
  • With Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner, retailers are looking for a big seasonal boost in sales and shoppers looking for bargains are guaranteed to chalk up more credit card debt. Merry Christmas...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Back At October...

 

November 7, 2016

 

It's a month when the weather finally starts turning cooler, a month for playoff baseball, football and pumpkins. Every 4 years we vote for a president, like it or not, and things start heating up in October. New Nielsen numbers reflected what this past month should reflect: News and Sports are the leading radio formats once again...

 

The release of Nielsen's portable people meter (PPM) ratings for October finds that News/Talk stations are continuing to grow their audience which has been the case over much of this past year. October's 9.9% share of audience (6+) is a big jump from a year ago (9.1% in October 2015) and represents huge growth for the format from the summer months of June and July when News/Talk was a full share point lower (8.9% in June)...

 

While you would expect News/Talk to make gains during a presidential election year, it's worth noting that the 25-54 audience of the format reached its highest point in October (7.3%) in more than 3 years. News/Talk ranked second in the PPM markets in October, leaping ahead of Country, Hot A/C and A/C...

 

While the election will be history on November 9, it will be interesting to see how much of an effect that will have on the News/Talk format's continued growth...

 

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

  • Even with the election over, News/Talk still has sports as a major talking point, culminating in February's Super Bowl...
  • Cleveland has two great sports franchises (Indians & Cavs) and one lousy one (Browns)...
  • In the 2016 World Series too much has been made about the ex-Yankees' relievers, Miller & Chapman and too little about ex-Red Sox GM Theo Chapman & ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona...
  • Don't invite any Democrat and FBI Director James Comey to the same party...
  • Well Hell didn't freeze over before the Cubs won another World Series. What's 108 years between championships anyway???
  • No one epitomizes the typical Chicago Cubs fan more than Bill Murray...
  • You know what makes for the best World Series TV ratings in 15 years? One team that hadn't won since 1948 and another team that hadn't won since 1908...
  • Another Mets pitcher was arrested for spousal abuse. It's time for the Mets to include anger management classes starting in spring training...
  • CBS has figured out a fool-proof way to increase revenue. They raised the rates for affiliates...
  • A Chinese top 40 countdown? A group in China just bought Dick Clark Productions...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Listeners Pay For Play???

 

Monday, October 31, 2016

 

I'm afraid the days of paying for just listening to music streams is over. I'm not really afraid of this happening because I don't have a stake in this pay-for-play business, but the people that do should be worried. It's hard if not impossible to expect listeners to pay for what they used to get for free as Radio Ink notes: "The streaming pure-play is banking on the fact that millions of American consumers who've gotten into the habit of not paying much, if anything at all, for music, will pay a monthly fee for their service"...

 

The price for the 4 million paid Pandora subscribers will be $4.99 per month by 2020 for the new Pandora Plus service, $10 a month for their 11 million subscribers by 2020 for the Premium service. If those goals are reached Pandora would be a $4 billion business by 2020. Although company founder and CEO Tim Westergren says he's seen tremendous growth in Pandora Plus since its launch just a few weeks ago, there's the old unwritten rule that you never get 100% on anything. I always heard that if you invite 100 to a party, half of that number attending is asking for too much. So Pandora has its work cut out for them...

 

Here's what Pandora is up against: Spotify also has a $10 per month service that removes ads, provides offline playback and lets you listen to exactly what songs you want whenever you want. Spotify has 40 million paid subscribers. Apple has 17 million subscribers for its Apple Music product. iHeartRadio is getting set to launch two paid services as well. The services are called iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access. The cost of the two services has yet to be set...

 

Besides the cost of all the new services, Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio are competing with the giants of the entertainment business and neither Google, Apple or Amazon have to solely rely on streaming music as their core business. Tax write-offs are common for these companies...

 

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

  • Once you offer something for free it's not fair to change the ground rules and then charge for it...
  • Scientists claim that lying leads to more lying, so either don't start or get creative enough with your lies to cover up your lying... 
  • With the 2016 World Series being played in Cleveland and Chicago we might have one of the games snowed out...
  • A new study shows that women drink almost as much as men. This is not the kind of equality we need... 
  • At least driverless cars won't go the wrong way on a highway. They can't can they???
  • Here's the latest weather report for Mars: Windy and dusty with a 75% chance of radiation storms. Do we really want to go there???
  • 34 states allow early voting. How come New York State is not one of them???
  • Has there ever been a better name for an actor than Benedict Cumberbatch?
  • "The Book Of Joy" is the next book I'll buy...
  • Don't invite Anthony Weiner and Hillary Clinton to the same party...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millennials Flock To Public Radio...

 

Monday, October 24, 2016

 

Public radio is gaining more listeners in great part to the wackiest presidential election most of us have ever witnessed. Millennials are devouring every morsel of presidential news they can get on news/talk radio, especially if they can find it on NPR, according to a survey conducted by Jacobs Media. Although they vote in record low numbers, the 18 to 34 demographic is an active one when is comes to politics and rallying around a Bernie Sanders or any other candidate offering them something for free. Since Bernie dropped out, millennials are experts at giving their advice on who people should vote for...

 

Public radio is attracting more listeners and many are tuning in via digital platforms. Jacobs Media says nearly one-fifth (18%) of respondents say they're listening to more public radio in the past year, while only 7% indicate listening less. About a quarter of public radio listening takes place on digital platforms including streaming and podcasts, up from 19% last year. National Public Radio's retooled NPR One app. which allows users to access national and local content from NPR affiliates is gaining a foothold...

 

Those listeners who choose audio on demand do so mostly on mobile devices and it's Millennials leading the way. Jacobs Media finds that Millennial public radio consumers like podcasts, mobile phone use and social media connections more so than older generations and they are more likely to access news from digital sources rather than radio." In general public radio listeners are social creatures with 77% engaging in social overall and 90% on Facebook...

 

The study also notes that for public radio, which is making strong advances on digital platforms, consumption in connected cars is slowly on the rise. About two-thirds of respondents say they're connected to their mobile phone in the car but only 15% own a connected car with an advanced entertainment system. Sixteen percent say they plan to buy or lease a new vehicle this year (or already purchased one in 2016) and the most important feature is AM/FM radio (88%), followed by Bluetooth and a smartphone connector (both with 62%). There were about 30,000 respondents polled. The qualifier was listeners to public stations. There were 69 public stations mentioned by listeners...

 

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

  • Millennials are a curious demographic but I'd like to see them become better at actually casting a ballot, instead of just talking about it...
  • I'm very upset. Not once was my name mentioned as a possible VP candidate for Hillary...
  • Bill Belichick is a grandpa. Two-a-day's begin when the baby takes its first steps...
  • Curt Schilling will need more than his bloody sock for good luck if he really plans on taking on Elizabeth Warren for a Senate seat...
  • The Met Life blimp has given the pink slip to the Peanuts gang after 30 years together in the air. They haven't announced what brand will replace Charlie Brown and his friends but why not use Weight Watchers with the slogan: You don't ever want to get as big as we are...
  • Could the reason for the decline in NFL viewing numbers be a result of all those uniform changes teams are making???
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is trying her hand at opera in case this Supreme Court thing doesn't work out...
  • There will be fewer coronaries after the Carnegie Deli closes...
  • How come hackers never hack spam mail???
  • Ken Bone who surfaced in the town hall presidential debate went from hero to bum once we got to know what he's all about...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Airplay vs. Streaming Charts...

 

 

Monday, October 17, 2016

 

Why don't airplay and streaming music charts match up? Bridge Ratings wondered too, so they conducted a study on that very topic. Bridge did a recent analysis of four current-based radio formats and found different correlations between radio airplay and on-demand streaming for CHR, urban, country and alternative...

 

According to Inside Radio the study found CHR airplay and streaming charts correlating at 65% on the top 100 CHR songs. "This may be attributed to the fact that top 40 hits are more universally consumed or that top 40 programmers are more unified in their song choices and rotations" - Dave Van Dyke, Bridge Ratings president. The Country format scores just below CHR with a 60% correlation in the same comparison...

 

Urban came next with a 44% correlation. Alternative came in last with only 35% of the top 100 alternative music songs on published radio airplay charts correlating in rank with on-demand streaming charts. The report says "the format certainly offers a unique mix of hit singles and hit album cuts and that variety may be feeding the significant variance between actual airplay and actual consumption determined through on-demand streaming analysis for both alternative and urban radio." ...

Van Dyke concludes that as radio seeks to continue its longtime tradition of playing the hits, he believes that on-demand streaming is a better indicator of true music appeal and consumption than any other music research radio relies on. He adds this: "Using published airplay charts to determine music popularity causes slow station death as listeners tune out more than they tune in." ...

 

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

  • Even back in the old days of top 40 we used more than one source to determine chart positions. Back then it was sales and phone requests...
  • I've got a $20 bill in my pocket. Anyone want to chip in to buy Twitter???
  • That annoying neighbor on the Time-Warner Cable TV spot is really getting to me...
  • The way the NYC MTA is vowing to open a leg of the second avenue subway by December 31 makes me think that someone in the MTA gets a bonus if the work is completed in the calendar year of 2016...
  • Don't invite Billy Bush and the Today Show to the same party...
  • Maybe Ronald McDonald should be placed under witness protection during the current Clown scare...
  • Bob Dylan winning a Nobel Prize for literature sent me to my electronic dictionary for the definition of the word. Nowhere did I find the "writing of songs" defined as literature...
  • If former Wells Fargo CEO, John Stumpf was a supporter of Donald Drumpf (real name) he could Stumpf for Drumpf...
  • More than half of U.S. adults are stressed out by the presidential election? Hard to believe...
  • No sports star was ever more appropriately nicknamed than Big Papi...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports Radio Scores With Record Numbers...

 

 

Monday, October 10, 2016

 

Sports radio had its best September since Nielsen PPM measurements began according to Inside Radio. The gains were across the board in 6+, 18-34 and 25-54. If you're keeping score at home, Sports pulled a 4.7 share among listeners 6+, a 3.7 in 18-34s and a 5.3 in 25-54s...

 

September is gold for Sports stations with the return of college and pro football. And let's not forget the wrap-up of the baseball season. The numbers scored by Sports fell short of the all-time highest PPM share ever recorded in a month. That distinction belongs to October and November of 2014. The 6.0 share in the 25-54 demo first set in those months and repeated again last October was the highest of any month for the format. But Sports can repeat or beat that record this October...

 

Sports is not alone, format-wise to realize a seasonal increase in the fall. News/Talk also gets a lift this time of year, especially during a presidential election with the debates and a wackier than ever election forecast. So why would the 6+ numbers fall from 9.6 in August to 9.3 in September? Well for one thing, the first presidential debate wasn't included in the PPM survey which ended September 7. "News/Talk is still well ahead of its pace last year" says Nielsen...

 

Ratings spikes are getting predictable from the summer on. Classic Rock rules in the summer, Sports in the early fall and News/Talk following that in the late fall. Winter belongs to Christmas Music and then it's pot luck the rest of the year unless you have an Hispanic format. If you do, you can start printing money anytime of the year...

 

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

  • The Hispanic format continues to grow in all seasons...
  • The Marco Polo ad is neither creative or funny. It's just annoying...
  • While the new NYPD Commissioner is downplaying those idiots dressed like clowns and disturbing neighborhoods, something should be done to get these people off the streets...
  • When you were a kid and your mother told you "we'll see". That meant only one thing: NO!!!
  • Do we really want to live to 115???
  • I know the Patriots and their fans are thrilled that Brady is back after his 4-game suspension but I doubt the rest of the NFL is...
  • Don't invite Kim Kardashian to Paris unless she goes in an armored tank...
  • The Samsung 7 Note will not be on anyone's Christmas wish list...
  • Don't shop Mall Of America on Thanksgiving Day. You won't be able to. It's closed...
  • So how do you really feel about Obamacare, Bill Clinton???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do Contests Help Or Hurt Radio???

 

Monday, October 3, 2016

 

Radio programmers have been running contests for what seems like forever. Contests have been on the menu of top 40 radio since Todd Storz bought his first station in the early 50s. Storz is credited with calling a station that played the hits, top 40. He based his theory by tracking the popularity of songs played on jukeboxes. Good thing he didn't call it "Jukebox Radio"...

 

After all these contested years, we have new research provided by Nuvoodoo which tells us whether radio should continue with this ancient practice. Nuvoodoo reveals that 42.4% of PPM (Portable People Meter) respondents say stations spend too much time talking about their contests. 44.5% of respondents that work for a station rated by the old Arbitron diary system agreed...

 

When asked if radio station contests can add enjoyment to a station, on the PPM side, 63.7% say yes while 28.3% say no. 67.9% of Diary respondents say yes while 30.5% say no. Based on those results, there is still room for radio to conduct contests. But what makes a contest worth airing???

 

It was always my belief that contests should have great production to be able to withstand the frequency of playback. Make it brief but simple. Complicated contests lose listeners. Make the prize worth winning and make the contest fun to play. You must also realize that most listeners are passive. The percentage of people that take part in contests is minimal (maybe 3-5%). The biggest job of monitoring a contest is to weed through the common players. You should have a set of rules limiting the number of times the same contestant can play. It's best to limit a contestant to once a week (if they haven't won) and if they have won (even a lesser prize), they can't compete again. Keep in mind that a high percentage of listeners believe that stations talk too much about contests. You should never feel that your contest is the most important part of your station. It never is...   

 

 

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

  • In order for radio contests to be successful: 1) The prize has to be worth winning (and) 2) The production should be worth listening to for listeners who don't participate...
  • It might be time to sell pressure cookers to customers without police records...
  • The Dummies Of The Year Award goes to the geniuses who are drilling holes in the iPhone 7 for earphone jacks...
  • It's time for someone to come up with a fashionable mask since nearly everyone on Earth is exposed to unhealthy air...
  • Three parents were responsible for the birth of a child? Does this mean that child will have a split personality???
  • Roller coasters can help you get rid of kidney stones. Now if they can just come up with something that stops you from hurling when you ride on roller coasters...
  • Snapchat is now Snap. Will the other social webs follow their example and create Face, Goo, Twit and Yah???
  • There are rumors that Viacom and CBS might merge. Didn't we see this picture before???
  • Don't invite Barack Obama and the Senate to the same party...
  • Another new show for Matt LeBlanc? Maybe if he changes his name to Joey Tribbiani he would have a hit show...

 

 

 

 

 

I've Seen The Future Of Radio...

 

Monday, September 26, 2016

 

Back in my WRKO programming days I had a running feud with Jon Landau. Before Jon saw the future of rock and roll and managed that future (Bruce Springsteen) for the rest of his lifetime, he was a writer for the Boston Phoenix and then Rolling Stone. Jon said we (WRKO) weren't playing as many new hits as our competitor WMEX. Of course it wasn't true as our number one ratings and a long parade of WMEX music and program directors proved. But then Jon saw Springsteen perform in Harvard Square and made one of the most famous proclamations in music history: "I saw rock and roll future (no "s" at the end of "rock and roll") and its name is Bruce Springsteen." It's time for a new twist on that quote as it relates to radio...

 

To paraphrase Jon Landau, "I saw radio future and its name is Millennial."  It's hardly original but just as prophetic. If radio is to survive into the next decade and beyond it better find out what that 18 to 34 year-old demographic is made of. The U.S, Census Bureau's International Database finds Millennials make up one-fourth of the planet's population, which translates into 1.7 billion people, according to Nielsen...

 

As a demographic group they're just starting to flex their power which will grow significantly in the years to come. Millennials are a demanding generation they seeks a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. They multitask and live digital and physical lives. Findings from Nielsen Global Survey reports from 2013 to 2016 showed that Millennials are a social, community-driven generation that values the voice of the individualist. The survey polled the attitudes of more than 30,000 online consumers in more than 60 countries...

 

More than anything, Millennials value (demand) connectivity, convenience and options that allow them to be in control. They browse the internet and engage in social media while they're doing something else and want the story behind the scenes on just about everything. Knowing the mindset of Millennials will be necessary for the broadcasters of the future. Pleasing the first generation raised during the digital era won't be easy...

 

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

  • While Millennials may not be today's target demographic for many radio stations, they soon will be...
  • I would settle for 5% of the alimony settlement in the impending Angelina Jolie v. Brad Pitt divorce case...
  • Never invite Chris Christie and the Port Authority to the same party, especially if you have to take the George Washington Bridge to get there...
  • Anthony Weiner should be banned from using the internet...
  • I wonder if the 89-year old ice cream vendor from Chicago needs an agent...
  • "Take a knee" started out as something a mafia henchman did...
  • This has not been a good year for North Carolina...
  • Yahoo was hit by hackers because they have so many subscribers and for no other reason...
  • I think Tom Kirkman would be a good choice for president...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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...

 

 

 

 

 

Why Radio Is Using Online Video...

 

Monday, January 4, 2016

 

Radio stations have begun producing original video content for both clients and themselves. This action is being taken because of the increasing amounts of consumers watching video via mobile devices. According to Inside Radio and eMarketer, consumer use of smartphones to watch video has risen 33% in Q3 2015. This compares to the same period in 2014...

 

While use of smartphone video viewing has grown, tablet usage for video has fallen. By producing original video content, radio is hoping to engage users with audio and video and attract advertisers with pre-roll and mid-roll video advertising opportunities. There are many stations that even produce video ads for clients as part of their client services...

 

In the increasingly cluttered media landscape, advertisers are expanding their use of online video ads (many are interactive) to engage hard-to-get customers. This movement coincides with consumer behavior trends. A separate study from research company Ooyala shows that mobile phones accounted for 39% of digital video viewing in September, 2015. That's up from just 7% in September, 2013. In total, mobile usage is surging as smartphone penetration grows and mobile technology improves, giving us larger screens, faster processing and better voice recognition...

 

The latest Nielsen figures show 80% of U.S. mobile phone owners have a smartphone. With increased video consumption, smartphone owners are expanding their use of devices to make purchases online. During this past holiday season, Amazon claimed nearly 70% of its customers shopped using a mobile device...

 

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

 

  • The use of video in combination with radio on mobile devices is here to stay...

 

  • No one person has done more for the cyberspace industry than Steve Jobs...

 

  • There are more celebrities using Twitter than Facebook...

 

  • Since they are different, it's best to use both...

 

  • Connected cars are revolutionizing audio listening in-car...

 

  • More restaurants should put their menus on tablets..

 

  • I still like reading a book in print but download reference books...

 

  • The best way to learn to use a computer is when you need to for a job...

 

  • Computers at work were first used for lookup only, then they became two-way...

 

  • For many, the last thing they use their smartphone for is the phone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Digital Radio Rates/IMHO...

 

Monday, December 28, 2015
 
Triton Digital conducted a webinar on the new music streaming rates recently announced by the Copyright Royalty Board. The webinar outlined the royalty rates webcasters will be paying SoundExchange, effective January 1, 2016 for music played over the web or on a mobile device during the period from 2016 to 2020...
 
The webinar featured a Q&A with TD's John Rosso and David Oxenford, a partner at Wilkinson Bauer Knauer LLP (a communication law firm) and leading expert in all areas of broadcast law. The discussion centered around the details of the ruling and the people affected by it. The impact the ruling will have on the digital audio industry is far-reaching. Some of the highlights of the discussion follow:
 
  • The new rules are "very complicated."
  • Terms like "statutory royalties" as opposed to "digital royalties" create some of the confusion that make the rules so complicated.
  • The new rules cover pureplays, digital cable, webcasters and satellite.
  • The new rates just apply to streaming.
  • Also affected are internet simulcasts.
  • They do not apply to interactive webcasters like Apple Music, Spotify or Rhapsody, etc.
  • Companies such as IheartRadio and Pandora can negotiate direct deals (see below).
  • The per-performance fee is in affect each time a song is played and is based on the number of listeners per song.
  • Pureplays will pay more than they had previously.
  • Larger webcasters will also pay more than they had previously.

 

Shortly after the new rules were announced by the Copyright Royalty Board, Pandora posted a press release stating new licensing agreements with ASCAP and BMI. The company also announced the withdrawal of its appeal of the May 2015 order in the recent BMI rate case...

 

FYI: I will continue to offer a daily Timeline Memory and Birthday Hall Of Fame tribute every morning on Facebook and Twitter. I will also continue to post my Radio Views on this website  and starting with today's post I'm adding a new thought-provoking feature called I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion)...

 

Initials have been around for hundreds of years probably starting with S(ave) O(ur) S(hip).  Everyone has and is entitled to whatever opinion they have on any subject. I believe IMHO was a way for people to avoid being criticized for the view they took on an opinion stated in a text or social message. Well these are my opinions on just about any subject you can imagine. I don't expect you to agree with all or any of my opinions but they do offer you a way to formulate your own opinion. I hope you enjoy the new feature:

I(n)M(y)H(umble)O(pinion): 

 

  • "Brady vs Manning" by Gary Myers offers a great snapshot of both the on-field rivalry and off-field bromance of the two future NFL Hall of Famers...

 

  • You shouldn't complain about what a lousy president we have or the rotten state of affairs in Congress if you vote for a party rather than a political candidate... 

 

  • If you're proud of not being computer savvy you could at least learn the fundamentals... 

 

  • There's Adele and then there's every other singer...

 

  • Whatever decade the music stopped for you, it's okay to like something you hear today...

 

  •  In MLB the "have-nots" (like the Cubs and Mets) have become the "haves"...

 

  • The MLB Hall Of Fame has to decide the criteria for a player being chosen for entrance into the shrine. If a moral code of ethics matters more than achievements, what do they do with HOF members who were known alcoholics, wife-beaters and racial bigots?

 

  • Really? A "fifth-year" senior. That's a long time to be a senior...

 

  • I have never "laughed out loud" in response to a message, text or tweet...Pictures of pets outnumber photos of kids. There's something wrong with that...

 

  • All politicians, including the president, should be addressing what's being done to secure our power grids from cyber attacks...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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), Desmond Tutu (84) & Irma Brady (89)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) NL Wildcard (Tonight) (10/7), NHL Opener (Tonight) (10/7), Columbus Day (5) (10/12) & Halloween (24) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/8) Bruno Mars (30), Nick Cannon (35), Matt Damon (45), Darrell Hammond (60), Robert Bell (65), Sigourney Weaver (66), Chevy Chase (72), Jesse Jackson (74) & Rona Barrett (79)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALDS Playoff (Tonight) (10/8), Columbus Day (4) (10/12) & Halloween (23) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/9) Sean Lennon (40), Scott Bakula (61), John O'Hurley (61), Tony Shalhoub (62), Jackson Browne (67) & Fyvush Finkel (93)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALDS  & NLDS Playoffs (Today) (10/9), Columbus Day (3) (10/12) & Halloween (22) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/10) Geno Smith (25), Mario Lopez (42), Tanya Tucker (57), David Lee Roth (61), Nora Roberts (65) & Ben Vereen (69)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) NLDS Playoffs (Tonight) (10/10), Columbus Day (2) (10/12) & Halloween (21) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/11) Michelle Wie (26), Emily Deschanel (39), Jane Krakowski (47), Artie Lange (48), Luke Perry (50), Joan Cusack (53) & Daryl Hall (69)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) ALDS Playoffs (Tonight) (10/11), Columbus Day (1) (10/12) & Halloween (20) (10/31)...


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Total Audience Report...

 

Monday, September 28, 2015

 

Who is listening to radio and when? Nielsen's new Total Audience Report for Q2 2015 has the answers...The report finds that during weekdays, radio usage is highest between 6am and 6pm. Devices start showing up in the mix starting at 7am with 40% usage - higher than TV use. TV shines between 6pm and 6am when it accounts for at least half of all media use. It peaks at 9pm to two-thirds of the total audience...

Game consoles and devices like Roku or Apple TV increase their share of the average audience into the late evening. Video usage on digital platforms keeps expanding. It's now at 20% overall year-over-year among adults. And the greatest percent increase in digital video usage has been during the overnight and early morning hours. Between 5am and 8am, usage has increased 38%. These are people that don't go to school or work I hope. The 9pm hour has shown the greatest growth in digital platform use with an increase of 700,000 adults using a digital platform between May 2014 from May 2015...

Nielsen spokesman Glenn Enoch: "Knowing how many consumers are connecting to both traditional and digital platforms, as well as the share these platforms have during each hour of the day, really highlights the fact that ALL of them are put to use." What it tells me if I'm running a traditional radio station is that I may as well have a dating service take over after 9pm. Tea leaves? Horoscopes? Any thing but the regular format...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (9/28) Hillary Duff (28), Naomi Watts (47), Mira Sorvino (48), Janeane Garofalo (51) & Bridget Bardot (81)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) AL Wildcard (8) (10/6), NL Wildcard (9) (10/7), Columbus Day (14) (10/12) & Halloween (33) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (9/29) Jill Whelan (49), Andrew Dice Clay (58), Gwen Ifill (60), Bryant Gumble (67), Lech Walesa (72) & Jerry Lee Lewis (80)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) AL Wildcard (7) (10/6), NL Wildcard (8) (10/7),  Columbus Day (13) (10/12) & Halloween (32) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (9/30) Fran Drescher (58), Barry Williams (61), Marilyn McCoo (72), Len Cariou (76), Johnny Mathis (80), Angie Dickinson (84) & Elie Wiesel (87)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) AL Wildcard (6) (10/6), NL Wildcard (7) (10/7),  Columbus Day (12) (10/12) & Halloween (31) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/1) Zach Galifianakis (46), Randy Quaid (65), Rod Carew (70), Julie Andrews (80) & Jimmy Carter (91)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) AL Wildcard (5) (10/6), NL Wildcard (6) (10/7), Columbus Day (11) (10/12) & Halloween (30) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/2) Kelly Ripa (45), Lorraine Bracco (61), Sting (64), Annie Lebovitz (66), Donna Karan (67), Don McLean (70), Rex Reed (77) & Maury Wills (83)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) AL Wildcard (4) (10/6), NL Wildcard (5) (10/7), Columbus Day (10) (10/12) & Halloween (29) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/3) Gwen Stefani (46), Tommy Lee (53), Al Sharpton (61), Dennis Eckersley (61), Dave Winfield (64), Lindsey Buckingham (65), Biff Henderson (69), Roy Horn (71) & Chubby Checker (74)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) AL Wildcard (3) (10/6), NL Wildcard (4) (10/7),  Columbus Day (9) (10/12) & Halloween (28) (10/31)...

 

"Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday" (10/4) Dakota Johnson (26), Alicia Silverstone (39), Liev Schreiber (48), Russell Simmons (58), Christopher Waltz (59), Armand Assante (66), Susan Sarandon (69), Jackie Collins (78), Sam Huff (81) & Leroy Van Dyke (86)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) AL Wildcard (2) (10/6), NL Wildcard (3) (10/7), Columbus Day (8) (10/12) & Halloween (27) (10/31)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proof That Streaming Is Saving Music Radio...

 

Monday, September 21, 2015

The myth that pure-plays are burying radio as a source of new music is just that – a myth...Highlights from the new Nielsen 360 Music Report for 2015 include some data that should bury that myth. Ninety-one percent of the national population listens to music, spending more than 24 hours a week listening to their favorite songs. Those total figures remain roughly the same as last year but how we access and engage with music is what's changing. As other music research finds, sales of recorded music are dropping but streaming is growing. So too is listening on smartphones and even interest in live music continues to grow. People are finding they don't have to be there to enjoy it...Seventy-five percent of the population say they listen to music online. When choosing a music streaming service, about 8 in 10 respondents mention cost and ease of use as the most important factors, followed by over 7 in 10 who say the song library is important...The top 3 reasons given for those not likely to subscribe to a music streaming service are: 1) They are too expensive (46%), 2) I can stream music for free (42%) and 3) I won't use the streaming service enough (38%). When asked how likely to pay for streaming service in the next 6 months, here's how respondents reacted: 9% say they are very or somewhat likely, 13% say they are neither likely nor unlikely and 78% are somewhat/very unlikely to pay...This is still another case of "free" and "local" winning the day...

 

 Monday (9/21): “Happy Birthday ...happy birthday” (9/21) Nicole Richie (34), Ricki Lake (47), Faith Hill  (48),  Cheryl Hines (50), Rob Morrow (53), Bill Murray (65), Stephen King (68), Bill Kurtis (75) & Leonard Cohen (81)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Yom Kippur (1) (9/22), Autumn (2) (9/23), Columbus Day (21) (10/12) &  Halloween (40) (10/31)...

 

Tuesday (9/22): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/22) Scott Baio (55), Joan Jett (57), Andrea Bocelli (57), Debby Boone (59), Shari Belafonte (61), David Stern (73), Joni James (85) & Tommy Lasorda (88)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Yom Kippur (Sundown) (9/22), Autumn (1) (9/23), Columbus Day (20) (10/12) & Halloween  (39) (10/31)...

  

Wednesday (9/23): “Happy Birthday...happy birthday” (9/23) Chi McBride (54), Jason Alexander  (56),  Bruce Springsteen (66), Paul Petersen (70) & Julio Iglesias (72)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Autumn (Today) (9/23), Columbus Day (19) (10/12) & Halloween  (38) (10/31)... 

 

Thursday (9/24): “Happy Birthday...happy birthday” (9/24) Nia Vardalos (53), Joseph Kennedy II (63), Alan Colmes (65), Mean Joe Greene (69), & Gerry Marsden (73)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Columbus Day (18) (10/12) & Halloween (37) (10/31)...

 

Friday (9/25): “Happy Birthday...happy birthday” (9/25) Catherine Zeta-Jones (46), Bill Simmons (46), Will Smith (47), Heather Locklear (54), Mark Hamill (64), Cheryl Tiegs (68), Michael Douglas (71), Hubie Brown (82) & Barbara Walters (86)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Columbus Day (17) (10/12) & Halloween (36) (10/31)...

 

Saturday (9/26): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday' (9/26) Serena Williams (34), Jim Caviezel  (47),  Joe Benigno (62), Olivia Newton-John (67), Winnie Mandela (79) & John Zacherie (97)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Columbus Day (16) (10/12) & Halloween (35) (10/31)...

 

Sunday (9/27): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday' (9/27) Avril Lavigne (31), Matthew Litt (38), Gwyneth Paltrow (43), Shaun Cassidy (57), Marvin Lee Aday aka Meatloaf (68), Randy Bachman (72) & Wilford Brimley (81)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Columbus Day (15) (10/12) & Halloween (34) (10/31)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Uphill Fight For Mobile Dollars...

 

Monday, September 14, 2015

 

When AOL bought Millennial Media they announced to the mobile ad world that they intended to be a major player in the quest for mobile dominance. It didn't take them long to realize what a tough nut that is to crack with Facebook and Google having a commanding 52% of the U.S. mobile pie. Broken down individually, Google has a 32.9% share of mobile revenue while Facebook owns 19.4% of the market. In dollars, Google rakes in about $10.02 billion while Facebook tallies about $5.9 billion...

Millennial Media only has 0.3% of the market, worth about $101.2 million. The Millennial Media acquisition by AOL will help capture more mobile dollars but can they even make a dent in either of the two dominating companies? 

eMarketer analyst Cathy Boyle: "To be a serious player in the mobile display ad market, media companies need to offer advertisers scale, robust audience targeting and sophisticated measurement tools. AOL will gain ground in two of those areas with Millennial Media. The acquisition will expand the breadth and depth of the in-app display ad inventory AOL can offer advertisers, which will help those advertisers achieve greater scale. In addition, the publisher will gain the mobile user profile data that Millennial Media has been amassing for years, which will help improve AOL's ability to find and target specific audiences on mobile devices...

Projected through the year 2017, Millennial Media might help AOL but in 3 years they will go from a 0.3% of the market to 0.2% while Google will slip from 32.9% to a still commanding  31.7% and Facebook will rise from 19.4% to 20.3%. Also rising is the "Other" share from 27.7% to 32.5%. That category will beat everyone... 

 

Monday (9/14): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/14) Tyler Perry (46), Faith Ford (51), Melissa Leo (55), Jon "Browser" Bauman (68), Joey Heatherton (71) & Larry Brown (75)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Yom Kippur (8) (9/22), Autumn (9) (9/23) & Columbus Day (28) (10/12)...

 

Tuesday (9/15): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/15) ... Prince Harry (31), Dan Marino (54), Pete Carroll (64), Oliver Stone (69), Tommy Lee Jones (69), Gaylord Perry (77) & Norm Crosby (88)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Yom Kippur (7) (9/22), Autumn (8) (9/23) & Columbus Day (27) (10/12)...

 

Wednesday (9/16): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/16) Amy Poehler (44), Marc Anthony (47), David Copperfield (59), Mickey Rourke (63) & Ed Begley Jr. (66) ... ...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Yom Kippur (6) (9/22), Autumn (7) (9/23) & Columbus Day (26) (10/12)...

 

Thursday (9/17): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/17) Kyle Chandler (50), John Franco (55), Rita Rudner (62), Phil Jackson (70) & Orlando Cepeda (78) ...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Yom Kippur (5) (9/22), Autumn (6) (9/23) & Columbus Day (25) (10/12)...

 

Friday (9/18): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/18) Jason Sudeikis (40), Jada Pinkett Smith (44), Frankie Avalon (76), Fred Willard (76), Jimmie Rodgers (82) & Robert Blake (82)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Yom Kippur (4) (9/22), Autumn (5) (9/23) & Columbus Day (24) (10/12)...

 

Saturday (9/19): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/19) Jimmy Fallon (41), Soledad O'Brien (49), Trisha Yearwood (51), Mario Batali (55), Joan Lunden (65), Twiggy (Lawson) (66), Jeremy Irons (67), Freda Payne (73), Bill Medley (75), David McCallum (82), Adam West (87) & James Lipton (89)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Yom Kippur (3) (9/22), Autumn (4) (9/23) & Columbus Day (23) (10/12)...

 

Sunday (9/20): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/20) Phillip Phillips (25), Deborah Roberts (55), Gary Cole (59), Sophia Loren (81) & Gogi Grant (91)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) Yom Kippur (2) (9/22), Autumn (3) (9/23) & Columbus Day (22) (10/12)...

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streaming Up - Digital Down...

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

Digital sales are headed in the same direction Roger Goodell's career is - straight down. August ended with 15.66 million digital songs sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Billboard calls that figure the lowest weekly song volume in nearly eight years. You have to go back to December 9, 2007 when digital sales were this low. It was on that date that 15.64 million units were sold...Digital sales are taking a major hit but not so, streaming sales which are soaring. For the week ending August 27, 2015, U.S. on-demand audio and video streams totaled 6.6 billion units. Consumers are eating up free and low-cost streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music. The song streamed the most is Silento's "Watch Me" with 22.3 million. Year-to-date, total on-demand streams are at 191.4 billion. That's a 100% gain compared to the same time frame a year ago (95.8 billion through the week ending August 24, 2014)...Overall song sales for 2015 are at 678.3 million - a drop of 10% year-to-year. If song volume fails to pick up before the end of the year, 2015 will go down as the third straight year that song sales have declined. In 2014 song sales volume dropped by 12%. Proving once again that songs and albums go hand-in-hand, album sales volume dropped to a new low of 3.71 million in the week ending July 30. Just one week later, the top album of the week (the soundtrack to Disney Channel's Descendants sold just 42,000 copies). That marks the lowest sales figure for a number one album on the Billboard 200 or Top Album Sales since Nielsen Music began powering the charts' ratings in 1991. Year-to-date album sales stand at 149.1 million, down 3% compared to the same time a year ago...

 

Tuesday (9/8):"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/8) Wiz Khalifa (28), Alecia Beth Moore aka Pink (36), Brooke Burke Charvet (44), David Arquette (44), Bernie Sanders (74) & Lyndon LaRouche (93)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), NFL Opener (2) (9/10), Rosh Hashanah (5) (9/13), Yom Kippur (14) (9/22) & Autumn (15) (9/23)...

 

Wednesday (9/9):"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/9) Michelle Williams (35), Michael Buble (40), Eric Stonestreet (44), Adam Sandler (49), Hugh Grant (55), Tom Wopat (64), Joe Theismann (66), Dee Dee Sharp (70), (Chaim) Topol (80) & Sylvia Miles (83)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), NFL Opener (1) (9/10), Rosh Hashanah (4) (9/13), Yom Kippur (13) (9/22) & Autumn (14) (9/23)...

 

Thursday (9/10): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/10) Guy Ritchie (47), Randy Johnson (52), Colin Firth (55), Amy Irving (62), Bill O'Reilly (66), Jose Feliciano (70), Karl Lagerfeld (82) & Arnold Palmer (86)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), NFL Opener (Pittsburgh & NE tonight) (9/10), Rosh Hashanah (3) (9/13), Yom Kippur (12) (9/22) & Autumn (13) (9/23)...

 

Friday (9/11): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/11) Harry Connick Jr. (48), Maria Bartiromo (48), Richard Hall aka Moby (50), Kristy McNichol (53) & Virginia Madsen (54)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), Rosh Hashanah (2) (9/13), Yom Kippur (11) (9/22) & Autumn (12) (9/23)...

 

Saturday (9/12): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/12) Jennifer Hudson (34), Jennifer Nettles (41), Louis C.K. (48), Amy Yasbeck (53), Rachel Ward (58), Gerry Beckley (63), Maria Muldaur (72), Linda Gray (75) & Dickie Moore (90)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), Rosh Hashanah (1) (9/13), Yom Kippur (10) (9/22) & Autumn (11) (9/23)...

 

Sunday (9/13): "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/13) Stella McCartney (44), Tyler Perry (46), Jeff Ross (50), Jean Smart (64), John Henry (66), Peter Cetera (71), Jacqueline Bisset (71), David-Clayton Thomas (74), Fred Silverman (78), Barbara Bain (84) & Emile Francis (89)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Last Day) (9/13), Rosh Hashanah (Sundown) (9/13), Yom Kippur (9) (9/22) & Autumn (10) (9/23)...


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Season Expected To Be Retail-Strong...

 

Monday, August 31, 2015

 

With retailers at the tail end of the "Back-To-School" season and Labor Day here, the sales forecast for the holidays looks great. According to eMarketer, retail holiday sales will grow 5.7% this year. It's the biggest jump since 2011...That 5.7% jump will translate into a bounty of $885.70 billion for the year. eMarketer analyst Monica Pearl: "Retail sales in November and December 2015 are expected to show a healthy increase over what was experienced during the same period in 2014." Why the increase? Pearl explains: "It's driven primarily by the fact that gas station sales (which make up roughly 12% of overall retail sales) dropped rather dramatically in late 2014. Increases in real income from wages, further decreases in unemployment and an increased willingness to spend in traditional retail categories that missed out on the windfall in gas prices earlier on in the year should also drive growth." Merry Christmas everyone...

 

Timeline Memories (8/31)

1969 – His only loss: Undefeated heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano dies in a light plane crash in Iowa, the day before his 46th birthday. Rocky is the only undefeated heavyweight champ in history...

1985 – Killer busted: California “Night Stalker”, killer Richard Ramirez is captured by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood...

1997 – Death of a princess: Britain's Princess Diana meets her death in a tragic car crash in a Paris tunnel. The world mourns the 36-year old Diana...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/31) Debbie Gibson (45), Marcia Clark (62), Richard Gere (66), Tom Coughlin (69), Van Morrison (70) Itzhak Perlman (70), Jerry Allison (76) & Frank Robinson (80)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Starting Today)) (Until 9/13), Labor Day (7) (9/7) & NFL Opener (10) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (9/1)

1983 – Korean Air tragedy: A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 is shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the plane entered Soviet airspace. All 269 on board are killed...

2004 – Chechen terrorism: More than 1,000 are taken hostage by heavily armed Chechen militants at a school in southern Russia. More than 330, almost all of them children, are killed during the three-day ordeal...

2012 – Number One on this date:We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” - Taylor Swift...

2012 – Half of the team: 91-year old songwriter (lyricist) Hal David of the famous Bacharach-David songwriting team dies of a stroke...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/1) Zendaya (19), Kenny Mayne (56), Gloria Estefan (58), Dr. Phil McGraw (65), Barry Gibb (69), Archie Bell (71), Lily Tomlin (75), Alan Dershowitz (77) & George Maharis (87)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), Labor Day (6) (9/7) & NFL Opener (9) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (9/2)

1901 – Big stick policy: U.S. VP Teddy Roosevelt utters the famous phrase: “Speak softly and carry a big stick”...

1945 – White flag is up: Japan formally surrenders in ceremonies aboard the U.S. Missouri. World War II is officially over...

1963 – Extending the news:CBS Evening News” becomes network television's first half-hour weeknight news broadcast – from 15 to 30 minutes...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/2) Salma Hayek (49), Lennox Lewis (50), Keanu Reeves (51), Jimmy Connors (63), Mark Harmon (64), Terry Bradshaw (67), Joe Simon (72), Jimmy Clanton (75), Peter Ueberroth (78), D.Wayne Lucas (80) & Chuck McCann (81)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), Labor Day (5) (9/7) & NFL Opener (8) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (9/3)

1951 – The Search begins: The first long-running American TV soap, "Search For Tomorrow", debuts on the CBS-TV network...

1976 – Trip to Mars: The unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 lands on Mars to take the first close-up color photos of the planet's surface...

2004 – Crisis over: The Beslan (Russia) school hostage crisis ends on its third day with the deaths of over 330, more than half of whom are children...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/3) Shaun White (29), Charlie Sheen (50), Malcolm Gladwell (52), Steve Schirripa (58), Valerie Perrine (72), Al Jardine (73) & Mort Walker (92)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), Labor Day (4) (9/7) & NFL Opener (7) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (9/4)

1781 – Happy Birthday L.A. Los Angeles is founded by Spanish settlers...

1957 – A black eye for Arkansas: The National Guard is ordered by Gov. Orval Faubus to keep 9 black students from entering Little Rock's Central High School...

1971 – Number One on this date: "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" - Paul & Linda McCartney...

1972 – Olympic record-breaker: Swimmer Mark Spitz becomes the first person to win 7 gold medals at a single Olympic Games when the U.S. wins the 400-meter relay in Munich. In 2004 Michael Phelps will start a run that will make the world forget who Mark Spitz was...

1976 - Number One on this date:You Should Be Dancing” - Bee Gees...1982 -Abracadabra” - Steve Miller Band...

2002 – First and finest: Kelly Clarkson is voted the first “American Idol”. Kelly remains the Idol with the most prolific career of any other AI contestant...

2014 - No more laughter: Joan Rivers dies during a minor throat procedure at the age of 81...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/4) Beyoncé (34), Mike Piazza (47), Damon Wayans (55), Dr. Drew Pinsky (57), Tom Watson (66) & Mitzi Gaynor (84)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), Labor Day (3) (9/7) & NFL Opener (6) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (9/5)...

1957 – And the beat goes on:On The Road” is published. The Jack Kerouac classic is called the defining novel of the “Beat Generation”...

1972 – Bloody Olympics: A Palestinian terrorist group called “Black September” attacks and takes hostage 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Two die in the attack and nine die the following day...

1975 – Ford ducks: Pres. Gerald R. Ford escapes an attempt on his life in Sacramento (CA) by Lynette Squeaky Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson...

1997 – Everyone's mother: Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa dies in Calcutta at 87...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/5) Michael Keaton (64), Raquel Welch (75), William Devane (78), Bill Mazeroski (79), Carol Lawrence (83) & Bob Newhart (86)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), Labor Day (2) (9/7) & NFL Opener (5) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (9/6)

1975 – Number One on this date:Rhinestone Cowboy” - Glen Campbell...1980 -Upside Down” - Diana Ross...1986 -Venus” - Bananarama...

1995 – Meet the new Ironman: Cal Ripken Jr. passes Lou Gehrig's 56-year record of consecutive games played. Ripken ends his 17-year career in 1998 with 2,632 consecutive games played...

1997 – Farewell to a Princess: The world bids farewell to Princess Diana at a funeral service at Westminster Abbey. Over a million attend the funeral and 2.5 billion watch the services on TV...

2014 – Number One on this date:Shake It Off” - Taylor Swift...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/6) Paul Manusama (30), Pippa Middleton (32), Macy Gray (48), Rosie Perez (51), Chris Christie (53), Elizabeth Vargas (53), Jeff Foxworthy (57), Jane Curtin (68), Larry Lucchino (70), Roger Waters (72) & Jo Anne Worley (78)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), Labor Day (1) (9/7) & NFL Opener (4) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (9/7) (Labor Day)

1927 – Must-See TV: Philo T. Farnsworth succeeds in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using an image dissector, leading to the advent of television...

1963 – Another Hall Of Fame: The Pro Football Hall Of Fame opens in Canton (OH) with 17 charter members...

1979 – All-sports all the time: ESPN debuts with Lee Leonard introducing George Grande who describes the format of the first all-sports cable network. ESPN will go 24 hours in 1980...

1979 – Chrysler needs help: The auto manufacturer asks the U.S. government for $1.5 billion to avoid bankruptcy...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (9/7) Shane Mosley (44), Michael Feinstein (59), Diane Warren (59), Corbin Bernsen (61), Chrissie Hynde (64), Julie Kavner (65), Gloria Gaynor (66), Suzyn Waldman (69) & Dan Ingram (81)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (Ongoing) (Until 9/13), Labor Day (Today) (9/7) & NFL Opener (3) (9/10)...


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Is Doing Just Fine Thanks...

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

 

The naysayers have been predicting the death of radio for decades. To those people I say nothing is further from the truth. Take it from Forbes which underscores Nielsen's second quarter 2015 report which finds the highest number of people turning into radio - ever...The report shows a whopping 245 million people listened to the radio at least once a week. That is an incredible 91% of the American population twelve or older. The only thing the radio industry could improve on in an effort to attract more advertising dollars would be to find a way to keep people listening longer...Radio's accessibility is a huge reason for the continued success of one of the oldest mediums around. Most Americans listen to radio in their cars on their way to work and stick with radio once they get there rather than change to a different device. There are still millions of people who haven't tried a streaming service but everyone knows how to click on a radio and they still do...

 

Timeline Memories (8/24)

1814] Washington sizzles: British forces invade Washington D.C. setting fire to the Capitol & White House...

1981] Sentenced: Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for murdering John Lennon...

1989] Banned from baseball: MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti bans Pete Rose permanently for betting on sports, including baseball when he managed the Reds...

1991] Soviet Union defection: Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He will remain president until the end of the year...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/24) David Gregory (45), Marlee Matlin (50), Craig Kilborn (53), Cal Ripken Jr. (55), Vince McMahon (70), Mason Williams (77) & Kenny Baker (81)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (7) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (14) (9/7) & NFL Opener (17) (9/10)... .

Timeline Memories (8/25)

1962] Number One on this date: "The Loco-motion" – Little Eva...1973] -  "Brother Louie" – Stories...

1975] Released on this date: "Born To Run" LP – Bruce Springsteen...

1979] Number One on this date: “My Sharona” – The Knack...

1986] Released on this date: "Graceland" LP – Paul Simon...

2003] Hanging up his racket: Tennis champ Pete Sampras retires during a news conference on the first day of the U.S. Open. In 2007 Sampras enters the Tennis Hall of Fame...

2009] Losing a political leader: Edward M. Kennedy dies of brain cancer at his home in Hyannis Port. Teddy was 77...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/25) Blake Lively (28), Claudia Schiffer (45), Rachael Ray (47), Billy Ray Cyrus (54), Elvis Costello (61), Gene Simmons (66), Tom Skerritt (82), Regis Philbin (84), Sean Connery (85) & Monty Hall (94)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (6) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (13) (9/7) & NFL Opener (16) (9/10)...

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Timeline Memories (8/26)

1939] Baseball on TV: Major League Baseball is televised for the first time on experimental station W2XBS. It's a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers & Cincinnati Reds from Ebbets Field...

1968] Released on this date: "Hey Jude" – Beatles...

1972] Number One on this date: "Brandy" – Looking Glass...

1986] Rough Sex death: Jennifer Levin is found strangled to death in Central Park. Preppie killer Robert Chambers confesses but uses a "rough sex" defense. He serves only 15 years for the murder but will eventually spend several years in prison on various drug charges...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/26) Macaulay Culkin (35), Melissa McCarthy (45), Leon Redbone (66), Valerie Simpson (69) & Tommy Heinsohn (81)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (5) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (12) (9/7) & NFL Opener (15) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/27)

1967] Gone before his time: Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles is found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills at 33...

2008] Historic choice: Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is nominated to run for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver...

2011] Number One on this date: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)" - Katy Perry...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/27) Joe D'Ambrosio (39?), Julie Brown (56), Paul Reubens aka Pee Wee Herman (63), Tuesday Weld (72), Daryl ("The Captain") Dragon (73) & Tommy Sands (78)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (4) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (11) (9/7) & NFL Opener (14) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/28)

1922] First Radio commercial: Broadcast radio airs its first radio spot on New York City's first radio station – WEAF. It's a 10-minute commercial for an apartment complex in Jackson Heights (Queens). WEAF will become WNBC...

1961] Number One on this date: "Wooden Heart" – Joe Dowell...

1963] I have a dream: A quarter of a million people participate in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington (DC) where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently delivers his "I Have A Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial...

1967] Newsradio 88: WCBS-AM changes its format to All-News...

1996] D-I-V-O-R-C-E: Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana end 15 years of marriage by divorcing...

2005] Evacuation day: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin orders everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/28) Florence (Florence and The Machine) Welch (29), LeeAnn Rimes (33), Jason Priestly (46), Jack Black (46), Shania Twain (50), Scott Hamilton (57) & David Soul (72)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (3) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (10) (9/7) & NFL Opener (13) (9/10)... .

 

Timeline Memories (8/29)

1964] Released on this date: "Oh, Pretty Woman" – Roy Orbison...

1966] Beatles wrap it up: The Beatles play their last U.S. date at Candlestick Park in San Francisco...

2005] Katrina strikes: Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle killing an estimated 1,836 and causing over $108 billion in damage...

2007] Nuke danger: Six U.S. cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads are flown without proper authorization from Minot Air Force Base (ND) to Barksdale Air Force Base (LA)...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/29) Lea Michele (29), Rebecca DeMornay (56), Jerry Bailey (58), Robin Leach (74), Elliot Gould (77) & John McCain (79)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (2) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (9) (9/7) & NFL Opener (12) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/30)

1958] Teenage DJ: WINS Program Director Mel Leeds hires 16-year old Mitch Lebe aka "The Teenage Disc Jockey". Mitch will move from DJ to news and spend over 50 years as a New York City newsman at such stations as WINS, WCBS & WBBR...

1963] It's for you comrade: The hot-line communications link between Washington (DC) and Moscow is operational...

1964] Beatles hit the beach: The Beatles draw 18,000 to the Atlantic City Convention Hall. I was a DJ at WMID and my daughter Lynn was born in Atlantic City earlier in the year. In late summer the Democrats would hold their national convention at the same venue the Beatles played...

1965] Released on this date: "Highway 61 Revisited" LP – Bob Dylan...

1986] Number One on this date: "Higher Love" – Steve Winwood...

2005] New Orleans in chaos: A day after Hurricane Katrina hits, floodwaters cover 80% of New Orleans. Looting spreads and rescuers in helicopters and boats pick up hundreds of stranded people...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/30) Andy Roddick (33), Gordon (WRKO alum) Brown (39?), Cameron Diaz (43), Michael Chiklis (52), Robert Parish (62), Lewis Black (67), Peggy Lipton (69), Elizabeth Ashley (76) & Warren Buffett (85)...Timeline Countdown (Days Until) U.S. Open (1) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (8) (9/7) & NFL Opener (11) (9/10)... .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Streaming Numbers Show Strength...

 

Monday, August 10, 2015

 

Triton Digital has just released new streaming numbers (June 2015) which show that time spent listening to digital radio is growing among both pure plays and broadcast radio. Those with over an hour of average time spent listening vary in format with modern rock idobi Radio leading the pack with 1.93 hours...In second place is AccuRadio, featuring all formats at 1.71 hours. Broadcaster Townsquare Media with over 100 radio stations of varying formats is third with 1.61 hours, followed by Urban formatted Radio One with 55 radio stations at 1.50 hours. Rounding out the top 5 ranked pure plays and broadcast radio stations is Christian formatted EMF Corp. (245 stations) at 1.27 hours. There are two other broadcast groups with TSL over an hour: New York Public Radio at 1.07 hours and the 50-station chain at Hubbard Broadcasting with 1.06 hours. Next in rank order is CBS Radio Inc. at .87 hours....

 

Timeline Memories (8/10)

1969] The slaughter continues: Leno & Rosemary LaBianca are murdered in their Los Angeles home by members of Charles Manson's cult, one day after the deaths of Sharon Tate and 4 others...

1977] Son of Sam busted: Postal employee David Berkowitz aka "The Son of Sam" is captured and arrested in Yonkers (NY). He will be sentenced to 6 consecutive terms of 25 years to life for killing 6 on his murderous spree...

1981] Adam Walsh: The head of murdered Adam Walsh is found. Adam's dad, John will create the TV series "America's Most Wanted"...

1995] Oklahoma City bombers bagged: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are indicted for the bombing. Michael Fortier pleads guilty in a plea-bargain for his testimony..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/10) Angie Harmon (43), Antonio Banderas (55), Rosanna Arquette (56), Ian Anderson (68), Ronnie Spector (72), Betsey Johnson (73) & Rhonda Fleming (92)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (21) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (28) (9/7) & NFL Opener (31) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Countdown (8/11)

1965] Watts explodes: Thirty-four are killed and more than 1,000 injured during race rioting in the Watts area of Los Angeles...

1966] Lennon apologizes: John Lennon holds a press conference in Chicago to apologize for his remarks regarding the popularity of the Beatles: "I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I would have gotten away with it. I'm sorry I opened my mouth. I'm not anti-God, anti-Christ or anti-religion. I was not knocking it. I was not saying we are greater or better."

1984] Is this mic live? Not too many people, especially the Russians, are amused when Pres. Ronald Reagan jokes "We begin bombing in 5 minutes" while doing a sound check prior to his weekly Saturday radio address on National Public Radio...

1984] Number One on this date: "Ghostbusters" – Ray Parker Jr...2007] "Beautiful Girls" – Sean Kingston..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/11) Viola Davis (50), Joe Jackson (61), Hulk Hogan (62), Steve Wozniak (65), Marilyn vos Savant (69), Claus von Bulow (89) & Arlene Dahl (90)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (20) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (27) (9/7) & NFL Opener (30) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/12)

1978] Number One on this date: "Three Times A Lady" – Commodores...

1981] First PC: IBM introduces the "5150" – the first personal computer...

1994] Strike 3 – you're out: MLB players go on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike will last 232 days, cancelling the World Series for the first time in 90 years...

2004] I am a gay American: The words of NJ Gov. James E. McGreevey who announces his resignation and acknowledges an extramarital affair with a man...

2009] A legend is gone: Legendary musician Les Paul dies from complications of pneumonia. The man they named a guitar for was 94..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/12) Pete Sampras (44), Peter Krause (50), Mark Knopfler (66), Sam Rosen (68) & George Hamilton (76). Happy Anniversary Diane...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (19) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (26) (9/7) & NFL Opener (29) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/13)

1942] Baby deer in the headlights: Walt Disney's "Bambi" premieres at Radio City Music Hall (NYC)...

1966] Number One on this date: "Summer In The City" – Lovin' Spoonful...1988] "Roll With It" – Steve Winwood...

1995] Yankee Great: MLB Hall Of Famer Mickey Mantle dies of liver cancer at 63...

2008] All-Time Olympian: Michael Phelps swims into history as the wining-est Olympic athlete ever with his 10th & 11th career gold medals. After competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics Phelps totals 22 medals, including 18 gold medals..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/13) Debi Mazar (51), John Slattery (53), Sam Champion (54), Danny Bonaduce (56) & Pat Harrington (86)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (18) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (25) (9/7) & NFL Opener (28) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/14)

1945] Waving the white flag: Pres. Harry S. Truman announces that Japan has surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II (due to time difference, August 15 in Japan)...

1965] Number One on this date: "I Got You Babe" – Sonny & Cher...

1965] Chart debut on this date: "Hang On Sloopy" – McCoys (debuts on the charts on it's way to #1 October 2, 1965)...

1980] Lech makes history: Lech Walesa leads workers to a strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. This job action results in the creation of the Solidarity labor movement...

2003] Lights out: A massive blackout hits the northeast and parts of Canada with 50 million losing power..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/14) Tim Tebow (28), Clay Buchholz (31), Mila Kunis (32), Halle Berry (49), Magic Johnson (56), Marcia Gay Harden (56), Danielle Steel (68), Susan Saint James (69), Steve Martin (70), David Crosby (74) & Buddy Greco (89)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (17) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (24) (9/7) & NFL Opener (27) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/15)

1939] Somewhere over the rainbow: The "Wizard Of Oz" premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood...

1952] Rupert Holmes takes note: The Caribe Hilton Hotel's Beachcomber Bar in San Juan (PR) takes credit for making the first "Pina Colada" – a drink Rupert Holmes will immortalize in song...

1964] Number One on this date: "Everybody Loves Somebody" – Dean Martin...1981] "Endless Love" – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie...

1965] Shea welcome: The Beatles play Shea Stadium in front of 55,000 fans...

1969] Woodstock: Richie Havens opens the 3-day music event. Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Canned Heat and others wait for their turn to perform..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/15) Jennifer Lawrence (25), Joe Jonas (26), Ben Affleck (43), Anthony Anderson (45), Debra Messing (47), Princess Anne (65), Jimmy Webb (69), Linda Ellerbee (71), Mike Connors (90) & Rose Marie (92)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (16) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (23) (9/7) & NFL Opener (26) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/16)

1948] The Bambino exits: MLB Hall Of Famer Babe Ruth dies at 53...

1954] Time creates a sports publication: Sports Illustrated is published with Braves slugger Eddie Matthews on its cover...

1977] The King is gone: Elvis Presley dies suddenly at home in Memphis. Cause of death is listed as "coronary arrhythmia". The world mourns the 42-year old pop icon...

1986] Number One on this date: "Papa Don't Preach" – Madonna...

2008] Butterfly perfection: Michael Phelps wins the 100-meter butterfly by a hundredth of a second for his 7th gold medal (Beijing Olympics). Phelps ties Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Phelps owns all the records after the London games..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/16) Rumer Willis (27), Bonnie Bernstein (45), Steve Carell (53), Timothy Hutton (55), Madonna (57), Angela Bassett (57), James Cameron (61), Kathie Lee Gifford (62), Julie Newmar (82) & Ann Blyth (87)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (15) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (22) (9/7) & NFL Opener (25) (9/10)... 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Attention Span Matters To Marketers...

 

Monday, August 17, 2015

 

How quickly can the average person make a decision on whether they like something or not? Consider this: In 2000 the average human attention span was 12 seconds. A recent study showed that attention span from 15 years ago has now shrunk to 8.25 seconds, posts Research Director Inc. Microsoft recently reported that humans now have an attention span shorter than a goldfish (which is 9 seconds)...Does this mean that commercials will now shrink accordingly? Whether you see or hear a 15 second, 30 second or a full minute spot, what happens in the beginning of the ad is all that counts. Marketers have to grab you right away and 8.25 seconds is not a lot to work with.The ad, like it or not, has to stick with you to be effective, even if it annoys you.  Brevity is what made the Drake format so successful in the 60s and 70s. None of us program directors ever took a stopwatch to time how long the intros to music were but we didn't have to. We could tell whether that 5 to 10 second intro kept the excitement of the format going until the vocals hit. It applies even more today with a shrinking attention span...

 

Timeline Memories (8/17)

1968] Number One on this date: "People Got To Be Free" – Rascals...1974] "The Night Chicago Died" – Paper Lace...

1969] Woodstock plays on: The historic music festival rocks out into the wee hours of August 18th. Jimi Hendrix is the final act to perform...

1998] Bill fesses up: Pres. Bill Clinton finally admits to an improper relationship with "That woman, Miss Lewinsky"...

2008] Gold Medal #8: Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win 8 gold medals in one Olympic Games...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/17) Dustin Pedroia (32), Donnie Wahlberg (46), Sean Penn (55), Belinda Carlisle (57), Robert DeNiro (72) & Maureen O'Hara (95)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (14) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (21) (9/7) & NFL Opener (24) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/18)

1963] Breaking the barrier: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi...

1973] Number One on this date: "Touch Me In The Morning" – Diana Ross...2001] "Fallin'" - Alicia Keys...

2005] Life sentence: BTK serial killer Dennis Rader is sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms. Rader will be eligible for parole – NEVER!!!

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/18) Andy Samberg (37), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (45), Edward Norton (46), Christian Slater (46), Bob Woodruff (54), Dennis Leary (58), Martin Mull (72), Robert Redford (79) & Rosalynn Carter (88)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (13) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (20) (9/7) & NFL Opener (23) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/19)

1929] And the Kingfish makes three: "Amos 'n' Andy" debuts on the NBC Blue Network. When the sitcom moves to TV, CBS carries it...

2004] Private no more: Google goes public, opening at $85 and closing at $22 million shares sold. The stock is now over $633 (Class C) a share...

2010] Last one out turn off the lights: The last U.S. combat brigade exits Iraq although we continue to have a presence there...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/19) Matthew Perry (46), Kyra Sedgwick (50), John Stamos (52), Ron Darling (55), Adam Arkin (59), Mary Matalin (62), Bill Clinton (69), Fred Thompson (73), Johnny Nash (75), Jill Saint John (75), Ginger Baker (76), Renee Richards (81) & Debra Paget (82)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (12) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (19) (9/7) & NFL Opener (22) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/20)

1858] Theory of evolution: Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in an English journal...

1882] Back to 1812: Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow...

1977] Number One on this date: "Best Of My Love" – Emotions...

1989] Self-defense claim: Record executive Jose Menendez and his wife Kitty are shot to death by their sons Lyle & Eric, who claim self-defense after years of being abused...

2006] Flag photog: Former AP photographer Joe Rosenthal who took the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising picture during World War II, passes away at 94...

2009] Pan Am 103 update: The only man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland returns home to Libya to a hero's welcome after release from a Scottish prison on compassionate (terminal health issues) grounds. He dies in May 2012...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/20) Demi Lovato (23), Amy Adams (41), Joan Allen (59), Al Roker (61), Robert Plant (67), Connie Chung (69), Ron Paul (80), George Mitchell (82) & Don King (84)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (11) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (18) (9/7) & NFL Opener (21) (9/10)... 

 

Timeline Memories (8/21)

1878] Raising the bar: The American Bar Association is founded in Saratoga (NY)...

1959] Aloha: Hawaii is our 50th and last state. Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower issues the order to place another star on the U.S. flag...

1983] Hello, Goodbye: Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr. ends a self-imposed exile in the U.S. but is shot dead moments after stepping off a plane in his return to Manila...

1987] Released on this date: "The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack" LP...

2013] Farewell to Sid: Long-time music producer and promoter (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, Moody Blues & Kinks) Sid Bernstein passes away at 95...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/21) Hayden Panettiere (26), Usain Bolt (29), Kim Cattrall (59), Harry Smith (64), Patty McCormack (70), Jackie De Shannon (74), Kenny Rogers (77) & Melvin Van Peebles (83)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (10) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (17) (9/7) & NFL Opener (20) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/22)

1851] America's Cup debut: The first America's Cup is won by the yacht "America"...

1902] A new motor car is born: The Cadillac Motor Company is founded...

1965] Going batty: Giants pitcher Juan Marichal conks Dodgers catcher John Roseboro in the head with a bat during an on-field brawl at a Dodgers-Giants game...

1970] Number One on this date: "Make It With You" – Bread...

1989] Record Setting: Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson to become the first MLB pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts. Ryan holds the record to this day with 5,714 career strikeouts...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/22) Jeff Mazzei (39?), Kristen Wiig (42), Ty Burrell (48), Tori Amos (52), Diana Nyad (66), Cindy Williams (68), Steve Kroft (70), Bill Parcels (74), Valerie Harper (76), Carl Yastrzemski (76) & Paul Maguire (77)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (9) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (16) (9/7) & NFL Opener (19) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/23)

1927] Sacco & Vanzetti: Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed in Boston for the murders of 2 men during a 1920 robbery...

2000] Surviving: Fifty-one million viewers watch the first season finale of "Survivor" on CBS-TV. The first winner, Richard Hatch wins a cool million...

2011] Deposed: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown by the National Transitional Council forces during the 2011 Libyan civil war......

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/23) Kobe Bryant (37), Jeremy Schaap (46), Rick Springfield (66), Shelley Long (66), Ron Blomberg (67), Barbara Eden (84), Mark Russell (83) & Vera Miles (85)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (8) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (15) (9/7) & NFL Opener (18) (9/10)... .

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank Jeff Smulyan For The AT&T Deal...

 

Monday, August 3, 2015

 

Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis Communications, developer of NextRadio, should take a well-deserved bow for being in the forefront of the movement to get traditional radio in cellphones. Inside Radio quotes Smulyan: "This has been a long-term strategy. The message to our industry is if we keep promoting it and focus on those remaining carriers, I think you'll see deals everywhere."...The first carrier deal was with Sprint in 2013. It cost the radio industry $45 million over three years to get FM installed or activated in 30 million handsets. As of February 2015, the smartphone app had 2 million downloads, enough to convince AT&T to jump in. By April, AT&T said it was ready to do a deal. It took 90 days for the two sides to hammer out a final contract. This time radio won't have to pay AT&T to activate FM chips in its handsets. "We didn't have to because we primed the pump with Sprint." AT&T will share with radio in revenue from interactive advertising delivered on its platform. Emmis has not disclosed what cut AT&T will get. They do say it is a smaller percentage than Sprint will receive. Well done Jeff...

 

Timeline Memories (8/3)

1949] Merger heaven: The Basketball Association Of America (BAA) merges with the National Basketball League (NBL) to form the National Basketball Association (NBA)...

1963] Released on this date: "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadda" – Allan Sherman...

1968] Number One on this date: "Hello, I Love You" – Doors...

1981] See ya, see ya – wouldn't wanna be ya: The PATCO traffic controllers' union pulls its traffic controllers' out on strike. After being warned by Pres. Ronald Reagan they will be replaced if they stay out – they are! "Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/3) Mamie Gummer (32), Evangeline Lilly (36), Tom Brady (38), Jay ("Dennis The Menace") North (64), Martha Stewart (74), Beverly (Shirelles) Lee (74), Martin Sheen (75), Tony Bennett (89) & Marv Levy (90)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Pro Football HOF Induction (5) (8/8), U.S. Open (28) (8/31-9/13), Labor Day (35) (9/7) & NFL Opener (38) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/4)

1892] An ax job: Andrew & Abby Borden are axed to death in their Fall River (MA) home by Andrew's daughter (Lizzie) from a previous marriage...

1973] Number One on this date: "The Morning After" – Maureen McGovern...2001] "Bootylicious" – Destiny's Child...

1987] In all fairness: The FCC rescinds the Fairness Doctrine requiring "balanced reporting" on controversial issues and political campaigns, aka "Equal Time"...

2010] Released on this date: "Mine" – Taylor Swift..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/4) Jeff Gordon (44), Roger Clemens (53), Barack Obama (54), Gerry Cooney (59), Billy Bob Thornton (60), John Riggins (66), Richard Belzer (71), Cleon Jones (73) & Dallas Green (81)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Pro Football HOF Induction (4) (8/8), U.S. Open (27) (8/31-9/13),Labor Day (34) (9/7) & NFL Opener (37) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/5)

1957] Cue Barry Manilow: "American Bandstand", hosted by Dick Clark makes its network TV debut on ABC-TV. I can remember sending the press release out from the ABC mailroom, where I worked. Forty years later I was hired by Dick and Nick Verbitsky to do affiliate relations for their company, United Stations Radio Networks (USRN)...

1962] Hollywood shocker: The body of 36-year old blond bombshell Marilyn Monroe is discovered in her Los Angeles home. Death is ruled a probable suicide but to this day a controversy remains about the cause of MM's death...

1969] In living color: Mariner 7 flies by Mars, sending back photos and scientific data about the planet...

2013] A-Rod banned: New York Yankees' slugger Alex Rodriguez is banned for 211 games for his role in the Biogenesis baseball scandal. His banning is reduced to one full season (2014). He returns for Spring Training and plays in the 2015 season......"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/5) Jonathan Silverman (49), Patrick Ewing (53), Maureen (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia) McCormick (59), Bernie Carbo (68), Rick Derringer (68) & Loni Anderson (70)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Pro Football HOF Induction (3) (8/8), U.S. Open (26) (8/31-9/13),Labor Day (33) (9/7) & NFL Opener (36) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/6)

1945] Dropping A Bomb: The Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber drops the first atomic bomb. Little Boy buries Hiroshima, Japan. An estimated 140,000 are ultimately killed in all...

1965] Released on this date: "Help" LP – Beatles (UK). The LP is released on the 13th in the U.S...

1967] AOR Radio: The Album Rock Radio format at KMPX-FM (San Francisco) is expanded to full-time by newly hired program director Tom Donahue (referred to as the father of the format)...

2009] Justice is served: Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice by a U.S. Senate vote of 68-31..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/6) Soleil Moon Frye (39), Geraldine (Ginger Spice) Halliwell (43), M.Night Shyamalan (45) Mike ("Mike & Mike") Greenberg (48), David Robinson (50) & Jim McGreevey (58)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Pro Football HOF Induction (2) (8/8), U.S. Open (25) (8/31-9/13),Labor Day (32) (9/7) & NFL Opener (35) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/7)

1955] Transistor age begins: Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan...

1964] LBJ gains power over Vietnam: The U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving Lyndon Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnam...

1971] Number One on this date: "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" – Bee Gees...1976] "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" – Elton John and Kiki Dee....

2007] Clearly a record: Barry Bonds becomes baseball's career home run leader when he hits No. 756 during a home game in San Francisco. Bonds passes Hank Aaron whether or not he used that clear substance to enhance his chances. In 2015 the feds stopped their investigation...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/7) Charlize Theron (40), David Duchovny (55), Wayne ("Newman") Knight (60), B.J. Thomas (73), Garrison Keillor (73) & Don Larsen (86)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Pro Football HOF Induction (1) (8/8), U.S. Open (24) (8/31-9/13),Labor Day (31) (9/7) & NFL Opener (34) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/8)

1968] The beginning & the end of Richard Nixon: Richard M. Nixon & Spiro T. Agnew are chosen running mates at the Republican National Convention. Six years later (to the date) in 1974, Nixon resigns from office, a victim of the Watergate Scandal...

1969] Abbey Road photo: At a zebra-striped crossing in London, the photo that will become the cover of the Abbey Road album is taken by photographer Iain Macmillan...

1990] Iraq invades: Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq. The Gulf War is on its way...

2008] Rolling 8's: The superstitious Chinese open the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing on 8-8-08. As you might have guessed, 8 is their lucky number..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/8) Roger Federer (34), Drew Lachey (39), David Howell Evans aka "The Edge" (54), Deborah Norville (57) Robin ("Oh Howard") Quivers (63), Keith Caradine (66), Connie Stevens (77), Dustin Hoffman (78), Frank ("Hondo") Howard (79) & Mel Tillis (83)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Pro Football HOF Induction (Today) (8/8), U.S. Open (23) (8/31-9/13),Labor Day (30) (9/7) & NFL Opener (33) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (8/9)

1945] Another A bomb: The U.S. drops another atomic bomb – this time on Nagasaki – three days after Hiroshima. In all, about 74,000 are killed and Japan will surrender on August 14, 1945...

1969] A blood bath in Hollywood: Sharon Tate and 4 others are found murdered at Tate's residence in Los Angeles. Charles Manson and several members of his cult are later convicted of the horrific murders...

1974] A final wave goodbye: Richard M. Nixon waves goodbye to the nation. He is replaced as U.S. President by VP Gerald Ford...

1995] Death of a music legend: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead dies of a heart attack at 53..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/9) Anna Kendick (30), Chris Cuomo (45), Gillian Anderson (47), Deion Sanders (48), Hoda Kotb (51), Melanie Griffith (58), David Steinberg (73) & Bob Cousy (87)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) U.S. Open (22) (8/31-9/13),Labor Day (29) (9/7) & NFL Opener (32) (9/10)... 


 

 

 

 

 

Radio Is Still In The Media Mix...

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

 

Radio may not be at the top of the list in sales effectiveness but it still is competitive. According to the new Nielsen Global New Product Innovation Survey for Q1 2015, digitally savvy generation Z (15-20) and Millennials (21-34) use some traditional ad vehicles as sources for new product information as much or more than older demos. And both age groups cite TV and radio as sources at similar levels as their generation X (35-49) and baby boomer (50-64) counterparts. It's also interesting to note these two younger groups are more inclined to use outdoor ads, public transportation ads and event advertising to learn about new products...This new study finds TV ads are still No.1 in ad effectiveness (52%) with internet ads (including pop-ups and banners) (26%), outdoor (15%), radio (10%) and video sharing (9%) in that order...

 

Timeline Memories (7/27)

1953] War is over: The Korean War armistice is signed at Panmunjom, ending 3 years of fighting. In 1995, a memorial to the war veterans is dedicated in Washington...

1985] Number One on this date: Everytime You Go AwayPaul Young...1991] (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams...

1996] Olympic bomber: A home-made bomb explodes in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, killing one person and injuring more than 100. Eric Robert Rudolph was sentenced for the bombing..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/27) Ron Alexenburg (39?), Alex Rodriguez (40), Maya Rudolph (43), Maureen McGovern (66), Peggy Fleming (67), Bobbie Gentry (71), Jerrry Van Dyke (84) & Norman Lear (93)...Timeline CountdownPro Football HOF Induction (13) (8/8), Labor Day (42) (9/7) & NFL Opener (45) (9/10)... .

 

Timeline Memories (7/28)

1945] Empire is hit: A U.S. bomber crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26. The building only sustains minor damage...

1956] Number One on this date: I Want You, I Need You, I Love YouElvis Presley...2007] Hey There DelilahPlain White T's...

2000] Wave goodbye Kathie Lee: Kathie Lee Gifford makes her final appearance as co-host of Live With Regis & Kathie Lee. The show is now co-hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/28) Scott Pelley (58), Vida Blue (66), Georgia Engel (67), Dick Ebersol (68), Sally Struthers (68), Jonathan Edwards (69), Jim (Garfield) Davis (70) & Bill Bradley (72)...Timeline Countdown: Pro Football HOF Induction (12) (8/8), Labor Day (41) (9/7) & NFL Opener (44) (9/10)... .

 

Timeline Memories (7/29)

1957] Paar for the course: Jack Paar becomes the new host of the Tonight Show. Paar will host until 1962 and the arrival of Johnny Carson. Steve Allen was the first host of the show...

1972] Number One on this date: Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan...

1974] Mama's gone: Mama Cass Elliot dies from heart failure in London at 32. Erroneous reports had circulated for years that she choked on a ham sandwich – not true according to the coroner...

1976] First victim: The first shooting attributed to the Son of Sam (David Berkowitz) results in the wounding of a couple in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/29) Martina McBride (49), Patti Scialfa (62), Ken Burns (62), Geddy Lee (62), Tim Gunn (62), Tony Sirico (73), Elizabeth Dole (79), Robert Horton (91) & Professor Irwin Corey (101)...Timeline Countdown: Pro Football HOF Induction (11) (8/8), Labor Day (40) (9/7) & NFL Opener (43) (9/10)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/30)

1956] National motto: By order of Congress and approved by Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, In God We Trust becomes an alternative or replacement to E pluribus Unum as our national motto...

1965] Medicaring: Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law, the Social Security Act of 1965 establishing Medicare and Medicaid...

1966] Number One on this date: Yesterday and Today LP – Beatles...1966] Wild Thing – Troggs...1977] I Just Want To Be Your EverythingAndy Gibb...

1975] In a puff of smoke: Former Teamster Union President Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit. Although presumed dead, his remains are never found..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/30) Hilary Swank (41), Terry Crews (47), Lisa Kudrow (51), Lawrence Fishburne (54), Anita Hill (59), Delta Burke (59), Arnold Schwarzenegger (68), Paul Anka (74), Peter Bogdanovich (76), Buddy Guy (79), Bud Selig (81) & Edd (Kookie) Byrnes (82)...Timeline Countdown: Pro Football HOF Induction (10) (8/8), Labor Day (39) (9/7) & NFL Opener (42) (9/10)... 

 

Timeline Memories (7/31)

1968] Recorded on this date: Written by Paul McCartney just days before, Hey Jude begins to be recorded by the Beatles in London...

1977] Son of Sam strikes again: David Berkowitz claims his last victim when he shoots and kills a 20-year old Brooklyn girl. He seriously wounds her date as they sit in a parked car. Berkowitz is arrested less than two weeks later. The Son of Sam is serving 6 sentences of 25 years to life...

1981] Released on this date: Escape LP – Journey (Hit songs include Don't Stop Believin', Who's Crying Now & Open Arms)...

2012] Summer hero: Michael Phelps wins a record 19th Olympic Medal in a freestyle relay at the London games..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/31) Mark Cuban (47), J.K. Rowling (50), Wesley Snipes (53), Deval Patrick (59), Ron Kuby (59), Evonne Goolagong (64), Gary Lewis (70), William Weld (70), Geraldine Chaplin (71), Sherry Lansing (71), Roland Kent Lavoie (Lobo) (72) & Robert Morgenthau (96)...Timeline Countdown: Pro Football HOF Induction (9) (8/8), Labor Day (38) (9/7) & NFL Opener (41) (9/10)... 

 

Timeline Memories (8/1)

1966] Tower horror: Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, climbs the University of Texas tower in Austin and starts shooting. Before he's through, 16 lay dead and 32 are wounded. Whitman is gunned down by police...

1971] Live from Madison Square Garden: Two performances of the Concert For Bangla Desh starring George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Badfinger and others...

1981] I want my MTV: The music video cable channel MTV (Music Television) makes its debut by airing Video Killed The Radio Star (Buggles)...

1981] Number One on this date: Jessie's GirlRick Springfield...

1988] Rush to judgment: Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh begins broadcasting his nationally syndicated radio show. Prior to using his real name, Rush was a disc jockey using the name Jeff Christie. I was Jeff's program director at KQV in Pittsburgh...

2013] Justice is served: Ariel Castro is sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping 3 Cleveland girls and holding them against their will for years. Real justice is served when Castro is found hanging in his cell in September 2013..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/1) Storm N Norman (39?), Tempestt Bledsoe (42), Tom Leykis (59), Roy Williams (65) & Alfonse D'Amato (78)...Timeline Countdown: Pro Football HOF Induction (8) (8/8), Labor Day (37) (9/7) & NFL Opener (40) (9/10)... 

 

Timeline Memories (8/2)

1943] PT-109: Commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, PT-109 sinks after being sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer off the Soloman Islands. The future president is credited with saving members of his crew...

1979] Oh Captain, my captain: Yankees captain, 31-year old catcher Thurman Munson is killed when his private jet crashes near the Akron-Canton (OH) Airport. The baseball world is stunned by his death...

1985] Jumbo jet down: A Delta Air Lines Jumbo Jet crashes while attempting to land in Dallas killing 137...

1986] Number One on this date: Glory Of LovePeter Cetera...2008] DisturbiaRihanna..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (8/2) Cassidy Gifford (22), Charli XCX (XXIII), Tim Wakefield (49), Mary Louise Parker (51), Butch Patrick (62), Lance Ito (65), Dennis Prager (67), Joanna Cassidy (70), Kathy Lennon (72), Wes Craven (76) & Shimon Peres (91)...Timeline Countdown: Pro Football HOF Induction (7) (8/8), Labor Day (36) (9/7) & NFL Opener (39) (9/10)... 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should Radio Ban Voltair?

 

Monday, July 20, 2015

 

There's an uproar in radio among broadcasters about Voltair - the audio processor. Some swear by it, some swear at it. Voltair has already been banned in Canada - will the U.S. follow the lead of our neighbors to the north and ban it here? ...Radio Ink has been one of the trade publications at the forefront of this issue and has reached out to Nielsen to hold an industry wide seminar on the use of Voltair and its affect on PPM numbers. Instead Nielsen will be conducting a webinar for clients only. Voltair allegedly makes radio stations more likely to get noticed by the PPM's detectors. Detractors of Voltair use believe that some formats (spoken-word programming or those with more perceptible 'gaps' are picked up more easily by the device)...It should be noted that should Nielsen admit that Voltair gives stations using it an advantage, it could potentially be sued over flaws in their technology and possibly face liability for years of flawed service...It would be wise for Nielsen to conduct a thorough investigation concerning the use of Voltair. They owe it to their clients to get it right the first time. If Voltair gives an unfair advantage to radio stations being measured, it should be banned...

Timeline Memories (7/20)

1968] Number One on this date: Grazing In The GrassHugh Masekela...

1969] One small step: Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon and documents it: 'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.'...

1993] Murder or suicide?: White House deputy counsel Vince Foster is found shot to death in a park near Washington D.C. His death was ruled a suicide..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/20) Julianne Hough (27), Gisele Bundchen (35), Sandra Oh (44), Dan Shaughnessy (62), Carlos Santana (68), Kim Carnes (70), Tony Oliva (77) & Diana Rigg (77)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (Underway) (Through 7/27), MLB HOF Induction (6) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (19) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/21)

1925] Scoping it out: The Monkey Trial ends with John T. Scopes convicted of violating the state law (Tennessee) for teaching Darwin's Theory Of Evolution. The conviction is later overturned...

1973] Number One on this date: Bad, Bad Leroy BrownJim Croce...

1999] Bodies found: Navy divers find the bodies of JFK Jr., wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette in the wreckage of Kennedy's plane in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard...

2001] Space Shuttle Program ends: NASA's final space shuttle launch ends with The Enterprise flight. The space shuttle is now aboard the Intrepid in Manhattan's Hudson River for all to visit......"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/21) Jon Lovitz (58), Garry Trudeau (67), Cat Stevens (67), Kenneth Starr (69), Janet Reno (77) & Kay Starr (93)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (Underway) (Through 7/27), MLB HOF Induction (5) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (18) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/22)

1934] Dillinger down: A man identified as bank robber John Dillinger is shot to death by federal agents outside a Chicago movie theater...

1991] He's busted – we're disgusted: Milwaukee police arrest Jeffrey Dahmer after finding the remains of 11 victims in his apartment. Dahmer will confess to 17 murders and is sentenced to life in prison. He is murdered by a convict while serving his term...

1995] Convicted: Susan Smith is convicted of first-degree murder for drowning her two sons. She's serving a life term but is eligible for parole in 2024...

2004] Commission report: The 911 Commission issues a report saying America's leaders failed to grasp the gravity of terrorist threats before the 911 attacks...

2013] Royal arrival: His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, third in line to the British Throne, is born. The Prince now has a sister........."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/22) Selena Gomez (23), David Spade (51), John Leguizamo (51), Don Henley (68), Albert Brooks (68), Danny Glover (69), Bobby Sherman (72), Alex Trebek (75), Louise Fletcher (81), Orson Bean (87) & Bob Dole (92)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (Underway) (Through 7/27), MLB HOF Induction (4) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (17) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/23)

1977] Number One on this date: Looks Like We Made ItBarry Manilow...

1984] Vanessa the Undressa: Vanessa Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign her title because she previously posed for nude photos in Penthouse Magazine...

2000] Baby champ: Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to complete a career Grand Slam when he wins the British Open at 24...

2011] Gone too soon: British singer Amy Winehouse dies at 27 from alcohol poisoning..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/23) Daniel Radcliffe (26), Monica Lewinsky (42), Nomar Garciaparra (42), Alison Krauss (44), Slash (50), Woody Harrelson (54), David Essex (68), Don Imus (75) & Gloria DeHaven (90)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (Underway) (Through 7/27), MLB HOF Induction (3) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (16) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/24)

1959] Kitchen debate: That was the Nixon-Khrushchev dust-up about the virtues of capitalism and communism. Nixon was VP & the K-man was Soviet leader. Knives were banned from the debate...

1969] Back from the Moon: Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon, splashes down in the Pacific...

1976] Number One on this date: Kiss And Say GoodbyeManhattans...1982] Eye Of The TigerSurvivor...

1979] Bundy busted: A Miami jury convicts Ted Bundy of first-degree murder in the slayings of two Florida State University sorority sisters. Bundy is executed in 1989.. ..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/24) Bindi Irwin (17), Elisabeth Moss (33), Anna Paquin (33), Jennifer Lopez (46), Kristin Chenoweth (47), Lynda Carter (64), Michael Richards (66), Gallagher (69), Dan Hedaya (75) & Ruth Buzzi (79)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (Underway) (Through 7/27), MLB HOF Induction (2) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (15) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/25)

1956] Tragedy at sea: The Stockholm collides with the Andrea Doria off the coast of Nantucket. Survivors number 1,660 but 51, including the crew go down with the ship...

1965] Plugged in: Bob Dylan goes electric in his first non-acoustic set at the Newport Jazz Festival...

1970] Number One on this date: (They Long To Be) Close To YouCarpenters...

1978] Tubular belle: Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby is born. Louise, now 37 has 2 sons – both conceived naturally...

1990] Roseanne Boo: Roseanne Barr is booed in San Diego for her disgraceful butchering of our national anthem. Following the mangling of the song, she grabs her crotch and spits on the ground......"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/25) Max Litt (6), Louise Brown (37), Matt LeBlanc (48), Iman (60) & John Robinson (80)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (Underway) (Through 7/27), MLB HOF Induction (1) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (14) (8/8)... .

 

Timeline Memories (7/26)

1963] Released on this date: Mickey's MonkeySmokey Robinson & the Miracles...

1975] Number One on this date: The HustleVan McCoy...1986] SledgehammerPeter Gabriel...2014RudeMagic!...

1992] Motown's first diva: Mary Wells dies from larynx cancer, first diagnosed in 1990. Mary was 49..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/26) Kate Beckinsale (42), Jeremy Piven (50), Sandra Bullock (51), Kevin Spacey (56), Dorothy Hamill (59), Helen Mirren (70), Mick Jagger (72), Darlene Love (77) & Marjorie Lord (97)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (Underway) (Through 7/27), MLB HOF Induction (Today) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (13) (8/8)... .


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Streaming Up 92% Mid-Year...

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

 

 

Results of the Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report show a dramatic increase of 92% in on-demand music streaming. According to Rain News, streaming nearly doubled over the first half of 2014. Nielsen says: 'The growth of streaming continues to accelerate.'...Overall, on-demand streaming shows that dynamic 92% growth includes audio and video music streaming. Other findings show 135-billion streams were consumed vs. 70-billion in the first half of 2014 - video music streaming is moving up faster (109%) than audio-only streaming (74%). In addition, total music album consumption gained 14%. That percentage includes 'Streaming Equivalent Albums' (SEA) which Nielsen calculates as 1,500 streams equaling one album purchase. Vinyl record sales amounted to 9% (5.6 million units) of total album sales. Vinyl is the only physical album configuration that grew sales (+38%)...Nielsen's mid-year report focuses on on-demand streaming, measuring consumption in Spotify, Rdio, Slacker, Rhapsody and other interactive services including YouTube and Vevo. Non-interactive services like Pandora and other internet radio platforms, which potentially impact terrestrial radio are not touched by this report...


Timeline Memories (7/13)

1977] Lights out: A 25-hour blackout hits the NYC area...

2010] Lights out for the Boss: New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner dies from a massive heart attack at 80. Sons Hank & Hal take over team operations...

2013] No Glee on this day: Glee actor Cory Monteith, 31, is found dead in Vancouver of 'mixed drug toxicity.'..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/13) Spud Webb (52), Tom (Sponge Bob) Kenny (53), Michael Spinks (59), Tony Kornheiser (67), Cheech Marin (69), Roger McGuinn (73), Harrison Ford (73) & Johnny (Jeopardy) Gilbert (91)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until)  MLB All-Star Game (1) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (6) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (13) (7/26)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/14)

1881] A legend is snuffed out: Outlaw William H. Bonney Jr. aka Billy The Kid is shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett. Billy is buried at the spot he was killed in New Mexico...

1966] Killing spree: 25-year old Richard Speck goes on a rampage in a Chicago dormitory, killing 8 student nurses. Speck will die in prison of a heart attack in 1991. No one claims his cremated remains...

1976] Dems name a candidate: Jimmy Carter wins the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in NYC...

1979] Number One on this date: Bad GirlsDonna Summer...

2003] CIA member fingered: Robert Novak identifies Valerie Plame as a CIA operative in his newspaper column, citing two Bush administration officials..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/14) Darrelle Revis (30), Jane Lynch (55), Tommy Mottola (66), Vincent Pastore (69), Rosey Grier (83) & Harry Dean Stanton (89)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) MLB All-Star Game (Tonight) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (5) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (12) (7/26)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/15)

1989] Number One on this date: If You Don't Know Me By NowSimply Red...

1996] MSNBC debut: Originally a 50/50 partnership between NBC and Bill Gates, NBC Universal took over as principal owner of the network...

1997] Fashion designer killed: Gianni Versace is shot to death outside his home in Miami. Suspect Andrew Cunanan is found dead 8 days later...

2002] American Taliban: John Walker Lindh who fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan is captured. He pleads guilty to 2 felonies sparing him life in prison...

2006] Tweet away: Twitter is launched joining Facebook as one of the two major social webs..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/15) Beth Ostrosky Stern (43), Forest Whitaker (54), Barry Melrose (59), Jesse Ventura (64), Ariana Huffington (65) & Linda Ronstadt (69)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until)  NFL Training Camps (4) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (11) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (24) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/16)

1951] Published on this date: The classic Catcher In The Rye, written by J.D. Salinger. Here's the movie trailer...

1999] Another Kennedy tragedy: John F. Kennedy Jr.'s small plane crashes off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. John's wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren Bessette are also aboard. All 3 bodies are found at sea July 21...

2011] Number One on this date: Party Rock AnthemLMFAO...

2013] All-Star Game: After 49 years, the New York Mets get to host MLB's All-Star Game. The American League gets home field advantage for the World Series by beating the National League 3-0 at Citi-Field..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/16) Barry Sanders (47), Will Ferrell (48), Phoebe Cates (52) & Jimmy Johnson (72)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (3) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (10) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (23) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/17)

1955] Disney park debut: Disneyland opens to the public in Anaheim (CA)...

1996] Tragedy off Long Island: TWA Flight 800 bound for Paris explodes and crashes off L.I. The plane had just lifted off from JFK. All 230 aboard are lost in the Atlantic Ocean. A recent report shows evidence of a friendly-fire missile launch in the area...

2009] Death of a legendary anchor: Dean of all TV network anchors, Walter Cronkite passes away at 92...

2014] Commercial jet shot down: Malaysia Airlines Flight 317 crashes near the border of Ukraine and Russia after being shot down. All 298 aboard are killed..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/17) Tony (DWTS) Dovolani (42), Mark Burnett (55), Bryan Trottier (59), David Hasselhoff (63), Lucie Arnaz (64), Charlie Steiner (66), Camilla Bowles (68), Daryle Lamonica (74), Spencer Davis (76), Diahann Carroll (80) & Donald Sutherland (80)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (2) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (9) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (22) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/18)

1969] Martha's Vineyard tragedy: Mary Jo Kopechne drowns when Massachussetts Sen. Ted Kennedy loses control of his car and plunges in the water. Mary Jo, a Kennedy volunteer was just 27...

1984] McDonald's massacre: James Oliver Huberty opens fire in a San Ysidro (CA) McDonald's killing 21 and injuring 19 others before being shot dead by police...

2005] Bomber busted: Eric Rudolph is sentenced to life in prison for an abortion clinic bombing that kills an off-duty police officer and maims a nurse. Randolph also gets a life term for the bombing of Olympic Park in Atlanta (GA)...

2013] Detroit bellies up: With debts as high as $18.5 billion, the city of Detroit files for chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. It is the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/18) Kristen Bell (35), Deion Branch (36), Elizabeth McGovern (54), Richard Branson (65), Steve Forbes (68), Martha Reeves (74), James Brolin (75), Dion DiMucci (76), Dick Button (86) & John Glenn (94)...    Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (1) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (8) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (21) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/19)

1966] Ole Blue Eyes robs the cradle: 50-year old Frank Sinatra (who had pants older than his new wife) marries 21-year old Mia Farrow. Two years later the divorce is finalized...

1980] The Olympics nobody went to: The Summer Olympics begin in Moscow with dozens of nations (including the U.S.) boycotting because of Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan...

1990] This Rose has thorns: Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose is sentenced to 5 months in jail for tax evasion..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/19) Vitali Klitschko (44), Anthony Edwards (53), Jayson Stark (64), Ilie Nastase (69), Vikki Carr (74), George Hamilton IV (LXXVIII) & Sue Thompson (90)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (Starting today) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (7) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (20) (8/8)... 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Digital Study That Can Help Radio...

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

 

The new Next Generation Of Commerce Study conducted by Acquity Group shows the volatility of consumers who are anxious to jump on the next new social wave. According the the study, 'The content distribution landscape is evolving so rapidly that what is cutting-edge today could be defined as 'traditional' by next year...To date, this Is where most consumers are at: younger generations are more likely to trust social channels than their older counterparts - 29% of college-aged consumers (18-22) and 32% of millennials (23-30) rank Facebook No. 1 while only 16% of baby boomers (52-68) do the same. Older consumers are more likely to trust traditional media, such as print (27%) or online news (20%)...Overall, 23% of consumers say they are influenced by content in news outlets (print and online media). While social media is gaining ground, TV and print media still own the market as key influencers that drive new customers...The study, available at Acquity Group surveyed 2,035 U.S. consumers. Radio was not included in the findings because this was a (visual) digital survey...

 

 

Timeline Memories (7/6)
1933] All-Star first: MLB's first All-Star Game goes to the American League 4-2 at Comiskey Park in Chicago...
1963] Number One on this date: Easier Said Than DoneEssex...
2005] DWTS debut: Soap star Kelly Monaco wins the first season of Dancing With The Stars..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/6) Kevin Hart (36), 50 Cent (40), Ron Duguay (58), Willie Randolph (61), Geoffrey Rush (64), Sylvester Stallone (69), George W. Bush (69), Burt Ward (70), Gene Chandler (78), Dalai Lama (80), Della Reese (84) & Nancy Reagan (94)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): MLB All-Star Game (8) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (13) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (20) (7/26)...
         

Timeline Memories (7/7)
1954] Elvis gets first airplay: WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips plays 'That's All Right' on his show. It's the first Elvis Presley record ever played on radio...
1972] All Oldies all the time: WCBS-FM changes to an Oldies format with the playing of 'Runaround Sue' by Dion...
1973] Number One on this date: Will It Go Round In CirclesBilly Preston...
1987] Ratting out the Prez: Lt. Col. Oliver North begins his public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing. North tells Congress that he never carried out a single act - 'Not one' without authorization......"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/7) Michelle Kwan (35), Jessica Hahn (56), Shelley Duval (66), Ringo Starr (75), David McCullough (82) & Doc Severinsen (88)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): MLB All-Star Game (7) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (12) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (19) (7/26)...         

Timeline Memories  (7/8)
1889] The Business Bible: The Wall Street Journal is published for the first time. WSJ is now available in print and online...
1997] Fen-Phen Feh: The Mayo Clinic and the government warn that diet drug Fen-phen could cause serious heart and lung damage. The drug is pulled in September...
2011] Last launch: Space shuttle Atlantis is launched on its final mission...
2012] Wimbledon champ: Roger Federer wins the Wimbledon Men's Championship by defeating Andy Murray..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/8) Jaden Smith (17), Beck (45), Toby Keith (54), Kevin Bacon (57), Angelica Huston (64), Wolfgang Puck (66), Jeffrey Tambor (71) & Steve Lawrence (80)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): MLB All-Star Game (6) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (11) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (18) (7/26)...


Timeline Memories (7/9)
1997] Banned everywhere: Mike Tyson is banned from the ring and fined $3 million for biting a piece of opponent Evander Holyfield's ear...
2002] Like kissing your sister: The MLB All-Star Game in Milwaukee finishes in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings after both teams run out of pitchers. Commissioner Bud Selig is roundly criticized for calling the game...
2004] Weapons of mass confusion: A Senate Intelligence Committee report concludes the CIA provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration relied on to justify going to war..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/9) Amanda Knox (28), Fred Savage (39), Courtney Love (51), Kelly McGillis (68), Tom Hanks (59), Jimmy Smits (60), John Tesh (63), Richard Roundtree (73), Brian Dennehy (77) & Ed Ames (88)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): MLB All-Star Game (5) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (10) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (17) (7/26)... 

Timeline Memories (7/10)
1965] Number One on this date: (I Can't Get No) SatisfactionRolling Stones...
1985] The real thing: Coke bows to pressure from irate customers after they launch New Coke. They go back to their old formula...
1992] Stiff sentence: Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison on drug and racketeering charges...
1999] World Cup runneth over: The U.S. Women's Soccer team wins the World Cup at the Rose Bowl..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/10) Jessica Simpson (35), Sofia Vergara (43), Chico Resch (67), Arlo Guthrie (68), Mavis Staples (76), Jerry Herman (84), David Dinkins (88) & Jake LaMotta (94)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): MLB All-Star Game (4) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (9) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (16) (7/26)... 

Timeline Memories (7/11)
1798] Strike up the band: The U.S. Marine Corps is created by an act of Congress...1955 The Air Force Academy is dedicated in Colorado at a temporary site in Denver until the permanent home in Colorado Springs is completed in 1959...
1804] Deadly duel: A duel is held in which the Vice President of the U.S., Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton...
1914] Bambino sighting: 19-year old Babe Ruth makes his major league debut as a pitcher for the Red Sox. The Bambino picks up his first win. In 1918 Ruth moves to the outfield...
1970] Number One on this date: Mama Told Me Not To ComeThree Dog Night..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/11) Joe McCoy (39), Nadia Suleman (40), Lisa Rinna (52), Richie Sambora (56), Sela Ward (59), Leon Spinks (62), Giorgio Armani (81) & Tab Hunter (84)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): MLB All-Star Game (3) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (8) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (15) (7/26)... 

Timeline Memories (7/12)
1962] Stones live debut: The Rolling Stones make their first appearance at the Marquee Club in London...
1969] Number One on this date: In The Year 2525 -Zager & Evans...1986] Holding Back The YearsSimply Red...
1979] Gotta match? Disco Demolition Night, the brainchild of WLUP is held between games of a double-header at Comiskey Park and causes the White Sox to forfeit the second game to Detroit..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/12) Topher Grace (37), Kristi Yamaguchi (44), Cheryl Ladd (64), Jay Thomas (67), Richard Simmons (67), Christine McVie (72) & Bill Cosby (78)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): MLB All-Star Game (2) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (7) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (14) (7/26)... 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Streaming Up 92% Mid-Year...

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

 

 

Results of the Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report show a dramatic increase of 92% in on-demand music streaming. According to Rain News, streaming nearly doubled over the first half of 2014. Nielsen says: 'The growth of streaming continues to accelerate.'...Overall, on-demand streaming shows that dynamic 92% growth includes audio and video music streaming. Other findings show 135-billion streams were consumed vs. 70-billion in the first half of 2014 - video music streaming is moving up faster (109%) than audio-only streaming (74%). In addition, total music album consumption gained 14%. That percentage includes 'Streaming Equivalent Albums' (SEA) which Nielsen calculates as 1,500 streams equaling one album purchase. Vinyl record sales amounted to 9% (5.6 million units) of total album sales. Vinyl is the only physical album configuration that grew sales (+38%)...Nielsen's mid-year report focuses on on-demand streaming, measuring consumption in Spotify, Rdio, Slacker, Rhapsody and other interactive services including YouTube and Vevo. Non-interactive services like Pandora and other internet radio platforms, which potentially impact terrestrial radio are not touched by this report...


Timeline Memories (7/13)

1977] Lights out: A 25-hour blackout hits the NYC area...

2010] Lights out for the Boss: New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner dies from a massive heart attack at 80. Sons Hank & Hal take over team operations...

2013] No Glee on this day: Glee actor Cory Monteith, 31, is found dead in Vancouver of 'mixed drug toxicity.'..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/13) Spud Webb (52), Tom (Sponge Bob) Kenny (53), Michael Spinks (59), Tony Kornheiser (67), Cheech Marin (69), Roger McGuinn (73), Harrison Ford (73) & Johnny (Jeopardy) Gilbert (91)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until)  MLB All-Star Game (1) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (6) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (13) (7/26)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/14)

1881] A legend is snuffed out: Outlaw William H. Bonney Jr. aka Billy The Kid is shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett. Billy is buried at the spot he was killed in New Mexico...

1966] Killing spree: 25-year old Richard Speck goes on a rampage in a Chicago dormitory, killing 8 student nurses. Speck will die in prison of a heart attack in 1991. No one claims his cremated remains...

1976] Dems name a candidate: Jimmy Carter wins the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in NYC...

1979] Number One on this date: Bad GirlsDonna Summer...

2003] CIA member fingered: Robert Novak identifies Valerie Plame as a CIA operative in his newspaper column, citing two Bush administration officials..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/14) Darrelle Revis (30), Jane Lynch (55), Tommy Mottola (66), Vincent Pastore (69), Rosey Grier (83) & Harry Dean Stanton (89)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) MLB All-Star Game (Tonight) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (5) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (12) (7/26)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/15)

1989] Number One on this date: If You Don't Know Me By NowSimply Red...

1996] MSNBC debut: Originally a 50/50 partnership between NBC and Bill Gates, NBC Universal took over as principal owner of the network...

1997] Fashion designer killed: Gianni Versace is shot to death outside his home in Miami. Suspect Andrew Cunanan is found dead 8 days later...

2002] American Taliban: John Walker Lindh who fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan is captured. He pleads guilty to 2 felonies sparing him life in prison...

2006] Tweet away: Twitter is launched joining Facebook as one of the two major social webs..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/15) Beth Ostrosky Stern (43), Forest Whitaker (54), Barry Melrose (59), Jesse Ventura (64), Ariana Huffington (65) & Linda Ronstadt (69)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until)  NFL Training Camps (4) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (11) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (24) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/16)

1951] Published on this date: The classic Catcher In The Rye, written by J.D. Salinger. Here's the movie trailer...

1999] Another Kennedy tragedy: John F. Kennedy Jr.'s small plane crashes off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. John's wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren Bessette are also aboard. All 3 bodies are found at sea July 21...

2011] Number One on this date: Party Rock AnthemLMFAO...

2013] All-Star Game: After 49 years, the New York Mets get to host MLB's All-Star Game. The American League gets home field advantage for the World Series by beating the National League 3-0 at Citi-Field..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/16) Barry Sanders (47), Will Ferrell (48), Phoebe Cates (52) & Jimmy Johnson (72)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (3) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (10) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (23) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/17)

1955] Disney park debut: Disneyland opens to the public in Anaheim (CA)...

1996] Tragedy off Long Island: TWA Flight 800 bound for Paris explodes and crashes off L.I. The plane had just lifted off from JFK. All 230 aboard are lost in the Atlantic Ocean. A recent report shows evidence of a friendly-fire missile launch in the area...

2009] Death of a legendary anchor: Dean of all TV network anchors, Walter Cronkite passes away at 92...

2014] Commercial jet shot down: Malaysia Airlines Flight 317 crashes near the border of Ukraine and Russia after being shot down. All 298 aboard are killed..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/17) Tony (DWTS) Dovolani (42), Mark Burnett (55), Bryan Trottier (59), David Hasselhoff (63), Lucie Arnaz (64), Charlie Steiner (66), Camilla Bowles (68), Daryle Lamonica (74), Spencer Davis (76), Diahann Carroll (80) & Donald Sutherland (80)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (2) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (9) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (22) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/18)

1969] Martha's Vineyard tragedy: Mary Jo Kopechne drowns when Massachussetts Sen. Ted Kennedy loses control of his car and plunges in the water. Mary Jo, a Kennedy volunteer was just 27...

1984] McDonald's massacre: James Oliver Huberty opens fire in a San Ysidro (CA) McDonald's killing 21 and injuring 19 others before being shot dead by police...

2005] Bomber busted: Eric Rudolph is sentenced to life in prison for an abortion clinic bombing that kills an off-duty police officer and maims a nurse. Randolph also gets a life term for the bombing of Olympic Park in Atlanta (GA)...

2013] Detroit bellies up: With debts as high as $18.5 billion, the city of Detroit files for chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. It is the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/18) Kristen Bell (35), Deion Branch (36), Elizabeth McGovern (54), Richard Branson (65), Steve Forbes (68), Martha Reeves (74), James Brolin (75), Dion DiMucci (76), Dick Button (86) & John Glenn (94)...    Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (1) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (8) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (21) (8/8)...

 

Timeline Memories (7/19)

1966] Ole Blue Eyes robs the cradle: 50-year old Frank Sinatra (who had pants older than his new wife) marries 21-year old Mia Farrow. Two years later the divorce is finalized...

1980] The Olympics nobody went to: The Summer Olympics begin in Moscow with dozens of nations (including the U.S.) boycotting because of Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan...

1990] This Rose has thorns: Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose is sentenced to 5 months in jail for tax evasion..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/19) Vitali Klitschko (44), Anthony Edwards (53), Jayson Stark (64), Ilie Nastase (69), Vikki Carr (74), George Hamilton IV (LXXVIII) & Sue Thompson (90)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Training Camps (Starting today) (7/19-7/27), MLB HOF Induction (7) (7/26) & Pro Football HOF Induction (20) (8/8)... 

 


 


 


 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Radio's Reach Is Still Number One...

 

Monday, June 29, 2015

 

The real king of all media is Traditional Radio. Nielsen pegs radio with the highest reach of any of the platforms it has analyzed. Radio numbers nearly 223 million adult listeners a week and (traditional) TV reaches over 209 million adult viewers. If you're keeping score at home, that's 93% and 87% of all U.S. adults respectively...Among digital devices, smartphones had the greatest weekly reach at over 167 million or 70% of all U.S. adults. Surprisingly it's not millennials that dominate digital device usage. More adults 35-49 use PCs, smartphones and tablets in a week than consumers 18 to 34...How long consumers spend on various forms of media differs greatly: TV and Radio still top the list with all adults spending 36 and 13 hours respectively. Adults 18-34 spend nearly 10 hours per week with smartphones - about an hour more than they spend on PCs and tablets combined...For the first time Nielsen's Q1 2015 Total Audience Report focuses on the reach of audiences on different devices, something that was sorely needed...

 

 

Timeline Memories (6/29)
1957] Recording on this date: Buddy Holly begins recording Peggy Sue. The single is released September 20 and peaks at #3...
1967] Loss of a bombshell: 34-year old blond bombshell Jayne Mansfield and two others are killed when their car goes into the back of a truck. Jayne's 3 1/2 year-old daughter Mariska Hargitay survives the crash...
2007] iPhone launched: Apple Inc. rolls out their iPhone in the U.S....
2009] Gotcha: Bernie Madoff is sentenced to 150 years in prison for securities fraud and other charges...
2010] King gives up his throne: Larry King announces that he'll step down from his CNN show in the fall after 25 years on the air..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/29) Nicole Scherzinger (37), Colin Hay (62), Dan Dierdorf (66), Fred Gandy (67), Richard Lewis (68), Gary Busey (71) & Robert Evans (85)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Independence Day (5) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (15) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (20) (7/19-7/27).. 

Timeline Memories (6/30)
1953] America's Dream Car: The first Corvette rolls off the Chevrolet assembly line...
1971] Not too young to vote: The 26th Amendment lowers the minimum voting age to 18...
1973] Number One on this date: Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) - George Harrison...
1994] Banned for life: Tonya Harding is stripped of her national championship and banned for life for the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/30) Michael Phelps (30), Fantasia (Barrino) (31), Mike Tyson (49), Stanley Clarke (64) & Ron Swoboda (71)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Independence Day (4) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (14) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (19) (7/19-7/27).. 

Timeline Memories (7/1)
1863] The battle begins: The Battle of Gettysburg is fought from July 1 through July3...
1963] Zip it: The U.S. Post Office introduces five-digit ZIP codes. Four more digits will be added but no one uses them anyway...
1987] All Sports All The Time: WFAN (NYC) becomes the first All-Sports station in the nation. The Country format moves to WYNY...
2000] Number One on this date: Be With YouEnrique Iglesias..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/1) Liv Tyler (38), Pamela Anderson (48), Dan Aykroyd (63), Debbie Harry (70), Twyla Tharp (74), Rod Gilbert (74), Jamie Farr (81), Leslie Caron (84), & Olivia deHavilland (99)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Independence Day (3) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (13) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (18) (7/19-7/27).. 

Timeline Memories (7/2)
1937] Poof: Aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator disappear over the Pacific Ocean near the equator while attempting the first round-the-world flight.
1964] Civil Rights Act: A sweeping civil rights bill is enacted with Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson's signature...    
1966] Number One on this date: Strangers In The NightFrank Sinatra...1977] Gonna Fly Now (Theme From 'Rocky') - Bill Conti...2005] Inside Your Heaven – Carrie Underwood...
1981] The Boss opens it up: Bruce Springsteen plays the first show ever at 21,000 seat Brendan Byrne Arena (now known as the Izod Center) in N.J.'s Meadowlands......"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/2) Lindsay Lohan (29), Troy Brown (44), Jose Canseco (51), Jerry Hall (59), Larry David (69), Richard Petty (78) & Polly Holliday (78)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Independence Day (2) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (12) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (17) (7/19-7/27)..

 
Timeline Memories (7/3)
1971] The Fire is dimmed: Rock icon Jim Morrison of the Doors dies in Paris at 27...
1978] Seven dirty words: The U.S. Supreme Court rules (5-4) that the FCC has the right to reprimand WBAI (NYC) for broadcasting George Carlin's 'seven dirty words'...
1982] Number One on this date: Don't You Want MeHuman League...
1985] Summer blockbuster: 'Back To The Future' starring Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd opens...
1986] The Lady in the harbor: The Statue Of Liberty is re-dedicated as Pres. Ronald Reagan lights up the lady before a global TV audience estimated at 1.5 billion. The Statue was originally dedicated on October 28, 1886...
2013] Egyptian leader is out: The country's military deposes Pres. Mohamed Morsi..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/3) Audra McDonald (45), Tom Cruise (53), Montel Williams (59), Gloria Allred (74) & Pete Fountain (85)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Independence Day (1) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (11) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (16) (7/19-7/27)..


Timeline Memories (7/4) (Independence Day)
1776] Declaring: The U.S. Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress...
1802] West Point rises: The U.S. Military Academy opens at West Point, NY...
1939] Luckiest man: Lou Gehrig gives his touching farewell speech at Yankee Stadium......"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/4) Geraldo Rivera (72), John Sterling (77), Bill Withers (77), Neil Simon (88), Gina Lollobrigida (88), Eva Marie Saint (91) & the USA (239)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Independence Day (Today) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (10) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (15) (7/19-7/27)..


Timeline Memories (7/5)
1946] Itsy bitsy: The bikini makes its debut during an outdoor fashion show at a pool in Paris...
1975] Tennis firsts: Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to win a Men's Wimbledon title when he beats Jimmy Connors. Twenty-two years later on the same date, Martina Hingis (16) becomes the youngest Wimbledon winner in 110 years...
2002] Death of a baseball legend: Baseball Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Ted Williams dies at 83...
2008] Number One on this date: I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry........."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (7/5) Edie Falco (52), Marc Cohn (56), Rich Gossage (64), Huey Lewis (65), Julie Nixon Eisenhower (67), Robbie Robertson (72) & Shirley Knight (79)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): MLB All-Star Game (9) (7/14), NFL Training Camps (14) (7/19-7/27) & MLB HOF Induction (21) (7/26)...


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Streaming Is Helping Radio...

 

Monday, June 22, 2015

 

A new STRATA survey shows the strength of radio streaming. Ad agencies are finally pro-radio and are even getting used to programmatic buying (automated ad purchases).A full 44% of the agencies surveyed are more interested in streaming and/or online radio than they were a year ago...In comparison, that level of enthusiasm trumps spot TV (19%) and is edging up on streaming video (65%). Only 11% say spot radio will be targeted in their ad campaigns but that's up from 3.2% a year ago. The STRATA study finds agencies are in a bullish mood with 53% believing their business will grow this year...Agencies are also getting used to programmatic buying, according to Inside Radio with 46% liking the improved targeting the process gives them, but that same percentage also say they're 'still undecided' about whether programmatic buying properly executes the order. Twenty-two percent of the respondents claim its the 'complexity/newness' of the automated buying that creates that undecidedness...

 

Timeline Memories (6/22)
1970] Too young to drink but not to vote: President Richard M. Nixon signs an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 granting 18-year olds the right to vote. Should it be lowered to 16?
1981] Guilty plea: Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon. Chapman continues to serve a 20 year-to-life prison sentence...
2012] Sex abuser bagged: Former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky is convicted on charges of child sexual abuse. He is serving a 30 to 60 year prison term...
2013] Number One on this date: Blurred LinesRobin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell & some lawyers..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/22) Carson Daly (42), Mary Lynn Rajskub (44), Amy Brenneman (51), Cyndi Lauper (62), Meryl Streep (66), Todd Rundgren (67), Howard Kaylan (68), Peter Asher (71) & Kris Kristofferson (79)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): NBA Draft (3) (6/25), Independence Day (12) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (22) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (27) (7/19-.7/27)..

Timeline Memories (6/23)
1965] Released on this date: Tracks Of My TearsMiracles...1979] My SharonaKnack...
1979] Number One on this date: Hot StuffDonna Summer...2012] Call Me MaybeCarly Rae Jepsen...
1981] Marathon game: The Pawtucket-Rochester minor league game picks up in the 33rd inning. This time it only takes 18 minutes to finish the game as the Pawsox score in the bottom on the 33rd. Two future Hall of Famers (Wade Boggs & Cal Ripken Jr.) played in this game...
1993] Legs crossed: Lorena Bobbitt mutilates her husband John by severing a particularly sensitive male organ after he allegedly rapes her..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/23) Jason Mraz (38), K.T. Tunstall (40), Frances McDormand (58), Randy Jackson (59) & Clarence Thomas (67). (Happy Anniversary: Frann & Jim Gray)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): NBA Draft (2) (6/25), Independence Day (11) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (21) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (26) (7/19-.7/27)..

Timeline Memories (6/24)
1972] Debuted on charts: I Am WomanHelen Reddy...
1974] Released on this date: Endless Summer LP – Beach Boys...
1975] Tragedy at JFK: An Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashes while attempting to land during a thunderstorm. 113 lives are lost...
2014] Sold to the highest bidder: Lyrics of 'Like A Rolling Stone' handwritten by Bob Dylan sell for $2 million at auction......"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/24) Solange Knowles (29), Minka Kelly (35), Mindy Kaling (36), Mick Fleetwood (68), George Pataki (70), Jeff Beck (71), Michelle Lee (73), Sam Jones (82), Jack Carter (92) & Al Molinaro (96)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): NBA Draft (1) (6/25), Independence Day (10) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (20) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (25) (7/19-.7/27)..


Timeline Memories (6/25)
1966] Number One on this date: Paperback WriterBeatles...1977] Got To Give It Up (Part 1) - Marvin Gaye...
1967] Beatles sing live: The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love' during a live international telecast watched by over 400 million viewers in 25 countries...
1969] Recording on this date: The Hollies begin recording 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' at Abbey Road Studies. Elton John is on piano...
2009] King of Pop is gone: Attempts to resuscitate Michael Jackson fail after he's found unconscious in his bed. Jackson was 50. On the same date, Farrah Fawcett dies at 62...."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/25) Linda Cardellini (40), Dikembo Mutombo (49), George Michael (52), Ricky Gervais (54), Jimmie Walker (68), Carly Simon (70), Willis Reed (73), Eddie Floyd (80) & June Lockhart (90)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): NBA Draft (Today) (6/25), Independence Day (9) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (19) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (24) (7/19-.7/27)..

Timeline Memories (6/26)
1919] New York's picture newspaper: The first copy of the New York Daily News rolls off the presses. It's still being published daily...
1961] Number One on this date: Quarter To ThreeGary U.S. Bonds...1965] Mr. Tambourine ManByrds...
1963] JFK goes to The Wall: Fifteen years (to the day) the Berlin Airlift took place, Pres. John F. Kennedy delivers his famous 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech at the Berlin Wall. Those words mean either 'I am a Berliner' or 'I am a jelly donut'. Take your pick...
2008] Misguided Supreme decision: The Supreme Court strikes down a handgun ban in the Washington, D.C. area on the individual right to gun ownership. The ruling has since been amended to protect unarmed citizens...
2013] NFL player busted: New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez is taken into custody and released by the Patriots in an ongoing murder investigation. In 2015 Hernandez is found guilty of first degree murder. He is sentenced to life without parole. He still faces a double-murder charge in another case..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/26) Ariana Grande (22), Derek Jeter (41), Gretchen Wilson (42), Sean Hayes (45), Chris O'Donnell (45), Todd Pletcher (48), Patty Smyth (58), Chris Isaak (59), Mick Jones (60), Brenda Holloway (69) & Billy Davis Jr. (77)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Independence Day (8) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (18) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (23) (7/19-7/27)..

Timeline Memories (6/27)
1964] Number One on this date: A World Without LovePeter & Gordon...1970] The Love You SaveJackson Five...1981] Bette Davis EyesKim Carnes...
1985] No more kicks: Route 66 which stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, passes into history as officials decertify the road...
2005] Guilty as charged: BTK serial killer Dennis Rader changes his plea to guilty to 10 murders that spread fear across Wichita, Kansas beginning in the late 70s. Rader is serving multiple life sentences...."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/27) Khloe Kardashian (31), Tobey Maguire (40), J.J. Abrams (49), Julia Duffy (64), Vera Wang (66), Rico Petrocelli (72), Bruce Johnston (73) & Ross Perot (85)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Independence Day (7) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (17) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (22) (7/19-7/27)..

Timeline Memories (6/28)
1951] A classic comedy debuts on TV: The brilliant sitcom 'Amos 'n' Andy' moves from radio to TV on CBS...
1997] A bite to the finish: Mike Tyson takes a bite out of Evander Holyfield's ear and is disqualified during their heavyweight championship rematch...
2008] Number One on this date: Viva la VidaColdplay...
2010] Supes rule: The Supreme Court rules (5-4) that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live...."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/28) Kellie Pickler (29), John Cusack (49), Kathy Bates (67), John Byner (77), Leon Panetta (77) & Mel Brooks (89)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Independence Day (6) (7/4), MLB All-Star Game (16) (7/14) & NFL Training Camps (21) (7/19-7/27)..


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Radio Needs A Sense Of Humor...

 

Monday, June 15, 2015

 

Radio needs to have more fun with its social media involvement. According to a recent study, 'humor was employed at near unanimous levels for all viral advertisements.' Most viral videos make you laugh too. According to Mashable, humorous content gets shared more on social media channels...Laughter is a universal language of its own. It's social. We laugh 30 times more when we're with people than when we're alone. Robert R. Provine, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Maryland Baltimore County: 'Get your Facebook fans or Twitter followers laughing and you'll be helping to establish a sense of community and building connections with your brand and amongst your fans and followers'...Humor also creates positive feelings, it makes your brand memorable and it provides audience insights. Being funny helps to create stronger emotional ties with your audience. You don't have to do a standup routine but what's wrong with a radio personality poking some fun at a topical subject? Nothing, as long as it's the belief of the majority of your audience and doesn't offend anyone...

 

Timeline Memories (6/15)

1904] East River tragedy: More than 1,000 die when fire erupts aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City's East River...
1938] Unbreakable record: Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer spoils Ebbets Field's first night game by pitching his second consecutive no-hitter. In order to break this record a pitcher would have to pitch 3 consecutive no-hitters...
1948] Joining the TV lineup: WPIX-TV (channel 11) signs on in New York City...
1963] Number One on this date: SukiyakiKyu Sakamoto...
1965] Recorded on this date: Like A Rolling StoneBob Dylan...
1995] If the glove don't fit: That was part of the quote from attorney Johnnie Cochran in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial after O.J. struggles to put on the murder gloves. Millions watch at home...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/15) Neil Patrick Harris (42), Leah Remini (45), Courtney Cox (51), Helen Hunt (52), Wade Boggs (57), Jim Belushi (61) & Muff Winwood (72)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (6) (6/21), Summer (6) (6/21) & Independence Day (19) (7/4)... 

Timeline Memories (6/16)
1960] Everyone's worst nightmare: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho premieres in New York City...
1962] Released on this date: Twist & ShoutIsley Brothers...
1967] First Pop Music Festival: The first annual Monterey International Pop Music Festival draws a quarter of a million fans, who witness the debut of Jimi Hendrix and 32 acts including the Mamas & Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane, the Association and others...
1978] Grease is the word: The movie Grease opens in New York City...
1990] Number One on this date: It Must Have Been LoveRoxette...
2011] Over-exposed: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation from Congress after exposing himself online...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/16) Missy Peregrym (33), Phil Mickelson (45), Laurie Metcalf (60), Roberto Duran (64), Derek Sanderson (69), Joan Van Ark (72), Eddie Levert (73) & Lamont Dozier (74)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (5) (6/21), Summer (5) (6/21) & Independence Day (18) (7/4)... 

Timeline Memories (6/17)
1885] Who's that lady?: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor on a French ship – a gift from that country...
1994] This is A.C., I got O.J. in the car: After leading LAPD on a snail-like chase through Orange County, O.J. Simpson is arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-wife and a friend...
2006] Number One on this date: Hips Don't LieShakira featuring Wyclef Jean...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/17) Venus Williams (35), Will Forte (45), Greg Kinnear (52), Thomas Haden Church (55), Mike Milbury (63), Joe Piscopo (64), Barry Manilow (72), Newt Gingrich (72) & Bud Collins (86)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (4) (6/21), Summer (4) (6/21) & Independence Day (17) (7/4)... 

Timeline Memories (6/18)
1812] It's war: The U.S. Congress declares war on Great Britain, Canada and Ireland...
1977] Number One on this date: DreamsFleetwood Mac...1988] Together ForeverRick Astley...
1979] SALT II: This treaty on nuclear arms is signed by the U.S. and Soviet Union...
1996] Unabomber convicted: Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber is indicted on ten criminal charges...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/18) Blake Shelton (39), Alison Moyet (54), Isabella Rossellini (63), Carol Kane (63), Paul McCartney (73), & Lou Brock (76)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (3) (6/21), Summer (3) (6/21) & Independence Day (16) (7/4)... 

Timeline Memories (6/19)
1910] A first for Dad: Father's Day is celebrated for the first time in Spokane (WA)...
1934] Beware the FCC: Congress establishes the Federal Communications Commission. Original duties include "regulating interstate and foreign communications in the public interest. Regulating our airwaves comes later...
1964] Being civil about it: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate...
1967] Recording on this date: The Beatles begin recording 'All You Need Is Love'...
2013] Loss of a Soprano: James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano on 'The Soprano's') dies of a heart attack at 51...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/19) Zoe Saldana (37), Poppy Montgomery (40), Lara Spencer (46), Paula Abdul (53), Kathleen Turner (61), Ann Wilson (65), Phylicia Rashad (67), Salman Rushdie (68) & Gena Rowlands (85)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (2) (6/21), Summer (2) (6/21) & Independence Day (15) (7/4)... 

Timeline Memories (6/20)
1893] Lizzie Borden took an ax: A jury in New Bedford (MA) finds Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother...
1948] Ed is the toast: Toast Of The Town hosted by Ed Sullivan debuts on CBS-TV. Over the years it will give us such immortal acts as Senor Wences and Topo Gigio...
1963] Hotline 5-5300: The U.S. & Soviets sign an agreement to set up a hotline between the two superpowers...
1975] Summer blockbuster: 'Jaws' premieres and becomes the big summer hit of '75. Most of the exteriors are shot on Martha's Vineyard where the water was still ice cold...
1981] Number One on this date: Medley – Stars On 45...2010] California GurlsKaty Perry...
2001] Family horror: Andrea Yates drowns her 5 children (who range in age from 6 months to 7 years) in the bathtub of the family home in Houston...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/20) Nicole Kidman (48), John Goodman (63), Lionel Richie (66), Bob Vila (69), Anne Murray (70), Brian Wilson (73), John Mahoney (75), Danny Aiello (82), Olympia Dukakis (84), Martin Landau (87) & James P. Brady (92)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (1) (6/21), Summer (1) (6/21) & Independence Day (14) (7/4)... 

Timeline Memories (6/21)

1948] LP debuts: Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel...
1964] Civil rights murders: Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney & Mickey Schwerner are murdered in Mississippi by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Edgar Ray Killen, previously acquitted for the murders is convicted of manslaughter 41 years later...
1975] Number One on this date: Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain & Tennille...
1982] Insane?: John Hinckley Jr. is found innocent by reason of insanity, in the shootings of Pres. Ronald Reagan and 3 others. Hinckley remains institutionalized in a psychiatric facility but is allowed visits home..."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/21) Lana Del Rey (29), Prince William (33), Michael Gross (68), Meredith Baxter (68), Brenda Holloway (69), Ray Davies (71), Mariette Hartley (75) & Bernie Kopell (82)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (Today) (6/21), Summer (Today) (6/21) & Independence Day (13) (7/4)...
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Network Demographics Update...

 

Monday, June 8, 2015

 

It's important for broadcast radio to know what kind of demos it's reaching on social webs. Business Insider just posted a new report that breaks down demos for each social website...

If you're programming for 35+, your best sites are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. All of these sites are skewing older. Less than two-fifths of Facebook's adult user base in the U.S. is 18-34, according to comScore...

If you're looking for teens you should be using Instagram. Thirty-two percent of U.S. teenagers claim it as their most important social network, compared to only 14% using Facebook...

Messaging apps skew young - 7% of all people in the U.S. age 12 and older use WhatsApp, according to Edison Research and Triton Digital. If you need 18-24's you should make your presence known on Snapchat, Vine and Tumblr in that order...

If you're looking for high-end revenue - LinkedIn is used by 44% of Americans with incomes of $75,000 or higher, according to Pew Research. Seeking female listeners? Pinterest is for you. Among U.S. women internet users, 42% reported being on Pinterest in Pew's latest survey, compared to only 13% of men...

 

Timeline Memories (6/8)

1948] Mr. Television: Milton Berle debuts as host of Texaco Star Theater for an 8-year run in it's original version...

1949] The future: George Orwell's '1984' is published. The movie will follow...

1985] Number One on this date: Everybody Wants To Rule The WorldTears For Fears...

1995] Rescued: Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Capt. Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/8) Maria Menounos (37), Kanye West (38), Gaby Giffords (45), Julianna Margulies (49), Bonnie Tyler (64), Boz Scaggs (71), Nancy Sinatra (75), Jerry Stiller (88) & Barbara Bush (90)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (13) (6/21), Summer (13) (6/21) & Independence Day (26) (7/4)...

 

Timeline Memories (6/9)
1934] A quack-up: Donald Duck debuts in 'The Wise Little Hen'...
1948] TV debut: WBZ-TV (channel 4) debuts in Boston...
1958] Number One on this date: Purple People EaterSheb Wooley...1984] Time After TimeCyndi Lauper...1990] Hold On – Wilson Phillips...2007] UmbrellaRihanna & Jay-Z...
1972] Elvis is in the building: Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance in New York in one of the biggest events I've ever witnessed. There were 4 weekend shows that started on June 9 (I saw one of those shows). I also attended the press conference prior to the first show. Elvis manager Col. Tom Parker stole that show...
1973] Triple Crown: Secretariat, the greatest horse of our generation and perhaps all-time wins the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths. It's the largest victory ever and in the fastest time in Stakes history...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/9) Natalie Portman (34), Tedy Bruschi (42), Johnny Depp (52), Michael J. Fox (54), Dick Vitale (76) & Jackie Mason (84)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (12) (6/21), Summer (12) (6/21) & Independence Day (25) (7/4)...

 

Timeline Memories (6/10)
1967] On the seventh day they rested: The Six-Day War ends as Israel and Syria agree to observe a U.N. mediated cease-fire...
1978] Triple Crown Champion: Affirmed with jockey sensation Steve Cauthen in the saddle, wraps up the Triple Crown with a win over Alydar in the Belmont Stakes. And American Pharoah just became a member of the Triple Crown winner's circle...
2007] Ciao Tony: The final episode of HBOs 'The Sopranos' airs after an 8-season run...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/10) Kate Upton (23), Tara Lipinski (33), Elizabeth Hurley (50), Eliot Spitzer (56), Jeff Greenfield (72), Shirley Owens (74), F. Lee Bailey (82), Nat Hentoff (90) & Prince Philip (94)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (11) (6/21), Summer (11) (6/21) & Independence Day (24) (7/4)...

 

Timeline Memories (6/11)
1963] Bullheaded stand: Gov. George Wallace confronts federal troops at the University of Alabama in an effort to defy a federal court order to allow two black students to enroll at the school...
1964] Recorded on this date: Doo Wah Diddy DiddyManfred Mann. Ellie Greenwich once described the writing of this song as much like the boy-girl lyrics in Be My Baby with 'I'm hers, she's mine' instead of 'Be my baby now'...
1966] Number One on this date: Paint It BlackRolling Stones...
1982] ET debuts: ET The Extra-Terrestrial opens and sets record-breaking box-office numbers as the biggest summer movie of 1982...
2001] Payback time: Timothy McVeigh is executed by injection for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that took 168 lives...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/11) Shia LaBeouf (29), Peter Dinklage (46), Dr. Mehmet Oz (55), Hugh Laurie (56), Joe Montana (59), Jackie Stewart (76), Joey Dee (78), Gene Wilder (82) & Charles Rangel (85)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (10) (6/21), Summer (10) (6/21) & Independence Day (23) (7/4)...

 

Timeline Memories (6/12)
1963] Gunned down: Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is murdered in front of his home by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith...
1965] Number One on this date: Back In My Arms AgainSupremes...
1987] Tear it down: During a visit to Berlin, Pres. Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to 'Tear down this wall'. He does a couple of years later...
1994] Slashed to death: Nicole Brown Simpson & Ronald Goldman are stabbed to death outside Nicole's L.A. home. Former husband O.J. Simpson is later acquitted of the slaughter in a criminal trial but will be held liable in a civil action...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/12) Kendra Wilkinson (30), Chick Corea (74), Marv Albert (74), Jim Nabors (85), Vic Damone (87), George H.W. Bush (91) & David Rockefeller (100)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (9) (6/21), Summer (9) (6/21) & Independence Day (22) (7/4)...

 

Timeline Memories (6/13)
1966] Mirandized: The Supreme Court issues its landmark Miranda vs. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police...
1970] Number One on this date: The Beatles dominate the charts with the #1 single (Long & Winding Road) & LP (Let It Be)...
1971] Pentagon Papers: The New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam. Edward Snowden has become today's version of Daniel Ellsberg who leaked secret data from the papers...
1994] Paying the price: An Alaska jury blames recklessness by Exxon Corp. & Valdez Capt. Joseph Hazelwood for the nation's worst oil spill...

2005] Michael gets a pass: Michael Jackson is acquitted on charges of molesting a 13-year old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/13) Kat Dennings (29), Mary Kate Olsen (29), Ashley Olsen (29), Stephen Glover aka Steve-O (41), Hannah Storm (53), Tim Allen (62), Richard Thomas (64), Dennis Locorriere aka Dr. Hook (66), Malcolm McDowell (72), Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) (76) & Christo (80)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (8) (6/21), Summer (8) (6/21) & Independence Day (21) (7/4)...

 

Timeline Memories (6/14)

1777] Stars & Striped Forever: The Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Stripes as our national flag. Today is Flag Day, first celebrated in 1893...
1943] Pledging our love of country: The Supreme Court rules that school children could not be compelled to salute the U.S. flag if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. Same date in 1954, Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an order adding the words Under God. Take that Supreme Court...
1965] Recorded on this date: YesterdayBeatles...
1965] Released on this date: Beatles VI LP...
1986] Number One on this date: On My Own -Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald...
1994] Different strokes: Joy breaks out in New York as the Rangers win the Stanley Cup with a victory over Vancouver. In that Canadian city, riots break out...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/14) Steffi Graf (46), George O'Dowd aka Boy George (54), Eric Heiden (57), Donald Trump (69), Rod Argent (70), Marla Gibbs (84) & Don Newcombe (89)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Father's Day (7) (6/21), Summer (7) (6/21) & Independence Day (20) (7/4)... 
 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer In-Car Confusion

 

Monday, June 1, 2015

 

General Motors will feature Google's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay starting with more than a dozen 2016 model Chevy's. This major announcement comes at a time when FM/AM still dominates in-car listening. Those confused by what they can listen to in their cars just got another reason to be confused...Strategy Analytics Associate Director of Global Automotive, Roger Lanctot: 'Exciting though it may all be, dealers should anticipate a wave of consumer confusion and questions regarding smartphone compatibility.' Lanctot's company claims that 79% of those studied call broadcast radio a 'must have' in their car but 58% of U.S. smartphone owners report using apps while driving and there is a growing desire for connected cars that make it easier to use them on the road. Inside Radio reports 'that's exactly what the new products from Android and Apply will do.' Lanctot is optimistic (kind of) about the new choices: 'The distraction of a new dashboard option will go away, but when? Only time will tell.'...

 

Timeline Memories (6/1)
1963] Number One on the charts: It's My PartyLesley Gore...

1967] Released on this date: Sgt. Pepper LPBeatles...1968] Jumpin' Jack FlashRolling Stones...
1980] This is CNN: Ted Turner starts the Cable News Network (CNN)...
1994] Reg-gie, Reg-ie: Reggie Miller puts on one of the greatest scoring displays in NBA history when he scores 25 of his 39 points in the 4th quarter to help Indiana beat the Knicks in game 5 of their Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Knicks will win the playoffs in 7 games though...
2012] Finally: Johan Santana pitches the first no-hitter in the Mets 50-year history (against the St. Louis Cardinals)...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/1) Willow Shields (15), Amy Schumer (34), Alanis Morissette (41), Heidi Klum (42), Ronnie Dunn (62), Ron Wood (68), Morgan Freeman (78) & Pat Boone (81)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Belmont Stakes (5) (6/6), Father's Day (20) (6/21) & Summer (20) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (6/2):
1941] Gehrig's gone: Lou Gehrig dies at his home in the Bronx from ALS. His death occurs sixteen years to the day he replaced Wally Pipp at first base for the New York Yankees. Gehrig was 37...

1973] Number One on this date: My LovePaul McCartney & Wings...
1997] Guilty as charged: Timothy McVeigh is convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that took 168 lives. He will be executed...

2004] The streak starts: Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on Jeopardy...
2012] Life sentence: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Mubarak remains in a military hospital because of his poor health..)...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/2) Zachary Quinto (38), Wayne Brady (43), Andy Cohen (47),  Dana Carvey (60), Dennis Haysbert (61), Gary Bettman (63), Jerry Mathers (67), Stacy Keach (74), Charlie Watts (74) & Sally Kellerman (78)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Belmont Stakes (4) (6/6), Father's Day (19) (6/21) & Summer (19) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (6/3)
1888] Casey steps to the plate: The poem 'Casey At The Bat' by Ernest Lawrence Thayer is published in the San Francisco Examiner...
1965] Space walking: Astronaut Edward White becomes the first American to walk in space during the flight of Gemini 4...
1967] Number One on this date: RespectAretha Franklin...1972] I'll Take You There - Staple Singers...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/3) Rafael Nadal (29), Anderson Cooper (48), Dan Hill (61), Jill Biden (64), Deniece Williams (65), Ian Hunter (76) & Chuck Barris (86)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Belmont Stakes (3) (6/6), Father's Day (18) (6/21) & Summer (18) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (6/4)
1919] Right To Vote: Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing citizens the right to vote regardless of gender...
1984] Released on this date: Born In The U.S.A. (LP) - Bruce Springsteen...
1998] Guilty as charged: Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. Nichols shares a Colorado cell block with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski. They call it 'Bomber's Row.'..

2001] Number One on this date: Lady MarmaladeChristina Aguilera and others...
2012] Live from Buckingham Palace: QEII (the Queen, not the boat) rocks out to Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder & Sir Paul McCartney at the Diamond Jubilee Concert....

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/4) Angelina Jolie (40), Russell Brand (40), Noah Wyle (44), John Hockenberry (59), Parker Stevenson (63), Michelle Phillips (71), Bruce Dern (79) & Ruth Westheimer (87)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Belmont Stakes (2) (6/6), Father's Day (17) (6/21) & Summer (17) (6/21)... 

 

Timeline Memories (6/5)
1967] Middle East explodes: War breaks out when Israel raids Egyptian military targets. Syria, Jordan & Iraq enter the conflict...

1968] Another Kennedy cut down: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) is shot and mortally wounded after claiming victory in the California Democratic Primary. Sirhan B. Sirhan is immediately captured...
1981] The birth of AIDS: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention report that 5 men have come down with a rare form of pneumonia. These are the first reported cases of what will become known as AIDS...

2002] Kidnapping alert: Elizabeth Smart, 14, is kidnapped from her family's bedroom in Salt Lake City. Elizabeth will be rescued in March 2003...
2004] Loss of a leader: Ronald Wilson Reagan, our 40th president, dies after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Reagan was 93...
2005] Number One on this date: We Belong TogetherMariah Carey...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/5) Mark Wahlberg (44), Kenny G. (59), Suze Orman (64), Laurie Anderson (68), Robert Kraft (74) & Bill Moyers (81)...  Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Belmont Stakes (1) (6/6), Father's Day (16) (6/21) & Summer (16) (6/21)... 

 

 

Timeline Memories (6/6)
1933] Fogging up the windows: The first drive-in theater opens in Pennsauken township in Camden County (NJ). The lot covered 10 acres with plenty of room for 400 rockin' cars...

1944] D-Day: U.S. troops land in Normandy. I'll Get By – Dick Haymes is number one on the charts and MLB cancels all games...
1964] Number One on this date: Chapel Of LoveDixie Cups...
1968] Losing the fight: Shot by Sirhan B. Sirhan the night before, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) dies from his wounds...
1971] Kiss-a-me goodnight Ed-die: The Ed Sullivan Show is cancelled after 23 years on CBS-TV. The last musical act is Gladys Knight & the Pips. It was a rerun of a show previously shown in February...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/6) Matthew Shafer aka Uncle Kracker (41), Natalie Morales (43), Paul Giamatti (48), Cam Neely (50), Bjorn Borg (59), Sandra Bernhard (60), Harvey Fierstein (63), Robert England aka Freddy Kreuger (68), Larry Lujack (75), Gary U.S. Bonds (76) & Eddie Giacomin (76)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until): Belmont Stakes (Today) (6/6), Father's Day (15) (6/21) & Summer (15) (6/21)... 

 

Timeline Memories (6/7)
1969] Released on this date: Crystal Blue PersuasionTommy James & Shondells...
1972] Broadway rocks: After opening off-Broadway, the musical Grease opens on Broadway...

1975] Number One on this date: Thank God I'm A Country BoyJohn Denver...2014] FancyIggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX...

1998] Horrific death: Forty-nine year old James Byrd Jr. is dragged to his death from the back of a pickup truck in Jasper (TX) by 3 white supremacists. All 3 are captured...
2002] Guilty as charged: Kennedy cousin (nephew of Ethel) Michael Skakel is convicted of beating Greenwich (CT) neighbor Martha Moxley to death in 1975...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (6/7) Iggy Azalea (25), Michael Cera (27), Anna Kournikova (34), Bill Hader (37), Prince (57), Liam Neeson (63), Jenny Jones (69) & Tom Jones (75)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until):  Father's Day (14) (6/21), Summer (14) (6/21) & Independence Day (27) (7/4)... 









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CHR Gets Ready To Heat Up In June...

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

Contemporary Hit Radio loves the month of June. The approaching month is tops in listening for the format. So too is Country, Hot AC and Classic Rock. Radio used to refer to the summer months as 'top-down weather'. Put the top down, rev your engine and blast that radio...
While the month of May leads all other months for total radio listening, according to Nielsen via Inside Radio, June is close behind. Total week persons 6+ using radio in PPM markets in May averaged 12.25 million over the past 4 years. June had 12.08 million listeners. The trend in radio is seasonal. It peaks in spring and early summer and gets a second life in the fall. May is the hottest month and January is the softest. Historically, listening begins to retool in February and March...
This is the time of year for format changes. The Memorial Day weekend last year brought new Country stations to San Francisco and Jacksonville, Soft AC to Richmond and Modern Rock to Terre Haute. Two years ago CBS used the holiday weekend to turn its former WKTU/WXRK/WFNY to '92.3 Amp Radio', a rhythmic AC/CHR... 
 
Timeline Memories (5/26) 
1896] The Dow is Now: The Dow Jones is published for the first time with the average price of the eleven initial stocks at $40.94, a bloody fortune in 1896. The Dow is over 18,000 these days...
1973] Number One on this date: Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group...
1973] Released on this date: Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple...
1978] Bet on it: The first legal casino in the eastern U.S. opens in Atlantic City (NJ)...
"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/26) Helena Bonham Carter (49), Lenny Kravitz (51), Bobcat Goldthwait (53), Hank Williams Jr. (66), Stevie Nicks (67) & Brent Musburger (76)...Timeline Countdown: Belmont Stakes (11) (6/6),  Father's Day (27) (6/21) & Summer (27) (6/21)...
 
 
Timeline Memories (5/27)
1957] Released on this date: That'll Be The Day - Crickets (with Buddy Holly)...1962] The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan LP...
1972] Number One on this date: Oh Girl - Chi-Lites...
1995] No longer super: Christopher Reeve is paralyzed when thrown from his horse during a jumping competition in Virginia...
"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/27) Jack (30 Rock) McBrayer (42), Todd Bridges (50), Adam Carolla (51), Peri (Frasier) Gilpin (54), Cynthia McFadden (59), Bruce Weitz (72), Cilla Black (72), Ramsey Lewis (80), Louis Gossett Jr. (79), Lee Meriwether (80), Ramsey Lewis (80), Sumner Redstone (92) & Henry Kissinger (92)...Timeline Countdown: Belmont Stakes (10) (6/6), Father's Day (26) (6/21) & Summer (26) (6/21)... 
 
 
Timeline Memories (5/28) 
1934] Canadian content: Elzire Dionne of Ontario gives birth to quintuplets (Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie & Yvonne). All the quints survive but in 2015 only Annette & Cecile are alive...
1957] Headed west: The National League approves the move of the Brooklyn Dodgers & New York Giants to Los Angeles & San Francisco. The National League returns to NYC with the Mets in 1962...
1966] Number One on this date: When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge...1983] Flashdance...What A Feeling - Irene Cara...
1998] SNL curse continues: Phil Hartman of Saturday Night Live and NewsRadio is shot to death by his wife Brynn, who then kills herself...
2010] Death of a former child star: Gary Coleman of the '70's sitcom Diff'rent Strokes dies at 42 of a brain hemorrhage...
2014] Apple Beats: Apple Inc. confirms that it will buy Beats Electronics for $3 billion. They must have liked the headphones...
"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/28) Colbie Caillat (30), Elizabeth Hasselbeck (38), Kylie Minogue (47), John Fogerty (70), Billy Vera (71), Gladys Knight (71), Rudy Giuliani (71), Jerry West (77) & Carroll Baker (84)...Timeline Countdown: Belmont Stakes (9) (6/6), Father's Day (25) (6/21) & Summer (25) (6/21)...

 

 
 
Timeline Memories (5/29) 
1942] Recorded on this date: White Christmas - Bing Crosby...
1953] Because it was there: Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest...
1971] Number One on this date: Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones...
1982] Released on this date: Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor...
2004] Memorial opens: A memorial to America's World War II veterans is dedicated on the National Mall in Washington (DC)...
"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/29) Melanie (Mel B) Brown (40), Melissa Etheridge (54), Annette Bening (57), LaToya Jackson (59), Rebbie Jackson (65), Al Unser Sr. (76) & Fay Vincent (77)...Timeline Countdown: Belmont Stakes (8) (6/6), Father's Day (24) (6/21) & Summer (24) (6/21)...

 

 
 
Timeline Memories (5/30) 
1911] First run: The Indianapolis 500 is off and running for the first time. Ray Harroun wins his first and only 500...
1964] Number One on this date: Love Me Do - Beatles...1970] Everything Is Beautiful - Ray Stevens...1980Funkytown - Lipps Inc...
1966] Released on this date: Paperback Writer/Rain - Beatles...
1982] Cue the streak: 21-year old Baltimore third baseman Cal Ripken Jr. begins his consecutive game streak of 2,632 games. Ripken, who will switch to playing shortstop, will not miss appearing in a game for 13 years and 3 months, breaking Lou Gehrig's previous record...
"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/30) Cee Lo Green (41), Manny Ramirez (43), Idina Menzel (44), Wynonna Judd (51), Ted (Love Boat) McGinley (57), Gayle Sayers (72), Michael J. Pollard (76), Keir (2001) Dullea (79) & Clint (Cheyenne) Walker (88)...Timeline Countdown: Belmont Stakes (7) (6/6), Father's Day (23) (6/21) & Summer (23) (6/21)...
 
 
Timeline Memories (5/31)
1975] Number One on this date: Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender...
1977] Stagemania: The musical Beatlemania opens at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway for a two-year run. It still plays in theaters all over the U.S. on occasion...
2003] Gotcha: Eric Rudolph, suspected in the bombings of a Birmingham abortion clinic and the Atlanta Olympics is arrested. He will later plead guilty and be sentenced (in both cases) to 4 life terms...
2005] In Deep: Former FBI official W. Mark Felt comes forward as Deep Throat, the secret Washington Post source that helped bring down the Nixon presidency during the Watergate Scandal...
2014] Record-breaker: Psy's Gangnam Style becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube...
"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/31) Colin Farrell (39), Archie (The Good Wife) Panjabi (43), Robert Dean (#1 son) Phillips (48), Brooke Shields (50), Chris Elliott (55), Susie Essman (60), Joe Namath (72), Sharon Gless (72), Peter Yarrow (77) & Clint Eastwood (85)...Timeline Countdown: Belmont Stakes (6) (6/6), Father's Day (22) (6/21) & Summer (22) (6/21)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apple Streaming Service

Has A Name...

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  • Monday, May 18, 2015

 

Nothing fancy about the name of Apple's forthcoming streaming music service. According to the company's organic blog, 9to5mac.com, the name of the service will 'likely' be named 'Apple Music.' While the core of Apple Music will be music as the name implies, the service will also include social networking integration for recording artists...

Artists will have their own pages to post track samples, photos, videos and concert updates. They will also be able to cross-promote other artists. It will be one big happy social family as all users will be able to comment on and like these posts from big name artists, but users won't have their own social network profiles like the discontinued iTunes Ping feature. Apple Music will be introduced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference Kickoff keynote on Monday, June 8, 2015...

There is good news for consumers who simply want to hear music. Users will be able to disable the artist activity feature. You mean I won't be able to hear any inside stories about Bruce Jenner from Kanye West? 

 

Timeline Memories (5/18):

1959] Number One on this date: Kansas CityWilbert Harrison...1963] If You Wanna Be HappyJimmy Soul...1974] The Streak -Ray Stevens...2013] Can't Hold UsMacklemore & Ray Lewis...

1980] Blowing its top: The Mt. St. Helens volcano in Washington State explodes leaving 57 dead or missing and causing $3 billion in damage...

1998] Curtains for Murphy: Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen ends its 10-year run...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/18) Tina Fey (45), George Strait (63), Rick Wakeman (66), Reggie Jackson (69), Brooks Robinson (78), Dwayne Hickman (81), Robert Morse (84), Jack Whitaker (91) & Bill Macy (93)...Timeline CountdownMemorial Day (7) (5/25), Father's Day (34) (6/21) & Summer (34) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/19):

1958] Released on this date: Splish SplashBobby Darin...

1962] A birthday gift from Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe performs a sultry rendition of Happy Birthday to Pres. John F. Kennedy with Jackie by his side at a fund raiser at Madison Square Garden...

1973] Debuted on the charts on this date: KodachromePaul Simon...

1973] Number One on this date: You Are The Sunshine Of My LifeStevie Wonder...

1994] Happy Trails: Former First-Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis passes away from cancer at 64...

2001] The big apple: Apple opens its first retail stores (VA & CA)...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/19) Michael (SNL Weekend Update) Che (32), Kevin Garnett (39), Archie Manning (66), Grace Jones (67), Pete Townshend (70), David Hartman (80), Jim Lehrer (81) & Dolph Schayes (87)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (6) (5/25), Father's Day (33) (6/21) & Summer (33) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/20):

1927] Taking flight: Charles Lindbergh takes off for Paris from Roosevelt Field on Long Island on the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic...1932] Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic...

1993] Say goodnight Norm: After 11 seasons, Cheers closes its doors for the final time with 40% of the population or nearly 100 million watching at home...

2012] Death of a Gibb: Robin Gibb, 62, dies from liver and kidney failure – a complication of colorectal cancer...

2013] Twister deaths: An EF5 tornado takes 24 lives near Oklahoma City...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/20) Matt (The Good Wife) Czuchry (38), Tony (Scandal) Goldwyn (55), Ron Reagan (57), Dave Thomas (66), Cher (69), Stan Mikita (75) & Sadaharu Oh (75)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (5) (5/25), Father's Day (32) (6/21) & Summer (32) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/21)

1927] Touchdown: Charles Lindbergh lands his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic...

1979] Guilty as charged: Former San Francisco Supervisor Dan White is convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of Mayor George Moscone & supervisor Harvey Milk...

1983] Number One on this date: Let's DanceDavid Bowie...1994] I SwearAll-4-One...2011Rolling In The DeepAdele...

1999] Emmy fairytale: Susan Lucci of All My Children finally wins her first Daytime Emmy for Best Actress after almost two decades of being nominated. She wins it on her 19th try...

2011] The Rapture has been cancelled: American Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicts the end of the world on this date. God doesn't get the memo...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/21) Wouter De Backer aka Gotye (35), Lisa Edelstein (49), Lawrence Tero Tureaud aka Mr. T (63), Sen. Al Franken (64), Leo Sayer (67), Ronnie Isley (74) & Ara Parseghian (92)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (4) (5/25), Father's Day (31) (6/21) & Summer (31) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/22)

1961] Number One on this date: Mother-In-LawErnie K-Doe...1972] Oh GirlChi-Lites...

1974] Seeing the future: Boston's 'The Real Paper' music critic Jon Landau makes this infamous quote: 'I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.' This is after Landau saw Springsteen perform at the Harvard Square Theater...

1992] One more for the road: Johnny Carson hosts his final Tonight Show with Bette Midler singing to him. Johnny started hosting the show October 1, 1962...

2002] Body discovered: The remains of Washington intern Chandra Levy are found in a Washington (DC) park...

2011] In the crosshairs: An EF5 tornado strikes Joplin (MO) killing 162 and causing $2.8 billion in damages...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/22) Julian Edelman (29), Apolo Ohno (33), Naomi Campbell (45), Mike Breen (54), Bernie Taupin (65), Bernard Shaw (75), Richard Benjamin (77), Peter Nero (81), T.Boone Pickens Jr. (87) & Charles Aznavour (91)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (3) (5/25), Father's Day (30) (6/21) & Summer (30) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/23)

1934] Bonnie & Clyde: Outlaws Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow are shot to death in an ambush set up by former Texas ranger Frank Hamer...

1960] Number One on this date: Cathy's ClownEverly Brothers...

1960] Musical call letters: WRCA changes call letters back to WNBC. Thank you to whomever was responsible. WNBC Radio will exist until October 7, 1988 when the station signs off...

2000] Released on this date: I Hope You Dance (LP) - Lee Ann Womack. The single, released from the album will top the Country charts and cross over to Pop...

2005] Couch jump: Tom Cruise jumps on Oprah's couch while professing his love for future wife Katie Holmes. Katie jumps out of the marriage a few years later...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/23) Kelly Monaco (39), Jewel (Kilcher) (41), Ken Jennings (41), Drew Carey (57), Mitch Albom (57), Buck Showalter (59), Marvelous Marvin Hagler (61), Joan Collins (82) & Barbara Barrie (84)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (2) (5/25), Father's Day (29) (6/21) & Summer (29) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/24)

1883] Happy Birthday: The Brooklyn Bridge opens to the public on this date...

1969] Number One on this date Get BackBeatles...1975] Shining StarEarth, Wind & Fire...1997] MMMBopHanson...

1987] Like father, like son: Al Unser Sr. wins his 4th Indy 500 at the age of 47. Five years later – same date in 1992, Al Unser Jr. wins it. The Unser's become the first family to become first and second-generation winners...

1994] Lock & key thrown away: Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in NYC in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/24) Mark (DWTS) Ballas (29), John C. Reilly (50), Rich Appel (58), Roseanne Cash (60), Priscilla Presley (70), Patricia Holte aka Patti LaBelle (71), Gary (Radar) Burghoff (72), Bob Dylan (74) & Tommy Chong (77)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (1) (5/25), Father's Day (28) (6/21) & Summer (28) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/25) (Memorial Day)

1951] Say Hey Kid Arrives: Future Hall of Famer Willie Mays debuts with the New York Giants. Willie doesn't get a hit (a homerun) until his 24th at-bat:..

1979] Etan Patz case: 6-year old Etan Patz heads for a school bus when he disappears. In a 2015 trial for his murder, a mistrial is declared.

2011] Oprah waves goodbye: Oprah Winfrey presents her final show, after 25 years on the air. She starts a cable TV channel called 'OWN'...

2014] Indy 500: Ryan Hunter-Reay becomes the first American-born winner of the race since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006..

."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/25) Aly Raisman (21), Anne Heche (46), Mike Myers (52), Karen Valentine (68), Leslie Uggams (72) & K.C. Jones (83)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (Today) (5/25), Father's Day (27) (6/21) & Summer (27) (6/21)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moms Go Mobile For Music

 

Monday, May 11, 2015

 

Moms are ahead of the curve with online radio and it is music that's driving them, according to Inside Radio. Edison and Triton used the findings from the 370 moms that took their 2015 Infinite Dial survey and they show that demographic is leading the general population in almost all things technological...
Among this group, the internet is the most essential medium and the smartphone their indispensable tool for accessing it. Music leads the way for this group - 60% are aged 25-44. Almost half (48%) listened either to pureplays or broadcast streams in the last week. This compares to 44% of all the survey respondents. The average time spent with online radio for moms that listen weekly is now 13 hours and 36 minutes a week. Edison VP Melissa DeCesare: "This is evidence of how mom is making traditional habits like listening to music fit into her very mobile lifestyle."...
It should also be pointed out that while streaming takes away from the time she spends with FM/AM radio, CDs and digital music files, it's also increasing her overall time spent with audio. Nearly a third of the moms said their time with online radio is new time not taken from other audio sources...
 

Timeline Memories (5/11):

 

1968] Debuted on the charts: MacArthur ParkRichard Harris...

1985] Number One on the date: Crazy For YouMadonna...

1996] Death in the swamp: An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 catches fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashes into the Florida Everglades. All 110 aboard are lost...

1997] The machine wins: Chess playing super computer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov becoming the first computer to beat a world champion chess player...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/11) Martha Quinn (56), Mike Lupica (63), Dr. Robert Jarvik (69), Eric Burdon (74) & Mort Sahl (88)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Preakness Stakes (5) (5/16), Memorial Day (14) (5/25), Father's Day (41) (6/21) & Summer (41) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/12):

 

1932] Baby found: The body of kidnapped son of Charles & Anne Lindbergh is found in a wooded area near Hopewell (NJ)...

1965] Recorded on this date: (I Can't Get No) SatisfactionRolling Stones...

1986] The Peacock: NBC debuts its signature peacock logo...

2011] Justice served: A German court convicts John Demjanjuk of being an accessory to the murder of tens of thousands of Jews as a Nazi death camp guard. He dies March, 2012 at the age of 91...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/12) Emily (Revenge) Van Camp (29), Emilio Estevez (53), Ving Rhames (56), Billy Squier (65), Gabriel Byrne (65), Steve Winwood (67), Billy Swan (73), Burt Bacharach (87) & Yogi Berra (90)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Preakness Stakes (4) (5/16), Memorial Day (13) (5/25), Father's Day (40) (6/21) & Summer (40) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/13):

 

1940] Churchillian: Winston Churchill gives his famous 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat' in his first speech as UK Prime Minister. (Note: The group BST left out 'toil' in their name)...

1966] Recorded on this date: Sunny AfternoonKinks...

1981] The Pope Takes A Bullet: Pope John II is shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca...

2014] Columbus boat found: Investigators claim to have found the wreck of Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria off the coast of Haiti...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/13) Lena Dunham (29), Robert Pattinson (29), Darius Rucker (49), Stephen Colbert (51), Sean McDonough (53), Dennis Rodman (54), Bobby Valentine (65), Stevie Wonder (65) & Harvey Keitel (76)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Preakness Stakes (3) (5/16), Memorial Day (12) (5/25), Father's Day (39) (6/21) & Summer (39) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/14):

 

1948] Independence Day: Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaims the independent state of Israel as British rule in Palestine comes to an end. Cue the band for Hatikvah, the national anthem...

1968] Recorded on this date: People Got To Be FreeRascals...

1998] Number One on this date: Anything For YouGloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine...

1998] Say goodnight Gracie: The Seinfeld finale airs to an audience of 76 million viewers. The show about nothing lasts 9 seasons...

1998] He did it his way: Frank Sinatra passes away at 82 following a heart attack....

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/14) Mark Zuckerberg (31), Amber Tamblyn (32), Cate Blanchett (46), Suzy Kolber (51), David Byrne (63), George Lucas (71) & Patrice Munsel (90)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Preakness Stakes (2) (5/16), Memorial Day (11) (5/25), Father's Day (38) (6/21) & Summer (38) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/15):

 

1602] If you're fond of sand dunes: Bartholomew Gosnold, an English explorer known as 'The Columbus Of New England' discovers and names a piece of land (among his discoveries) - Cape Cod...

1930] The first US stew: Ellen Church becomes the first US head stewardess. Ellen is hired by Boeing Air Transit which morphs into United Airlines. She begins recruiting stewardesses and nurses for the airline...

1963] If I had a Grammy: Peter, Paul & Mary win their first Grammy Award (Best Folk Recording) for If I Had A Hammer...

1972] Governor down: Alabama Gov. George Wallace is shot while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. Wallace is left permanently paralyzed below the waist...

1982] Number One on this date: Ebony & IvoryPaul McCartney & Stevie Wonder...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/15) Jamie-Lynn Sigler (34), Emmitt Smith (46), Dan Patrick (59), Chazz Palminteri (63), Lainie Kazan (75), Lenny Welch (77), Trini Lopez (78), Madeleine Albright (78), Anna Maria Alberghetti (79) & Jasper Johns (85)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Preakness Stakes (1) (5/16), Memorial Day (10) (5/25), Father's Day (37) (6/21) & Summer (37) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/16):

 

1929] Say hello to Oscar: The first Academy Awards are presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel...

1964] Number One on this date: My GuyMary Wells...

1966] Released on this date: Pet Sounds LPBeach Boys...

2011] Unwanted: The Fox TV network announces the cancellation of America's Most Wanted. The final episode airs June 18. The series ran 23 years with 1,151 fugitives captured during that time...

2011] Endeavoring: Space shuttle Endeavor's last mission is commanded by Mark Kelly, husband of wounded Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords. The shuttle accomplishes its mission before returning safely...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/16) Tori Spelling (42), David Boreanaz (46), Tucker Carlson (46), Janet Jackson (49), Mare Winningham (56), Debra Winger (60), Olga Korbut (60) & Pierce Brosnan (62)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Preakness Stakes (Today) (5/16), Memorial Day (9) (5/25), Father's Day (36) (6/21) & Summer (36) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/17):

 

1875] And they're off: The first Kentucky Derby is won by Aristides. The race is run the first Saturday of May...

1963] Released on this date: Surf CityJan & Dean...

1973] Scandalous: The Senate begins hearings into the Watergate Scandal (Must-See TV that summer)...

1986] Number One on this date: Greatest Love Of AllWhitney Houston...2014] All Of MeJohn Legend...

2012] Summer's gone: Donna Summer dies from lung cancer at 63....

 

."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/17) Derek Hough (30), Craig Ferguson (53), Enya (54), Jim Nantz (56), Bob Saget (59), Sugar Ray Leonard (59), Henry St. Clair Fredericks aka Taj Mahal (73)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Memorial Day (8) (5/25), Father's Day (35) (6/21) & Summer (35) (6/21)...


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Streaming Service

Has A Name...

 

Monday, May 18, 2015

 

Nothing fancy about the name of Apple's forthcoming streaming music service. According to the company's organic blog, 9to5mac.com, the name of the service will 'likely' be named 'Apple Music.' While the core of Apple Music will be music as the name implies, the service will also include social networking integration for recording artists...

Artists will have their own pages to post track samples, photos, videos and concert updates. They will also be able to cross-promote other artists. It will be one big happy social family as all users will be able to comment on and like these posts from big name artists, but users won't have their own social network profiles like the discontinued iTunes Ping feature. Apple Music will be introduced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference Kickoff keynote on Monday, June 8, 2015...

There is good news for consumers who simply want to hear music. Users will be able to disable the artist activity feature. You mean I won't be able to hear any inside stories about Bruce Jenner from Kanye West? 

 

Timeline Memories (5/18):

1959] Number One on this date: Kansas CityWilbert Harrison...1963] If You Wanna Be HappyJimmy Soul...1974] The Streak -Ray Stevens...2013] Can't Hold UsMacklemore & Ray Lewis...

1980] Blowing its top: The Mt. St. Helens volcano in Washington State explodes leaving 57 dead or missing and causing $3 billion in damage...

1998] Curtains for Murphy: Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen ends its 10-year run...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/18) Tina Fey (45), George Strait (63), Rick Wakeman (66), Reggie Jackson (69), Brooks Robinson (78), Dwayne Hickman (81), Robert Morse (84), Jack Whitaker (91) & Bill Macy (93)...Timeline CountdownMemorial Day (7) (5/25), Father's Day (34) (6/21) & Summer (34) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/19):

1958] Released on this date: Splish SplashBobby Darin...

1962] A birthday gift from Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe performs a sultry rendition of Happy Birthday to Pres. John F. Kennedy with Jackie by his side at a fund raiser at Madison Square Garden...

1973] Debuted on the charts on this date: KodachromePaul Simon...

1973] Number One on this date: You Are The Sunshine Of My LifeStevie Wonder...

1994] Happy Trails: Former First-Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis passes away from cancer at 64...

2001] The big apple: Apple opens its first retail stores (VA & CA)...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/19) Michael (SNL Weekend Update) Che (32), Kevin Garnett (39), Archie Manning (66), Grace Jones (67), Pete Townshend (70), David Hartman (80), Jim Lehrer (81) & Dolph Schayes (87)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (6) (5/25), Father's Day (33) (6/21) & Summer (33) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/20):

1927] Taking flight: Charles Lindbergh takes off for Paris from Roosevelt Field on Long Island on the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic...1932] Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic...

1993] Say goodnight Norm: After 11 seasons, Cheers closes its doors for the final time with 40% of the population or nearly 100 million watching at home...

2012] Death of a Gibb: Robin Gibb, 62, dies from liver and kidney failure – a complication of colorectal cancer...

2013] Twister deaths: An EF5 tornado takes 24 lives near Oklahoma City...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/20) Matt (The Good Wife) Czuchry (38), Tony (Scandal) Goldwyn (55), Ron Reagan (57), Dave Thomas (66), Cher (69), Stan Mikita (75) & Sadaharu Oh (75)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (5) (5/25), Father's Day (32) (6/21) & Summer (32) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/21)

1927] Touchdown: Charles Lindbergh lands his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic...

1979] Guilty as charged: Former San Francisco Supervisor Dan White is convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of Mayor George Moscone & supervisor Harvey Milk...

1983] Number One on this date: Let's DanceDavid Bowie...1994] I SwearAll-4-One...2011Rolling In The DeepAdele...

1999] Emmy fairytale: Susan Lucci of All My Children finally wins her first Daytime Emmy for Best Actress after almost two decades of being nominated. She wins it on her 19th try...

2011] The Rapture has been cancelled: American Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicts the end of the world on this date. God doesn't get the memo...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/21) Wouter De Backer aka Gotye (35), Lisa Edelstein (49), Lawrence Tero Tureaud aka Mr. T (63), Sen. Al Franken (64), Leo Sayer (67), Ronnie Isley (74) & Ara Parseghian (92)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (4) (5/25), Father's Day (31) (6/21) & Summer (31) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/22)

1961] Number One on this date: Mother-In-LawErnie K-Doe...1972] Oh GirlChi-Lites...

1974] Seeing the future: Boston's 'The Real Paper' music critic Jon Landau makes this infamous quote: 'I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.' This is after Landau saw Springsteen perform at the Harvard Square Theater...

1992] One more for the road: Johnny Carson hosts his final Tonight Show with Bette Midler singing to him. Johnny started hosting the show October 1, 1962...

2002] Body discovered: The remains of Washington intern Chandra Levy are found in a Washington (DC) park...

2011] In the crosshairs: An EF5 tornado strikes Joplin (MO) killing 162 and causing $2.8 billion in damages...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/22) Julian Edelman (29), Apolo Ohno (33), Naomi Campbell (45), Mike Breen (54), Bernie Taupin (65), Bernard Shaw (75), Richard Benjamin (77), Peter Nero (81), T.Boone Pickens Jr. (87) & Charles Aznavour (91)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (3) (5/25), Father's Day (30) (6/21) & Summer (30) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/23)

1934] Bonnie & Clyde: Outlaws Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow are shot to death in an ambush set up by former Texas ranger Frank Hamer...

1960] Number One on this date: Cathy's ClownEverly Brothers...

1960] Musical call letters: WRCA changes call letters back to WNBC. Thank you to whomever was responsible. WNBC Radio will exist until October 7, 1988 when the station signs off...

2000] Released on this date: I Hope You Dance (LP) - Lee Ann Womack. The single, released from the album will top the Country charts and cross over to Pop...

2005] Couch jump: Tom Cruise jumps on Oprah's couch while professing his love for future wife Katie Holmes. Katie jumps out of the marriage a few years later...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/23) Kelly Monaco (39), Jewel (Kilcher) (41), Ken Jennings (41), Drew Carey (57), Mitch Albom (57), Buck Showalter (59), Marvelous Marvin Hagler (61), Joan Collins (82) & Barbara Barrie (84)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (2) (5/25), Father's Day (29) (6/21) & Summer (29) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/24)

1883] Happy Birthday: The Brooklyn Bridge opens to the public on this date...

1969] Number One on this date Get BackBeatles...1975] Shining StarEarth, Wind & Fire...1997] MMMBopHanson...

1987] Like father, like son: Al Unser Sr. wins his 4th Indy 500 at the age of 47. Five years later – same date in 1992, Al Unser Jr. wins it. The Unser's become the first family to become first and second-generation winners...

1994] Lock & key thrown away: Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in NYC in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/24) Mark (DWTS) Ballas (29), John C. Reilly (50), Rich Appel (58), Roseanne Cash (60), Priscilla Presley (70), Patricia Holte aka Patti LaBelle (71), Gary (Radar) Burghoff (72), Bob Dylan (74) & Tommy Chong (77)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (1) (5/25), Father's Day (28) (6/21) & Summer (28) (6/21)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/25) (Memorial Day)

1951] Say Hey Kid Arrives: Future Hall of Famer Willie Mays debuts with the New York Giants. Willie doesn't get a hit (a homerun) until his 24th at-bat:..

1979] Etan Patz case: 6-year old Etan Patz heads for a school bus when he disappears. In a 2015 trial for his murder, a mistrial is declared.

2011] Oprah waves goodbye: Oprah Winfrey presents her final show, after 25 years on the air. She starts a cable TV channel called 'OWN'...

2014] Indy 500: Ryan Hunter-Reay becomes the first American-born winner of the race since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006..

."Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/25) Aly Raisman (21), Anne Heche (46), Mike Myers (52), Karen Valentine (68), Leslie Uggams (72) & K.C. Jones (83)...Timeline Countdown: Memorial Day (Today) (5/25), Father's Day (27) (6/21) & Summer (27) (6/21)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Spent Listening To Digital Music Is Booming...

 

Monday, May 4, 2015

 

It's unanimous. Edison Research, Rain News, Triton Digital and eMarketer estimate that audio streaming listening hours will grow at least 40% over the next 3 years. Rain News sets the percentage of growth at 42.7%, from 30 billion this past year to 43 billion in 2017. Edison Research and Triton have the current number of weekly listeners at 44% of the population 12+. That's up from 36% in 2014 and 33% in 2013. eMarketer's current estimate is 43.4% of the population 18+ or 51.0% of adult internet users...

How will these healthy figures translate into added dollars? A full 55% of U.S. music industry professionals say ad loads will grow moderately over the next two years and an additional 27% expected them to increase significantly. In all, ad loads are expected to rise nearly 15% over the next two years, from an average of 2 minutes, 41 seconds to 3 minutes - the maximum amount of time for the best user experience...

Look for a bump up in advertising costs on internet radio. The best guess by the music industry reps is a significant increase (21%) or moderately (58%) over the next three years...

 

Timeline Memories (5/4)

1626] In a New York City Minuit: Dutch explorer Peter Minuit lands on what is now Manhattan...

1959] Grammy is launched: The 1st Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles & New York. Record and Song of the Year: Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno. Album of the Year: Henry Mancini for The Music from Peter Gunn...

1970] Four Dead in O-hi-O: Four people die and 9 others are wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen in the tragedy at Kent State. Bystander Mary Ann Vecchio was the woman standing over one of the wounded students in a Pulitzer Prize winning photo by student John Filo...

1974] Number One on this date: The Loco-MotionGrand Funk...1977] Hotel CaliforniaEagles...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/4) Lance Bass (36), Randy Travis (56), Pia Zadora (63), George Will (74), Robin Cook (75), Dick Dale (78) & Roberta Peters (85)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Cinco de Mayo (1) (5/5), Mother's Day (6) (5/10) & Memorial Day (21) (5/25)..  

 

Timeline Memories (5/5)

1891] Q: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?: A: Practice man, practice. Carnegie Hall (then called Music Hall) opens...

1925] What's the scope? Dayton (TN) biology teacher John T. Scopes is arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. That subject is still being debated by some...

1961] Reporting from the back window of WKKO: Alan Shepard makes a 15-minute sub-orbital flight from Cape Canaveral. I reported on the launch from the control room of WKKO located a few miles from the launch...

1962] Number One on this date: Soldier BoyShirelles...

1973] One down, two to go: Secretariat wins the Kentucky Derby in record time (1:59:02). The record still stands. Big Red will win the Triple Crown (KD, Preakness & Belmont Stakes) in '73...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/5) Adele (Adkins) (27), Brian Williams (56), John Miller (57), Michael Palin (72), Ace Cannon (81) & Pat Carroll (88)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Cinco de Mayo (today) (5/5), Mother's Day (5) (5/10) & Memorial Day (20) (5/25)..

 

Timeline Memories (5/6)

1937] Oh the humanities: The hydrogen-filled dirigible Hindenburg crashes and burns in Lakehurst (NJ) killing 36 of the 97 aboard in one of the most vivid scenes every captured on film...

1954] Run a mile in my shoes: Roger Bannister becomes the first runner to finish a mile in under 4 minutes (3:59:59.4)...

2004] Un-friended: An estimated 52.46 million viewers watch the final episode of Friends on NBC-TV. It is the 4th most watched TV series finale in US history...

2013] Kidnap victims freed:Three Cleveland girls that had been held prisoner for 10 years, escape..

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/6) Lindsay Brough (39), Martin Brodeur (43), George Clooney (54), Roma Downey (55), Tom Bergeron (60), Bob Seger (70) & Willie Mays (84)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Mother's Day (4) (5/10) & Memorial Day (19) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/7) 

1903] The Rivalry: The baseball teams of Boston and New York meet for the first time after the Highlanders (soon to be named the Yankees) move from Baltimore to New York. The Boston Americans (soon to be named the Red Sox) beat New York 6-2 in a game played in Boston...

1966] Number One on this date: Monday, MondayMama's & Papa's...1996] Always Be My BabyMariah Carey...

1977] Slewing the field: Seattle Slew wins the Kentucky Derby on his way to winning the Triple Crown (KD, Preakness & Belmont Stakes)...

2004] Beheaded: American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on video and released on the internet...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/7) Ed Pyle (39), John Gorman (39), Thelma Houston (69), Babe Parilli (86) & Jim Lowe (88)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Mother's Day (3) (5/10) & Memorial Day (18) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/8)

1970] Released on this date: Let It Be LP – Beatles (UK)...

1970] Limping to victory: Willis Reed limps out on the court and inspires the Knicks to join the Mets & Jets as world champions of their sport in the same season. New York will beat Los Angeles 113-99 to win the NBA title...

1976] Number One on this date: Welcome BackJohn Sebastian...1982] Chariots Of FireVangelis...

2013] Guilty as charged: Jodi Arias is convicted of the first-degree murder of her boyfriend. After sentencing delays, Arias receives a life-term in prison with no chance of parole...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/8) Enrique Iglesias (40), Harold Childs (39), Melissa Gilbert (51), Philip Bailey (64), Toni Tennille (75), Jerry Moss (80), Don Rickles (89) & David Attenborough (89)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Mother's Day (2) (5/10) & Memorial Day (17) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (5/9)

1961] TV wasteland: FCC Chairman Newton N. Minnow condemns TV as a 'vast wasteland' in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)...

1964] Number One on this date: Hello DollyLouis Armstrong...1970] American Woman/No Sugar TonightThe Guess Who...2005] Hollaback GirlGwen Stefani...

1967] Baseball's Twilight Zone: Cardinals outfielder Roger Maris (#9) hits his first National League home run on the 9th day of the month. The ball lands in seat 9, section 9 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Did Rod Sterling write this script???

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/9) Audrina Partridge (30), Rosario Dawson (36), John Corbett (54), Billy Joel (66), Candice Bergen (69), Tommy Roe (73), Glenda Jackson (79) & Albert Finney (79)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Mother's Day (1) (5/10) & Memorial Day (16) (5/25)...  

 

Timeline Memories (5/10)

1913] Mother's Day: Although there were Mother's Day celebrations as early as the 19th century, On this day in 1913, the US House passed a resolution calling on all federal government officials (from the president down) to wear a white carnation in observance of Mother's Day. On May 8, 1914, Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day...

1927] Room with a radio: The Hotel Statler in Boston becomes the first hotel to install radio headsets in each of its 1,300 rooms. The Statler is now the Boston Park Plaza Hotel Towers and now provides WiFi in every room...

1982] The day that Musicradio died: Ron Lundy and Dan Ingram co-hosted the 9 am-12 noon show. The last hit song played shortly before noon was John Lennon's Imagine. At 11:59:55am, the WABC chime was used for the last time. WABC then became NewsTalkRadio 77. WABC had switched to top 40 in December 1960...

1986] Number One on this date: West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys...

2013] Sky-high: One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The building opened on November 3, 2014...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/10)  Kenan Thompson (37), Paul Hewson aka Bono (55), Chris Berman (60), Donovan Leitch (69), Dave Mason (69), Jim Calhoun (73), Wayne Dyer (75) & Jim Hickman (78)...(Days Until) Mother's Day (today) (5/10) & Memorial Day (15) (5/25)...


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV Measurement Has Problems But Not Radio...

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

 

Live viewing problems are preventing Nielsen from getting an accurate count of viewers who watch TV on digital platforms. It can count them - even include them in audience measurement but networks and advertisers won't let them. According to Deadline.com and EVP Global Product Leadership's Megan Clarken: "Live viewing on the TV set is in decline - make no mistake, but the ratings are an agreed set of rules that the industry came up with." ...Those rules were presented to Nielsen in a 136-page book last revised in 2006. It says that Nielsen only can count viewers for shows that originate on TV. The company can only include people who watch over a certain number of days (live, three or seven). Nielsen has to exclude viewers who watch on a non-TV platform if the program doesn't have an identical ad load. And the show needs a linear watermark...Such is not the case with digital radio measuring and Nielsen's service will come with a new set of currency metrics for streaming audio to be bought and sold on. Advantage: Radio... 

 

Timeline Memories (4/27)

1947] Farewell Bambino: Close to 60,000 jam Yankee Stadium to say goodbye to the ailing Babe Ruth. Ruth will die the following summer...

2006] Sky-high: Construction begins on a 1,776-foot building on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. That building is now open...

2014] Tornado Alley: A tornado outbreak over much of the eastern US kills more than 45...

2014] Saintly: In the first papal canonization since 1954, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are declared saints...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/27) Sheena Easton (56), Ace Frehley (64), Cuba Gooding (71) & Judy Carne (76)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Draft (3) (4/30), Kentucky Derby (5) (5/2), Cinco de Mayo (Ocho) (5/5), Mother's Day (14) (5/10) & Memorial Day (30) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/28)

1789] Mutiny on the Bounty: The crew of the British ship Bounty set Capt. William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific (Good idea for a movie)...

1947] Another tall but true tale: A 6-man expedition sailed from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day journey across the Pacific to Polynesia...

2003] Apple Tunes: Apple Computer Inc. launches the iTunes store...

2012] Number One on this date: Somebody That I Used To KnowGotye & Kimbra...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/28) Jessica Alba (34), Penelope Cruz (41), Rosanna Scotto (57), Mary McDonnell (63), Jay Leno (65), Paul (CSI) Guilfoyle (66), Ann-Margaret (74) & Harper Lee (89) and Happy 8th Anniversary Carolyn & Rick Crowe...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Draft (2) (4/30), Kentucky Derby (4) (5/2), Cinco de Mayo (siete) (5/5), Mother's Day (13) (5/10) & Memorial Day (29) (5/25)..

 

Timeline Memories (4/29)

1945] A honeymoon in hell: Adolf Hitler marries his longtime mistress Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker. The couple kill themselves the next day...

1961] Spanning the globe: ABC's Wide World Of Sports debuts with The Thrill Of Victory, The Agony Of Defeat. Its original run ends on June 3, 1998 although it would continue as a special after 1998. ABC still uses the name on occasion...

1992] A black eye for LA: Deadly rioting breaks out in Los Angeles when a jury in Simi Valley acquits 4 LAPD officers on almost all charges in the beating of Rodney King. Fifty-four deaths and $1 billion in damage are the end results of the rioting...

2011] The Wedding of The Century: Prince William and Kate Middleton are joined in holy royal matrimony...

2014] No longer Sterling: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling is banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million by the league after private recordings of him making racist comments were made public. The NBA approves the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/29) Andre Agassi (45), Uma Thurman (45), Carnie Wilson (47), Gary (Mets) Cohen (57), Michelle Pfeiffer (57), Daniel Day-Lewis (58), Jerry Seinfeld (61), Tommy James (68) & Willie Nelson (82)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Draft (1) (4/30), Kentucky Derby (3) (5/2), Cinco de Mayo (seis) (5/5), Mother's Day (12) (5/10) & Memorial Day (28) (5/25)..

 

Timeline Memories (4/30)

1789] Washington takes New York: George Washington takes office on Wall Street as the first president of the US, answering the question, what city was our first capitol???

1966] Number One on this date: Good Lovin' - Young Rascals...1983] Beat ItMichael Jackson...

1993] A reason to grunt: Top-ranked women's tennis player Monica Seles is stabbed in the back by a crazed spectator who runs onto the court during a match in Hamburg, Germany...

1997] Coming out: ABC airs the Coming Out episode of the sitcom Ellen, in which the title character played by Ellen DeGeneres admits she's a lesbian. DeGeneres also comes out eventually...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/30) Kirsten Dunst (33), Bobby Vee (72), Johnny (Santo & Johnny) Farina (74), Burt Young (75) & Cloris Leachman (89)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Draft (today), Kentucky Derby (2) (5/2), Cinco de Mayo (cinco) (5/5), Mother's Day (11) (5/10) & Memorial Day (27) (5/25).. 

 

Timeline Memories (5/1)

1931] Empire opens: Pres. Herbert Hoover presses a button in Washington officially opening the tallest building in NYC and the US. The Empire State Building welcomes sightseers for the first time...

1941] The 'O' stands for oats: General Mills introduces a new cereal called Cheerioats. The name is later changed to Cheerios and the brand flies off the shelves. The arrival of Honey Nut Cheerios made this author happy...

1952] Two celebrations in one: Mr. Potato Head is born and soon Mr. P.H. takes a wife. The original PH cost 98 cents...1957] Larry King broadcasts his first radio show in Miami (FL). He reminisces on a Canadian TV show...

1960] Captured: The Soviet Union shoots down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane in Russia, capturing pilot Francis Gary Powers...

1991] Seven zeros: 44-year old Texas pitcher Nolan Ryan pitches his 7th no-hitter vs. Toronto. No pitcher, present or past has ever come close to that – never will...

2001] Murder mystery: Washington intern Chandra Levy is seen for the last time at a health club near her apartment. Her remains will be discovered more than a year later in a DC park...

2011] bin Laden announcement: Barack Obama announces in a special TV broadcast that Osama bin Laden has been killed during a military operation in Pakistan. The anniversary of his death is celebrated May 2 – his actual death date due to time gap between US & Pakistan...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/1) Cutis Martin (42), Tim McGraw (48),Steve Cauthen (55), Ray Parker Jr. (61),Rita Coolidge (70), Judy Collins (76) & Sonny James (86)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Draft (underway), Kentucky Derby (1) (5/2), Cinco de Mayo (quarto) (5/5), Mother's Day (10) (5/10) & Memorial Day (26) (5/25)..   

 

Timeline Memories (5/2)

1885] Good as gold: Good Housekeeping Magazine makes its debut. It is still being published as a monthly...

1939] The Streak ends: Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games played is over when the Yankee slugger 'benches' himself from the lineup (for health reasons)...

1982] All weather, all the time: The Weather Channel debuts. Why hasn't anyone tried this on radio???

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/2) Sarah Hughes (30), David Beckham (40), Dwayne Johnson (43), Donatella Versace (60), Christine Baranski (63), Lou Gramm (65), Bianca Jagger (70), Engelbert Humperdinck (79) & Theodore Bikel (91)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) NFL Draft (last day), Kentucky Derby (today) (5/2), Cinco de Mayo (tres) (5/5), Mother's Day (9) (5/10) & Memorial Day (25) (5/25)..  

 

Timeline Memories (5/3)

1958] Banned in Boston: DJ Alan Freed is charged with inciting a riot after a Big Beat show at the Boston Arena. Many consider this the beginning of the end for the self-titled 'King Of Rock 'n' Roll'...

1964] US debut on this date: Gerry & the Pacemakers make their US debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying...

1986] Hello from Dollywood: Dolly Parton's theme park Dollywood opens in Pigeon Forge (TN). Dolly also owns WDLY Radio, on the grounds of the amusement park...

2010] Bomber bagged: The Times Square would-be bomber, Faisal Shahzad, is apprehended aboard a flight to Dubai...

2014] Kentucky Derby Winner: California Chrome with Victor Espinoza aboard, wins the 140th running of The Kentucky Derby...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (5/3) Cheryl (DWTS) Burke (31), Christina Hendricks (40), Christopher Cross (64), Mary Hopkin (65), Greg Gumbel (69) & Frankie Valli (81)...Timeline Countdown: (Days Until) Cinco de Mayo (dos) (5/5), Mother's Day (8) (5/10) & Memorial Day (24) (5/25)..  


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Effects Of Our Contemporary Culture...

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

 

We live in a pop world and our favorite music reflects that. Since the early days of movie stars, we've had a more contemporary society than just about every nation in the world. Now that spring is finally here and with summer approaching, Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) and Classic Rock will warm up with the weather. Early signs indicate that the temperature is already rising...

Nielsen's portable people meter (PPM) results for March show the best share (8.7%) for Pop CHR (6+) since the summer of 2012 - the high point for the format. The same holds true for 18-34 year-olds (12.8%). In 25-54s, Pop CHR set a new record for listening share (9.5%) and stands a full share point ahead of the results from the Holiday Book. Although Classic Hits and Country won the summertime ratings race in each of the past two years, Pop CHR looks like it will beat both formats this summer...

Classic Rock is also on an upswing, setting new records for share of audience across each of the major listener groups Nielsen profiles. The format broke February's records among audiences 6+ (with a 5.2% share in March), 18-34 (4.6%) and 25-54 (5.7%). Each of those are a PPM-best for the format. Since March 2012, Classic Rock has gone from being 11th ranked format (all listeners 6+) to the 6th ranked format in March 2015. Among listeners 25-54, it ranked 10th in March of 2012 and ranks 5th this year...

 

 

Timeline Memories (4/20)

 

1912] Happy 103: Fenway Park opens with the Red Sox beating the Highlanders (future Yankees) 7-6. Boston Mayor John (Honey Fitz) Fitzgerald throws out the first ball...

1974] Number One on this date: TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB...2013] When I Was Your ManBruno Mars...

1999] Columbine massacre: Two senior students kill 13 people and injure 24 before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Colorado...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/20) Joey Lawrence (39), Carmen Electra (43), Jessica Lange (66), Ryan O'Neal (74), Johnny Tillotson (76), & George Takei (78)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Boston Marathon (today) (4/20), Kentucky Derby (12) (5/2), Mother's Day (21) (5/10) & Memorial Day (37) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/21)

 

1956] Number One on this date: Heartbreak HotelElvis Presley...

1965] Opening: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair opens for its second 6-month season...

1967] That's a wrap: Recording ends in London for the Beatles' classic LP Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band...

1980] Cheater: Rosie Ruiz, the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon, is disqualified when officials discover she jumped into the race about a mile from the finish...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/21) Andie MacDowell (57), Tony Danza (64), Patti LuPone (66), James Newell Osterberg Jr. aka Iggy Pop (68), Charles Grodin (80), Elaine May (83) & Queen Elizabeth II (LXXXVIX)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Kentucky Derby (11) (5/2), Mother's Day (20) (5/10) & Memorial Day (36) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/22)

 

1954] Must-See TV: In the US Senate, the Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin...

1970] Down to earth: The first Earth Day is observed...

2000] Elian snatching: In a pre-dawn raid, armed immigration agents seize Elian Gonzalez from his relatives home in Miami. The 6-year old is reunited with his father and returns to Cuba where he still lives...

2014] Death in Korea: 297 die in the capsizing of a ferry in South Korea. No cause of the sinking has been determined...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/22) Terry (Tito) Francona (56), Paul Carrack (64), Peter Frampton (65), John Waters (69), Mel Carter (76), Jack Nicholson (78), Glen Campbell (79) & Charlotte Rae (89)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Kentucky Derby (10) (5/2), Mother's Day (19) (5/10) & Memorial Day (35) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/23)

 

1969] Guilty as charged: Sirhan B. Sirhan is sentenced to death for the assassination of New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence is later reduced to life. He's serving that term in prison...

1971] Released on this date: Sticky Fingers LP – Rolling Stones...

1983] Number One on this date: Come On EileenDexys Midnight Runners...

1985] New doesn't always mean good: Coca-Cola launches New Coke, which disappears less than 3 months later...

2005] YouTube goes viral: The first video (Me At The Zoo) is uploaded to YouTube.com...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/23) Dev Patel (25), Phil Vettor (39?), Melina Kanakaredes (48), George Lopez (54), Valerie Bertinelli (55), Michael Moore (61), Joyce De Witt (66), Tony Esposito (72) & Lee Majors (76)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Kentucky Derby (9) (5/2), Mother's Day (18) (5/10) & Memorial Day (34) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/24)

 

1980] Rescue fails: The US launches an abortive attempt to free the American hostages in Iran. Eight US servicemen die in the attempt...

1990] Eye in the sky: Space shuttle Discovery blasts off from Cape Canaveral carrying the $1.5 Hubble Space Telescope (and a lifetime supply of Windex?)...

2000] Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck: ABC-TV does the Curly Shuffle when they air the TV movie, The Three Stooges. The song will be a moderate hit everywhere except Shea Stadium where it becomes a rally anthem for the home team...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/24) Kelly Clarkson (33), Cedric the Entertainer (51), CCR drummer Doug (Cosmo) Clifford (70), Barbra Streisand (73) & Shirley MacLaine (81)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Kentucky Derby (8) (5/2), Mother's Day (17) (5/10) & Memorial Day (33) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/25)

 

1976] Captain America: Cubs outfielder Rick Monday rescues the American flag from two fans who were about to burn the banner in centerfield. Monday snatches it away and becomes America's newest hero...

1988] Death sentence: In Israel, John Demjanuk is sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II. He will die a free man, in March 2012...

1990] Hubble activated: Discovery astronauts deploy the Hubble Space Telescope in space...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/25) Renee Zellweger (46), Joe Buck (46), Hank Azaria (51), Talia Shire (69), Bjorn (ABBA) Ulvaeus (70), CCR's Stu Cook (70), Len Goodman (71), Al Pacino (75) and a very special Happy Birthday to Diane...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Kentucky Derby (7) (5/2), Mother's Day (16) (5/10) & Memorial Day (32) (5/25)..

 

Timeline Memories (4/26)

 

1865] Payback: John Wilkes Booth, 26-year old assassin of Pres. Abraham Lincoln is surrounded by federal troops and killed...

1964] Celtic 6-pack: The Boston Celtics win their 6th straight NBA title and will extend that championship streak to 8 in 1966. It is the greatest consecutive championship winning streak in professional sports history...

1986] Nuked: The world's worst nuclear accident occurs at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union. At least 31 die immediately...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/26) Jessica Lynch (32), Jordana Brewster (35), Channing Tatum (35), Kevin James (50), Bobby Rydell (73), Claudine Clark (74), Maurice Williams (77), Duane Eddy (77) & Carol Burnett (82)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Kentucky Derby (6) (5/2), Mother's Day (15) (5/10) & Memorial Day (31) (5/25)..

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

How To Reach Millennials...

 

Monday, April 13, 2015

 

Millennials are a tough demographic nut to crack. They tune out everything except what interests them. Nora Ganim Barnes, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth media guru tells eMarketer "they are not influenced by traditional 'push' marketing strategies."...

Barnes says it has to do with their preferences for taking in information. They want information to come to them, but they want to select it. "Millennials are looking for information before they make purchases, but they're looking for it from their trusted sources, and their trusted sources are not the manufacturers or providers of products." Same goes for their choice of entertainment. "They follow brands on Facebook, rather than on other media sources, platform or tools...

Radio must communicate with millennials via social websites. Facebook is still probably the tool for the connection between brands and millennials. The 18-34 age group loves to share. "If you look at their Twitter feeds, or if you ask them about what it is they're tweeting, it's almost always shareable content. And that's how you reach what's being called 'The Next Great Generation'... 

 

Timeline Memories (4/13)

 

1957] Number One on this date: All Shook UpElvis Presley...1968HoneyBobby Goldsboro...1974Bennie & The JetsElton John...

1964] An Oscar first: Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American actor in a leading role to win an Academy Award (Lillies Of The Field)...

1997] Record breaker: Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters...

1999] Guilty as charged: Jack Kevorkian is sentenced to 10-25 years for the second-degree murder of a patient whose assisted suicide was shown on 60 Minutes in 1998. He is released after serving a few years because of health issues...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/13) Allison Williams (27), Rick Schroeder (45), Peabo Bryson (64), Al Green (69),  Bill Conti (73), Paul Sorvino (76) & Lyle Waggoner (80)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (28) (5/10) & Memorial Day (43) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/14)

 

1865] A bad day at the theater: Pres. Abraham Lincoln is shot and mortally wounded by actor John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington DC. He will die from his wounds the following day...

1910] Play ball: Pres. William Howard Taft throws out the first ball for the Washington Senators-Philadelphia A's game in Washington and a tradition is born...

1912] Down with the ship: The Titanic on its maiden voyage hits an iceberg and begins to sink. It will fully submerge at 2:27am on April 15. More than 700 survive but 1,517 are lost at sea...

1959] Number One on this date: Come Softly To MeFleetwoods..

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/14) Sarah Michelle Gellar (38), Adrien Broday (42), Brad Garrett (55), Ritchie Blackmore (70), Pete Rose (74), Julie Christie (75), Frank Serpico (79) & Loretta Lynn (83)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (27) (5/10) & Memorial Day (42) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/15)

1865] Death of a leader: Pres. Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after being shot by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th president...

1912] Submerged: The Titanic sinks less than 3 hours after striking an iceberg. About 1,500 die...

1947] Debuted on this date: Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American in the major leagues. Jackie plays first base and goes hitless in 3 ABs for the Brooklyn Dodgers...

1967] Number One on this date: Somethin' StupidNancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra...

2013] Marathon bombing: Two bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people are killed and over 200 injured...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/15) Seth Rogen (33), Samantha Fox (49), Emma Thompson (56), Lois Chiles (68), Dave Edmunds (71) & Roy Clark (82)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (26) (5/10) & Memorial Day (41) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/16)

 

1941] Rapid Robert:The linescore for the Chicago White Sox was 0-0-0 as Bob Feller of Cleveland pitches the first and only opening day no-hitter...

1962] CBS cries Uncle: 'Uncle' Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchor of the CBS Evening News. In 1963 this newscast is extended from 15 to 30 minutes...

1964] Released on this date: The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers) is the band's debut album in the UK...1966] When A Man Loves A WomanPercy Sledge...

2003] Mike leaves: Michael Jordan makes his final NBA appearance as a player as his Washington Wizards end their season with a loss to Philadelphia...

2007] Massacre in Blacksburg: Virginia Tech senior Seung-Hui Cho goes on a shooting rampage resulting in the death of 32. He then takes his own life on campus in Blacksburg...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/16) Jon Cryer (50), Martin Lawrence (50), Ellen Barkin (61), (In) Bill (We trust) Belichick (63), Kareem Abdul Jabbar (68), Jim Lonborg (73), Bobby Vinton (80) & Former Pope Benedict XVI (LXXXVIII)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (25) (5/10) & Memorial Day (40) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/17)

 

1951] Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen: Bob Sheppard debuts as Yankee Stadium PA announcer. It also marks the day that Mickey Mantle makes his MLB debut. Sheppard retires on September 5, 2007. Mantle retires after the 1968 baseball season...

1961] Bay of Pigs: About 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launch the disastrous Bay Of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro...

1964] Ford goes sporty: The Ford Motor Company unveils the Mustang – yours for just $2,368 without extras...

1998] Paul's love: Cancer claims the life of Linda McCartney at 56...

2006] Number One on this date: Bad DayDaniel Powter...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/17) Rooney Mara (30), Victoria (Posh Spice) Beckham (41), Jennifer Garner (43), Norman (Boomer) Esiason (54) & Steve (Schmoozer) Somers (68) Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Kentucky Derby (15) (5/2), Mother's Day (24) (5/10) & Memorial Day (40) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/18)

 

1775] In the midnight hour: Paul Revere & William Dawes set out on their ride from Charlestown to Lexington (MA) to warn the colonists that those nasty Redcoats were coming. This day is commemorated as Patriot's Day in New England...

1923] Opening day in the Bronx: John Philip Sousa's band plays the national anthem as Yankee Stadium opens. In the game the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1...

1965] Number One on this date: I'm Telling You NowFreddie & Dreamers...1975]  Philadelphia FreedomElton John...2009] Boom Boom PowBlack Eyed Peas...

2012] Death of a legend: Dick Clark dies of a heart attack at 82...

 

Millennials are a tough demographic nut to crack...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Kentucky Derby (14) (5/2), Mother's Day (23) (5/10) & Memorial Day (39) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/19)

 

1897] Marathon begins: On the 122nd anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War, the first Boston Marathon is run (still is on the third Monday of April which is designated Patriots' Day)...

1965] All News All The Time: 1010 WINS changes its format from top 40 to All-News...

1980] Number One on this date: Call MeBlondie...

1993] Deadly siege: Branch Davidian leader David Koresh and dozens of others are killed when fire destroys their compound near Waco (TX) as the 51-day siege ends...

1995] Oklahoma City devastation: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is destroyed by a bomb. One hundred sixty eight are killed including 19 children. Five hundred are injured. Timothy McVeigh is found guilty of the crime and is executed...

2013] Suspect caught: One of the two suspected Boston Marathon bombers (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) is captured – his brother is killed in a shoot out...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/19) Maria Sharapova (28), Kate Hudson (36), James Franco (37), Riza Vettor (39) (Happy Birthday Sister), Ashley Judd (47), Al Unser Jr. (53), Mark Volman (68), Elinor Donahue (78) & Hugh O'Brian (90)...Timelline Countdown: Days Until: Kentucky Derby (13) (5/2), Mother's Day (22) (5/10) & Memorial Day (38) (5/25)...

 

 

 

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The Total Audience Media Universe...

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

 

Until we have the capability of measuring the entire media universe, there will be doubts about the accuracy of the size of the listening audience. The goal is measuring audiences across all devices that people listen to. Nielsen is still in the process of perfecting such a study...

 

Nielsen would like us to consider this: Radio is reaching 258 million listeners per month and each month, US consumers are engaging with media across a spectrum of devices. In Q4 2014, traditional TV reached an average of 285 million viewers each month with more than 181 million of these consumers watching time-shifted TV. In terms of mobile and computer users, 122 million viewers watched video on a smartphone, 146 million watched video on the internet and 164 million used an app/web on a smartphone...

 

While the average American adult spent nearly a week on average watching traditional television each month in Q4, other ways to connect with content were desirable as well. In that same quarter, US adults spent over 15 hours each month watching time-shifted content, close to 30 hours using the internet on a computer and over 43 hours using any app/web on a smartphone. In addition, consumers monthly time spent listening to radio was also an impressive 58 hours and 36 minutes. Consumers are also spending a lot of time on social media with 133 million connecting via computer, 142 million are using social media on an app or smartphone and 124 million are using social media on the web on a smartphone.

 

Both radio and TV need the entire universe measured accurately. While TV consumers tend to time-shift content, radio continues to be a 'Now' medium. While TV's audience is greater than radio, radio's ability to reach in-car gives the medium an advantage over television that radio continues to exploit...

 

Timeline Memories (4/6)

 

1930Twinkie Munch: Hostess Twinkies are invented by bakery executive James Dewar who washes it down with his scotch...

 

1963 On the radio:  Lesley Gore hears her first record (It's My Party) on the radio on her way home from the New Jersey school she attended...

1973Designated: The Yankees' Ron Blomberg becomes the American League's first designated hitter at Fenway Park. This experiment is now 42 years old, but only in the AL. In the National League pitchers still take a turn at bat...

 

2004 An NCAA first:  UConn becomes the first school to win NCAA Division 1 Mens & Womens basketball titles in the same season. In 2014, they win dual titles again...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/6) Zach Braff (40), Paul Rudd (46), John Pizzarelli (55), Marilu Henner (63), John Ratzenberger (68), Roy Thinnes (77), Billy Dee Williams (78), Merle Haggard (78) & Andre Previn (86)....Timeline CountdownHappy PassoverHappy Easter...Days Until: Rest of MLB Openers (Today), Mother's Day (34) (5/10) & Memorial Day (49) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/7)

 

1963] Diaper duffer: At the age of 23, Jack Nicklaus becomes the youngest golfer to win the green jacket at the Masters Tournament...
1964The first computer: IBM announces the first computer system family, the revolutionary IBM System/360...
1973Number One on this date: The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence...1974] Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede...2013] Thrift Shop - Macklemore/Ryan Lewis...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy Birthday" (4/7) Russell Crowe (51), Janis Ian (64), John Oates (66), Francis Ford Coppola (76), Gov. Jerry Brown (77), Wayne Rogers (82) & Bobby Doerr (97)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (34) (5/10) & Memorial Day (49) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/8)

 

1974A new home run king: And his name is Henry Aaron. Aaron passes Babe Ruth, becoming baseball's new home run king with his 715th home run off Dodger pitcher Al Downing...
1992A sad day: Tennis great Arthur Ashe announces at a news conference that he has AIDS...
1994Death of a rock star: Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The medical examiner claims Cobain had committed suicide on April 5 at the age of 27...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/8) Patricia Arquette (47), Julian Lennon (52), John Schneider (55), Steve Howe (68), John Havlicek (75) & Shecky Greene (89)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (33) (5/10) & Memorial Day (48) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/9)

 

1865Throwing in the towel: Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia...
1913A home for The Bums: Ebbets Field in Brooklyn opens for the first time (regular season). The Dodgers play the Philadelphia Phillies...
1959Mercury 7: NASA announces the selection of America's first 7 astronauts (Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard & Donald Slayton)...
1973Released on this date: My Love - Paul McCartney...
1973Debuted on this date: Pat St. John starts a 15-year run at WPLJ...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/9) Kristen Stewart (25), Keshia Pulliam (36), Cynthia Nixon (49), Jeff Zucker (50), Joe Scarborough (52), Dennis Quaid (61), Peter Gammons (70), Michael Learned (76) & Hugh Hefner (89)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (32) (5/10) & Memorial Day (47) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/10)

 

1925Book it: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published...
1958Recorded on this date: Bobby Darin records Splish Splash in New York City...
1970Paul leaves: Paul McCartney announces that he's leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons...
2014Letterman replacement: Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) is announced to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show on CBS in May 2015...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/10) Haley Joel Osment (27), Peter MacNicol (61), Steven Seagal (63), John Madden (79), Omar Sharif (83) & Max von Sydow (86)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (31) (5/10) & Memorial Day (46) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/11)

 

1962Beat The Mets: The New York Mets make their NL debut with an 11-4 loss in St. Louis. There will be 119 more losses before the end of the season...

1973] NYC Radio debuts: New York radio veteran Norm N. Nite joins WCBS-FM...

1981Number One on this date: Kiss On My List - Hall & Oates...1982] I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett & Blackhearts...2009] Poker Face - Lady Gaga...
1991] Veteran NYC radio personality Scott Shannon starts at WPLJ. Scott is now doing morning at WCBS-FM...

2007Innocent: Charges are dropped against 3 former Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/11) Joss Stone (28), Jason Varitek (43), Bill Irwin (65), Peter Riegert (68), Louise Lasser (76), Joel Grey (83) & Ethel Kennedy (87)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (30) (5/10) & Memorial Day (45) (5/25)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/12)

 

1861Hardly civil: The Civil War begins when confederate forces fire the first shot on union stronghold, Fort Sumter...
1877Tools of ignorance at Harvard: James Tyng, Harvard catcher wears a modified fencing mask behind the plate. It's the first catcher's mask ever used in a baseball game...
1924Wake up Chicago: WLS Radio begins broadcasting...
1966Number One on this date: (You're My) Soul And Inspiration - Righteous Brothers...2008] Touch My Body - Mariah Carey...
1995Gitchy Gitchy yaya dada: Drew Barrymore jumps on David Letterman's desk, lifts her sweater (with back toward audience) and flashes David a bare-breasted birthday present...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/12) Clair Danes (36), Vince Gill (58), Andy Garcia (59), David Cassidy (65), David Letterman (68), Woody Johnson (68), Ed O'Neill (69), John Kay (71), Herbie Hancock (75). Happy Anniversary Jimmy & Sherry Brady...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Mother's Day (29) (5/10) & Memorial Day (44) (5/25)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Better Learn How To Attract Millennials...

 

Monday, March 30, 2015

 

Radio is not the first place millennials go to get their news. Another place they don't go is television. Boomers might be the most important demographic for radio today but for radio to survive all of its tomorrows it must gain the trust and ears of the 18-to-34-year-old group we call millennials...Radio must siphon off a sizable portion of the millennial audience from social media - specifically Facebook. eMarketer estimates that 88% of 18-to-24-year-old internet users in the US will use Facebook this year. So too will 78.6% of those in the 25-to-34 range. A full 58.7 million millennials will be logging on to Facebook at least monthly in 2015 - and many are likely doing so to check out the news...Despite the fact that they use Facebook for news often, millennials don't consider this a top reason for logging on. Just 47% of respondents to a recent study say this was a main reason for accessing the site...The answer for radio is simply to be more social and that means communicating with your audience wherever you find them. These days - they're on social websites...

 

 

Timeline Memories (3/30)


1957Number One on this date: Party Doll Buddy Knox...1974] Sunshine On My ShouldersJohn Denver...1985] One More NightPhil Collins...
1964Debuted on this date: The TV game show Jeopardy hosted by Art Fleming...
1981Honey I forgot to duck: Pres. Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinckley. He makes a complete recovery...
1992Musical call letters: WNSR (105.1) changes call letters to WMXV (The Mix) in NYC. Today Power 105.1 WWPR occupies that frequency...
2009Government issue: Pres. Barack Obama takes unprecedented government control over the auto industry, rejecting GM & Chrysler plans for restructuring...
2013Music business loss: 14-time Grammy Award winning producer Phil Ramone dies from a brain aneurysm at 79...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/30) Norah Jones (36). Celine Dion (47), Tracy Chapman (51), MC Hammer (53), Paul Reiser (58), Eric Clapton (70), Warren Beatty (78), Rolf Harris (85), John Astin (85), Richard Dysart (86) & Peter Marshall (89)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (4) (4/3), Passover (4) (4/3), Easter Sunday (6) (4/5) & MLB Opener (6) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (3/31)


1958Released on this date: Johnny B. GoodeChuck Berry...
1984Number One on this date: FootlooseKenny Loggins...
1992Premiered on this date: Dateline NBC. Twenty-three years later it's still on...
2005Right to die: Terri Schiavo dies 13 days after her feeding tube is removed in an exhaustive right-to-die dispute...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/31) Sal Selletto (39 again?), Rhea Perlman (67), Al Gore (67), Gabe Kaplan (70), Christopher Walken (72), Michael Savage (73), Herb Alpert (80), Shirley Jones (81), Richard Chamberlain (81), Gordie Howe (87) & William Daniels (88)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (3) (4/3), Passover (3) (4/3), Easter Sunday (5) (4/5) & MLB Opener (5) (4/5)...

 

 

Timeline Memories (4/1)


1976Ripe for picking: Apple Computer is formed by Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak...
1984Mercy, mercy me: Marvin Gaye is shot to death by his father in Los Angelos one day before his 45th birthday...
1987Health scare: Pres. Ronald Reagan tells doctors in Philadelphia: "We've declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1"...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/1) Taran (SNL) Killam (33), Rachel Maddow (42), Susan Boyle (54), Jimmy Cliff (67), Rusty Staub (71), Rudolph Isley (76), Ali MacGraw (76), Debbie Reynolds (83), Jane Powell (86) & Brendan Byrne (91)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (2) (4/3), Passover (2) (4/3), Easter Sunday (4) (4/5) & MLB Opener (4) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/2)


1968Getting spacey: The science-fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey has its world premiere in Washington, DC...
1972Happy Trails: Mets manager Gil Hodges dies of a heart attack while playing golf in Florida two days before his 48th birthday. Yogi Berra replaces Hodges as Mets manager...
2014Fort Hood Massacre: A shooting at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas takes 4 lives and injures 14...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/2) Scotty Brink (39 forever), Emmylou Harris (68), Linda Hunt (70), Reggie Smith (70), Leon Russell (73), Barrett Hansen aka Dr. Demento (74)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (1) (4/3), Passover (1) (4/3), Easter Sunday (3) (4/5) & MLB Opener (3) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/3)


1936Death by electrocution: Bruno Hauptmann dies in the electric chair for the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh baby...
1968The view from the top: Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his mountain top speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers in Memphis. Less than 24 hours later, King is assassinated...
1971Number One on this date: Just My ImaginationTemptations...1976] Disco LadyJohnnie Taylor...
1974Murray exits: Murray the K leaves WNBC (although I knew Murray I would miss working with him at WNBC by two years.) In 1975 Murray went to WLIR and then WKTU. In poor health Murray leaves NYC for LA where he would die from cancer in 1982 at the age of 60...
2010Birth of the iPad: Steve Jobs launches the iPad. To date more than 200 million iPads (all generations) have been sold since 2010...
2013Muzzled: Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice Jr. is fired for abusing players...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/3) Leona Lewis (30), Koji Uehara (40), Picabo Street (44), Eddie Murphy (54), David Hyde Pierce (56), Alec Baldwin (57), Tony Orlando (71), Wayne Newton (73), Marsha Mason (73), Jeff Barry (77), Jane Goodall (81) & Doris Day (93)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (Today) (4/3), Passover (Tonight at sundown) (4/3), Easter Sunday (2) (4/5) & MLB Opener (2) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/4)


1960Recorded on this date: Are You Lonesome TonightElvis Presley...
1963Number One on this date: He's So FineChiffons...
1968MLK gunned down: Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated while standing on the balcony outside his room in Memphis...
1974Henry ties it: Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves ties Babe Ruth's career home run mark by hitting his 714th HR in Cincinnati...
2007Nappy-brained I-Man: Don Imus makes offensive on-air remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Despite a subsequent apology, Imus is fired by CBS Radio & MSNBC (TV)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/4) Dick Summer (39 still), David Blaine (42), Robert Downey Jr. (50), David E. Kelley (59), John Hannah (64), Christine Lahti (65), Craig T. Nelson (71), Hugh Masekela (76) & Clive Davis (83)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Happy Passover, Easter Sunday (1) (4/5) & MLB Opener (1) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (4/5)


1975Number One on this date: Lovin' YouMinnie Riperton (A&R Dir. Gregg Geller adds more birds in the intro and the song explodes)...2008] Bleeding LoveLeona Lewis...
1982Chapter 11 on the charts: Record World Magazine, founded in 1946 as Music Vendor, changing its name to Record World in 1964 – folds...
1985At the count of 3: An estimated 5,000 – 8,000 radio stations simultaneously play We Are The World to raise money to feed the starving in Africa and the US. Harvey Mednick considers this one of his proudest moments at R&R for he and Dwight Case...
1987Release the hounds: Fox Broadcasting Co. makes its prime time TV launch with Married With Children & The Tracey Ullman Show...
2008Released on this date: All Summer LongKid Rock...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (4/5) Pharrell Williams (42), Agnetha (ABBA) Faltskog (65), Allan Clarke (73), Michael Moriarty (74), Colin Powell (78) & Billy Bland (83)...Timeline Countdown: Happy Passover, Happy Easter Sunday (Today) (4/5) & MLB Opener (Today) (4/5)...

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listeners Still Prefer AM/FM In Car...

 

Monday, March 23, 2015

 

The naysayers will never believe the findings of the new IPSOS survey http://www.insideradio.com/free/analyst-sees-hyper-local-as-radio-s-connected-car-answer/article_219a24d0-cecc-11e4-bf7f-3ba364326d3b.html. Last month IPSOS found that just 34% of drivers want internet radio in their next car. 80% want FM/AM radio. Twice as many people say they want a CD player than streaming...

Consumers also showed they're frustrated with digital dashboards. 91% say they want carmakers to leave the typical car radio with buttons and knobs just as they are, according to Inside Radio...

While the forecast from many analysts calls for connected dashboards installed in about 60% of new cars by 2018, Macquarie Capital analyst Amy Yong says stations need to "leverage their presence in smaller markets." If you never lived in a smaller market you probably don't realize how things change so slowly. I understand this because I worked in far too many of them on my path to the majors...

 

Timeline Memories (3/23)
1961Recorded on this date: Can't Help Falling In Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V430M59Yn8 – Elvis Presley...
1983Real Star Wars: Pres. Ronald Reagan proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkBMTc_LcPQ aka Star Wars. It's not such a crazy idea anymore, is it?
2010Obamacare: Pres. Barack Obama signs a $938 billion health care overhaul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsW0l139JD0...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/23) Perez Hilton (37), Keri Russell (39), Jason Kidd (42), Chaka Kahn (62), Ric Ocasek (66), Roger Bannister (86) & Marty Allen (93)....Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (11) (4/3), Passover (11) (4/3), Easter Sunday (13) (4/5) & MLB Opener (13) (4/5)..

 

Timeline Memories (3/24)
1958Elvis has left the draft board: Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ikArK6v82s. Although he was drafted the previous December, the Army allows Elvis to finish filming Kid Creole...
2002An Oscar First: Halle Berry becomes the first African-American performer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llgL7mGYVTI to win a Best Actress Oscar for Monster's Ball...
2014Ebola spreads: An outbreak of Ebola virus which has killed at least 59 people in Guinea continues its spread https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Jpn22HJys ...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/24) Jessica Chastain (38), Peyton Manning (39), Jim Parsons (42), Lara Flynn Boyle (45), Star Jones (53), Kelly LeBrock (55), Donna Pescow (61), Louie Anderson (62), Tommy Hilfiger (64), Nick Lowe (66) & Bob Mackie (75)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (10) (4/3), Passover (10) (4/3), Easter Sunday (12) (4/5) & MLB Opener (12) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (3/25)
1911Up in Flames: 146 people (123 women) are killed at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in Manhattan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCB4SgXRgKg. The owners of the company are charged with manslaughter when it's discovered that the factory doors are locked...
1913Slapstick is born: The Palace Theatre opens in Manhattan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_Theatre_(New_York_City ). It quickly becomes the home of vaudeville...
1972Number One on this date: A Horse With No Name https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9CcYvPt7tQ – America...
1988Guilty as charged: Robert E. Chambers Jr. pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year old Jennifer Levin in NYC's Preppie Murder Case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGUtsSm1Gb0. Chambers is in prison currently for selling drugs...
1990Bronx fire: An arsonist sets fire to the Happy Land social club in the Bronx resulting in 87 deaths https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PS1Ii4-3u0...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/25) Katharine McPhee (31), Danica Patrick (33), Tom Glavine (49), Sarah Jessica Parker (50), Marcia Cross (53), Brenda Strong (55), Elton John (68), Aretha Franklin (73), Anita Bryant (75), Gloria Steinhem (81) & Gene Shalit (89)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (9) (4/3), Passover (9) (4/3), Easter Sunday (11) (4/5) & MLB Opener (11) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (3/26)
1979Peace at hand: The Camp David peace treaty is signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin & Egyptian Pres. Anwar Sadat at the White House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYASjRMEWeA...
1997Cult massacre: The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult who had committed suicide are found in Rancho Santa Fe (CA) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBTLThA0wOw...
1999Dr. Death busted: Dr. Jack Kevorkian is convicted of second-degree murder for giving a lethal injection to an ailing man whose death is shown on 60 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WaWLqxWSh0...
2001Released on this date: I'm Already There – Lonestar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1yTWauVjwo...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/26) Keira Knightley (30), Kenny Chesney (47), Jennifer Grey (55), Leeza Gibbons (58), Curtis Sliwa (61), Martin Short (65), Vicki Lawrence (66), Steven Tyler (67), Diana Ross (71), Bob Woodward (72), James Caan (75), Nancy Pelosi (75), Fred Parris (79), Alan Arkin (81), Sandra Day O'Connor (85) & Bob Elliott (92)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (8) (4/3), Passover (8) (4/3), Easter Sunday (10) (4/5) & MLB Opener (10) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (3/27)

1794In the Navy: Pres. George Washington & Congress authorize creation of the US Navy. The great-great-great grandparents of the Village People take note https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InBXu-iY7cw...
1939March madness: The first NCAA Championship Game is won by Oregon 46-33 over Ohio State https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VrzTJDaRlQ. The NCAA will dominate the NIT starting in the mid-50's...
1967Recorded on this date: Groovin' - Young Rascals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeUWlKc0-tE...1972] Burning Love – Elvis Presley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcJac6OykfM...
1998What a pill: The FDA approves Viagra to fight male impotence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UPEQxASc28...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/27) Jessie J (27), Stacy (Fergy) Ferguson (40), Mariah Carey (45), Quentin Tarantino (52), Michael York (73) & Cale Yarborough (76)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (7) (4/3), Passover (7) (4/3), Easter Sunday (9) (4/5) & MLB Opener (9) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (3/28)
1797It will never work: Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washing_machine. Early (pre-electricity) machines in the 1800's were powered by gasoline...
1958Recorded on this date: Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti38LFY7x1Y...1967] Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqXSBe-qMGo...
1963The name game: Sonny Werblin, no doubt inspired by nearby LaGuardia Airport, changes the name of the New York Titans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkmcM-8v028 to the Jets just before Shea Stadium becomes a runway for LaGuardia and the new home of the Jets in 1964...
1968Number One on this date: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTVjnBo96Ug...
1979Life imitates art: A nuclear meltdown starts at Three Mile Island (PA) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J7kHfBBBmk 12 days after The China Syndrome opens...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/28) Stephani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga (29), Vince Vaughn (45), Chris Myers (56), Reba McEntire (60), Dianne Wiest (67), Gerry House (67), John Records Landecker (68), Ken Howard (71) & Charlie McCoy (74)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (6) (4/3), Passover (6) (4/3), Easter Sunday (8) (4/5) & MLB Opener (8) (4/5)...

 

Timeline Memories (3/29)

1971Guilty as charged: Lt. William Calley Jr. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPHEvaNjdhw is found guilty of premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians and is sentenced to life in prison. Calley wins a court case is paroled, living free...
1973Turn out the lights: The last US troops leave South Vietnam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AiyFF9qOls ending America's direct military involvement in the war there...
1973The cover of Rolling Stone: 12 days after The Cover Of Rolling Stone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npxRpGguGGI peaks at #6, Dr. Hook & Medicine Show get their wish...
1975Number One on this date: Lady Marmalade – LaBelle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4LWIP7SAjY Patti is a contestant on the current edition of Dancing With The Stars...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/29) Jennifer Capriati (39), Lara Logan (44), Elle Macpherson (51), Walt (Clyde) Frazier (70), Eric Idle (72) & John McLaughlin (88)....Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Good Friday (5) (4/3), Passover (5) (4/3), Easter Sunday (7) (4/5) & MLB Opener (7) (4/5)...

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stern Is Playing Contract Games - Again...

 

Monday, March 16, 2015

 

Cue The Clash. "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" was written with Howard Stern in mind. Stern plays with us every time his contract is about to expire. As Bloomberg Business reminds us, "Stern has always let his contract decisions go down to the wire." His current contract with SiriusXM expires in December of this year...

"I'm sick and tired of how management speaks to talent. The one thing that matters to me more than anything after all these years in radio is that you treat me with respect": Howard Stern. Bwa! Wa! Wa! Since 2004 Stern and SiriusXM have thrived together. Despite Stern's play-acting, the relationship between Stern and SiriusXM has never been better. A considerable chunk of the 27.3 million paying subscribers is probably due to Stern's presence. Last year the company had earnings of $1.4 billion minus interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization on $4.2 billion of revenue...

How important is Stern to SiriusXM? "The Howard Stern Show is still the most important piece of content that SiriusXM has - and the most expensive" according to Barton Crockett, FBR Capital Markets analyst. Crockett estimates that Stern's contract costs his employer about $80 million a year. "I think he's worth every penny. It would be great for them if they can keep Howard Stern." Let the games continue...

 

Timeline Memories (3/16)

1964Released on this date: Can't Buy Me Love – Beatles...
1968My Lai, My God: US troops directed by Lt. William L. Calley Jr. destroy a Vietnam village consisting of mostly women and children. Hundreds are killed. Known as the My-Lai Massacre...
2005Dead Man Walking: A judge in Redwood City (CA) sends Scott Peterson to death row for the slaying of his pregnant wife Laci...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/16) Judah (30 Rock) Friedlander (46), Lauren Graham (48), Nancy Wilson (61), Erik Estrada (66), Chuck Woolery (74) & Jerry Lewis (89)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: St. Patrick's Day (1) (3/17), Spring Begins (4) (3/20), Good Friday/Passover (18) (4/3), Easter Sunday/MLB Opener (20) (4/5)...

 


Timeline Memories (3/17)

0460Why we celebrate: St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland dies from unknown causes, leading to the celebration of St. Patrick's Day...
1776No green on redcoats: British forces evacuate the city of Boston during the Revolutionary War. Doing this on St. Patrick's Day is really asking for it...
1958Recorded on this date: Yakety Yak  Coasters...
1959Dalai on the Lam-a: Lhama Dhondrub Tenizin Gayatso aka the Dalai Lama leaves Tibet for India. The Chinese took over Tibet in 1950 forcing the holy one to leave...
2012Number One on this date: We Are Young – fun/Janelle Monae...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/17) Gene Scurti (39?), Mia Hamm (Nomah!!!) (43), Rob Lowe (51), Danny Ainge (56), Gary Sinise (60), Kurt Russell (64), John (Lovin' Spoonful) Sebastian (71), Pattie (Layla) Boyd (71), Paul Kantner (74) & Adam Wade (80)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: St. Patrick's Day (Today), Spring Begins (3) (3/20), Good Friday/Passover (17) (4/3), Easter Sunday/MLB Opener (19) (4/5)...

 

 

Timeline Memories (3/18)

1931Accoustic razors replaced: Schick Inc. markets the first electric razor...
1959Aloha: Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Hawaii statehood bill, giving us Hawaii Five-O...
1963Number One on this date: Walk Like A Man – Four Seasons...1973Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack...1983Billie Jean – Michael Jackson...
2005Pulling the plug: Doctors in Florida, on orders of a state judge, remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. Schiavo dies 13 days later...
2011Deadly warning: Pres. Barack Obama demands that Moammar Gadhafi halt all military attacks on civilians or else. Or else results in Gadhafi's death in October...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/18) Adam Levine (36), Queen Latifah (45), Bonnie Blair (51), Vanessa Williams (52), Irene Cara (56), Michael Reagan (70), Charlie Pride (77) & John Kander (88)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Spring Begins (2) (3/20), Good Friday (16) (4/3), Passover (16) (4/3), Easter Sunday (18) (4/5) & MLB Opener (18) (4/5)...


 

Timeline Memories (3/19)

1953Oscar goes live: The Academy Awards ceremony is televised for the first time...
1962Released on this date: Bob Dylan's self-titled debut LP...
1995BB stands for basketball Michael: After giving up an attempt to become a major league baseball player, Michael Jordan returns to pro basketball with the Chicago Bulls...
2003War on Iraq: George W. Bush orders the start of a war against Iraq...
2011Libyan civil war: After Gaddafi's forces fail to take Benghazi, military intervention begins in Libya...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/19) Bruce Willis (60), Glenn Close (68), Joe Kapp (77), Clarence (Frogman) Henry (78), Ursula Andress (79), Renee Taylor (82), Philip Roth (82) & Phyllis Newman (82)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Spring Begins (1) (3/20), Good Friday (15) (4/3), Passover (15) (4/3), Easter Sunday (17) (4/5) & MLB Opener (17) (4/5)...


 

Timeline Memories (3/20)

1967Released on this date: The Happening – Supremes (they sing the song at a WRKO show at the Boston Arena)...1972] Back off Boogaloo – Ringo Starr...
1967Debuted on this date: Brit supermodel Twiggy makes her US debut and WRKO News Director Roger Allan interviews her...
1982Number One on this date: I Love Rock 'n' Roll – Joan Jett...
1996Double guilt: Erik and brother Lyle Menendez are found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of their parents. Both are serving life terms without parole...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday" (3/20) Kathy Ireland (52), Holly Hunter (57), Spike Lee (58), Mike Francesa (61), William Hurt (65), Bobby (#4) Orr (67), Hal Linden (84) & Carl Reiner (93)...Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Spring Begins (Today) (3/20), Good Friday (14) (4/3), Passover (14) (4/3), Easter Sunday (16) (4/5) & MLB Opener (16) (4/5)...


 

Timeline Memories (3/21)

1952Rock 'n' Riot: A riot breaks out at the Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland as Alan (King Of The Moondogs) Freed hosts what many consider the spark that ignited the Rock 'n' Roll Flame...
1963The Rock closes: Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay is emptied of its last inmates...
1964Number One on this date: