December 6, 2016Making 'Digital-First' Radio
Back in September, Michael Mason - who is in charge of the Australian ABC's radio division - sent all staff an email detailing the future for the ABC in 2020. You can read it here, and you should.
It's a good, cogent piece of both future-gazing and strategic planning, and it's one that you might want to read for your own company. I said in my newsletter at the time that I'd never seen a piece like it for any other radio organization. You might not agree with it all - that's not the point really - but as a piece of guidance for the future direction of the organization, it's a great piece of work.
November 29, 2016NPR One - Making News Radio Better
(The previous NPR headquarters in 2009. Photo credit: James Cridland) I may have written about NPR One before. But radio programmers tell me to continually ‘reset,’ and NPR One has some of the most important elements that I think are the future of ...
November 22, 2016Radio In The Car - Popular Everywhere
Industry body Commercial Radio Australia released some new data this week about radio in the car. Unsurprisingly for radio, it's good news: radio accounts for 80% of all audio listened-to in the car. Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music total just 3% of time spent ...
November 15, 2016Radio Needs Pictures, But Not Lazy Antique Ones
There's a number of clichés to avoid if you write about radio. First: the lazy Buggles headline. Video didn't kill the radio star, yet this falsehood is repeated so often it's no wonder that many people consider it to be true. It does our industry a disservice. ...
November 1, 2016One-Man Radio Station Gets 35,000 Listeners
With new technologies like online, HD Radio and DAB, it's never been easier to launch new radio stations. Radio is relatively quick and simple to launch - and advances in technology mean that almost anyone can run a 24/7 station. Earlier this year, UK radio presenter ...
October 25, 2016Malaysia - Where Radio Is Even More Popular Than Where You Are
I was in Malaysia last week. Here are a few things you might not have known about Malaysia: 25% of people in Malaysia are Chinese-speakers. I genuinely had no idea about this. So, it turns out that Chinese-language radio is pretty popular. 25% of people in Malaysia are ...
October 18, 2016Paul Henry - Watching Radio On The Telly In New Zealand
I've just been on holiday to New Zealand. It was very nice, thank you for asking. It's awfully pretty, and everyone is very friendly. If that wasn't enough, they call shopping trolleys by the incredibly cute name of "trundlers." What's not to like about that? AMP ...
October 4, 2016Swearing On The Radio
Before we begin - the links in this article lead to words you may find offensive. Over twenty years ago, I remember listening to the Dutch radio station Sky Radio, and hearing an incomprehensible Dutch jingle followed by Prince's new hit - "Sexy MF." Except Sky Radio ...
September 27, 2016How Important Is A Local Radio Station Name?
The biggest commercial radio group in Australia, Southern Cross Austereo, is doing something courageous in December - changing the names of 59 radio stations. Australian station names are, to this Brit, a strange mix of heritage callsigns. There's been a "2GZ" in New ...
September 20, 2016Radio In Smartphones To Get Better
Smartphones contain a lot of technology: and developers have access to most of it. If you're a mobile phone app developer, you can check the GPS chip for details of where your user is, for example - so Google Maps can tell you where you are, or your news app can give ...