January 17, 2017Is Live Overnight Radio Over?
BBC Radio 2 is a station that confounds radio consultants.
It has an annual programming budget of US $53m.
Tune into the station at different times of the day, and you'll hear an up-beat breakfast show; a cozy morning music sequence and a news-based phone-in program. There are music documentaries. There are Folk shows, Country music shows, Big Band shows, House Music and Religious programming. And a program called "The Organist Entertains - Nigel Ogden presents a program of popular organ recordings."
January 10, 2017Norway Switches Off FM. But Why Don't They Just Do Streaming?
This week, FM broadcasts in one area of Norway finally fall silent. The majority of radio stations move over to broadcast on DAB+, alongside online and DTV. The whole country will have turned off FM by the end of the year. (Some small local stations continue for now on ...
January 3, 2017The Great Radio Switchoff
Next week in Norway, they're starting the process of switching FM transmitters off: if you want to keep listening, you'll find most channels will only be on DAB+ (and online and on the telly). But: that's not the only transmitter switchoff happening in radio. AM radio ...
December 13, 2016Barking Mad - Radio For Dogs
BBC Radio London is one of the BBC's local radio stations, and every Thursday afternoon you can tune in to something called The Barking Hour. There is a tedious joke here for non-Londoners, so assuming you are one, let me just tell you that Barking is an area of ...
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, ...
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 ...