March 21, 2017What’s The Point Of A Radio Conference?
I write this having attended Radiodays Europe for the past few days. It’s a big radio conference - the biggest in the world, in fact, with 1,500 people going there.
The conference rotates country in Europe: this year it was in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, next year it’ll be in Vienna, Austria. Four tracks of well-produced content always lead to some interesting thoughts, and a difficult experience of knowing which to go and see.
Of course, attendance is, in the most part, European. This year I bumped into a surprising amount of Australians and Americans who were there to learn from the European radio industry.
March 14, 2017I Listened To Lots Of Podcasts - And Here's What I Learned
I do quite a lot of award judging. I'd recommend it. It's quite a useful thing to do - it forces you to listen to things you'd otherwise not listen to, and you get a good, whirlwind, view of a particular sector or market than you'd otherwise not have got. It's ...
February 28, 2017Get Out Of The Studio With A USB Microphone
The way we make radio is changing. My first job in radio was carrying a heavy Uher tape recorder to an interview for a news reporter - we needed specialist equipment then, costing hundreds or even thousands. Today, we've most of the equipment already. But you still ...
February 21, 2017The UK Is De-Regulating Commercial Radio - Here's What You Need To Know
The UK's commercial radio industry is about to get probably the biggest shakeup of its life. Commercial radio in the UK is comparatively new - it only started in 1973. Until then, the country had four national radio stations provided by the BBC - a part-time Top 40 ...
Depending who you listen-to, podcasting is the future of radio, and we should all get on it as quickly as we can. Yet, according to Edison Research, only 55% of people in the US actually know what one is (Podcast Study, Spring 2016) - and podcasting is more advanced ...
February 7, 2017Making Your Content Go Further
"Tony Boselli with Nate Solder" - photo from Westwood One. One of the talks I do is all about making the most of your content. I've done it in a number of different ways now to individual radio teams, including to an audience in Malaysia of over a hundred people. The ...
January 31, 2017Hacking Your Radio Station - Today's Reality
The Internet. A fantastically useful service - a way of getting great audio contributions from across the world, a tool for research, a method of getting your signal to new people, and a big gaping security headache for you, particularly in times of unrest or ...
January 24, 2017The iPhone, Ten Years On - Was It The Radio Destroyer?
Did you have one? I did. The iPhone. The original iPhone. Launched in a blaze of Steve Jobs alternative reality, it was an exciting rethink of how a smartphone could be. It didn't have any apps - those came later - but it was a fabulous device with a decent web browser, ...
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. ...
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 ...