April 24, 2015Buzzword Bingo
It was somewhere around the World's Tallest Thermometer on the long drive through the desert back from the NAB Show in Las Vegas when I told myself, well, at least I'm not going to have to spend more time at any conventions for at least a couple of weeks.
That was last Thursday.
I could have SWORN the Worldwide Radio Summit was a week later.
I was wrong.
And that's why I'm here in the back of the room once again, covering the panels and presentations and being my typically grumpy self. You can read the results in just-the-facts form in Net News at allaccess.com and/or follow my running commentary on Twitter at @pmsimon. Do both, please.
April 17, 2015Viva Las Convenciones
This week, I was in Vegas. Convention stuff happened. It was the usual. The end. No, wait, I can add a few observations to the coverage we carried all week in Net News here at AllAccess.com and the tweets I posted. First, I tend to look for panels that offer ...
April 10, 2015Mutual Assured Confusion
The thing I like about the annual NAB Show, which is convening in Las Vegas this weekend, is that the "B" in NAB, fot the purposes of this show, increasingly stands for... nothing. At least, it doesn't really mean "Broadcasters," even though a large portion of the ...
April 3, 2015A Gritty Reboot For Radio
Hollywood is often criticized for running out of ideas. When studios aren't making the fifth or sixth edition of a franchise, they're remaking movies that seem to have come out just a few years ago. You go to the multiplex and all you get is "Furious 7." Originality ...
March 27, 2015Everyone’s A Star
Last week, it was Meerkat. This week, it's Periscope. Either way, we've suddenly been inundated with live video straight from people's iPhones, pumped through Twitter contact lists and once again changing everything, at least until it changes again. Whether this is ...
March 20, 2015Break the Rules
Maybe we're overthinking everything. I see it in all the instructions you see in radio columns... like this one. Instructions about prep. Warnings about the future. Declarations about what Millenials want (usually delivered by decidedly non-Millenial people). ...
March 13, 2015Sports Radio As Discount Group Therapy
It was like the old days this week. Something was happening in the news and radio was right up there in the rankings as a go-to place to get a feel for what was really happening. But it wasn't Hillary's emails and it wasn't Ferguson and it wasn't anything else in what ...
March 6, 2015A.I. on AM, or Waiting for Chappie
I was all prepared to give you my analysis of this week's Infinite Dial study release, but when I sat down to finally write it, I realized that I'd done it already. Digital making inroads, younger audiences going digital, podcasts growing and reaching a more affluent and ...
February 27, 2015In the Moment (Featuring Llamas and Dresses)
It was midday Thursday when my thought process for this weekly exercise in talking to myself got derailed by llamas. I admit it: The moment I saw a tweet about llamas on the loose in Sun City, I went right for the ABC 15 live feed and followed all the tweets. Because ...
February 20, 2015Plugging the Brain Drain
The other weekend, down in Atlanta at the Talk Show Boot Camp, I said something on a panel that I'd like to expand upon a little in this column. I mentioned some of the biggest names in podcasting and streaming and asked what they have in common. Here, you try it: Adam ...