September 19, 2014Playing Fantasy Radio Business League, or Dividing To Conquer
Get over it.
Really, you should get over it now. By "you," I mean you, and by "it," I mean radio, not the industry or the medium but the word. This comes to mind because of the reaction to Clear Channel changing its name to iHeartMedia and iHeartCommunications and iHeartInvestors and whatever other divisions they created. I mean, sure, I joked along with everyone else when I heard it, tweeted out that the new name was "iHeartMedia" because "iHeartWe'reJustLikePandoraPleaseBelieveUsWe'reDigitalNoReally" was too unwieldy, but I didn't think people would take it so... seriously, like it was an affront to the industry or something. I even heard someone complain that radio was "losing its radioness." That was not meant as a joke.
Look, we've had this discussion before. The world's changing. Radio's turning into something different. It HAS to, because consumer tastes and lifestyles are changing, technology's changing, and the competition is changing. This is not a bad or good thing, it just is.
September 12, 2014Contrary To Unpopular Belief
It is never fun to be told that you have a problem, even if it's true. ESPECIALLY if it's true. That brings me to a particularly disheartening moment at this year's Radio Show in Indianapolis. I think it points to a problem this industry has that needs to be addressed, ...
September 5, 2014So You Don't Have To
Next week's another convention week, this time the NAB and RAB's Radio Show in Indianapolis (motto: "What? No, I've Never Been There, Either"). It's been a few months since I last had to hit the road for a convention, so I'm a little behind on preparation. Oh, who am I ...
August 22, 2014Craving Something Different
When I picked the Sunday Los Angeles Times off the driveway last Sunday, an advertising circular fell out of the plastic wrap, fluttering back to the ground, calling attention to itself. It was for the fourth annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival, and as I retrieved ...
August 15, 2014Basic Instinct
There was something mentioned in passing on Larry Gifford's fine Radio Stuff podcast this week that struck me as interesting. Larry mentioned a show that told him that they didn't want to touch the Robin Williams story because they're a sports show and it wasn't what ...
August 8, 2014Playing the Room
It's not like anyone was surprised by the Pittsburgh flip, the FM talker dumping the format for Country, the lineup moving to an AM station. I mean, I even alluded to it the other week -- when I wrote about using stations in a cluster to do the same format as a ...
August 1, 2014The Alternate History
Say it never happened. Say there was no consolidation. Say the Telecommunications Act wasn't rewritten in 1996. Say ownership was capped at 7-7-7 the way it used to be. Where would we be now? Would we still be looking at a stagnant industry and wondering what to do ...
July 25, 2014And The Skies ARE Cloudy All Day, It Turns Out
You wanna talk about discouraging? Not mild setback disappointing, or Ryan Howard disappointing, but soul-sucking discouragement that takes the wind out of you and makes you wonder about the point of everything? Try sitting through a radio company's post- earnings ...
July 18, 2014A Change Will Do You Good
It's axiomatic that the only constant in life is that everything changes -- Heraclitus, I believe, sort of (depends on the translation), or maybe Kathy Troccoli. (Obscure early '90s Top 40 references FTW.) Either way, we know this, or think we do. Yet the radio ...
July 11, 2014Too Long At The Party
A couple of weeks ago, the guy who runs the Philadelphia Phillies, Dave Montgomery, gave an interview to the Bucks County Courier Times (subscription required) in which he explained why the team was not ready to accept the obvious. The obvious is, of course, that the ...