May 15, 2015In Pieces
At the moment that I'm writing this, it's raining. This being Southern California, the arrival of rain is traditionally greeted with the kind of news coverage other regions more accustomed to water falling from the sky would reserve for a major blizzard. That, drought or no, is nothing new. But, as we've discussed here before, the behavior on the consumer side has changed. We get our weather from an app on our phones. If traffic's snarled (which happens here even with dry roads), we'll fire up Waze... on our phones. We used to flip on the radio or watch TV, and now we use our phones. That's been happening so long that anyone who isn't aware of it hasn't been conscious for a decade.
That's something I could wrap up with something like, "Welp, it's over for radio. Don't need us anymore. Goodbye, and turn out the lights on your way out the door." I'm not gonna do that, though, because a 150-word column isn't really a column, and because there's another point to be made.
May 8, 2015The Old College Try
Radio is, if nothing else, one of the industries most enthralled with its past. Surely, every part of the media loves its history, from old movies and YouTube clips of vintage TV to the Internet Wayback Machine revealing that, eighteen years ago, the Internet was ...
May 1, 2015There’s Someone Else, Isn’t There?
It's not you, it's me. And by "you," I mean talk radio, spoken word radio, radio in general, I guess. And by "me," I mean an increasing percentage of the general audience. And by "it," I mean... Okay, take Thursday night. There was plenty going on, and I was ...
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 ...
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 ...