June 19, 2015Radio Anarchy And You
"Should I do a podcast?"
"I've been thinking about trying a streaming show, but I'm not sure."
I hear those a lot. I heard them last week at that convention in New York, and I get that in emails and phone calls and casual conversation. I hear that from radio talent, comedians, and people who are not even remotely "in the business." It's true that podcasting has been around for a long time now, and streaming, too, but the interest in doing shows has never been greater. I suppose I could call myself a consultant and charge a lot of money for the answers, but I'm a) a giver, always offering advice and counsel for free, and b) stupid, because people WILL pay for answers. But I can't bring myself to charge for sage advice like I'm about to give you, because it just seems way too obvious to me. So, should you try doing a podcast, or streaming a live show?
June 12, 2015Summer Semester
Okay, I gotta say something. I'm presently sitting in a room in New York, covering the Talkers conference, and about 2/3 of the way through a panel on ratings, after several mentions of the Voltair processing device that some feel can affect talk radio's ratings under ...
June 5, 2015Place Your Bets
How confident are you in radio? I mean, broadcast radio. Do you think it's nothing better content will fix? Do you think AM can be revitalized? Is there opportunity in things like HD Radio? Okay, then. Would you buy a station right now? With your own money? I'm ...
May 29, 2015Holding Out for a Hero
"You're in radio, huh? Yeah, that must be fun. You know, I can talk. You should give ME a show. I'd be great." I got that a lot when I was a program director. I got that from friends, acquaintances, all of them. I don't miss hearing that, because it always came ...
May 22, 2015Getaway Day
Does anyone want to work on the day before a long holiday weekend? Neither do I. I admit that I spent more time trying to come up with a good reason to blow off this column than actually preparing for it. In fact, this morning, I really didn't have anything, and then, ...
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 ...
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, 2015Thereâ€™s Someone Else, Isnâ€™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 ...