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 revolutionary -- while there have been live streaming apps before, these are clearly the easiest to use and have a few features that are conducive to impromptu broadcasting -- or evolutionary -- we've been through YouTube, Google Hangouts, Vine, Instagram -- it's a thing, no doubt.
A thing for what? At the moment I'm writing this, the videos listed on the top page of Periscope for me are "Turkish tea and cake with carrot" (15 viewers), "lol" (8 viewers), and something called "Another week of CTV ML in the books, how about some live Q&A;" (2 viewers, so you can imagine the Q&As are coming fast and furious). One, with no viewers, is enticingly titled "This class is boring af." And the utter depression that must follow posting "Ask Alex a question! He's a magician and knows your life" and getting no viewers -- none -- has to be profound. Turns out that given the tools to be creative and produce their own programming, people do... that.
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 ...
February 13, 2015It's World Radio Day! (World What?)
Apparently, Friday is World Radio Day. I wasn't sure what World Radio Day entails, so I consulted Wikipedia and found that it was founded by UNESCO at the behest of the Kingdom of Spain, which information did not help me much, so I read on, and found that the usual ...
January 30, 2015Frog Soup
It's unfair, I've decided, to liken the people who steered the course of the radio industry over the last couple of decades to dinosaurs. They're more like frogs. I'll explain. You know that old anecdote about boiling frogs? It goes something like this: If you boil a pot ...
January 23, 2015Defining 'Local"
This week, the feds finally caught up with Sheldon Silver, and when they did, I thought about talk radio, because I do that sometimes. Let me backtrack a second. If you didn't see the story, Sheldon Silver is maybe the most powerful politician in New York state, ...
January 16, 2015Replacing 'Nothing' With Something
It's been remarkable, uncanny, really. I'm not prepared to declare it a scientific survey -- the sample size is, of course, low, and the responses anecdotal -- but it's been so uniform that I have to make note of it. What I'm talking about is that I've asked the same ...