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 actionable advice or strong insight into the industry and the future, and I found, as is customary, more of that in the adjacent, concurrent shows -- RAIN Summit, which offered some good panels on things like the future of spoken word content (it's digital, folks) and music licensing (whatever happens, it'll cost you) and Kurt Hanson's usual "Star Trek"-laced forecast of industry trends, and New Media Expo (NMX), which... Okay, here's what I took from NMX: There were presentations and panels that were absolutely worth checking out, with good advice backed by experience and actual research, and others that were somewhat less illuminating, with people whose expertise I'd question, acting as if they have the answers.
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 ...
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 ...