March 28, 2017Is Beats 1 Really “The Biggest Radio Station In The World"?
Run by Apple and available exclusively on Apple Music, Beats 1 was launched at the end of June 2015 - most audaciously, grabbing presenter Zane Lowe from BBC Radio 1 at the time.
The programming is good, and high quality. It's great to see Apple invest in radio - and invest they have, with three great-looking studios in LA, New York and London; and some great broadcasters. However, Beats 1 has hardly set the world alight, and has got its fair share of badreviews too. I monitor radio stories from the world's press, and it's extremely rare that Beats 1 gets a mention. I’d assumed it was a failed project.
March 21, 2017What’s The Point Of A Radio Conference?
I write this having attended Radiodays Europe for the past few days. It’s a big radio conference - the biggest in the world, in fact, with 1,500 people going there. The conference rotates country in Europe: this year it was in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, ...
March 14, 2017I Listened To Lots Of Podcasts - And Here's What I Learned
I do quite a lot of award judging. I'd recommend it. It's quite a useful thing to do - it forces you to listen to things you'd otherwise not listen to, and you get a good, whirlwind, view of a particular sector or market than you'd otherwise not have got. It's ...
February 28, 2017Get Out Of The Studio With A USB Microphone
The way we make radio is changing. My first job in radio was carrying a heavy Uher tape recorder to an interview for a news reporter - we needed specialist equipment then, costing hundreds or even thousands. Today, we've most of the equipment already. But you still ...
February 21, 2017The UK Is De-Regulating Commercial Radio - Here's What You Need To Know
The UK's commercial radio industry is about to get probably the biggest shakeup of its life. Commercial radio in the UK is comparatively new - it only started in 1973. Until then, the country had four national radio stations provided by the BBC - a part-time Top 40 ...
Depending who you listen-to, podcasting is the future of radio, and we should all get on it as quickly as we can. Yet, according to Edison Research, only 55% of people in the US actually know what one is (Podcast Study, Spring 2016) - and podcasting is more advanced ...
February 7, 2017Making Your Content Go Further
"Tony Boselli with Nate Solder" - photo from Westwood One. One of the talks I do is all about making the most of your content. I've done it in a number of different ways now to individual radio teams, including to an audience in Malaysia of over a hundred people. The ...
January 31, 2017Hacking Your Radio Station - Today's Reality
The Internet. A fantastically useful service - a way of getting great audio contributions from across the world, a tool for research, a method of getting your signal to new people, and a big gaping security headache for you, particularly in times of unrest or ...
January 24, 2017The iPhone, Ten Years On - Was It The Radio Destroyer?
Did you have one? I did. The iPhone. The original iPhone. Launched in a blaze of Steve Jobs alternative reality, it was an exciting rethink of how a smartphone could be. It didn't have any apps - those came later - but it was a fabulous device with a decent web browser, ...
January 17, 2017Is Live Overnight Radio Over?
BBC Radio 2 is a station that confounds radio consultants. It has an annual programming budget of US $53m. Tune into the station at different times of the day, and you'll hear an up-beat breakfast show; a cozy morning music sequence and a news-based phone-in program. ...