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Hillary Clinton


It’s 3 am. Who Do You Want Programming the Radio?

Radio doesn't want 6-11 year olds. The Advisory Board has asked Arbitron to stop measuring listening for these children and "redistribute" the People Meters to the 12+ sample.

There must be a shortage of People Meters.

Or a shortage of foresight.

It's as if the radio industry believes that the more People Meters you put out there, the more 12+ radio listening they will record. Of course, the People Meter does a better job of correcting the under-reported ratings delivered by the antiquated diary system.

Kids are the new 12+ if you believe these people -- for all the wrong reasons.

It's typical of radio&hellip



The radio revenue figures for 2007 are out and the industry is down just 2%. I say just because it could have been a lot worse and it probably will be a lot worse going forward. It seems non-traditional revenue may have helped mitigate some of the damage this time.

Radio is a business that has been on the decline for many years. Consolidation has never really paid dividends (in more ways than one) and the growth of the Internet and failure to attract the next generation has taken its toll.

Most of the executives who were in charge when their companies consolidated are still at the helm today. Their personal wealth is&hellip


Nine Inch Sales

Nine Inch Nails is thinking out of the box with its next-generation Radiohead marketing of the band's new 36-track record which was recorded over a ten week period last year.

Where Radiohead shook up the industry with its -- you name the price (or don't pay a price) model, Trent Reznor's group is adding a few more nuances to their attempt.

1. A free download of the first nine cuts.

2. A $5 download for the entire album (well below the Apple iTunes $9.99 industry standard).

3. A $10 double-CD set either on their website or at record stores after April 5th.

4. A $75 deluxe edition including a hardcover&hellip


Radio & Vultures

I was on a panel yesterday for the California Bar Association in Santa Monica dealing with the issue of repealing radio's performance tax exemption.

Besides the fact that everyone was very nice as expected, it was a scary hour and a half that I thought you'd like to hear about.

These guys are clueless -- the record industry -- about the new paradigm that free is the new overpriced CD.

What's scary is that no matter how many times you tell them that both the radio industry and record business have lost control of their delivery systems, they stumble back into dreaming up ways to get their piece of traditional&hellip