The Folly of Commercial Free

I am so damn proud of Philadelphia broadcasters and my mentor Jerry Lee who, if it were not for him, I would not be in radio today.

So, Mark Mays, Lew Dickey and Farid Suleman -- blame him!

Seriously, the latest reason I am proud of Philly radio people is because they are banding together to do some positive things that I think you should take a close look at.

Led by WBEB (B-101) owner and pioneer Jerry Lee they are going to use what's called facial coding to test radio commercials and hopefully make the medium more compelling to buyers. In fact, the participating Philly stations will use new technology to rate the&hellip

The Folly of Commercial Free

I am so damn proud of Philadelphia broadcasters and my mentor Jerry Lee who, if it were not for him, I would not be in radio today.

So, Mark Mays, Lew Dickey and Farid Suleman -- blame him!

Seriously, the latest reason I am proud of Philly radio people is because they are banding together to do some positive things that I think you should take a close look at.

Led by WBEB (B-101) owner and pioneer Jerry Lee they are going to use what's called facial coding to test radio commercials and hopefully make the medium more compelling to buyers. In fact, the participating Philly stations will use new technology to rate the&hellip

Radio Thrilla in Philla: Lew and Me

I ran into Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey when I first arrived at the recent NAB Radio Show in Philadelphia -- dare I say this during a recession -- at the Four Seasons Hotel.

It turned into a knock-down, drag out fight -- The Thrilla in Philla.

Lew threw a left punch.

I counter punched.

He bloodied my face.

I broke his nose.

We wrestled each other to the marble floor.

Okay ... it may not actually be the Thriller in Manilla that Ali and Frazier fought -- it's just my programmer's imagination trying to live up to your expectations of the Thrilla in Philla on the eve of the NAB Radio Show.

What&hellip

Radio Thrilla in Philla: Lew and Me

I ran into Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey when I first arrived at the recent NAB Radio Show in Philadelphia -- dare I say this during a recession -- at the Four Seasons Hotel.

It turned into a knock-down, drag out fight -- The Thrilla in Philla.

Lew threw a left punch.

I counter punched.

He bloodied my face.

I broke his nose.

We wrestled each other to the marble floor.

Okay ... it may not actually be the Thriller in Manilla that Ali and Frazier fought -- it's just my programmer's imagination trying to live up to your expectations of the Thrilla in Philla on the eve of the NAB Radio Show.

What&hellip

The Radio Convention They Should Have Held

The trades tell us the just-concluded NAB Radio Show in Philly was brimming with optimism and for the life of me I couldn't find one person other than the owners who would agree with that.

It was so surreal -- you know, with a serious industry crisis going on and people running around telling you how good things are going to be -- that I got to thinking on my flight back to Phoenix --what would website and cast your vote for the best and worst radio group. It's on the right hand side.

We've been having a little fun here with the radio convention concept but it is fair&hellip

The Radio Convention They Should Have Held

The trades tell us the just-concluded NAB Radio Show in Philly was brimming with optimism and for the life of me I couldn't find one person other than the owners who would agree with that.

It was so surreal -- you know, with a serious industry crisis going on and people running around telling you how good things are going to be -- that I got to thinking on my flight back to Phoenix --what would website and cast your vote for the best and worst radio group. It's on the right hand side.

We've been having a little fun here with the radio convention concept but it is fair&hellip

The Future of Radio with New Media

The attendees at this year's NAB radio gathering in Philadelphia heard over and over again that new media is accounting for more and more of their advertising revenue.

No one seems to know how much of radio's ad pie new media will eventually eat and it appears to me very few of the big bosses (the only ones who are attending this conclave among the major consolidators) care.

Avoiding bankruptcy -- sure, they care.

Reinventing the wheel -- absolutely, they are into it.

Meanwhile, the companies that pander to the radio industry (I could have said sell things to the radio industry), are cranking out happy horseshit&hellip

The Future of Radio with New Media

The attendees at this year's NAB radio gathering in Philadelphia heard over and over again that new media is accounting for more and more of their advertising revenue.

No one seems to know how much of radio's ad pie new media will eventually eat and it appears to me very few of the big bosses (the only ones who are attending this conclave among the major consolidators) care.

Avoiding bankruptcy -- sure, they care.

Reinventing the wheel -- absolutely, they are into it.

Meanwhile, the companies that pander to the radio industry (I could have said sell things to the radio industry), are cranking out happy horseshit&hellip

Banks On Radio Vulture Patrol

(Shown between "Doc" Fuller, left and Barry O'Brien at the Philly NAB Radio Show)

The NAB Radio Show now in progress in Philadelphia is like an old Italian wake -- it lasts three days and is very depressing.

Not that the NAB isn't trying to put on a good show or that those in attendance wouldn't like to hear better news, but this convention is grim this year.

The linchpin for the entire gathering was the Dickstein Shapiro breakfast bright and early in the morning on day one.

The usual suspects were on the panel and the usual listeners were hearing that in essence no one knows what is going to happen.

Radio&hellip

Banks On Radio Vulture Patrol

(Shown between "Doc" Fuller, left and Barry O'Brien at the Philly NAB Radio Show)

The NAB Radio Show now in progress in Philadelphia is like an old Italian wake -- it lasts three days and is very depressing.

Not that the NAB isn't trying to put on a good show or that those in attendance wouldn't like to hear better news, but this convention is grim this year.

The linchpin for the entire gathering was the Dickstein Shapiro breakfast bright and early in the morning on day one.

The usual suspects were on the panel and the usual listeners were hearing that in essence no one knows what is going to happen.

Radio&hellip