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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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