The Radio Royalty Solution

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has recently come out in favor of repealing radio's performance tax exemption.

No matter what you may personally think of Pelosi, she is very powerful and that delicate standoff in the House that slightly favors radio retaining its exemption is now in jeopardy.

I'll go a little further.

It's only a matter of a short time before radio will be paying more money to artists in addition to the fees it already pays ASCAP, BMI and SESAC without the current free pass.

As I've said many times before, this is unfortunate. The radio industry is single-handedly responsible for many decades of&hellip

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Appleǃ

Apple has been making a lot of news lately that will have more of an impact on traditional media perhaps than it will even on the consumer electronics industry.

That is saying a lot about a company that last night reported record quarterly earnings.

But this morning I thought I would share with you some signs that I am seeing that this giant hardware/software/everywhere company is encroaching on some sacred ground -- charging media companies to purvey content to consumers.

Unfortunately even smart media executives don

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Radio Executive Compensation Gone Wild

If you've been getting that nagging feeling that the Goldman Sachs fraud controversy hits a little too close to home, then we're on the same page.

Goldman is being accused by the SEC of shorting the middle class by selling products that they allegedly not only knew were bad investments but by betting against the products they sold at the same time.

I understand that there are a lot of political repercussions to the Goldman story but the shorting of our own radio industry has happened by similar investment banks that have done damage to shareholders, employees, listeners and advertisers.

Radio industry CEOs are licking&hellip

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iTunes “Radio” Is Coming

"Radio" is coming to Apple.

Unfortunately for terrestrial radio it will not necessarily be their existing radio stations.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is way ahead of the curve on this. It has confounded the broadcast industry that Apple offers just about everything on its mobile devices but a radio tuner.

I know that iPod and iPad users can access radio using third party apps. Apps arguably saved Pandora's franchise. Still there is no direct link to Pandora on these popular devices. Yet Apple seems to consider radio not an essential part of what it is doing.

The Apple Nano has an FM Tuner on board and in spite of&hellip

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How to Monetize Podcasting

Adam Carolla, the funny star of radio and television, got 50 million iTunes downloads the first year he became a podcaster.

And he still isn't making money.

That's 50 million downloads -- and chump change for his efforts.

Do you think we broadcasting types need to go back to school to learn media sociology and technology?

Taking nothing away from Carolla or any other podcaster that can attract a following, making money in new media requires breaking away from an unhealthy dependence on spots.

And getting away from the radio model.

With podcasting, you no longer need to follow radio formatics because&hellip

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