The New Radio

UK radio stations will begin being able to sell digital music downloads to their audiences in real time early next year. It's significant because the developers are calling it "digital radio's killer application". All the major radio groups and labels are on board for the roll out that requires a pre-paid plan for anyone interested in buying music from a digital radio station. Here's the part that's revealing. They claim more 15-24 year olds are listening to radio than ever but that as UBC's CEO Simon Cole says, "radio revenue is not rising to sustain the development". Come again? More listeners than ever in this demo but not a&hellip

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Record Labels Need Strategic Alliances

By Steve Meyer, Inside Music Media

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Navigating the Digital Future

Can anything stop YouTube or MySpace or TiVo or peer-to-peer downloading or the iPod or iTunes or mobile entertainment? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Certainly not traditional media. Radio, television, print, movies, the record business -- they're stymied. Lost in old ideas and the technology they hang onto and misdirected when they embrace a new interactive one. What can put a hurt on the current runaway digital future is the interactive media itself -- all of it. My long time friend and media futurist John Parikhal recently wrote: "The biggest "missed" story was the continuing damage to productivity that is caused by e-mail. If you get&hellip

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Consolidation – The Bad & The Ugly

Ten years ago during the euphoria surrounding the passage of the Telecommunications Act I spoke out against media consolidation as publisher of Inside Radio. Not only that, I exposed as often I could, the heartbreak of an industry. I saw able managers overloaded with the responsibility of running too many stations. People fired because they got in the way (we wrote of a cancer patient who one of the consolidators fired even knowing he was being treated for the disease). The disconnect between Wall Street euphoria and Main Street neglect. Questionable practices like packaging more than the stations some groups owned with LMAs to offer&hellip

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The Reluctant Broadcaster

By Dave Van Dyke, Inside Music Media Contributor

For many of us who have been in this great radio business for more than three years, the idea that the paradigm is/has shifted out from under us is a bit like feeling your first earthquake. It's crazy! Unlike most natural disasters, earthquakes give you the feeling that you are no longer in control - that there is, indeed, a greater force at work and you can't do a damn thing about it. Welcome to the world of traditional Radio 2.0 - the new reality. Does traditional radio's senior management have trouble seeing that their legacy businesses can not only peacefully but constructively&hellip

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