Anywhere But USA Radio Is Booming

In The UK they're even calling it a "new golden age" of radio as digital use takes off. The number of radio listeners in Britain are at an all time high of 45 million every week.

It gets better.

Some 8% of people 15 or older listen to radio on their mobile phones. Try catching someone here in the U.S. doing that. Listening over the Internet in Britain rose ten percent. Brits also like podcasting even more than we do here with about 17% of all the MP3 owners listening.

Radio in other countries around the world is still revered.

But you&hellip


Networks Losing Control Of Content

By Steve Meyer, Inside Music Media


How YouTube Could Become YouLose

There's good news and bad news for Google's YouTube and its many users.

First the good.

Google is jumping on board the video love train that will share ad revenues with contributors. Revver does that already. But the giant YouTube's entry into pay for play changes the face of the online video experience.

Now the bad news.

Google and YouTube are mulling the idea of adding commercial videos before the clip you're looking to view starts playing. They haven't made up their mind yet. Perhaps this research from a recent Harris poll will make them think twice about it:
Nearly three-quarters of frequent&hellip


How To Do An Intervention On Radio

We all know that the radio industry is in transition. It is coming off "The Dark Ages", a time span that began after consolidation in 1996 up to and including this year. I get the feeling radio executives are finally beginning to recognize (and the brave ones admit) that they have dropped the ball during consolidation.

It's time for an intervention for the sake of the radio monopolies allowed by Congress when it passed the enabling legislation -- The Telecommunications Act of 1996.

There was the Wall Street stuff -- getting used to running public companies, pandering to investors and analysts and for the most part having&hellip


What If Clear Channel’s Sale Fails

Never have so many pulled so hard for so few.

The lines are drawn -- the many people in the radio industry who are hoping that Clear Channel will actually sell off part of its conglomerate and take a small group of radio stations private vs. the few owners and Wall Street money people who hope for a large pay day today and another one down the line if they decide to sell off more assets later.

But shareholders are funny people especially when some of them owned Clear Channel stock in the $90 range and are now holding the same issues in the mid-30's. The Wall Street Journal last week did a piece on the showdown between&hellip