An Appreciation of Radio People

I never liked media consolidation and I said so over and over again when I published Inside Radio. I remember doing an Inside Radio convention in Scottsdale one year and the usually fun-loving and social event had a pall over it. After all, consolidators were at the time forcing managers, programmers and sales managers to take on more jobs, more responsibility, more stations without a lot more money. I paid the price personally by taking on the evil of consolidation but it all worked out for me in the end. I see everything coming full circle now as the biggest consolidator of all, Clear Channel, is on the eve of selling off its empire&hellip

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When Media Marries Technology

The decline of traditional media so far as been concentrated in radio (due to consolidation), the record business (due to unwillingness to accept new paradigms) and newspapers (inability to picture a newspaper on something other than newsprint). Television is next. It's happening right now. Their clumsy entry into short-clip video via YouTube and their own sites speaks volumes. You know its bad when an episode of Desperate Housewives ends and an announcer asks you if you want more, then directs you to their web site. TV affiliates can't be happy. Compensation is on its way out. The web is a growing alternative competitor. TiVo&hellip

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Apple Air

On the same day that Microsoft launches its iPod competitor, Zune, Apple announces a deal with six large airlines that will let passengers play video clips, movies and music from their iPods through in flight back seat displays. Apple is also looking to get car manufacturers to offer built-in ports in their vehicles. In the air, over land and no doubt by sea iPod is becoming the standard. Apple did what Microsoft couldn't do and this announcement yesterday rubbed it in. No matter what the fate of the Zune is, it is not likely to catch up to the 70 million (and growing) iPods now in use -- in the near future or perhaps ever. This&hellip

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“Cell Me”, I Mean “SELL Me”

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been talking publicly a lot lately, but no comment he has made is more significant than Schmidt's prediction that our mobile phones should be free. And he has a plan. Sell advertising -- which happens to be a Google speciality. Schmidt told a group at Stanford recently that mobile phones may never be entirely free even with advertising subsidies citing that newspapers still charge readers and they carry advertising. Nonetheless, the wall-to-wall world of advertising now has another potential frontier. This makes me question why very little is said about the effectiveness of advertising rather than the mere&hellip

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Dead Technology Walking

Deader than Microsoft's new iPod competitor Zune this holiday gift buying season will be HD radio. Expensive. It has no rhyme nor reason to anyone who doesn't own or operate a radio station. It's remarkable to me that any sane radio executive can believe that HD radio will give the industry the rebirth it needs to satisfy its prime audience -- Wall Street investors -- I mean, listeners. Now, if someone would invent a radio with pictures that would start a revolution. Wait, someone did. The inventors of cell phones and MP3 devices. So how can radio be so sure HD spells relief? From my perspective its wishful thinking. The&hellip

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