What Happened To The Local Forum?

Boston Terrorist Manhunt Radio Coverage WEEI WBZ WAAF WRKO

When we first scanned the Boston dial in the aftermath of the Marathon Bombing on Monday, the coverage was mainly all or nothing. There were the stations with 24/7 News coverage or the stations with the occasional insert every few songs. Today's coverage has been a little more nuanced. We still … [Read more...]

The One With The False Rumor

NBC Friends Reunion Rumor KHits 106.9 KHTT Tulsa Morning After

One of the big rumors going around the internet this week was about NBC setting up a reunion special of Friends to air on Thanksgiving 2014, which has since been debunked. According to an April 8 report on Examiner.com, the rumor started from an unattributed image posted on the Facebook page of … [Read more...]

Timeline: NAB Panel On Future Of AM

NAB AM Radio Panel Ajit Pai John Garziglia Ben Downs Glynn Walden

Day one of the 2013 NAB Convention kicked off with a panel led by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to discuss the issues facing the AM band to remain relevant. Among the ideas discussed include going all-digital, power increases, or additional use of FM translators. And now the FCC tells us how to save … [Read more...]

How Not To Handle A Format Change

OMG Radio 106.7 Announcement

Among the many format changes that took place on Monday one has stuck out to as a template on how not to manage your audience before, during, and after the change. On Thursday, American General Media announced it would be moving Rhythmic CHR "Power 106.3" KAGM Albuquerque on Monday at 8:00am to … [Read more...]

More Fun Lying To Your Audience

KFMB CBS8 CBS 8 March Madness Banner

There are just a handful of sporting events that capture the casual observer like the NCAA Basketball Tournament. For a television station to preempt a portion of today's games, you would think that something important was taking place locally. Or in the case of KFMB-TV San Diego, they simply … [Read more...]

Coming Up Tomorrow Morning… Suicide

Its a little disheartening to see that some radio stations have decided to use their social media accounts to turn their reports on the suicide of singer Mindy McCready into a way to tease their morning … [Read more...]

How To Easily Dispose Of Your Audience In One Easy Step

Screenshot taken at 11:25pm eastern on 2/14/2013 showing lack of update to KNST.com hours after end of 97.1 simulcast

Earlier today, Clear Channel broke its AM/FM simulcast in Tucson to launch "Wild Country 97.1". The News/Talk format remains on 790, yet as I write this ten hours after the format change the station is doing is hardest to keep the information about the change secret. There was no advanced notice … [Read more...]

And We Wonder Why People Look Down On Radio

The past few weeks have not been very kind to the job of radio air talent. On-air prank leads to suicide. Becomes huge story globally. Check. Trial involving two high profile hosts. Check. Host gets suspended for making fun of caller with mental illness. Check. And now today word comes out … [Read more...]

Do Social Media Likes Lead To Ratings: Part 1

Facebook Like Twitter Follow Radio Arbitron PPM NashFM Hot 96.9 Evolution 101.7

One week after the launch of Country "94.7 Nash-FM" New York the first thing we noticed were the amount of people that quickly began following the station on social media. Seven days into operation WNSH already has 8894 likes on Facebook and 2356 Twitter followers*. To put it into comparison, top … [Read more...]

What’s Next For NashFM

Cumulus Nash FM NashFM 92.9 WLXX Lexington 97.3 The Hawk KHKI Des Moines 97.9 KQFC Boise 99.5 WPCK 104.9 WPKR The Wolf Green Bay K104.5 WKAC Augusta

The more we learn about Cumulus' Country "NASH" initiative the more questions are coming through about what happens next. In an attempt to slow down the influx of messages to our inbox let's answer some of the most common questions we've been getting about Cumulus' launch of Nash-FM. What Is … [Read more...]

Our 2013 Radio Industry Trend Watch

RadioInsight Radio Insight 2013 Predictions Deregulation Los Angeles Podcasts Talk Talent

Now that the news cycle has slowed down we can finally look forward to our expectations of the stories we'll be seeing regularly during 2013. More Deregulation The FCC is currently deliberating on whether to lift the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule. Such a move would count each type … [Read more...]

Looking Back At Our 2012 Predictions

As 2012 comes to a close lets look back at our predictions we had coming into this year. Nationalized Brands We haven't reached this point yet, but we continue to head on that path. The culmination would be the late-December launch of Clear Channel's EDM "Evolution 101.7" Boston. This marked the … [Read more...]

The Radio Industry Needs A Publicist

Morning show prank leads to suicide; massive layoffs at the largest group owner; listeners upset about pending format change. Just another week of headlines about radio from the non-industry press. Most of the headlines about the radio industry that make it to the mainstream press are usually … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas For The Radio Obsessive

James Van Osdol We Appreciate Your Enthusiasm Oral History Of Q101 WKQX Chicago Mancow

For the benefit of those looking for a gift for their fellow radio-geek or themselves, we'd like to point out two possible options. First up is James Van Osdol's "We Appreciate Your Enthusiasm: The Oral History Of Q101". The book is recap of the 19 year run of Chicago's WKQX as an Alternative … [Read more...]