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Welcome to the new RadioInsight.com. What you are seeing on this page is the result of almost three years of planning, learning, and building. There were many obstacles along the way, including having to start a new website from scratch along the way. Plenty of software changes and enhancements have certainly made life easier. Here on the front page you’ll see all of our headlines in the left column. The middle column features excerpts of all of our recent NetGnome entries and our new Blogs section. The right column features our Broadcast Buzz and Blogger Buzz as well as the recent entries on the boards. At the top you can see our new board navigation menus as well. This is just the beginning of what we have planned. In the next few months you will see additional content including a ...Read More

Another Way To Do Top 40

This column originally appeared on Edison Research’s “The Infinite Dial” blog on October 1, 2007 One of my frustrations with Top 40 in the last few years is that there seem to be only two musical models for the format. The large-market stations lean heavily to the rhythmic side, with only one or two rock records–usually teen punk. The others are essentially Adult Top 40s, faster on rock but with almost no rhythm. It’s hard to find a Top 40 station that emphasizes active/reaction records, but looks for them on both the Rock and Rhythmic side. For that reason, I’ve always liked WZKL (Q92) Canton, Ohio. Q92 shares the “early on rock” distinction with WIXX Green Bay, Wis., and Sirius Hits 1. But it also goes futher on the rhythm side. Q92 definitely isn’t in...Read More

Czech Out This ‘90s Station

This article originally appeared April 17, 2007 on Edison Research’s The Infinite Dial blog (when Sirius and XM Radio were still two separate entities). So far, broadcasters have shown an admirable amount of restraint in trying to get an all-’90s format on the air, instead leaving it to Internet or satellite broadcasters (particularly XM’s ‘90s Channel and Sirius’ ’90s-based Hot AC The Pulse). But it’s still fun to speculate on how a ’90s format might manifest itself, particularly when the mass-appeal music of the ’90s went through so many changes. The XM approach is reminiscent of some of the all-’70s stations, acknowledging all the decade’s extremes in turn. And for a truly unusual listening experience, there’s the Devadesatka ’...Read More

A Clear Channel Station for Tweens

This column originally appeared March 8, 2007, at Edison Research’s “The Infinite Dial” blog. Ever wonder what Clear Channel’s version of Radio Disney would sound like? That answer is now provided, courtesy of CC’s mainstream Top 40 WAKS (96.5 Kiss FM) Cleveland, which recently unveiled an HD-2 multicast channel, KiWi Radio.On the Kiss Website, KiWi is billed as a station for listeners who “like the music on 96-5 Kiss FM, but . . . also like Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, High School Musical, Jesse McCartney, etc.” The channel is being produced by WAKS PD Bo Matthews for the Clear Channel Format Lab. When heard on March 7, KiWi was a much less elaborately produced tween-targeted format–one place where most of the alternate platform services I’ve hea...Read More

Same Ratings, So Where’s The Mystique?

This article originally appeared on Edison Research’s InfiniteDial.com on Feb. 14, 2007. I was intrigued by today’s news that Jim McGuinn, former PD of WPLY (Y100) Philadelphia, who now oversees an Alternative rock bloc on Triple-A WXPN Philly called “Y-Rock on XPN” was planning a salute to another former employer, Philly’s former modern rocker 103.9 WDRE, commemorating the 10th anniversary of that station’s demise. McGuinn told All Access, “I still hear from ‘DRE listeners who thought the station was incredibly special and loved it passionately. Even after all these years people still say, ‘I miss WDRE.’ I think that’s a testament to the music we played, the DJs who worked there, and our ‘little station that could’ mentality. Plus, our signal was terrib...Read More

Exotic City, Can’t You See?

This article originally appeared on Edison Research’s InfiniteDial.com on Feb. 8, 2007 I’ve been meaning to share this observation for a few weeks now: Shortly before the holidays, I heard from T.J. Lubinsky, the public TV oldies show magnate who has been as successful at raising money with Oldies as radio station owners are frustrated. Lubinsky had just started a new doo-wop program on Sirius Satellite Radio’s pre-Beatles Oldies channel, Sirius Gold, and was surprised that the callers were younger (and more geographically spread out) than many of the fans he encounters, often concentrated in the genre’s historical northeastern stronghold. That says something about the problems that Oldies stations have had attracting younger listeners. In the ’80s, when the format was ne...Read More

Holding On To The Earth: First Listen, 94/7 The Globe

This article originally appeared February 3, 2007 on Edison Research’s Infinite Dial blog. Okay, many people believe that “An Inconvenient Truth” helped make Al Gore a rock star again. But is the environment now a rock radio niche? That’s what longtime Classic Rock WARW Washington, D.C., is hoping for with its segue yesterday to 94.7, the Globe.  Musically, the new WARW is similar to WZGC Atlanta, which made a similar transition from Classic Rock to a slightly more contemporary-leaning Triple-A several years ago, but branded itself as the Jack/Bob-like “Dave FM.” But Washington has had two Hot AC/Classic Hits hybrids, including the just-launched WGMS (George 104), so WARW is instead calling itself “The Globe” and doing something that few rock stati...Read More

The Book of Jack

This story originally ran on Edison Research’s InfiniteDial.com on Dec. 8, 2006. The AM station in question (later KXGM) went silent in late 2009. This has always been a dangerous thing to admit to in a room full of people, but at age 44, I have much greater emotional ties to the corporate rock of the late ’70s and early ’80s, the era that began with Boston and ended when contemporary rock was upstaged by the Top 40 resurgence of 1983-84. In my iPod, there are 10 songs by Pat Benatar, six by Billy Squier, and only two by Led Zeppelin. I know how most of you are going to respond to this, and I’m okay with that. So one of the great things about the ascent of Bob- and Jack-FM, particularly in its early Canadian era (2002-03) was the realization that I wasn’t alone: the...Read More

Post-Katrina, America’s Quirkiest Ratings Success

This article originally appeared on Edison Research’s InfiniteDial.com on August 7, 2006. Of all the stories emerging from the recently released spring Arbitron ratings, the most interesting is probably that of KBON, the eclectic “Louisiana Music” station. Last October, the New York Times reported on the number of New Orleans musicians, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, who had relocated to Lafayette, La., already the cradle of Cajun and zydeco music. When the Lafayette book came out late last month, KBON was suddenly No. 3 12-plus in the market, up 5.0 – 6.2 – 7.5 since spring ’05 (and up from a 3.1 in fall ’04). KBON’s rise gave roots music fans another standard bearer, since the equally eclectic KPIG Monterey, Calif., was off 5.6 – 3.7 (and ...Read More

Keeping Track of Jack- And Bob-FM In Canada

This article was originally published on Edison Research’s “Infinite Dial” blog on July 19, 2006 Even by the time the first Bob- and Jack-FMs started to really proliferate in the U.S., a few Canadian outlets had been doing the format for more than a year, with big numbers that proved  that the Classic Hits/Hot AC hybrid  format had at least a little more durability than some detractors were giving it credit for. Now, some Canadian stations like format originator CFWM Winnipeg have hit their fourth anniversary in the format. And if you want a good look at the long-term future, check out the just released winter 2006 Canadian BBM ratings.   When you look at breakouts of Canada’s Bobs, Jacks, and Joes, you see some that continue to dominate in several cells. Others are now No. 1 only in...Read More

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