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AS IF radio wasn’t already getting lost in-car…

Read the latest Good News/Bad News about Alexa.
download_bubble the Edison Research presentation from the NAB/RAB Radio Show. [PDF]


Best prospect for podcast advertising?

“With hundreds of thousands of audio programs available on topics broad (NBA basketball, American history) to niche (knitting, Atari 2600 games), a wealth of stories and information is instantly available to stream on demand, whenever we want.”
From “The New Generation of Audio,” an article in AARP Bulletin, read by radio’s heaviest users, Persons 50+.

We know money is moving from legacy media to digital. Ask any newspaper ad rep.

Best prospect for podcast sponsorships?
As you will read…
Nielsen’s report. [PDF]

Gallup: Most think news media coverage is biased.

Prediction: 2019 Local Radio Programming Renaissance

Consolidation run-amok will cure itself.

Remembering Ed Schultz

Many tributes call him “a Conservative who became a Liberal.” The reason he resonated was because he was a great broadcaster.

Talkers magazine publisher Michael Harrison praised “his entrepreneurship” as “an inspiration to literally hundreds of broadcasters who followed his example of taking one’s career into one’s own hands in the dawn of the digital era.”

Read The Washington Post obit
See a tearful tribute from our RT America colleagues:

R.I.P. dear chum.

“Alexa, play…”

“Not since the smartphone has any tech device been adopted as quickly as the smart speaker.”
eMarketer Forecast

Fresh data:

  • eMarketer predicts “stronger-than-expected adoption;” a 47.9% annual growth rate, from some 16.0 million now, to 76.5 million by 2020.
  • “The number of adult smart speaker users will surpass that of wearable [device] users for the first time this year.”
  • Unsurprisingly, early adopters were affluent males. “But the gap is narrowing quickly as the device gains traction among other demographic groups, particularly younger Gen X women with children.”
  • Number one? Alexa (Amazon Echo), 40.7 million people in the USA use her at least once a month. That’s 66.6% of all smart speaker users.
  • Runner-up: Google Home, predicted to hit 18 million users this year, “a distant second,” though “its share is growing.”
  • Not yet widely adopted: Apple’s pricier HomePod.

Is Alexa radio’s friend? Foe? Both! Good News/Bad News: She brings radio back in-home, where clock radios used to be in bedrooms, and kitchen counter TVs displaced AM/FM receivers. But there’s LOTS of audio competition. Amazon Prime members can ask for two million songs, on-demand, no commercials.

nuvoodoo research summary:
“This is largely brand new TSL, brought about by a combination of the novelty of these new devices and being able to listen in rooms that may not have had a radio for a long time.”
Let’s not live in denial. TV replaced radio on the kitchen counter, and smartphones are the new alarm clock. So this study — polling 3000+ 14-54s, across all PPM markets – is instructive:

  • “Respondents most likely to say ‘yes’ to a meter offer from Nielsen…are more interested and more engaged with radio and other media.”
  • “Review what your stream sounds like. With these new devices, if you’re not making the listener happy, she can ask Alexa to switch to Spotify, Pandora or Amazon (which was giving away trials of its Unlimited music service to folks who got new a new Echo during the holidays).”
Even if you don’t pay a vendor to “enable your skill,” your station is probably available on smart speakers. Try asking Alexa: “Play [your call letters] on TuneIn.” When I asked for a station that wasn’t on TuneIn, she quickly found it on iHeart, on her own, without me asking for a new search.

By enabling your skill, you can insert a sponsor’s pre-roll message, something many advertisers will find very cool.

Tip: Make the on-air promo that asks your listeners to set-your-station-up as unthreatening as possible. “Enabling a skill” is techy gibberish. Click-to-hear a real good promo one of my client stations did.

RIP Nick Michaels

Radio’s best, silenced too soon.
Read my tribute to a dear chum in Talkers magazine.

If you didn’t know the name, you might recognize the voice:

Hear how he made radio sound special.

To raving fans, this show became appointment listening…
…and Nick’s family says the show WILL go on! Like the late Wolfman Jack and dear, departed Casey Kasem, both still widely heard, Nick’s show archive is deep.

See: Not only did Nick have a great ear, he had one helluva eye.

RIP amigo.