Cleveland & Philly-bound?

I’ve planned station-level coverage of every national political convention since Mondale/Ferraro ’84; and several stations I work with are covering this year’s conventions.
Read: Technique I’m recommending, which may surprise you.

“Does anyone even listen to it? The answer is yes.”

Automaker explains “Why you can’t get AM Radio in your BMW i3″
BMW-i3-RadioBMW explains “the electric motor causes interference with the AM signal. Rather than frustrate customers with inferior reception, the decision was made to leave it off. HD Radio is standard on the i3 and through multi-casting, many traditional AM stations in key markets are available on secondary and tertiary HD signals.”

“At this point you may be asking, who cares? Isn’t AM radio a dinosaur technology with one leg in the grave? Does anyone even listen to it?”
A BMW spokesperson adds:
“The answer is yes: about 3 million people listen to it every day, and five of the ten most popular radio stations in the US are AM radio.”

Why? AMs that win give listeners something they can’t get anywhere else.

RIP Earth Wind & Fire’s Maurice White

Another voice that lit-up 1970s Top 40 radio falls silent, after a tough month when we lost Natalie Cole, then David Bowie and Glenn Frey.

GlennFreyIf you were an AM radio Top 40 DJ in the 1970s, these are like deaths in the family.
I was, at WPRO/Providence, when The Eagles had hit-after-hit.

Click on Glenn’s picture, then listen to “It’s Your World Now.” If you don’t tear-up, you’ve got a wooden heart.

Like Simon & Garfunkel, Frey and fellow Eagle Don Henley had a combustible relationship. Now, Henley remembers Frey:
“like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved.”

On a lighter note…

HOW big was the Consumer Electronics Show?

Even Las Vegas could barely handle the crowd!
HCLast year, CES strained Vegas hotel capacity and bent the airline ticket cost curve. So this year they capped attendance at last year’s 176,000 of us.
And THEY even changed their name!
They WERE “The Consumer Electronics Association.”
They’re NOW “The Consumer Technology Association…”

… because there’s more to tech than gadgets.
Hey, the world’s biggest retailer doesn’t own a single store: Amazon dot com.
Google and Uber are verbs, not gadgets.
Uber – which now equals “car” to a growing worldwide customer base – has a bigger market cap than General Motors.
The world’s biggest taxi fleet doesn’t own ANY cars…it’s a social network.

What all this means to broadcasters?
And podcasters?
my notes/quotes/pix/video

“Spec Ads WORK!!!”

success_template_bubbleEvery time I meet with Sales reps at a client station, I remind ’em that “I’ll help you with copy!”
Read the success story of one who took me up on my offer, and help yourself to the copy that got the order (from a non-radio user) — including the finished commercials, which you can use locally as spec spots when you pitch this opportune Q1 category — when you subscribe to my monthly newsletter.

NielsenAudio2015“How do we keep radio a critical part of everyone’s media life?”
Nielsen Audio’s Jon Miller, opening the 2015 Client Conference.

conference_notes_bubbleRead my notes from:
Thursday morning sessions;
Thursday afternoon sessions;
Friday sessions

Podcasting: Why stations MUST go-there…

WonePodcastLogoICYMI: Read my notes from Westwood One’s “State of Podcasting in America” webinar.

Got an hour? Attend “virtually” (webinar recording).