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).

Hollywood big shot re-defines “television;” and implies an opportunity for radio.

SteveMoskoRadio Talent: Do What Cable Is Doing
Read:When Sony Pictures Television Chairman Steve Mosko spoke at NAB Show/New York, I heard an opportunity.

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