Category: Analysis

“Holiday” 2014 PPM Analysis: Hot AC

| January 30, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian LOS ANGELES Our in-depth overview of “Holiday” 2014 PPM results continues with the focus turning to hot AC – a natural follow-up to yesterday’s (Thursday, 1/29) spotlight on adult contemporary.

Breakouts below consist of data from hot AC outlets that rank in the top 20 in any PPM market (6+, “Holiday” 2014).

Over and above that particular ratings caveat, there is another parameter: Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

At least one qualifying hot AC station is found in all 48 PPM markets except Riverside, Columbus, Raleigh, Nashville, Greensboro, and Jacksonville.

For this specific “Holiday” 2014 ratings period, adult contemporary stations tend to have a (6+) market ranking that is three times better (#3.16 versus #10.12) and a (6+) market share two-and-a-half times loftier than its hot AC counterparts (10.01 versus 4.02).

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“Holiday” 2014 PPM Analysis:
Adult Contemporary

| January 29, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosianLOS ANGELES— Programmers who schedule wall-to-wall Christmas music during the holidays undoubtedly hold the person responsible for adding a thirteenth (“Holiday”) ratings sweep to a 12-month calendar in the highest esteem.

No other ratings sweep sees the wild (positive) fluctuations as the “Holiday” period; however, January typically reflects massive declines for stations enjoying huge “Holiday” increases.

Some hot AC, classic hits-oldies, contemporary Christian, country, and urban AC outlets engage in the programming strategy, but for the most part, adult contemporary was the originator and it is still the largest all-Christmas music proponent.

For that reason, it is the first format highlighted in our exclusive “Holiday” 2014 overview.

Whether or not they played all-Christmas music roughly between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, adult contemporary facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, “Holiday” 2014) comprise the following scoreboards.

There is another parameter in addition to that particular ratings caveat: Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

At least one qualifying adult contemporary station is found in each of PPM’s 48 markets, except Dallas, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Columbus.

CBS Radio Dallas transitioned heritage AC KVIL closer to cross-town iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX.

Approximately three years ago, CBS Radio Minneapolis flipped adult contemporary WLTE to country as KNMB.

As it pertains to AC, Pittsburgh and Columbus are similar, in that, each has a station that has historically been a strong ratings performer – Renda Pittsburgh’s WSHH “Soft Rock – Wish 99.9″ and Saga Columbus’ WSNY “Sunny 95.” Neither station though was a Nielsen Audio subscriber for the “Holiday” sweep, although it appears Saga and Nielsen Audio may have resolved their issues so “Sunny 95″ could soon be appearing in print.

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Sound Bites from CES 2015

| January 9, 2015

RadioInfo Consumer Electronics Show coverage by radio consultant Holland Cooke

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — As the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show wraps-up today, 450 entrepreneurs have their fingers crossed, after pitching ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank” in an open casting call yesterday.

Wide-angle shot: The innovation mojo here is damn refreshing, especially for broadcasters, whose industry is mature, yet so well positioned for the future.

Close-up shot: Handiest accessory I saw for radio talkers and podcasters: Wear your gear like a gun slinger with Techslinger.  Pack your iPad, smartphone, microphone, and other go-kit gear in this double shoulder holster, designed by a defense contractor.  See photos and diagrams on the CES page at HollandCooke.com

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CES 2015: Is Your Station Merely ‘the Linear Feed?’

| January 8, 2015

RadioInfo Consumer Electronics Show coverage by radio consultant Holland Cooke

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — These are scary times for TV stations and cable companies.  Radio take note.

You might already have a Slingbox.  I do and I love it.  I can watch whatever’s on my TV or DVR back home, anywhere, on my computer, iPad or iPhone.  DVR is timeshifting, Slingbox is place-shifting.  It’s not a service with a recurring fee.  It’s a small box.

New here this week?  Sling TV, in-cahoots-with Dish Network.  It’s an internet TV service, and it includes ESPN, TBS, TNT, CNN, and other networks.  $20 per month, no contract, cancel any time.  This is just the newest streaming video system, so-called “Over the top TV.”  The biggest one is Roku, which I also have; an inexpensive box or dongle with no recurring fee.  Others are Google Chromecast, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

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CES 2015: The Connected Car Accelerates

| January 7, 2015

RadioInfo Consumer Electronics Show coverage by radio consultant Holland Cooke

 

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — Don’t shoot the messenger, OK?

The last several years’ conversation about radio’s position in the new-tech dashboard remains largely academic.  As new non-AM/FM audio competitors appear there – and drivers’ attention is shared with so many non-audio apps now factory-installed – draconian radio cutbacks continue to dilute the localism that would continue to make stations unique among competitors.

This has been a long time coming.  Over a decade ago, we were plugging-in iPods.  Ford’s ground-breaking Sync system is now in 10 million cars in the USA, and lets you take the apps you use on your phone and iPad on the road.  In catch-up mode here at CES, General Motors is showing off their souped-up OnStar system.

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December 2014 PPM Analysis: Triple A

| January 7, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosianLOS ANGELES Our in-depth overviews of December PPM results concludes with triple A — also known as “album adult alternative.”

Previous December 2014 summaries covered alternative, and rock.

Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, December 2014) constitute the following triple A scoreboards, which indicate a further dwindling of qualifying stations from one year ago.

Rock has more than twice as many stations in its sample base than adult alternative; alternative meanwhile possesses in excess of three times that of triple A.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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2015 International CES: Innovation and Re-Invention

| January 6, 2015

RadioInfo coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show 

 

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — Radio take note: Some of what’s-new here is…what’s-old.  Big signs all around the Convention Center boast, “When people think instant, they think Polaroid,” a brand that’s leveraging its 50-year product position for the selfie era.  Its smartphone-size Zip Mobile printer prints without ink.  The color is embedded in the paper.  And new-tech has updated old-fashioned pinball machines, with WWE and other now-popular themes.

Today, Ford’s CEO will keynote, and I’ll give you his connected car update in tomorrow’s RadioInfo.  CBS CEO Les Moonves will also keynote.

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December 2014 PPM Analysis: Rock

| January 6, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosianLOS ANGELES Three formats possessing some degree of commonality are examined here each month.

Our in-depth overview of December PPM results focuses on the rock genre.

We began with alternative (occasionally referred to as “modern rock” or “new rock”) and continue with rock – sometimes labeled “mainstream rock” or “active rock.” Long ago, it was dubbed “album oriented rock.”

The following rock scoreboards are comprised of facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, December 2014).

Nielsen Audio releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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2015 International CES: What Next?

| January 5, 2015

RadioInfo Consumer Electronics Show Coverage

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — Major recent news stories demonstrate how profoundly technology impacts our lives.

More pictures and video are now shot with smartphones than cameras.

When Eric Garner’s take-down for selling untaxed cigarettes turned fatal, bystander video turned an already painful national conversation about race even more-painful.

When video of North Korea’s hack attack against Sony Pictures spooked movie theaters, “The Interview” was released on YouTube.

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December 2014 PPM Analysis: Alternative

| January 5, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosianLOS ANGELES — Up first on the 2015 agenda is a thorough overview of December 2014 PPM results for three formats that have some degree of “rock” connection.

In this order, we will focus on alternative (occasionally referred to as “modern rock” or “new rock”); good old-fashioned rock (sometimes labeled “mainstream rock” or “active rock”); and adult alternative (which some describe as “album adult alternative” or “Triple A”).

Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, December 2014) comprise the following alternative scoreboards.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. For that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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