Category: Opinions

The Times They Are a-Changing…

| June 26, 2014

William O’Shaughnessy
Whitney Media
President

 

oshaughnessywriterNEW ROCHELLE, NY – As you have no doubt read in the public press, our colleagues at WFAS-FM are pulling up stakes and moving to the big City with a different name and changing to an “urban” format.

WFAS-FM has served Westchester and environs as a locally based suburban station with various music formats for years and we wish them well as they now turn their focus to the highly competitive New York City market.

Longevity

During our own 54 years of serving the County, we’ve always had cordial relations with the 17 (count ‘em!) absentee owners of WFAS-FM … and, indeed, with many among the dizzying parade of 43 hard-working general managers who tried mightily to give the station some meaning and purpose and at least a semblance of local involvement despite the many corporate changes and turmoil in their front office.  

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If I Owned a Radio Station Right Now

| June 17, 2014

By Jerry Del Colliano
Inside Music Media
Publisher

 

delcollianoSCOTTSDALE, AZ — This is a question I get all the time especially because I have devoted my career to generational media.

When 95 million millennials are rejecting radio, music, network television and disrupting everything they can, operating a radio station for profit seems like a bad business.

One thing I can tell you upfront.

I wouldn’t run my station the way the biggest majors run theirs.

Nor would I go brain dead not knowing whether to go or grow.

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NJBA’s Paul Rotella Addresses ‘Songwriters Equity Act’

| June 12, 2014

By Paul S. Rotella, Esq.
New Jersey Broadcasters Association
President/CEO

 

rotellapaulwriterMONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ — I am writing to you concerning the pending legislation entitled “Songwriters Equity Act” and what I feel is the continued “politicizing” of the topic without anyone fairly providing meaningful background on the inner workings of the “music compensation” topic from both sides of the isle.

In the essence of full and fair disclosure, which is something unfortunately very lacking about this topic by the partisan groups weighing in on this topic, I am the President and CEO of the New Jersey Broadcasters Association, representing the free-over-the-air radio and television broadcasters in the Garden State since 2008. I am also an attorney and a creative artist and have many friends and colleagues in the recording and performing arts.

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Taking Care of Our Own

| May 21, 2014

oshaughnessywriterNEW ROCHELLE, NY – Dick Foreman, our dedicated and dynamic vice chairman, recently dispatched a powerful, timely and rather pointed note (it didn’t pull any punches!) to a fellow broadcaster who had turned a deaf ear to our recent pleadings and importunings on behalf of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

Foreman’s good letter got me to thinking about how to reach those who haven’t yet gotten the message.

“Don’t let us forget who we are…and where we’ve come from.” 

                                                                 – - – Mario M. Cuomo

Through our work with the Guardian Fund of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, we’ve encountered many generous individuals, some now retired with their glory years behind them, and many still in the arena, who have unhesitatingly responded with remarkable grace and becoming generosity to our entreaties on behalf of those hurting and almost forgotten broadcasters we serve all across the country.

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The Introverts are Quietly Taking Over the Business World

| April 2, 2014

By Walter Sabo
Sabo Media
CEO

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”  – Stephen Hawking

sabowalterwriterNEW YORK — Better cash bet? Telephone or telegraph? That was the debate among investment bankers at the turn of the 19th century. A significant portion of the population preferred the written word. They liked the formality, pause and thought of composition. Telephones didn’t let you take back or erase words you regretted.

As the telephone was funded and adopted, extroverts embraced the technology. Extroverts enjoyed talking for hours. They prefer to express themselves spontaneously, passionately. They love group think, brainstorming, team playing, drama in the conference room, public speaking and spontaneity. The phone is made for them.

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Pssst, Buddy, Wanna Hear an Idea for a Cool New Music Radio Format?

| February 7, 2014

By Bill Conway
KOIT, San Francisco
Program Director, 1997-2011

 

conwaybillSAN DIEGO — The Duane Doobie column about “Golden Ears” published Monday (2/3) was terrific and I admit that in all my years as a PD, I never had “golden ears.”  Instead I always had people around me who loved music, listened to a variety of styles and were always talking about it. Most DJs got into it radio either because they loved music or they wanted to be a star. I knew I needed the music junkies to complement my strengths. It was a way to learn about new music and let listeners know more too.

In recent years I have been espousing a format that doesn’t depend on only one consultant or one god-like national PD but used the music junkies and cutting edge technology to get involve the audience to reignite the role of radio in music discovery.

The All New Music Crowd Sourced Radio format. (Not a catchy name but I’m sure we can come up with one)

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Look Who is Leveraging Radio’s Native Asset

| January 31, 2014

By Bill Freund
Clip Interactive
EVP/Chief Revenue Officer

 

freund, billshazam 125Soundhound 125BOULDER, CO — Over the past few months both Shazam and Soundhound have announced partnerships with pure play music services such as Pandora, Spotify, iTunes and Rdio to connect terrestrial radio listeners to those services through music identification apps.  A terrestrial radio listener who likes a new song can identify the track with one of these apps and tap a button to create a custom pure play station based on that artist.  In essence they are leveraging one of radio’s core native assets, music discovery. Shazam and Soundhound are effectively hijacking the music discovery experience with the listener by taking them away from terrestrial radio to pure play streams. Radio needs to recognize this is a big deal, and understand why audio content identification and listener interactivity with the broadcast is so critical to radio’s future.

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Eight Realities of 2014: Perspective and Predictions

| January 16, 2014

By Walter Sabo
Sabo Media
CEO

sabowalterwriterNEW YORK – Here are some thoughts that I hope you find useful as we begin another pivotal year:

1. HD radio is going to explode. The management of iBiquity has achieved remarkable acceptance for HD by the auto industry with over 16 million installs. HD is radio’s best real estate grab for the connected dash. The key, as always, is the show. (Sorry, the word “content” remains disgusting. It’s a show.) HD is not about fidelity or graphics – it’s a new stage for new, audience captivating shows.

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Reflections of a Former Deejay Who Misses Radio

| December 18, 2013

By Tony Lynn
New Mexico Department of Public Safety
Director of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs

lynntonyALBUQUERQUE — In a recent speech at the NAB Radio Show in Orlando, TALKERS and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison stated that for radio to thrive, let alone survive, in this new digital era – it must celebrate and protect its “radio-ness,” and avoid being assimilated into the multi-media soup of the 21st century at the expense of its unique industry and cultural identity.

Mr. Harrison is 100% right in his assessment of the current state of radio and I fear it may be too late for our generation to save what is left.  But there is hope the pendulum will swing back the other way, maybe not in what’s left in our radio career but for radio professionals of the future.

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Millennials, Music and Radio

| December 17, 2013

By Jerry Del Colliano
Inside Music Media
Publisher

EXCLUSIVE TO RADIOINFO AND TALKERS

delcollianoSCOTTSDALE — There are over 80 million “Millennials” coming of age the oldest of whom are already 30-years-old – 12 years older than the youngest 18-49 money demo cherished by advertisers.

Millennials have their own technology just as baby boomers had records, radio and TV.

Except technology has very little to do with the impact that “Generation Y” is making on media and just about everything else.

Sure there is Facebook that they went to college with, and Napster that helped disrupt the record business, iPads, apps, smartphones, Instagram and their latest devilish work – to unbundle cable and make Netflix the new standard for the on-demand content they, well – demand.

Radio consolidated about the time the first Millennials were in grade school and the industry just assumed that young listeners would always be there to like radio.

The music industry that consisted of old white men who were lawyers thought Napster needed to be sued out of existence – and they succeeded.

But the damage was already done.

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