By Paul S. Rotella, Esq.
New Jersey Broadcasters Association
As you know, I have been troubled by Congressman Watt’s introduction of the latest attempt by the foreign-owned record labels to establish a Performance Tax foothold that will only grow larger and more surly and become more oppressive, ultimately crippling our industry and perhaps costing you your livelihoods, changing broadcast radio for the worse, and forever.
My chief concern since Watt threatened to introduce his P-Tax bill was why him? Why now? And why with so little committed support? Yet, he made good on his threat and did in fact introduce the bill in Congress, right before it closed down this Tuesday.
By Walter Sabo
NEW YORK — This is my experience. In my work, I have seen businesses grow and prosper when they embrace new, daring ideas based on marketplace demand. The winners are nimble organizations that jump on the neat idea and focus on the product, not organization politics. When fear of new ideas sets in and a business allows staff positions to grow too big and powerful, those businesses implode.
The current economic depression celebrates “operators” — executives with shrewd “operating” skills who are known for their ability to cut costs, cut staffs, sell their story to Wall Street and keep their company within its COMFORT ZONE. They do not have nor are required to have vision. Knowing what’s next is the key to growth in any industry. No vision, no growth.
Today, media businesses are excited when they show quarter-to-quarter, year-to-year growth. But this is false growth. Compare any media business with 2007 revenue figures and business is down. Five years after the depression began, revenue is still down.
By Curt Hahn
It was 1958 when Joe and I met. I was a Brown sophomore, he was the program guy at WPRO radio, which had just been purchased by a new company out of Albany, New York — Capital Cities Television. Joe had joined the company in its infancy and brought his radio knowledge to this young TV-oriented company.
WPRO took the Providence market by storm with its top 40 format. I worked weekends, overnights, snow days and holidays. Rarely did I hear from Joe, unless I’d done something remarkably stupid. He was certainly the most non-directive program director I ever worked for. The instructions were simple: follow the format!
Music Radio without DJs is like Listening to Someone Else’s Very Limited Capacity iPod that’s been Infected with Commercials
By Gary Theroux
Northeast Legal Video/The Intervale Group
OF COURSE the DJ plays an essential role in making music radio attractive. One must keep in mind that the number one reason why anyone turns on the radio — be they in their car, in the office, by the pool, on a picnic, in a hammock, in the kitchen or up a tree — is COMPANIONSHIP. That voice you hear belongs to your unseen friend who is right there beside you, full of fun, compelling, thought-provoking, engaging things to say for you to hear. And if the entertainment they’re providing is compelling enough, after you turn into your driveway and shut the motor off, you’ll click the RADIO back on — because you’re afraid that if you don’t, you’ll miss something great. When was the last time you heard radio like that?
By Walter Sabo
NEW YORK – The challenge of working at most radio stations or broadcast companies is the staff is pre-occupied with job security. As a result, trends that should be noted and discussed are dismissed in order to prepare the weekend schedule and worry about corporate. As the CEO of an executive-on-demand company, Sabo Media, we are presented daily with new products, talent and ideas. Here are five that are interesting and may be helpful in growing your business:
By Chris Miller
SHAKER HEIGHTS — There’s too much good stuff this week! I hope these three quick takes on different issues are good thought-starters for that fertile brain of yours.
Dickey on Digital
What did you think when you saw Friday’s RadioInfo headline that said, “DICKEY: NO BUSINESS MODEL IN STREAMING?” Was your first reaction “so we’ll figure out some other way to solve it?” Or was it more like, “so we’re just not going there?”