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Constructive Dialogue On The Future Of Audio Entertainment, from Edison Media Research

Last Build Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 06:37:17 PDT

Copyright: Copyright 2006 Edison Media Research, All Rights Reserved

Two Ways In Which Pandora Is More Radio Than Radio

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 06:37:17 PDT

The release of Tuesday's Infinite Dial report from Edison Research and Arbitron showing that 10% of respondents nationally had listened to Pandora in the previous week, may prompt some extra cognative dissonance for those who feel that time spent with...

Streaming Stopsets ... Four Years Later!

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:39:54 PDT

The issue of how radio stations fill their stopsets on their Webstreams has gotten a lot of trade press this week as an increasing number of industry observers take up our call of the last four years. Some of that,...

No Time To Lose

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 20:47:28 PST

So whose time, if anybody's, is Pandora beating? One talking point that often seems to emerge in any discussion of radio's future on new platforms and its future viability is that Pandora is merely the most recent delivery system for...

A Call To Help New Zealand

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:02:07 PST

This is not my typical post. A very close friend of mine, Ande, is the head of programming for a group of radio stations in New Zealand. The recent earthquake has taken an enormous toll on the people of Christchurch...

The Call Of The Ostrich: The "Suckers Bet" of Pandora

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:51:54 PST

I've worked alongside radio broadcasters for nearly 20 years, helping them understand their audiences by researching and anticipating their wants, needs and desires. You don't do that unless you have a deep love for the medium - and I truly...

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'90s/Gen X Formats And The "Impossible Segue"

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:53:17 PST

One of the challenges for the '90s/Gen-X formats that have proliferated over the last year is trying to put together a wide variety of music that was never played together at the time. CHR in the '90s--what there was of...

Content Creation, Local Media And 'Settling For The Bottom'

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 04:25:14 PST

I fly a lot, and have done so for the better part of two decades. I remember the days when the domestic carriers used to provide meals as a standard practice. Today, food on short-haul flights has disappeared completely (I...

The Rise Of The "Perceived" Hit

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 14:20:27 PST

It's been a while since the Beach Boys' "Sloop John B" was a staple of Oldies playlists. These days it gets only a handful of spins at Oldies/Greatest Hits FMs, well behind "Wouldn't It Be Nice" or "Good Vibrations," the...

Broadcast Media's Failure To Communicate

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 08:19:27 PST

Larry Rosin posted an interesting factoid on the Edison blog about the decline in teen phone usage - for actually talking. As the graph below illustrates, the amount of time teens reported talking on the telephone has declined 40 minutes...

Half-Off Couponing: Radio's Great Cheap Hope

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 06:51:11 PDT

Until this week, I'd never gone to a radio station's half-off page. It wasn't that I hadn't been asked. Half-off couponing is a big part of radio's Website and sales strategies these days, and is getting more on air-time accordingly....

Waiting For Deals

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:38:54 PDT

I missed the RAB/NAB Radio Show's group heads panel, but a little birdie told me that a great deal of time was spent lamenting the fact that "no deals are getting done," or speculating that "more deals" (specifically, more consolidation)...

One In Five 12-24s Listened To Pandora In The Past Month

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 11:28:43 PDT

Tomorrow will see the first release of Edison's new American Youth Study: 2010, a look at the media and technology consumption habits of teens and young adults. The debut presentation of this project, which was sponsored by, will be...

The Talent Gap

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 05:09:40 PDT

I was saddened yesterday to learn that Global Radio has scrapped the Galaxy Network (and a few other local stations) in order to consolidate the programming to a new, nine-station "Capital Network" originating in London. I used to provide audience...

Investing In Yourself

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 11:05:52 PDT

Next month, I will again be attending Blogworld in Las Vegas (Oct. 14-16), which is now the largest gathering of new media content creators and social media practitioners in the world. If you have ever wanted to learn more about...

Labor Day Weekend Format Changes, Part II

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 08:45:01 PDT

Okay, the Labor Day Weekend format changes continued and we also got: * A Rhythmic AC simulcast replacing Country Oldies in Atlanta; * A new Rhythmic Top 40 in California's Inland Empire; * An AC to Classic Hits transition in...