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    What do VC’s look for when they invest in the startups which threaten mega-industries like radio? Marc Andreessen, VC and cofounder of Netscape, spelled out the formula in an HBR Ideacast episode with his former partner Jim Barksdale. Here’s what Andreessen and investors like him look for: A large incumbent… In an established industry… With a […]

    So I read with interest today this distribution-related tidbit from NTS MediaOnline: Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One has announced an agreement with NextRadio that will enable all U.S. radio stations to use advertising inventory to fund the industry’s payments to Sprint. Over the past year, broadcasters have been asked to commit dollars and/or inventory to fund […]

    Today, I’m taking a back seat to the inimitable Darryl Parks, a legend in the world of commercial radio spoken word. Darryl has an extraordinarily blunt and insightful perspective on what ails Talk Radio, and you can read it here. A few highlights: I guess I hit close to home with my prior blog post on […]

    Today, Pandora (and pretty much every other online radio provider) is famous for its music, not its talk. That’s going to change. Yes, I know Pandora has comedy content driven by the secret sauce of its “genome project.” But I’m talking about much more. Yes, I know there are other platforms out there featuring various flavors of spoken word, most […]

    I am stridently pro-consumer. I believe that if we focus on what consumers show us they want, then we will have more consumers, happier consumers, and a healthier business overall. This is the thinking that has driven all my successful audience research efforts for years. So it was with much disappointment that I reviewed the […]

    If all your favorite audio content is all over the place in a variety of different channels, why can’t you aggregate it all in one place? Well, now you can! J.D. Heilprin is founder of AGOGO, a stealthy mobile-first startup that was recently featured in the iTunes store as “best new app” and “top news […]

    Earlier this week I provided data and an argument to show why the NextRadio campaign to add an FM chip to mobile phones in the U.S. will be fruitless. But I hinted at an international scenario which might make much more sense for a form of this technology. Show me a market where everyone has […]

    If you are a regular watcher of CNN’s Reliable Sources, then last weekend you saw the first part of a remarkable interview with the equally remarkable Glenn Beck. Always a great talent and once a polarizing lightning rod for controversy, Glenn reveals new layers of thoughtful complexity and a humanity that will surprise those who know […]

    If your brand is a story, then how can you best bring that story to life? Who knows more about story that the artists who work at Pixar – past, present, and future? In this conversation from hivio 2014, the audio future festival, Mark Ramsey talks with former Pixar story artist Emma Coats. Emma got […]

    There’s a tendency for some broadcasters to put too much faith in the idea that consumers will prefer traditional radio over the online variety because of scarce and expensive bandwidth. But the reality is that bandwidth is neither that scarce nor that expensive, when compared to the value derived from it. And one way to […]

    So Disney sells of all of its Radio Disney station assets – 23 AM and 1 FM –  save for its LA flagship, which is evidently a content creation hub and not simply a means of distribution. …and the radio industry goes wild! What does this mean? What is Disney signaling? Does this even matter? These […]

    This is one of my favorite Q&A’s from this year’s hivio audio future festival. Content marketing is one of the hottest new trends among brands worldwide, and the audio space is primed to excel in this area because audio media companies have been creating content for decades. So how can audio media companies leverage their own […]

    There’s nothing less “cool” than a room full of 50-year-olds preaching the importance of making something “cool.” And that happens all the time in the upper echelons of the radio industry, a place where the air must be thin enough to imagine that “cool” can be manufactured rather than earned. I’m reminded of a brainstorming meeting […]

    So what’s really going on in media today? What are the critical trends we need to focus on, and what do they mean for our future? It’s time to un-spin some of the media hype we take for granted and get to the truth. That’s why I’m happy to announce a new podcast. I’m teaming up […]