The Pope Would Be Perfect For Radio...

(Thursday, February 28, 2013)

Not that the Pope is looking for work now that he’s retired, but he would make a great radio host. He’s bright, opinionated and multi-lingual. I see the Pope as someone who has much to share with his views of the world and could offer sound advice to politicians and world leaders alike. He could do his show from his residence in the Vatican – no travel involved…

If you’re wondering about his Twitter account, Mashable reports that the former Pope will be shutting down @pontifex now that he has left office. “It seems unimaginable that one could continue to use a communication tool so popular and powerful during the ‘sede vacante’ period,” says Vatican Radio, which does not say whether Il Papa’s successor will use Twitter. In the 3 months after he joined Twitter, Pope Benedict XVI totalled more than 1.5 million followers – with only 36 tweets posted. Should the Pope consider a career in radio, he could start a new account at Twitter and add a new one on Facebook…

At 8pm (Vatican local time) tonight, February 28, the Pope officially leaves the Vatican for his summer retreat outside of Rome. I think Pope Benedict XVI should take his leave and then after some much needed rest consider a career in radio. I already have a suggestion for the name of his show. It’s based on a book he wrote in 1985 when he was a Cardinal - The Ratzinger Report

Timeline Memories:

1854] A grand old time: The Republican Party is organized in Ripon (WI) when 50 opponents of slavery start the new political party…

1960] Olympic Gold: The U.S. wins its first Olympic gold medal in hockey with a 9-4 win over Czechoslovakia at the Squaw Valley (CA) games…2010] Fifty-one years later the U.S. wins a record total of 37 medals as the Vancouver Olympics come to an end…

1962] New calls: WMGM in New York changes call letters to WHN, the original call letters when the station signed on in 1922. Here’s the parade of call letters since sign on: WMGM, WHN, WFAN, WUKQ, WEVD and finally WEPN (Spanish talk/sports). All were on the same 1050 frequency. Got it? There will be a test…

1967] Number One on this date: Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones (WRKO was one of the few stations at the time playing the flip side Let’s Spend The Night Together)1974] Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks1981] I Love A Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbitt

1993] Wacko in Waco: U.S. Federal agents raid the compound of the Branch Davidians, led by David Koresh in Waco (TX). The fifty-one day standoff will result in the killing of 4 agents and 6 cult members in April…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Ali Larter (37), Gilbert Gottfried (58), Bernadette Peters (65), Mario Andretti (73),Tommy Tune (74), Dean Smith (82) & Gavin MacLeod (82)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Daylight Saving Time (10), Saint Patrick’s Day (17), Spring (20), Passover (25) & Easter/MLB Opening Day (31)…

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The Power Of Radio...

(Wednesday, February 27, 2013)

Proof that nothing moves advertising like radio is contained in a new study about the importance of hearing, rather than seeing. The study conducted by Katz Marketing Solutions examined the audio components of television commercials for 14 major brands, including Apple, Capital One, CoverGirl, Diet Pepsi, Direct TV and Warner Brothers. The study showed that audio is the key component in brand identity…

Media Post reports that the Katz research team removed all audio and visual brand references from the commercials, which were then played in audiovisual and audio-only form for 300 study subjects. The respondents were asked to identify the brand, as well as the moment in the commercial when they were able to correctly guess which brand it was. Audio content was responsible for 93% as much brand identification as visual ad content, and in some cases, was a stronger trigger of brand identification than visual ad content. In one case, one-quarter of the respondents who were exposed to a Taco Bell TV clip referred to visual cues as the brand trigger, while 55% referred to the Taco Bell “bong” as the brand trigger than any visual element. The Katz study also found that advertising audio content can produce similar levels of emotional engagement as visual content…

This proves my opinion that agencies can be just a bit over-the-top creatively when it comes to producing TV spots. Case in point – while Sofia Vergara can be a visual delight while pitching Diet Pepsi, I wonder how many men are noticing what she’s drinking…

Timeline Memories:

1951] Two & you’re through: The 22nd amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms in office, is ratified…

1956] Released on this date: Slippin’ & Slidin’ - Little Richard

1980] Grammy Gold: What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers2002] Alicia Keys wins 5 Grammy’s for her debut LP (entire album), Songs In A Minor

2011] The Dook of Flatbush departs: Hall of Fame Brooklyn & LA Dodgers great centerfielder, Duke Snider dies of an undisclosed illness at 84…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Josh Groban (32), Chelsea Clinton (33), Howard (WKRP) Hesseman (73), Ralph Nader (79), Raymond (NFL HOFer) Berry (80), Joanne Woodward (83) & Ariel (living in a vegetative state) Sharon (85)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Daylight Saving Time (11), Saint Patrick’s Day (18), Spring (21), Passover (26) & Easter/MLB Opening Day (32)…

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Prospective Globe Buyers Have Radio Ties...

(Tuesday, February 26, 2013)

Two locals with radio connections may wind up owning The Boston Globe. Ernie Boch Jr., president/CEO of Boch Enterprises and Bruce Mittman, president/CEO of Mittcom (a Newton marketing agency) are interested in buying the newspaper and probably the Boston.Com online edition too. While the Globe has been dropping readership and revenue lately, the newspaper founded in 1872 has consistently been ranked among the top 10 newspaper websites in America…

The Boston Business Journal reports that Boch issued a statement of interest two days after the New York Times, which bought the Globe in 1993 for $1.1 billion, announced that it was selling the newspaper. The Boston Globe properties include the paper, the Telegram & Gazetter and the website, as well as a 49% stake in the free Metro daily in Boston. Ballpark estimates to buy the Globe range from $100 million to as much as $150 million, assuming the buyer doesn’t have to carry the Globe’s pension liabilities. Selling the Globe has been a goal of the Times Co. since 2009 when it had been working with Goldman Sachs to find a buyer. The Times Co. reported earlier this month that ad sales at its New England group fell 7.8% in 2012. In 2011, there was a 7.2% decline. Overall revenue fell by only 2.5% in 2012 to a total of $388 million…

Boch and Mittman have a long history with radio. Mittman is a former president of Boston’s WFNX Radio Network. He also spent a decade as GM at rock-formatted WAAF. Boch, a car dealer like his father, previously owned 4 stations on Cape Cod which he sold to Qantum Communications for $21.3 million in 2005…

Timeline Memories:

1955] 45s rule: Billboard Magazine reports that the 45 rpm single is outselling 78s for the first time…

1966] Released on this date: 19th Nervous Breakdown - Rolling Stones1977] Hotel CaliforniaEagles

1993] First strike: Six are killed and more than 1,000 injured when a van explodes in the World Trade Center garage. An act of terrorism by Islamic extremists and a precursor to something far worse to come in 2001…

2012] 84th Academy Awards: The Artist wins 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, the first silent film to win an Oscar since Wings in 1927. This year’s winner: Argo

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” James Brady (29), Michael Vettor (55), Michael Bolton (60), Mitch Ryder (68), Fats Domino (85) & Tom (game show host) Kennedy (86)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Daylight Saving Time (12), Saint Patrick’s Day (19), Spring (22), Passover (27) & Easter/MLB Opening Day (33)…

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Radio's New Pick To Click...

(Monday, February 25, 2013)

Asking listeners to click a station’s website or Facebook page is providing an additional programming tool for radio. It’s also providing valuable metrics with which to provide potential advertisers with a gauge on social listenership and total reach. According to Inside Radio, “Real-time metrics are increasingly being used in the programming department to tailor online and on-air content.” …

Music stations are not the only ones looking for click feedback. News stations are also using the process to rank the biggest, hot-button stories in their market. The data is used to help determine which stories are important enough to stay from those that are burning out with listeners. WTOP-FM (Washington, DC) director of digital media John Meyer says “We use it to determine what the interest in a story is. You can tell when something resonates. We use the numbers as an indicator of what’s going to give us the most traction.” Meyer doesn’t suggest that a station eliminate stories based on listener feedback – it’s just another tool to use. “You may not know whether to stay on a topic for another day or two” adds program director Laurie Cantillo. It’s a good canary in the coalmine.” …

For music stations, testing new songs is the easiest way to get a read on whether or not a station should consider adding that product but it’s interesting to note that other formats are now looking for click responses to use as a programming tool too…

Timeline Memories:

1913] Here comes the taxman: The 16th Amendment to the Constitution gives Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes…

1950] Classic comedy: Your Show Of Shows, one of early television’s most brilliant comedy shows, debuts on NBC…

1964] ”Eat your words”: That’s what Cassius Clay tells Sonny Liston after upsetting Liston to win the heavyweight crown. Liston fails to answer the bell for round 7…

1999] Dead man walking: White supremacist John William King is sentenced to death for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an African-American man. King lives on death row in prison

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Rashida Jones (37), Chelsea Chandler (38), Sean Astin (42), Nancy O’Dell (47),Tea Leoni (47), Scott Thompson aka Carrot Top (48), James (sportscaster) Brown (62), Billy Packer (73), Diane Baker (75), Bob Schieffer (76), Sally Jessy Raphael (78) & Monte (MLB Hall of Famer) Irvin (94)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Daylight Saving Time (13), Saint Patrick’s Day (20), Spring (23), Passover (28) & Easter/MLB Opening Day (34)…

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Internet Data That Can Help Radio...

(Friday, February 22, 2013) (Weekend Edition)

Knowing what influences internet consumers can benefit the radio industry. Rob Wengel, SVP, Nielsen Innovation Analytics says that social media can work especially well in combination with TV ads to enhance recall as well as to foster brand engagement and listen to consumers. Why can’t the same be true for radio? The answer to that is…it can…

Media Post reports on a new study called “The Nielsen Global Survey of New Product Purchase Sentiment”. The survey covered more than 29,000 people with internet access from 58 countries about new product awareness. Overall, people were most likely to make a purchase based on the advice of family and friends (77%), followed by seeing a product in the store (72%), receiving a free sample (70%), searching the web (67%), expert/word-of-mouth advice (66%) and watching TV ads (59%). Radio should also be on this list. Wengel adds “Consumers are increasingly finding the internet and mobile vehicles just as compelling as other more traditional advertising. Social media can also be an effective soundboard to hear about potential issues or to identify future innovation opportunities.” ..

I find it hard to believe that radio failed to show up as a vehicle that brought awareness to products – no less be influential in moving those products. The fact that the study was conducted among those with internet access shouldn’t be an excuse…

Weekend Timeline Memories:

1879] Nickle & diming it: Frank W. Woolworth opens his first 5 and 10 cent store in Utica (NY). By 1997 all of the U.S. stores had closed – many were taken over by Footlocker (2/22)…

1956] First & ten: Elvis Presley has his first pop top 10 hit: Heartbreak Hotel (2/22)…

1959] Gentlemen start your engines: The inaugural Daytona 500 is won by Lee Petty, father of Richard Petty (2/22)…

1967] Number One on this date: Kind Of A Drag - Buckinghams (2/22)…1971] One Bad Apple - Osmonds (2/22)…

1980] Olympic gold: Al Michaels makes the classic call: “Do You Believe In Miracles?” as the U.S. hockey team beats the Russians in a semi-final game (2/22). Two nights later they beat Finland for the gold…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday“ (2/22): Rajon Rondo (27), Drew Barrymore (38), Julius (Dr. J) Erving (63), Paul (Popeye) Dooley (85) & Don (SNL announcer) Pardo (95)…

1836] Remember the Alamo: The siege of the Alamo begins in San Antonio (2/23)…

1954] Salkin’ it to ya: The first mass inoculation of children against polio using the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh (2/23)…

1959] Number One on this date: Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price (2/23)...1969] Everyday People - Sly/Family Stone (2/23)…

1963] Released on this date : He’s So Fine - Chiffons (2/23)…1974] Piano Man - Billy Joel (2/23)…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday” (2/23): Dakota Fanning (19), Jerod (Patriots) Mayo (27), Johnny Winter (69) & Peter Fonda (73)…

1965] Recorded on this date: Help Me Rhonda - Beach Boys (2/24)…

1979] Released on this date: Roxanne - Police (2/24)…

1989] Is that plant moving?: Stalker Margaret Ray is found in David Letterman’s home in Connecticut claiming to be his wife. Letterman is not amused (2/24)…

1992] Wayne’s World: The movie starring Mike Myers & Dana Carvey opens in U.S. theaters. Schwinnnnng) (2/24)…

“Happy Birthday…happy birthday”: (2/24) Amy Miranda Phillips (4), Bob Sherwood (39), Kristin Davis (48), Paula Zahn (57), Rupert Holmes (66), Barry Bostwick (68), Joe Lieberman (71), Dominic Chianese (82) & Abe Vigoda (92)…

Timeline Countdown: Daylight Saving Time (3/10), St. Patrick’s Day (3/17), Spring (3/20), Passover (3/25) & Easter/Opening Day (3/31)…

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Format Change Reaction To PPM...

(Thursday, February 21, 2013)

Radio stations continue to adapt to what’s become the standard for measuring audiences – the Portable People Meter. Since the PPM era began a few years ago, some stations have gone as far as changing their format to gain an advantage in audience measurement. According to Inside Radio, more than 8 stations a month have changed format. That’s the average across the 45 non-embedded PPM markets since December 2010…

Looking at the biggest net gain among the new formats, it was sports with an addition of 20 new stations while losing only 6 (+14). News/talk/information and all-news collectively had 27 new sign-ons with 18 sign-offs (+9). Among music formats, CHR (+14) added 17 while losing 3. Classic rock was the second biggest gainer (+5) but adult hits was the most active music format with 24 total changes. Adult standards lost 8 without gaining any and is radio’s biggest loser. Classic hits lost 15 but added 8 (-7). Of the 40 stations that changed to some type of Hispanic format, 37 went from one Spanish-language to another. The biggest gainers were Mexican regional and tropical – each had a (+4) net. Spanish adult hits was a big loser with 7 while only gaining 3 (-4)…

It should be noted that the consensus among radio operators is that CHR usually fares the best of all formats using PPM methodology. Tony Hereau, Arbitron media insights manager advises radio “To carry and promote a strong brand and identity around your station.”…

Timeline Memories:

1947] Cheese: Edwin Land demonstrates the Polaroid Land Camera to take, develop and print a black and white print in 60 seconds. The camera goes on sale in 1948…

1965] In cold blood: Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan at the age of 39. Three Black Muslims are charged and jailed for the murder…

1965] Number One on this date: This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis/Playboys1975] Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band1981] 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton

1972] Next stop: China: Pres. Richard M. Nixon begins his historic trip to China...

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Allison Kate Crowe (3), Ellen (“Juno”) Page (26), Charlotte Church (27),Jennifer Love Hewitt (34), Astronaut Mark Kelly (49), Kelsey Grammer (58), Tricia Nixon Cox (67),Tyne Daly (67) & David Geffen (70)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Daylight Saving Time (17), Saint Patrick’s Day (24), Spring (27), Passover (32) & Easter/MLB Opening Day (38)…

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The Year Mobile Comes Of Age...

(Wednesday, February 20, 2013)

There will be one dominating theme for digital business this year. You might say that 2013 will go down as the year that mobile came of age. It’s all about mobile, according to The New York Times Bits blog. ComScore, tracker of web and mobile usage has published a report about what happened in 2012 and what to expect in 2013…

The ComScore report shows that the effects of a movement toward mobile are everywhere, from shopping to media to search. According to the report, “2013 could spell a very rocky economic transition,” and businesses will have to scramble to stay ahead of consumers’ changing behavior. Some interesting items of note from the report: The mobile transition is happening astonishingly quickly. Last year, smartphone penetration crossed 50% for the first time, led by Android phones. People spend 63% of their time online on desktop computers (hey, I’m not alone) and 37% on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Just as they compete on computers, Facebook and Google are dominant and at each other’s throats on phone. Facebook reaches 76% of the smartphone market and accounts for 23% of total time spent using apps every month. The next 5 most used apps are Google’s, which account for 10% of time on apps…

In the report – while radio isn’t affected by mobile taking shares of desktop activity yet, newspapers, search engines, maps, weather comparison shopping, directories and instant messenger services are. They are all seeing significant declines in desktop use of their products. Another reason why radio has to do a better job in reaching mobile users…

Timeline Memories:

1792] Say hello to postal service: Pres. George Washington signs an act creating the U.S. Post Office. Disgruntled employees sign musket permit applications…

1962] Going in circles: John Glenn makes space history, orbiting the earth 3 times to become the first American to orbit the earth (aboard Friendship 7)…

1964] Recorded on this date: Don’t Worry Baby - Beach Boys (My all-time favorite BB hit)…

1970] Released on this date: Instant Karma - John Lennon

2003] Deadly concert tragedy: Fire breaks out at a nightclub in West Warwick (RI) killing 100 and injuring another 200…

2006] Death of a legendary sportscaster: Curt Gowdy loses his long battle with leukemia at 86. Curt’s funeral procession circles Fenway Park before he’s interred. Curt was part of the WRKO morning team when we launched the station in 1967…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Rihanna (25), Cindy Crawford (47), Charles Barkley (50), Patricia Hearst (59), Walter (Steely Dan) Becker (63), J. Geils (67), Sandy Duncan (67), Phil Esposito (71), Buffy Sainte-Marie (72), Nancy (jazz singer) Wilson (76), Sidney Poitier (86) & Gloria Vanderbilt (89)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Daylight Saving Time (18), Saint Patrick’s Day (25), Spring (28), Passover (33) & Easter/MLB Opening Day (39)…

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End Of Year Digital Gains For Radio...

(Tuesday, February 19, 2013)

Digital revenue grew 8% year-to-year (2011 – 2012) for radio. That’s encouraging news for this country’s oldest media form. Erica Farber, Radio Advertising Bureau President/CEO reports that “The continued stellar showing of the Digital sector – up 11% in Q4 and with an 8% edge over 2011 full year – underscores the fact that the Radio Industry is finding additional ways to monetize these streams and that advertisers are taking advantage of new platforms to reach our listeners.”…

According to the RAB, 5 categories have consistently represented radio’s biggest spenders over the past 6 years: (Ranked on 2012 standing) Automotive, TV/Networks/Cable, Communications, Restaurants & Financial. Automotive has regained the high margin of dominance, while the next 4 categories now contribute nearly equal dollars. Categories posting the biggest gains in Q4 2012 (excluding political) were: Professional Services, Communications, Financial Services, Home Furnishings/Floor Coverings & Concerts/Theater/Movies. The leading gainers for the full year: Home Furnishings/Floor Coverings, Auto Dealers/Dealer Groups/Manufacturers & Health Care…

This is good news for radio but a word of caution from Erica Farber: January was “cautious,” February isn’t as strong as some people would like, but March is pacing “very well” as of now. Farber told Inside Radio, “It would be nice to have several months in a row of positive growth, but we’re still not seeing that.”…

R.I.P. Jerry Buss (1933 - 2013)...

Timeline Memories:

1878] First Music Maker: Thomas Edison patents a music player. The phonograph is born…

1956] Recorded on this date: The Magic Touch - Platters

1974] A new awards show: Dick Clark’s American Music Awards is launched. This clip is from a few years ago…

1981] Sound familiar?: George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism” for the song that was deemed to be near-identical to He’s So Fine. His song was titled My Sweet Lord

2008] Adios Papi: Fidel Castro announces his resignation as president of Cuba. Brother Raul succeeds him…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Justine Bateman (47), Seal (50), Prince Andrew (53), Roger (NFL Commish) Goodell (54), Jeff Daniels (58), Lou Christie (70) & Smokey Robinson (73)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Daylight Saving Time (19), Saint Patrick’s Day (26), Spring (29), Passover (34) & Easter/MLB Opening Day (40)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

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The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE







Mobile 101 For Radio...

(Monday, February 18, 2013) (Presidents' Day Edition)

In order for radio to reach as wide a mobile audience as possible, it must first learn where that audience is. Where are most smartphone and tablet users found? The Kelsey Group has been poring over the results of a path-to-purchase study and can now supply the answer.

It’s important to realize that mobile users are everywhere but 68% of smartphone users use their device when they are on the go. Tablet users use their device when they are at home. Those 2 pieces of information are vitally important. Device users would be the equivalent of in-car listeners while tablet users are your at-home listeners. Up to 73% of smartphone users look for or use phone numbers to contact businesses while up to 84% of tablet users look up a business location or map directions – size does matter. The top 3 reasons for buyers to use mobile ads are that they are locally relevant, to offer local offers /coupons/promotions and finally, because mobile device users look for a known brand (whether local or national.) Two out of three consumers notice mobile ads while one out of three clicks an ad…

One more item to note: 64% of smartphone users and 44% of tablet users searching for restaurant information, want to make a decision within an hour. After finding restaurant information, 87% intend to make a purchase within the day. Forty-nine percent getting (any) car information say they will make a purchase within a day and 33% with travel information also want to act on it within a day. Mobile users are an active audience…

R.I.P. Mindy McCready (1975 - 2013)

Timeline Memories:

1885] Never the Twain until this day: Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published in the U.S…

1959] Recorded on this date: What’d I Say - Ray Charles

2001] Loss of a giant: Dale Earnhardt Sr.dies at 49 from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500…

2001] Spy bust: Veteran FBI agentRobert Hanssen is arrested, accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years (Hanssen pleads guilty and is serving life without parole.)…

2012] Number One on this date: Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Jillian Michaels (39), Molly Ringwald (45), Matt Dillon (49), Vanna White (56), John Travolta (59), Cybil Shepherd (63), Dennis (Styx) DeYoung (66), Herman (Teenagers) Santiago (72), Yoko Ono (80) & Toni Morrison (83)

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Daylight Saving Time (20), Saint Patrick’s Day (27), Spring (30), Passover (35) & Easter/MLB Opening Day (41)…

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The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE








A Newly Re-Launched Threat To Pandora...

(Friday, February 15, 2013) (Weekend Edition)

After 6 years of making inroads into the internet radio marketplace, Slacker is still trailing Pandora, Spotify and Rdio in subscribers. But Slacker is re-launching and is serious about challenging those 3 leaders. Michele Catalano of Forbes says Slacker is back for the long haul…

“Pandora’s popularity comes from its radio stations; you pick an artist (or more than one) and Pandora’s bots choose songs based on that. But the selection at Pandora is limited; listen for any length of time and that will become evident.” Slacker is going the Sirius XM route by using DJs to provide a human touch. You won’t create your own station, the DJ does it for you. Kinda reminds you of something doesn’t it? It’s called real radio. There are over 200 “expert curated” stations available right now, which can all be personalized in some way. Slacker boasts a lot more songs too – as well as news and talk radio – than Pandora and Spotify…

This might be a case of too little – too late for Slacker with not only Pandora, Spotify and Rdio to contend with, but Sirius XM as well. The success of the newly re-launched Slacker will depend on how deep their pockets are…

Weekend Timeline Memories:

1965] O Canada: Our neighbors to the north display their new maple leaf flag. It’s unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa (2/15)…

1979] Grammy gold: Billy Joel (Just The Way You Are) & Donna Summer (Last Dance) are the big winners with 2 Grammy’s a piece (2/15)…

2005] Tubular and designed for you: You Tube is launched in the U.S. (2/15)…

2011] Uproar in Wisconsin: Protesters swarm Wisconsin’s capitol after Gov. Scott Walker proposes cutbacks in benefits and bargaining rights for public employees (2/15)…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday (2/15): Janice Dickinson (58), Matt (Simpsons) Groening (59), Jane Seymour (62), Melissa Manchester (62), Brian (Motown) Holland (72),Claire Bloom (82) & Allan (M*A*S*H shrink) Arbus (95)…

1948] News clips: NBC-TV begins airing its first nightly newscast featuring Fox & Movietone newsreels (2/16)…

1968] 9-1-1 is born: The first 9-1-1- emergency telephone system is inaugurated in Haleyville (AL) where I started my radio career at 18 (WJBB) (2/16)…

2005] No hockey eh?: The NHL cancels the remainder of its season after a round of last-gasp negotiations fail to resolve differences over a salary cap – the issue that led to the lockout. It almost happened again this year (2/16)…

2009] Mauling: A 200 pound chimpanzee severely mauls its owner’s friend before being shot dead by Stamford (CT) police (2/16)…

2012] Losing a baseball great: MLB Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, dies at 57 after a long battle with brain cancer (2/16)…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday(2/16): John McEnroe (54),Tracy Marrow aka Ice-T (55), LeVar Burton (56), James Ingram (61) & William (Perry Mason) Katt (62)…

1933] TIME is not on their side: Newsweek is published in the U.S. The print edition goes dark (2/17)…

1947] VOA is born: The Voice of America begins broadcasting to the Soviet Union (2/17)…

1976] Released on this date: Greatest Hits LP (entire album) -Eagles. The LP hasn’t stopped selling yet (2/17)…

1986] Oh Howard: Howard Stern becomes a morning man, moving from afternoon drive to mornings on K-Rock in New York (2/17)…

“Happy Birthday…happy birthday”: (2/17) Paris Hilton (32), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (32), Denise Richards (42), Baseball reporter Buster Olney (49), Michael Jordan (50), Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (77) & Hal Holbrook (88)…

Timeline Countdown: Presidents Day (2/18), Daylight Saving Time (3/10), St. Patrick’s Day (3/17), Spring (3/20), Passover (3/25) & Easter/Opening Day (3/31)…

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WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: Staying Happy, Healthy, And Hot. To access, CLICK HERE






Today's Portable Radios...

(Thursday, February 14, 2013) (Valentine's Day Edition)

Top 40 radio spawned a generation of portable radios but that era ended some decades ago. In 2013, devices such as tablets and smartphones are increasingly being used as portable music players, according to the new Audio Consumption Study from The NPD Group

The study shows that 40% of tablet owners use their device for music listening, while 56% of smartphone users say they use theirs for the same purpose. Among those using the smartphone for music listening, 39% said they listen to music at least once a day and half (54%) report they are using the device more for music compared with a year ago. And what are they listening to? Sixty-five percent of smartphone music listeners are hooked on Pandora, while 30% are using on-demand services like Spotify or Rhapsody. Then there are those that listen to their own music – 60% bring their own music to the device. Tablet owners have a similar leaning toward internet radio and half (49%) port their own music files to their device…

This online survey was fielded to more than 2,300 consumers who are part of NPD’s online consumer panel. The results were balanced to represent U.S. adult demographics…

Timeline Memories:

1929] Sealed with a kiss: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago takes 7 lives. All of the mobsters killed were rivals of Al Capone

1962] I’m Jackie your tour guide: First lady Jacqueline Kennedy gives us a televised tour of the White House…

1967] Recorded on this date: Respect – Aretha Franklin

1977] ValentIan Day: Janis Ian receives hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards after she reveals that she never received any in her teens, in the song At Seventeen

1983] Number One on this date: Baby Come To Me - Patti Austin/James Ingram. The song becomes a hit when it’s featured on General Hospital

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Donna Halper (39), Drew Bledsoe (41), Rob Thomas (41), Meg Tilly (53), Teller (Penn & Teller) (65), Pat O’Brien (65), Carl Bernstein (69), NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg (71), Florence Henderson (79), Phyllis McGuire (82) & Hugh Downs (92)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Presidents Day (4), Daylight Saving Time (24), Saint Patrick’s Day (31) & Spring arrives (34)…

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The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: Staying Happy, Healthy, And Hot. To access, CLICK HERE







Radio/TV Combo Increases Brand Reach...

(Wednesday, February 13, 2013)

A new study by Clear Channel Research and the Media Behavior Institute shows that Radio & TV are compatible when it comes to ad branding. The ”study of leading brands discloses that a small reallocation of advertising spend from television to radio significantly increases brands’ reach, receptivity and frequency.” According to Radio Info, Clear Channel claims that the research – across several sectors boosted total brand reach up to 28%…

Automotive, quick-service restaurants, home improvement, and financial companies increasing their ad spend from TV to radio just 15%, increased their brand’s total reach up to 28%, with no negative impact on TV reach.Radha Subramanyan, EVP, Insights at Clear Channel says “these advertisers reached a more receptive audience, since radio use corresponds more directly to key times in consumers’ lives when they may be open and responsive to marketing ideas or suggestions.” Subramanyan adds “with lingering economic uncertainty, this research clearly demonstrates a simple and effective way for advertisers to stretch their budgets further with no negative impact on existing efforts.”…

There was a time when radio and TV were sold in combo – much like AM and FM but that was for the benefit of one company that owned those media forms. In this case, buyers would be wise to allocate enough funds for radio buys in conjunction with their TV campaigns, based on this analytical study…

Timeline Memories:

1914] Royalties to follow: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is founded in New York City…

1967] Released on this date: Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles. Bringing back fond memories of the WRKO startup…

2005] Grammy Gold: Ray Charles final album, Genius Loves Company wins 8 Grammy Awards…

2008] A rocket scrub: Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens denies having taken performance-enhancing drugs in testimony before Congress. In a Federal Grand Jury trial on July 13, 2011, a mistrial is declared due to prosecutorial misconduct…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Harvey Mednick (39), Clark Smidt (39),Peter Gabriel (63), Donna Hanover (63), Mike (Coach K) Krzysewski (66), Jerry Springer (69), Stockard Channing (69), Peter Tork (71), Carol Lynley (71), George Segal (79), Kim Novak (80) & Chuck Yeager (90)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Valentines Day (1), Presidents Day (5), Daylight Saving Time (25), Saint Patrick’s Day (32) & Spring arrives (35)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The WOR/FM/WXLO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: Staying Happy, Healthy, And Hot. To access, CLICK HERE







Skip-A-Song Has Arrived At Radio...

(Tuesday, February 12, 2013)

If you’re in the music industry you might not want to read this post. Song skipping has hit the internet. I warned you – I hope you listened. Abacast, a leading provider of digital radio streaming and monetization software and services, has come up with a device to allow listeners to skip songs in live radio streams. This is a feature that radio audiences have desired since the dawn of radio, according to the company’s Marketwire press release

Abacast’s patent pending song-skipping technology, code-named “Hammer”, enables listeners to skip songs they don’t want to hear when listening to live radio services online. “If someone wants to skip a song when listening to live radio, up until now they would simply switch to a different station,” says Jim Kott, Sr. VP of Products and Marketing. “Abacast’s live stream song skipping technology lengthens listening times and should grow audiences on stations that utilize it. Abacast plans to release detailed metrics regarding average listening time and audience growth shortly after the skip feature is released in Q2 this year. When a listener chooses to skip a song that is currently being played, another song from the station’s playlist will be played immediately and in its entirety for the listener. Abacast did not offer any pricing information for the device…

Listeners of traditional radio and online stations will continue to employ their time-tested method of changing stations when they hear a song they don’t like…

Congratulations:Jim Carnegie, founder of RBR/TBR, who sold his publication to B. Eric Rhoades, Chairman Streamline Publishing (Radio Ink). Jim, who replaced me as program director at KQV, poured his heart and soul into RBR/TBR for 30 years. Jim will stay on during the transition period of new ownership. Great luck to both of you…

Timeline Memories:

1909] 104 years young: The NAACP is founded in New York…

1956] Recorded on this date: I Put A Spell On You - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

1961] Gold Standard: Shop Around - The Miracles become Motown’s first act to sell a million singles…

2012] A tribute to Whitney: The 54th Grammy Awards pays tribute to Whitney Houston who passed away the night before. Adele is the big winner (Song/Record/Album of the year)

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Robert Griffin III (RG3) (23), Christina Ricci (33), Josh Brolin (45), Chynna Phillips (45), Arsenio Hall (58), Michael McDonald (61), Ray (Doors) Manzarek (74), Bill Russell (79), Joe Garagiola (87) & Charles Van Doren (87)

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Valentines Day (2), Presidents Day (6), Daylight Saving Time (26), Saint Patrick’s Day (33) & Spring arrives (36)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The WOR/FM/WXLO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: Staying Happy, Healthy, And Hot. To access, CLICK HERE







Mobile Business Not There Yet Says Dickey...

(Monday, February 11, 2013)

The Bloomberg ”In The Loop” interview of Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey started out with the question: Why Country in New York? That was in reference to the launch of WNSH (NASH 94.7) which Dickey hopes to brand nation-wide, maybe even world-wide – he is ambitious. Once he explained the choice of a Country format in the country’s number one market, he went on to discuss the lack of business connected to mobile…

Dickey likes to use the phrase, “gaining scale” which means Cumulus is dipping its hands into multi-platform waters for maximum diversification and exposure of their brand, apparently hoping that while some might fail, the majority will stick. The Cumulus CEO feels that not only Cumulus but many other broadcasters are not making money with streaming or any mobile programming. He is convinced that mobile’s strength is in search and commerce but not in making revenue gains in online radio programming. Of course he didn’t say that his company is about to drop any of its mobile efforts…

Dickey likes to sell his programming and growth strategy and talk about the multitude of opportunities now afforded the radio business but I doubt he’s that concerned about what kind of programming it will take to be successful…

Timeline Memories:

1964] Fab Fourum: The Beatles play their first U.S. concert at the Washington (D.C.) Coliseum. Opening are the Chiffons &Tommy Roe. Almost 9,000 Beatlemaniacs scream their brains out…

1968] Adding MSG: The new Madison Square Garden officially opens. The fourth Garden holds nearly 20,000 and celebrates its 45th anniversary today…

1979] Ayatollyahso: Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seize power in Iran 9 days after the religious leader returns after 15 years in exile…

2006] Duck is on the menu: VP Dick Cheney accidentally shoots and wounds a companion during a weekend of quail hunting in Texas…

2011] The revolution works: The first wave of the Egyptian revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. Power transfers to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Taylor Lautner (21), Jennifer Aniston (44), Sarah Palin (49), Sheryl Crow (51), Jeb Bush (60), Sergio Mendes (72), Burt Reynolds (77), Tina Louise (79) & Larry Merchant (82)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Pitchers & Catchers (1), Valentines Day (3), Presidents Day (7), Daylight Saving Time (27), Saint Patrick’s Day (34) & Spring arrives in (37)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The WOR/FM/WXLO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: Staying Happy, Healthy, And Hot. To access, CLICK HERE







Internet Radio's Appeal To Buyers Grows...

(Friday, February 8, 2013) (Weekend Edition)

The audience may be smaller than traditional radio, yet advertisers are enticed by the appeal of internet radio. They see how web users are flocking online to get their radio fix and are willing to invest their dollars in the digital medium. According to a new eMarketer report, “Internet Radio: Marketers Move In,” users are embracing internet radio on a growing range of devices, from PCs, smartphones and tablets to cars, connected-home appliances and other gadgets…

While growth forecasts for internet radio advertising, though positive, are more modest than for other categories of digital ad spending, advertisers are willing to pony-up. Buyers like the appeal of associating a brand with a particular genre or artist and the extent to which internet radio is driven mostly by ads. They also like the appeal of in-stream audio ads because they’re harder to avoid or skip than other forms of digital advertising. Advertisers are hoping their investments will eventually pay off. This year, the number of U.S. internet radio listeners will grow by 11.1% to 147.3 million. Expansion will continue for the next several years, though rates will taper off to single-digit percentages. Internet radio listening didn’t crack 100 million until 2011 but 176.5 million listeners are projected for 2016…

eMarketer estimates that internet radio ad spending in the U.S. will reach $970 million in 2013 and grow to $1.31 billion by 2016. But in order for internet radio to continue its growth, it better come up with more than offering a musical jukebox whether it’s digital or not…

Weekend Timeline Memories:

1910] On my honor: The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated. A controversy continues about allowing gay scouts and counsellors (2/8)…

1922] On the radio: Warren G. Harding becomes the first president to have a radio installed in the White House (2/8)…

1974] Released on this date: You’re 16 - Ringo Starr (2/8)…

2010] Guilty as charged: Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray is sentenced to 4 years in jail but is expected to serve less time due to prison overcrowding in California (2/8)…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday (2/8): John Grisham (58), Mary Steenburgen (60), Robert Klein (71), Tom Rush (72), Nick Nolte (72), Ted Koppel (73) & conductor John Williams (81)…

1955] Number One on this date: Sincerely – McGuire Sisters (original version by the Moonglows) (2/9)1976] 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon (2/9)…

1964] TV debut: The Beatles make their first live American TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (2/9)…

1983] Released on this date:Little Red Corvette - Prince (2/9)…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday (2/9): Ian Eagle (44), Mookie Wilson (57), Judith Light (64), Mia Farrow (68), Joe Pesci (70), Carole King (71), Barry Mann (74) & Roger Mudd (85)…

1968] Ice queens: Peggy Fleming wins a gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble (France) (2/10)…1992] Bonnie Blair wins gold in 500-meter speed skating at Albertville (France) becoming the first woman to win gold medals in consecutive Winter Olympics (2/10)…

1971] Released on this date:Tapestry LP (Entire LP) - Carole King (2/10)…

2007] Vote for me: Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) announces his bid for president (2/10)…

“Happy Birthday…happy birthday”: (2/10) Emma Roberts (22), Laura Dern (46), Glenn Beck (49), Jim Cramer (58), Robert Iger (62), George Stephanopoules (62), Mark Spitz (63), Roberta Flack (76), Robert Wagner (83) & Leontyne Price (86)…

Timeline Countdown: Pitchers & Catchers (2/12), Valentines Day (2/14) & Presidents Day (2/18)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

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The WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: Staying Happy, Healthy, And Hot. To access, CLICK HERE







Apple Radio Buttons Discovered...

(Thursday, February 7, 2013)

What could be radio buttons hidden inside the latest version of Apple’s newest version of its iOS software have been discovered. Will these buttons trigger the radio service that’s been the talk of the digital and traditional industries for months now? According to CNET, a set of buttons labelled with a “radio” designation could activate the much rumored radio “station” and offer the means to order songs perhaps from iTunes…

Could this be the beginning of Apple’s new radio service? If it is it promises to let people stream like they do on Pandora. And let’s not forget that Apple owns iTunes, the app that has every song ever recorded (or just about). This latest discovery of the mysterious buttons follows a high-profile jailbreak of iOS 6.1, the updated system software Apple released just last week. iOS 6.1 is a tool that gives users deep system-level access to do things like install applications from third-party app stores, change the look and feel of iOS, and add new software features…

And just to think, I’m still trying to convert a document into a PDF file. I’m far from being ready for iOS 6.1 but someone must be otherwise Apple wouldn’t be offering it…

Timeline Memories:

1964] Premiered on this date:The Beatles land on American soil for the first time. The British Invasion has begun…

1966] Who’s your daddy?: Crawdaddy Magazine is published for the first time. It was designed to compete with Rolling Stone. It does not…

1979] Number One on this date: Da Ya Think I’m Sexy - Rod Stewart…1981] Celebration – Kool/Gang

1995] Gotcha: Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing is arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ramzi, in a high-security prison was sentenced to 240 years. He’ll be eligible for parole – never

2011] Huffingtonly rich: AOL buys The Huffington Post for $315 million…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Ashton Kutcher (35), Chris Rock (48), Garth Brooks (51), James Spader (53), Gay Talese (81) & Oscar Brand (93)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Pitchers & Catchers (5), Valentines Day (7) & Presidents Day (11)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The WOR/FM/WXLO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: Staying Happy, Healthy, And Hot. To access, CLICK HERE







Contest Phoners Are Over...

(Wednesday, February 6, 2013)

Contest phoners are as dead as A-Rod’s career. Radio stations that continue to conduct contests on the phone are just wasting their time and trying their listeners’ patience. The move to contesting online is permanent – as permanent as phone contests being dead. According to a new Mark Kassof & Co. study, 59% of respondents are “very likely” to participate in a radio station contest conducted on a website. The same percentage would also enter a contest via email. The results for using a phone are a lot lower

Only 38% would participate in a contest by phone. Proving that far fewer people text than most think, only 39% would want to text to win something. Fewer would also enter a contest on a smartphone app (26%) or by regular (think “snail”) mail (23%). Kasoff & Co. don’t necessarily believe these numbers because respondents usually over-emphasize what they might do in a hypothetical situation. It’s easier to click “very likely” than to actually send the email. And, they point out, “These are internet respondents, so it makes sense they’d be more web-oriented than average.” Given that view, these are still big numbers for web and email entry…

The study also showed other surprising results, including that a majority (65%) of 18-64 radio listeners have tried to win one contest…at least once. Only 2% actually tried on the day the survey was conducted…

Timeline Memories:

1977] Number One on this date: Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary MacGregor1987] Open Your Heart - Madonna

1993] The sports world mourns: Tennis Hall of Famer and human rights advocate Arthur Ashe dies of complications of AIDS, contracted during a blood transfusion. Ashe was just 49…

1998] Tribute name change: Washington National Airport is renamed to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to honor the former president on his 87th birthday…

2000] Senatorial launch: First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launches her successful candidacy for the U.S. Senate in New York, the state she will represent…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Axl Rose (51), Natalie Cole (63), Fabian (Forte)(70),Tom Brokaw (73), Mike Farrell (74), Mamie Van Doren (82), Rip Torn (82), Patrick (Avengers) Macnee (91) & Zsa Zsa Gabor (96)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Pitchers & Catchers (6), Valentines Day (8) & Presidents Day (12)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The WOR/FM/WXLO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: Staying Happy, Healthy, And Hot. To access, CLICK HERE







The $15 Million Trade Out For Radio Chips...

(Tuesday, February 5, 2013)

Everything has a price, including radio cellphone chips. Radio was quick to shower Sprint with its love when the wireless company decided to include FM chips in at least 30 million of its cell phones, but now the industry is finding out that there’s a price to pay for that love. According to Radio Online, radio is pledging $15 million in advertising trade over the next 3 years to Sprint to pay for the FM chips …

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan, the catalyst for Sprint’s generosity, is in charge of the $15 million trade out and says “We’re going to try to make it as fair as is humanly possible” (to drum up enough radio stations to satisfy Sprint’s needs.) In theory if enough stations agree to the deal, each station would come up with $10,000 in inventory. Smulyan indicates a positive response from the industry and hopes to have signed commitments from the various radio groups over the next 30 days. It’s possible that Sprint will not necessarily have to use the advertising time to promote their products. There is discussion underway about Sprint selling the ad time for cash via their own ad reps. A major concern is the possibility that Sprint could sell its inventory to national advertisers that already purchase time on a given station, which would cut into that station’s national revenue…

I can perceive of another problem. If I’m a station owner and I decide to give up $10,000 in inventory to Sprint, what do I get back? I’ll feel warm all over knowing the radio industry is getting FM chips in 30 million Sprint cell phones but my station is not a philanthropy…

R.I.P. Reg Presley (Troggs) (Wild Thing) (1941 - 2013)...

Timeline Memories:

1974] Hearst exclusive: 19-year old Patty Hearst is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). Hearst will be arrested in September of ’75 by the FBI and San Francisco Police…

1994] Murder bust: White separatist Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963. He will be sentenced to life in prison…

1997] Number One on this date: Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton

2002] American Talibanned: A federal grand jury indicts John Walker Lindh, the so-called “American Taliban,” alleging that he was trained by Osama bin Laden’s network and that he conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Laura Linney (49), Jennifer Jason Leigh (51),Tim Meadows (52), Barbara Hershey (65), Christopher Guest (65), Al Kooper (69), Barrett Strong (72), Henry Aaron (79), Andrew M. Greeley (85) & Claude King (90)

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Pitchers & Catchers (7), Valentines Day (9) & Presidents Day (13)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

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The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: Staying Happy, Healthy, And Hot. (Title corrected) To access,CLICK HERE







Don't Bury Traditional Media Yet...

(Monday, February 4, 2013)

I painted a bleak picture of traditional media in this post on Friday but that should not suggest that all is lost for radio and other older forms of media. Far from it, according to Marketing Charts which just published the results of a new KPMG study that shows there is still some life left in traditional media. …

The study shows that 74% of the respondents reported having listened to radio in the prior month while 88% watched TV. It’s worth noting that the survey only looked at monthly use – not daily consumption. Facebook just reported that it had on average 618 million daily active users worldwide in December including 135 million in the U.S. and Canada, so monthly versus daily should be taken into consideration if you compare numbers. Ipsos recently reported that the average American adult spends 2 hours a day social networking but Nielsen’s latest cross-platform study shows that Americans (age 2 and older) spend an average of more than 4 hours a day watching TV. It should be noted that the KPMG study finds that while consumers across the 9 countries measured share their time evenly between traditional and digital media, they allocate more of their monthly media budgets to traditional (TV/video primarily) than digital media….

It’s all relative. While the data suggests that while there is good reason to examine the rise in digital and social media, the vast popularity and reach of traditional media should not be overlooked. The sample size of the KPMG study was 9,000 consumers across 9 countries (U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the U.K.)…

Timeline Memories:

1789] And the winner is: Electors unanimously choose George Washington as the first President of the United States, making his election official…

1955] Recorded on this date: Please, Please, Please - James Brown

1977] Released on this date: Rumours LP - Fleetwood Mac

1997] Payback time: A civil jury in California finds O.J. Simpson liable in the deaths of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman. Goldman’s parents are awarded $8.5 million in damages…

2004] Social security: Facebook is launched…

2012] Number One on this date: Set Fire To The Rain - Adele

Happy Birthday…happy birthday:” Gavin DeGraw (36), Oscar de la Hoya (40), Clint Black (51), Lawrence Taylor (54), Alice Cooper (65), Dan Quayle (66), David Brenner (77) & Pittsburgh radio great Porky Chedwick (95)…

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Pitchers & Catchers (8), Valentines Day (10) & Presidents Day (14)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The WOR/FM/WXLO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The new WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: The Stickball Kid From Bay Ridge. To access, CLICK HERE







The Shift To Non-Traditional Media...

(Friday, February 1, 2013)(Weekend Edition)

Another example of a shift on the part of advertisers away from radio is contained in a new market study conducted by Aquent/AMA (American Marketing Association). Nearly 1 in 3 marketers plan to decrease their organization’s focus on newspapers, but radio and traditional print are endangered species as well. Traditional media cornered the top 6 areas slated for a decline in focus this year by respondents…

Beyond newspapers, a significant proportion of advertisers plan to shift their attention away from consumer magazines (28%), radio (24%), trade magazines (22%) and TV (21%). This year, marketers are looking more at various digital channels. At the top of the list is mobile media, with 82% of respondents saying they’ll increase their organization’s focus in this area. That aligns with recent research finding mobile to be perceived as the year’s most disruptive media and marketing trend. Recent survey results from Econsultancy also reveals that mobile is the most exciting opportunity for digital marketers this year. In addition, many respondents to the Aquent/AMA survey also will increase their focus on social media (76%) and marketing automation (75%)…

The survey was conducted between October 31 and November 19, 2012 among 2,620 respondents. Again, we’ll advise you to take the results of this study for what you think it’s worth. However, the sample size is certainly adequate for a sound result…

R.I.P. Ed Koch (1924 - 2013)The former mayor of New York City, Patty Andrews (1918 – 2013) Patty was the last living member of the Andrews Sisters

Weekend Timeline Memories:

1958] Recorded on this date: Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley (2/1)…

1968] Get the picture?: Saigon’s police chief executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head (2/1)…

2004] Wardrobe malfunction?: Janet Jackson’s breast is exposed briefly during a duet with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl halftime show. I was at that game and no one seemed interested in the “malfunction.” This spectator was more interested in seeing my Patriots beat Carolina (2/1)…

2012] Apparent suicide: Soul Train creator, Don Cornelius is found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound (2/1)…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday (2/1): Michael C. Hall (42), Lisa Marie Presley (45), Monaco’s Princess Stephanie (48), Ray (Dr. Hook) Sawyer (76), Garrett Morris (76) & Don Everly (76)

1653] Start spreading the news: New Amsterdam, now known as New York City is incorporated (2/2)…

1887] They say we’re young and we don’t know: The first Groundhog Day is celebrated in Punxsutawney (PA). The 1993 movie starring Bill Murray immortalizes the day and Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe wakes Murray up 33 times (2/2)…

1913] Isn’t it grand?: The new Grand Central Terminal opens. The old terminal opened in 1871 (2/2)…

1966] Number One on this date: My Love - Petula Clark (2/2)…1983] Africa – Toto (2/2)…

Happy Birthday…happy birthday(2/2): Shakira (36), Christie Brinkley (59), Graham Nash (71), Tom Smothers (76), Elaine Stritch (88), Red Schoendienst (90) & Liz Smith (90)…

1913] The Taxman is coming: The 16th amendment is ratified authorizing the power to impose and collect income tax (2/3)

1959] The day the music died: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & J.P. Richardson (Big Bopper) die when their small plane goes down over Iowa (2/3)

1973] Number One on this date: Crocodile Rock - Elton John (2/3)… & 1982] Centerfold - J. Geils Band (2/3)…

2003] Murder at the mansion: Record producer Phil Spector is arrested in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion in California. Spector is serving 19 years to life for the second degree murder (2/3)…

“Happy Birthday…happy birthday”: (2/3) Maura Tierney (48), Ri & Phil Vettor (56th anniversary), Nathan Lane (57), Fred Lynn (61), Morgan Fairchild (63), Melanie (Safka)(66), Dave (Kinks) Davies (66), Blythe Danner (70), Dennis (Temptations) Edwards (70), Fran Tarkenton (73), Emile Griffith (75) & Shelley Berman (88)…

Timeline Countdown: Pitchers & Catchers (2/12), Valentines Day (2/14) & Presidents Day (2/18)…

The WRKO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The WOR/FM/WXLO Alumni Association: CLICK HERE

The WNBC Radio Alumni Group: CLICK HERE

WNBC Alum Dick Summer has a new book out: The Stickball Kid From Bay Ridge. To access, CLICK HERE








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