Townsquare Media Group has been one of the hottest topics in the radio business, especially after its landmark deal with Cumulus. The group’s Alex Berkett is in charge of M&A activity, among other things, and he tells us about the company’s plans for further acquisitions, its focus on local and its strategy of wedding radio, digital and live events. And if you’re looking for a job…
In between juggling multiple executive responsibilities, broadcast veteran John McConnell took time to share his thoughts on the current state of radio programming in America. Click through for ideas on mixing national, local and digital content, along with his nominations for the hottest current formats.
How can traditional media monetize social media? Like Mark Zuckerberg did with Facebook, media CEOs need to invest in building their social media audiences then monetizing them. I meet many CEOs who want to monetize while they build the audience. The best strategy is to get really good at engaging with your current audience across social media platforms, learn their patterns, then look for ways to monetize that audience in new ways.
Don Cheto (Juan Carlos Razo) is the host of Liberman Broadcasting's “El Show de Don Cheto,” a humor- and music-driven morning drive Spanish language variety show heard on 19 affiliates. With Piolin leaving Univision for SiriusXM recently, his previous affiliates are looking for a perfect replacement and finding it in Don Cheto. RBR-TVBR spoke to Don Cheto and Winter Horton, Liberman Broadcasting COO, to hear what makes the show such a hit in its markets:
With numerous new entities entering this space—including Google’s All Access Music, Apple’s iTunes Radio and MySpace’s My Radio—Pandora’s turf continues to be invaded. We spoke with Kritzman about the impact of that, as well as royalty structure deals; what makes Pandora unique; their sales structure, revenue models, apps, mobile ad sales, and more:
We recently asked Steve Willard, current head of the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations, what some of the key concerns are of his constituency, and the first thing he wanted to talk about was broadcast service during emergencies. Not favorable legislation, favorable deregulation, general economic issues. No, the first topic was public service. Impressive. Click through for more thoughts from Mr. Willard.
Media Services Group Managing Director wears a lot of hats (including a racing helmet), but in this session he mostly expounds on the current station trading environment. However, he also stresses that radio must place a high level of importance on a successful youth movement – and he’s not talking about young listeners. Check it out.
Join us as we present John Pelkey’s wide-ranging look at the broadcasting environment from his Washington communications lawyer perspective. Among many other things, Pelkey discusses the odd and still-disappointing transaction financing environment, the disparity between television and radio deals, and the chances of the Fairness Doctrine being exhumed. Enjoy!
Before moving over to Spotify, Brian cut his teeth in radio--most recently as President of Katz Radio Group’s Katz 360 Sales. The focus was on expanding the company’s digital efforts by offering national advertisers the ability to reach their target audiences through several different channels--on-air, online, HD and mobile. Katz 360 Sales capitalized on Katz Radio Group’s 2007 acquisition of Net Radio Sales (Jennifer Lane) by consolidating all of KRG’s digital assets into a single unit. Benedik was previously the President of KRG’s Christal Radio. Here, we asked Brian about working for the competition—Spotify.
Bill has been the Voice of Westchester County, NY and the Big Apple in general for decades with two stations that cover the market well. Untold numbers of local and national politicians, organizations and voices in general have aired behind the mic of WVOX and WVIP. He's now working on his fifth book, another in the line of the life and voices of NYC, based on the invaluable relationships he's made over the years in the business.
Mark Ramsey has a point – radio management may think it is in control of its own destiny, with its hands on the traditional corporate levers that allocate expense and generate income – but at the end of the day, it is the listener who decides who wins and loses. And it’s not just a radio v. radio thing any more, it’s radio v. everything else. We think you’ll find this interview worth a read.
NAB’s Dennis Wharton has had a front row seat and a role as a participant in the constant action in Washington between broadcasters, Congress and the FCC, first as a reporter and for the past many years as the leader of the NAB’s communications team. Here’s his battlefield report from the front lines for television, radio and broadcasters in general.
MMTC President David Honig has been on the beat trying to increase the diversity of ownership in the communications industry going all the way back to 1971, and believes the effort must continue until there is nothing short of “full participation.” Here’s a look at his multi-faceted and practical approach to reaching that goal.
The streaming music services business is getting a lot of attention—and competition—lately with new and upcoming entrants like Apples iTunes Radio; Google’s All Access Music and MySpace’s My Radio. To get and keep subscribers, advertisers and social media buzz, each service is trying to offer the most music and features possible. We’re taking a look at that today with Jim Cady, Slacker CEO. The company was founded in 2004 by Celite Milbrandt and Dennis Mudd who launched it in March 2007. Dennis was the former CEO of MusicMatch, which was purchased by Yahoo Music and is now known as Yahoo! Music Radio. Cady is the former CEO of Rio.
One of the most-read observers of the business of broadcasting these days is Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker. We’ve given her a chance to pull back from her usual in-depth analysis of individual companies and comment on the broadcasting business in general. Among other things, she addresses the primary difference between the immediate futures of television and radio, and offers a hint as to who is most influencing her own media consumption.