Here’s Another ‘F’ For Radio’s Report Card


DAYTON, OHIO — Boy, are these rosy times for Radio! We’re recapturing the home, thanks to Smart Speaker devices. We still dominate in-car listening. AM and FM stations still deliver great ROI for local and national advertisers.

If that’s the case, why the heck does my hotel room not have a radio of any kind — even the worst piece-of-junk clock radio I had the pleasure of trying to use while in Las Vegas covering, of all things, the NAB Show?

It’s pathetic, and a wake-up call to just how irrelevant radio is to Hilton, and its Hampton Inn chain.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.