There’s nothing better than a lively conversation about the health of the radio industry, and of its future. Based on the mood at the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville, a turnaround and good times seemed assured. Entercom head David Field made headlines a year later in Austin, anointing himself as the radio industry’s head cheerleader and marketing to Wall Street pro. Orlando, just a few weeks ago, was also upbeat.
But, are radio’s spinsters in need of a slap on the wrist, and perhaps a warning that they are engaging in double speak? One longtime radio industry observer and former big-market OM says yes.