Keys To Small-Market Success, From West Central Iowa

There's an AM/FM combo in West Central Iowa that has been singled out for its success, in many ways, by Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner. These stations have not only achieved perfect scores in alternative broadcast inspection program (ABIP) inspections, but are also fiscally fit and community leaders. Benner recently asked the stations' owner, Mike Dudding, what his secret of his success has been. Here's what Dudding had to say.

Seven Tips To Consider During ‘Hiring Season’

"Hey, can I see you for a minute?" It's the one question many broadcast media professionals don't want to hear and tremble with fear when summoned to the boss' office -- in particular, right before the holiday party they won't be attending. Pink slips, rather than holiday bonuses, are a business reality. RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson has experienced it, too. But, he says, this is also the perfect time to hunt for work. Here's how his ingenuity led him to a career covering radio, and a career not covering radio, for a decade.

A First Look At The New NAB Engineering Handbook

The 11th Edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook is now available to radio stations across the U.S., and we received a copy. Who better than to peruse it and offer some first thoughts on the latest edition of this essential tome than Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner. We handed the keys to the RBR+TVBR Reading Room and Library to Benner, and he's filed his first report on what's inside the big, heavy book.

Why Radio Should Take The Lead On ‘Smart Speaker’ Access

For all of the chatter about how AM and FM radio station access via a smart home device could be a godsend for a stagnant industry, one tech expert has thought little about connecting radio's audio streams to "internet of things" technology powered by voice commands. This may present an opportunity for a unified radio push.

Enabling Voice In The Smart Home For Radio

In the smart home, voice will serve as a prime differentiator in the user experience. A new Parks Associates white paper presents market strategies for long term success in the voice technology market. Among the key topics: New opportunities for voice in connected products. This is information all radio industry C-Suiters need now.

Walmart’s Journey To Transform Its Partners, Programs and People

Tony Rogers is a white guy, raised in Texas in the 1970s and 1980s. He's a son, brother, husband, and uncle. He's also a master of attracting multicultural consumers, as SVP/CMO for Walmart. Rogers could also be you, and all it takes is moving on a path that combines both a rational and emotional perspective on consumer attraction — it's a route that uses the name of a popular band at many a radio station today: The Head and the Heart.

The ‘Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked’ Podcast: Episode 8

Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors LLC and Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer have created a special podcast series exclusively for RBR+TVBR members based on a series of articles centered on the topic “Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked.” In this eighth podcast installment, Ferber and Krasnow discuss the belief among some that they can bank on 100% leveraged purchases.
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Why Cable TV Companies Don’t Want To Pay For ATSC 3.0

If you thought the war of words between multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDS) and TV broadcasters over retransmission fee agreements gone bad was fierce, wait until you see what the cable companies and their chief lobbying groups have cooked up now, says Radio + Television Business Report Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson, who pens this Media Information Bureau column dedicated to the next-generation TV standard. While it's being heralded as a huge technological advancement and money maker for broadcast TV companies, it's becoming clear to Jacobson that cable TV's vast empire of providers simply don't want to pay for progress
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Items Found Along The ‘Mock’ Inspection Trail

Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner is back with an essay that recalls his inspection of a tiny noncommercial radio station that aired a resounding rendition of The Star Spangled Banner every day at Noon. The reason why raised some questions regarding station funding, and thus the station's Public File. Here's the story, which might apply to your own station or one in your market.

The ‘Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked’ Podcast: Episode 6

Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors LLC and Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer have created a special podcast series exclusively for RBR+TVBR members based on a series of articles centered on the topic “Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked.” In this sixth podcast installment, Ferber and Krasnow discuss what happens behind the mic, and in the offices and hallways of a broadcast station. Is a station's culture "perishable"? It's a hot topic, and Krasnow has some answers you may want to know.

Radio: The Best Place To Heal, And Digest

As the world learned of the most horrific mass shooting in U.S. history on Monday, radio stations across North America excelled in providing a venue for comfort, healing, and discussion. Among these stations is Beasley Broadcast Group's Country KCYE-FM "102.7 The Coyote" in Las Vegas, which saw one of its own talent describing his experience fleeing the scene late Sunday while also taking calls from emotional listeners on-air.

The ‘Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked’ Podcast: Comparable Sales Stats

Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors LLC and Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer are featured in this third exclusive RBR+TVBR podcast on the myths of broadcast media transactions. Today's topic: "You Can Rely Solely on Comparable Sales To Establish Value"

The ‘Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked’ Podcast: ‘It’s Not Negotiable’

Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors LLC and Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer have created a special podcast series exclusively for RBR+TVBR members based on a series of articles centered on the topic "Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked." In this second episode, Ferber and Krasnow discuss the following topic: "It's Not Negotiable."

RBR+TVBR INFOCUS: vCreative Revs Up Expansion To TV

After more than a decade of providing cloud-based ad management technology to radio broadcasting companies, vCreative is nearing the launch of a similar platform for broadcast TV stations. The company's founder, Jinny Laderer, shared her thoughts on ad scheduling and how it can still get fouled up. It's why she's convinced TV can benefit from the tool she developed with her husband in the early 2000s, and we're pleased to offer this post-Irma encore for the benefit of all RBR+TVBR readers.

Could This Format Bring Bigger ROI To Radio Owners?

What can radio broadcasting companies learn from the waning weeks of a sizzling summer? With the release of Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) ratings for August 2017, one thing stands out for those looking to perhaps increase sales revenue. Whether you should "Walk This Way" or follow "Her Strut," one format may be a dollar delivery engine for your group.

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