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U.S. Consumer Spending: Still Higher Than Pre-Coronavirus Level

New household grocery spend data from NCSolutions show a decline from the COVID-19 Extreme Buying peak but still up 23% from pre-pandemic levels. This marked shift—coupled with a return to a grocery basket mix reminiscent of pre-COVID-19 shopping patterns—indicates consumers have entered a new purchasing stage: Home-Confined Buying.

Bridging New Audiences and New Technologies

In this exclusive-to-RBR+TVBR commentary, Horowitz Research President Howard Horowitz shares his thoughts on "the age of media disruption" -- and the search of a new synthesis. "For what seems like an eternity, the media world is described as being disrupted, on the verge of disruption," he writes. "There is truth to this characterization."

How To Please Your Employees, And Handle Departures Properly

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous furloughs and permanent job cuts have been seen. Salary reductions have impacted many who are working harder than ever. What's an executive to do? Here are some tips from today in 1991 courtesy of of "The Human Side" author, Arthur Pell, and a former Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Even With A Coronavirus Crisis, Future TV Sports Rights Will Soar

Given the current economic and industry uncertainty impacting media owners, are NFL’s network partners rushing back to the bargaining table any time soon? Wall Street analyst Michael Nathanson is asking and it's unclear to him. That said, there is one thing MoffettNathanson has noticed: the cost of NFL rights is certain to sky-rocket for the three broadcast networks that own the rights.

Benner On Washington: ‘The Legal Virus Related To Broadcasting’

While the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, columnist Ken Benner takes a break from his self-imposed quarantine to discuss another "virus" he believes has enriched many D.C. technocrats. "Most of what concerns me and a few thousand others involved with broadcasting is readily available in the Code of Federal Regulations, parts 70-79," Benner says.

The Near- and Mid-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Entertainment

The spread of COVID-19, and the responses of industry and governments alike, is unprecedented. It is, however, the restrictions on movement of people along with the response of consumers and investors that is causing the biggest disruption and will have the most impact on entertainment businesses. Here, MIDiA explores the potential near- and mid-term impact of COVID-19 the sector.

A Benefit For All, Thanks to iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is receiving praise for pulling off one of the greatest feats in recent television history, at a time of unprecedented need. Much of the thanks should be directed to Tom Poleman, the President of the company's national programming group.

Local TV News: The Info Medium Of Choice In COVID-19 Times

As concerns and restrictions around the novel coronavirus heighten in the U.S., consumers are gravitating to local news outlets to stay informed about the impact of the pandemic on their communities. While the U.S. began to experience the impact later than other parts of the world, a recent Nielsen analysis highlights a notable spike in local news viewing.

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ … But Will Radio Be There?

In this RBR+TVBR Observation, our Editor-in-Chief hails a show of unity among radio stations in Europe and Great Britain seen Friday morning — a move designed to lift listener morale as millions of radio consumers have shifted their usual routines, and social lives -- to help combat the further spread of the coronavirus. He also asks why U.S. radio broadcasters haven't done the same.

Can Esports Fill the Gap Left by Sport Fixture Disruption?

The worldwide coronavirus outbreak is forcing sports fans to stay at home, leading consumers to be in more desperate need of entertainment content during quarantines. With broadcasting scheduling being left practically barren, an opportunity arises for fans to view digital allegories of their favorite sports, says Futuresource Consulting. They say it is through esports.

Five Things SMBs Can Do Now To Grow Business

Could there be some "silver linings" regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to business closures and layoffs across multiple industries? Guest columnists William Nye and Kaleigh Drew say yes, and offer suggestions on what small businesses may wish to do today to grow their business. Radio and TV GSMs may wish to take note.
Valerie Geller

In Case of Emergency: Tips For Broadcast Media

On February 19, 2010, RBR+TVBR offered readers the first in a series of columns designed to provide radio and TV stations of all sizes the information they needed to stay prepared in a time of crisis. That time, sadly, is now. We are pleased to offer our readers this edited encore presentation of a column penned by Valerie Geller that remains highly pertinent today.

Six Smart Interview Questions For Sales Candidate Interviews

Great sales reps require a few extra interview questions. "Remember, they're interviewing you as much as you are them," notes expert sales training coach Barrett Riddleberger. In this column, Riddleberger offers some questions he suggests managers add to their list today.

Three Things That Will Shape the Future of Housing

The future of real estate will be "significantly influenced" by three of the most important consumer groups to radio and television broadcasters, according to an analysis of first names on 2018 home sales deeds.

Voice Assistants: Reshaping How America Shops

Interested in the rise of voice shopping, online marketplace OnBuy.com analyzed findings from ‘VoiceBot.AI’, who surveyed 1,203 U.S. consumers to better understand the products and services they buy the most using a voice-assistant. Here's what they found.

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