Tips For Radio’s ‘Alternate Control Point’ Regulatory Requirements

For Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner, satellite fed programming under local computer control has eliminated on-air talent in locales where there's now a greater need than ever for a live and local voice. This raises the question of who and where is the source of that broadcast control is located. It brings to mind FCC regulations regarding "Chief Operators."

Three Insights Into Sales Managers Who Sell

Do you have a radio or TV station with that one sales leader who is struggling with sales? Are they also tasked with managing sales reps through the COVID-19 pandemic? This column from expert sales trainer Barrett Riddleberger may yield some fresh insight and intelligence on how to spark a team that could simply be scared.

News, and Holy Content, Getting A COVID-19 Consumer Boost

Insightful information from tele-journalists, and a little bit of prayer, are apparently driving consumption of television in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. That's the key finding from newly released research conducted by 605.

Benner On COVID-19: Suggestions For Small Market Radio

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, many small market and independently owned radio stations struggled to stay on the air. Now, it's even more of a worry. Yet, columnist Ken Benner says some tiny AMs and FMs are doing "remarkably well." Why? They continue to focus on the one thing radio has always done best.

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.

RBR+TVBR ENCORE: ‘Survival Strategies’ For Radio Advertisers

Eric Rhoads, founder of Radio Ink and Chairman of Streamline Publishing's Radio + Television Business Report, last week recorded a podcast with marketing guru Jay Abraham expressly designed for radio industry executives and sales professionals to share with clients. We're pleased to share it again, as it offers you 20 minutes that could positively change your station and your clients.

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.

Ways To Help Reduce Stress While Working From Home

Given the myriad challenges many in broadcast media have been faced with due to the novel coronavirus, we are pleased to share the many ways the late Irwin Pollack believed one could best deal with tension, strain and pressure in challenging times.

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.

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