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Clear Channel Says Radio Hosts are Vital, Too Bad It Fired Most of Them

“I think radio did a very poor job of marketing itself, and everybody started talking all about the shiny new things.” That’s Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman explaining why radio lost much of its public mindshare at Adweek’s Power of Personality event. Sure, that claim is plausible to someone who hasn’t been listening to radio […]

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Radio Continues To Grow in 2014

The United States added 48 more full-power broadcast radio stations in the first quarter of 2014. That’s according to the FCC’s quarterly totals, released this week. Here’s that breakdown: AM Stations 4726 FM Commercial Stations 6624 FM Non-commercial Stations 4057 TOTAL 15,406 Low-power FM stations are down slightly in the quarter. Read this week’s LPFM […]

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Jelli’s “SpotPlan” Propels Radio Ad Buying into the 21st Century

When we last wrote about Jelli it was nearly five years ago. Jennifer wrote about their user-controlled radio model, which lets listeners choose upcoming songs on a local station using its website or the Jelli smartphone app. That version of Jelli still kind of exists at about a dozen stations, but you’d hardly know it […]

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Veteran shock jock Tom Leykis bets on internet radio for a third year

I’m always interested in learning more about broadcast programs and personalities that made the transition to being online-only. So when a representative for veteran talk show host Tom Leykis contacted me about an interview my curiosity was piqued. I wanted to learn how a highly rated and well compensated host who broadcasted in the nation’s […]

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Catch Super Bowl XLVIII on the radio this Sunday

Sports are nearly as popular on the radio as on television. As USA Today observes, there are 289 more all-sports radio stations on the air since 2006, and this weekend’s Super Bowl is their “summit.” All these stations will be discussing the big game, endlessly, for the next four days, though not all of them […]

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Clear Channel: let AM stations go all digital on a voluntary basis

Clear Channel Communications has posted its response to the Federal Communications Commission’s proceeding on AM radio revitalization. The radio giant has many recommendations, among them the suggestion that the FCC should permit all digital AM operations “on a voluntary basis.” “As more HD receivers are installed in vehicles and more consumer digital receivers are purchased, […]

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Podcast Survivor: With PodcastOne Norm Pattiz wants to grow “the ultimate form of democratic delivery for radio”

I had the chance to speak with Norm Pattiz, a modern commercial radio pioneer who threw his hat into the podcasting ring last year with the PodcastOne network. Whether you’re a fan of commercial radio or not, Pattiz brings to podcasting decades of experience along with a good measure of vision and boldness that shouldn’t […]

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Denial is a river through the commercial radio industry

Here’s today’s trivia question: How many radio industry professionals does it take to let the broadcast industry’s lunch be eaten by Pandora?*\ Stay tuned for the answer… Thanks to Brad Hill at Radio and Internet News for brining this forehead slapper to my attention. In industry journal Inside Radio’s year-end reader survey a full 2/3 […]

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