Live from SXSW c/o BlogTalkRadio and PepsiCo

BlogTalkRadio and PepsiCo are teaming up to bring those of us not in Austin this week (or those too hung over to make it to a panel) some of the proceedings. Pepsi marketing execs are also blogging the conference. And the brand is providing PepsiCoZeitgeist, a Twitter visualizer. John Bell of Ogilvy notes, “while other […]

Local Content for a Global Audience

Mike Elgan of The Raw Feed, writing in Computer World, gives props to iHeart Radio, a free iTunes application from Clear Channel. I downloaded the app and it’s pretty slick. But since KBCO/Boulder is the only Clear Channel station that I care about, it’s not an app I’ll use over and over like Pandora. However, […]

Cash Is King

John Malone, the media mogul living in Colorado, has cash. That makes him king. According to The Wall Street Journal, Malone used that cash to swoop in at the last minute and save Sirius XM from the clutches of bankruptcy. By lending Sirius $530 million, Liberty receives a 40% stake in the satellite-radio operator, plus […]

Traditional Media, Not The Google’s Thing

First, The Google stepped off it’s print buying excursion. Now, just two weeks later, the search titan is backing away from the radio table. According to The New York Times: Google said it was ending its radio project, Google Audio Ads, because it had failed to live up to expectations. Up to 40 people are […]

Pandora Caves, Runs Ads

Pandora is now serving ads in its stream. I haven’t heard them yet, even though I did listen to a good bit of music on Pandora today. For what it’s worth, TechCrunch says the ads are “not that bad.” Audiophiles and anti-commercial activists may have other views. If they choose, listeners can always sign up […]

What W+K Sounds Like

I started an internet radio station at The Integer Group in 2002. It was called KTIG and featured playlists from about a dozen associates in the Denver office. After I left the agency, the project withered away. The reasons we made the effort in the first place: a) to create a working model for our […]

Stream On You Crazy Diamond

With everyone talking nonstop about a possible Congressional bailout of Wall Street, another Congressional bailout story is going unnoticed. Internet radio startups like Pandora have been sweating bullets for over a year now, in regards to their own financial and legal challenges. But in this case, The House acted unanimously to pass legislation that favors […]

Free Personalized Radio, Anytime, Anywhere

According to Adweek, Pandora is scoring big with the release of its iPhone App. Pandora has streamed 3.3 million songs to iPhone users since the launch of its new mobile application, making it the third most popular such app for the red-hot device. As of July 14, the company had registered 180,000 new users, and […]

Rush to the Bank

At lunch today I was reading The New York Times business section. On the front page of that section there’s a big photo of Rush Limbaugh (not available online) and an article that reveals his newly negotiated income. I don’t mind saying it grossed me out. Limbaugh, who has 20 million listeners a week on […]

iLike R.E.M.

Radio, like newspapers, is being hit with body blows from the internet. Here’s the latest round: iLike, a social network for music fans, is scoring big today with the pre-release of R.E.M.’s new album. The roll-out, the first of its kind for a major act, will allow fans to stream and share Accelerate in its […]