Radio By The Hour

The New York Times is reporting on an innovative move in the Dallas radio market, at a time when traditional radio is faced with increasing competition from satellite radio and iPods (which are often equipped for the car). Clear Channel Communications is trying something radically different at a commercial radio station in Texas: getting rid […]

Advertisers Dump Imus

Let’s face it; advertising is the only reason Don Imus has ever had a job on radio. Because without sponsors paying to reach listeners, there’s no show. Now, comes this story from Bloomberg: Staples Inc. and Bigelow Tea stopped advertising on radio host Don Imus’s morning show to protest his racially charged remarks about the […]

I’ll Fight For You, Internet Radio

I don’t like what I’m reading today about new fee structures for internet radio. Orbitcast and Arts Technica warn of the format’s demise. While

Wal-Mart Stocks New Receivers

According to USA Today, Wal-Mart is giving High-Def Radio a fighting chance. The world’s largest retailer will carry a high-definition car radio from JVC in 1,989 of its stores in 85 markets, priced at about $190. Being on the shelf at Wal-Mart “underscores that HD Radio is ready for prime time, it’s ready for the […]

“Tell ‘Em Vince Sent You”

Of all the radio commercial cliches in the world, this has got to be one of the worst. This is Vince Dooley. He’s a legendary University of Georgia football coach and a pretty stand-up guy. But right now, he’s doing some radio spots for AAMCO in which he says, “Tell ’em Vince sent you.” Why? […]

Theatre of the Mind

Mark Ramsey of Hear 2.0 conducted an interview with Watts Wacker, the noted futurist and author. When dealing with Wacker, there’s an abundance of great matter to slice from (as if his thoughts are prime rib of beef). Here’s a plateful on radio for you: Q. Where do you see the future of radio? A. […]

Nintendo To Die For

Radio station promotions are often lowest common denominator affairs. But the category reached a new low last week when Sacramento’s KDND 107.9 The End, appears to have accidentally killed a woman with one of their ill-conceived concepts. According to News 10, a 28-year-old mother of three from Rancho Cordova was found dead in her home […]

Buy Google’s Airtime (If You Can)

Market Watch picks up on a possible rough spot for Google as they seek to push beyond online ad revenue (their bread and butter). Google Inc.’s nascent radio advertisement business, known as Google Audio, has run into an unexpected snag: it seems Google doesn’t have access to enough radio airtime for would-be advertisers to thoroughly […]