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What, not another bitch from that guy!!

Postby bigbry » Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:29 pm

Ok the latest column from Coxy.

Your Radio Alarm is Going Off.



Someone has to kick radio stations in the ass. Radio is probably one of the biggest whiners out there right now, well maybe for the exception of Fox News about Trump.

First radio got all fired up about satellite radio. Sirius/XM really hasn’t done that much to hurt your local radio station. They did show the public that there is another audio road and this one is uncensored. Which to some is refreshing. Radio is being told one of the reasons you have crappy ratings is that your listeners have fled to satellite and the Internet. There are now thousands of internet radio stations. Some sound pretty good and are run by folks that know what they’re doing. On the other hand, a lot are crap and seem to be just a platform for kids to drop the F-Bomb over and over again. The Auto Industry are putting Internet radios in some cars and even outfitting vehicles with Wi-Fi. How does radio, in their infinite wisdom, answer this looming threat? Just about every station have now cloned their signal so you can hear it over the internet. Yes, the same signal that forced listeners to flee in the first place, but it’s on the internet and they have a flashy webpage to go with it. Now they have, not just the local audience, who put them at the bottom of the rating pile, but don’t mind showing off to a Worldwide audience, which proves the locals were right. We then hear from radio when asked, “The internet side really isn’t doing that much for us.”

We all know that your local radio station or terrestrial radio has to play within the rules set out by the FCC in the US, and the CRTC in Canada. If they don’t, they might be shut down and believe me that has happened.

After working in Radio for the better part of my life and it really was the “better part”. I don’t know how many times I heard, “WOW if I could just run this station, it would be #1.” I heard that from GM’s talking about PD’s, PD’s talking about GM’s and Announcers talking about both. I even heard it from an accountant that was running a station that went into bankruptcy. All very creative people with very creative ideas on how to move forward.

The time has come for local radio, that’s playing on the internet, to do *something* or get off the pot’.
We asked the FCC and the CRTC what they’d allow radio stations to do. The CRTC was first to reply “There are no CRTC licensing requirements for radio or television stations in order to operate over the internet.  Therefore, terrestrial stations can not only broadcast their feeds on line, they can broadcast programming completely different.”
Handling the FCC was Corey Deitz from radio.about.com ”So, on your Internet radio station you are free to broadcast whatever music you choose, no matter the content. The same can be said for any spoken word including pre-recorded or live comedy, poetry, political, social or cultural discussions.”

With tablets, smartphones, laptops, apps there has never been a better time for radio to take the next step and show the World how creative it can be. Come on radio you’re being given a blank internet slate to play on. Don’t be lazy and do what everyone else is doing, repeating your tired old radio signal.

I don’t want to say that station owners are cheap, but how was copper wire invented?. Two station owners fighting over a penny. You can create an added revenue stream by doing something new. Yes, you might have to hire extra producers, maybe on-air, a writer or two and a web person.

I can hear the excuses, “Oh you can’t really measure how many people are listening!” Yes you can, there’s a company with an app for that. I was talking to an ex-radio friend that runs a Toronto internet station he gets a wealth of information from, how many are listening, in what country, to how long they listen. His average minutes tuned per listener is over a staggering 45 min. “We’ve noticed that more people listen to our station and not the web feed”. I’m sure someone in Japan said, “What, those waves, just tickling my toes, Tsunami, Pastrami, ha ha ha”. One word for you, “ADVERTISE!!”

So Mr/Mrs Radio, you play country but you’ve always wanted to play Rock & Roll or maybe you run a talk station but you’ve always wanted to throw in comedy. You can do it now, over there, on the internet. You can stay as local as you want, or go as Worldly as you want. There’s a ton of great content out there from some very creative people. Right now, some *kid* dropping an F-Bomb, is getting better ratings than you. Ya, and you can tell that kid, “Hey Get Off My Lawn!”


Bryan Cox
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Re: What, not another bitch from that guy!!

Postby jon » Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:02 pm

I know that Terry, Bill and Steve used to do an extra hour of their K-97 Edmonton morning show solely on the Internet, but never heard how that worked out.

Haven't heard it mentioned for years, so pretty sure it is long gone. As is Steve.

The final Internet hour was born out of the frustration they felt constantly restraining their on-air banter to the "Rules of Radio", as an outlet that was, in theory, not restricted.
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Re: What, not another bitch from that guy!!

Postby bigbry » Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:10 pm

Jon, I think stations have got lazy. Thus they just simulcast their signal. Then they complain that this internet thing isn't working. I'm with you, I wonder how that "hour" went.
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Re: What, not another bitch from that guy!!

Postby jon » Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:26 pm

A couple of ideas come together from two different times and two different sources as a way to make Internet streams of radio stations something more than a simulcast of the OTA signal.

The first is from satellite radio. SiriusXM offers an Internet version that lets you alter the music mix for a given channel. You can choose things like More Motown, More Folk, More Hard Rock. Since they offer it for Sixties on Six, they have obviously figured out a way to make it work with a live show, as Pat St. John's midday show is live, not voice-tracked.

Say you want to listen to Rob & Audie on your drive to work in an Internet-enabled vehicle in Edmonton. You could still hear their Capital-FM live version of the latest Hollywood News, their comments, the local weather and traffic reports, but adjust the music they play to fit your preferences. No CanCon might be a popular choice, but I do know a few people who might select All CanCon.

The second idea was from the first time I listened to a Seattle station's Internet stream, back in the late 1990s, as they counted down their idea of the Top 1000 songs of all time. They played music during some of the Stop Sets (long commercial runs) because those sponsors had not paid for Internet spots, only OTA. In other words, they upcharged their advertising clients for Internet coverage.

Bring both those ideas to the table and the listener gets to adjust the music, and, at least initially, replace all the advertising with even more music of their choice. As time passes, with promotion and capturing listener stats of interest to advertisers, spots could be separately sold on the Internet stream, or offered as a package with an OTA ad. But not at cut-rate prices for fear of devaluing the medium. It might even make sense to charge a premium but guarantee less commercials per hour to both the listener and the sponsor.

The advertisers' dream from the '90s might even make sense over the long run. Let sponsors buy specific demographics (not just age, but income, golf handicap, etc.), and only listeners who fit those demographics would have the spot played on their Internet stream.
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Re: What, not another bitch from that guy!!

Postby bigbry » Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:20 pm

Ya and it even made it into "Radio World" as a commentary. It's the "Alarmed" Commentary.. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/ ... ex.php#/44
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Re: What, not another bitch from that guy!!

Postby jon » Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:08 pm

Nice, Bryan!

Without stealing your thunder, the article just below yours was fascinating. The writer does Oldies on AM in New York State, but is getting slaughtered (when he talks to potential advertisers) by so many Car Radios that make his station sound like crap even though the station has an Audio Chain that sounds every bit as FM does in Mono.

Expanding on what he says, there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to which vehicles have good or bad AM radios. For example, his 2007 VW sounds fabulous, but a friend of mine's former 2001 VW was terrible.
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Re: What, not another bitch from that guy!!

Postby bigbry » Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:27 pm

Jon...Ya it was a great article. You are so right about am car radios sounding different.
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