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    A Quest to Save AM Before It’s Lost in the Static - NYTimes.com →

    In 1978, when Mr. Pai was 5, half of all radio listening was on the AM dial. By 2011 AM listenership had fallen to 15 percent, or an average of 3.1 million people, according to a survey by Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a private investment firm. While the number of FM listeners has declined, too, they still averaged 18 million in 2011. (The figures are averages based on measuring listeners every 15 minutes.)

    Although five of the top 10 radio stations in the country, as measured by advertising dollars, are AM — among them WCBS in New York and KFI in Los Angeles — the wealth drops rapidly after that. In 1970 AM accounted for 63 percent of broadcast radio stations, but now it accounts for 21 percent, or 4,900 outlets, according to Arbitron. FM accounts for 44 percent, or 10,200 stations. About 35 percent of stations stream content online.

    — 1 year ago
    #Radio 
    93 Percent of Americans Adults Listen to Radio Each Week

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    An overview at adweek.com of how new media doesn’t necessarily supplant so much as supplement old media.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #radio 
    Radio Is Alive, Clear Channel's Bob Pittman Says - WSJ.com →

    A marketer at heart, Mr. Pittman sees his challenge as shaking off radio’s fusty image and winning back advertisers who left for other media. He argues that, contrary to popular belief, listeners never deserted radio. According to Arbitron, ARB -0.42% weekly listening has grown in the past decade to 242 million people from 224 million.

    Mr. Pittman has been touring the country talking up radio and schmoozing advertisers with a series of “show business” events. He recently co-hosted a cocktail party for advertisers with consulting firm Medialink, featuring a performance by Stevie Nicks. Plotting a promotional blitz for its digital site iHeartRadio, Mr. Pittman splurged on a two-day concert to showcase “the power we have.”

    "I said, ‘Why act like a start-up?’ We need something that blows everyone’s mind," he said.

    To capture bigger advertisers who have traditionally seen radio as purely a local medium, the company is using its scale to pitch for national business. For American Express Co.’s AXP -0.99% Small Business Saturday event to promote local shopping, Clear Channel crafted a national campaign with customized ads in 150 markets. It isn’t an easy goal. While Clear Channel has built a national infrastructure, each campaign has to be painstakingly stitched together.

    — 1 year ago
    #Radio 
    The Not-So-Distant History Of Radio Jingles : NPR →

    Nice NPR piece about radio station callout jingles, today replaced by what is called a “sweeper.” Interesting.

    — 2 years ago
    #Radio 
    NPR Looks to New Shows Like ‘Ask Me Another’ - NYTimes.com →

    Story about public radio trying to figure out a new generation of content, as stuff like “Car Talk” winds down. I find it odd there is no mention of Jesse Thorn, or of Radiolab.

    — 2 years ago
    #Public Radio  #Radio 
    
The Social Radio reads tweets out loud to mimic a personal radio broadcast station. Users can search for tweets via hashtags of Twitter accounts and the app converts the texts into audio. The Social Radio app is available to download for free on Android phones and is currently in private beta mode for it’s online service.

(via Twitter Radio Lets You Tune In & Listen To Tweets @PSFK)

    The Social Radio reads tweets out loud to mimic a personal radio broadcast station. Users can search for tweets via hashtags of Twitter accounts and the app converts the texts into audio. The Social Radio app is available to download for free on Android phones and is currently in private beta mode for it’s online service.

    (via Twitter Radio Lets You Tune In & Listen To Tweets @PSFK)

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #Radio  #Apps  #Discovery  #Twitter 
    (via App Store - Vintage Radio™)
A “vintage radio” app. I might have to get it.

    (via App Store - Vintage Radio™)

    A “vintage radio” app. I might have to get it.

    — 2 years ago with 14 notes
    #Radio  #Apps 
    Pandora sees huge jump in audience – USATODAY.com →

    Pandora personalized online radio service, has more than 125 million registered users, a huge jump from 75 million at the same time last year. Pandora has expanded its reach into the car, with 16 alliances — including new ones with Kia and Acura — compared with four car companies this time last year.

    — 2 years ago with 9 notes
    #Radio  #Pandora 
    THE TRANSISTOR RADIO IS THE GREATEST INVENTION | More Intelligent Life →

    The greatest invention of all is the transistor radio (and radio wave signals), first developed by Bell Laboratories in the 1940s. I admire straightforward technology that solves complex, human problems. Where there are still holes in the web, radio waves travel powerfully around the world. And one of the wonderful things about the transistor is that it is portable. 

    Spreading conversations to improve access to knowledge and quality of life is a huge task. Information opens the mind and motivates the spirit. A more informed person can make a better choice. Radio is the only way to reach so many people at the same time with the same information. It made news instant. It changed the way we listened to music. It spoke the language of the people. In rural Africa, where I live, radio is still the most pervasive, accessible, affordable and flexible mass medium.

    — 2 years ago with 13 notes
    #Radio  #History  #Transisitor 

    A day in the life of New York’s WNEW-FM, Airplay follows DJ’s, administrators and other employees as they go about the business of keeping America’s most populous city entertained. Known for years by the slogan ”Where Rock Lives”, the station came into its own in 1967, when 102.7 FM switched formats from middle-of-the-road pop to a more daring progressive rock sound.

    (Source: blog.wfmu.org)

    — 2 years ago
    #Radio 
    Downtown Soulville voted Best Radio Show by Village Voice - WFMU's Beware of the Blog →

    Congrats to WFMU’s Mr. Fine Wine, whose Downtown Soulville radio show made it to the Village Voice’s Best of 2011 list! Read all about it here.

    You can catch Downtown Soulville every Friday, 8-9pm on WFMU, or subscribe to the podcast here. Mr. Fine Wine also DJs at Botanica in Manhattan every Wednesday night.

    I’m a regular listener via podcast. Recommended!

    — 3 years ago with 25 notes
    #Radio 
    
A non-human DJ will take to the airwaves next week in San Antonio, Texas, in what may mark another step on the path that puts flesh-and-blood radio personalities out of a job. The DJ is an artificial intelligence program called Denise, who was built by Guile 3D Studio to serve as a virtual assistant to answer phone calls, check email, conduct Web searches and make appointments, among other tasks. Dominique Garcia, a radio personality in San Antonio, purchased Denise for $200 and programmed the AI to serve as a DJ. Denise will hit the airwaves on Aug. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. CST on KROV.

Future of Technology - Non-human DJ gets radio gig)

    A non-human DJ will take to the airwaves next week in San Antonio, Texas, in what may mark another step on the path that puts flesh-and-blood radio personalities out of a job. The DJ is an artificial intelligence program called Denise, who was built by Guile 3D Studio to serve as a virtual assistant to answer phone calls, check email, conduct Web searches and make appointments, among other tasks. Dominique Garcia, a radio personality in San Antonio, purchased Denise for $200 and programmed the AI to serve as a DJ. Denise will hit the airwaves on Aug. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. CST on KROV.

    Future of Technology - Non-human DJ gets radio gig)

    — 3 years ago with 1 note
    #DJs  #Radio  #Robots 
    Preserving College Radio - NYTimes.com →

    Some interesting points made in passing:

    As anyone in the radio business can tell you, the Internet has not, in fact, signaled the death of radio. Ask Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity if they’d rather go to an online-only format. Besides, in a world where we can log on and find any song we want, it turns out that many people enjoy letting someone else curate a set list. College radio, free of the demands of profit and playability, is a particularly great source for such serendipity….

    … [F]ew people regularly turn to Internet radio, and even fewer listen in their cars, where FM radio is a staple. And the Internet is less well-suited to building a strong local community than a 10,000-watt tower with regional range.

    — 3 years ago
    #Radio  #Community