Monday, August 31, 2009
Faith's online community members can purchase pre-sale tickets to this show beginning August 30th at 10am through September 1st at 5pm at Ticketmaster.com. To purc hase pre-sale tickets at Ticketmaster.com, you will need to use this special pre-sale code password: FRIENDS.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, September 2nd at 10AM at Ticketmaster.com. All tickets for this event will be priced at $25.
Under the leadership of Vince Gill, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2005 launched "All For The Hall," it’s first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising campaign. The campaign addresses the Museum’s need for long-term financial security and will provide a safety net for the institution and its work.
In addition to this great evening of music, if a "We're All For The Hall" ticket buyer shows their ticket stub or ticket confirmation at the m useum's box office, they will receive $3 off an adult general admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This offer is valid through December 31, 2009.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The station's Web site was quickly replaced Friday afternoon, according to The Post-Standard reporter Douglass Dowty.
New Country WOLF 105.1 co-owner Sam Furco said his station will play country music of the past decade. WOLF, of course, is a heritage Syracuse radio brand with an illustrious history.
Friday, August 28, 2009
* Network TV lost vast amounts of money in its early years. It was only because the existing radio networks were willing to subsidize TV that it survived—leaving CBS and NBC at the top of the heap in the '50s and '60s, just as they had been in the '30s and '40s. The old media of today have a similar chance to prosper tomorrow if they can survive the heavy financial losses that they're incurring while they develop workable new-media business models.
* Established radio performers such as Benny and Hope, who embraced TV on its own visually oriented terms, flourished well into the '60s. Everyone else—including Fred Allen—vanished into the dumpster of entertainment history. The same fate awaits contemporary old-media figures unwilling to grapple with the challenge of the new media (including PPM), no matter how popular they may be today.
* Americans of all ages embraced TV unhesitatingly. They felt no loyalty to network radio, the medium that had entertained and informed them for a quarter-century. When something came along that they deemed superior, they switched off their radios without a second thought. That's the biggest lesson taught by the new-media crisis of 1949. Nostalgia, like guilt, is a rope that wears thin.
Radio ended up doing very well for the next half century after that by completely changing everything, based on how people were using it after TV took its at home audience away.
What does your listener still want from you? What problems can you solve for him/her? Many of the problems we specialized in solving yesterday are being solved now by other media, better and quicker, especially when it comes to information elements and the way we've done them for the last 50 years.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Last year, there were 104 country stations reporting in the top 100 markets with a 4.69 share of listeners and a 6.66% share of radio revenues.
Power ratio = 1.42, which was up from 2007's 1.36, based on an average audience share of 5.06 and a share of marketing dollars of 6.90. In 2006, country's 12+ average share of audience was 5.36 and the format got 7.01% of local radio dollars, making the power ratio trend 1.31, a "good news/bad news scenario."
Let's build reveues by growing audience, eh?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Many of us complained to music executives following the presentation that listeners were telling us that "everything sounds the same and there's a lack of variety" not just in the songs but also in the sounds and even artists coming at us.
So, what happened?
Every label now has at least one novelty ditty, if not two or three.
I Still Like Bologna, Rockin' The Beer Gut, That Thang, Moo La Moo, Skinny Dippin', White Liar, 15 Minutes, Toes, etc, etc.
Of course we can't play them all, or even many of them. That could potentially make the situation worse, since repetition complaints typically come when core listeners aren't loving all of our musical offerings.
However, here's the good news in this development, which seems to happen in all forms of music as they start to get stale, novelties "have the power to change people’s listening assumptions and have often turned out to be precursors of new music styles."
Let's hope something even more exciting is coming soon, right behind this latest change in our newest music.
Monday, August 24, 2009
He will attempt to break Fall Out Boy’s current record of 72 interviews in a 24 hour period by taking on a schedule of over 200 in the same amount of time.
Then, Wednesday (8/26) he heads to Dallas to play Big Night Out with The Big 96.3 KSCS, an intimate show at Adair’s Saloon, where he first began performing. The first 96 fans at the venue will celebrate the album release with Jack. Get more info on the show here.
Jack will head home to Austin on Thursday (8/27) for an in-store performance and meet & greet at Waterloo Records at 6:30pm. Get all the info here.
Then Friday he heads to the West Coast to play 3 shows with Toby Keith. Tell him if you’re going on Facebook.
Friday, August 21, 2009
“The jury is still out, but all these tips and tricks scare me a little bit. Instead of manipulating the listeners into listening, but annoying them at the same time, isn’t it better to consistently entertain, so they’ll come back without trickery? Just a thought.” -- Dave Ryan, in August Morning Mouth
Thursday, August 20, 2009
My Friday, September (11:30am) CCMA panel will be all about coaching to bring out the best in talent. I plan to play some great radio and talk about what makes it so successful.
You’ll learn how talent can hone and improve their personality; quickly engage their target listener right from the beginning, and use the power of narrative and emotions to add to the impact of everything they do on the air. This panel will also equip programmers with the tools to teach these techniques to their personalities when they get back to work, making your station more entertaining and compelling.
Here's the reward: it's now time to email me your very best "bit" as an mp3.
I plan to play the best ones I receive in the next few weeks during this session and explore the elements which make them work so well.
At the end of the session, all attendees will agree on criteria and then choose “the best” one and Albright & O'Malley will award a $500 cash reward to the personality or station which submitted it. You must be present to win and I will write that $500 check to you right on the spot.
This will be a fast-moving, entertaining and educational hour!
P.S. I will be in attendance throughout Country Music Weekend and will also be available for one-on-one free individual/private coaching sessions as well. Just bring a CD or snap drive to Country Music Week and either email me in advance, sign up at the Country Music Week Registration Desk or call my cell phone (206-498-6261) to get an hour, one-on-one, to talk about your performance and your goals.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Could "listening in a noisy environment or with the monitor positioned to receive only a muffled signal, increasing the likelihood that the PPM monitor will not correctly detect the stations' ID..." include inside a woman's purse? If so, could that explain why female listening to radio appears to be much lower as reported in PPM than it is in the diary ratings or why early morning listening levels are also so much lower?
“Through education, the Conclave’s mission is to improve the quality of broadcasting and related industries so they may better serve the public interest.”
Next Wednesday, Kipper McGee, takes 90 minutes to bring that mission to life.
* What three questions should every broadcaster be asking right now?
* What three answers should you always have ready for your boss?
* What is the most important law for broadcasters to be aware of? (Hint: it's not from the FCC!) * What is the biggest error broadcasters can commit today -- and why do so many do it daily?
The answers to these questions and more will be revealed in his FREE webinar "The Future of Radio presented by the Conclave and sponsored by Envision Radio, August 26th at 2pm Central. To register click here.
PS: watch for news of Michael O'Malley's Conclave webinar September 30 on Conducting Your Own Radio Station Programming Audit. A&O is proud to support The Conclave.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
"The topsy-turvy Summer of 2009. The NAB’s without a CEO, RAB is in flux, Arbitron’s under attack (but may eye television) – The world is unsettled. Just take a 30,000-foot peek out of the cockpit window for a second – can you recall a time of more uncertainty in the radio business than right now?"
Or, you can look at it THIS way...
CHFX, Halifax, morning host Denyse Sibley was located at Kenny Chesney's Boston show Saturday by two of her fans.
Maritime Broadcasting Programming Chief Scott Clements emailed in response to Denyse's cell phone photo, saying
"We have as strong a visual presence as Country 102.5/Boston, CatC ountry/Providence and a station from NH combined. Too bad its not our cma/metro."
Yes, that is "visual presence" all right!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
2. CBS/Seattle KMPS midday hostess Stubbs' use of quick, tightly-edited phoners with the folks who send in PSA announcements on the day of events, creating fast, current, immediate, PPM-friendly interactions with local folks, dropping in values-driven names of "listeners" along the way.
3. The last line of all of GAPWEST Broadcasting/Casper Operations Manager Donovan Short's emails:
"Cash. Prizes. VIP Experiences that money can't buy. Are you in yet? Become a VIP today: KTRS, KWYY, KRVK, KMGW, KTWO, KKTL"
OK, now what clever tactic are you particularly proud of??
Friday, August 14, 2009
Back-to-school shopping (53.5%), vacations (51.9%), and staycations (51.7%) also rate highly among consumers.
Young men are fans of G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra as well as Lady Gaga, while their female counterparts include flat sandals and one-shouldered tops on their hit list.
While consumers remain supportive of Michael Jackson’s music, most agree that the news coverage regarding the King of Pop’s demise should just beat it.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Demographically, social media users tend to be younger than the overall population, more are female and they have a slightly higher income. Additionally, marketers planning on moving products should focus on this consumer set as they are more likely to be making a big dollar purchase over the next six months than adults 18+.
Facebook users average 37 years old and MySpace users are the youngest at an average age of 33 of those profiled. LinkedIn users have the highest incomes. Social media usage for ethnic groups indexes high across most social medias.
More info: Chrissy Wissinger: BIGresearch (614) 846-0146
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Now, in his new book, he undertakes a project to single out and communicate with the people who have made a significant influence on our lives.
"When we notice things about ourselves and other people that allow us all to regroup, take a breath, and begin our lives again, the best is surely yet to come."
Something tells me that Andy Andrews, The Noticer, is going to get noticed now more than ever. His new creation is another very special read!
Not only do I recommend you read it, I recommend you pass it on, just like I am doing here, I trust you noticed...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
More From Strata: "At what point do you see the economy and your business returning to a strong growth period (if not already)?"
Back in 2008, client attrition topped the list of agency challenges. But when asked when they felt the economy was going to return to a strong growth period, there was a 67% increase of those who felt the rebound would come by the end of this year.
This could be evidenced by the fact that 15% of the agencies plan on hiring this year, and 80% plan on no reduction in staff.
72.5% of the agencies saw their clients either making minor cuts or cutting back considerably from their spending in 2008.
15% of agencies say that that their customers are most focused on Spot Radio (a 500% increase since the end of 2008)
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 08, 2009
An hour spent with their "Engaging Commercials" webinar will not only let you hear some very powerful spots, but also teach the tools which increase the impact of anything on the air!
Thursday, August 06, 2009
One troubling stat: In spite of the fact that Canadians spent 13.8 hours online, up from 13.4 in 2007, “the streaming of AM and FM stations over the Internet has experienced a decline over the last few years...(as)..the percentage of Anglophones who streamed a radio station in a given month dropped from 23% in 2005 to 16% in 2008."
Is this due to Cancon, causing Canadians to listen to more hits per hour on the streams of international radio stations? One thing for sure, it's not all the irritating public service announcements and repetitive "fill" inside American radio station streams necessitated by having to cover up national commercials that makes many U.S. radio station streams hard to spend much time with, because Canadian radio streaming is a 100% simulcast of the station.
Podcasts increased 46% year to year for English-speakers.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
While the target sample-size in meters for most major markets is larger than the average number of monthly diaries were, it is much smaller than the quarterly total of diaries and unique households sampled over the 84 days of the quarterly survey in a typical Arbitron diary “book.”
What this means: while there will be less sampling “wobble” than we would have seen with diary monthly-isolations, there may be more such “bounce” when compared to a full quarterly diary report.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
"I had a program director ask me about using aqh ratings. I always used AQH persons rank or share goal in diary, and/or cume for some stations depending on format and goals. With ratings so compressed now you can have maybe a .3 rating separating #1 and #10. I suggested he use aqh persons because of the compression and consider adding TSL. This PD's stations (spoken word) have great tsls in ppm. Do you have any thoughts?"
At the time we talked about it, but I didn't blog it, thinking that it was a pretty narrow subject area for universal interest. Then came "KRBE, Houston’s Ryan Chase (says) a temporarily messed-up sample due to Hurricane Ike cost him “a sixth of my income.”) and the online chatter about Ryan Seacrest and Kevin & The Bean.
What to do when the change wrought by a new method of measurement is no longer motivating, but actually frustrating, demotivating, to talent?
Samples are one-third of what they used to be, shares are too compressed, hair-raising wobbles appear to be weekly events and in some markets format shares for whole groups of stations and styles of personalities seem to be turned upside down.
I agree with the idea of bonusing on AQH person rank rather than share, but even that can seem unfairly capricious, given that it only takes a handful of panelists to dislike something to doom a station or talent.
So, how about trying this on for size: bonus talent on a metric they can control, comparing to their past trend rather than other stations or personalities on the metric which drives PPM ratings, the number of listening occasions in their daypart?
Get your panelists to come back to the station more times, earn a bonus. Have panelists listen for fewer occasions this month compared to last month, lose a bonus.
To be motivating, a bonus needs to reflect something talent can control. To do well, you incent the behavior you want.
Do you have a better idea? I'd love to hear it.
Monday, August 03, 2009
As I commended after reading the Hear 2.0 post:
Sunday, August 02, 2009
His bass guitarist, Alex Stevens, was trapped under the fallen stage and his arm was crushed, said the source. Stevens underwent surgery Saturday night but could be released from the hospital as soon as today, according to the source.
Tim McGraw was due to headline today's cancelled shows.