Saturday, November 17, 2018

Quick Fix For Radio Programming

You're probably familiar with Gordon Ramsay, right? He's the celebrity chef with a personality that's built his empire on television shows include Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell and MasterChef US. Ramsay's direct approach...

The Truth About Radio P1s and Fans

The ratings report is in. The ratings service says the station's cume is strong but P1's are down. Oh no! There's a problem with the radio station, because everyone knows that P1s are the lifeblood...

How to Handle the Ratings Freak Out

The ratings freak out is understandable, but radio management can do serious internal (and external) damage by over-reacting. Whenever a ratings report comes out, broadcasters should step back, take a breath and try to...

Ratings Are Driven By Daily Cume

Stations that want higher ratings (and what station doesn't?) create a strategy to put their station in the best position for success. Sounds logical, right? But there are so many moving parts to the...

The One Thing That Can Make You #1

Most clients know how much value I place on focus and simplicity.  When you get to the heart of what works on the air, the power of the one thing is the key. In fact, there's one...

To Achieve Music Variety You must Understand Music Variety

Perhaps the most misunderstood programming concept for music-based formats is defining what  music variety really is. We think we understand it, but our definition of the term often has as many applications as there...

When To Break For Commercials

Radio stations need to re-evaluate their programming clocks. But more than that, programmers and personalitie need to learn how to earn extra quarter hours by learning new tactics of when to break for commercials. I'm...

How To Tell A Good Complaint From a Bad One

It seemed like a never-ending battle with the audience. Our morning show was the legendary Jeff & Jer, who were pretty good at what they did as evidenced by their induction into the Radio...

Don’t Let PPM Kill Your Brand Imaging

Has PPM changed how your station sounds? Probably, if only in small ways. But many stations have allowed PPM measurement to affect brand imaging on their stations. They're convinced that since the meters are...

Branding a Feature: What’s In a Name?

Air personalities are a funny bunch. They love the idea of open breaks, free to create original content and tell stories that showcase character and personality. But they are often biased against features that...

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When To Tease Is As Important As What To Tease

Many years ago, after the authorities finally caught up with notorious criminal Willie Sutton, they asked him why he robbed banks. His simple reply...