Friday, September 18, 2020

Getting The Most From Listener Advisory Panels

Listeners usually love to tell you what they think. Asking their opinion gets them involved, which can also lead to increased loyalty. That's why Listener Advisory Panels are invaluable sources of information and insight into...

How The Pop Music Cycle Affects Ratings

If you program a music station, you know that strength of current music is critical to your brand's success. The more you depend on music, the more the pop music cycle affects ratings. When music goes...

Why You need a Programming Strategy That Targets Mood

Why do listeners choose your station? Do you know the most important reason listeners choose your station or show brand over others? If you know the answer to that question, you're equipped to develop...

Programming a Radio Station Requires Art And Science

Personality radio is both art and science. And it should be performed in relatively equal parts. Often, programmers place so much emphasis on science, they miss the art. Or vice-versa. Personalities tend to disregard...

The Real Competition Is Not Other Stations

Programmers and managers spend sleepless nights tossing and turning, plotting programming enhancements to counteract moves made by other radio stations to capture listener attention. And you know what? Most of that energy is wasted....

Attract Today’s Radio Listeners: Be Authentic

Radio has some problems. But you already know that. Today's adults (millennials) didn't grow up listening to the radio or reading newspapers. Their television viewing habits are different. That means broadcasters must learn new...

Get Free Audience Research Using The OAR Method

A fundamental step in creating a radio station or show strategy is defining a target listener. A poorly defined target has caused many stations to fail. That's why I recommend stations get deeper into...

Why Radio Programming Is Tricky: The Two Switch Theory

While watching some old home videos (yeah, we have a life), I learned a valuable radio programming lesson from my two year old son. Specifically, it reminded me of the two switch theory of...

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...

Increase Ratings? Simple. Reduce Tune Out

If a radio station could reduce listener erosion, that station could sustain ratings without marketing, promotion or increased costs. Without tune out, listeners would become fans, and you would reach ratings nirvana. Why worry...

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Feature: 5 O’Clock Flashback

The 5 o'clock Flashback isn't a new idea, for sure, but here's a unique twist on an old idea that builds personality into a...