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It’s Time To Rethink Your Clocks

At any hour of any day, tune in any station in any market. What is on the radio? Sameness. Commercials happen at the same time on most stations. Promos are the first element in...

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....

6 Ways to Win a Programming Battle With A Direct Competitor

It’s normal to freak out a little when a new station, personality or radio show comes on the air. After all, the radio pie is already sliced pretty thin. Head-to-head competition is more common...

Win The Most Music Battle By Playing 2 More Songs Each Hour

The battle over most music rages on, though today's competition comes from new technology as much (or more) than from other radio stations. If programmers could find room to play 2 more songs every...

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...

3 Ways To Lose a Programming Battle With A Direct Competitor

You have a new competitor in town. They've challenged your position and are attacking your brand. Uh oh. Now what? Hopefully, you'll follow these 6 ways to win the battle. But even if you...

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...

How Learning Theory Affects Programming

You may not have heard of the term learning theory, but understanding how the audience becomes familiar with and loyal to, brands will change how you program radio stations. Seriously. This is game-changing. In this...

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...

3 Reasons Listeners Have Stopped Paying Attention

Short attention spans demand clear, simple, worthwhile, short messages. Or, a longer, compelling story that unfolds with miniature payoffs leading toward a suspenseful end. Either way, the key is efficient, focused presentation. The problem...

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The Magnetic Power of Personal Stories

Ah, the power of personal stories. Evidence of the power of storytelling is everywhere, and it has become clear once again that the ability...