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Increase Ratings? Simple. Reduce Tune-Out

If a radio station could reduce listener erosion, it could sustain ratings without marketing, promotion, or increased costs. Eliminating tune-out would cause listeners to become fans and rating nirvana would be within reach. The...

How To Double Your Ratings

A headline like Double Your Ratings immediately seems like it will be followed by a comment like, "Get twice as many listeners." It doesn't seem possible, or at the very least it's unlikely. But...

Programming Rules that Make No Sense

Program Directors are notorious for establishing rules for their air staff. Programmers love to make programming rules. It makes things easier to manage, but programming rules suck the life out of the sound of...

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...

A Realistic Way to Convert Cume to Fans

The Holy Grail of radio programming is to convert cume to fans. After all, fans have infinitely more value in affecting TSL (time spent listening). Stations spend a lot of time fine-tuning a strategy...

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....

Your Morning Show Should Start Earlier Than It Is

Traditionally, radio morning shows start at 6 and end at 10. Why? Because that's what time the rating services have chosen to define a "morning" show. But consumer behavior changes. And as it does,...

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...

Analyze and Fine Tune Your Station With Zero-Based Programming

It happens to every radio station. Clutter Creep happens, little by little. Over time, the station becomes full of stuff that doesn't need to be there. That's why I recommend program directors step back...

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...
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