Friday, February 22, 2019

The Most Important Characteristic for Radio: Be Funny

Ever wonder how important it is to be funny on the air? Wonder no more. It's important. In fact, nothing else is even close. The most important characteristic for radio is to be funny....

How To Get Free Audience Research

Radio stations have a tremendous advantage over most businesses. We have a large audience that is willing to respond with feedback if we ask for it properly. Mine that resource, can you can get...

Fix Music Research Response Rates By Completing The Feedback Loop

Over the years, online music research has prospered. It's now accepted as an effective, affordable method of gathering data. And programmers use the information to make critical decisions. But response rates have plummeted. There are...

Improve Music Research: Eliminate The Middle

Radio station music research has been around for decades, but many stations are still testing songs the way they have for, well, decades. It's time to improve results by adjusting the traditional scale used to...

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...

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...

Music Research: How To Interpret Results

The results of the music research have come in. 600 songs have been tested, and you have reams of data. Now it's time to sort the results and get it on the air. The first thing you notice...

How To Sort Music Categories: Deep & Narrow or Shallow & Wide

It's great to have music research that provides a map of what titles to play, but when it comes time to sort music into categories, it takes more than a spreadsheet with numbers. Programmers...

Music Research: Asking About Burn Is Useless

Programmers want to know everything possible when making music decisions. That's understandable. The more detail and insight, the more we can fine-tune the playlist. It's part of the pursuit of a perfect radio station....

Methods To Test Features

We all love our babies. They're cute to us because they're ours. But if you step back, some of those kids are ugly. It's the same with features. Is the feature working for you? How...

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Feature: Confessions and Secrets

Confessions is a popular feature that can be adapted in many ways for your target, your personality and your format. The short story on this feature...