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Archive for July, 2008

History of ‘KTU

Posted by Steve on July 22, 2008

Stumbled across a history of New York’s legendary disco station, WKTU, this morning. Definitely not the “authorized” version, but all the more interesting because of that. Check it out here:

http://carlosdejesus.posterous.com/92ktu-a-brief-history

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Your Wildest Streams – Part 4

Posted by Steve on July 20, 2008

This is truly brilliant – and I found it to be a great experience to go to AOL Radio and find that I could easily hook up with 101 or with some other terrific stations around the country without having to mess with multiple urls, messy ugly station web home pages, etc. And – with the advent of their iPhone application – Katy bar the door!

Your Wildest Streams – Part 4:

Wildest_streams4Now that AOL and CBS Radio have hooked up in what CEO Dan Mason says is a merger that ‘has instantly doubled our daily audience of listeners,’ it’s another victory for strong brands.’ For years, AOL has offered generic streaming radio stations that were as exciting as wallpaper.’ Now with 150 CBS Radio stations to choose from, AOL-goers can actually find a better radio listening experience – or can easily find a radio station they’ve heard from during their travels around the U.S.

The player (shown below) is nice looking, and provides album art in-sync with what’s playing, the chance to rate and/or buy the song (or the album), as well as designate the station as a pre-set or share it with someone else.’ On the left is a list of the CBS stations available.’ Of course, there are no fewer than 8 Jack-FM stations on the list, and it’s not always easy to find a station that you’re searching for.’ (Maybe list them out by markets – or at least offer that as an option, so the user can look through NYC stations, for example.)’ The stream sounds good technically, and as we’ve discussed in this space, that’s not always the case.

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Overall, this is another indicator that big streaming brands will easily best ‘generic radio stations.” With its personalities, production, and elements that you could only get from a real radio station, this plan should be a big winner for both AOL and CBS, especially if it can generate significant web revenue.

CBS is positioning its terrestrial radio stations for the future by offering them up to a much larger web audience.’ This bodes well for traditional broadcast companies as they seek out smart alliances moving forward.

(Via JacoBlog – Jacobs Media’s Blog.)

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Your Wildest Streams – Part 3

Posted by Steve on July 20, 2008

It seems that stations aren’t using the full capability that they have at their fingertips to make the streaming experience as strong as it should be!

Your Wildest Streams – Part 3: “Radio people don’t seem to realize that listeners don’t understand or care about the legal and talent issues that affect streaming.  All they know is that when they stream their favorite station, they hear the same four PSAs over and over again, or the stream regularly goes dark for a few minutes or, on one station I stream periodically, the annoying message ‘This station is in a commercial break and will return to normal programming in a few minutes,’ plays over and over and over.  Programmers would never permit this on their terrestrial signals, but accept it on their streams.”

(Via JacoBlog – Jacobs Media’s Blog.)

geand I’ll tell you about AudioVault and SoniXtream’s ad-blocking features.

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Your Wildest Streams – Part 2

Posted by Steve on July 20, 2008

Is your stream suffering like this?

Your Wildest Streams – Part 2: “Well, I’m here to tell you that many broadcast radio streams aren’t ready for prime time.  Recently, a programmer we worked with invited me to check out his station during a special feature his station was presenting.  It was one of the worst streaming experiences I’ve ever had because the stream would run for a couple of minutes, and start buffering.  Or I’d have to refresh and even sign back in.  It was not a user-friendly experience, and I started thinking about all of the accessible, quality streams his station competes against.”

(Via JacoBlog – Jacobs Media’s Blog.)

Shoot me an email and I’ll tell you about SoniXtream!

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The End of Low-Hanging Fruit

Posted by Steve on July 20, 2008

I am sorry, when the heck did this ever happen??? I have been in the business for 30 years, and have NEVER experienced “sitting around answering the phone…” as a radio sales rep’s experience.

The End of Low-Hanging Fruit: “But in the bigger picture, the rules of buying and selling radio time have been undergoing changes for some time now.  The days of account reps who work for highly-rated stations sitting around answering the phone and giving out their rates are over. “

(Via JacoBlog – Jacobs Media’s Blog.)

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