Friday, March 6, 2015

RETRO FRIDAY: “KILL UGLY RADIO”

  The name came from a declaration by Frank Zappa, on the back cover of Uncle Meat
NOTE: THE IMAGE ABOVE IS FROM A ZAPPA BLOG THAT WENT SILENT A FEW YEARS AGO. THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT THIS SITE: LINK

I recently discovered an amazing blog called Kill Ugly Radio.  It is the creative work of Rich Lindsay of Portland, Oregon.  Lindsay has curated one of the most unique collections of historic and twisted audio anywhere on earth.

Lindsay has been involved in audio collage and experimentation since the mid-eighties. Lindsay hosts a monthly show on community station KBOO called Radio Lost & Found. What is heard on the program is a small fraction of the material on Kill Ugly Radio.



Lindsay’s choices of content are scholarly, off-beat, hip and surprising. KillUgly Radio is a museum and lending library.  Rich Lindsay is a radio hero!

The scope of Kill Ugly Radio is impressive.  In addition to archive editions of the KBOO program, topic areas include sound art, mash-ups, comedy such as Firesign Theatre, news and political broadcasts.  Lindsay is on the bus…

I found today’s clip on Kill Ugly Radio. It is a track the 1979 album Somewhere Over the Radio. Ron Stevens and Joy Grdnic were then morning show hosts in LA. Please take a minute and have a laugh:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

IMPORTANT NEW RESEARCH: "THE INFINITE DIAL 2015"

Yesterday the 23rd edition of THE INFINITE DIAL was released via a Webinar conducted by Edison Research and Triton Digital. THE INFINITE DIAL tracks consumer adoption and use of digital media.  The data are based on interviews of 2,002 people nationwide.

Here are slides from the presentation I found particularly interesting:

WEEKLY ONLINE RADIO LISTENING CONTINUES DYNAMIC GROWTH


SMARTPHONES ARE THE LEADING DEVICE FOR ONLINE LISTENING


PODCAST LISTENING CONTINUES TO GROW


PODCASTS ARE MOST OFTEN LISTENED TO ON SMARTPHONES


PODCAST LISTENERS HEAR AN AVERAGE OF SIX PODCASTS PER WEEK


YOUTUBE IS BECOMING A PRIMARY SOURCE FOR MUSIC & AUDIO


RADIO CONTINUES TO DECLINE AS "MOST ESSENTIAL MEDIUM"


REPORT OBSERVATIONS


MORE REPORT OBSERVATIONS


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TRIPLE A: JANUARY NIELSEN AUDIO AQH & TRENDS


In the January PPM AQH, the majority of Triple A noncoms dropped slightly or stayed the same from November 2014. (I don’t use the Nielsen Audio holiday month numbers for comparisons.)

NIELSEN AUDIO PPM JANUARY 2015
Compared to November 2014
Survey Period: 1/1/15 – 1/28/15
Top-Line Estimates as of 2/13/15
Monday – Sunday 6am – Midnight, Persons 6+

STATION
NIELSEN AUDIO MARKET
METRO RANK
NOV 14
METRO AQH
JAN 15
METRO AQH
TREND
KUTX
Austin
35
1.2
1.5
+ 0.3
WERS
Boston
10
0.8
1.0
+ 0.2
KDRP
Austin
35
0.6
0.7
+ 0.1
WUMB
Boston
10
0.1
0.1
0
WSGE
Charlotte
24
0.2
0.2
0
WNKU
Cincinnati
30
0.5
0.5
0
KUNC
Denver
(Ft. Collins metro station)
20
0.5
0.5
0
WYMS
Milwaukee/Racine
34
0.8
0.8
0
WXPN
Philadelphia
8
1.4
1.4
0
WYEP
Pittsburgh
25
0.8
0.8
0
KRCL
Salt Lake City
29
1.2
1.2
0
WMNF
Tampa/St. Petersburg
18
0.6
0.6
0
KTBG
Kansas City
34
0.3
0.2
- 0.1
WMSE
Milwaukee/Racine
38
0.2
0.3
- 0.1
KCMP
Minneapolis/St. Paul
16
3.1
3.0
- 0.1
KCMP stream
Minneapolis/St. Paul
16
0.3
0.2
- 0.1
WFUV
New York
1
0.7
0.6
- 0.1
KEXP
Seattle/Tacoma
13
1.3
1.2
- 0.1
WTMD
Baltimore
21
1.3
1.0
- 0.3
KKXT
Dallas
5
1.3
1.0
- 0.3
WCBE
Columbus
37
1.3
0.9
- 0.4

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Two of the three biggest gainers were in Austin: KUTX led the nation in increased share. KDRP – a tasty blend of Americana and alt-Country continues to grow despite partial market coverage.  WERS in Boston is an amazing noncom success story.

The declines in AQH at WTMD and KKXT appear to be wobbles (an insider radio term.)  The decline at WCBE is most likely caused by the increased NPR News completion from WOSU.  In a perfect world, WCBE would go all Triple A now.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW RESEARCH: AM/FM STILL DOMINATES IN-CAR LISTENING


One of my favorite blogs – RADIO CONFIDENTIAL – has posted an item about a just-released research study that shows AM/FM is by far the leading choice for audio entertainment in vehicles.  Here is the top-line chart:




The study, done by Ipsos for iHeartMedia, was conducted in January 2015 with a nationally representative sample of 1,036 adults 18+.

Despite the hype about “connected cars” old-school media is preferred by most of the respondents.  They only media platform that challenges AM/FM is the CD Player. Of broadcasters, AM/FM has 4 times the use as Sirius/XM and 12 times the use as HD Radio. Quoting from the study:

The in-car AM/FM radio is still a universally known audio platform – and its ease of use, convenience, features and familiarity continue to make it a top consumer choice for in-car audio.

Demand for digital streaming services such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and Spotify continue to grow but their usage is a fraction of AM/FM and the good old CD Player.

Other key findings:

• 91% of those surveyed prefer physical AM/FM radio buttons and controls built into the car dashboard, rather than dashboard menus and apps.

• 80% of respondents chose AM/FM car radio as the top option for their car’s entertainment system, followed by the CD player at 68%, satellite radio at 45%, and a streaming music service at 34%.

KEN’S ANALYSIS:

It is important to get beyond all-or-nothing thinking about the performance of audio platforms.  AM/FM use is falling; digital platform use is growing. In the here and now, AM/FM radio is king of the car.

I am impressed with the showing by Sirius/XM.  Their penetration continues to slowly grow.  Their business model seems to be working.  Anecdotally, my friends who are Sirius/XM subscribers continue to love the service.

Monday, March 2, 2015

REMEMBERING CEPHAS BOWLES: HE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN PUBLIC RADIO


Last week Cephas Bowles died from leukemia at age 62.  Bowles was perhaps best known for his years running WBGO, based in Newark serving the nation’s largest market. At ‘BGO – Jazz 88.3 – he brought the station to full market coverage, raised millions of dollars and hired an incredibly talented staff.

CEPHAS BOWLES


I first met Cehpas in 1986 when he was running KUAT in Tucson and I started my first noncommercial GM job at KCSU, Fort Collins.  Both stations were then members of Rocky Mountain Public Radio (RMPR), a regional representation organization.  RMPR was a terrific resource for a newcomer like me. In the mid 1980s, RMPR managers included Max Wycisk (Colorado Public Radio), Bill Hurt (KUNC), Karen Holp (then at KRWG – now at KGOU), Jim Paluzzi (then at KBSU, now KJZZ), Carl Matthusen (former President of the NPR Board & GM at KJZZ) and Cephas Bowles.

I was like a fish out of water when I started at KCSU.  I had managed and programmed commercial stations but I wasn’t aware of the idiosyncrasies of working for a university license. I was having difficulty dealing with the reality that the licensee had no idea they were in the broadcasting business.

I told Cephas about my situation when I was in Tucson for a RMPR conference.  He gave me practical advice that worked.  He and I kept in touch the rest of the time I was at KCSU – he was mentor and friend when I really needed it. Cephas made a difference for me and everyone in public radio.

Bowles’ family requests donations to Syracuse University Black Alumni, WBGO or Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide.