March 27, 2018Is Radio Dead? This Futurist Thinks So
Ben Hammersley is a very clever man. He's a "futurist," and sports a very fine Victorian bushy moustache and some fancy arm tattoos. He writes for Wired magazine and The Guardian. The word "hipster" might have been coined for him; but then, he coined the word "podcast," which is quite a claim to fame.
He spoke at Radiodays Europe this year in Vienna. Radiodays is a great event, if a chilly one for someone flying direct from the end of Australian summer into sub-zero temperatures. I didn't pack a coat. Perhaps I should have done so, it was bloody freezing.
Hammersley's shtick was, predictably, that radio is dead. He drew parallels with Kodak, who failed to notice how quickly the world was changing.
March 20, 2018The Norwegian Experiment: Switching Off FM
This week, I'm in the cold and snowy environment of Vienna in Austria, at the world's largest radio conference, Radiodays Europe. 1,600 delegates (according to a pull-up poster and they never lie) are here. Last Sunday I moderated a special workshop on the Norwegian ...
March 6, 2018A Learning Experience At Radiodays Europe
In a few weeks, I'll be at Radiodays Europe, the meeting-place for radio. It'll be happening in Vienna in Austria, home of lots of beautiful old buildings and some quite forward-thinking radio stations, including the excellent Kronehit. Last year, I saw a lot of ...
February 27, 2018Is Your Radio Station Website HTTPS? And Should You Care?
Occasionally, this column goes deep into tech, and this is one of those weeks. Apologies in advance, but I think it's worth it. Sitting in a coffee shop a few years ago, I was working on a website of mine. Looking at the website, I saw the ads looked a little ...
February 20, 2018Death By A Thousand Transmitters
Absolute Radio in the UK is one of the three "Independent National Radio" stations that were launched in the early 1990s. It's a national radio station, as you'd guess from the name: but it's national on AM. AM Radio in Europe is different from the US: not least, ...
February 13, 2018The UK: Almost Ready To Turn Off FM?
Across Europe, they've been busy switching off AM, and the switchoff of FM is getting closer for one of the largest European countries. New figures from RAJAR, the UK's radio research company, came out last week. They revealed that 49.9% of all radio listening is to ...
February 6, 2018Broadcast Radio - Are Data-Driven Ads The Future?
Back in the mid 1990s, I was doing the afternoon drive shift on a radio station. The only computer in the studio was my little personal organizer, which I used to tap notes out on; otherwise, the songs were played off CD and vinyl, jingles and ads were played using ...
January 30, 2018Young People Don't Listen To The Radio
Young people are falling out of love with radio. How do you know? You just have to ask a random guy you meet in the bar. He'll tell you that his friend's son doesn't listen to the radio, and, by extrapolation, no young people in the entire world listen to the radio. ...
January 23, 2018Is It Time For Radio To Take Podcasting More Seriously?
Since June, I've been writing a daily email newsletter about podcasting and on-demand - called, unimaginatively, podnews. Podcasting itself is growing quite rapidly, and it's been interesting to - over the last six months - see the industry itself grow older and ...
January 9, 2018The Brits Are Switching Off AM - Should We Panic?
This month will be another month of headlines about the end of radio - and this time it'll be the British you can blame. You'll be familiar with the end of radio. All last year we heard about Norway, who has switched off FM broadcasting for almost all stations, ...