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Radio Deserves Better Ratings

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

I applaud fellow radio researchers Mark Ramsey and Richard Harker calling for an end to radio’s unbalanced and dysfunctional relationship with Nielsen Ratings. I’ve been making the same suggestion for many years. Unfortunately, only the major radio groups can do anything about it, and so far, they have chosen not to do so. You would think they would be bothered by inadequate sample sizes, roller coaster ratings, and a Nielsen stock price that is higher than their own! Apparently not. Radio is horrible at representing itself as an industry, and no worse example exists than radio’s over-reliance on a flawed ratings system. […]

VuHaus: Public Media Sets a Digital Stage for Music Discovery

August 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Original story posted on CPB July 28, 2016 “Public radio has long been a place where audiences have discovered new music, from jazz, soul and hip hop to bluegrass and indie rock. Now, the digital platform VuHaus lets audiences across the country tap public radio’s expertise to spot new talent — and it gives artists a venue to connect with new audiences on a national and international scale. […]

Chicago’s Vocalo reins in eclectic approach but keeps focus on younger audience

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Original story posted on Current July 21, 2016 By Tyler Falk “As the Chicago public radio station Vocalo approaches its tenth year, it’s entering a new stage of growth that’s testing its potential appeal to bigger audiences in its city and possibly across the country. Led by then-CEO Torey Malatia, Chicago Public Radio launched Vocalo in 2007 to reach a more racially diverse audience that would reflect its city’s demographics. It has since shifted from its original programming strategy, which emphasized listener-contributed content and social networking. Today’s Vocalo sounds more like a mix of commercial and community radio. Broadcasting from a translator on the John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago and a signal in northwestern Indiana, it features its own weekday morning talk show instead of Morning Edition and a music mix of hip-hop, R&B and indie rock during weekdays. […]


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John McDermott, Catalog Director, Experience Hendrix
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Bob Proffitt, President/COO, Alpha Media
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Michael Lawless, CEO, Clip Interactive
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Bruce Warren, Program Director, WXPN-FM
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Haley Jones, Former Program Director, KPRI-FM
Paragon has been instrumental in the formation and growth of RadioMilwaukee.  Mike Henry has been involved with us from the early days and remains a valued consultant partner.  His experience and advice informs key decisions on format, marketing, audience development and staffing.  Working with Mike saves us tons of time because he gets right to the point and his advice is always on target.
Mary Louise Mussoline, Former Executive Director, RadioMilwaukee
In launching both 99X in Atlanta in 1992 and WRXP in New York in 2008, Mike Henry and Paragon helped me create the best market position for ratings and revenue.  Paragon helped our brands through reliable audience research and sound consulting advice.  I always called Mike my “un-consultant” because no one does it better.
Leslie Fram, Former Program Director 99X/Altanta and WRXP/New York
Mike Henry helped us re-launch KKXT-FM in Dallas and has consulted us on programming and all other aspects of the radio station ever since.  Within 18 months after re-launch, KXT had almost 400,000 listeners and became the most listened to non-comm Triple A station in America.  Mike has been a great resource and partner as we have grown KXT into the station it is today.
Mark Abuzzahab, Former Program Director, KKXT-FM
I’ve worked with Mike Henry at Paragon since 2000 on a number of public media projects that range from local market projects to those that are national in scope. These projects have been critical to establishing important foundations focused on building a more viable and successful public media reaching new audiences.We’ve never been disappointed with Mike’s contributions and work.
Marc Hand, Managing Director, Public Media Company
We appreciate Mike’s ability to help us combine his knowledge of programming best practices, market conditions and professional programming techniques with our need to effect changes both through management and through the education of our volunteer staff.  I can’t say enough about his approach, skill, professionalism and ultimately, the advice he gave us.
Beverly Hacker, Former Executive Director, KDHX-FM
With a market leading heritage Country station for nearly 25 years, quality, actionable research is most important in maintaining that position. Paragon has been our research partner in achieving that goal.
Bill Hagy, Group Programming Consultant, Bristol Broadcasting
One of the 1st calls I made when I came to WNKU was to Mike Henry. WNKU was an underperforming noncommercial Triple A that desperately needed a new coat of paint. A strategic plan and timeline was developed and implemented. He gave us the confidence and encouragement to make bold decisions that have directly impacted WNKU’s position in the market as a relevant cultural cornerstone in Cincinnati. In our most recent fund drive, we experienced one of the largest increases of new memberships in the 30 year history of WNKU.
Sean O'Mealy, General Manager, WNKU
The tremendous success we have had with the launch of 105.5 The Colorado Sound has been great.  Mike and Paragon Media Strategies have been an instrumental part of the team in the months leading up to the launch and with our first months of operation.  The perspective Mike brought to our planning conversations reflects his varied experiences, recognition of local needs, and his thoughtful approach.
Neil Best, President & CEO, The Colorado Sound