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    Washington Post Asks: “Does Public Radio Sound Too White?”

Washington Post Asks: “Does Public Radio Sound Too White?”

Alex, I’ll take “2015 Understatements” for $500!

NPR started its own controversy by airing a commentary by Chenjerai Kumanyika, an African-American assistant professor of communication studies at Clemson and a radio producer, on All Things Considered, which turned into a Twitter storm and coverage by the Washington Post. Kumanyika makes all the right points, including how “white” the content, voices and words sound to ethnic listeners. (more…)

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    2015 Grammy Awards Honor “Music Discovery” Artists…Again!

2015 Grammy Awards Honor “Music Discovery” Artists…Again!

Once again, artists who started on Triple A radio scored big at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Beck and Sam Smith won multiple major awards. Other format artists that won or were nominated this year include St. Vincent, Alt-J, Hozier, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Bastille, Black Keys and Haim. Previous year winners followed the same pattern. Arcade Fire (2011), Adele (2012) and Mumford and Sons (2013) won Album of the Year prior to Beck this year. (more…)

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Public Radio Deserves More from Nielsen

Public Radio is a hotbed for creativity and innovation. Since 2009, there has been nearly a tripling of Triple A, Indie Rock, or Americana formats adding to the News/Information, Classical, Jazz, and Variety Public Radio faire. A significant portion of the strong Public Radio ratings Share comes from these new stations. It’s vital to get a read on how these new Public formats are performing around the U.S.

Nielsen rolled out their latest “State-of-the-Media-Audio Today: A Focus on Public Radio” series in December. Much to our chagrin, this report presented a relatively shallow view of Public Radio’s performance, especially in comparison to its predecessor, Arbitron’s “Public Radio Today.” (more…)

Basic Information…Please!

Over the years with Arbitron we grew accustomed to baseline information from which we viewed the radio industry. Radio clients use this information as an important part of making decisions. With the transition to Nielsen some of that (proprietary) information is still out there, but the transition is a work in progress. Frankly, in some respects, we seem to have gone backwards since the transition from what we received from Arbitron. But, the good news is that my recent conversations inside of Nielsen suggest that they recognize the data short-fall and are working to rectify it. (more…)