Five years ago the proverbial shit had hit the fan. In 2009, everyone was just coming to grips with the great recession of 2008 and the collapse of major industries. The radio industry’s economic slide had started years earlier. Radio conventions were somber gatherings of nervous owners and managers trying to see into a dark future.
It was under these circumstances that I penned the “New Radio Model.” The New Radio Model was a view into a better radio future that combined hyper-local content with multi-platform distribution. The idea was to promote a new and better business model for radio, one that wasn’t solely dependent on spot buys and the whims of media buyers. I postulated that radio’s economic future would hinge on radio’s ability to monetize live events and create new digital revenue streams. Essentially, radio needed to graduate from being mass media to a promotions machine. This is pulled directly from the 2009 New Radio Model:
“The New Model leverages what radio does best: Create crowds through local promotions and live events, fueling many of the multiplatform revenue streams. The radio properties are the central mechanism in creating local multiplatform media marketing outlets.” (more…)