Imagine a playing field where a few of the players could tilt the field to their advantage. It’s a common scenario in sports, where some play by the rules and others take steroids for a hidden gain. You’d think that the creator of the field would quickly seek to rectify the situation for a fair game, as pro sports leagues attempt to do. The “Voltair” black box processor system purports to give radio stations an advantage in the Portable People Meter (PPM) game, but Nielsen, the creator and referee of the game, has been relatively mum. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)