DAB in Germany; Radio up in New Zealand; Entercom's 'shiny new toy' issue

Above: interesting how the New York Times doesn’t use the word “podcast” when advertising its podcast. I’d probably agree with that decision.

At the Next Radio conference in central London, we confirmed half the speakers recently, including triple j in Australia and YLEX in Finland. You should come.

My column


United States

  • A map of pirate radio stations in Brooklyn. For all the people claiming FM radio’s no longer attractive and is dying a slow death, the continued appearance of pirate radio stations shows that, on the contrary, FM radio is still highly prized. (I’d note, though - still no DAB pirate broadcasting yet.)

  • Not much to do with radio, but still, a good Twitter thread about how news really works, rather than the conspiracy theories.

  • Repurpose and repeat your best stuff on the radio. Here’s why - great data. I clumsily was trying to make this point on stage in Nuremberg last week, but this has the actual data to back the point up.

  • “The biggest issue we have right now is, for a lot of advertisers and agencies, we’re not the shiny new toy”, says Entercom’s CEO. He’s right. A good piece about radio’s future. - I’m surprised that radio doesn’t talk more about its innovation.

  • Let’s find every community radio station - a new website launches.

United Kingdom

  • LBC have signed Eddie Mair, a well thought-of news radio presenter from the BBC, to do as yet unconfirmed programmes for the station. Quite a signing; showing LBC has reached considerable maturity as a station.

  • A look at BBC Radio Durham’s beginnings - the station celebrates its fiftieth anniversary recently.

  • Great to see the launch of AudioUK - “the trade body for UK podcast, audiobook, and radio production companies”. The organisation, formerly known as RIG, has clearly spotted the potential of podcast and on-demand audio alongside radio.


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