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Interesting things to read

Posted on Sunday, February 21st, 2010 at 8:30 am. #

Chairs and tables

Welcome to a rather splendid Sunday. Want a lazy day sitting in your chair in the sun reading interesting stuff? First, find some sun; then, try these:

Radio consultant Mark Ramsay makes a decent point about traffic reports on the radio and the need to ensure they’re right. He says that technology will replace the traffic report. Mark’s blog is mostly “Oooh, Scary Things!” with little advice on how to fix them, though he’s right, again. A rather more positive post is one from Radio 2020 which claims that a rebound is on the way for the US radio market, and also gives a fascinating piece of information about radio advertising’s effectiveness.

Jon Moonie, a former GCap executive, has discovered a new iPhone app for radio professionals or, indeed, podcasters. Might be worthwhile taking a look. Meanwhile, Steve Campen has a few bits of advice for radio producers which I’m afraid I profoundly disagree with – see the comments for my take on it.

Nick Piggott reports that RadioDNS is born, a piece of news you also found on this blog on Feb 17th. I make no apology for repeating it: it’s excellent news and considerably changes the future of radio on connected devices. Please take a look at the website, and become a member if you want to change the radio world.

Paul Smith writes about the recent RAJAR figures in The Guardian, as does Adam Bowie on his personal blog. Both point out the real story, not the attention-grabbing headlines. Worth a read. Meanwhile if you like the truth, rather than the attention-grabbing headlines, you might also like this piece about the new unbreakable beer glasses that the government seems to be foisting on us, and the propensity for the media to simply cut’n'paste rather than to check figures; and this amusing take on the scary anti-pirate public information film in front of movies.

And digital eadio station dabbl has been shortlisted for an award, which pleases me since I’m mentioned on the dabbl website for having “written the document which led to dabbl”. Good luck, folks.

Lots of stuff about the BBC: a good and enlightening piece on the BBC Internet Blog by Bronwyn van de Merwe, who worked for me for a couple of weeks, on the new global visual language for the BBC website. It’s lengthy, but worthwhile reading for all web designers. Bronwyn was definitely one of the smarter people I worked with, and I regret not having spent more time with her.

Staying with my former employer, the Corporation has recently discovered the iPhone a few years after everyone else had, and in a blaze of publicity, have announced some iPhone apps. Worthwhile finding the geographical distribution graph in the middle of this post (or here if you’re lazy) which shows a significant difference in consumption for mobile websites in Africa. And if you like stats like that, here’s another one – 34% of Skype-to-Skype calls include video.

And something that might be useful for my former employer: details of how Google claim that they run Googley meetings. From setting a firm agenda to discouraging office politics and using data to argue, they’re useful hints and tips for any business. It’s also worthwhile reading this thought about meetings too.

Engadget turns off comments – not because comments are broken, but because the anonymous grandstanding got too much. The quality comparison between Media UK’s discussion area (where you can’t be anonymous) and Digital Spy (where you can be) is very marked. Perhaps the world of anonymous commenting is beginning to end? Can’t be a day too soon.

Google Listen, a decent podcasting app on my new Android phone, gets a upgrade, reported by AndroidAndMe which makes it significantly less good for me; since it merges podcast subscriptions with Google Reader, I now have a cluttered-up Google Reader, and am forever marking podcasts as listened-to while flicking past them in by Google Reader. #fail

And my new favourite blog is Faded London, which seems to consist of a bloke wandering around taking pictures of vaguely interesting things in London and researching them. Every blog post is fascinating and marvellous. I recommend it.


commenting at February 22nd, 2010 at 11:06 pm


I’ve only recently found your blog, but love it, and just wanted to encourage and thank you.

If your travels bring you to Denver, and I’m not on the road when you’re here, dinner’s on me — and I’ll give you a beautiful tour of the Rocky Mountains while we talk radio on both sides of the pond.


commenting at February 28th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

“The quality comparison between Media UK’s discussion area (where you can’t be anonymous) and Digital Spy (where you can be) is very marked. Perhaps the world of anonymous commenting is beginning to end? Can’t be a day too soon.”

Assume you won’t be doing anything with UKOnAir.com then? Shame there can’t be a middle ground between Media UK (which is great, but a bit quiet) and Digital Spy (full of questionable people and posts, but still busy), just so that more people are actually joining in the discussion.

(Sorry if this appears twice – did not submit correctly first time!

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