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Digital Radio: What Would Steve Jobs Do? - July 25, 2012
Digital radio development is, as it has been, up and down. Launches precede re-launches. Promotion has the appearance of trial and error. Supporters see one set of problems, detractors yet another. It’s a tough nut to crack.

From Alternative To Icon And Back - March 12, 2012
The fearful truth about the digital age is that advantage goes to those willing and able to exploit a hot spot. While some in digital media see every breath taking moment as new and brilliant, the longer view shows a more consistent and real world. The spirit of the times needs lots of spirit while times change slowly.

How Do You Keep Them Tuning In Once They’ve Been To FarmVille? - February 2, 2012
The digital platform debate has been pushed off the table. The audience, as usual, won. Next to the podium is local versus national, or hyper-local versus quasi-national. How to keep them happy – and tuned in – won’t be easy…or cheap.

Look Carefully! It’s A New Digital Landscape - January 25, 2012
Where public broadcasters are ubiquitous and well-funded, private channels have a tough fight. But fight they will for audience and advertising. Some are turning in some quite good numbers by emphasizing local content, good marketing sense and a boost from digital platforms.

The Fate Of Digital Radio Remains Unclear - June 10, 2011
Digital radio was quick out of the starting blocks a decade ago, which seems like a century. Regional arguments aside, standards and platforms issues were easily solved. As the race was run, the course changed. Now nobody can find the finish line.

No Digital Consensus - March 4, 2011
People, we must admit, are analogue. They eat in analogue, sleep in analogue, work in analogue and play in analogue. People even think in analogue. If going digital is the answer to everything, what is the question?

Commercial Radio Rebounds As Listeners Tune Out Chatter - November 1, 2010
A robust media market thrives on a responsive audience and good competition. All of it is rather unpredictable. And that’s the good news because audiences seem to like changing their channels.


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