RAIN 11/28: Talk format stations dominate other broadcasters online, according to Triton

Michael Schmitt
November 28, 2011 - 11:15am

Triton Digital's Top 10 AM/FM station streams for September 2011According to Triton Digital, news/talk and sports AM/FM stations dominated other formats of online radio simulcasts in September. "Not a single [broadcast] music station was among the top ten most popular individual station streams in September [Domestic streams, Mon-Fri, 6am-8pm], according to Triton Digital data," writes Inside Radio.

The top ten list (at right) includes stations like New York's "The Fan" WFAN, WEEI in Boston and Chicago's WBEZ. Why no music stations in the list? Inside Radio says that broadcasters are pointing to competition from webcasters that let users customize the music they hear.

Spoken word stations, however, offer unique content and a "high level of engagement," said Entercom VP Tim Murphy. “People are starting to realize that this is about the brand, not internet radio,” he said. “Strong brands with great content are consumed voraciously by their fans in any way they can get it.”

The popularity of the news/talk format online has attracted advertisers, writes Inside Radio. For example, Cox Media Group's WSB "gets one of every three ad dollars spent on digital radio in Atlanta, according to Miller Kaplan data. That’s considerably higher than its share of on-air spot revenue...about 25% of WSB's digital revenue comes from in-stream audio ads."

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Paul Maloney
November 28, 2011 - 11:15am

In late January, Jacobs Media will field their annual Techsurvey (this'll be the eighth), this year opening it up to stations of all formats.

Each year since 2005, Jacobs Media conducts a national web poll about media and technology that uses rock radio station databases, with the goal of giving stations (and the industry) a detailed hierarchy of the forms of new media and technology listeners use. For this first time in 2011, Jacobs is offering participation to stations across the U.S. from all formats.Jacobs Media Techsurvey 8

The survey will assess listeners' use of new media (e.g. YouTube, Hulu, Facebook, and Twitter), gadgets like smartphones and tablets, and station-related online activities like streaming, podcasts, and connecting on Facebook. Jacobs will also examine how listeners engage with services like Pandora and Groupon.

The results of this year’s survey will be presented at the WorldWide Radio Summit in Los Angeles, April 27-28. Jacobs Media is now accepting registrations from stations interested in participating here.

Paul Maloney
November 28, 2011 - 11:15am

Steve DahlFormer Chicago radio mainstay and (now) podcaster Steve Dahl (right) revealed on his blog that fellow Chicago radio alumnus Kevin Matthews will podcast a show for Dahl subscribers this Friday. After hearing the first 20 minutes of  the "KevCast," Dahl wrote, "I was laughing so hard my eyes were watering. It took all of myself control not to spit coffee all over his studio carpeting." Matthews was let go Citadel/Cumulus in Grand Rapids earlier this month.

Kevin MatthewsThe Chicagoland Radio and Media site reports, "This will be Matthews second serious attempt at podcasting. In 2005, after exiting Chicago's WCKG-FM, Matthews (left) did a handful of podcasts, before ending the project when, later that same year, he was given the Grand Rapids jobs of WLAV-FM morning host and Citadel Broadcasting Director of Program Development for the southwestern MI cluster of stations."

Though for now the Matthews podcast appears to be a one-shot deal, Dahl wrote, "It is my fervent hope that 'The Kevin Matthews Show' will become a daily Steve Dahl Podcast Network  (I just made that up) staple, and that together Kevin and I will ride off into the radio sunset on our podcasting horses."

After his own contract with CBS Radio in Chicago ended, Dahl began podcasting in September, 2009, making his shows available for free on his website (He appeared at two RAIN Summit events last year to speak, and learn, about the business.). In August of this year, he made the podcast a $9.95/month subscription service (see RAIN here).

Read the Chicagoland Radio and Media story here.

Michael Schmitt
November 28, 2011 - 11:15am

Philips' Fidelio AS851 Android speaker dockOne of the best ways to stream Internet radio is via mobile apps, but to play tunes for a room-full of people you usually a speaker dock of some kind. While many exist for iPhones, Android users have been left in the lurch.

Philips is looking to remedy that with a new line of speaker docks for Android devices. One of the docks, the Fidelio AS851 (pictured), even made Engadget's holiday gift guide for speaker docks (here). They write: "Whether you're a portrait or landscape fan, the micro-USB connector here will adapt to that orientation, syncing up your library of songs with the aid of trusty 'ol Bluetooth and a dedicated app."

Recomubu has more coverage here.