RAIN 7/26: Limiting "radio" to AM/FM misses out on growth boom, says Edison's Rosin

Paul Maloney
July 26, 2012 - 12:20pm

Those broadcasters who feel a need to reserve the term "radio" for over-the-air AM/FM signals received by a box on a nightstand or car stereo are actually missing out: they're missing out on the chance to show that radio is "very much a healthy, thriving, and growing medium."

That's an important point Edison Research's Larry Rosin gets across in his guest post in Jacobs Media's blog today. By cordoning themselves off in a strictly "AM/FM" world, some of these broadcasters are defining themselves by a medium that's no longer the dominant force it's been for decades. But when one considers all these other new technology delivery mechanisms "radio," it's clear that "radio is booming. When one thinks of all of radio, I have to believe there is more consumption than at any time in history," Rosin writes.

Rosin, Edison cofounder and president, encourages the industry to abandon the view that radio is limited to AM/FM delivery (which dooms it to a gradual slide from preeminence), and let on-air take its place among the variety of audio content delivery media. A good step in that direction, he argues, is to get behind Arbitron's efforts in building an "all radio" ratings system.

"In the UK, where all forms of radio are measured together, this assertion has already been made. As I travel around the globe I generally hear nothing but optimism about the medium and its expansion in creativity and influence."

Read Rosin in JacoBlog here.

Michael Schmitt
July 26, 2012 - 12:20pm

The Current on SlackerAmerican Public Media and Slacker have partnered to launch new customizable web radio stations filled with content from APM's Marketplace and Minnesota Public Radio's The Current.

The Current is one of the country's top public Triple A music stations (KCMP, 89.3 FM), based out of St. Paul, Minnesota. The Current's Slacker station will "highlight great emerging artists from around the country, as well as feature the best music out of Minnesota, past and present," the companies said. Find it here.

Meanwhile, Slacker's Marketplace channel will include "the Marketplace flagship programs, Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Tech Report and Marketplace Money. Listeners can interact with the station to create a personalized Marketplace program tailored to their interests, a first for Marketplace." Find the new station here.

Slacker also offers programming from ESPN Radio, ABC News and other services. You can find the companies' press release here.

Michael Schmitt
July 26, 2012 - 12:20pm

Pat DeLuca and Charlotte DiFrancoA judge in Ohio has ruled that a webcast hosted by two former on-air personalities does not violate the noncompete clause in their contracts.

Pat DeLuca and Charlotte DiFranco hosted "The DeLuca Show" on Lexington Township-based Q92 (WDJQ) until early February 2012, when their contracts expired. A few weeks later, the pair launched a similar program online. WDJQ station owner D.A. Peterson Inc. aimed to shut them down, claiming the webcast violated the duo's noncompete clause.

The case went to court in late February. In April, Stark County Common Pleas Judge Charles E. Brown Jr. denied most of Peterson’s requests, including the prohibition of "The DeLuca Show" webcast within 60 miles of WDJQ (RAIN coverage here).

Now Judge Brown has issued a final ruling which allows DeLuca and DiFranco to continue streaming and requires WDJQ to pay them for unused vacation time. "That pretty much ends the case," explained the former on-air personalities' attorney.

CantonRep.com has more coverage here. You can find "The DeLuca Show" at www.theradiosucks.com.

Michael Schmitt
July 26, 2012 - 12:20pm

Podcasts app for iOSSome had high expectations for Apple's stand-alone Podcasts iOS app (RAIN coverage here), but after it launched in late June, many users -- including Ars Technica, RAIN coverage here -- complained about bugs and controversial design choices.

Fortunately, Apple yesterday issued a much-needed update for the app including "significant improvements to performance and stability."

"While there aren't any major new features here," writes The Verge, "we're hoping that these bug fixes make this app work a lot better than it did before — the concept certainly has potential, despite the continued presence of some truly questionable design decisions."

You can find more coverage from The Verge here.