Erica Farber

Radio's digital revenues up 10% in first quarter, says RAB

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 9:00am

RABRadio's digital revenues "surged" 10% in the first quarter of 2012 (compared to Q1 2011), according to the Radio Advertising Bureau's new report. That growth, along with increases in the network, off-air and "a stable spot sector," helped overall radio revenues grow 1% in the quarter.

"While advertisers continue to capitalize on radio's spot and network efficiencies," commented RAB President and CEO Erica Farber, "they're increasingly utilizing local digital capabilities and audience engagement that this medium affords."

You can find the RAB's full report here.

Radio Ink's Rhoads says Haley, a champion for digital, left RAB out of frustration

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:45am

Radio Ink publisher Eric Rhoads (pictured) blogged yesterday on the passing of the torch at the Radio Advertising Bureau from (newly-appointed Marketron CEO) Jeff Haley to (former publisher-CEO of Radio & Records) Erica Farber. His point: Haley left out of frustration at a radio industry unwilling or unable to come to grips with the reality of a digital future.

Rhoads remembers hearing Haley comment at the Convergence radio conference last year: "It's a shame that the entire industry is not here to hear the importance of bridging the digital world and radio. This is probably the most important thing they could attend, and yet only the early adopters are here."

With digital as Haley's primary initiative for radio, Rhoads pins Haley's frustration on the radio industry's "deep resistance to change." Rhoads writes, "We are in an industry under attack. Sadly, many of you are still running FotoMats in the age of digital cameras. And many don't know what they don't know. Unless we as an industry, at every level, invest deeply in this digital mission Jeff Haley was pushing, we will be left in the dust."

Eric Rhoads' blog is worth a read, here. Also, for more on Marketron naming Jeff Haley president and CEO, click here. Finally, the Radio Ink Convergence event is June 4 & 5 in Silicon Valley. More info here.

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