James Cridland

UK's RAJAR: Web radio share, listening hours show yearly growth in Q4

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 11:00am

RAJARNew data from RAJAR -- the UK's radio audience measuring body -- shows that Internet radio's share and listening hours in Q4 2011 increased over the previous year.

Internet radio collected 35 million hours of listening during the quarter, RAJAR reports, and held a 3.4% share of radio listening. Both figures are up around 10% from Q4 2010.

That said, MediaWeek argues (here) that the figures "have yet to demonstrate that Radioplayer, the one-stop shop for online radio listening launched on 31 March last year, has had a real impact on the number of hours listened to internet radio." The publication points to the fact that Internet radio's 35 million hours of listening is actually down from the 40 million reported in Q3 2011.

You can find RAJAR's Q4 results here (PDF). James Cridland has more coverage and analysis of RAJAR's findings about digital radio at his blog here.

Don't blame the platform, when bad content and lack of promotion are at fault, argues Cridland

Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:00am

Radio's "futurologist" James Cridland had to bust out the "spicy" language to make his point (which we think is a pretty ****ing valid one). James spoke at the Jacobs Media Tech Summit in Baltimore this week (see Tom Taylor's "zingers" section yesterday in Radio-Info.com), and clarifies a point he made there in his blog today.James Cridland

Cridland took exception to the idea that a delivery platform -- HD Radio in this case -- could be at fault for an underperforming brand. To paraphrase, the reason nobody’s listening to your HD2 channel isn’t that HD Radio is s**t, it’s that your HD2 channel is s**t.

"It is not a discussion about platform – it’s a discussion about content," Cridland wrote. "And, as I regularly say, you may have good reasons why you have chosen not to be on a given platform, but that doesn’t give you licence to slag it off, because that’s bad for radio listeners and radio advertisers."

Interestingly, the point came out of Cridland's attempts to sample WMMR/Philadelphia HD-2, MMaRchives, which also streams online. And Cridland doesn't really have any problem with the content of that actual channel -- but the fact that it was so hard to find led to his conclusion that the lack of listening to the channel is a result of lack of promotional support by the station. 

"If you tell nobody about a new station, bury it four screens down in an unintuitive place on the website, and don’t tell anyone how to tune in, it’s unfair to blame the platform for your failure to promote a service well," Cridland suggests. Read his blog here.

RAIN's Kurt Hanson to moderate panel at Jacobs Media's Summit 16

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 11:00am

Kurt HansonRAIN editor and AccuRadio founder/CEO Kurt Hanson will moderate the Future of Radio panel at Jacobs Media's Summit 16. The panel will include WTOP VP of News and Programming Jim Farley, radio futuroligist James Cridland and others.

Summit 16 -- "a 360° view of the challenges and opportunities facing the radio industry" -- takes place in Baltimore on December 7 (during the Arbitron Client Conference). You can find out more from Jacobs Media's blog here.

Jacobs Media's Summit 16 takes place December 7

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 11:30am

Jacobs Media's Summit 16Jacobs Media Summit 2011 -- the 16th such gathering -- will take place on Wednesday, December 7 in Baltimore, MD during the Arbitron Client Conference.

The partial list of Summit 16 speakers includes radio futurologist James Cridland, WTOP VP/News & Programming Jim Farley, Director Digital Media for the NHL Washington Capitals Sean Parker and others.

You can find out more about Summit 16 from Jacobs Media here.


UK's Absolute Radio launches redesigned web player

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 11:15am

Absolute Radio's new Radioplayer interfaceThe UK's Absolute Radio has redesigned its Radioplayer web interface. Updates include the ability to synchronize visuals and other info with the audio content. 

New Media Age has more coverage here, while radio expert James Cridland has a review of the changes here. You can read more coverage about the UK's all-in-one web radio platform Radioplayer in RAIN here, here and here.


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