talk radio

Industry trade TALKERS to launch 24/7 online radio channel, produced by Backbone Networks

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 12:10pm

Streaming technology provider Backbone Networks is behind the soon-to-launch TalkersRadio stream, which will be hosted by talk radio industry news source TALKERS magazine.

The 24-hour online radio station will be a "laboratory" / "farm system" / "showcase" for new concepts, talent, and shows for talk radio. In addition, the stream will carry TALKERS magazine live events like conferences, and a regular rotation of programming to give it "the feel and consistency" of a real radio station, according to TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison.

The stream will also serve as a showcase for Backbone Networks itself, for its technology "that makes it extremely convenient and affordable for talk show hosts to do a fully produced program – with live callers and guests – from an amazingly simple technical remote and portable set up," according to the press release. The live (and archived) audio from RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas in April was produced by Backbone (and streamed on TuneIn). 

Read more on TalkersRadio here.

Public radio digital team finds "framework for engaging with the digital audience" in talk radio

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 1:15pm

NPR Digital Services says some of the best practices top talk radio shows employ can be tweaked for social media.

"We often talk about engaging our radio audience online, but that’s only part of the job. We also want to find and nurture a new audience online, including potential fans who don’t know we exist but would love to follow what we do. These two audiences develop in different ways, but a well-considered strategy can grow both audiences and encourage them to participate more often."

Check out the article for some practical tips about sharing promotional announcements, "live tweeting," and more.

Read NPR Digital Services blog here.

More RAIN news "quick hits": Talk radio on the Internet; music's positive effect at work; the post-IPO Pandora; M. Ward's Net radio app

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 12:30pm

-- Paragon Media Strategies' "The Blog" examines Internet radio talk programming. "For the aspiring talk show host trying to maximize the number of listeners, Internet Talk sites may offer more potential than the small audiences that the overwhelming majority of AM stations can muster," Paragon's Larry Johnson writes. "The best strategy may be to have an ‘aggregator’ or site pick up the show. There seems to be plenty of Internet Talk sites including Stitcher, Voice America, Live 365, WSJ Radio, and TuneIn." Read more here.

-- The New York Times reports on various studies of the positive effects of music in the workplace. "In one study involving information technology specialists, (University of Miami assistant professor Teresa Lesiuk) found that those who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who didn’t, because the music improved their mood." Let's hear it for more Internet radio at work! Read more here.

-- A former Pandora employee discusses how much different work (and, supposedly the way the Pandora music algorithm works) changed post-IPO. "It used to be that you’d put in Modest Mouse and then hear all these crazy college indie bands. That was how it was created. It was great. But people in the Midwest hated it. Now, you put in Modest Mouse and you hear Maroon 5. It’s much more like radio. Some people got angry, but the majority like the changes," the anonymous former employee told BuzzFeed, here.

-- The musician M. Ward has created his own iTunes Internet radio app to allow anyone to locate almost 1,000 of the country's best, independent radio stations -- handpicked by Ward -- and easily stream them online. Read more in The Huffington Post here.

Stitcher offers insights about smartphones and politics

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 12:10pm

Stitcher's political infographicPersonalizable talk radio service Stitcher has assembled a fascinating infographic about smartphones and politics. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 70% of Stitcher users listen to news and politics.
  • 46% of voters own a smartphone.
  • Alaska has the highest iOS listenership per capita.
  • South Dakota has the highest Android listenership per capita ("who would have guessed?" asks The Next Web).
  • 57% of iPhone users are liberal listeners.
  • 56% of Android users are liberal listeners.
  • Interestingly, Stitcher says listeners of conservative programs also listen to liberal shows, but liberal listeners only listen to liberal shows.

Stitcher also maps out the country by liberal/conservative radio show preferences and lists the top shows for liberals and conservatives.

You can find it and more from The Next Web here. Stitcher also recently launched an Election Center (RAIN coverage here).

Roberston discusses's progress with CNet

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 12:15pm

DAR.fmIt's been over a year since enterpeneur Michael Roberston introduced to the world. The service aims to be like a TiVo for radio: it can record specific radio programs for on-demand listening later.

Since the service's debut in February 2011 (RAIN coverage here; VentureBeat coverage here), "has expanded the number of stations it offers listeners access to from 100 to 5,000," writes CNet. The service now offers more than 20,000 radio shows and can stream or download any of them to mobile devices, set-top boxes or PCs.

CNet can't help but ask, "can he [Robertson] do it without getting sued?"

Robertson's answer: "I think so. I've talked to some insiders and they get it. I can help them get their shows on new hardware: smartphones, PCs, and set-top boxes... DVRs have helped TVs. TV viewing has gone up 40% and radio's market share has fallen... they'll realize that it gives their listeners what they want, which is the ability to listen when and where they want."

You can find CNet's article here.

Michael Robertson will be a panelist at this year's RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas discussing "The Streaming Music Landscape." He'll be joined by Rhapsody's Brendan Benzing, Amazing Radio's Paul Campbell, TuneCore's Jamie Purpora and moderator Ted Cohen of TAG Strategic. You can find out more about the Summit here.

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