Lying losses and limes
We look around the web for interesting things to read. This week, RAJAR, lying, losses and... limes.
US radio guru Tracy Johnson, meanwhile, discusses people who lie on-air, and points out that most emails from listeners are ignored. Radio consultant Paul Easton discusses the right way to let a presenter say goodbye. Does he know something we don't? And the Guardian managed to get a peek behind the scenes at the Today Programme.
Meanwhile, BBC ALBA launches in Scotland on Freeview on 8 June. They've got the space by taking off the majority of radio stations when it's broadcasting, as the BBC explains. It's good news for listeners of some stations, however, who have been reprieved.
The problem of recommendation sites like Pandora and last.fm is beginning to be fixed by none other than Facebook. Last.fm's folks call it the 'cold start problem', and it's just one more reason to consider using Facebook as your user registration platform.
Speaking of Pandora, it's doing well: revenue up by 131%, reports RAIN. And the net loss for the company also up by 126%! Oh dear.
They might take lessons from the airlines, as we discover that some airlines cut a lime into ten slices, while others get sixteen slices out of the same fruit. That saves, potentially, half a million dollars a year. Over to you, Tim.
James Cridland is the Managing Director of Media UK, and a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business.
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