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Bauer: the one to watch for UK radio innovation
By James Cridland Posted April 24, 2014
Radio has a new innovation leader in the UK: one that could really go places
Links of interest for week ending 20 April 2014
By James Cridland Posted April 21, 2014
28 articles about radio and the media, curated by James Cridland
Does radio have something to fear from the connected dash?
By James Cridland Posted April 15, 2014
I take a trip in a car with nothing more fancy than Bluetooth - and am worried about what I discover
Links of interest for week ending 13 April 2014
By James Cridland Posted April 14, 2014
12 articles about radio and the media, curated by James Cridland
Links of interest for week ending 6 April 2014
By James Cridland Posted April 7, 2014
20 articles about radio and the media, curated by James Cridland
How not to digitally relaunch a radio station
By James Cridland Posted March 31, 2014
The launch of new Dublin station TXFM is a lesson to us all
Links of interest for week ending 30 March 2014
By James Cridland Posted March 31, 2014
15 articles about radio and the media, curated by James Cridland
Links of interest for week ending 23 March 2014
By James Cridland Posted March 24, 2014
28 articles about radio and the media, curated by James Cridland
Links of interest for week ending 16 March 2014
By James Cridland Posted March 17, 2014
30 articles about radio and the media, curated by James Cridland
Why voicetracking is good for the radio industry
By James Cridland Posted March 14, 2014
Is voicetracking really a disaster for radio? I don't think so.
Hybrid radio: what your radio station needs to know
By James Cridland Posted February 20, 2014
RadioDNS Hybrid Radio is now pre-installed in Samsung phones: here is how to configure it for your station
US West Coast radio people - can I come and visit?
By James Cridland Posted February 18, 2014
I want to escape Las Vegas for a few days, and see great examples of new radio
At last: an in-car DAB radio that looks quite good
By James Cridland Posted February 12, 2014
It turns out that I need to buy a Peugeot
RAJAR Q4 2013 - good news, bad news, and winds of change
By James Cridland Posted February 6, 2014
The big stories this time around with the radio industry's latest audience figures
Why radio visualisation is rubbish - and why we need it
By James Cridland Posted February 3, 2014
Examples of radio visualisation from across the world show the benefits, and pitfalls, of adding pictures to live radio
Pandora is not radio
By James Cridland Posted January 27, 2014
We have let Pandora attempt to redefine radio as a passionless, humanless, music jukebox: why?
Taking libel action in 2014 - easier or harder?
By Paul Chantler Posted January 3, 2014
Do changes in the law mean it'll be easier or harder to sue for libel or defamation?
Over half of You and Yours listeners use DAB
By James Cridland Posted January 2, 2014
In spite of the programme's negative bias against the technology, the majority of listeners use it
The importance of the radio brand
By James Cridland Posted December 18, 2013
What is your new year branding resolution?
DAB - what needs to happen next
By James Cridland Posted December 17, 2013
Good news yesterday: but what do we need to do to move radio forward?
New innovation categories in The Radio Academy Awards
By James Cridland Posted December 9, 2013
Now you can enter websites, apps and more
How much does it cost to run an internet radio station?
By Mike Russell Posted December 2, 2013
How much do you need to budget for - and, what do you need to bear in mind?
DAB - the debate for smaller stations
By Stuart Clarkson Posted November 14, 2013
There's been an obvious split between the owners of small-scale licences and the big boys
A gentle mauling from You and Yours
By James Cridland Posted October 28, 2013
Winifred Robinson not a fan of DAB
Don't be a girl DJ!
By James Cridland Posted October 14, 2013
Girls just don't have the gift of the gab so necessary for the job, says a girl DJ - in the sixties.
Karnaval - a company to watch
By James Cridland Posted October 7, 2013
The number one tech startup in Turkey is a radio station
Under the hood with the UK Radioplayer tablet app
By James Cridland Posted September 30, 2013
Wonder how it works? I asked.
The UK Radioplayer tablet app
By James Cridland Posted September 27, 2013
On Android or iOS, you should install this now if you love UK radio
Radio 1 switches off the DJs
By James Cridland Posted September 27, 2013
If you want non-stop music, then you can get a great choice from Spotify, Google Play, Rdio, Last.fm or even YouTube's playlists.
More diversity is urgently needed in newsrooms
By Dan Freedman Posted September 23, 2013
They're white, middle class and they all look and the same: not politicians - newsrooms.
NextRadio - a good FM radio app
By James Cridland Posted September 10, 2013
A hybrid radio app that makes FM sexy again
News on commercial radio - what's the point?
By Richard Horsman Posted August 28, 2013
There are only two reasons to provide news on British commercial radio - because owners have to, or because they want to.
Broadcasting: seven times greener than streaming
By Gunnar Garfors Posted August 27, 2013
The future of radio is streaming on your mobile phone? Tell your battery that.
Is music becoming more niche?
By James Cridland Posted August 22, 2013
Does the success of 6Music, TripleJ and other less-mainstream stations mean the end for top 40?
Grow your radio brand with digital brand extensions
By James Cridland Posted August 20, 2013
JACKfm 2 goes on-air in the UK - and it sounds great
Radio stations and the mobile web
By James Cridland Posted August 14, 2013
The most mobile of media is, on the web, anything but
RAJAR - radio's new listening figures, with graphs back to 1999
By James Cridland Posted August 1, 2013
Media UK contains audience figures from across the UK's radio industry - in an easy-to-understand format.
Review: Pinell Go portable DAB+/FM radio
By James Cridland Posted July 26, 2013
This new premium portable radio has brilliant design
Book review: Tony Hertz - The 7 secrets of creative radio advertising
By James Cridland Posted July 10, 2013
A refreshing book, oozing enthusiasm about radio creative
Songl - Australia showing the UK the way?
By James Cridland Posted July 1, 2013
Future-proofing your music radio business means investing in new ones for Southern Cross Austereo - but why not here?
The Swell personalised radio player is just swell
By James Cridland Posted June 28, 2013
At last - personalised speech radio arrives to the iPhone and to your commute.
Why KISSFresh can't be too successful
By James Cridland Posted June 28, 2013
KISSFresh is an interesting departure for Bauer - but let's hope nobody listens to it
Is your radio career worth £99?
By James Cridland Posted June 26, 2013
In today’s job market, it’s not just your employer’s role to invest in you
Radio's rule book
By Craig Bruce Posted June 24, 2013
The 25 rules to live your radio career by
More music, less talk?
By Graham Mack Posted June 17, 2013
Apple are calling their new service 'radio' because it'll be the same as what radio has become, only better.
What Indonesia's media consumption means to all of us
By James Cridland Posted June 14, 2013
We can learn lots from the land of the smiling people
A new dawn for radio in Myanmar
By James Cridland Posted June 13, 2013
I discover that radio in Burma is changing faster than ever
Should radio be worried about Apple iTunes Radio?
By Phil Riley Posted June 12, 2013
Will it be disruptive to radio? Or will it spell radio's death-knell?
They've stolen our brand: will we close down Apple iRadio?
By James Cridland Posted June 10, 2013
Jukebox services that call themselves 'radio' denigrate what radio is all about: so why is the radio industry sitting on its hands and doing nothing?
The BBC Perceptive Radio
By James Cridland Posted May 31, 2013
Are there opportunities commercially?
What is the point of a radio anorak?
By Christopher England Posted May 30, 2013
They are completely out of touch with modern audience needs and radio trends
Kerrang to come off-air - here's why
By Robin Valk Posted May 24, 2013
Sad news - another local radio service exits the Midlands
My experience handling breaking news of a potential terrorist incident
By Iain Dale Posted May 23, 2013
Wondered what it's like to be on-air when the news breaks?
Another Sony Radio Academy Award night...
By David Lloyd Posted May 13, 2013
As another Sony Radio Academy Awards takes place tonight, David Lloyd looks back
Real Radio - really caring about their people
By James Cridland Posted May 9, 2013
Why Real Radio's Boot Camp is a great idea - and an alternative if you want to further your career
DSNHits - is internet the future of radio?
By Enda Caldwell Posted May 8, 2013
Radio should upgrade itself as a platform above social media rather than being subservient to it
YouView - radio's great opportunity
By James Cridland Posted May 7, 2013
YouView is an excellent way to sample radio's content - see how, in pictures
10 lessons learnt from radio in West Africa and Yemen
By Jonathan Marks Posted May 6, 2013
Jonathan Marks watches a presentation from software company Sourcefabric: and learns lots for the future
Radio in car: the future is DAB together with the internet
By Ford Ennals Posted May 2, 2013
Free, expanded robust coverage and great station choice - the future of in-car radio will be a combination of digital broadcast working alongside the internet
Pirate radio - its legacy
By James Cridland Posted May 1, 2013
What did pirate radio give us anyway - and how long will it survive?
Top 5 things that every CEO in radio should be doing
By Fred Jacobs Posted April 30, 2013
Smash that BlackBerry into bits - and other things to help reinvent your business
Radio in car: 3. The monetisation opportunity
By Anthony Gherghetta Posted April 29, 2013
Right now, nobody is reinventing radio: but in-car can seriously change the way radio earns its money.
Review: BBC iPlayer Radio for Android
By James Cridland Posted April 24, 2013
It's been a while coming - but is the iPlayer Radio app for Android any good?
Radio in car: 2. Apps and geo-location
By Anthony Gherghetta Posted April 24, 2013
Radio apps have an unfair advantage over every other app in-car: geo-location.
GTFM - a community radio success story
By James Cridland Posted April 23, 2013
A new survey shows that Pontypridd's community radio station is the most popular: and they've got here by being old-fashioned
Radio in car: 1. The connected future
By Anthony Gherghetta Posted April 22, 2013
A content war is coming to the dashboard of the car - and broadcasters need to adapt
Boston marathon: radio's future isn't just smartphone-shaped
By James Cridland Posted April 16, 2013
If radio's future is only smartphones, we won't be serving our communities
Ding Dong - the media's in a tizz about Thatcher song
By James Cridland Posted April 12, 2013
Why Radio 1's decision is the right one - and why this is a storm in a BBC tea-cup
TFM: who could be next?
By James Cridland Posted April 6, 2013
TFM is sharing all programming with Metro FM - but who else is allowed to do that?
Why the words we use make a difference
By David Lloyd Posted April 3, 2013
When listeners get in touch with you, they use the same language to you as they would to a friend - so we should too
The UK Radioplayer - much to be proud about
By James Cridland Posted April 2, 2013
The UK is leading the world with the Radioplayer - here's why
The end of impartiality rules for broadcasters?
By Richard Horsman Posted March 31, 2013
It seems the idea is being taken up by the most unlikely champions for change
Personalised radio - almost here?
By Jon Curnow Posted March 26, 2013
Apple's new podcast app update shows that personalised radio is getting closer
Not invented here?
By James Cridland Posted March 25, 2013
Why does the UK radio industry shut out learnings from other countries?
Student questions on the future of radio
By James Cridland Posted March 13, 2013
Could radio lose its own identity? It's up to us, I argue
RAJAR - the hidden delights in radio research
By James Cridland Posted March 12, 2013
A Radio Academy discussion last night about RAJAR, the radio research figures, threw up some surprising information
Radio's future in-car: from a Tel Aviv taxi driver
By James Cridland Posted March 11, 2013
Did I unwittingly see the future of in-car entertainment from the back seat of an Israeli taxi?
In Israel - the FM+ Conference on receiving the future
By James Cridland Posted March 6, 2013
The Israeli radio market has three main players - and, I discover, a lot of passion
A Pow Wow with the Big Chief
By James Cridland Posted March 4, 2013
RTBF shows that an away-day can be fun and interesting
Radio in the classroom
By Steve Martin Posted February 25, 2013
The most persuasive argument for engaging children in radio is surely that it can help lead to a better quality of life
Radioplayer on a radio - a user experience triumph
By James Cridland Posted February 19, 2013
The concept radio that makes an iPhone experience out of hybrid radio, powered by RadioDNS
Why I chose Rdio over Spotify
By James Cridland Posted February 18, 2013
I used to use Spotify, the UK's oldest all-you-can-eat music service; but now I've discovered Rdio, I'm not going back
Review: BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, in vision
By James Cridland Posted February 14, 2013
Visualised for the first time today - BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat programme: but what does radio news look like on the telly?
World Radio Day in Finland - a love letter to radio
By James Cridland Posted February 14, 2013
The celebration of a day dedicated to radio might not be big in the UK, but in Finland...
Speech radio: what, no talk?
By Christopher England Posted January 23, 2013
Why is there no real talking radio, especially from the commercial sector?
Who is grasping the opportunity with social media?
By James Cridland Posted January 22, 2013
Do Twitter, Facebook and other social networks represent an opportunity, or a lack of focus, for the UK media industry?
Angela Bond - an appreciation
By Robin Valk Posted January 17, 2013
An old friend and long-time mentor, Angela Bond, died last week. She changed radio.
The BBC Radio-4-Matic - hacking radio for good
By James Cridland Posted January 11, 2013
An amazingly clever way to get some sanity back to this Seattle radio listener's life.
London's New Year's Eve Fireworks 2013 - The Story Behind The Soundtrack
By Nik Goodman Posted January 10, 2013
How Bounce put together the soundtrack for the 2013 fireworks, and what you can learn to help make great radio, too.
DAB radio in-car reaches new high
By James Cridland Posted January 10, 2013
DAB radio is in more new cars than ever before - a surprising number, in fact
Radio on the connected car dashboard - more open and more about radio
By James Cridland Posted January 8, 2013
At least in Ford cars, internet radio takes a leap forward
Radio's success is in the user interface
By James Cridland Posted January 4, 2013
When people point out radio's competitors, they forget the most important thing
Review - Team: It's Only Radio, by John Myers
By Iain Dale Posted December 28, 2012
It’s one of those books you are devastated to finish. You want it to go on and on.
Top 5 radio apps for Android
By James Cridland Posted December 27, 2012
Whether Santa brought you a Nexus 7, a Galaxy Note or even a Kindle Fire, here's a great way of turning your £200 tablet into a £5 wireless with the best radio apps.
Radio programmes about the future of radio
By James Cridland Posted December 21, 2012
The future - and present - of radio makes it to the radio airwaves this Christmas and New Year
The biggest single mistake that advertisers make
By Mike Bersin Posted December 19, 2012
If you're advertising your business on the radio, in press, online or on TV, avoid this fundamental mistake.
Is the new Myspace a radio replacement?
By Mike Russell Posted December 17, 2012
It turns out that the New Myspace is, whisper it, actually quite good - but is it a replacement to radio?
last.fm - great music research for radio from the web
By James Cridland Posted December 14, 2012
It's never been easier to get free research on music from the web - and really get to know how people consume it. Here's how...
Prank calls: not big, not clever, not funny
By Richard Horsman Posted December 10, 2012
The 2Day FM incident will make life more difficult for every radio journalist in the UK.
Prank calls: the angry mob
By Simon Kelsey Posted December 10, 2012
We must not let our industry be suffocated further by the demands of the mob, whipped up by a few self-righteous figures.
Another thing Spotify can't do: the weather
By Phil Riley Posted November 27, 2012
Another spell of bad weather in the UK highlights what radio can do - and what services like Spotify and Pandora can't
The top 5 best examples of interactive radio
By James Cridland Posted November 26, 2012
Who is doing the cleverest, most innovative things with interactive radio? We pick five best-of-breed stations and programmes.
Music streaming won't kill the radio star
By Claire Wright Posted November 22, 2012
Did The Buggles get it a little wrong?
How the industry could be promoting digital radio
By James Cridland Posted November 19, 2012
Another year, another digital radio promotion on the TV, on radio, online. But how could we promote digital radio even better?
Radio must work together on its future
By Adam Bowie Posted November 12, 2012
If radio doesn't do it, then the likes of Spotify, Apple, Pandora, Google, Microsoft and any number of other groups are likely to do it anyway.
Book review: Johnny Beerling - Radio 1 the inside scene
By James Cridland Posted November 9, 2012
A review of Johnny Beerling's autobiography of his time at the BBC and BBC Radio 1.
Speech radio: there's never been more to talk about
By Ken Rayner Posted November 8, 2012
Let's build a popular, viable, engaging radio entity. Where captivating content is disappearing, let's replace it.
Speech radio: less music, more talk
By Graham Mack Posted November 7, 2012
Instead of asking why commercial talk radio isn’t happening in the UK, we should be trying to work out why a country that consistently produces some of the finest speech based programming in the world isn’t turning that into money
Speech radio: meet the challenge, and give me a reason to listen
By Richard Horsman Posted November 6, 2012
It remains to be seen if commercial radio can rise to the challenge of speech. If someone accepts that challenge, potentially millions of listeners will be over the moon.
Speech is the most important part of radio. When will the industry realise?
By James Cridland Posted November 5, 2012
The axing of LBC 97.3 from DAB transmitters in parts of England, and Danny Baker's unceremonious dumping by the BBC, shows the radio industry is sleepwalking into irrelevance
While old regional media shuffle the deckchairs, is there an opportunity for new regional media?
By Robin Valk Posted October 30, 2012
Is it time to re-think regional media? Judging by the latest radio and circulation figures, that might just be a very good idea.
RAJAR Q3/2012 - will your station be the next XFM?
By Matt Deegan Posted October 25, 2012
Some of radio's larger changes are being highlighted in the latest RAJAR radio audience figures, out today: including 6music's success over its rival XFM
RAJAR Q3/2012 - the digital revolution begins
By James Cridland Posted October 25, 2012
RAJAR this time around is a tale of two halves - overall radio is down, but digital, on whatever platform, is up. What can radio learn from this?
Radio - will digital switchover ever happen?
By Matt Ballantine Posted October 24, 2012
TV switchover, from analogue to digital, is now complete. What's taking radio so long to achieve the same thing?
Breakfast radio: the most important media of the day?
By Sarah Jenkins Posted October 22, 2012
How can radio better serve its audiences in the morning - in an increasingly competitive and fragmented media landscape? What's radio getting wrong?
Tim Davie - Radioplayer, 4Extra, and two aborted closures
By James Cridland Posted October 19, 2012
As BBC Audio and Music Director Tim Davie prepares to leave the department to become CEO of BBC Worldwide, we look back at what he achieved during his time in charge of BBC Radio.
Are you a radio station that promotes Facebook in your own promos? Stop it.
By James Cridland Posted October 18, 2012
If you are promoting Facebook over and above your own website, what on earth are you thinking?
No more Programme Directors at one US radio company: what's your job title?
By Fred Jacobs Posted October 12, 2012
One American radio company says there are no such things as programme directors - renaming the title to more accurately reflect the job's roles and responsibilities. Fred Jacobs argues that this change is welcome: but comes with responsibilities.
Review: BBC iPlayer Radio websites and smartphone apps
By James Cridland Posted October 8, 2012
The BBC launches new audio-centric radio websites and a new radio smartphone app: comprehensive and feature-rich, it's the app we've been waiting for (for rather too long)
Review: the new UK Radioplayer mobile app
By James Cridland Posted October 5, 2012
The app's an impressive start for Radioplayer's foray into the mobile world - and offers the most comprehensive way to discover new radio
Broadcasting over the internet - uncool and ungreen?
By Roger Miles Posted September 24, 2012
What happens if you stop traditional terrestrial broadcasting and start distributing everything over the internet?
AM radio beats a smartphone any day
By Nigel Holmes Posted September 21, 2012
It turns out that smartphones aren't a good bet for the future of radio transmission; and there are particular benefits to AM radio.
Why radio will fail
By James Cridland Posted September 18, 2012
A music professional tries to tell a radio conference why radio will fail. And, at least partially, succeeds.
Ghetto Radio - showing radio's place in African community
By James Cridland Posted September 17, 2012
Commercial, and community, radio is alive and well in Kenya: indeed, potentially even more alive than here in the UK.
Why the internet won't replace radio broadcasting any time soon, reason number 85
By James Cridland Posted September 15, 2012
As one mobile phone company admits it has problems coping with the amount of mobile data we use, the benefits of broadcast are ever clearer
We need more personality on radio, not less
By James Whale Posted September 10, 2012
Radio should be reclaimed for the listeners - and should be more original, more innovative, and have more personality
Apple's new streaming radio service - why it won't reach the UK
By James Cridland Posted September 7, 2012
Apple are apparently launching a Pandora competitor, but the price of music makes it impossible for it to launch in the UK.
Brain-dead radio presenters and the danger of Twitter
By Richard Horsman Posted September 6, 2012
Blindly repeating twitter messages could land presenters in serious legal trouble
The BBC iPlayer app: treating radio as second-best
By James Cridland Posted September 5, 2012
The BBC iPlayer's new download service, on Apple products, doesn't include radio programmes, in spite of them already being available
The future of radio - RadioDNS Hybrid Radio to be at IBC
By James Cridland Posted September 4, 2012
RadioDNS Hybrid Radio - the marriage between broadcast radio and the internet - makes radio better: and it's growing
London radio listeners, hour by hour
By Tony Moorey Posted August 24, 2012
Absolute Radio's Content Director, Tony Moorey, takes apart the recent RAJAR results to discover some surprising truths
Australian radio shows the benefits of working together
By James Cridland Posted August 24, 2012
A morning of outside broadcasts for radio stations in Australia promotes the third birthday of DAB+ in the country
New Apple patent could kill commercial radio
By James Cridland Posted August 21, 2012
A new patent, posted by Apple, has the capacity to kill the commercial radio industry by replacing the ads.
Why remaining on FM is more expensive than building DAB+ from scratch
By Gunnar Garfors Posted August 19, 2012
Building a brand new DAB+ transmission network to replace FM actually saves broadcasters money, says Gunnar Garfors.
Radio station bosses teach listeners to hate radio DJs
By Christopher England Posted August 9, 2012
The Jack FM non-stop format is the latest in a plot to make radio listeners despise the radio DJ; but the essential hook for music radio is the presenter. So why do they do it?
RAJAR Q2/2012 - Britain's getting bigger, but is radio shrinking?
By James Cridland Posted August 2, 2012
Radio continues to change: and the new radio listening figures make this ever more clear...
FM radio in an extension lead
By James Cridland Posted July 29, 2012
Radio's in everything. Even extension leads.
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