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In considering the best interests of the media and marketing sector, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF) have collaborated in order to ensure that the All Media and Product Survey (AMPS) contract is extended to 2015.saarf image

 

The current AMPS contract comes to an end in December 2014. The Establishment Survey is the media industry’s accepted future media audience research model that will replace AMPS. To ensure a smooth transition to the Establishment Survey, it has been agreed, in the interest of the industry, that the AMPS contract be extended.

 

Continuous consultation between all stakeholders is taking place to ensure continuity and stability of the industry research and all stakeholders are committed to the AMPS contract being extended. AMPS will be streamlined during 2014 through a series of workshops based on the findings from the online-survey component of the Future Proofing project.

 

“Collaboration among the media and marketing industry who are seeking uninterrupted, stable and credible research on which to base marketing and advertising decisions is necessary. It will undoubtedly benefit all stakeholders,” says Ingrid Louw, CEO, Print and Digital Media South Africa (PDMSA), the association for newspaper and magazine publishers.

 

“The NAB is encouraged by industry stakeholder support for the extension of the AMPS contract.  It allows the necessary time to facilitate a transparent and seamless changeover to the Establishment Survey, and most importantly for access to a viable media currency without any gaps,” says Nadia Bulbulia, Executive Director of the NAB.

 

According to Ettiene van den Berg, CEO, SAARF, “This provides the industry and stakeholders with time to review options, to negotiate and determine the best way forward. Collaborative discussions will address all stakeholder concerns and the transitional phase into the Establishment Survey is expected to produce a new vision and robust business model that will respond to stakeholder requirements.”

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Comedy Central takes on the divine

Posted by radio On July - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

This year, they’ve already nailed the subject of sex, and dissected the topic of race, but this time Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) is turning its ever-curious gaze on the unholy topic of religion, in the heavenly upcoming edition of Comedy Central Presents Divine Live at the Lyric.

 

Hosted by celestial “unradio” deity Gareth Cliff, Comedy Central Presents Divine Live at the Lyric takes place at the Lyric Theatre, Ormonde, Johannesburg, on 12 and 13 September. The TV special of the same name will air on Comedy Central on Monday, 3 November at 21:00 CAT.Comedy_Central_green_wide

 

No creed is safe, no canon protected, no theology unexamined in this no-holds barred comedic dissection of religion. In attempt to understand why on earth we are all here, Gareth Cliff (@GarethCliff) will officiate at “Divine”, using his trademark, no-nonsense style to keep the peace as not four, but five religions meet on one stage.

 

Fiery atheist and comedy legend, Casper De Vries (@Casperrasper), brings a very sharp edge to proceedings, while the gentle political commentary of Deep Fried Man (@DeepFriedMan) will speak on behalf of the Jewish community.  Laying it on the line on behalf of Christians will be one of the best Christian comics Comedy Central could find – US comedian GRIFF (@2Trillion), a regular visitor to SA shores. Up and coming comics will add some fresh new edge to the proceedings as two SA Comic’s Choice Awards nominees, newcomer Yaaseen Barnes (@Ya_a_seen_him) and Breakthrough Act Nominee Kagiso KG Mokgadi (@KGComic). Muslim comic Barnes is the master of the surreal one-liner, while Mokgadi is the son of a Sangoma spiritualist/healer/medium – offering a unique perspective from the viewpoint of the often overlooked “traditional” religion of South Africa.

 

Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “Following the success of our other themed comedy events, we are very excited to see how this unique comedy line-up will focus their gaze on the always topical subject of religion. We look forward to seeing how the comedy inherent in such a serious and polarising subject such as this translates into a blissful live comedy event and TV show.”

 

Quipped host Gareth Cliff, “There are three things they tell you not to talk about at the dinner table – politics, sex and… RELIGION. Well, we’re not at the dinner table now, are we?”

 

Tickets for Comedy Central Presents Divine Live at the Lyric are on sale now at Computicket and the Lyric Theatre Box Office, priced from R205 (R195 for early bird, group bookings, pensioners and students).

 

Comedy Central Presents Divine Live at the Lyric is produced by John Vlismas and Taffia Keight of Whacked Comedy on behalf of Comedy Central.

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New channel on Dstv

Posted by radio On July - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

 

DSTV LOGOA+E Networks is set to launch leading female entertainment channel Lifetime on MultiChoice’s DStv platform in South Africa at 19:00 on Tuesday, 22 July 2014. The channel will launch on DStv channel 131 and will be available to all DStv Premium customers.

 

 

The launch expands the A+E Networks portfolio in Africa, delivering a female-focused entertainment brand to sit alongside History and Crime+ Investigation.

 

Leading the launch, Tom Davidson, Managing Director of A+E Networks UK, said: “The launch of Lifetime in Africa is exciting for us and marks a key moment in our continuing investment in this market. With a schedule packed with powerful stories, passionate people and addictive entertainment, we are confident that Lifetime will appeal to African audiences.”

With an emphasis on fresh and uplifting content, Lifetime in Africa will engage and inspire viewers with a winning formula of quality scripted dramas, Lifetime Original Movies and factual entertainment shows.

 

 

An enviable array of Hollywood stars will also appear across the schedule, from Whoopi Goldberg and Harvey Keitel to Courteney Cox and Heather Graham. A+E Networks is also commissioning local content to broadcast on the channel from 2015.

 

Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director, EMEA at A+E Networks added: “In less than two years we have launched Lifetime into more than 60 countries outside the US, and during 2014, we will add over 50 more. Lifetime brings a unique offering to DStv viewers, and we believe our new channel will play a leading role in the current African female-skewing pay-TV space.”

 

 

Mark Rayner, Chief Operating Officer, MultiChoice South Africa commented: “We look forward to welcoming another channel from the A+E Networks stable to the DStv platform. We’re confident the powerful stories told on Lifetime will speak to our customers, uplifting them on a daily basis. We’re always looking for more ways to add even more value to our DStv service – Lifetime will help us to do just that for our Premium customers.”

The territory premiers planned for launch month will provide viewers with a taste of the channel’s original content.

 

A Day Late and a Dollar Short is a brand new and exclusive Lifetime Original Movie, premiering on Tuesday, 22 July at 20:00. Based on the bestseller by Terry McMillan, and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames, A Day Late and a Dollar Short tells the story of a feisty matriarch, Viola Price (Goldberg). When Viola learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world. While on her quest, Viola must contend with sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and drug addiction. Additionally, her jailbird son needs to learn how to be a better father, her granddaughter is in bigger trouble than her daughter is willing to admit and Viola’s estranged husband needs saving from his scheming younger girlfriend. It’s the kind of meddling that the Price family hasn’t experienced from Viola in decades and she won’t have an easy time bending them to her will. Mekhi Phifer, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Tichina Arnold also star.

 

 

Premiering on the Sunday, 27 July at 20:00, Flowers in the Attic is a Lifetime Original Movie based on V. C. Andrews‘ controversial, cult classic book. It is the twisted tale of four siblings who, after their father’s unexpected death, are convinced by their mother to hide in the attic of their grandparents’ mansion so she can reclaim the family fortune. But when her visits begin to wane, the children endure unimaginable treatment at the hands of their ruthless grandmother. Starring Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Twin Peaks), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream, The Exorcist), and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men).

 

 

Dance Moms is one of the key factual entertainment shows available on Lifetime Africa. Set in Pittsburgh’s renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, Dance Moms follows talented children’s early steps on the road to stardom, along with the determined mothers who will stop at nothing to help them reach the very top. Both mother and daughter are guided under the watchful gaze of company founder and general manager Abby Lee Miller, whose discerning eye and years of experience mean she will settle for no less than the absolute best from her protégés. The show immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding the dance competition season and the cast’s intense pursuit of National Dance titles. Dance Moms premieres on Tuesday, 22 July at 19:10.

 

Shahs of Sunset premiering on Monday, 28 July at 20:45, follows a group of young Persian-American friends in Los Angeles as they juggle their active social lives and up-and-coming careers, while balancing the demands of their families and traditions. These passionate socialites are big on the dating and party scene, but face the pressure from their family to settle down and marry within the community. From outings on Rodeo Drive to traditional Persian feasts at home, this series celebrates the unique lifestyle of a close knit group who value what they have and are not afraid to flaunt it.
Content also confirmed for Lifetime in Africa includes exclusive African premieres of the Lifetime Original Movies: Betty & Coretta, starring Mary J. Blige and Angela BassettSworn to Silence with Neve Campbell and Liz & Dick starring Lindsay Lohan. Gripping drama series include the hugely popular series: Suits and the exclusive territory premiere of Orphan Black. Talent led factual entertainment shows including; Kim of Queens and Bring It! join popular reality series including; 24 Hours in A&E and Preachers’ Daughters.

 

Lifetime is currently available in more than 65 countries, reaching more than 140 million subscribers

 

 

[Source: Dstv]

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Lupi Ngcayisa, the Baldwin of the airwaves

Posted by radio On June - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Lupi Ngcayisa’s no hold barred attitude brings to mind maverick essayist James Baldwin. He has the ability to ram down any subject without being overtly aggressive. Measured and almost never deterred in putting forth his two cents worth of social commentary, Ngcayisa is an accomplished black man with ample gravitas. As a commentator on the government owned, Ubuntu Radio, he probes varying topics from international relations to economic capabilities within the mother continent.

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Starting from the bottom

He humbly started started working in the retail industry to finance his Marketing and Business Management studies. A chance meeting with a customer that loved his service resulted in a job offer at Nedbank. He later landed the position of a personal banker whilst at the financial institution. After leaving Nedbank he joined PRESTASI Brokers in PE and later applied for a position in Johannesburg. Under the pretence of having landed a promotion to his family he stayed with friends in big bad Jozi. Ncayisa’s hunt in the city of glaring lights had Hot Dogz Incorporated -a below the line agency that managed the Sasko Milling & Baking account- snapping him up. It is through this agency that he got the Sasko PR & Marketing job.

 

Then came radio

In 2003 KC of Mhlobo Wenene roped Lupi to do entertainment reporting on his show. He later joined Sbu’s afternoon drive team at YFM. The experience had Ngcayisa going under the alias Uncle L. Ngcayisa quickly became a well known entity and forged forth to Metro FM as part of Thomas Msengana’s show. The personality heralds Msengana for teaching him everything he knows about radio. Uncle Lupi also had a stint at Radio 2000 before leaving for the online station, Ubuntu Radio, where currently hosts Ubuntu Talk between 9am-10 am.

 

Ngcayisa’s anecdotes on the state of black radio

Radibiz Video interview : http://youtu.be/t9xJ5EOW4Jo

“Radio has huge role to play in terms of bridging the gap between South Africa and the rest of the continent when speaking of social cohesion. This medium also has part to play in terms of helping South Africa to heal. We are a wounded society. We’re coming from a system that has oppressed us for over 300 years and the other idea of saying all’s well after 20 years is a fallacy. The airwaves are in place to pacify and restore our dignity. I’m dissapointed with Black Radio in particular. The Metro FM’s of this world have dropped the ball, because it has become about the DJ shenanigans and celebrity culture. We should be focusing on pushing the Pan Africanist and social agenda.”

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[by Kagiso Mnisi]

As the nation finds itself in the throes of mourning one of its most loved sons, Eddie Zondi, the scribe is taken back to when he first met the Romantic Repertoire impresario. First year of high school it was circa 1997 when one as an unlikely listener of an adult contemporary station such as Metro FM would occasionally catch glimpses of Zondi at then Highgate Mall, Riverlea. Robed in a denim outfit most times, the maestro would make a return to a booth where he started off his DJing career. His formative years as a selector for mall rats, trendoids and retail feigns was not as glamorous as the coveted gig at SABC radio. His booth lied smack in the middle the food court area, where most eating haunts served Halaal eats, given the Muslim contingent of the Riverlea area. When not at Metro FM this is where he would be armed with only a microphone, modest operating desk and an abundant taste in music via tapes and CDs. It was here that the beady eyed teen scribe would marvel at Zondi’s grandiose licks , either with Tony Rich’s Like A woman or maybe Sabela from the Sarafina Soundtrack. It was here that many other youngans would aspire to be like the man. Yes he who had an impeccable talent of speaking through emotive song. Ever measured and never deterred. We thank Zondi for the travels he took us on through the gems given on any Sunday be it balmy or gloomy. RIP Eddie Makhosonke Zondi.

 

 

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[ by Farai Diza]

Let’s face it, good music is everyone’s pre-requisite. It soothes the soul and keeps the passion flowing like a crushing waterfall. But the voice that dishes out that music is just as important as the music that filtrates its way past the airwaves.

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Meet veteran Gagasi 99.2 FM’s Mzokoloko Gumede.

Many will not argue that DJ Mzokoloko is one of the best things that have ever happened to Gagasi FM. His energetic, crisp, and passionate voice has won him hearts all over the country and beyond.

Yes, his that man behind that popular I Love Mornings that airs between 6 and 9am on weekdays.

Born and raised at Gingindlovu in northern KwaZulu Natal over 30 years back, it has always been his dream to walk into a radio station and make things happen behind the mic. His aspirations of becoming a DJ were revealed during class in grade three but he turned into a laughing mimic because of the revelation.

 

I knew that i would end up on radio from a very young age, as this was and is still my passion. I have always known deep inside that i wanted to be a radio DJ. As a kid, when i was asked in grade three what i wanted to be when i grew up, i confidently said a DJ. Everyone laughed because it was out of the ordinary,” he testified.

After being laughed at, i had to change my dream to being a lawyer, which at that time, was all that one could aspire to be due to the country’s situation,” he added.

But DJing is not for everyone and Mzokoloko managed to ensure that he fit the industry before casting his nets out wide. Now he is part of KZN’s vibrant music radio station.

DJ’s need decks to practice and in the DJ profession it is all about practising and perfecting your skills,” he stated.

DJ Mzokoloko’s Facebook page, with a following of over 32 000, is constantly bombarded with encouraging words from fans who listen to his show proving just why he is causing waves and taking Mzansi by storm.

One of his greatest inspirations is Hotstix Mabuse, who made headlines when he recently went back to school after having dropped out in grade 11.

He has been in the entertainment game for decades but he remains relevant to this time. One special thing about him is that he went back to school in 2012 after having dropped out in grade 11. This was truly inspiring because it simply means fame and wealth doesn’t change you. If things are not completed, life gives you a chance to change things and do what you previously couldn’t,” stated Mzokolo.

DJ Mzokoloko is killing it. His just proving just how radio would have lost its vibe had he not followed his heart and treaded on the law shores.

 

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Bongeziwe Stripped down

Posted by radio On June - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[by Hellen Phushela]

Hearing Bongeziwa Mabandla for the first time drowns out any other imposing sound. The African cloth garb that he is known to wear gives anyone not in the know a sense of who he is. As I amp up the volume, I’m taken to a world of peace and powerful spirituality through his music. The singer/song writer was born in a small rural town of Tsolo, in Transkei. His childhood like that of most was care free and only when he got older did he become conscous the kind of environment he was growing up in. Growing up free spirited as he is, Mabandla was attached to his mother. “Every time I would see her come down the road from work, I would run to her as fast as I can. It was good times, free times,” he recalls.

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Mabandla received guitar lessons in high school even if he didn’t think much of his talent. He later became a student AFDA doing an acting course, which he changed later to study music. When asked what he would be doing had he not pursued his music, he says, “I think I would become a painter, I’m into fine art. I did painting as a subject in high school and I did really well in Art history. So I sometimes think about what kind of art I would be doing if I didn’t drop it” .

The soulful calm sounds of his debut album Umlilo, have a unique flavour. The album was released in 2012 under producer Paulo Chibanga of 340ML fame. On the album he collaborated with the likes of Zuluboy and former Kwani Experience vocalist Nosisi. Bongeziwe has since received instant publicity, having performed on Morning Live weekend edition and Afro Café. He has also received two nominations in the South African Music Awards in 2013. Bongeziwe was nominated for Best Newcomer and Best Adult African album; he also delivered a heart warming performance of ‘Ngawe Mama’ at the awards. The Album has twelve tracks that will have any jazz, soul, afro music or country music lover happy.

Though he is still an up and coming musician in the country he is already booked for a tour in Japan this August, he explains that this is the highlight of his career. As well as performing with Joss Stone as he grew up listening to her music and being on stage with her was amazing. Bongeziwe Mabandla is also back in studio to record his second album, which will tell a story of his heartache in the music industry. “A lot of those situations have made me wonder why I am here, so a lot of it is about the connection with God and also the understanding of God in an African existence.”

 

 

 

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One On One with flambouyant Mafani

Posted by radio On June - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

 

[by Farai Diza]

The lights and camera can turn anyone into a super star. Errr provided there is lots of publicity attached to it. While the camera’s are always ready to capture amazing soccer moments, one star who has taken advantage of that and taken it to radio is former Kaizer Chiefs Public Relations spin doctor Putco Mafani.

To be a good radio presenter, one has to always be tuned into your senses. You have to be creative, innovative, and respectful of listeners,” he divulged.If that tuning is an art that is perfected over the edge, then Mafani has undoubtedly mirrored that perception in a positive way.

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Mafani recently made headlines when he won the Best Breakfast Show Presenter Award in the public broadcasting station category in a glittering function that was held at the Sandton Convention Center. The event brought together over 1000 radio lovers. On a night that was full of rewarding great work, Mafani also went home with the Hall of Fame award for Umhlobo Wenene FM and the Best Breakfast Show (overall).

 

He has teamed up with the likes of Pastor Phiwe Nozewu, Mluleki “Coach” Ntsabo and Mafa Bavuma to build a formidable team on radio through their popular breakfast show.

Radio Biz recently went out to find out more about the golden voice that has been behind the radio mic for the past 16 years. The results were astounding.

Over the 16 years of absolute radio pleasure, I am humbled by the amount of faith and support given to me by my listeners,” said Mafani.

Mafani is simply a larger than life personality who has made a remarkable difference with his contribution to marketing communication in the sports and entertainment fields.

He has worked at a number of radio stations having started it all off at Radio Ciskei before leaping over to Radio Xhosa. Stints at Channel Africa and Kaya FM followed. That opened doors for him as evidenced in 2010 when he was approached by then station manager Nada Wotshela to present Umhlobo Wenene’s breakfast show.

Born in 1966 in Fort Beaufort, Kwadubu, Mafani who presents Breakfast Eyondlayo Ekuseni, said that being inducted in the radio MTN Hall of Fame was a dream come true. But it took some bit of pinching for him to actually believe that it wasn’t just a day time dream.

It did not sound real at all. It only sank in when my name was called out. What i can say is that it is a very humbling experience. Today my name is on the same list as radio legends like Alex Jay, Given Ntlebi and Peter Bacela, he smiled.

Growing up in Fort Beaufort, Mafani always dreamt of riding the radio rollercoaster. His unbelievable passion for radio was further influenced by the well spoken radio personalities that he used to listen to on the wireless.

I was 10 in 1974 when we went on tour with my school. We visited Radio Xhosa in King Williams Town. I had the privilege of seeing Ntlebi recording his Sunday slot. I watched this man in the studio and i was blown away by his voice and gestures,” said Mafani as he spoke about how his interest in radio grew.

Besides making waves on radio, Mafani is also a successful businessman who specialises in marketing communications.

 

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[Farai Diza]

Some things were simply meant to make our lives a whole lot easier!

It has been 20 years since South Africa attained its democracy and the nation has strongly developed with the help of science and technology. 2014 has made it even easier for people to communicate information through various mediums that suit one’s pocket.

These include books, newspapers, magazines, the internet and television to name a few. But the most popular medium is radio.

SA RADIO_NO 1 MEDIUMRadio is a kind of electronic wave technology which is very affordable for almost everyone in addition to its availability. Cellphones have made it even more accessible as all listeners need is a pair of earphones and the rest is history.

 

Radio streams are easily accessible for anyone with a cellphone that has inbuilt radio. Most of these cellphones are cheap to buy. It has become far much easier, for example, for an illiterate granny in the rural areas to catch up with the news happening in her community. I think it’s because radio is extensive at events coverage,” said an avid radio listener Thabo Moeti.

 

One of the key issues facing radio today is how the fast changing technology affects the medium and how each player has to find ways of keeping up and making it work for them.

 

36 year old Gareth Cliff made headlines when he re-invented radio in South Africa through his Cliff Central platform that broadcasts shows on the internet via the popular social networking We Chat. Deals like MTN’s uncapped access to Cliff Central have made it easier for listeners to tune in without cutting off a leg and arm on data costs.

 

With initiatives like the Cliff Central, it is only a matter of time before more innovative ways transform the way we listen to our radio with the pending introduction of digital audio broadcasting (DAB). DAB is a digital radio technology for broadcasting radio stations used in several countries.

 

It is more robust with regard to noise and multi path fading for mobile listening since DAB reception quality first degrades rapidly when the signal strength falls below a critical threshold, whereas FM reception quality degrades slowly with the decreasing signal.

 

A number of commercial South African radio stations are already testing DAB, which will mean more regulated stations will become available via the digital spectrum.

 

We have got to figure out how to take advantage of it and commercialize it. It could be a drain, as it has been for UK radio, where there are 10 streams of frequency. We have been moaning about how limited radio is for years. From that point of view, this could be the game changer. Enabling many radio stations,” said United Stations managing director, Rivak Bunce during a radio roundtable discussion held recently.

 

Besides being a source of employment, the radio has continued playing so many roles in South Africa and it will continue ushering us into the future as the number one preferred medium.

 

19 SABC radio stations will broadcast the 2014 FIFA World Cup and no one is going to be left out of the Brazilian excitement wave.

 

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A recent rant aimed at Radio Station Managers recently did the rounds. The thought leader with insightful, albeit not so new nuggets, waxed lyrical about how DJs are building personal brands on the back of any given station’s reach.

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“It doesn’t matter if every word is an over annunciated, mispronounced song title or time check. In fact, they’ve become that way because they aren’t really being paid enough to generate great radio. They’re being paid just enough to pitch up and build their own personal kingdom on the back of your station’s reach.

 

 

This evident in that they get paid more gigging, appearing and MC’ing. They get those gigs because they’re building their following on the back of your station’s reach.”

 

Our cherished opinion also states the following

 

Social media audience

I know, that’s how it is. There’s an understanding: you pay them less and they get benefits from the megaphone that is radio. They build enormous social media followings on Facebook and Twitter too don’t they? And when they walk out the door at the end of a show those followings go with them, to their appearances, to their dinners and to their bedside table when they go to sleep at night. 

So what happens when they walk out that door for good? Those social media audiences go with them. But it’s only digital audiences. It’s not like they’re taking your FM audiences with them, so there’s nothing to worry about because the next DJ that comes along to fill the slot will begin to cultivate and build a mass following anew on the back of building their own brand on the back of your station’s reach on the back of radio being a megaphone.

And then, one day, like property in America, the megaphone bubble that is radio will burst. Don’t get me wrong, people will always be listening – they’ll just be doing it on something other than FM and suddenly the megaphone’s batteries will lose power. When that day comes, your station’s back may break and so may its traditional FM reach and if you’ve done nothing to plug the digital dam wall holes through which your digital audiences are currently leaking like water, well then you’ll be holding onto those last few DJ’s with white knuckles won’t you? 

The bubble will burst

Don’t be surprised if the DJs that leave are one day sitting in the corporate journalism rooms of self-publishing brands, who have paid them executive communications salaries for them to continue broadcasting to the swathes of social media audiences they once built on the back of your radio station’s reach.

Forewarned is forearmed. The bubble will burst. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But it will one day and if you have not prepared you will be left wondering, like the newspaper industry what you could have done to make it different.

If I were you I’d start with an audit of your total digital reach and then decide from there how to future proof this part of your business.

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