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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: FM switchoff in the UK; and a nerdy look at AM transmission characteristics Inbox

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with one of his more technical columns, in which he closes the can of worms opened in last week’s coverage of a frequency switch at 4BC in Brisbane, Cridland’s home base. Lots of graphics. But first, the UK’s decision about FM switch-off, a new rule for smart speakers, the geography of Wales according to TuneIn, and the new BBC logo. Continue Reading

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Cirrus Streaming introduces complete podcasting toolkit; special features for broadcasters

Cirrus Streaming, which provides many kinds of enterprise streaming services from cloud streaming to Alexa service, has built and released a comprehensive podcasting solution. The single-dashboard solution suite includes hosting, editing, monetization, and distribution. There are special instant-podcast tools for broadcasters.
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Chartable’s new Sales Sheets profile a podcast’s audience for ad buyers

Chartable has released a new product called Sales Sheets, which are infographic profiles of a shows’ audience, based on Chartable’s datasets. The sheets explain each podcast according to metrics of value to advertising and podcast ad agency buyers — these metrics include size of audience, demographics, listening persistence, and more. Click through for an example link of The Jordan Harbinger Show. Continue Reading

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Investor note bullish on podcast & streaming as “catalyst” for leading radio groups

Equity research analyst at B. Riley Securities, Daniel Day, projected growth metrics for the second half of this year, and 2022, for three top radio groups — iHeartMedia, Audacy, and Cumulus Media. His “robust growth estimates” for digital revenue are his most bullish outlooks, with a particular focus on podcasting. Click for details. Continue Reading