James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Spotify’s music radio, new stations and lazy Buggles

by James Cridland

The main story in this week’s newsletter from James Cridland is Spotify’s new “Show” product — a couple of new entries are reviewed. Also, new traditional radio station launches in the UK and Australia. Then, more radio news and links to other sources. One of the meatiest columns in this series. Continue Reading


Cumulus Q3: Podcasting up nearly 50%, 102M September downloads

A few interesting notes related to podcasting from Cumulus Media in the company’s Q3 earnings report. Cumulus owns Westwood One and the Westwood One Podcast Network, although neither entity was mentioned by name in the earnings call remarks by CEO Mary Berner and CFO Frank Lopez-Balboa. Podcasting provided a bulward during trouble performance of streaming and local digital marketing. Continue Reading


Podcast Radio (UK) adds Curiouscast shows to DAB+ broadcast lineup

Podcast Radio, the all-digital, all-podcast radio station heard in London, Surrey, Manchester, and Glasgow, has partnered with Curiouscast, the Canadian podcast network and part of the Corus Entertainment Network. A selection of Curiouscast episodes will be inserted  into Podcast Radio’s rotation. U.S. listeners can hear Podcast Radio, too. Continue Reading


Australia’s SCA enjoys jump in streaming metrics

Southern Cross Austerio (SCA) has  released a  basket of bragging-rights metrics for key streaming properties. SCA’s live streaming audience has grown 58% year-over-year, and the company says that digital audio is its fastest growing advertising platform. The combined streaming for SCA networks reached an audience of 1.5-million in September. The total digital audio network includes the two main broadcast networks, Hit and Triple M, and also Soundcloud Radio. Click through for graphs and links. Continue Reading


Frequency Podcast Network unveils fall releases

Toronto-based Frequency Podcast Network, owned by Rogers Radio, has released a slate of new podcasts for fall release. The schedule includes seven shows (see below). Frequency was created by Rogers in mid-2018, with a single show: The Big Story, a daily show breaking down a single news story. Click through for show descriptions. Continue Reading


Pandora is part of SiriusXM’s NFL 2020 coverage plan, and sponsor pitch

Continuing the cross-channel programming and monetization which has been part of the SiriusXM/Pandora merger from the start, a pR is circulating today which advertises the sponsorship opportunities around the upcoming NFL 2020 season, which will be assertively covered by both platforms. Pandora will carry some curated analysis originating on the SiriusXM NFL Channel, and also program game-time music playlists. Continue Reading