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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Podcasts on your radio; radio in your Deezer; listeners on the air

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this edition: A suggestion for UK’s Podcast Radio, from a Canadian initiative. A discovery in Deezer. Why doesn’t Spotify do this thing? And riffing on iHeart’s new AI thing. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Vale Jono Coleman, and the birth of talkRADIO, er, TV

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this edition he joins UK mourning for Jonathan “Jono” Coleman, who died two days ago. ALSO: the BBC annual report, news from Australia’s SCA, new ad delivery technology from AdsWizz, and more. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Who cares? Plus, Audacy’s 350 new stations

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this edition he identifies a chronic and damaging failure of audio production, complete with an illustrative DAW waveform. Plus much more. Continue Reading

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Steve Goldstein: If People Can’t Find Your Podcast, They Can’t Listen to It

by Steve Goldstein
If “findability” isn’t in every podcast creator’s lexicon, this guest column by Steve Goldstein will put it there. Steve details the search agony an enthusiastic and motivated user might have (and he did have) finding a podcast after hearing it advertised. An eye-opening read. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Radio by the Numbers. And Ed Sheeran

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world — and a new email format. In addition to what the title promises, James describes an interesting Spotify/radio, or radio/Spotify, playlist. Continue Reading

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Steve Goldstein: What every podcaster can learn from Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy

by Steve Goldstein
Podcast intros are way too long, and audiences are increasingly frustrated — we agree with guest columnist Steve Goldstein. Top-of-show chatting and rambling is a holdover from podcasting’s youth, and feels increasingly out of touch with the medium’s professionalization. Steve makes an interesting comparison with long-running TV shows. Continue Reading

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David Oxenford: Copyright Royalty Board Decision on Webcasting Royalties Expected by June 14 – What Will the Streaming Rates for 2021-2025 Be?

by David Oxenford

This vital guest column by David Oxenford summarizes the royalty rate arguments put before the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) for a ruling expected by mid-June. In normal times that ruling would have been delivered before January 1, but this every-five-year cycle has been delayed by Covid. The outcome will chart the financial course for webcasters of all sizes in the 2021-2025 period.
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Steve Goldstein: Podcast Subscriptions Insights with NPR’s Joel Sucherman

by Steve Goldstein
In this guest column, Steve Goldstein reproduces a conversation with Joel Sucherman, NPR’s Vice President for New Platform Partnerships, about podcast subscriptions. Sucherman illuminates NPR’s basic strategy points, and reveals how local NPR radio stations are involved in that strategy. Continue Reading