James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Microsoft pulls FM out of phones, plus consumption changes and pizza

James Cridland is Managing Director of media.info, and an Australia-based radio futurologist. He is a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. Find out more or subscribe at http://james.cridland.net

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  • Twitter’s changing device ecology” Jean Burgess has done some great research on what people use to tweet. Spoiler: lots and lots of devices. Which, coincidentally, is similar to how ‘radio’, in all its forms, is being consumed these days.
  • Things like Netflix, etc, mean that there’s more great TV being made today than ever before. And, once more, there are parallels with ‘radio’, in all its forms: lots of great radio being made on podcasts and on new, digital-exclusive, stations.
  • Is Terrestrial Radio Facing Its Judgment Day With Fierce Digital Competition? – an interesting article in Billboard. Sure, if you define radio by the platform its on, the US industry is in a particularly – and unusually – bad spot. The concern is that this piece could be interpreted as a view of global radio, and that would be dead wrong. US radio, the black sheep of the radio family, needs to sort itself out.
  • Podcasting rapidly moving to streaming, not downloading. This says a lot: both about the changing consumption patterns of podcasting, but also about the availability of fast-enough data everywhere. Incidentally, I listened to half my podcasts last week near-on-demand (marking specific episodes to download while waiting at an airport gate).
  • 85 percent of Facebook video is watched without sound. Why you should be transcribing your stuff and, for Facebook, adding subtitles.
  • I just want it to work.” One man and his quest to listen to the radio. And the data behind why.
  • Build your own radio with… a pizza. Yum!

United Kingdom


  • Could CPA Replace [CPM] on Traditional Media Buys — and What If It Does? – thought-provoking piece about sales from Jeff Vidler. I’ve noticed, with interest, that the radio station 97.3FM in Brisbane runs “97-minutes of non-stop music” but with spoken advertising over the intros of some songs. These are solus, powerful, and in the UK would be entirely illegal, but they sound great.


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