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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.nets

james cridland radio futurologist 300wJames Cridland sends us his weekly links while returning from a week-long trip to Australis. He includes this note:

I listened to lots of radio while I was out there in Audstralis (and was on the radio at least twice). I was puzzled to hear a presenter on a Queensland radio station – networked from Sydney – refer to Queensland as “up there”; heard the most awful scripted interview passing as programme content on a small Gold Coast station; but also heard some great radio, including great talkup of Hit 105’s station charity for sick kids, great music on 97.3 (yep, that’s the name of the station); 612’s “Australia All Over” with just the kind of story-led programming great radio ought to have; and TripleJ’s eclectic mix too (dropping the f-bomb at least ten times during my drive to the airport).

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  • New Zealand: Commercial Radio Survey results – no public service broadcasters in these figures, sadly, which is a shame. All markets really should ensure that public service broadcasters are included in their audience research, otherwise it doesn’t really tell the whole story.
  • Canada: looking forward to the OAB in Toronto this November – where I’m doing the keynote
  • Want to improve clickthrough? Look at the fonts you’re using. – interesting effect that something so simple can apparently make.

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