Wednesday, March 29, 2006

HD Radio signal loss on side channels..ouch

sounds like it still needs some work from the recent information...

satellite radio thanks you, wonder what ford thinks about all of this after their early investment in this technologie

thanks fmqb, sounds like a real honest report

FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron ...
HD Radio: A Stumble Out of the Gate? By Paul Marszalek ... She told me she doesn’t have an HD radio because “they’re very hard to get.” - 49k - 27 Mar 2006

Thursday, March 16, 2006

sirius Ford tells radio world to wake up get on board

radio and records ran this peice first on ford motors media buyers comments at the nab conference... (also translated by arbitron) ...after you see what spin they placed on it ..... look at the real facts below based on what ford said

i like this quote “Maybe you need to reach out to online, to mobile, even to satellite,”

Speaking this morning at the RAB Radio Summit in New York, Ford Motor Company Global Media Manager Mark Kaline urged radio to embrace Arbitron's Portable People Meter, asking why the industry is waiting on fully transitioning from its 40-year-old diary-based methodology to Arbitron's electronic measurement device.

Among the points Kaline shared with attendants during the opening keynote address, "New Rules for Radio: What's the Frequency," was that, in his view, the PPM gives the industry significant advantages and adds credibility to the industry with the ad-buying community. "Radio cannot afford to wait," Kaline believes. "The industry will never catch up if it does not act now."

Kaline also says the right device is "only part of the challenge. Backing it up with good research techniques and Media Rating Council accreditation is a must." Additionally, Kaline says HD Radio will multiply the need for PPM.
Kaline represents advertisers on the Next Generation Electronic Ratings evaluation team created in response to Clear Channel's request for proposals on a state-of-the-art ratings measurement tool. A transcription of Kaline's presentation at the RAB Summit was provided by Arbitron.
— Adam Jacobson, R&R Management/Marketing/Sales Editor

Ford's Kaline to Radio:
Consumer Is First Paul Heine,
Billboard Radio Monitor MARCH 15, 2006 -

"Radio is at a critical moment in its history, on the verge of tremendous growth and poised for transformation." Sound like feel-good hype from a radio CEO? It's not, it’s a media buyer's perspective, a very large buyer at that--Ford Motor Company. Mark Kaline, global media manager for the automaker, made the comments in a keynote address at the What’s The Frequency? New Rules For Radio forum Wednesday morning in New York.

While upbeat about the future, Kaline said the medium could squander its opportunity if it doesn’t act quickly. Radio needs to embrace culture change, put consumers first – “don’t lose sight of the listener” when embracing new technologies -- and “get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” he said.To that latter point, Kaline urged broadcasters to consider alliances it may have never dreamed of before.

“Maybe you need to reach out to online, to mobile, even to satellite,” he suggested.

New and better ways of measuring audiences are at the top of the needs list for most advertisers, Kaline intimated. “Activate PPM. What are you waiting for?” he said.

“Radio is snapping at the ants while the elephants are going by. The industry will never catch up if we don’t act now.” Rather than wasting time waiting for the perfect measurement solution, radio needs to adopt an “80 percent and go strategy,” he added. “Enhancements can be made along the way.”

Kaline said the right device is only part of the challenge. Good research techniques and MRC accreditation are equally important, he noted. Kaline also called electronic spot verification “a must” and said radio needs a better understanding of listener engagement in a multi-tasking environment.

Later, in a “More Than Spots” session, Fox Broadcasting senior vp of national media Kaye Bentley spoke to the power of radio. “Radio works,” she said. The company used radio to launch its new TV network 20 years ago, when the three established networks weren’t interested in working with them. “That’s where we went 20 years ago and that’s where we go today,” Bentley said. Fox spends ad dollars with virtually all forms of media but radio get’s the largest share of its budget. “I never executed a media plan that didn’t have radio in it,” she said.The Advertising Club, Adweek Magazines, publisher of Mediaweek, and the Radio Advertising Bureau presented the New Rules For Radio forum.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Sirius HD Radio admits Major trouble with dashboard

HD Digital Radio Alliance CEO Peter Ferrara said Friday at the R&R Talk Radio Seminar in Washington, DC that the lucrative deals both XM and Sirius struck with automakers to get their receivers installed in new vehicles are hurting the ability of broadcasters to convince automakers to start installing HD Radio receivers in their line of models.

"Detroit is a problem," Ferrara said during the session, which focused on new technologies including HD Radio, Internet streaming and podcasting. "We've got a long way to go, but now we have their attention. And they recognize that broadcasters are behind it. The alliance has helped. Discussions with Detroit are moving forward."

iBiquity CFO Pat Walsh added that as consumers become more aware of HD Radio — a technology his company developed — prices for the receivers will come down. "We have watched this happen before," Walsh said, noting that early Sirius and XM receivers were pricey but eventually came down to more affordable levels. "The magic of consumer demand drives down the price, and we are just at just the beginning of the curve," he said. "Consumers will learn it and get it over time."

Walsh also urged broadcasters to seize the opportunity to jump onto the digital bandwagon, saying, "There is a huge opportunity here to take your content into the digital world. HD Radio gives you a platform to compete with these other technologies."

— Joe Howard, R&R Washington Bureau Chief


Thursday, March 02, 2006

siriusly earthly radio ceo tells listeners go to satrad

hay if we dont have, what you like go to satrad .........this big guys running radio should soon have no feet left due to all the bullet holes...........hay can they be that stupid ........hay but thanks for the honest plug

Radio CEO Responds to Angry Missoula Listeners

New West, MT - 45 minutes ago... His sage advice for angry radio fans in Missoula – switch to satellite. “I would advise everyone to go to satellite radio,” he said. ...

sirius , stern file response howard has work till 2010

Date posted: 2006-03-02

Sirius: CBS Lawsuit Has No Merit

Sirius Satellite Radio says the lawsuit filed earlier this week by CBS Radio has no merit.

The satcaster has formed a response to the lawsuit against Sirius, Howard Stern and Stern's agent Don Buchwald. "CBS Radio's claims against Sirius have no merit, and Sirius plans to vigorously defend this action," a spokesman told RW Online.

Nothing in the complaint would prevent Stern from fulfilling his obligations to Sirius through December 2010, the spokesman said.

Stern has a contract through 2010.

In the suit, filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, CBS Radio alleged Stern mis-appropriated millions of dollars' worth of its airtime by promoting his move to Sirius in an effort to attract more subscribers to that service. CBS also seeks damages from Sirius, alleging unfair competition and interference with Stern's CBS contract.

thanks rw online

sirius radio shack started in summer 2005 music deal

Comprised of public relations junior Peter Black, advertising junior Benji Harris and Gary Hundly and Mark McDonough, who both live in Dallas, the band Thief is already a driving force in the Norman music scene and on a national level. A self-described developmental band, Thief recorded its first EP, a nine song compilation, in Nashville, Tenn., in the spring of 2005.

“We’ve had a lot of luck and run-in with some great people that have helped us, especially in recording the EP,” said Black, the guitarist and lead vocalist. “We did it at Cold Park Studio in Nashville, and we were in and out of there for several trips. We were probably only in the studio for 14 days. We had 12-hour sessions, and it was amazing to have people who were willing to work on that time scale.”

The band worked out a deal with Radio Shack in June of 2005. The company’s new MP3 player, which hit the shelves in early December, comes with five pre-loaded songs, one of which is a single by Thief. The MP3 player is available in the 7,200 Radio Shacks across the country and online.

The year-old band is also working with YMC TV, a new channel that launches on Dish Network in early 2006. For their television debut, they have filmed a closed-set studio concert and are, in spring 2006, participating in a national college tour.

With negotiations for potential record deals in progress, guitarist Harris said they remain humble despite their current successes and future aspirations.

“Playing is so much work and we set up our own stuff. That keeps you grounded for sure,” Harris said. “Right now, we are just at the very tip of the iceberg of what we are going to do.”

all off the artist sites, i have looked at have their stuff on apples site........did the s50 come with any preloaded songs.............??

from reading the artist site it clearly looks like songs were loaded on several hundred thousand players(apple) would be my i wonder about the other four tracks (from wdmg), it looks like they also included advertisments for the bands in over a million cd's they had in the radio shack stores for christmas