Tag: "FCC chairman"

NAB Show: ‘Broadcasting knits us together’

| April 21, 2016

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recalled his boyhood, listening to his transistor radio, on his bike, humming newspapers onto lawns along his route.  And he says we still have his ear at work: “I keep the radio on in my office all day long.”

“I’m an NPR guy,” Wheeler smiled; telling us he also has SiriusXM in-car, for “72, The Broadway Channel.  I love Broadway music!”  And – segueing to the topic of AM radio – he added, “If an AM station were to go all-Broadway, I’d listen to that too”

“Technology changes.”

“The question,” the Chief Commish shrugged, “ is whether those managing technology will change with it.”  Meantime, he reports – and several of my clients confirm – that the FCC is briskly turning around AM stations’ translator applications: “Since we opened the window, we have processed over 500 ‘new stations.”

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Radio Show: Show Me the Money

| September 19, 2013

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

ORLANDO — The NAB/RAB Radio Show is underway, and I couldn’t help thinking, “It takes money to make money,” as I drove onto the posh Rosen Shingle Creek grounds Tuesday, past a sign announcing it’ll be $16 a day to park.  Imagine my relief when, on the way out, the attendant said it’d be half-price for Radio Show attendees…and then yesterday, when she told me “no charge!”

“If you’re in Radio, you’re in Sales.” 

That’s been a durable RAB mantra since before The Great Recession.  So it’s no coincidence that the vibe here is so not-2009, and that every session I’m attending addresses revenue opportunities.

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