By Holland Cooke
BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Do the math. For 6 months when habitual listening dips as listeners vacation and otherwise alter their lives, baseball brings:
- long-TSL tune-in (“vertical maintenance” in ratings speak), to…
- 162 three+ hour shows (“horizontal maintenance”), by…
- people who otherwise might not cume the station, in…
- what would otherwise be fringe evening/late-night/weekend hours,
- many of which are suspenseful, and which are loaded with…
- inventory that sells-without-numbers.
And now that games are available elsewhere, affiliated AM/FM stations need to play defense to exploit the franchise. (Pictured at right is HC at his beloved Fenway Park.)
By Holland Cooke
BLOCK ISLAND, RI — How effective is Donald Trump’s slogan? It crystallized his shoot-from-the-hip spiel well enough that conservatives who were chanting “American Exceptionalism” a year ago now sound like they think we’re no longer great.
Mrs. Clinton’s messaging hasn’t been nearly as consistent or deft. A while back, her slogan-of-the-week was “Love Trumps Hate.” Huh? Lately, with Bernie Sanders out of the race, and to position against Trump’s nationalistic narrative, she’s settled on the less cryptic “Stronger Together.”
Time Spent Listening about…Time Spent Listening
by Holland Cooke
ANNAPOLIS — If the wistful Kenny G. Christmas music wafting through the hotel is nearly-drowned-out by the sound of 250 people typing, it can only be…Arbitron’s Client Conference.
This is an annual Who’s Who of radio Programming, and everyone here admits to the nerdy curiosity necessary to digest a two-day meeting about audience measurement. I do a half-dozen media conventions a year, and I always extract more “take-home pay” from this one than any other.
Here are my notes from day one. More here tomorrow, and more Monday.