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The mediascape keeps changing. Are YOU keeping up? The "Brandwidth Era" means mastery of more valid distribution platforms for branded audio content. In each 15-minute episode the best in the business share insider tips, tools and trade craft secrets to success now and in the future. Co-hosted by Media Strategist and 2nd-generation broadcaster David Martin and recovering radio programmer, manager Kipper McGee, who also authored the book "Brandwidth: How Big Broadcasting is Missing the Mediamorphosis".
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Dec 10, 2018

As we explored in Brandwidth, if you were to start a radio station today, you’d want it to be TECHNOLOGICALLY in synch with rapidly changing consumer capabilities.  You’d need to be CREATIVELY in synch with all co-branded platforms.  Importantly, Innovation is the only sustainable strategy for creating long-term value. 

Neal Sabin and Rick O’Dell are doing just that.

Neal serves as President of Content and Networks of Weigel Broadcasting. There, he’s been instrumental in creating numerous networks including Decades, ME-TV and ME-Too, and now MeTV-FM radio, which has taken Chicago by storm and is now available as a syndicated format. He also oversees the company’s TV stations in multiple markets 

Rick O’Dell is the consummate Chicago radio veteran, perhaps best known for as Chicago’s pre-eminent authority on smooth jazz programming, as the longtime Program Director of WNUA. Previous stops included soft-AC WCLR, and he now oversees programming on the soft rock/oldies station branded as Me-TV FM.

Together, they join us to share the power of creating in the now, to be poised for tomorrow by offering insights to the multimedia phenomenon that is “ME”. 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

(1:58) Neal shares the definition of the “Me” in MeTV and MeTV-FM.  Discover why the recipe may be simpler than you might think, but also why it’s not easy to execute! 

(3:03) Hear what led Neal and Rick to believe that a successful cable TV network could be reimagined to defy ratings gravity as a popular music radio format? 

(5:35) Wait until you hear the little know physics facet which makes the rapid rise of Chicago’s first MeTV-FM even more impressive!

(6:45) Hear the masterplan which gives MeTV-FM a competitive advantage unlike any other. 

(12:09) After success on TV, Radio and online, Neal and Rick define their biggest opportunity moving forward…and how it could work for you!

 Complete show notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com

Dec 3, 2018

Sean Ross is a fan of radio programming and content in every form and on all platforms. He’s VP of music and programming for Edison Research, working on audience research in all formats and around the world. He also provides programming consulting and music scheduling to more than a dozen stations throughout North America. He’s also the author of the influential Ross On Radio column in Radio Insights.  His writing also appears in Billboard, the RAIN Newsletter, Radio-Insight and other notable publications. In his spare time, Sean also authors liner notes for compilation and greatest hits releases and is a recognized industry expert on music and radio who has been quoted in USA Today, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, NBC, the Associated Press and numerous other news organizations. 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

 

(1:50) The trends Sean sees on the horizon for radio stations and listeners. 

(2:44) A preview of the way Sean sees music radio evolving both on-air and off-air, and how YOU can prepare to keep your career relevant. 

(3:45) Does pure-play streaming pose a threat to legacy radio stations?  Sean explores the situation, and what radio can do about it.

(5:00) Sean shares perspective on the “Breeze” phenomenon and examines whether this represents a ‘re-launch’ of the Soft AC format, or more of a total ‘re-boot’. 

(10:15) Sean reveals what he sees as one of the biggest format opportunities for legacy radio brands. 

Bonus: Hear Sean’s “top-of-mind” picks for some of the best radio stations on-the-air today!

Nov 26, 2018

Last time, Heather Cohen of The Weiss Agency shared insights on what it takes to get the attention of an agent when going for 'the big gig'.

(If you missed it, we encourage you to click over to Episode #085 first.)

This time Heather continues sharing insights with an episode focused primarily on The D.I.Y. Negotiator -- those who may not yet be ready, or in the market for, agency representation.

Whether you learn some new tips, tricks and techniques or are just reminded of things you may have forgotten, we trust that the knowledge shared in this episode can help you achieve greater success!

Complete Show Notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com

Nov 19, 2018

Heather Cohen is Executive Vice President of The Weiss Agency, a broadcast talent agency which represents and develops the careers of many of the industry’s most successful local and syndicated personalities. Heather joined the Weiss Agency directly from GreenStone Media, LLC, where she was Vice President, Programming.  Previously she served as  Assistant Program Director for New York’s legendary WOR.   Among her many awards, she’s been named radio’s “Woman of the Year” by Talker’s and is consistently among Radio Ink Magazine’s Most Influential Women and was featured on the cover last year. Heather also judged the Tony Awards for eight seasons, so she clearly KNOWS talent! 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

(4:07) What criteria does a top agent look for when considering whether to represent a new talent? 

(5:07) Heather explains why having strong cross-platform skills are no longer optional, but expected when seeking a new position. 

(6:30) For those who may not have talent representation. Heather shares some “D.I.Y.” negotiation pointers. 

(7:35) Heather reveals a ‘secret weapon’ tactic which ANYONE can do ─ but most don’t.

 (12:10)  Having been involved in a ton of high-profile deals, Heather shares some top things that employers may not always tell you BEFORE you start working there.

Complete Show Notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com

 

Nov 12, 2018

Let there be no doubt, Scott Innes is a radio guy through and through. After working at stations in various markets, his hallmark became an uncanny knack to do character voices. Then, Hollywood called. Scott became the official voice of Hanna-Barbera’s famous cartoon character, Scooby-Doo, and eventually other characters. He’s also given voice to over 1,000 talking Scooby-Doo items such as toys and video games and has appeared on countless TV shows like The Tonight Show, Fox and Friends, and others. On the radio, Scott’s s been voted “favorite On-Air Personality” for three years running Parents Magazine, and he won Air Personality of the Year by the CRB in Nashville and was voted the Academy of Country Music’s Air Personality of the Year!

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

(2:01) Scott shares how his love for radio and all things audio lead to mastering cartoon voices. 

(3:52) Now it can be told: the ploy that earned Scott a spot on the Hanna-Barbera roster, and ultimately filling in the footsteps of Casey Kasem.

(6:47) The key similarities and differences between radio folks and Hollywood, and why Scott chooses to stay grounded in local radio. 

(8:09) A trick learned from TV: how social video can engage and ACTIVATE your audience when you need them most.

(12:09) Some tough but honest and sound advice for anyone serious about a career in media today.

 

Complete Show Notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com

Oct 29, 2018

Chris Baker started coming to Omaha as a comic in the early 90's working at The Funny Bone Comedy Club. The great audiences and experiences quickly made Omaha his favorite stop on tour. After Talk Radio stints in Miami, Kansas City, Houston, and Minneapolis his dream opportunity opened up at Omaha’s regional powerhouse KFAB. During his afternoon drive show, Chris likes to mix the serious with the absurd or as he “… a mix of the salt and the sugar" sometimes known as "Road Range Relief"

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

(2:00) Lessons learned in the transition from full-time comedy to radio. 

(3:15) Things to look for to make SURE you’ve found the right radio ‘home’, and how to keep it that way! 

(5:35) Chris shares important advice for any radio person who’d like to take their ‘show’ on stage. 

(7:44) “Get-R-Done” with another prominent Nebraskan who also practices both comedy and radio. 

(11:41) Ways to define, polish and make the most of the ONLY thing an on-air performer can ever REALLY control.

 

complete show notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com 

 

Oct 15, 2018

Miami radio’s Paul Castronovo IS Florida.  He co-hosted “the Paul and Young Ron Show” in South Florida for almost 3 decades on stations including WSHE, 94.9 Zeta and most recently Big 105.9. Then one day, Young Ron decided to retire and the radio empire became The Paul Castronovo show.

Still the same lunacy, but with a new crew backing him up. While Paul was born in Brooklyn he’s a U of Flordia grad, a rabid Gator fan, and you will most likely find him fishing on weekends. He's also president of Castronovo Vineyards, as well as a husband and a dad. He’s a family guy, an Italian guy, and he likes the camaraderie that combination brings to radio. Here to tell us all about it..and more!

 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

 (1:28)  A Brandwidth on Demand FIRST ─ a top market morning host who was originally FORCED into radio!

(3:42)  One surefire “TELL” that a new station employee is probably NOT going to last. 

(4:27)  Tips for the care and feeding of your next GM or PD, and survival tips for dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

(5:45)  Critical things a new PD should NEVER do when trying to coach and motivate talent – whether longtime veterans or the newest of the new. 

(7:45) Lessons learned dealing with the departure of a key show member, and casting new show members.

 

 

Oct 1, 2018

Many consider the DeDe McGuire the hardest working woman in radio…and with good cause! A trailblazer and industry leader who has been entertaining radio audiences for years, DeDe is famous for her entertaining, empowering, and enlightening approach.

After co-hosting the nationally syndicated “Doug Banks Show”, DeDe is one of only a few women in America to host her own major market morning show, based at K104/Dallas, and syndicated by Compass Media. 

If you check her bio in the show notes, you’ll wonder how she gets it all done ─ but she does! 

Top Takeaways You Won't Want to Miss

(1:30) DeDe shares how an open career mind it led her from TV news to Country Radio major market mornings by age 22 and network radio soon after!.

 (3:59) DeDe shares secrets learned from some of her most influential role models, and lessons any winning show can use. 

(5:15) How to tell whether someone in radio is willing to make it a CAREER, or just have a J-O-B.

(6:28)  Dede discloses the two things that make any story more compelling and relatable, whether on a network or local show!

(10:36) Hear DeDe’s tips on making more than a LIVING, but a LIFE!

complete show notes & videos:

www/brandwidthondemand.com

Sep 17, 2018

If the idea of changing positions or even stations makes you hyperventilate, we’ve got PROOF that it can be done…done well, and lead to better things. 

Michelle McKormick began her radio career at Grand Rapids rock station WGRD holding a variety of positions there, including music director and morning co-host. Then she moved to JERSEY 101.5 the legendary FM Talker...before returning to Grand Rapids and what is now WMAX. In 2002 she made her way to Detroit to work at WKRK before returning to Grand Rapids for a stint at WOOD-AM, and now stars at WLAV-FM, weekdays on the Tony Gates Show with Michelle McKormick!

 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

(1:12) Michelle discusses the biggest area of change impacting personality radio shows the past year ─ and tips for tackling it. 

(2:30)  The  MOST important pointer for JOINING a former competitor’s morning show, and how to make sure everything comes together. 

(3:30) Beyond executing a great show, Michelle outlines some of the ‘other’ duties that make her a winning co-host on a leading morning show. 

(5:04) Michelle offers some ‘must have’ insights any performance artist should consider BEFORE 'hiring your next job'.

(6:31) This top-rated host shares some first-rate tips for ANY longtime ensemble team wanting to sound fresh, relevant and contemporary.

complete show notes

www.brandwidthondemand.com

 

Sep 8, 2018

Ryan Jenkins knows Millennials.

He’s been speaking professionally as a Millennial and Generation Z keynote speaker for hundreds of clients such as Coca-Cola, John Deere, Salesforce.com, Johnson & Johnson and many others. His top-ranked generational insights have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., and SUCCESS Magazine.

His internationally recognized blog, podcast, and Inc.com column inspire and equip thousands of people every week. We link to all of these resources and his best-selling book, The Millennial Manual: the Complete How-to Guide To Manage, Develop and Engage Millennials in the show notes.

Ryan is certainly qualified to speak as “THEE” expert on Millennials, not only because he studies them…he IS one!

 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: 

(2:27)  Why American radio is serving more generations than ever, and how to serve these various audiences better. 

(4:36)  Based on his research of generations, especially millennials, if radio DIDN’T exist, how would Ryan design an audio service today? 

(8:00)  Ryan shares feedback he’s noted for ANYONE to manage, motivate and develop talent ─ REGARDLESS OF AGE. 

(11:03)  What do today’s audience really WANT and NEED to fully connect with any branded media content, including radio? 

(13:08) What has been Ryan’s biggest surprise booking TOP NAME guests for HIS podcast?

 

complete show notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com

 

Aug 27, 2018

Anyone in radio more than a few quarter-hours in radio has likely heard the name TERRY PATRICK

After a 13-year career as a successful Air Personality and Program Director at well-known stations in Southern Florida, Atlanta, and Cleveland, Terry was recruited by the famous Research Group, rising to the position of Senior Vice President and Partner. 

As a consultant and coach to the coaches, Terry has offered insights to most of America’s most noteworthy broadcasters…including: The Disney Family, Entercom, IHeartRadio, Viacom, Cox Broadcasting and CBS.  He’s helped to propel nearly 60 different radio stations to Number One in the coveted 25-54 demo. This includes the iconic WBEB in Philadelphia …12-time Marconi award winner for "Radio Station of the Year

(1:33) Terry reveals his “can't-miss’ recipe for a WINNING station.

(3:41) One QUICK, AFFORDABLE tip that could help stations UP THEIR GAME tomorrow.

(4:38) The MOST IMPORTANT element to really bonding with our audience, that radio simply CANNOT DO ─ and Terry’s tips to overcome it.

(5:37) The FIRST THINGS Terry looks at when determining if a radio station or host in truly on target.

(7:00) Tips to improve voice tracking which work in ANY size market.  Even if the talent provides LOCAL content in other cities.

More info at

www.brandwidthondemand.com

Aug 27, 2018

Anyone in radio more than a few quarter-hours in radio has likely heard the name TERRY PATRICK

After a 13-year career as a successful Air Personality and Program Director at well-known stations in Southern Florida, Atlanta, and Cleveland, Terry was recruited by the famous Research Group, rising to the position of Senior Vice President and Partner. 

As a consultant and coach to the coaches, Terry has offered insights to most of America’s most noteworthy broadcasters…including: The Disney Family, Entercom, IHeartRadio, Viacom, Cox Broadcasting and CBS.  He’s helped to propel nearly 60 different radio stations to Number One in the coveted 25-54 demo. This includes the iconic WBEB in Philadelphia …12-time Marconi award winner for "Radio Station of the Year

(1:33) Terry reveals his “can't-miss’ recipe for a WINNING station.

(3:41) One QUICK, AFFORDABLE tip that could help stations UP THEIR GAME tomorrow.

(4:38) The MOST IMPORTANT element to really bonding with our audience, that radio simply CANNOT DO ─ and Terry’s tips to overcome it.

(5:37) The FIRST THINGS Terry looks at when determining if a radio station or host in truly on target.

(7:00) Tips to improve voice tracking which work in ANY size market.  Even if the talent provides LOCAL content in other cities.

More info at

www.brandwidthondemand.com

Aug 20, 2018

This time, Brandwidth On Demand heads for the border…the NORTHERN border, as we hear from Canadian broadcast pro Matt Cundill

Professionally, Matt started while still in college in Nova Scotia.  His station stops include CHOM 97.7 in Montreal, The Bear in Edmonton, then was hired by one of the biggest companies in Canada, Corus Entertainment, where he wore a number of hats including his ‘real job’, Programming Power 97 in Winnepeg.  Since 2014, Matt has operated a successful consulting firm, coaching stations, talent and their online efforts. 

 

5 Things You Won’t Want to Miss!

 (1:35) Get Matt’s biggest takeaways from The Conclave and Podcast Movement this summer. 

(2:51) What are the biggest DIFFERENCES and SIMILARITIES between radio operations in Canada and the US?

 (3:21). Why Canadian listeners tend to be more loyal to their radio stations and local personalities. 

(5:32) How does Canadian radio compare to US stations when it comes to mastering “Brandwidth” assets: (Email, social media, streaming, podcasting, etc.)

(11:30) Discover Matt’s “Big 3” opportunities for radio’s branded audio content to excel, regardless of distribution platform.

Complete Show Notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com

Aug 20, 2018

This time, Brandwidth On Demand heads for the border…the NORTHERN border, as we hear from Canadian broadcast pro Matt Cundill

Professionally, Matt started while still in college in Nova Scotia.  His station stops include CHOM 97.7 in Montreal, The Bear in Edmonton, then was hired by one of the biggest companies in Canada, Corus Entertainment, where he wore a number of hats including his ‘real job’, Programming Power 97 in Winnepeg.  Since 2014, Matt has operated a successful consulting firm, coaching stations, talent and their online efforts. 

 

5 Things You Won’t Want to Miss!

 (1:35) Get Matt’s biggest takeaways from The Conclave and Podcast Movement this summer. 

(2:51) What are the biggest DIFFERENCES and SIMILARITIES between radio operations in Canada and the US?

 (3:21). Why Canadian listeners tend to be more loyal to their radio stations and local personalities. 

(5:32) How does Canadian radio compare to US stations when it comes to mastering “Brandwidth” assets: (Email, social media, streaming, podcasting, etc.)

(11:30) Discover Matt’s “Big 3” opportunities for radio’s branded audio content to excel, regardless of distribution platform.

Complete Show Notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com

Aug 13, 2018

Andrew Lee is the APD and morning co-host of KTLK, Minneapolis, branded as the Twin Cities News-Talk 1130.  After leading WSKY in the Gainesville market to dominance as one of Florida’s first talk FM stations, Andrew was next tapped to program then-Journal Broadcasting’s KQTHThe Truth”/Tuscon ─ and turn it into another successful FM talker. Next stop, the Twin Cities where Andrew is now reunited with his popular Arizona morning host Jon Justice for the Justice & Drew morning show.  In his ‘spare time’, and Andrew also co-hosts 'The Minnesota Beercast' with Andrew Schmitt.  

Key takeaways You Won’t Want to Miss:

 (1:30)  The unusual career turns that led an audio engineer and sound designer into radio hosting, Programming and now, large market mornings! 

(2:50)  Ways to tell whether your station REALLY embraces creativity, or is just paying lip service.

(4:45)  Andrew’s discoveries and lessons learned about ANY on-air talent finding their authentic ‘take’ on any given topic. 

(5:52) Drew shares key considerations for branding ANY radio station, show or any other audio brand. 

(12:13) Tips for learning how to really APPRECIATE the FUN in any radio or audio position!

complete show notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com 

Jul 16, 2018

Holland Cooke has advised radio and TV stations in the USA, Canada, and New Zealand. Previously, he survived a variety of on-air and management positions, including 7 storied years as Operations Manager of WTOP/Washington, during which time the station scored its highest ratings to-date in the all-news format.  When he’s not busy writing columns and reports for leading trade publications, his tireless work includes programming and marketing strategies for radio stations, career counseling for radio talent and podcasters, and Internet development for entrepreneurs, companies, and radio personalities.

Show notes: www.brandwidthondemand.com

Jun 25, 2018

Vince Benedetto is the president and CEO of the Bold Gold Media Group, which owns nine full-power stations and six FM translators.in Pennsylvania’s Catskill Mountains, Pocono Lake Region, and Wilkes Barre-Scranton. Before radio, Vince was appointed to the Air Force Academy, and earned his “Jump Wings” for completing Air Force jump school. He did five freefalls and was commissioned as an officer. Realizing the importance of media dominance beyone radio, Vince is noted as a leader in understanding the power, beyond brand-building, of online platforms help station brands carve out a larger share of digital ad revenue. He has also spearheaded the The Bold Gold Broadcast and Media Foundation ─ a not-for-profit, organization with a mission of supporting the education and training of tomorrow’s broadcast and media leaders.

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

(1:40) The operating slogan that makes BOLD GOLD MEDIA one of the best examples of BRANDWIDTH in action and how this approach is helping move BOLD GOLD to the top of America’s GREAT OPERATORS list.

 (2:35) Why the ‘Golden Age’ of audio is RIGHT NOW, for those with the mindset to appreciate it.

 (4:15) The biggest advantages of being a GROWING COMPANY, rather that one of the giants.

(6:07) Why reading a resume is one of the LAST things Vince does when reviewing applications for future team members.

(11:21) A CEO’s advice to YOU for making a radio career far more REWARDING.  (Spoiler alert:  the more BOLD you are, the more GOLD you can accumulate!)

 

Complete show notes:

www.brandwidthondemand.com

Jun 18, 2018

WMYX Morning star Elizabeth Kay is living proof that a hometown girl can do well! Growing up as one of four girls in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, her Dad raised her to love sports. She's a Packer shareholder and tries to make as many Packer games as possible. Her love of sports doesn't end there; she lives an active lifestyle, frequents the gym and enjoys any outdoor activities.  After graduating from UW-Milwaukee, and a four-year stint doing mornings in Green Bay radio, Elizabeth returned home to co-host mornings on 99.1 The Mix (WMYX).

Now, whether Milwaukeeans are commuting, shuffling the kids off to school or hitting the snooze button for the 17th time, Elizabeth & Radar are the perfect way to share a smile and get your day off to a great start, and today, Elizabeth shares some of her insights with us. 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

 (2:28)  How attending a COUNTRY concert lead to a career in Hot AC!

(3:33)  What allows some shows to WIN, while others struggle?

(5:07)  The radio ‘secret weapon’ that anybody in radio CAN use, but many don’t.

(7:26)  Elizabeth’s advise for young women (and men!) who would like to follow in her footsteps.

(9:12)  Lessons learned from some of Elizabeth’s top role models.  (#3 might surprise you!)

Complete show notes at:

 

Jun 11, 2018

You won’t find a more fast-paced, high-energy sports talk show than J .T. “The Brick”.

A former stockbroker, JT got his start in sports radio after becoming a frequent caller to The Jim Rome Show. After winning the inaugural "Smack-Off" in 1995, he was offered a job hosting a late-night Sunday show at KMAX-Los Angeles. From there, JT moved his show to KFMB, San Diego where he only spent a few weeks before being offered a show on the now-defunct Las Vegas-based Sports Fan Radio Network. During this time, he also hosted an afternoon show on San Francisco-based radio station KNBR. In June 2001, her landed at the upstart FOX Sports Radio network, hosting a variety of shows.  With his outspoken, big, booming voice, J.T. hosts one of radio’s most interactive shows as he fields calls from listeners across the country. Joined each evening by co-host Tomm Looney (the voice of The Best Damn Sports Show Period) their outspoken dialogue is second to none as they bring a new attitude to nighttime sports talk radio on the FOX Sports network. 

 

 

 

Jun 4, 2018

Memorial Day weekend brought news of the passing of another kind of veteran.  A veteran of the radio wars.

Celebrated voice talent and imaging conceptualist NICK MICHAELS passed away unexpectedly due to a massive heart attack.

Nick was a passionate media thought leader and innovator, who saw where much of the radio industry has headed, without ever losing his ever-evolving vision for what the audio experience could be.

This retrospective offers both his previous comments and insights on the state of radio -- and what it CAN be.   Also included: some of Nick’s finest audio examples of that philosophy in practice.

There are many very good posts and tributes to Nick’s work which can be found on the internet.   Perhaps one of the most salient was a blog post by fellow Brandwidth On Demand guest Fred Jacobs.  Please see Fred’s reflections in the show notes.

 

www.brandwidthondemand.com

May 26, 2018

This time, Brandwidth On Demand goes INTERNATIONAL, with European coaches Nails Mahoney & Tracey Lee.  Each have 30 years experience as Radio Presenters/Content Creators in Ireland, the UK, Malta, Canada and Asia.

Nails has hostied all day parts in major markets such as Dublin, Toronto and Vancouver.  His audio has also aired regularly on the BBC.

Tracey is an award-winning Producer and Presenter hosting top-rated National radio shows including Today FM in Ireland as well as XFM in Malta. She is a multi-award winning Producer for her work with Ireland’s South East Radio and is a regular lecturer in BCFE College in Dublin. 

Since 2007 over 2,000 broadcasters and radio professionals worldwide have used the services of On Air Coach through Live Workshops, Mentoring & Air-Checking and Radio Station engagements. Many have gone on to become award winnersmarket leaders and high earners, adding value to their career and to their Radio Stations.

Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

(1:40) The differences and similarities between radio around the world and the US?

(3:19) How are stations in Europe structured and operated?

(4:55) What is the ‘secret ingredient’ missing from American radio that causes broadcast pros to STAY in other countries?

(7:45) How do stations on other continents utilize online assets?

(10:53) How do broadcasters in other countries handle the age old “sales VERSUS programming’ conundrum?

Show notes: www.brandwidthondemand.com

May 21, 2018

Jeff Davis is one of the heritage voices of WLS with a career there spanning over 40 years. After moving to LA, to focus on his successful career as a national voiceover talent, he also served as the afternoon personality on Star 98.7 in Los Angeles, still maintaining work with WLS AM as the station's voice. Jeff crafts the imaging for Radio and Television stations in all size markets. He also is a well-known narrator and voice for commercials. Jeff also hosted the live radio version of the Grammy Awards, national radio shows, including "On The Radio" and the "American Dance Traxx", both distributed by Westwood One."  Currently, he writes, produces and performs a daily radio feature called ‘Just a Thought’.

As an actor, he has appeared in six feature films. and done voice work for network television on CBS and VH-1, among others.

As a DJ, Jeff heard a song by a Chicago band on a jukebox. He asked the WLS music director if he could play it after discovering they were a Chicago band. He was allowed to play it twice and on the strength of continued WLS airplay, the band was able to secure a new recording contract. The band: Styx.

May 7, 2018

When it comes to radio today, few define ‘local’ success more than Jim O’Hara!  He’s currently the SVP/Programming of I-Heart’s cluster in Davenport IA, and the award-winning PD and midday host for Country legend WLLR.  But that’s just scratching the surface.

 

After 5 years programming the market’s ORIGINAL Top 40 and AOR combo, KSTT and 97X, he moved to crosstown WOC-AM, and KIIK104.5, where he served in numerous capacities for various owners, including General Manager, prior to I-Heart’s taking over and creating the seven-station Quad Cities Radio Group.

 

Among his many awards, Jim has been named Billboard PD of the Year, one of Radio Ink’s Best 100 Programmers, and his WLLR was named Station of the Year by the Country Music Association.  In his ‘spare time’, he also does voiceover work, and in this episode you’ll hear why! 

 

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:

(2:43) What’s the one thing that has kept Jim challenged excited while making one market ‘home” for decades?

(4:28) Some of the common things that make some stations and clusters WINNERS, while others struggle.

(5:45) The overlooked skill that is now FINALLY critical to radio people, too.

(7:30) The biggest change in dynamics for future programming success?

(9:32) Why effective INTERNAL communication can help you keep your job, and how best to do it.

 

Complete show notes and more info:

www.brandwidthondemand.com

May 7, 2018

A radio career can mean some ups and downs, some twists and turns.  Nobody knows that better than the radio veteran known as DreX, who is back in Chicago as morning host at the iconic B96. 

Previously DreX hosted mornings at I-Heart’s Top 40 KISS-FM 103.5 in Chicago before heading to San Francisco’s KGO. He’s also guested on numerous other radio shows including the Opie and Anthony show on Sirius/XM. Now he’s back in Chicago, the market whose legendary talent lured him into radio originally…and, along with co-host Nina Hajian, Gabe Ramirez and the B96 morning team, proving that when it comes to morning radio “DreX Marks the Spot.”

Key Takeaways You Won’t Want to Miss!

(2:22) What is the REAL key to DreX’s success in Chicago?

(3:00) DreX’s take on what separates GREAT PDs and Managers from the ‘wannabes’.

(4:59) Tips for successfully getting to know and ‘get’ a brand new market?

(6:30) DreX’s recommendations for winning with an entire new team of cast members?

(11:35) The one secret that can determine whether your career flourishes or not ─ plus dealing with the dreaded ‘non-compete’ clause!

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