Radio on Main Street Podcast
Featuring Matt Scarano, iHeartmedia
Executive and Chairman of the Illinois Association of Broadcasters,
Chicago Committee

In this episode of Radio on Main Street, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the RAB speaks with Matt Scarano, President of the Chicago region for the iHeartmedia Markets Group. Matt is also chairman of the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Radio Broadcasters of Chicago committee.

Matt and Erica discuss how Chicago radio is working together as a group using their collective airwaves to spread the message that radio is the most effective medium for advertisers.

Dynamic and Interactive

That’s what radio is – dynamic and interactive.  So shouldn’t a website dedicated to providing all of the stats, data, research and information about radio be that way too?  Introducing the new dynamic and interactive Why Radio micro-site — an easier to navigate, extensive radio marketing and research guide.

OK, so this blog is supposed to be about sharing information and not filled with commercials according to the rules of blogging.  Well, rules were made to be broken, weren’t they?

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Radio on Main Street Podcast
Featuring Ben Thomas of
The Buntin Group

When you hear the words; “Golden Age of Radio,” you might be thinking of the past.  Ben Thomas, Senior Vice President and Channel Engagement Director for the largest independent advertising agency in Tennessee – The Buntin Group – says that right now is radio’s golden opportunity.

Jeff Schmidt, who leads our professional development team at the RAB had a candid conversation with Ben Thomas regarding what agencies want in this ever-changing landscape.  In a provocative and direct way, Thomas tells us what radio does well, and how to gain more attention.  He also shares what not to do.

Radio Ties It All Together

Local radio stations are a reflection of the community – the events and the personality of the town or city they communicate and engage with daily.  On July 10th, Chicago radio stations joined as a community to simultaneously broadcast an interview with the Founder, President and CEO of Wintrust Financial Corporation — a bank holding company headquartered in Chicago.

In all, 40 stations in the Chicago area simultaneously aired a :60 second interview with Ed Wehmer, Founder, President and CEO.  During this interview, Wehmer shared his views on radio’s effectiveness.

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Radio on Main Street Podcast
Featuring Abbie Korman of
Impact Marketing & Promotions

In this episode of Radio on Main Street, Erica Farber, President & CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau speaks with engagement, marketing and radio expert Abbie Korman, who is also head of her own company Impact Marketing & Promotions.

One of radio’s strengths is the connection air personalities have with their listeners, something of great interest to advertisers. During this podcast Abbie discusses the importance of DJ endorsement campaigns and provides some insight as to what works and, just as important, what doesn’t work.

Granting Hope to Fellow
Broadcast Professionals

Today’s blog post is courtesy of Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America

Radio broadcasters are a central part of everything that happens in our communities. Across all formats, radio reports on monumental events — both local and national.  Radio is there to share in the joy that emanates from parents and their teens when the high school football team wins a home game and the happiness that radiates from children when the playground in the town’s park is finally completed.  Radio is also there to express the sadness that strikes a community when disaster hits. Radio is a medium that connects emotionally like no other.  It is an industry that cares and, with its unique emotional and local connection, it is always there to help!

But what happens when something tragic occurs to someone in the radio or television industry?  When it is the general manager, the afternoon air talent, or even a retired broadcaster who falls on hard times? That’s when the Broadcasters Foundation of America steps in.

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