Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Chris Brown, EVP Conventions & Business Ops for the National Association of Broadcasters

Erica Farber is the President & CEO of the RAB and in this edition she speaks with Chris Brown, EVP Conventions & Business Ops for the National Association of Broadcasters.

In this role, Chris is responsible for producing the NAB’s annual conventions, with their largest conference, the NAB Show coming up next month in Las Vegas. The NAB Show covers over 2 million square feet of space and is the ultimate event for media, entertainment and technology professionals looking for new and innovative ways to create, manage, deliver and monetize content on any platform.

Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Erik Schmidt, a Recent Saga Communications Graduate of RAB’s Certified Radio Sales Manager Course

In a multi-year study of workplace learning entitled “In Search of Learning Agility,” one of the key findings was, there is no such thing as permanent competence any longer, or a fully developed skill set either in individuals or organizations. There is a constant need for new learning and training. The good news is, for those who want to continue their professional development there are plenty of resources.

Jeff Schmidt, who leads RAB’s professional development team had a chance to speak to Erik Schmidt, a recent graduate of the Certified Radio Sales Manager course conducted in RAB’s Dallas office.

Radio: Still the One

There is little doubt that we are in a golden age of media overall, as content is available everywhere and across all devices.  Yet, according to Nielsen’s second quarter 2017 Comparable Metrics Report, radio remains the top way to reach consumers across all media platforms – 93% A18+. And radio also provides advertisers with effective digital opportunities to compliment and extend its large over-the-air audience. Such as: streaming, on-demand podcasts, HD radio, NextRadio, and pure plays… the list continues to expand. Radio’s social media websites provide advertisers with new ways to relate to the enthusiastic radio audience. As smart marketers, we must look ahead to understand these drivers of change and signals of progress to navigate forward. The media landscape is vast, complex with technology changing the way consumer’s engage with media and radio remains the best way to reach consumers across demographics.

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Radio on Main Street Podcast Featuring Jessica Spence, Texas A&M University Senior Who Aspires to a Career in Broadcasting

By 2020 millennials will make up half of the global workplace and yet there continues to be many misperceptions regarding their work ethic.

Erica Farber, President & CEO of the RAB speaks with Jessica Spence a senior at Texas A&M University majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. With her eye on a career in broadcasting, Jessica a true Radio fan is proof one should never judge a book by its cover.

Local Radio Reigns Supreme

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times reported on the shuttering of a chain of Eastside community newspapers. One article even went so far as to say, “Local and regional newspapers that serve Southern California are going through tough times, leading some to question whether traditional newspapers can survive.” Radio has always been there – now it is even more valuable! The importance of local radio to the local community can’t be understated.

The challenge for local Newspapers has been how to sustain a newsroom and make a profit when print advertising is fleeing to lower-cost space on the Internet.  Most digital ads are concentrated on Facebook and Google, not newspaper websites. These two Internet giants take in 60 percent of online ad revenues.

Radio was shown as the most trusted platform used after the impact of hearing about “fake news” in political coverage.  See below for the Kantar “Trust in News” study where it was revealed ‘mainstream news media’s’ reputation remained largely intact while social media and digital-only news platforms sustained major reputation damage. In addition, Facebook and other digital platforms are not designed to promote civic connection, but rather communities of interest often unmoored from particular geographies.

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Radio on Main Street Podcast featuring Josh Roberts, Operations Manager at Great Plains Media in Bloomington, IL.

The relationship between programming and sales is a critical component at a successful radio station. A great example of how these two departments are working together for success is at Great Plains Media in Bloomington, Illinois.

While attending the recent Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Erica Farber, President & CEO of the RAB caught up with Operations Manager Josh Roberts, who shares his thoughts on why this relationship is so important and how it continues to pay off at his station.