The Radio on Main Street Podcast
Featuring Mitch Bennett
of Fitzgerald & CO

In this edition of the Radio on Main Street Podcast, RAB President & CEO Erica Farber talks with Mitch Bennett, Executive Creative Director of Fitzgerald and CO based in Atlanta.

Mitch is responsible for the creative on such iconic brands as Coca-Cola and the award winning “Long Story Short” campaign for Quikrete, just to name a couple.

News – Listeners Hear All About It

Previous posts have touched on radio’s ability to reach people across age groups, gender, language and locations.  Radio’s reach is based upon many things – community, personalities, music and news.  Yes, news.  Despite technology and social media trends, people continue to listen to news on the radio.

While it may not be surprising that of those adults who believe that radio is a good source for learning and providing information, 83% are radio listeners.  It may surprise you to know that of those adults who believe radio is the most trusted, 30% are A18-34, 56% are A18-49, 54% are A25-54 and 36% are A35-54 – based on GfK MRI data.

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Over-the-Air Radio Dominates —
Complemented by Streams

It doesn’t matter what state or city you are in or even the street you are on, smartphones are everywhere.  Smartphones have become an item that you can’t be without.  Think of the last time you forgot your phone.  Did you get that sick and almost lost feeling, like you were disconnected from everything?  It’s even harder when you live in a city where you commute using public transportation?  You have no choice but to read the signage on the bus or trains and even worse, look at people!!  Yikes.

OK, well maybe that’s a bit extreme, but I’m certain that brought at least a chuckle!  The point is that the smartphone doesn’t replace everything in a consumer’s life, but it does complement it.  Similarly, streaming or online radio complements broadcast radio.

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The Radio on Main Street Podcast
Featuring Mel Phillips, Legendary Radio Programmer, at the WRKO 50th Reunion

In this episode of the Radio on Main Street podcast, Erica Farber, President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau, sits down with an old friend, Mel Phillips, at WRKO/Boston’s 50th reunion party held the weekend of June 2nd.

Mel is a legendary radio programmer and author. Here he shares some interesting WRKO history as well as his own insights into radio’s relevance today.

Men are Shopping, Buying and Listening

In recent years there have been studies and articles about millennial males and the increasing impact they have on purchases for everything from food to personal care.  While this may be true, it is because the role that men play in today’s American families has changed and continues to change.

According to Pew Research Center, “fathers today who live with their children are taking a more active role in caring for them and helping out around the house. And the ranks of stay-at-home and single fathers have grown significantly in recent decades.” The number of stay-at-home fathers varies based upon the source, ranging anywhere from 215,000 to 1.3 million.  Anecdotally, we all know that the number continues to grow – we hear about it more and more from friends, colleagues and family members.

This post is not intended to focus solely on stay-at-home dads, but to highlight how efforts to reach the male audience today has changed and is reflective of the shift in their role at work, at home and with family.  In the U.S. today there are nearly 120 million men 18 and older. So here’s what you need to know.

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The Radio on Main Street Podcast,
featuring Barbara Floyd Jones, Senior Manager of National Home Ownership Programs for NeighborWorks America

This Radio on Main Street podcast shines a spotlight on an organization dedicated to improving and strengthening communities across the country by creating opportunities for sustainable home ownership.  What does that mean you may ask?  Well take a listen as Tammy Greenberg, who leads RAB’s business development efforts, speaks with Barbara Floyd Jones, Senior Manager of National Home Ownership Programs for NeighborWorks America.

During this podcast, you will learn about the benefits and resources consumers have access to through NeighborWorks Organizations and the role that radio plays in educating and inspiring listeners to consider home ownership.

June is home ownership month, so there couldn’t be a more perfect time for this conversation.