Missing the Obvious

Radio programmers have had an expression for decades: “You can’t bore people into longer time spent listening.”

Know how to tell when a radio program is boring? You’ll recognize the unmistakable sound of radio receivers being switched off across the whole community. Likewise, you’ll recognize plummeting newspaper and magazine subscriptions as a sign that the writing is not particularly compelling.

And yet, the major media owners all seem to think that the audience is spending more time with their competitors (satellite radio and the internet) because the audience is enamored of changes in technology. In typical neo-Luddite fashion, a recent CNN/Money article explains that magazine publishers are joining together to promote magazine reading; that newspapers are joining together to promote newspaper readership; radio groups are joining together to promote terrestrial radio listening.

They’ve totally missed the point.

People aren’t buying expensive satellite receivers and also paying monthly subscription fees because they percieve an improvement in audio quality. They didn’t go to the web because they were unhappy about getting printers ink on their hands.

People went to satellite or to the internet to get content they specifically wanted to hear / view / read.

And if content providers want an audience to continue using the more traditional delivery channels, they need to come up with better content.

Offer radio programming that moves us, emotionally, and we’ll listen to it on shortwave if that’s where it’s found. Make the writing fascinating and we’ll pay for a subscription to read it.

But give us the same recycled pablum as all of your competitors, and the technology doesn’t matter at all.

Boring content is boring content no matter what the medium.


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One Response to Missing the Obvious

  1. Don The Idea Guy says:

    I couldn’t agree more if I’d written this myself!

    …And it’s just not CONTENT, but CONTROL over that content. It’s the Tivo mindset of wanting to control the programming we love and schedule into a slot we’ve made available to enjoy it.

    I foresee the content as bite-sized chunks to be slotted into our own mini-channels of media delivery.

    The iPod (and PDA and cellphone, etc.) becomes are self-programmed radio and tv stations, with music and news and talk and sports and sitcoms and movies programmed for playback when and where we want it.

    A menu of serialized shorts from which to choose. Listen to Chapter One on the way to work, watch Episode Three over coffee at Starbucks, and listen to Roger Ebert give movie reviews while waiting in line to buy your movie ticket.

    Get on board, get out of the way, or get run over!
    ~Don The Idea Guy
    Want to change radio forever?
    I need your vote…
    http://www.changethis.com/proposals/450

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