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Radio’s Relevance

April 11, 2024

You probably saw The Ad Bargain study released last week about the effectiveness and relevance of audio, excuse me, radio ads. While it seems the main emphasis of the study is to pump up podcasting, there were several of nuggets that pertain to the original audio medium – radio. Read More…

ZIPping Through the Data

April 4, 2024

We recently ran across an article from the Christian Music Broadcasters that preached the value of using your zip codes. In this context, they are referring to a station’s database. While this is a more stable data set than the Nielsen PPM panel, there are opportunities to use both databases to a station’s advantage. Read More…

Place a Bet on Radio

March 28, 2024

On March 11, 2024 North Carolina became the 30th state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to legalize sports gambling. This revenue category has grown exponentially over several years and will continue to grow as other states follow suit. Estimates have the sports betting industry spending over $2 billion in advertising, with radio capturing greater than its historical 7% share.

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March 21, 2024

Ahhh, FEBRUARY. The time of winter’s nadir. The buzz from the holidays has receded and the warmth of spring is still a dream in the distance. The days are still too dang short, and football is over. Sure, pitchers and catchers report, but that only intensifies the gloomy nature of the month.

Sorry, we need a moment…

OK, The Ratings Experts from RESEARCH DIRECTOR, INC. – along with the logarithmic legends from XTRENDS – will get it together so we can bring you another round of ratings results. The month in question began on the 1st and ceased to be on the 28th. There was a holiday weekend, meteorological predictions from a fat rat, and the stress of choosing just the right romantic gift. Hopefully, we will also see a return to more normal listening behavior.

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March 20, 2024

Here’s another useless FEBRUARY fact for you. It is the only month that can pass without having a full moon. Betcha won’t see that on Jeopardy.

But we are not here for trivial factoids or meaningless drivel. No, The Ratings Experts from RESEARCH DIRECTOR, INC. – in a close-knit formation with the numbers crunchers from XTRENDS – are here to deliver industry-relatable knowledge. We are dealing with the ratings: that 28-day recurrence that can, among other things, lead us to question our very existence. Yes, it is that important (except when it isn’t).

The FEBRUARY survey ran from the 1st through the 28th, had a long holiday weekend and features a rodent predicting the weather. It does not get stranger than that.

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