Couple of bits caught my eye today.
From Inside Radio
Bonneville’s going to charge $4.99 a month for access to its Washington, D.C. classical service.
This isn’t just any classical service — it’s the “VivaLaVoce.com” choral/vocal stream. It’s very popular and Bonneville says that’s the problem — “the increase in royalty and streaming expenses has outpaced our ability to support the station commercially.” Starting Friday it goes commercial-free – and subscription-only.
Who the hell wants to pay for radio . . . I mean geeze. ,-)
I hope we’ll find out what happens to the service – does it thrive under the subscription model – or die on the vine?
I also wonder at what point along the axis does an internet stream become so successful it can no longer be supported with ads that would make it a viable AM/FM format. Is there a hole between them – is that where Satcasters are living? Is there a PAY RADIO space where terrestrial radio companies can/should be playing in?
Should we be investigating this BEFORE we go shooting off our mouths about how “no one should have to pay for radio”.
And this –
Christina Aguilera picked to host new Clear Channel online video show
What do you mean online video show? Aren’t we in radio? ,-)
Back in July I posted
New Technology levels playing fields and removes barriers .
It means Newspapers don’t need FM transmitters or FCC licences to create audio entertainment that competes with radio. Neither does TV.
It means TV networks don’t need a printing press and a distribution channel to deliver written content that competes with Newspapers. Neither does Radio.
It means Radio doesn’t need space on a cable network to get the scoop on a world premier of a music video. Neither does Newspapers.
Clear Channel gets that. But here’s the thing. It’s not JUST other RADIO operators that we’re competing with – it’s ANYONE with a good idea.
As Hugh McLeod said in one of his cartoons –
The World is Changing – and the parts that aren’t no longer interest me.