The last few years have been a glowing report card for online radio listening. Monthly listening to any online radio—pureplay or simulcast of broadcast radio—crossed the 50% threshold last year. This year, the weekly number hit 50% giving monthly-to-weekly listening an incredible 88% conversion rate. Online listening is clearly a habit, according to the just-released […]
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About Sean Ross
Sean Ross is Edison Research’s Vice President of Music and Programming. A longtime journalist covering the radio industry for Billboard, R&R and others, Ross joined Edison in 2003. He is an acknowledged industry expert on the music and format landscape—market strategy, the evolution of formats, and the evolution of radio programming in a world of audio choices. Subscribe to his influential “Ross On Radio” newsletter here tinyurl.com/mhcnx4u or on Twitter at @RossOnRadio.
Ross’ background also includes programming at the station level and record label A&R. He has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Michigan. He is also an ‘01 graduate of the music industry training program Leadership Music.
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It would not be merely smart-alecky to give an Intriguing Station of 2015 award to Voltair. The audio-processing unit believed to enhance the detectability of station signal encoding for Nielsen’s PPM ratings measurement was a far bigger story than any one station, and not knowing exactly who was deploying it created speculation about any station’s […]
The early press on both iTunes Radio and Beats Music, when each debuted within the last year, was harsh. Beats was considered naïve in expecting a substantial paying audience. Apple’s iTunes Radio was called out for not single-handedly halting the decline of paid downloads as the streaming model continued to grow. And yet, Edison Research’s […]
For the last several years, the Clear Channel talking point on Pandora, from Bob Pittman down, has been some variant on “it’s not radio, it’s a playlist generator.” The broadcaster’s intent is to diminish its pureplay rival, but in many ways, Pandora is more radio than radio. Much of broadcast radio has been on a […]
For the last few years, most artists have just given up on the notion of trying to get a new holiday song played at radio. There’s a glut of new holiday albums each year, but even the most contemporary artists go for the old (roasting) chestnuts. Lady Gaga and Rihanna both had new holiday songs […]