CRS 2016 Research Presentation: “Ear Wars”

This morning, Edison’s Larry Rosin and Megan Lazovick presented “Ear Wars: The Listeners Speak Back” at the 2016 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. This year’s research study combined a 1,560 respondent online survey with listener and radio station interviews in three markets: Terre Haute, IN, Knoxville, TN, and Philadelphia, PA.

With increasing competition from other forms of audio, this presentation urged broadcasters to instill “FOMO” at every opportunity in the broadcast day – if you’re not listening to the radio, you’re missing out. Survey data and interviews with listeners show that connection, engagement, and community involvement are all important ways for radio stations to create reasons to keep listening. We also visited top radio stations WIVK, WTHI, and WXTU to illustrate just a few of the methods stations can employ to meaningfully engage with listeners.

The full presentation deck, including graphs, relevant data points, and videos is available through CustomShow at:


Simply enter your e-mail address to access the deck – no registration or downloads are required.

The station & listener video features can be viewed separately here.

Thanks to the CRS Research Committee for sponsoring another successful radio research project!



Intriguing Stations of 2015: Part II

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 ratings success. PPM was already an extra variable on the format landscape, and speculation about Voltair further exaggerated the funhouse mirror aspect. Urban radio, the format most diminished in the early days of PPM, was on the rebound at year’s end, and one could only wonder whether it was improved measurement, improved available product, or improved processing.


So our continued look at the Most Intriguing Stations of 2015 leads off with:


KTWV (The Wave) Los Angeles – When crosstown KHHT (Hot 92.3) went Urban, KTWV segued from Urban AC to what can best be described as Smooth Jammin’ Oldies. (It were playing “California Dreaming” by Queen Latifah when I wrote this.) The results were instant, and a format that hasn’t generated much press in 15 years was again front-and-center in market #2. It was as clear-cut a case of a station successfully moving into an open position as you could hope for. And yet, there was still an article elsewhere attributing its success to Voltair. Such was 2015.

WXKC-HD-2 (104.3 The Vibe) Erie, Pa.—Erie was never one of those markets where hip-hop was the dominant pop music of the ‘90s. In fact, there was actually a moment where the market’s only Mainstream Top 40 got out of the format for a while, rather than follow the music to a more rhythmic place. And yet, Classic Hip-Hop managed a 4.9 on an FM translator in Erie this year, because Westwood One/Cumulus’ Classic Hip-Hop format made it possible for the format to be in Erie. Like other Classic Hip-Hop stations, Erie’s Vibe cooled dramatically in its second book, but not before proving again that the radio landscape outside the major markets is often shaped by what’s available in syndication, whether it’s conservative News/Talk, Bob- or Jack-FM, or Classic Hip-Hop. And since you can’t send people back to a childhood they didn’t have, Classic Hip-Hop in Erie is also proof that even in an era long before Spotify, people managed to hear music that wasn’t on the radio.

KRBQ (Q102.1) San Francisco  — If Erie was the least-likely market for Classic Hip-Hop, San Francisco was rivaled only by New York as most-likely. For a generation’s worth of listeners, KMEL was the pop station in the market. Q102.1 launched as Rhythmic AC in 2014, but refocused as Classic Hip-Hop and became one of this year’s success stories, even as some of its predecessors were leveling off.

KJLH Los Angeles — The Stevie Wonder-owned Urban AC’s most-played song is “Hotline Bling” by Drake. Its second-most-played is “Hello” by Adele. That’s not unusual these days, but KJLH has been doing that for a while now. And when acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar has an appropriate current or recurrent, you’ll hear that, too.

KRTH (K-Earth 101) Los Angeles,  WOCL (105.9 Sunny FM) Orlando, Fla.,  WODC Columbus, Ohio — This was the year that the line between the “Greatest Hits” format and the “Adult Hits” format of Bob- and Jack-FMs blurred beyond recognition. The passage of time brought most of the former oldies stations into the Boston-through-Bon Jovi-era-pop/rock that was Jack-FM’s calling card a decade ago. At the end of the year, there were stations such as WODC that officially segued to Adult Hits (hearing it play “When You Close Your Eyes” by Night Ranger a few months before that should have been the tipoff). But an official change was hardly necessary. By year’s end, L.A.’s K-Earth was playing “I Wanna Be Sedated” and the No Doubt version of “It’s My Life,” and remained the Greatest Hits format’s most-copied station. Then there was WOCL, which had also been early to embrace the late ‘80s, but had a presentation and jock edginess reminiscent of late ‘80s top 40 radio.

KOFX (The Fox) El Paso, Texas,  – What if the late ‘70s evolution of rock radio into something more “kickass” had never materialized, forcing shorter lists, and pushing acts such as War and Stevie Wonder out of rock radio? KOFX has a deep library, continues to throw in those R&B acts who were part of AOR world in the early ‘70s, and sometimes plays “Boogie Nights” as well. And it was #1 in the market last year.

Sirius XM ‘60s on 6, Sirius XM Yacht Rock – “Yacht Rock” was the satellite radio pop-up channel specializing in late ‘70s/early ‘80s soft rock that coincided with a seeming resurgence in Christopher Cross and Orleans records on WCBS-FM New York and elsewhere. ‘60s on 6 stands out more with each passing year. At a time when even “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” is an act of throwback willfulness at the “Greatest Hits” format, “‘60s on 6” went far deeper. It was the channel with the greatest likelihood for surprise and delight this year.

WPLJ New York,  WKTU New York  — When WKTU debuted two decades ago, it was the anti-WPLJ: a Hot AC station built on rhythm rather than Rod Stewart. Last year, however, the two stations were fighting it out with ‘90s throwbacks from freestyle dance to Britney and Backstreet.

Sirius XM Velvet  – When it launched last year, the description made it sound like another attempt at neo-standards. Instead, it was something that hadn’t existed on the radio for generations: contemporary MOR.

WTOP-HD-3 (The Gamut) Washington D.C. – Every now and then, there has been a station, usually one in transition, that was briefly populated by the chief engineer’s eclectic music collection. “The Gamut” did it on purpose, and at year’s end, there were rumors of it getting an FM translator, not just an HD subchannel.

Vuma FM South Africa  — It can best be described as “Positive Urban AC”—a mix of spiritual and positive secular music with motivational jock talk. In America, such hybrids have always managed to leave one constituency or the other unsatisfied. And yet, it’s not seemingly that far from where Urban AC in America is now. Or could be.

KKAJ (Texoma Country) Ardmore, Okla.  — If it were just “yesterday and today” country, it’d still stand out at a time when Country radio has becoming increasingly recurrent. But there’s also “Red Dirt/Texas Country” in the mix. And there’s all of today’s Country radio energy in the presentation.

KWHL Anchorage, Alaska  – Active rock struggled elsewhere. Maybe it was the remote location, but KWHL forged ahead as the inverse of KOFX, the last kickass rock station in America.

What were your intriguing stations of 2015? Let me know at rossonradio@comcast.net.
And you can see Part I of the “Intriguing Stations” wrap-up here: http://www.goenvisionnetworks.com/2016/01/21/intriguing-stations-of-2015-part-i/


Edison Research Successfully Conducts Entrance Polls For The 2016 Iowa Caucus Amidst Record Turnout

On Monday, Feb 1 2016, Edison Research successfully conducted entrance polling for the Iowa Caucuses on behalf of the National Election Pool (NEP). Edison interviewed 3454 voters at randomly-selected Republican and Democratic caucus sites. The Republican turnout was approximately 187,000 people, a record for the Iowa Caucus, and the Democratic turnout was 171,000. Senator Ted Cruz won the Republican contest, while Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue to be in a statistically close race for the Democrats.

Edison’s entrance polls were used to determine key information from voters, including demographic data, important issues and the “electability” of the various candidates. Edison’s election team captured, processed and analyzed thousands of data points within the short duration of the caucuses and enabled our member clients and subscribers real-time access to in-depth analysis of the Iowa results.

Full coverage of our entrance polls can be found here:

NBC – http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/primaries/IA

CBS – Dem – http://www.cbsnews.com/elections/2016/primaries/democrat/iowa/exit/
Rep – http://www.cbsnews.com/elections/2016/primaries/republican/iowa/exit/

CNN – Rep – http://www.cnn.com/election/primaries/polls/IA/Rep
Dem – http://www.cnn.com/election/primaries/polls/ia/Dem

New York Times

Dem – http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/01/us/elections/iowa-democrat-poll.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region&region=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region
Rep – http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/01/us/elections/iowa-republican-poll.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region&region=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region

Washington Post – https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/2016-election/primaries/iowa-entrance-poll/


time for change

Time for Change

It’s the first month of a new year. Well, hello there January! The Christmas cookies are long gone and the decorations put away for another year. Schedules have returned to normal and we see a lot less shimmer and shine. Gyms are much more crowded this month and the phrase “new year, new you” is seen in far too many ads. Change and self-improvement are on the minds of many moms this time of year.

Change is a scary thing, and for some it is downright terrifying. However, a new year brings new promises, even for those resistant to stepping outside their box.   Based on data from The Research Moms, there are some areas for moms that are ready for change.

Take exercise, for example. According to our research, 47% of moms said they exercise fewer than three days per week, with 15% saying they don’t exercise at all. Something is always better than nothing, so there is clearly room for improvement here for those moms looking to move more.

While getting fit is high on the resolution list, makeovers can rival diet and exercise. For moms looking to update their look, this could be the time. In our survey we asked moms how many times they have significantly changed their hairstyle in the last five years. The data shows that while about 22% of moms have changed hairstyle at least five times, many are not so adventurous. Most of us are known for a signature style but for the 41% of moms who have changed hairstyle just once or not at all in the last five years, 2016 could be the year for a new ‘do.

Volunteering is another area that moms may want to put some attention to this year. In our research study, we asked about volunteerism among moms. The majority of moms, at 61%, said they volunteer at least occasionally. Kudos to the 26% who said they volunteer frequently and make it part of their schedule.   However, nearly 4 in 10 moms admit to almost never volunteering. Volunteering can come in many forms and for those moms who want to get more involved and give their time in any capacity, opportunities do exist.

As moms, we want to go big and do it all (because in most cases we can), but when it comes to self-improvement, whether physical or emotional, too much can sabotage our best intentions. With so much hype and pressure to do things bigger, smarter and better in 2016 how do moms draw the line between an attainable goal and one that is just a bit too lofty? They key may be to start small. Often the smallest tweaks can yield the greatest rewards. Even if 2016 is starting out less than awesome, hang in there and remember that you don’t need a new year for a fresh start. You get one each and every morning.

How the study was conducted:

The Research Moms conducted a national online survey of 540 mothers with children age 21 and under.


The Infinite Dial 2016 – Save The Date!

edison-triton-logosWe are thrilled to announce the date for the next Edison Research/Triton Digital Infinite Dial webinar, which will take place on Wednesday, March 10th, at 2 PM Eastern. This year’s Infinite Dial study is the 24th in this, the longest running study of consumer behaviors around media and technology in America. As always, we will have an in-depth look at a number of trends in media usage and consumption habits, with a special focus on streaming media, radio, mobile media consumption and social media behaviors. We will also have a special section on podcasting, as Edison has been tracking this growing medium for a decade. Attendees will learn how the streaming audio landscape has changed, which social media platforms are hot, and how mobile has influenced media consumption habits. Your hosts for this webinar will be Tom Webster from Edison Research (that’s me!) and John Rosso, the COO of Triton Digital.

Attendance is strictly limited to 1,000, and it will sell out–so sign up now, and get there early!

Register today for The Infinite Dial 2016.