Maybe Pandora Got It Right
Guest columnist Barry Fox, Program Director of WRAL/Raleigh, NC, on why radio broadcasters may need to rethink the the commercial spot load.
Donny Osmond Show to partner with TeshMedia
The Donny Osmond Show, a daily radio show customized for AC and Classic Hits radio stations, joins TeshMedia Group for creative input, production, affiliation and distribution.
"Disco is Changing .... and may be dead!"
A proclamation by Mike McVay in 1979 ... as a program director at WAKY/Louisville, KY. Check-out that hair! And don't overlook the pencil thin moustache. The quote today seems almost moot, but in 1979 it was the first such proclamation and predicted what was a newsworthy cultural shift in music.
Watch the YouTube video.
What's On The Road Ahead for Your Radio Station?
For those stations with dwindling audiences and decreasing revenues, perhaps the time is appropriate for exploring other viable programming and marketing options? Guest columnist Bill Greenwald offers a few suggestions for consideration.
AC Can Win Against Red Hot CHRs
Expert advice on the head-to-head battle for the female listeners! Read Mike McVay's "Focus on Formats" from Radio Ink...
Download The Donny Osmond Show Demo
Listen to this new five hour daily program designed for Adult Contemporary and Classic Hits radio stations and hear how Donny Osmond becomes YOUR air talent!
Radio’s Vulnerability Is Its Strength
What would you do if a major news story broke at times when your station is voice tracked or committed to a major promotion?
Legendary Entertainer Donny Osmond Launches on UK Radio
The radio programming syndication company Blue Revolution have partnered with McVay Syndication in the US to bring the legendary Donny Osmond to UK Radio with The Donny Osmond Radio Show.
eQB Cover Story: Mike McVay
In the latest eQB Cover Story, Mike shares his views on some very essential topics such as the keys to programming and succeeding in these tough economic times, the effects of PPM on air talent and the future role of consultants.
The Loss of Smooth Jazz is the Gain of Adult Contemporary
The departure from the competitive radio scene of Smooth Jazz opens an opportunity for Adult Contemporary radio stations to bring back the Sunday Morning Jazz Brunch.
Top 50 of Adult Contemporary for 2010
Mike McVay gives you the top-ranking 50 tiltles for AC radion for 2010. Use this list for your your-end features. Special thanks toMediaBase 24/7.
We All Love Romance!
The next time you make a judgment as to whether a song is an AC hit or not, stop and listen closely to the lyrics.
Radio Is Tough
It has to sound "easy," buy we all know that this is business is really tough...
Front of the Line, or Playing Catch-Up?
When all of this social media and digital technology collides it's easy to get caught up in the eye candy and miss the reality of what's taking place.
Remembering the Wisdom of John Wooden
Mike McVay reflects on the wisdom of the coach who believed that no detail was too small.
Donny Dominates The Globe
The Donny Osmond Show, the daily radio program from McVay Syndication, has launched in Australia.
Crisis Coverage for Music Stations
Following the attempted Times Square bombing, Mike McVay provides some guidelines for handling an emerging news crisis...
What Does “Variety” Mean to Listeners?
In 2010, variety and the types of songs and artists that a station features have come full circle.
FMQB: The Party Has Started
Mike McVay tells FMQB why syndicated programming is at the root of his predicated growth for local radio.
FMQB Interviews Donny Osmond
Donny talks about his move to radio, working with Mike McVay,
fan reaction ot his new show, and more.
Mike McVay finds that the PPM shows our AC Format the love that it deserves.
Does Radio Remember What Made It Great?
The “Golden Era” of radio, with all its success stories, may be the perfect place to uncover some helpful hints and approaches.
No Need for the Crystal Ball in 2010
We're no longer in radio, something that maybe not everyone has yet figured that out...
Off-Target In The Case Of Listener Driven Radio
Mike McVay responds to Richard Harker's comments on rbr.com regarding Listener Driven Radio.
Prepare For The Next Ratings Survey Now
The Spring Survey just finished, and before we know it, the Fall Survey will begin. Here’s a strategy to prepare for the rating sweep.
Seven Steps To Successful Programming
Mike McVay on how to be a programmer who can dominate the ratings.
Intelligence for Your Life, Ratings for Your Station
Details on John Tesh's Intelligence for Your Life Radio from the Inside Radio Blue Page.
Why radio should begin seeing the glass as "half full" and sharing that view with its listeners.
The Rodney Dangerfield of Radio
Adult Contemporary is the Rodney Dangerfield of radio. Does his signature line, “I get no respect,” apply to your station?
Programming; The Foundation For Success
Mike McVay in FMQB: Programming toda requires YOU to focus tightly on what’s most important to the Target listener. If you’re talking to women, then stay close to what they want to hear. Dissect the product into four categories; Music – Information – Personality – Promotion.
Business Battle Tactics
Mike McVay's editorial on using military tactics for executing strategy is featured in "The Michigan Broadcaster."
Link Radio White Paper
There’s a single question on the lips of Radio programmers and managers: Where’s our business going and how do we keep up with it?
60 Is The New 40
More than just numbers, it may be a golden opportunity for radio.
Home Crowd Advantage
China showed the world how a “home crowd” stance that cheers and encourages those around us can turn out a winning team. David Rogerson looks at how this same stance can impact your ratings.
Business Battle Tactics
Discover new tactics for executing strategies that come directly from the military.
Best of Everything
Bob Bruno introduces a new format aimed at today's mature consumer.
Tell Me A Story
What song plays in the "soul" of your station?
Rethinking OES for Music
Applying Arbitron's advertising formula to music rotations.
Living In The Listener's World
Reality checks based on real statements from listeners...
The Twelve Rules of Disney
Lessons directly from the House of Mouse...
All Christmas - It Took Guts!
AC has made Christmas music a staple and it draws tons of cume to the stations without tons of marketing. The lesson for all of us from this, regardless of your format, is to keep your mind open to new ideas.
I Still Believe In Personality
"I, Mike McVay, being of sound mind and judgment or of sound-mind-and-judgment as a radio consultant can be, do hereby swear that I remain a staunch believer in the value of air personalities so help me God!"
Living In The Moment
Mike McVay describes a trait that will set you apart from every other radio station that is programmed a week in advance.
Coaching Business Partners
How a communications coach can assist business colleagues to talk to each other.
Why Programming A Radio Format Exclusively For Women Now Offers A Sensible And A Viable Option
Is Radio Really Tuned In? An opinion feature from guest writer Bill Greenwald.
Is AC Radio The New Top 40 For Adults?
David Rogerson catches up with Mike McVay and Jeremy Millar for their opinion.
The Adult Contemporary Holiday Primer
Ideas for Adult Contemporary stations to utilize for all of the major North American holidays in 2008.
From liners to hourly "hot sets," David Rogerson provides his top ten on-air principles.
"Every Game Needs A Hero"
Mike McVay tells us why we need to apply this Gatorade slogon and let out a roar.
The Right-Sizing of Radio 2008
Mike McVay asks "how good is your product"while explaining how he is improving his very own...
Aussie Radio Flag Flies In The US
David Rogerson catches up with a veteran Australian radio programmer,
Lee Cornell, for his take on the evolving radio broadcast landscape in the US.
"And In Closing..."
A program director reflects on lessons learned from Jay Trachman.
The Question Is “Where is it all Heading?”
Mike McVay says the answer is “Everywhere!”
One Bad Christmas Song After Another
Mike McVay provides ten valuable tips for not throwing away your airtime during the holiday season.
8 Rules for Marketing to Women
These 8 marketing rules are tried and true… proven by the best marketers in the world today. We can all learn a lot from their success.
Managing Stress At Work
A professional life and career coach on how to manage stress at work and still get the job done.
AC Through The Eyes Of The PPM
Mike McVay and Daniel Anstandig presented "AC Through The Eyes of the PPM" at the recent Arbitron Fly-In at the companies world headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. The Houston & Philadelphia markets were examined, using information provided by Arbitron. In the words of Mike McVay: "If the People Meter says it, I believe it." The presentation is here for all to see.
For Stations Targeting Moms...
75 Ideas in 75 Minutes
Mike McVay moderated the panel "75 Ideas in 75 Minutes" at the 2007 NAB Convention. The power point from this presentation is full of actionable information.
What I Did On My Summer Vacation
Mike McVay shares several interesting stories from his travels over the summer months...
Real World PPM
Mike McVay provides some observations based on various client station experiences over the past year...
Five Must-Know Facts About 25-34 Year Old Listeners
Is your stationality compatible with young listeners?
We Get Letters
"The word significance is what kept coming to me as I was reading along..." A reader responds to Daniel Anstandig's series on Stationality.
Multi-Format Keeping Adults On The Radio
Don't miss Mike McVay's panel at this year's Radio & Records Convention.
Life Coach Barbara Feinberg looks at how corporate culture influences your day-to-day operation and ultimately the success of your station.
Stationality Part Three
Listeners are bombarded with thousands of marketing messages everyday. How can your station's message squeeze through their mental filter?
Stationality Part Two
Daniel Anstandig's looks at understanding your listener's world of experience in the second part of his series on radio's durable competitive advantage.
Stationality Part One
The first part in Daniel Anstandig's series on radio's durable competitive advantage.
These Old Shoes
Looking at his favorite tennis shoes, Mike McVay is reminded why we must continue to create emotional attachments with our listeners.
When Coaching Isn't Enough
Life Coach Barbara Feinberg gives suggestions for when your coaching approach just isn't working.
The Morning Show Flight Plan
Part Three of Three: Larry Morrow on balancing information and entertainment...
60 Ideas in 60 Minutes
During the 2007 Canadian Music Week in Toronto, McVay Media President Mike McVay, Parikahl Communications Chris Kennedy, Steve Young from Jones Radio Network and Tracy Johnson of Jack-FM/San Diego, all shared ideas on a panel titled “60 Ideas in 60 Minutes.”
The Morning Show Flight Plan
Part Two of Three: Larry Morrow on executing the plan...
Arbitron Releases Satellite Study
“How much do people listen to satellite radio?”Now, for the first time, Arbitron can bring you that answer!
The Morning Show Flight Plan
Part One of Three. Larry Morrow shows you why a flight plan is essential to the safe and effective operation of a morning show. How not to crash and burn...
5 Things To Do To Make Your AC Sound Younger
When To Call In the Coach When You're the Coach
Life Coach Barbara Feinberg provides insight as to when coaching may be needed...
The Pros Take Pictures
Mike McVay shares coaching techniques to help your on-air talent
Talent Coaches Need Coaching, Too
Life Coach Barbara Feinberg shares tips on how to coach managers and employees.
Hear a Jake Plummer Weekend!
Leading Hot AC, KVUU/Colorado Springs, consulted by Daniel Anstandig, hosts a Jake Plummer Weekend. This is a terrific example of creativity in boosting your TSL on the weekends. MP3 format/Client Exclusive
Advanced Principles of Stationality
At this year's PD Grad School,Daniel Anstandig will teach you how to develop your station's distinctive personality.
Do's and Dont's of Coaching Talent
An easy-to-use tip sheet from guest columnist Ken Payne, PD of Magic 107.7 in Orlando.
Raising New Radio Talent
Daniel Anstandig interviews Jason Muth about his recent jump to the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
The Little Things
Is your radio station doing the little things needed to make a life-long impression?
Radio’s Next Generation of Talent
Reason #548 that many General Managers and Program Directors have heart-burn and tension headaches… Locating, identifying, and ultimately hiring new talent.
Sean Ross of Edison Media Research discusses a format's search for the funky cold medina.
We Get Letters: Radio Is More Popular Than Toilet Paper
Following Daniel Anstandig's account of a mind-bending conversation with a fellow airline passenger, letters have been flying in!
Radio Is More Popular Than Toilet Paper
"The story I am about to share with you will change the way you think of radio."
SHE Is Hot AC
When you look at the stations doing Hot AC well, a simple formula emerges. S.H.E. is Hot AC!
Downloading Ratings And Revenue
Why our individual “circles of social influence” are more accessible than ever...
Four Wise Men
"One of the best things about my job is that I get to meet really interesting people and go to interesting places. I love my clients and I consider the majority of them very good friends."
Similar Story, Different Time
"The current stoush between record labels and commercial radio operators should come as no surprise to those who’ve been in the industry for some time."
Radio's Most Valuable Competitive Advantage
"If your radio station is unique in its market simply because it is the only radio station that plays Rob Thomas, Sheryl Crow, and Nickelback, the station is in long-term trouble."