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What we can learn from Beats 1: Cridland

Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

So, Beats 1 has launched - the new, global, internet radio station from Apple. Now we’ve had more than a week to think about it, it’s probably time to consider what it means for those of us who work in radio.

It’s not polished.

It’s been interesting watching the US radio...

23 September 2015

London's Mi-Soul pits itself against the big commercial stations

Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

London has a new “soulful” radio station - called Mi-Soul.
I say it has a new radio station. It isn’t, really. It’s been going for three years, actually, but last weekend it made it to actually broadcasting on the radio, rather than being stuck on the internet. It’s interesting that...

23 September 2015

Cridland's weekly links about radio's future

Radioinfo's Radio Tomorow contributor, James Cridland has compiled a list of some of the more interesting and informative links about radio's future. 

23 September 2015

Cridland: Google Play Music Radio: what does it mean for the rest of us?
So, Pandora offers free 'radio' stations,  and Apple kind of does too, and now we've just seen the launch of Google Play Music Radio. Watch this YouTube video…
The Google offer is relatively similar to the others.  Limited skips (six an hour)  but music based on artists and genre. And you get to also get Google's...
23 September 2015

How one brand doubled its TSL: and how you can too

Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

Whenever I’ve made it to Oslo, Norway, I’ve been there in winter - snow on the ground and it appears to always be twilight. But last week, an extraordinary thing happened: the sun shone.
The sun shone because there were radio people in town, of course: a conference...

23 September 2015

What people are saying about Apple Music and Beats 1

The hot topic around music and radio circles over the past week or so has been the anticipated launch of Apple Music and Beats 1 at the end of this month.

Radioinfo's Radio Tomorow contributor, ...

23 September 2015

Apple’s new Beat 1 - who are the DJs?

In Monday’s WWDC announcements, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Apple have invented internet radio. The press release guffs on about how every listener will “hear the...

23 September 2015

Radio in Asia - what we can learn from it: Cridland

Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

Last week, I was in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, for the Asian Media Summit. The conference was themed around social media - but I was able to speak about radio, surely the world’s oldest form of social media, alongside Commercial Radio Australia’s Joan Warner. Earlier, Asia Radio Today’s Steve Ahern...

23 September 2015

Four things to learn from the UK’s radio audience figures

Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland.

The latest UK RAJAR figures are out, and they really underline the way radio consumption is changing.

Now, it’s easy to look at overseas radio figures, like the ones here in the UK, and say that they’re irrelevant. You’d be right, to an extent. The UK is its own distinct marketplace, with a very strong public service broadcaster as...

23 September 2015

Lazy Buggles Headlines

Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland.

“I heard you on the wireless back in ‘52; lying awake intent on tuning in on you”
I have a newsletter every week, which is full of links to interesting radio articles. (You could subscribe if you want - next week will contain a...

21 May 2015

Want the best content for your station? Tried Podcasts?

Russell Brand is best known for, well, a variety of things.

 He was Katy Perry’s husband for two years, which must have been nice. He was sacked from MTV for bringing his drug dealer into the studios; was criticised while hosting the VMAs for describing President George...

06 April 2015

Think positive, US radio industry

I’ve just spent a hugely enjoyable few days in Milan at Radiodays Europe, the world’s largest radio conference.

 As Radiodays Europe continues to grow, it’s interesting to see more international visitors going to the event - by “international”, of course, I...

06 April 2015

Why pop-up radio stations make good sense

So, the number one format for radio in the US, according to Nielsen, is country.

In the UK, we've not had very many country radio stations. In fact, it's a bit worse than "not very many". I only know of one: Chris Country, an online-only radio station, which supplies programmes to stations up and down the country.

06 April 2015

We Have to Make Tech Things Simpler

The future of radio is a multi-platform one. Audiences expect us in more places and on more devices than ever before.

Yet, radio comes with no visuals, no instructions, no way to go back. So if we're going to ask our audience to do something, let's make it really, really...

02 March 2015

Three lessons from the UK's radio figures

Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "The UK? What has that got to do with my market? 

These British, don't they know they don't run an Empire any more?"

Listen, I get it. But genuinely, I think that the new set of radio figures for the UK are worthwhile having a quick look at,...

22 February 2015

FM radio on mobile phones: a time to work together

I’ve been to Mumbai in India a few times now, seeing Radio Mirchi, one of the most successful radio operators there. India’s had an explosion of new FM radio stations, and is about to have plenty more added to the market.
Let me tell you something about Indian radio that might hurt your head. According...

08 February 2015

Radio is where we discover new music. So what?

It’s true. Radio is where people discover new music. All the research points to it, from Edison Research’s annual figures to excited YouTube comments: for the majority of us, we discover new music on the radio. After all, you can’t search Spotify for an artist that you don’t know.

What’s interesting is how few radio stations own “music discovery” for themselves. Is...

22 January 2015

James Cridland looks to the future: Introduction


James Cridland joins radioinfo and AsiaRadioToday to present a new regular feature called Radio Tomorrow (TM).  


Hello. You don’t know me, and I probably don’t know you - but it’s great to meet.

I’m a Brit. I know, like you need more of those in Australian...

19 January 2015


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