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Secret Squid
22 March 2019 - 10:52am
Seriously, who cares? Feeble attempt at grabbing a headline.yEm Words matter on radio. Just ask Breakfast presenter Carly Portch
Gel Lushac
19 March 2019 - 9:26am
The lady doth protest too much, methinks, most likely because she doesn't have a solid job in radio like she once did with Triple J. Is Helen Razer really a wanker?
Krazy Kevin
13 March 2019 - 10:38pm
hello can anyone tell me how they get the ratings etc...listener feedback...internet hits..i would love to know...thanks

EDITOR: Kevin, thanks for the question.
Metro radio ratings are gathered through audience sampling surveys, performed by contracted survey company GfK. Commercial Radio Australia commissions the surveys, which report the results of all commercial and ABC stations.
More detailed information here. http://www.radioalive.com.au/RA/media/General/Documents/Licence%20Area%20Profiles/update/GfK_Tool-Kit_2019.pdf?ext=.pdf
Analysis: radio ratings survey 1 2019
Anthony The Koala
12 March 2019 - 10:07am
I agree with St John about the capabilities of DAB in being able to transmit more than scrolling text. You can purchase DAB development boards that include an LCD screen. But given that most DAB radios only allow for a single line of text, I cannot see DAB radios being sold with graphic displays.

In another posting, I suggested that the due to the slow nature of scrolling text on DAB and that the display options allow the date/time display and station information (news, music, talk), it would be difficult to monetise the DAB scrolling text for advertising, promotions and competitions.

Anthony of exciting Belfield
Digitising your studio to transmission chain: Aaron Alphonso's technical advice
Anthony The Koala
12 March 2019 - 9:58am
Two points:
(1) Despite the efforts to promote MSR and recruiting famous sportspeople and people well-versed in sporting knowledge, the ratings in the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Markets, 0.6, 0.3 and 0.7 respectively have not budged.

It was a bold risk and nothing is gained by doing nothing. Without being privy to the finances, I cannot see how MSR can continue in its current format. In a way that 2KY is generally about horse and dog racing and Australians wanting to gamble, it does not translate to big audiences. The same could be said that because Australia may be a sport-loving nation does not translate to big audiences.

(2) 2CH's ratings have increased by 50% from 3.0 to 4.5. Can an AM radio still broadcast music and rate? 4KQ's 9.2 rating is very close to its rivals at 10+. It certainly beat talk station 4BC at 5.6. Let's not forget that when MMM and 2DAY were well established by the mid 1980s, 2CH was still the top rating music station. At the moment 2CH at 4.5 is lower than 2MMM at 4.6 by 0.1. Conclusion cannot say that AM is for talk and FM is for music. However DAB is the great leveller with 2CH having the best bit rate at 128kbs compared to other stations.

I do believe that 2CH's branding could be improved with short jingles/stings and a 'soothing' voice with the qualities of Paul Ricketts (RIP) or Tony Featherstone (RIP).

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield.

Radio ratings survey 1 for 2019: Swings and roundabouts in topsy turvy first survey
8 March 2019 - 1:20pm
The issue with radio stations and smart speakers is what name do you want it to recognise. Many radio stations used their transmission frequency as their identity. Unfortunately smart speakers are connected to the internet and the same transmission frequencies are used many times across the world. Even in Australia the same frequencies are reused multiple times particularly in FM. I don't want to add the city name every time I ask to listen to the radio. But again the same city names also occur in multiple counties For example there is a Sydney in Canada and a Melbourne in the USA.
A lot of broadcasters use common words as well Hot, Cool etc, Perhaps the only way out of this is to return to call signs like many AM stations still use. To be consistent the same name should be used for AM/FM, DAB+/DRM and streaming. Their frequency and whether it is AM or FM are irrelevant for the internet and DAB+/DRM radio which uses names as well.

Lastly, what does it cost to distribute your signal via streaming including smart speakers when your whole audience listens this way. The costs increase exponentially as the number of simultaneous listeners increases. It would also be a good opportunity for the smart speaker manufacturers to take the broadcasters' advertising to pay for their distribution in addition to the telcos.
If broadcasters transmit their signal they have control over where it goes and the costs. DAB+/DRM does reduce transmission costs due to a reduction in electricity consumption and equipment costs.
Speakers vs headphones
8 March 2019 - 1:02pm
I am pleased to see Aaron Alphonso's recommendations.

We started DAB+ broadcasting full time just under 10 years ago. Even from the start DAB+ has been capable of slideshows, Journaline and traffic data but if you go into the shops to buy a DAB+ radio, virtually all DAB+ radios are only capable of one line of scrolling text. Aaron's recommendations could make radios with much larger screens to show images and text more attractive to the audience.

Aaron makes no mention of the transmission of traffic data which is occurring on FM's RDS which has limited capacity. DAB+/DRM is able to transmit much more detail in the same time to GPS systems easing traffic congestion in cities.

It's about time we looked switching off AM/FM radio in capital cities and use the considerable money saved to implement the visual capabilities of digital radio. In all other areas of Australia DRM is capable of covering from local the whole country and it has exactly the same visual and text capabilities and specifications as DAB+.

Lastly, the use of IP is great, provided that the data only circulates in a closed system to keep the hackers out
Digitising your studio to transmission chain: Aaron Alphonso's technical advice
7 March 2019 - 5:56pm
Let's not let facts get in the way of a good political rant shall we? The regional news funding was a one-off grant introduced by Julia Gillard to help her win some swinging seats at the election she had just announced (but never got to hold as she was rolled by Kev baby). The job ads for the positions created even specified that they were only guaranteed "for 18 months". The Libs had no obligation to continue this one-off grant, but decided to do so. To call it a "cut" is stretching the truth as politicians (on all sides) are wont to do. Labor pledges to reverse Liberal cuts to the ABC
6 March 2019 - 10:36am
I don't like the music that DJ Miriam plays on Coles Radio.I think she plays too many hits and too much modern chart music.When Coles Radio first launched,I really liked it and there were lots of good easy listening tracks being played on it.I think that Coles Radio could be greatly improved by reducing the amount of modern chart music it's playing and by instead playing more of the easy listening classic songs like "Morningtown Ride" by The Seekers,"Precious and few" by Climax,"High" by Lighthouse Family and "I love little baby ducks" by Tom T Hall.If people want to listen to modern chart music,there's already lots of stations that play this type of music such as Fox FM,Triple M and Nova.I reckon DJ Miriam should go and work at Nova and not at Coles radio.From Jono and ben
Coles Radio features live show
4 March 2019 - 11:11am
Just think ... Ita will be 82 when her five-year term finishes - about in sync with Auntie's core demographic ..... Captain’s Pick a good one


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