Sean Ross

Contributing Columnist

 

Ross On Radio: Radio Now Sells Music, But Who's Buying?

Ross On Radio: Radio Now Sells Music, But Who's Buying?

For years, radio was emphatically not in the business of selling records. Now, major broadcasters have launched various label/artist initiatives and pre-release specials of superstar albums have become a regular part of the landscape. But how can radio sell records at a time when an increasing number of listeners are choosing to stream, not buy? We have some thoughts.
Ross On Radio: Top 40's Fall Checkup, Part II

Ross On Radio: Top 40's Fall Checkup, Part II

With readers divided on the state of top 40, our look at the format's vital signs continues. And while there are few signs of an early '90s-style collapse, we may be facing a true doldrums this time.
Ross On Radio: Top 40's Fall Checkup, Part I

Ross On Radio: Top 40's Fall Checkup, Part I

This week, one Ross On Radio listener tweeted that he felt the format was going into a downturn. Another wrote to remark that the format had seemed to miss its once-customary early-decade doldrums. So it seemed like a good time to take a look at the format's health, from ratings to available product. Here's part one.
Ross On Radio: Staying In The Continuous Music Business

Ross On Radio: Staying In The Continuous Music Business

With radio's renewed emphasis on "live and local" as its franchise in a world of proliferating audio choices comes the tacit suggestion that broadcasters may have to get out of the "continuous music" business, rather than offer a spot load competitive with today's new offerings. That would be a shame, because nobody knows more about playing "continuous music" than radio.
Ross On Radio: Fitting Everywhere By Fitting Nowhere

Ross On Radio: Fitting Everywhere By Fitting Nowhere

The folk/dance hybrid currently at No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart recalls another time of genre-busting nearly 30 years ago: Bruce Springsteen and Arthur Baker; Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen; Prince, with or without collaborators. Billboard Top 40 Update's "Ross On Radio" column looks at the causes and finds that, oddly enough, it's easier to get on the radio now with a song that doesn't just fit in one place.
First Listen: Miami's 103.5 The Beat

First Listen: Miami's 103.5 The Beat

We haven't seen many major-market R&B/hip-hop sign-ons lately. Or stations that try to beat the competition by playing harder hip-hop than the other guy. Clear Channel's recently relaunched Miami station, 103.5 The Beat, is both those things. And we take a First Listen.

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