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A new interview in the New York Times checks in with U2 as they prepare for a series of arena shows. However, Bono says he is still healing from his bike crash in New York last year. Most of his remaining injuries are in his left hand and forearm, and still cannot play guitar. “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand,” he said, adding that his forearm and elbow are "all numb" and titanium, adding that "The shoulder’s better, the face is better.”
The feature also gives a look into the setup for U2's next tour. The band is aiming to play two sets, with an intermission. The first set would essentially be identical each night, with changes in the second set. A triple platform stage has been built, with the sound system fixed to the ceiling rather than the traditional placement around the stage.
Their now-infamous iTunes release of last year's Song Of Innocence was discussed as well. Bono's longtime friend and collaborator Gavin Friday is involved in the production of the tour and told the Times, "The way the album was released, Apple overshadowed the whole thing, so the album was never really listened to. I was told to make the song really real.”
U2's Innocence + Experience Tour begins in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 14, with dates set well into November around the world. In a recently recorded interview, Bono revealed that U2 is planning to play their homeland of Ireland around Christmastime.
- See more at: http://fmqb.com/article.asp?id=2923448#sthash.PdNRLmBi.dpuf
Eric Cornish Joins The WXMA (102.3 The Max)/Louisville Morning Show
ALPHA MEDIA Hot AC WXMA (102.3 THE MAX)/LOUISVILLE has tapped ERIC CORNISH as co-anchor of the morning show alongside market veteran, LYNDA LAMBERT.
Tim Timmerman Joins WKRQ/Cincinnati's Jeff & Jenn Morning Show
HUBBARD Hot AC WKRQ (Q102)/CINCINNATI's JEFF & JENN MORNING SHOW welcomes TIM TIMMERMAN to join JEFF THOMAS and JENNIFER JORDAN as the newest addition to their morning show team effective (9/23)
Jay Michaels Returns To Mornings On WFAS/Westchester CUMULUS AC WFAS (94.3)/WESTCHESTER, NY, broadcasting on translator W232AL/POMONA brings back JAY MICHAELS for wakeups.
MICHAELS had hosted the morning show at the station when it was on its old frequency at 103.9. He also continues to handle mornings at sister AC WEBE (108)/BRIDGEPORT-NEW HAVEN.
Staff Cuts At WSTR (Star 94)/Atlanta
ENTERCOM Hot AC WSTR (STAR 94)/ATLANTA morning news reporter ROB STADLER exits due to budget cuts effective TODAY (9/1).
ROB STADLER spent 28 years on the 94.1 frequency arriving when the station was still under the 94Q moniker prior to its transition to STAR 94 in 1989.
Also out are Promotions Dir. MIKE MOSHURE, and night talent DONNY MICHAELS. Newly named PD TONY LORINO is currently covering nights as they search for a permanent replacement.
Contact ROB STADLER at (404) 550-6397 or email@example.com. Reach out to MIKE MOSHURE at (404) 964-8619, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WDVD/Detroit Ups Lauren Crocker To Morning Co-Host
CUMULUS AC WDVD/DETROIT has promoted LAUREN CROCKER to cast member on The BLAINE FOWLER Morning Show, starting WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd.
Dave Russell Joins WARM/York-Lancaster As PD/Afternoon
CUMULUS MEDIA AC WARM/YORK-LANCASTER taps 21-year radio programming pro DAVE RUSSELL as PD/Afternoon Personality. Russell will take the PD and on-air reins on SEPTEMBER 8th. This marks a homecoming for RUSSELL, who programmed the station from 2007 through 2009. He returns to WARM from his most recent role as PD/Promo Dir. for WOGG and WPKL in suburban PITTSBURGH.
Eric Austin Exits Afternoons At WWFW/Fort Wayne, IN
ADAMS RADIO AC WWFW (SOFT ROCK 103.9)/FORT WAYNE, IN MD/afternoon talent ERIC AUSTIN exits due to budget cuts.
ERIC began his career at WKQX (Q101)/CHICAGO as "SHARK" in 1995. His experience includes 20 years in CHICAGO at WKIE/WKIF (92.7 KISS FM), WZZN (94.7 THE ZONE), WTMX (101.9 THE MIX), WCFS (FRESH 105.9), WJMK (104.3 K-HITS) and WKQX-LP (Q87.7) during the MERLIN MEDIA years.
KRWM Welcomes Allan Fee And Ashley Ryan For Mornings
HUBBARD RADIO AC KRWM (WARM 106.9)/SEATTLE announces the addition of ALLAN FEE and ASHLEY RYAN for "ALLAN AND ASHLEY IN THE MORNING". Look for ALLAN AND ASHLEY to debut on MONDAY (9/14) from 5-9a.
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Report: Six Main Causes of Lost Quarter Hours
In the first of three online webinars that reveal new discoveries on how listeners respond to air talent, the Tracy Johnson Media Group (TJMG) and Strategic Radio Solutions (SRS) have identified and shared the six most common reasons listeners tune out.
The ground-breaking study measured hundreds of pieces of content, featuring air personality breaks tested with tens of thousands of listeners, It measures their moment-by-moment reaction to content. The findings revealed that stations are losing 40% or more of their audience in many breaks-and don't need to!
1. Listener's lack of attention. Tune out happens because real tune in never occurs. When stations fail to earn engagement quickly, listeners perceptually tune out. Personality breaks remain in the background. And that's the first step to physically tuning out.
2. Content that's out of context. They listen very little, and as a result, don't understand nearly as much as we think. They don't understand how to play the contest. They don't remember (or didn't hear) that break setup 20 minutes ago. They don't get the backstory necessary to enjoy the content. And they tune out.
3. Slow pace. Breaks that don't move forward lose attention. Pace has nothing to do with how long or how fast personalities talk, but rather with how well the story moves forward. Resarch clearly shows how and when listeners get bored (it's easily and quickly). And when they get bored, they soon leave.
4. Not enough payoffs. Most talent plans a direction or payoff for each break, but that's not enough. Listeners constantly evaluate entertainment (every 30-40 seconds), making subconscious decisions as to whether it's worth their time and attention. That's why we must provide mini-payoffs to keep them engaged.
5. Confusion. When they're confused, they tune out, and they're easily confused by: too many voices on the air (especially unfamiliar voices), personalities who talk over one another and change in direction or topics.
6. They simply don't care. They're greedy and selfish, actually tuning in to get something. When talent performs in a way that demands listeners come into their world, they can't relate. And when they don't relate, they tune out. Inside references are one of the biggest offenders in this area.
TJMG President/CEO Tracy Johnson comments, "It's not about break length. Our studies clearly show that listeners don't care how long a break lasts, but rather how good it is. The problem is that the bar for maintaining attention is high, and the price of tune-out is great. With so many entertainment options, broadcasters can't assume listeners will find their way back to their station once tune out occurs."
SRS EVP/Partner Hal Rood adds, "Losing quarter hours is often unnecessary. Measuring listener reaction second by second shows us exactly when and why they tune out. When we go for one more punchline or change topics midstream, we see 40% or more loss in listener attention very quickly, and I don't know many stations that can afford to lose that much audience in just a couple of minutes."
The webinar: Chapter 1, Content Kryptonite: What Causes Tune Out is now available as a video on demand at www.contentsuperhero.com.