November 5, 2002 – 9:45 pm
New station embroiled in contract row
Memo to Niu FM management: Forget your agendas for a minute, chuck out your programming theories, stop trying to rip off the people you’re supposed to be helping and get on with what you’re supposed to be doing. How is that difficult?
Station bosses at Niu FM and board members of the National Pacific Radio Trust – the government-appointed body set up to oversee the station – have been locked in crisis meetings for the past week.
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Hill boosts listener numbers by 17,000
More people listen to Kim Hill on a Saturday morning than ever listened to John Campbell. I suspect, however, that fewer people go around in an incredibly good mood as a result of listening to the show. Kim may have a wider appeal – but I still claim that John had a more deeply felt positive impact. Call it personal preference…
I liked the station better when they had that excellent ‘Join The Dots’ programme on Sunday mornings.
Kim Hill’s Saturday morning radio show has picked up listeners, but the audience for Radio New Zealand’s flagship Nine to Noon programme is static, according to a survey.
AOL Time Warner ex-chief Levin heralds ‘digital evolution’
In a stunning revelation, the ex-boss of AOL Time Warner reveals that the future will be cool and futuristic – and that people living miles away from each other might one day be able to communicate almost instantaneously using computers so small they could fit on your desktop. He also claimed that the future might also include devices called (airquotes) “Lasers”.
Gerald Levin, who has credentials as a futurist and a corporate executive, says consumers can look forward to more convenience, choice and personal control as a result of a “digital evolution” that will bring them traditional news and entertainment in new ways.
The Bush White House’s “Radio Day” Should Be A Starting Point
An interesting concept – though not, I suspect, as open and “without filters” as some in the media claim it was. An easy way to get the media on side is to make each particular media outlet feel special. The way to do that if you’re the White House is to give them priveleges and exclusives. Did nobody notice that everybody was getting exactly the same priveleges and exclusives as everyone else?
The White House did something the other day that has a lot of merit. They staged an event called “Radio Day.” They invited radio talk show hosts from all over the country to broadcast live from the White House. Some, such as Sean Hannity, who commands a large national audience, were even able to meet the president and broadcast from the real West Wing. Others found themselves in a large tent on the White House lawn. From there, cabinet members, important White House figures, such as Karl Rove, even some who deal in international matters, were made available to each of the broadcasters, albeit for only about five minutes each.