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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.
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Hubbard Radio Names Cat Thomas PD At WSHE-FM/Chicago
Hubbard Radio has named Cat Thomas Program Director at AC WSHE-FM/Chicago. Hubbard Radio Chicago VP/Market Manager John Gallagher stated, "Cat has a stellar reputation for leading winning brands and we are thrilled to welcome him to Chicago's fastest growing radio station, SHE."
KZPT/Kansas City Names Brady Goodman For Imaging/Afternoons
ENTERCOM Hot AC KZPT (99.7 THE POINT)/KANSAS CITY PD LEIGH MCNABB names BRADY GOODMAN for Imaging Director/afternoon drive.
GOODMAN is a KANSAS native with 20 years of broadcast experience and has held various on-air and imaging positions throughout the Midwest.
Mike O’Reilly Comes Home To Kansas City As PD of KCHZ (95.7 The Vibe)
CUMULUS MEDIA Top 40 KCHZ (95.7 THE VIBE)/KANSAS CITY taps MIKE O’REILLY as PD/Afternooner. O’REILLY will take the programming reins TODAY (11/9), and will debut on-air this afternoon from 3-7p.
KHMX (Mix 96.5)/Houston's 'Not So Silent Night' Concert Features Rob Thomas, Fall Out Boy
CBS RADIO Hot AC KHMX (MIX 96.5)/HOUSTON has announced the lineup for its NOT SO SILENT NIGHT, DECEMBER 16th at REVENTION MUSIC CENTER. Among the artists slated to take the stage are GRAMMY-winning MATCHBOX TWENTY singer/songwriter ROB THOMAS, FALL OUT BOY, BRITISH tunesmith JAMIE LAWSON, LAS VEGAS rockers OFFSET SEASON and a surprise, yet-to-be-announced special guest.
KMHX/Santa Rosa Becomes 'Chris-Mix 104.9'
At 5p on FRIDAY (11/6), SONOMA MEDIA Hot AC KMHX (MIX 104.9)/SANTA ROSA, CA flipped the switch and was re-named "CHRIS-MIX 104.9" with a new "MIX" of holiday programming playing the most popular CHRISTMAS and holiday music of the season with minimal commercial interruptions.
Look for KMHX to return to its regularly scheduled Hot AC programming on MONDAY (12/28).
Mark Van Allen Named OM At Mid-West/Rockford, Justin Brown Added As WRTB MD
MARK VAN ALLEN has been hired in the newly created position of OM for MID-WEST FAMILY BROADCASTING/ROCKFORD, IL. The group includes Rock WXRX (104.9 THE X), Country WRTB (95-3 THE BULL), Hot AC WGFB (B103), Classic Hits W263BJ (MIGHTY 100.5 and Latino WNTA-A (1330 LAMOVIDA). VAN ALLEN will also serve as PD of B103 and oversee THE BULL. He was most recently the Assistant OM at the sister MADISON cluster.
Adele's 'Hello' Sets Mediabase Weekly Mark For Most Added, Listeners Rave
ADELE's comeback smash scored the Most Added song ever in one week as recorded by MEDIABASE's Add Board. The single, which debuted worldwide last FRIDAY (OCTOBER 23rd), was added by 347 MEDIABASE PUBLISHED reporters across the U.S. and CANADA.
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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.