'Radio News: No. 12, 29 January 1993' by Grant Goddard

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Issue no. 12, a 'MIDEM Radio Special' dated 29 January 1993, of 'Radio News' weekly newsletter for the UK radio broadcasting industry, written and published by Grant Goddard in January 1993.

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'Radio News: No. 12, 29 January 1993' by Grant Goddard

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  2. 2. GOLDS M ITH BLAMES GOLD RADIO Concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith has beIIloaned the lack of encoocagement given to new live music acts and blaa.es oldies radio stations and the music industry's obsessions with hit singles, dance music and new software (annals. Addressing the KlDDl Radio Conference, Goldsmit h noted the increasing popularity of radio "gold" (annals, which be said "makes little sense to us [the music industry] but a huge amount of sense to the listening audience. " He said broadcasters were reacting to a glut of new single and alWn releases: "Radio stations saw the answer. They said ' We don't understand this. It's too confusing. There ' s too nrucb coming at us. It doesn 't llIilke sense. So let's go for a format that executives like, media buyers like and a vast listening audience l ike - a gold fomal.'" Goldsmith aI1JUed that dance lllUSic had caused "the record industry to spend the last four years investing in a music fonn that sells no alblns, has no real face and therefore has no longevity. Radio picked it up and the kids danced. But do they do anything else? No. Fast returns and the quest for the hit single have financially cane home to roost ." But he warned that the radio industry was "playing to an audience that is getting older and older and, other than the dance scene, has not put enough money back into supporting and making new acts have opportunities fOr an airing." Goldsaith criticised the i ndustry's obsession with singles and asked: ''Why can't radio look at a new record [~lbtn] that's COOling out and play somethill9 a bit (OOre than that one single it repeats all the time.......Record companies seea to concentrate IJI)St of their time on working and manipulating the charts and they make that work very quickly in the singles chart, because of the mythical belief that wit hout that bit single, nothing else will happen.It 5tuarl Watsoo, Senior Vice President of MCA International, suggested that the industry abolish its fixation witb singles: "Forget singles charts. Let radio play album tracks, whichever ones they want, and concentrate on radio charts. If a track from an album gets into a radio chart, then that is the track that will drive too albm, as in America." He was supported by Radio One's Head of Music Department Chris Lycett, who agreed: "I am hroadly supportive of the idea of only a titles chart or songs chart Or tracks chart, rather than a singles chart. Anything that breaks down pidgeon-holing aod ·characterisation is all for the good." Goldsmith also agreed with another MlDEM speaker, Haurice Oberstein, that the new Digital Music Express satellite/cable system would prove to be "the death knell for all of us. If t hat's the future, forget radio, forget record sales because all you need is a OCC that records and your cable channel." During a subsequent discussion of points made in Gollllndth ' s speech, Virgin Radio's Kathy l.eppard spoke, introducing herself only as Ita consultant here on radio business" , and arqued the virtues of the new station' s music policy. "In your guise as Virgin Radio........ , " Goldsmith responded. ''What you're going to present on Virgin Radio is going to do absol~tely nothing to stimulate new music. The difficulty is that for the first and only time we have, albeit i t on AM, a network station that isn't dedicated to charts of a catlllercial nature. You're doing exactly the same as what we ' ve been accusing the iodustry of - you ' re not going to stimu1~te anything new. So how does that help?" Three years ago, Gollllndth was a partner with publisher EMAP in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade the Govermoent to legislate for a cational rock radio station on FM. DIGITAL RADIO IS 99ATOMIC CLOUD 99 In his opening address to the MIDEI1 Radio Conference, Polygram International Vice President Haurice Oberstein warned that new multi-channel digital radio services could spell the death of the radio industry. "Remember when television cane along and wiped out radio ' s evening progranrnes?" asked Oberstein. ''This [Digital Music Express] may be the next event that wi pes out all progranmes. 1t Oberstein said that the 35-channel satellite-delivered system, to be launchoo in Europe in March, whose programnes exclude talk and adverts, will enable COnSlMerS to pre-select tracks for compilation of their own al.buns. "it's there for us to see as the atomic cloud heading down upon us," he warned. Oberstein also criticised the new BBC Director Gener al John Birt's proposal t o make BBC Radio less co:npetitive with the corrmercial sector. Addressing an audience of radio managers, he said: "It' s one of the things that must hurt you people in radio a lot, to be treated like second or third class citizens." He went on t o arque that ccrnpetition amongst stations producoo better radio : "It is no bad thing that there will be a BBC that endeavours to produce quality programming that will chase the audience, so that the camJercial stations will have that competition to itaprove their fonnats. " RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP te1 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 f radio news 1993 page 2 i ~ , 'I ~I ,
  3. 3. MIDEM RADIO WAVES Just when you thought JOU were safely <MII} frem it all at KlDEt!•• . •.• ftOOl a specially built studio in Cannes sponsored bJ France Teleccn, Tooy Blackburn presented his Capital Gold/London breakfast show Monday and Tuesday, then Simon Bates took. ' over for his Itll mornioq show on Wednesday. ms FB/Los Angeles DJ Rick Dees was there, 8CC<11Ji)aI1ied by his sidekick Ellen K and sports reporter Vie ''The Brick" Jacobs, presenting the breakfast show at 4!X11 local tiRle. And French network MO's Philippe Manoeuvre presented his weekly American Top 4<1 show, i nterviewing 'nle Pasadenas, Chaka Khan, Galliano, Al Jarreau, Shai and Nona Gaye ***** Polish station RfI' fit, broadcasting OD m 's Astra audio channel, IiaS at KlDD1 for the first tiJne ***** American COIIIlIunications group !DB, in a joint deal with British Telecan, IiaS offering airtiJle OIl another of HTV's audio channels for £ISO for up to 15 minutes "'.."'''' AlJerican syndicator Redio Express was pushing its new weekly HollyllOOd Express movies show and a Love Songs "coocept" k1I-**fI Voice Of AErica was marketing its satellite~delivered VOA Europe service, produced in Washington, as "the first broadcast ever transmitted in stereo across the Atlantic" . Its evening DJ Eric Phillips has a customised car nmber plate "LUVA DJ". Yeuch ! **-* American tipsheet Black Radio Experience vas selling a Black Music Directory for $25 that lists all US black music radio stations "*** Having lost its bid for the British RAJAR contract, American research ~y ArbitrOfl vas now pi tching i ts adverts in French and Italian --* French group Europe 2, prorooting itself as " the radio which knows no frontiers", lists the Ut:,s Radio 1k!rCUl"T as part of its eGlpire, alongside Spai n's Cadeoa Top and Poland's Radio Zet ***** ~te carlo-based English languaqe station Riviera Radio is audible on 106.5 FP! in Cannes, airing l ots of BBC World Senioe lllaterial and frequent ads for The European newspaper, its new owner. Its fOrEt is detemi.nedly DOll-Top 40 - where else would you hear a track from the Velvet Uoderqround's ~ album on daytime radio *"*-* A survey in french trade llla9azine In! R&dio ol.lllbecs 1400 stations in France, 2500 in Italy, 1700 in Spaio, 600 1n Belgium and 420 in Greece. Of British r&dio, it cooments "it doesn 't !lake a lot of money" ***"'" Having suffered t he OK's talk-obsessed lIJs, it was a deliQht to hear French FM stations ' minimal chat and uninterrupted lllUSic ***** NAB ' s ():)nna Leonard announced that 58 of the USA's 10,000 radio stations lost maney last year ***** Reacting to iniomation that Italian radio stations pay only 3.5 of revenue in music royalties, AlRC's Brian West declared "I'll take thaU" Apparently Spanisb stations pay 5.75 ***** Virvin Radio Joint PO John Revell revealed that the statiOll spent £!ta on research before be was appointed ****"* Lacry Green, MD of ARC Radio Internatiooal, objected to his introduction by Unque's TLa Blacl:Jsiore that said he was "inflicting" his oor!piIIly's progr~ on the European market **"'** American DJ Rick Oees was awarded a medal by the Mayor of Cannes in a ceremony at the Town Hall. What exactly the medal vas for remains unclear ~**** Interrupting his own rambling opening address to an Wlimpressed audience, Maurice Oberstein railed: ''Thi s goes on and on until 11.30, then I'll leave. I will pay IRJ dues. " Shuffling his notes later in the speech, he added: "It's pretty dull. If you think what I ' ve said so far ain ' l so ~t, you should read saDe of that crap" ***** Laurent Bouneau, PO of French network Skyrock, said he had learnt two things about radio in his life: "First, do less, but do it better. Second, position yourself in the market" ***** l'Iarketed with the sloqan "Shut Up And Dance!" (sound farRiliar?), American syndicator Westwood One's weekly show American Dance Traxx is presented by ex-pat Brit "Downtown" Julie Brown and has just been signed up by c:ss HI.••. .• •. . i n Istanbul ***" BBC Transcription announced plans for a non-stop half-hour dance lIlUSic rnix show called UK Club Mix delivered to stations on DAT with a script for their own DJ. A new series The Story Of Pop, comprising 52 one-hour shows, is available early 1994 *"'''''''''' Lebanon station Radio 1 was at MIDEM. Is this the S<We FlI: statioo that, during the COWltry 'S 80s civil war, was using a pirated copy of our own Radio l 's jingle package? ****"* Asked about the history of radio OOfsultaots, Pierre Bouvard of Colelllan Research replied that "the first consultant started work in Allleriea in 1924 when radio 's first Progroome Director vas fired" "'*"*** ReS, American manufacturer of Selector, unveiled its new RCS Works, a networked. computer systen that ~letely does away witb carts, COs, records and scripts ! "'u** Oonna Leonard of NAB said American stations' share of advertising speoo is 7 and has not changed in twenty years. Americans spend 3 hrs 17 rnins per day with t heir radio aod use an average 3.5 stations. Leonard. said that IlIOst us markets were "over-radia-ed" ***** The BBC was taking orders for the new CD-RCII version of its Gramophone Library index comprising 1.3111 titles "'''''''*"* KlDfJt's star-studded tribute to Marvin GaJe was broadcast live on sER/Spaio and SWYJ/GermaDY via Astra satellite ***** Unique Broadcasting has sold an Mdrew Lloyd Webber series and a .Jonathan King show "lISic Music Music to the BBC *"'*** NAB was offering MIDD! attendees three IDOnlhs' compliaentary trial membership u*** American black radio tipsheet JaCKThe Rapper was at MID£M for the first time but ran Ollt of sample copies EUROPLAY LAUNCHED Five European radio stations have lallnched a non-C(ll;'l'l!'lercial organisation called Europlay that will select a specific new European single each roonth for extensive airplay within their output. Progranme Directors fran Het Station/Holland, It4O/ Fraoce, eadena SER/Spain, Radio Donna/Bel gim and. SRl/Genoany listen to a selection of new releases each II'DfIth and vote for one Cootinental title that they hope will help cou.nter the predaninance of Anglo-American acts on European radio. ''This is a ccrnpletely ideological thing," explained a Europlay spok~n at the group' s MI~ launch. ''There is no money i nvolved. Europlay is definitely not for sale {to record c:c:rnpanias] ." The participating stations have Top 4O/adult contemporary formats and each decides individually how heavily the title is played over a four-week period and whether it is signposted as Europlay on-air. ''le are not a part of the {record] industry," said the Europlay spokesman. ''We are makinq radio. We pick. records on their own merit - we are broadcasting for our audience." Other European stations, including Rete lOS/Italy, YLE2/Finland and Radio 24/Switz.erland., are consideriD!J participation in the scheme, whose launch Europlay title for February is No Limit by DIltch act 2 unlimited. RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6062 f ax 081 861 2694 4" radio news 1993 page 3 I •, I 1
  4. 4. MORE MIDEM RADIO WAVES Local f'H lIUSic station Canoes Radio' s slogan t ranslates as "if you listen to it, you'll sing! " Er, COOIe again? ***** ms flI/Los Angeles gave away T-shirts emblazoned "1 woke up in France with Rick Dees 111 too Morning" *uu canadian radio tipsheet Radioactivite qaYf: away oopies that included a seven-inciJ single by Nelson Kanville that turned out to be blank on both sides ***** 1FP1 Director General IUc Garnett said he was starting talks in Loodon with cootroversial satellite music service Digital Music Express over royalties, in too absence of international law. Garnett said be vas keen to establish the principle that lMlSic is paid for at its real value ***** Veteran Dutch DJ Lex Karding, now with Radio 538, argued that "real radio stopped in the Netherlands in 1914 when Veronica was brougbt into the public system" u*** Japanese cable radio' s expansion from 440 to 880 channels has seen simultaneous live relays of ZlOO/New York and PoIfer l06/l.os Angel es by Radio Moode/Tokyo **....* Radio industry attendance lit KI.DEM was up 10 on last Jear uu* Meanwhile, back in the UK , Peter kerridqe is too Station Kanager of Radio f.sse:I:' s new Karlow opt-out, due to open t his Spring. Presenters are being recruited now ***'** It her Kanchester laWlCh party for new single Independence, Lulu met Piccadilly Radio 's Kark Story, SUnset Radio's !like Shaft and SigoaJ. Olesbi.re's Keil Cossar. StOfj' l ast met Lulw ten years ago when he produced ber Sunday IOOrning show on capital Radio/Londoo *u** What does Atlantic 252 Mite o[ The Independent's desc:riptioo of its [OC1llat as "rock llUSic"? u*** A I RMAIL PRINTED PAPER RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 4 r&dio DeWS 1993 page 4

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