Friday, August 11, 2017

Jane Bikin updates Serge Gainsbourg

An interesting read, see this link from the BBC

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How is it that the song Moon River became associated with Andy Williams?

With the death of Andy Williams, BBC radio were referring to Andy being remembered for Moon River and that he performed the song at the 1962 Oscar ceremony.
Online BBC says ... He was best known for the song Moon River, the Oscar-winning song featured in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Wikipedia says .. Williams owned the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, named after the song "Moon River", with which he is closely identified.
From what I remember Andy's version was an album cut, the hit singles belonged to Danny Williams in the UK and Jerry Butler in the US?
How is it that the song Moon River became associated with Andy Williams?
Going to the guy who has done the research on what records sold in N.Z. before our chart system got more organised and published, I asked Mark Matheson how did Andy's version do in N.Z.?
Very well, said Mark, It was the flip side to Can’t Get Used To Losing You.
Was played well and the album sold in the thousands.
All three versions sold well here. His would probably the best remembered now I would think as the other two faded out of sight in New Zealand.
He also had huge hits earlier here with “Butterfly” “Lips Of Wine” “I Like Your Kind Of Love” “Lonely Street” “Hawaiian Wedding Song” & “The Village Of St Bernadette” etc.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Engelbert comes second last

Eurovision ends in Swedish win and humiliation for Engelbert Humperdinck UK comes second to last as British fans question wisdom of entering septuagenarian crooner in this year's contest The song sounded OK - maybe not great but not terrible on the Graham Norton Show

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New faces on Sgt Pepper album cover for artist Peter Blake's 80th birthday

Gosh, I'm in my 'Paul McCartney year', as in side 2, track 2 so I got out my old vinyl cover
The story from the Guardian ....
British pop artist Sir Peter Blake has taken inspiration from his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures he most admires as he marks his 80th birthday. Twiggy, Amy Winehouse, Grayson Perry, JK Rowling and even Monty Python's emblematic foot all feature in a reworked version of the 1967 cover created for his birthday celebrations. Blake, often called the godfather of the British pop art scene, said: "I've chosen people I admire, great people and some who are dear friends. "I had a very long list of people who I wanted to go in but couldn't fit everyone in – I think that shows how strong British culture and its legacy of the last six decades is."

Friday, March 30, 2012

Further thoughts on podcasting in the radio world

Further thoughts, that I related to, rather than the pitches for religious programmes
Larry B. • I was able to get a podcast monetized 6 years ago! Should be a snap today! You are right in that the model is not working. No need to trash it. Just think outside the box. As we sit here and discuss "is podcasting radio?", we are still stuck in the rut of thinking the revenue streams are going to be of a similar model as well.
I found it very easy to create a revenue stream. Yes it takes making connections with related businesses and selling but none of that can happen or is needed if you are just another "radio" style show in a huge sea of shows. Who cares that you are doing a talk show in city X that reflects the same or similar content a listener can get off the radio or 12 other pod versions of it.
That is the issue!
Break out with new content that builds niche audiences and caters to specific industries and business. Here is a hint, one style of show is not even close to cutting it! Bring other talent in as hosts so people don't have to listen to your opinion all the time. Give things away!
Personally, I feel much of radio has resisted jumping into podcasting because most of the stations do not want to or know they are not going to be able to keep up with all of the content creation. It is easier to just purchase the programming you want to fill space, other than jock talk, and sell against that. The other issue is staying inline with a stations normal branding. Podcasting allows everyone to have a voice but not everyone needs to be heard as some people have no restraint.
The politics a station has to deal with just does not apply in podcasting and allows so much freedom of expression that many struggle to believe what they are hearing. Yes, some of it is good and some of it is really bad, but just like Youtube, a mass of audio dumping onto the web has a spectrum of quality. Over time people will settle in on what they normally listen to once they find it and find loyalty there. That loyalty can be of value to the right person.
Asking for money from your audience is like driving that Ferrari to mow the lawn but asking people to pay to sit in the stands(porch) and watch. You ask the home owner(industry related businesses) to pay. They are the ones that need content to leverage their brand against.
Streaming is great but normally is nothing more than the same show of traditional radio with a 30 second delay and different advertisers.
There has been so much doubt about podcasting from the start. I was there at the start. It has not changed. Good material and content will always prevail no matter what format you deliver it in. Convenience rules and is also something radio cannot address well compared to podcasting. Mainstream radio has the money locked up and is not going to let it go easily but is losing that hold as we speak.
There are a mass of companies out there that want your podcast audience/demo and will pay if you can figure out how to develop something inline with their customer base and expanded demo. Using a traditional radio style approach and programming, is at a minimum, off putting to these savvy marketing execs.
Brand building through content creation and distribution is what I consult in and I am open to talking more about ways to monetize content as well.
LarryB 1 day ago Charley H.
Charley H. • I could not disagree with Robin and John more about Monetization. Leo Laporte's TWIT network made over 2 million dollars last year, and there are guys like Jason Van Orden and Cliff Ravenscraft that have left rather lucrative jobs to podcast full time.
While they are exceptions to the rule, it is totally possible for a podcaster with a reach of a couple thousand listeners to pull down 1K per month from their podcasts. I also know a couple of people that have paid their way through college solely on income from their podcasts.
Here is my take on the differences between radio and podcasting.
While AC radio is always looking to reach "Becky" (or whatever her name is now) as their target demographic, she is looking for podcasts like Mommycast and other things she is interested in, like maybe a tv show she watches like Once Upon A Time or Fringe that she can listen to on her schedule rather than listening to the same music rotation all day everyday.
I guess I will sum this up by saying they call it BROADcasting because you are trying to reach the broadest audience possible within a single format while the successful podcasts are all about building a relationship with your audience around a specific niche topic.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Interesting discussion on podcasts on LinkedIn that caught my eye (rather than my ear)
Is Podcasting Radio? Do people still care?

Does radio need to be live, are podcast and on demand audio formats (BBC iPlayer / Soundcloud) now as important and excepted by the listening public as live radio.

A mate of mine recently said "Podcasts are dead" is that true to you or have they evolved into something else?
Could audio books be classed as a form of on demand radio programming? I really interested in hearing what people think.
Marc L. • I think podcasting is a strong part of the on demand media choices out there. Just take a look at sites like BlogTalk where anyone with an opinion can do a show. Mind you, the quality might not be the best, and the talent might be a bit rusty, but it gives the host the chance to be their own "voice of reason". From a listener perspective, people don't have to wait to listen to a radio program (or don't have to miss a radio program) as a result of podcasting. And, listeners can fine tune their listening choices thanks to podcasts. Dead? Nahh...just quietly lurking in the shadows.

Radio, in it's purest form, should always be "live", but the term "radio" is changing itself.

Robin D. • Taking it literally, podcasting is not radio.
"Radio is the transmission of signals through free space by modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies significantly below those of visible light." - Wikipedia
"Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and video content to a dispersed audience via any audio visual medium." - Wikipedia So in reality, podcasting is another form of broadcasting, and has established itself as a prominent means of enjoying exclusive and diverse material without being tied to a piece of equipment at a set time in a set place. The sheer flexibility and variety of available podcasts, and the ease with which anyone can put out their own ones makes it a serious force to be reckoned with. As Marc says, "quietly lurking in the shadows", it's still the Web's best kept secret and has huge potential. The technology is expanding all the time, and our biggest increase in feedback now comes from the ability to play podcasts on car stereos.

When is an audio book classed as a form of on demand radio? I would say when it takes the form of a podcast downloaded from a radio station's website, such as a play, comedy show or documentary. If it is purchased in a bookshop or supermarket and marketed as an audio book, then it is definitely an audio book. To use the old adage - if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and feels like a duck, then it's definitely a duck!