Radio as I have seen it (part 1) – Akin ADESANYA (Broadcaster and Media Consultant)

Old media don’t die! They just rebound in new avatars.
With all the rampaging effects that the Television came with and the fear of it relegating radio down market, it`s force and reputation seem VERY intact.

The much rampaging Television seems to be the most affected in this era, losing much of its ‘carriage’ to the new age. The “New Media” phase where just about anything audiovisual is hastily leaning towards. The future is here! Radio is yet unbroken, Television is fighting a fierce battle for its life.

All thanks to technology, Radio has fought its own battle and its making a gigantic comeback. In fact, in its new avatar, Radio is all set to become the HIPPEST, COOLEST and most AUTHENTIC INFO MEDIUM in this new age.
Radio is a new entity altogether.
It’s reborn like a new baby; in all its newness, it must live to its expectations. In its quest to be relevant and patronized, the following should be its major areas of concern:

a. Content providers
b. Investors
c. The People
d. Listeners
e. Market

The Content providers come first. That’s the Radio station itself. Without quality and adaptable content, there might be no need to invest a kobo in the first place. In the above sequence, the Market, which brings home the revenue comes last! It is the confidence that the prospects establishes in all four before it that gives it a taken into their spendings.
The customers don’t come first in Radio.

With current realities, Radio has to deal with the new market dynamics. Media owners dealing with new markets will virtually have to draw up their strategies as they go along, create programming that is new, innovative and grab away eyeballs from TV sets and make them tune into their radio sets. It’s a whole new challenge and competition is never far away.
Advertising revenues will also not be easy to come by, as advertisers will expect media players to put their money where their speakers are before they commit large sums of money towards radio advertising, which without, Radio dies a natural death. The major challenge I see for Radio in actualizing its mission in the current era is how to attract more of these advertising pool to itself.

The character of the Radio functioning as or being most times considered as a mere reminder medium is sure a major minus in this drive. This had in time affected the massive involvement of listeners VisaVis television. But, Radio is instant! That`s an advantage Radio Content Developers have to explore.
The prints mostly set the agendas for discussions on both Radio and Television, but all that is changing! The ‘New Media’ is largely contesting that position with the prints. Everyone; young, old, lettered, unlettered are fast keying into it.
This provides an opportunity for Radio to finally wield the sledge hammer on a segment of the strength the Television has over it. It cannot do it all by itself, it has to employ and maximize the use of the rave of the moment, ‘New Media’.
In spite of the challenges, mainly financial, that Radio might be faced with due to the availability of easier, cheaper and more exact mediums of driving home messages, the emergence of more private Radio stations indicates the viability of the medium ‘IF’ well anchored.

The increase in the volume of advertising on Radio further drives home the importance of the medium. The estimated population of Nigeria is currently put at 182,000,000 (National Population Commission), of this, about 50% is below 30 years. Of this number, about 70% of them actively use mobile gadgets embedded with all the latest Apps. This opens a wide range of opportunity for Radio to latch and explore for its profitability and sustainability.

What would make a Radio brand not make money? That indeed is a BIG question. The solutions are written within. Amongst the plenty factors that might be slowing down the profitability of a Radio brand are

a. Its content drive
b. Its application pattern
c. Its PR deficiencies
d. Its marketing failures
e. Its motivation model
f. Its not keying into the new rave

There could be more, these are just a few that could be mentioned here.
Radio is personalized. Its drive MUST remain towards the ONE PERSON engagement pattern. That`s one beautiful tip for content creators to employ. Create ideas that engage one person at a time and you become an instant friend. Your friendship pact soon grows to become a fan base and fan bases are usually cult followers. Their loyalty remains intact, regardless of the situation. Another failure I would also point to is the failure of the marketing strategies of most stations. Most stations whose profit is going down south or not improving is mainly the problem of its marketing style.

Some stations merely operate a sales unit rather than a marketing department. They wait people to come kneel at their door begging the station to take their money. Nobody brings money to anyone anymore. You have to go take it! Marketing is huge! Marketing is about development something extraordinary from nothing! Marketing is creativity in total. It is once said and I very much believe that the best marketing strategies are formulated by Content providers.
They tailor their contents towards what the market needs. They create and execute to fit into brands philosophies, making it an easy fit for brands to buy into.

Haven said that, the potential of Radio profitability is better in bigger towns. In the Northern part of Nigeria, Radio is the dominant medium of all sorts (Information, Entertainment, Education etc), but, as dominant as it is, how much advertising benefit can it generate for its owners? A Radio station in big towns like Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Ibadan, Benin, Calabar etc have a lot more potential to generate a lot more profit with fewer listeners than their Northern Nigeria peers who have a chunk of listeners clutching their Radio sets on a average of 20 hours a day.

The big cities Radio only need work out a most appropriate operating philosophy to remain relevant and take a part of the advertising largesse. In the Radio market, forming a philosophy might be a task. Radio stations can formulate their philosophy to bridge a gap. But, creating a running philosophy extends far beyond just filling a gap.
You need to consider if there is a market for the gap your station philosophy wants to fill, you must also put to note the size of the market of that gap and think how profitable it will be should you theme your station to that gap.
I`ve seen some Radio stations fail this simple but technical test. I`ve seen Radio stations change name, style, personnel severally just because the foundation philosophy were wrong. For instance, an investor putting millions of Naira into a Traffic themed Radio station in Abeokuta or Ibadan is heading towards the rock in no time.
There`s sure a gap to fill in informing people of the traffic situation, but for the market, its a waste, huge one. How much vehicular traffic do these two cities put together generate?

My parting shot for this part,
Read it tomorrow on the front page, watch it tonight in the news, but, hear it now on the Radio.
Boy, Radio is INSTANT!

Thanks for reading.
Blessings!

My BRMC February 2018 Experience…

This was the most mature class encountered yet, but I believe there are no age limits to pursuing a career in broadcasting. In fact, there’s always a demographic void or programme category that needs to be filled at one point or the other. And for some of them, taking advantage of New Age broadcast skills could improve their other businesses.
I talked about the benefits of podcasting.
In my hour long ramble, I highlighted the limitless possibilities available when it came to choosing a topic or area of podcasting interest. I mentioned a podcast dedicated to dog owners, not the type of show you would find on regular radio. I shared with an enthusiastic class, though without props sake of say my equipment no folo me come… but with enough body language and dramatization, that each and every one them could develop and share an engaging, interesting podcast. And they would find an audience.
Afterwards, I was approached by a few of them who wanted to know if they could expand their ideas. One had a successful sport betting tip gig running on Whatsapp. He wondered if he could expand it into a podcast. Why not?
Another had been sharing via blogs and social media, encouraging tidbits for Nigerian Startups. Can he turn it into a podcast? Again, why not?
To encourage every bit of action towards achieving a podcast dream, I mentioned that even without the heavy machinery [studio tools], a decent enough smart phone could be useful. There are apps available on the various app stores and even a podcast company has taken steps to make the experience wholesome from recording to editing and then sharing on social media.
Check out SPREAKER STUDIO
So, do you have a great idea for a podcast? Can you do consistent research into the topics you will discuss or the people you want to talk about? Are you patient and persistent? Here are a few resource tools that can aid your podcast dream:
Best Podcast Equipment (For Beginners & Pros) 2018
8 Major Podcast Predictions for 2018
Top Podcasting Blogs & Websites (2017 Edition)

THE BROADCAST RADIO MASTER CLASS [MARCH 2017 EDITION] RECAP…

I had an awesome time speaking on Podcasting at The Broadcast Radio Master Class [March 2017 Edition] put together by my good friend Fola “4Lah” Afolayan.
I particularly doff my hat to professionals such as Victor Orhorhoro and Tola “Jinjah” Adeogun. Both experts made teaching a breeze blending long drawn lessons with practical perspectives and updated techniques in News Reading and Radio Imaging and Production.
A big shout out to Faith Dafe Joseph too for her input and it was great seeing an old colleague again!
I noticed with pleasure during my session an array of creative minds that could do well by taking advantage of podcast’s novelty to launch their great ideas and contribute to radio’s alternative while catering to narrow audiences. It might seem a daunting task at first but practice and resilience should provide profitable long term results.
Take advantage of the November Class by registering here.

L-R: Faith Dafe Joseph,Tola Jinjah, Fola Afolayan,Tony Doe, Sola Animashaun

 

Lokal FM: A Review…

“I downloaded the LokalFM app recently and decided to listen nonstop for a week, to see if all it’s hyped up to be is true. As a Nigerian in the diaspora, I sometimes lose track of the latest Nigerian music releases. In the week that I listened to LokalFM, I definitely got caught up! Even though my one-week experiment is long over (and yes, the hype is true), I will continue to listen to LokalFM. It is my one-stop radio station to satisfy all my Naija music cravings.
This is definitely one platform advertisers need to jump on. LokalFM has the potential to be a highly successful enterprise with listenership spanning Africans all over the world. I have no doubt that Tony Doe Onwuchekwa still has a lot of ideas on how to take his online radio platform to the next level up his sleeves. If he keeps up his current level of hard work and dedication to the craft, he will achieve his dreams and much more.”

Maureen Onyeziri
Microbiology Ph.D. Student, Indiana University Bloomington.

LOKAL FM NOW AVAILABLE FOR iOS DEVICES!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we happily announce the availability of our app on the App Store!

LokalFM is an online radio station featuring informative entertainment targeted at Nigerian & African audiences. THE VISION is to be a leading aural source of informed entertainment [music, news, etc.] albeit in pidgin. THE MISSION, is to showcase the best of Naija content to the world, highlighting triumphs in the arts and technology!
This application is the official, exclusive application for Lokal FM under an agreement between Lokal FM and Nobex Technologies.

The app is designed for iOS devices such as iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches.

Applications for Android and BlackBerry devices will soon be available!

WORLD RADIO DAY 2017: RADIO IS YOU!

The World Radio Day is in its 6th year this Monday February 13, 2017.

UNESCO invites all radio stations and supporting organisations to celebrate radio and how it helps shape our lives!

No doubt,

“Radio is still the most dynamic, reactive and engaging medium there is, adapting to 21st century changes and offering new ways to interact and participate. Where social media and audience fragmentation can put us in media bubbles of like-minded people, radio is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and foster positive dialogue for change. By listening to its audiences and responding to their needs, radio provides the diversity of views and voices needed to address the challenges we all face.

Radio informs us and transforms us, through entertainment, information and audience participation.  Having a radio means you are never alone – you always have a friend in radio. “

To this effect we at Lokal FM are dedicating Monday February 13th’s online streaming to good ol’ radio featuring the biggest Naija Radio Hits, fans speaking about Radio’s impact on their lives, excerpts from Radio’s archives and other features related to #WorldRadioDay.

Do join us online as we celebrate with Radio Stations all over the world with the theme: “Radio Is You!”

My good friend Ekemini Joseph will also have a Live interactive feed on Facebook with the theme from 9am on Monday, please don’t miss it!

Download the Lokal FM Android App here.

 

INTRODUCING LOKAL FM…

It’s been a long time coming.
Many spurts, stutters [still happening sef] but somehow against the grain I’ve started it and there’s a purpose behind this movement.
I’ve dreamed of “owning” my own station and while this is still on a borrowed platform, it allows me bring my experience and experimental tendencies with fewer restrictions or managerial hinderances.
Still, it’s expensive, time consuming and nerve wracking especially as I’m doing it all by my lonely.
Good friends have offered advice, skill and moral support where needed but now it goes beyond that.
I need funds to run it.
But I’m confident that will come.
First the vision…to be a leading aural source of informed entertainment [music, news, etc.] albeit in pidgin.
The Mission, is to showcase the best of Naija content to the world, highlighting triumphs in the arts and technology!
Summary:
“LokalFM is a pidgin variety station featuring informative entertainment targeted at Nigerian & African audiences at home & abroad.”
I even coined a format for it [PVR] Contemporary Pidgin Variety Radio.
I look forward to you joining me on this journey as artistes who need to be heard, tech gurus with stories to tell, service providers confident enough to advertise on this platform, trusting in its vision.
Lokal FM will also be a platform for aspiring radio talents embracing new technologies to improve their skills.
So, are you with me?

Listen to LOKAL FM!