[JPL] Advice again
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Wed Apr 27 17:18:49 EDT 2011
Tom you're talking about social networking for your station which of course is a
good thing. That said, it doesn't matter in the bigger picture if folks don't
like or can't relate to what you're playing. In that regard you're trying to
spread the information to folks that you have jazz but it simply may not be the
type of jazz they know or like. I now believe we have to be careful with this.
You mention keeping your audience listening...I now say...what kind of audience
do you want listening? What you play will determine the audience you have. Too
often we've acted like it was an across the board thing...that if we play "good"
jazz according to us... we'll have an audience. What you play only keeps a
certain type of listener tuned in for that. Others will want to hear something
else. The music is incredibly complicated in how it connects with a listener and
I believe we've underestimated how this works.That's the challenge we're faced
with in jazz radio. Who do we want to listen and what's the threshold to where
we can say we're actually building an audience or simply sustaining? If we
played what's on the top 20 of the Jazzweek charts...exception
Yellowjackets... that would only bring in a certain audience because the style
tends to be similar.
----- Original Message ----
From: Tom Mallison <tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com>
To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
Sent: Wed, April 27, 2011 4:42:47 PM
Subject: Re: [JPL] Advice again
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My original question had to do with what is management doing to attract
new younger audiences. My thought is that it doesn't matter all the
things you might do as previously suggested by others if you don't have
them listening. The station has to attract listeners and then you keep
them there with your programming. Do you have a station FaceBook page
or a Four Square Page, Twitter and such. These are the avenues younger
people use to communicate these days. Does WEMU have a Cell App. like
many stations use this day and time? Does WEMU have any print media
like in the University Student Newspaper or local entertainment free
newspapers that are in hotels, motels, restaurants, and night spots.
Again, young people get information for these publications. These are
also good sources for having feature articles on WEMU. Have you had
features on local morning or 6 and 11 PM television stations? All of
these items are aimed at steering listeners to WEMU and then once there
the programming is what will make them stay and come back.
In general one time I worked with the local car rental agencies and had
the first button on their cars programmed to our station's frequency.
This also works with car dealers and gets you what I call accidental
listeners. Seek and Scan features on vehicle radios are two of our best
friends when it comes to attracting new listeners.
All of the other suggestions certainly are valid and workable but ya got
to get them to the station first. At least that is my way of thinking.
On 4/27/2011 2:34 PM, Linda Yohn wrote:
> This week's sponsor:
> UNDERGROUND Lisa Hilton/piano, Nasheet Waits/drums, Larry Grenadier/bass, J.D.
> UNDERGROUND continues at jazz radio this week with over 100+ stations around
>the country now playing the disc after just two weeks, showcasing a great
>start. WRTI/PA, WICN/MA, KTSU/TX and WGMC/NY are among many with strong support
>on UNDERGROUND. Hilton continues her tour April 28 in Los Angeles, and May 25
>in Hollywood, CA. "Wildly ear opening, Hilton is fully in touch with some
>universal vibe that lifts this session up and away. Hot stuff." Midwest Record
>"A strikingly original voice on the piano". JazzChicago.net
> Hello friends,
> I'm back again asking for advice on jazz to appeal to younger listeners.
> I've been told to make the sound of WEMU more appealing to new jazz listeners
>or look for another gig.
> Smooth is NOT the way we want to go.
> Is it singers?
> Is it eliminating all recordings made before 1990?
> Is it more blues and world music?
> Is it more melody and less aggressive improvisation? Is it the reverse of that
> (Note - I've been requested to eliminate long, screaming solos from the mix.)
> What is working for you? How are you attracting and keeping listeners in their
> Feel free to answer me off list if you like.
> Hope to see many of you in June at The JazzWeek Summit.
> Thanks a lot.
> Linda Yohn
> WEMU Music Director
> lyohn at emich.edu
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