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Radio One’s new Industry Conference Signifies a Constipated New Radio Era

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Revolt TVs Conference is just more Appealing for Industry Professionals

I am completely shocked at what radio corporations are doing right and now getting away with it. Some VERY dangerous lines are being crossed and the radio corporations are continuing to push the envelope. How much longer can they do this? As long as nobody says anything ….I guess . iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) gave away the recipe to iHeart radio and now outside corporations are jumping on board making direct deals with established artists….too. Artists are not stupid and they know their value and while they stand a chance to make a ton of money from additional endorsements there will be a conflict when radio wants a piece of the action as well in order for them to be on the ticket by paying them pennies on the dollar. The greedy radio stations are going to have to start digging in their purses to compete with each other to have artists perform and these fights can get very ugly. They will fight to the finish, if they don’t want to pay performer fees for playing music why should they pay (full price) for artists/writers for doing shows?  I am not talking about small market independent stations they are excluded from this.  I find it truly amazing that radio corporations want to be in the music business for profit but they don’t want to pay musicians what they are worth?  They can try to dangle the carrot if they want to but that’s not going to play out well in the end.  For example: look at the Radio One “Conference” and Revolt TV’s CONFERENCE. Revolt TV is a month BEFORE  in October and has industry superstars like LA Reid, Russell Simmons and Andre Harrell and Diddy. Industry vet and CEO of Revolt TV Keith Clinkscales states: “The REVOLT Music Conference presents an opportunity for industry professionals to have credible, informed conversations that can impact the future of the industry, including brands and technology leaders as catalysts.”  Radio One, for their “conference” states: “Radio One Fest is designed to bring together the best of the best in film production, music producers, songwriters, executives, bloggers, digital marketing and marketing experts to share advice, strategies, best practices, new technologies and the opportunity to network and meet the PLAYERS!” Um, no radio people Radio One? These are very different statements. Is this intentional? Perhaps and if that’s the case and the two events are working in concert, the idea is brilliant… but what makes me think that’s not the case is Radio one is honoring LA Reid and LA Reid is going to be at the Revolt TV conference ALONG with Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell and Diddy the month before?  With all due respect to LA, why not honor some of your hardworking PDs and DJs? I’ll buy two tickets to Revolt TV please! Revolt TV is focused on the industry and Radio One is focused on… well it seems everything BUT the industry. In addition, how likely is it that we will see people from iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) or CBS radio at Radio One’s event?  I’ll take 5 tickets to Revolt TV’s event please! I sincerely hope Radio One allows their employees to go to Revolt TV’s event because I’d like to see them. It would make sense if Radio One has reached out to Revolt TV by now to try to find ways to work together in the future because that would be a great idea.


CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.


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