Sunday, May 17, 2009

WIFI Radio And New Media is the home to Radio Talent Coach Sam Weaver. If you have the desire, he can help you! Call 1 888 680 7234 or e-mail Sam at

WIFI Is Part of The New Media

While old Media continues to flounder, New Media advances are surging forward.

VTech has introduced a new $200 WiFi radio that promises to make traditional radio irrelevant.

The horribly named VTech IS9181 is a Wi-Fi music streaming device designed to make accessing the near-infinite variety of Internet radio as easy as traditional radio.

The IS9181 connects to any wireless network (802.11 b & g) and lets you access more than 11,000 free Internet radio stations worldwide. It also lets you access audio files (MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Real) stored on you Wi-Fi-enabled computer (PC or Mac). The IS9181 also offers localized weather (based on zip code).

The End of Traditional Radio in the Home?

The IS9181, and devices like it, are going to rapidly make traditional radio's obsolete.

The device works like a radio, but it gives you access to thousands of stations that you can’t get on a traditional radio, while still giving you local weather.

How long can traditional radio and even satellite radio, last with competition like this?

IS9181 Key Features:

* 802.11 digital Wi-Fi
* Internet radio streaming from 11,000 stations; ability to search for any stations that stream online
* Internet radio station search from VTech’s site or on the device itself
* Ability to preset favorites on the product or online
* PC or Mac-stored MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Real music file playing
* Ability to connect an MP3 player or any audio device with a 3.5mm headset jack using the provided cord
* Ability to connect the IS9181 (via RCA connections) to other audio systems for streaming access
* Internal 2.1 speakers
* Convenient remote to browse, select and control music from across the room
* AC Power Adapter
* Battery-operated option (requires six AA batteries, not included)
* MSRP: $199.95
* One-year limited warranty

Monday, February 2, 2009

Traditional Radio: Communicating Sam Weaver is a radio talent coach (traditional radio,podcasting, and Internet radio. He is also an Internet radio consultant. Sam
is the most affordable radio talent coach and the best at helping personalities maximize their abilities. 1 888 680 7234.

During these tumultuous times in traditional radio, the most obvious overlooked area is communications. With all the downsizing, rumors of more change, and salary reductions, employees need more personal attention than ever. It takes little effort to briefly interact with co-workers.

Program Directors and the Workplace
One of the most important things for a program director is to understand the duties of other departments in a station. It's a process, but casual lunches work well. These situations help people understand the job duties of others and open doors to mutual exchanges of information.

Always be careful not to expose personal information, as it could be used for gossip. Do not speak ill of other office workers or station policies. Listen, and the other person will teach and inform. It is one of the best ways to form a business relationship with co-workers. Increased knowledge is a valuable work tool, providing clarity to how all departments are connected to numerous problems and solutions.

Program directors and operations managers need to be aware of the pulse of a radio station. The trick is to do it in a timely fashion without letting anything interfere with daily duties. It is very important to get as much work done as possible before walking the halls.

During business hours, encourage co-workers to place memos or proposals in a slot outside your door. If such a slot does not exist, have engineering construct something. After business hours, instruct employees to slide information underneath your door. Keep the slot emptied for security reasons and so employees can see their communications have not been ignored.

Acknowledge interoffice e-mails with a thank you or some sort of response indicating awareness. Have a system for returning phone calls and prioritize daily chores. Select a portion of the day to keep your door open. On an unconscious level, it suggests availability.

Walking the Hallways
Make a to-do list handy or utilize an Internet calendar. In either case, get a handle on everything before walking the hallways in search of information. Casually check in briefly with each department and get a sense of the employees' day. Snapshots can provide glimpses into pitfalls, who's sick, which sales persons never meet deadlines, why the midday personality is tired, and many little things requiring attention.

These office strolls should not take more than thirty minutes. Consider them akin to political tracking polls and the workplace as the candidate. For the most part, it lets employees see a thoughtful human being. Set the tone and do not allow these encounters to gravitate towards gossip. The more one knows, the easier it is to lead.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Radio, Podcasting, and Internet Radio Coaching, Name Your Own Price

This is Radio Coach Sam Weaver, (Website

Veteran and beginning communicators in traditional radio, podcasting, and Internet radio, want direction with preparation and presentation. Thanks to my 30 plus years as a radio programmer, announcer, and educator, it is always a pleasure to guide others on the journey of knowledge. It is a mutual trip because learning never stops for me. I am a personal radio talent trainer and coach with a passion for working with others.

My problem has always been how much to charge for services. However, the answer came from a “Priceline” commercial, let broadcasters name their own price, and pay what they think is fair? Therefore, that is exactly what I am doing. Do not let money stand in the way of learning, make the call to 1 888 680 RADIO (7234) or e-mail me,

All bids are welcome, do not hesitate; you’ll get my coaching services at price of your choice, be realistic with what you can afford for a month or more.

To find out more about me, the website is While I try not to blush, but here is what some peers have said:

BJ Murphy, Air Personality
"Sam Weaver was the key person in my development as a morning personality. I have been a student of his for 18 years. He is the best I know for getting the best out of his talent. I was so fortunate to have Sam Weaver early in my career to help me and guide me. I owe my foundation in morning drive success to him".

Joel Denver, Pres./Publisher
"Over the years, one of the most consistent winners in radio has been Sam Weaver. His attention to detail, content, and the ability to grow and nurture talent puts him in a class by himself."

Dana Hall, Executive Editor,
“He is passionate, knowledgeable, and an incredible coach”.

Earl Boston
Owner, Earl Boston Inc
Computer Music Rotation
“Over the years, one of the most consistent winners in radio"

Jon Zellner, Vice President of Music and Programming, XM/Sirius Satellite Radio
“I competed against him in Kansas City and he did a phenomenal job with KPRS. It was a constant ratings and revenue leader”

Tony Gray, Gray Communications
“Sam Weaver is among the leading programmers in this country”

Gary Bernstein
President of Syndication One

“He is one of those rare programmers that can find, motive, educate, and grow air talent”

Rob Wagman
PD, WIBT 96 The Beat, Charlotte

“A constant in my career has been hiring talent that has worked with Sam. I have hired them because they have learned what to. I know because he taught me.

Jerry Boulding, Urban Editor,
“I’ve known Sam for the better part of our careers. I’ve observed him as an air talent and a programmer.
Over the years he has groomed and developed air personalities and several morning shows. He is motivated, research oriented, analytical, and has a knack of explaining things in an understandable way”

In one of the Dirty Harry movies, Clint Eastwood said "A man's got to know his limitations". It is another way of saying, know your strengths. Coaching radio personalities is my special talent and the new audio platforms of Internet radio and podcasting have expanded my base because both require the same skills. Take the first step and let's get started.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Radio and The Portable People Meter: Part 1

The new ratings measurement, the Portable People Meter, or PPM, is not magical or mystical, nor is it the greatest invention ever created to assist radio and its advertisers in separating consumers from their cash. What it will do is monitor passive radio listening, show increases, and help improve strategic marketing for businesses. It will, however, be a challenge for radio to learn how to manipulate the results of the new report card.


Arbitron Inc. is a media and marketing research firm, serving media, radio, television, cable, Internet streaming, advertisers, and advertising agencies in the United States. Its core business is to measure network and local market radio audiences, surveying retail, media, and product patterns of consumers in local markets. Arbitron provides software to analyze media audience and marketing information data. The company has now developed the Portable People Meter, a new electronic technology for media and marketing research and measuring radio.

Through the years, there have been few competitors. By default, Arbitron is currently a monopoly. Through a joint venture with The , Arbitron also provides additional media and marketing research services to television, newspaper, and online industries. Its marketing and research headquarters are in Columbia Maryland, and the executive offices are located in New York City.

Electronic Measurement

The new electronic measurement tool, PPM, is an excellent showcase for publicly owned Arbitron, which of course wants to show its shareholders that it can increase or retain its stock value through more advanced offerings. For years, advertising agencies and radio have been hoping for an improved way to measure listening. This new system is a researcher’s dream, but a headache for radio programmers, sales managers, and clients. The Portable People Meter (PPM) has its own language and provides measurement for traditional radio, streaming, HD, podcasting, and satellite radio. Arbitron has made excellent use of broadcast researchers to market this GPS-like technology to the radio industry.

Traditional radio is becoming a tale of two societies. The PPM will be completely implemented into the top 50 markets by the end of 2010. Markets 51 and higher will continue with the paper diary to measure listening. This older method relies on participant-written accounts of daily listening. Agencies and many radio pundits are excited about the new electronic measurement, the , because in theory, it will provide a more accurate account of listening.
Technorati Profile
Part 2 will cover the survey selection process and
necessary equipment for participation.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Radio Internships Part Three

This is the last entry of a three part series on Internships at radio. Read the first installment by following this link.

For a review of "How to Become a Radio Intern", visit the above Internships link.

Prior to the beginning of an internship, make a list of what you want to learn and share it with the supervisor. Take time to learn each department and how each one relates to the on-air broadcasts. Check with your supervisor and see if other departments need help. Rest assured when others discover you are dependable, a bidding war would erupt for your services. Be courteous, pay attention and never complain.

Stargazing and sexual harassment are two areas of concern. Maintain a professional attitude when a celebrity visits the station. If you want an autograph, ask your supervisor how to go about it. Do not abandon an assignment and run down the hallway to watch someone being interviewed. It sends the wrong message. The same holds true for conduct with the on-air staff. There is more than enough time for fun, but let such opportunities take their natural course. If the station is involved with a concert or an event you would like to attend, quietly ask your supervisor if it is possible to get tickets. Never ask in front of others.

When it comes to sexual harassment, do not tolerate inappropriate behavior. If your immediate supervisor shares or initiates such action, inform his or her boss. However, be discreet when handling the situation.

A radio internship can lead to possibilities outside of broadcasting. There is a constant flow of business executives, civic leaders, political figures, and entertainers coming through a radio station. Therefore, remain alert for contacts and opportunities. An internship will strengthen your work skills, build your resume, increase marketability, and provide a professional references. It is the first step towards a foundation for the future.

To read the entire article click here. For a review of Radio Internships Part One and Two, follow this link, and see archives.

If you are a veteran broadcaster or have an ambition to become an announcer, visit the Radio Coach,

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Radio Internships Part Two

This is the second entry of a three part series on internships at radio. Read the first installment by following this link.

For a review of "How to Become a Radio Intern", visit here.

Once it is established where you would like to intern, it is up to you to make contact. Call the radio station's business office and ask for the program director (PD). The receptionist will transfer you. If you get a recorded prompt instead of a receptionist, select Programming. If you actually get the PD or an assistant, state your name, your school name, and your desire for an internship. If the transfer goes to voice mail, leave the same information and your phone number and wait a week for a return call. If it does not come, phone again. Keep trying every few days until someone responds. Polite persistence pays off. Stations usually react quickly to internship inquiries.

Interns are welcomed because there is so much work at a radio station and never enough hands to get it done. The first thing to do is to inform the station supervisor of your computer and writing skills. You’ll be an instant success. Try to intern for the Operations Manager or Program Director. Every department works closely with them. This will give you an overview of the entire work environment. It will also speed up the learning curve.

In the beginning, duties will consist of paperwork and typing memos. You’ll also be a foot soldier, delivering information throughout the company. It will seem like busywork, but it’s not. All work is important and serves a purpose. Focus on the assigned duties and earn the trust of others. In return, people will share knowledge. Good social skills lead to temporary assignments such as answering business phones, request lines, assisting promotions, or helping the music director. No matter how small, all tasks contribute. Social skills consist of politeness and manners. “Yes Sir,” “No Sir,” “Yes Ma’am," “No Ma’am,” Mr. Mrs. or Ms. It is little things like not openly sneezing into the air, covering your mouth when coughing, or cleaning up after eating. Everything reflects on character.

To read the entire article click here. For a review of Radio Interns Part One, follow this link, Radio Interns.

If you are a veteran broadcaster or have an ambition to become an announcer, visit the Radio Coach,

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Radio Internships Part One

Interning in radio can lead to employment. An in-house Internship Program would be an excellent way for a broadcasting company to prospect for and train potential future employees. Many stations have had interns become announcers, salespersons, production assistants, promotion directors, music directors, traffic managers, program directors, and general managers. An internship can be the best route to employment.

Internships and community volunteers share similar experiences, but interns receive high school or college credit for a class. Most internships are non-paid. They are either semester-based or seasonal. Requesting to be a community volunteer, as opposed to an intern, avoids stipulations such as age requirements or restrictions on the time of year. Sometimes community volunteers go on to do internships at the same place they volunteered.

Regardless, intern or volunteer, it's about learning and getting first-hand experience. From this point on, intern will be the only word used in this article. (Community volunteers do not get grades and their participation is not school-sanctioned.)

A student looking for an internship should check with a teacher, college radio supervisor, other students currently interning, and/or the Internet. If you have a mentor at a commercial station, inquire about internship. Do not be discouraged if the station of interest does not have an intern program. It does not mean that they are not open to the possibilities. In fact, you might be responsible for starting a relationship between your high school or college and the broadcasting company. In any case, make sure all necessary paperwork for academic credit is signed and in the proper hands. All music stations operate the same, regardless of format, but if you are interested in talk radio or sports, apply specifically to those stations for internships. To continue reading, just click interns.

If you are a veteran broadcaster or have an ambition to become an announcer, contact the Radio Coach,