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Autonomous Cars Could Mean More Profit, Less Content

“The presentation outlined how HD Radio can be used to generate profit for stations beyond just putting up a second signal that is a straight ESPN Radio feed or a very niche music format.”

Demetri Ravanos

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I just finished listening to Ashruf El Denary speak at the NAB Show. He is with Xperi Corp and has done extensive research and development in HD Radio. His presentation today focused on what HD radio could mean in a future filled with self-driving vehicles.

El Denary’s presentation was not packed, and honestly that was a huge loss for everyone not in the room. So many panels at this conference have been about the opportunities and changes coming as the availability of 5G becomes more prevalent. El Denary’s presentation was all about how HD Radio can take advantage of 5G’s weak spots, namely the lack of infrastructure and security.

The presentation outlined how HD Radio can be used to generate profit for stations beyond just putting up a second signal that is a straight ESPN Radio feed or a very niche music format.

El Denary talked about radio at its roots being a public service. It is where the public goes when it needs local information immediately. He described digital broadcasting as “a pipe capable of sending any type of information.” Because HD Radio broadcasts send signals in but not out, it can be more valuable than 5G technology.

With that description in mind, it is easy to picture local stations partnering with local governments to launch HD signals that power smart cities, manage a power grid, or send up-to-the-second traffic information right to the screens in users’ cars.

Now consider the advantages HD Radio can have in the world of autonomous cars. GPS technology is accurate to within 3 meters. In order for an autonomous car to be street legal, it’s GPS has to be accurate to within 10 centimeters. HD Radio can relay that information faster and more reliably than 5G technology can.

El Denary saw radio’s live and local nature as something that could create ad revenue in this realm as well. Car companies could buy ad campaigns using HD Radio broadcasts to ensure their autonomous vehicles stay on the road. They could use those broadcasts for direct-to-customer ad campaigns.

I asked El Denary if he saw this as a future application of HD Radio or THE future of HD Radio. He said that it could obviously be either, and profitability would probably dictate the answer, but it wasn’t hard for him to imagine a company deciding that the digital signal for an underperforming station could be better utilized to deliver information than content.

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Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.

Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.

LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.

On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.

Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?

“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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