Radio Show Mood: Upbeat

A hallway survey of broadcasters attending the show gave the event generally high marks.

The pros: Most radio folk were sharing good news with their peers. There was a prevalent feeling that business is finally turning around and stabilizing. People are becoming more familiar with—and hence less intimidated by—new-media threats and opportunities. And we are gaining ground on the legislative and regulatory fronts. The Marconi Awards event was a hit, epitomizing the cautiously celebratory mood of the conference. The exhibitors had a good show, too: traffic was up, and broadcasters were buying.

The cons: More than one attendee expressed dissatisfaction with the sessions; one told us the program “looked great on paper.” Another said, “Maybe I’m jaded, but I really didn’t learn much.”