Bingham Farms-based Jacobs Media Strategies has announced that it has completed “AQ – Radio’s First Comprehensive Study of Air Personalities Unveiled,” and will present the results of that study with a free webinar on Thursday, August 30 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

AQ is a comprehensive online study of on-air talent and producers from radio stations across the United States.  Respondents were asked a wide range of questions on their attitudes about the state of the radio industry, their careers, how they define their ever-changing job duties, and even if they have a “face for radio.”

The full results of the AQ study will be unveiled during the webinar.  To download a sneak peek at the results and register for the webinar, go to:

“The radio industry historically has done a great job researching its audience,” says Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. “However, no one has ever studied the attitudes of one of the industry’s most important assets, its air personalities. Stations have a lot riding on their talent, and it’s important management and ownership gain a deeper understanding of what makes them tick. And there are great insights for the personalities themselves.”

Here are some of the highlights from AQ, radio’s first talent on talent survey:

• Where’s the farm team? More than four in ten (43%) survey respondents perform on their station’s morning show, while only 14% work nights, overnights, and weekends. Yet, nearly three-fourths (74%) of the AQ sample got their start in radio on these rapidly disappearing airshifts.

• Let’s do an air-check. Overall, four in ten (40%) of the air talent surveyed in AQ say their work is never critiqued by station management. And nearly one-fifth (19%) say they are only air-checked a couple times a year.

• Venus & Mars. While nearly seven in ten (69%) male air talent agree that “women have as good a chance as men to advance” on the air, less than one-fourth (24%) of female respondents agree.

• Getting social. The #1 skill mandatory for air talent? Social media prowess, mentioned by nearly two-thirds (65%) of AQ respondents, is at the top of the list. Yet, only about one-third (35%) of these same participants rate their social media ability “excellent.”

• Why radio? When asked why they opted for a career on the air in radio, the top three reasons are that “it’s fun” (80%), “to entertain” (73%), and because it’s “emotionally fulfilling” (57%). The least important reason? “Sex and relationships,” mentioned by only 1% as a main motivator for being on the radio.

•    Show me the money. Six in ten (60%) say that financially, they’re making it, they’re comfortable, or they’re set for life. Conversely, four in ten (40%) report they’re struggling or in debt. Those having the hardest time are women, Millennials, and those who work in smaller markets.

•    In the eye of the beholder. One in ten (11%) strongly agrees with the statement, “I have a face for radio.” Men are twice as likely to strongly concur with that dubious claim.

AQ is an online study sent via email to both the “Jockline Daily” and Jacobs Media databases. The fieldwork took place between June 13-24, 2018. There were 1,109 responses from commercial radio air personalities in the U.S., and 59 responses from program producers. AQ is a web survey and is not intended to reflect the attitudes of all air personalities and on-air producers.

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