A lot happening this week in the world of radio, media, and tech. Here are the 5 stories we’ve selected for you Sunday morning coffee routine. And speaking of coffee, this first story is fascinating:
1. Who picks the music at Starbucks? (5 min. read)
Fast Company wanted to know. This is a great story about music selection, genres, moods and playlists. One of the goals? “We want them to hear interesting, cool music that they might not hear when they turn the radio on. It’s music that we think is cool and would sound beautiful in the coffee shop.” Read this story here.
2. SNL is enjoying massive ratings success (1 min. read)
Chances are, you watched “Saturday Night Live” this weekend (or accessed the videos on-demand). Here’s a quickie story from A.V. Club with some ratings data that are impressive. Check it out here.
This is actually a press release for HitsMeUp, a new social platform and app that connects artists with their fans. It’s based in Nashville and has the support of Taylor Swift’s Big Machine group. So pay attention. You can check it out here.
This one’s from Viacom, interestingly enough. It points to four cultural changes underway in 2017. The one that jumped out at me as owner of a mobile apps company is the last one about the changing work culture. This one’s a must-read for managers and owners. Read it here.
Oddly enough, The New York Times and Spotify are partnering on a subscription offer. Maybe it’s not crazy. Engadget thinks it could be good for both brands, despite their differences. Click here.
Thanks to Mike Stern and Bill Jacobs for their curation skills this week. Give us feedback here.
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