Do you remember last Spring, when the media was all abuzz about AI Ashley, the first-ever artificial intelligence radio DJ? If so, you might remember the name Alpha Media. They’re the ones who help bring her to life. (AI Ashley is Ashley “Z” Elzinga)
Phil Becker is the Executive Vice President of Content at Alpha Media, and our guest today. He has a hand in the programming and content efforts of over 200 radio stations across America, and quite honestly, he’s been on my list of potential podcast guests for years. Even before AI Ashley, his speaking points at conferences always fascinated me, as did his path through the radio industry.
In this episode, Phil and I chat about his unorthodox career path, the unique decisions that led him to it, and of course, the future and AI’s prospective role in it. When AI Ashley was released last year, myself and many others speculated about what it could mean for the future of radio. We’re still waiting to see how that turns out in the long run, but for now, Phil provides some excellent ideas of what we might be able to expect.
If you’re curious about what Alpha Media is up to now, or want to work with them, you can visit their website here.
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Matt Cundill works with radio groups on digital strategies and talent coaching. He recently started the Sound Off Podcast: The Podcast about Broadcast”