Talking Digital and Traditional Media at LOAC2019 in NYC

Tim Pirrone speaking at LOAC 2019

The 10th annual Local Online Advertising Conference (LOAC2019) took place in New York City on March 11 and 12. Our very own Tim Pirrone, President of Townsquare Interactive and Ignite Operations, was invited to speak by Gordon Borrell, a leading analyst of the media industry.

LOAC2019 was a whos-who of the digital media world and featured speakers from Facebook, Google, Waze, Pandora and other digital powerhouses. To be included in the conference was a huge honor and speaks to the impact Townsquare Interactive is having on the digital space. But it makes sense – Gordon Borrell himself has spoken about Townsquare’s adept use of both traditional and digital media to create a symbiotic relationship that’s driving growth.

It’s no secret digital is the new normal.

Tim’s presentation, Radio’s Most Aggressive Approach to Digital, covered how Townsquare captures a dominant share of the addressable digital advertising in many of its markets, beating out most competitors. Like Tim says, “It’s no secret digital is the new normal.” As the head of two of Townsquare’s fastest growing divisions, Tim spoke about how Townsquare got started, the beneficial relationship between traditional and digital advertising, some of the challenges we’ve faced and overcome and what’s in store for Townsquare in the future.


Townsquare can attribute our success to our unique approach to new digital customer acquisition. As Tim explained in his presentation, that approach includes:

  • Referrals from traditional media sellers
  • Outside sales teams in our radio markets
  • Inside sales team in Charlotte, NC

And you have to keep that staff motivated, well-trained – have to keep the hunters hunting…

Of course, backing all those things up are robust client retention and products, good communication and strong leadership. “It’s important to have strong leadership,” Tim says, “because, as you go through this evolution of traditional to digital, it’s challenging. And you have to keep that staff motivated, well-trained – have to keep the hunters hunting, and you’ve got to provide an environment that people want to be a part of.”


While those elements are important for any company to incorporate, they’re essential for Townsquare’s unique circumstances. While traditional and digital media are two sides of the same coin, it takes a coordinated effort to ensure the two mediums complement each other and foster sustained growth.

Townsquare Radio is the heartbeat of what we do.

“Townsquare Radio is the heartbeat of what we do,” Tim says about Townsquare’s internal relationship with traditional and digital media. “It is the heartbeat of our business. It is the core that has allowed us to catapult other meaningful businesses within this group.”

To learn more about Townsquare Interactive’s roots in radio and how the overlap between traditional and digital media continues to help us grow, check out our blog post here.

Tim Pirrone at LOAC2019

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