On Tuesday, the FCC posted this Public Notice regarding Pandora's planned purchase of Connoisseur's KXMZ-FM in South Dakota. The sticking point for this sale is Pandora's inability to prove foreign ownership is less than 25 percent. Pandora has told the FCC that it believes it complies with the rule, however due to SEC shareholder privacy regulations, it cannot be sure. Pandora is asking for a ruling that will allow foreign investors to hold up to a 49.99 percent voting interest and 100 percent equity interest in the company. To help us break this request down, we turned to Broadcast Attorney John Garziglia.
Pandora first announced it was in the process of purchasing Jeff Warshaw's KXMZ-FM (for $600,000) back in June of 2013. The real purpose of the planned purchase was to help Pandora with its battle with ASCAP. They are hoping that owning a radio station would make ASCAP see them just like any other radio company and charge them what they charge radio. At the time, an ASCAP representative told Radio Ink that wasn't going to happen. ASCAP EVP of Licensing Vincent Candilora said "The RMLC license was designed for terrestrial radio stations and groups which earned the overwhelming share of their revenues from traditional radio, not an online streaming service that buys a radio station that ranks only 255th in the U.S. market as a ploy to undercut songwriters."
Another big revenue quarter from SiriusXM, CEO Jim Meyer called it outstanding, with revenue inching over the $1 billion mark and 475,000 new subscribers. The company reported adjusted net income increased 60 percent to $131 million in the second quarter of 2014 from $82 million in the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014 reached a record $370 million, up 31 percent from $283 million in the second quarter of 2013.
That's the word from SiriusXM CEO Brian McAndrews who said the fact that they have an embedded team in Nashville, a studio presence in that city, along with recognition from Wall Street Journal (Satellite Radio Shakes Up Country Star System), which points to programmer John Marks as a Country Music Hitmaker, gives the Satellite company that distinction. McAndrews said, "We will be the content leader in the audio business and our listeners are willing to pay for it."
The much-publicized firing of former Opie and Anthony host Anthony Cumia didn't even get a mention by SiriusXM CEO James Meyer Tuesday. Analysts didn't seem to care whether the firing would result in lost subscriptions either, not a question was asked about him. Both Meyer and the analysts covering SiriusXM seemed more interested in whether carrying The Today Show broadcasts would increase subs. SiriusXM added The Today Show broadcasts on June 26, which included a simulcasted interview with Howard Stern.
It could be a battle to see who can be the funniest. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the NAB Marconi Radio Awards, this year's celebration will feature five previous NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show hosts: Ron Chapman, Edgar "Shoboy" Sotelo, "Big Boy," and Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold of The Bob & Tom Show. Together the hosts will serve as emcees and presenters. The Marconis are being held September 11 at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis.
Marc Orem is Cumulus' "Brand Operating System Star of the Week" for a social media campaign that captured national media attention and netted him more than 9,000 new followers. Orem is D.C.’s 107.3 WRQX afternoon drive host. Orem has been sending mystery tweets as @IHidTheCash, with clues regarding where envelopes containing cash are hidden. In addition to containing cash, the envelopes contained notes encouraging the recipient to “pay it forward” by spending some of the cash on others.
The ESPN announcement was short and sweet and did not mention the word "suspension." However, Stephen A. Smith is off both radio and television until next Wednesday. Smith's opinion on the Ray Rice situation is what has him in hot water. He later apologized, calling what he said, "the most egregious mistake of my career." That wasn't enough to stem the tide against him and ESPN. The company offered up the folling brief statement on Tuesday. "ESPN announced today that Stephen A Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return to ESPN next Wednesday." You can watch what Smith said HERE.
Cumulus has awarded its President’s Cup to Cumulus’ eight-station group in Youngstown, OH, in recognition for the stations’ achieving best overall performance for the second quarter across all 90 Cumulus markets. Each quarter, the highest-performing Cumulus market is honored with the traveling President’s Cup trophy, along with a cash prize of $10,000 that is distributed across the stations’ staff.
The 64th Annual Idaho State Broadcasters Association Convention & Awards Banquet took place in Sun Valley, Idaho July 24-26. The event celebrates the best broadcasters in the state. Riverbend Communications Operations Manager Mike Nelson says, “We’re thrilled to be recognized for our ongoing efforts to be the best we can be. We’re blessed with incredibly talented creative people – some of the best in the business – and this proves it!” The awards Riverbend Communications received were:
The new music initiative is called the “HD Radio Artist Spotlight.” It was created to help elevate up-and-coming artists and grow established acts with tour support out on the road, connecting them with local HD Radio stations, and creating new experiences for fans. The HD Radio Experience enables radio stations to create new broadcast channels, HD2/HD3, which can be utilized for new-music discovery. The initial artists involved in the program’s rollout are Charlie Worsham, Jon Pardi, Ashley Monroe, Due West, and Muddy Magnolias. (Pictured: Jon Pardi and Muddy Magnolias sign HD Radio Artist Spotlight partnership with BMI's Mason Hunter).
Benztown has entered into a promotional partnership with online radio platform Radionomy. The partnership includes the creation of a dedicated Benztown online radio station www.benztown.com/radionomy, promotional packages, and select Benztown imaging offerings and educational webinars to be made available to Radionomy broadcasters. Radionomy and Benztown will also offer the thousands of radio stations on the Radionomy platform, discounts, and special customization packages.
Towson Athletics and CBS Sports Radio 1300 in Baltimore have agreed to a partnership in which the station will carry every Tiger football and men’s basketball game during the 2014-15 season. Also, Head Football Coach Rob Ambrose and Head Basketball Coach Pat Skerry will make weekly appearances on 105.7 The Fan during their seasons. The first Towson event to air on CBS Sports Radio 1300 will be the football team’s home opener against Central Connecticut State on August 30. 2013 was the best season in school history. Towson won a school-record 13 games.
Sid Kelly (pictured) joins the station beginning August 11. Kelly joins Journal in Tulsa after a three-year stint doing mornings in Toledo. He's also worked in Richmond, Mobile, and Wichita. PD Jet Black says, “Sid’s talent really stuck out early in this process and his previous successes demonstrate the type of track record that will continue to grow K-HITS’ audience. We’re very excited to get him started.”
NuVoodoo Media Services has promoted Mike O’Connor to executive vice president of marketing. O’Connor, a co-founder of NuVoodoo Media Services, was previously vice president of marketing. He heads the company’s marketing services for radio stations, and created NuVoodoo’s Social TV product with NuVoodoo’s Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Gilbert. O’Connor will now lead the company’s expansion across the social marketing, micro-targeted customized direct mail, and integrated digital media marketing spaces for radio, television, and newspaper.
Kelly takes over the sales responsibilities for WKSC-FM and 93.9 WLIT-FM. He moves to Cllear Channel from CBS Radio Chicago, where he most recently served as LSM for WBBM Newsradio. Prior to his time at CBS Radio, Kelly spent nearly seven years as an AE at CCM+E San Diego. Prior to his career in media, Kelly worked as an athlete manager at Imani Sports representing professional athletes, with an emphasis on basketball and football.
As expected, Palm Beach Broadcasting's 97.9 WRMF is the new home for morning team Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki, and Jason Pennington, it was announced today. The show has been on the air in West Palm for years before trying out the Miami market where they worked for less than one year for Cox. Thirty-year market vet Jennifer Ross who had been doing mornings on WRMF moves to Sunny 107.9 (WEAT) along with her cohosts Deena Lang and Bill Adams. Palm Beach Broadcasting is a division of Dean Goodman's Digity.
Former Christian radio host John Balyo pleaded guilty Tuesday in his child pornography case. The 35-year-old Balyo faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 50 years in prison. He must also register as a sex offender. Balyo worked at WCSG in Grand Rapids before his arrest in June.
The 86 year old broadcasting legend made the announcement during the second inning of last nights Dodgers game. His 65 consecutive years of broadcasting the Dodgers is already the longest for anyone with one team. Scully said, “It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen, as well as those at home who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye, but I've soul-searched and this is not the time.”
John Tesh, Connie Sellecca and Gib Gerard announced they’ve signed 130 Television stations to officially launch “Intelligence for Your Life” TV on September 15. The syndicated, daily program provide “shareable intel that can improve every part of your life.” The new broadcast venture will serve as the televised extension of Tesh’s ‘Intelligence for Your Life’ and Sellecca’s ‘Intelligence for Your Health', the nationally-syndicated radio programs, which are on 33 hours per week and have reached 8.2 million listeners each week for the past 12 years.
(By Roy Williams) Much has been written in recent months about our desperate need for better radio ads. I shall say only a little about this subject, for there is little left to be said. In his “Creative Fundamentals That Get Results” of May 25, Katz Media Group’s Bob McCurdy wrote, “Meticulous planning and strategy will not overcome weak creative, and, for too long, the effort to plan and ‘place’ the radio commercial has overshadowed the effort to ‘create’ the commercial.”
(By Jeff Schmidt) Randy was my son’s baseball coach this season. The team is made up of 13- and 14-year-old boys. They are in a critical phase of their baseball education. They have the fundamentals, they know the game. At this point it’s about refining skills and reducing mistakes. At the end of the day it’s still a game and they should be enjoying their time on the field.
(By Steve Reynolds) 1. The show has an overarching content strategy, or “plot,” that is unique to the show — and certainly different from everything else in the market. 2. The cast is well-defined, and each member is different from the others. And the core cast is seen as likable. 3. The show has significant and meaningful points of differentiation from other, non-radio entertainment choices available.
Bob Pittman, CEO of radio's largest company, holds steady at number one, for the fourth consecutive year. Clear Channel brings in over $2.6 billion in annual revenue, generated by over 800 stations in 150 markets, and has thousands of employees all across the country. In January, following the departure of John Hogan, Clear Channel extended Pittman's contract as CEO for an additional five years and Pittman (along with CFO Richard Bressler) took on some of Hogan's former responsibilities for the Media and Entertainment division. Radio Ink's 2014 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue is out now. To subscribe to our digital edition, which includes the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue, GO HERE.
2014 marks the 15th year for what’s become one of our most popular lists. The Most Influential Women in Radio issue began in 1999, when the list of names was much shorter and those who occupied the list less influential. Today, some of these influencers will also appear on our 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list (to be released on July 28). Read about the Most Influential Women HERE.
Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."
Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development and growth of our industry and has shown true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."
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