Last week, the Milwaukee Radio Alliance promoted veteran senior account executive Tom Cheng to the role of group sales manager for that four-station cluster. Soon after that announcement, Cheng talked with Radio Ink about his career -- what led him to radio sales, the building blocks that helped make him so successful, and how he will be as a manager. It can be all read here...
It was a 3-0 decision, handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which affirms the U.S. District Court's decision in Emmis' favor in a lawsuit filed by preferred shareholders. in a case that's been going on for years. In a nutshell, when the financial crisis hit, Emmis restructured and stripped preferred shareholders of their right to collect millions of dollars in past dividends, a plan the preferred shareholders fought -- and have now lost. The court decided that, under Indiana law, what Emmis did was legal. Read the full 10-page decision HERE
Nielsen has released its mid-year music report for audio sales from 2015, covering the 6-month period of December 29, 2014 through June 28, 2015. On-demand streaming of songs has increased by 92.4 percent, with over 135 billion songs streamed through audio and video platforms. Overall digital consumption (sales and streams combined) is up 23 percent. Read on...
The 10-day summer program for young broadcasters called the Confer Radio Talent Institute begins Monday at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg, PA. College students that applied to be accepted into the Institute will be taught on almost all aspects of radio, including on-air, sports, news, production, promotions, digital, and all will complete the RAB radio sales course to become certified as Radio Marketing Professionals. At the end of the 10 days, Hall of Fame Broadcaster Kerby Confer will deliver the closing session of the Institute that bears his name.
After many months of speculation and rumors, Spanish language media giant Univision has indeed taken the first step towards going public. The company has filed a Form S-1 with the SEC, with the goal of offering Class A common shares of stock for sale, most likely in this year's fourth quarter. More HERE...
The syndicated news reports delivered to affiliates and SiriusXM from TheBlaze Radio Network will be ending at the end of next month. The network is doing so to put more efforts into its full-length radio talk shows. No other network programming is expected to end at this time. Read on...
WKRC-TV reports on a pirate radio station west of Cincinnati that has area residents calling the feds. The pirate station can be heard on 87.9 FM in the Cincinnati neighborhoods of West Price Hill, North Fairmount, and Westwood. The station is playing uncensored music from rappers The Geto Boys continuously, with the artists' sometimes-vulgar lyrics broadcasting for all to hear.
Mapleton Communications in Monterey, CA announced on Thursday that the company has successfully completed its refinancing with loan partners Webster Bank in Waterbury, CT and Balance Point Capital Partners in Westport, CT. Mapleton CEO James Shea said, "We are so pleased to be partnering with two very experienced lenders that are active in the radio industry and share the same positive view of Radio's future." Mapleton owns and operates 42 stations in eight small and medium markets in California, Oregon, Washington and Louisiana. Corporate Partners, a private equity firm based in New York City, remains the majority shareholder of Mapleton Communications.
Saga Communications, the parent company of the Chicago-based Illinois Radio network and the Springfield-based Capital Radio Group, is consolidating the two entities into one. IRN operations will mostly move downstate to Springfield, as a result, leaving only a reporter and sports director in Chicago. The news director of CRG's WTAX/Springfield, Alex Degman will add IRN ND duties, replacing Jim Anderson, who has exited.
Moody Radio announced the completion of their purchase of WLGO-FM/Ashtabula, OH from Lamb of God Communications. The call letters will now be changed to WVMU. Moody Radio religious programming will begin on the station later this month, simulcasting sister-station WCRF/Cleveland. WVMU becomes Moody Radios's sixth station in the Ohio/northwestern Pennsylvania region, as well as the 37th owned and operated station for the company overall.
Every year at the Radio Show, hosted by the RAB and NAB, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads pays tribute to Radio Wayne Cornils by discussing the tremendously positive impact he had on so many people and by awarding the over-achievers in our industry the awards created in his name. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Radio Wayne Awards which will be presented at the 2015 Radio Show being held this year in Atlanta, September 30 to October 2. Make your nominations HERE and take a look at the 2014 Radio Wayne winners HERE.
Move America Forward announced their 8th annual Troopathon fundraiser brought in over $280,000. Funds will be used to send care packages to troops in Afghanistan and care packages for military working dogs and their handlers. This year's Troopathon was co-anchored by WABC/New York host Rita Cosby, along with Move America Forward founder and KSRO/Santa Rosa host Melanie Morgan. More...
Among the bigger exclusives Apple was able to secure for its new Music service was the services of rap icon Dr. Dre. The Apple/Dr. Dre connection began in 2014 when Apple purchased the Beats by Dre company, which the rapper co-owned and co-founded. Dr. Dre's new Apple Music radio show, entitled The Pharmacy, launched on Beats 1 on July 4. The 60-minute show will stream every other Saturday. The Pharmacy will focus on West Coast rap/hip-hop music.
An opinion column in the Washington Post by Marc Fisher looks at the new Beats 1 streaming radio station by Apple Music. He feels that the new service is not so much a forward-thinking advancement, but more of a modern remake of classic Top 40 radio, with hyper-speaking DJs. It wasn't necessarily the technological revolution he was seemingly hoping for. More...
Former Flint, MI radio talk show host Dave Barber passed away Saturday at the age of 60. He had suffered a heart attack and stroke on June 25, caused by choking on food, and was then placed in a medically-induced coma. Barber had been heard for many years on Flint stations WTRX, WTAC, and WFDF. He also worked for one year on WPRO/Providence, RI.
WBZT/West Palm Beach's weekly program targeting the LGBT communities, Get Out! South Florida, has doubled in size, expanding to two-hours. The show will now air Tuesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Get Out! South Florida continues to be hosted by Tom Hantzarides and Kendall Rumsey.
David Jackson, a longtime newsman with CBS Radio, passed away from cancer at the age of 70. He had joined CBS Radio in 1972 as a news writer, becoming a reporter and correspondent in 1976. Jackson exited CBS Radio in 1999. A second generation radio news reporter, his father Allan Jackson worked for CBS News as an anchor/reporter from the 1940s through the 1970s.
Howie Rose, who has been an announcer for New York Mets games on WOR-AM since 2004, is missing the team's current California road trip. On a flight to Los Angeles on Thursday, Rose passed out, causing the plane to divert to Detroit, where Carr was treated for dehydration at a local hospital. Carr will rejoin the team when they return to New York on July 10. WOR Mets pre-game/post-game host Wayne Randazzo fills-in for the recovering Rose.
The Arizona Broadcasters Association announced the 2015 inductee class for its ABA Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Among those being inducted this year are: KVOI/Tucson host Bill Buckmaster, who has been in radio and TV for 49 years; former Arizona Cardinals radio announcer and KTAR/Phoenix sports anchor Tom Dillon; and radio syndication company WestStar owner Barry Young. The ABA's 26th annual Broadcasters Hall Of Fame Luncheon will take place on October 15.
A pair of high-rated, high-profile morning radio personalities exited the Milwaukee airwaves within days of each other. Carole Caine left WKLH after Lakefront Communications (Saga Communications) announced they would not be renewing her contract. She had been with the station since 1983. WMYX morning host Kidd O'Shea (pictured) announced his exit. He has been hired as social media morning anchor for WJLA-TV/Washington, DC. O'Shea has been with the station since 2004.
Westwood One syndicated host Michael Savage launched an essay contest and $100,000 scholarship fund in early 2015 to support conservative college students. Savage received approximately 1,700 entries, with their essays on "What Does It Mean to Be an American?" Savage announced the names of the five winners Thursday, with each earning a $20,000 scholarship over a two-year period.
SiriusXM announced it would be broadcasting a two-week, in-depth audio biography which will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the life, career, and achievements of Howard Stern. The History of Howard Stern will air on SiriusXM channels Howard 100 and Howard 101 beginning July 6. The entire special will be available on-demand starting on July 4.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Rodney Ho reports that CoCo Brother (aka Cory Condrey) is returning to Atlanta radio after two years away. He will be hosting an inspirational gospel show entitled CoCo Brother Live: The Weekend, heard Sunday mornings on WSTR-HD3 and FM translator W233BF (Streetz 94.5).
Steel City Media announced the hiring of Chris K for middays on WLTJ/Pittsburgh. He comes from WDHZ/Detroit, where he worked weekends/fill-ins. Chris K replaces Debbie Wilde, who has joined the station's new morning show.
The syndicated Bob & Sheri Show is going on a road trip. Bob Lacey, Sheri Lynch, and their morning show team are loading up an RV and traveling for a week, driving from their home base in North Carolina to Maine. Calling it the RV Crazy Tour, the show will stop at affiliate stations in Zanesville, OH; Hudson, NY, and Bangor, ME. The 10-day trip begins July 3.
Don Barrett, founder and publisher of the Los Angeles-centric radio information website LARadio.com, announced he will be shutting down the website later in July, after nearly 20 years of operation. Barrett had previously worked in Los Angeles radio for ten years and has authored a pair of books on LA radio personalities
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Mike Dabbs as Director of the FCC Office of Legislative Affairs. Dabbs and his team will lead the Commission's communications with the U.S. House and Senate. He replaces Sara Morris who exited in April to join iHeartMedia's Government Affairs team. Dabbs will work alongside Deputy Director Andrew Woelfling, who has served as acting director since Morris' departure.
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