Premiere Networks' syndicated radio host Glenn Beck has been asked by doctors to take time off from speaking to rest his severely strained vocal chords. He hopes to return to his radio work in about a month, with August 3 being the target date.
In the first week of June, AutoZone was radio's #2 advertiser, but over the course of the month, it slowly slipped down the rankings, falling to #43 by the end of June. According to Media Monitors, for the week of June 29-July 5, AutoZone moved up 41 places and is once again at #2. 41,028 commercials for AutoZone aired during last week. See the rest of the Top 10 advertisers HERE.
AdAge published online its 60th annual Leading National Advertisers (200 LNA) report on Monday. The report shows that the top 200 advertisers accounted for over half of all measured media advertising done in 2014. Their overall media spending rose two percent last year, as well. Proctor & Gamble was the top spender of 2014. More information on this report can be found here.
iHeartMedia announced its newly-created Hispanic Brand Management team. Ricardo "Gonzo" Otero will serve as the Hispanic Brand Manager, adding on to his duties as Operations Manager for the La Preciosa Network and PD for KFSO/Fresno. Also part of the team will be Brand Coordinators Ray Hernandez and Raymond Torres. Hernandez will maintain his role as WMGE/Miami PD, while Torres will continue as WRUM/Orlando PD. Read on...
Radio remote news service Virtual News Center had launched Agencia Virtual de Noticias. The new service is designed to assist the growing Latino radio audience and management of Spanish language stations by offering local news in Spanish. KSLO/Lafayette and KPZE/Roswell are the first to use the new service.
The San Jose Mercury News' blog Internal Affairs reports that Cumulus Media has shuttered KGO/San Francisco's South Bay Bureau, located in San Jose. The move releases KGO reporters Jennifer Hodges and Jeanne Lynch. KGO's South Bay Bureau covered the areas of Silicon Valley and San Jose.
Calling it "another blow to quality local news coverage," SAG-AFTRA has issued a strong statement directed at Cumulus Media San Francisco over their closing of the KGO-AM South Bay Bureau in San Jose. "Once again, Cumulus Media has demonstrated its lack of support for local Bay Area communities," said Len Egert, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local. "We believe that there is a connection between good local jobs and good local media, and our communities would be better served if Cumulus invested more in its local employees."
The Texas Radio Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2015 inductees. In all, 27 more Texas radio names will be added to the Hall. The list includes 15 active or retired talents, as well as 12 posthumous inductees, who will be branded as trailblazers, news makers, and/or risk takers. The Texas Radio Hall of Fame's 2015 Induction Celebration will be held on November 14th in Round Rock, TX. The full list of 2015 inductees can be seen TRHOF.net.
The 10-day program for young broadcasters is being held at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. College students 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.
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.
Salem Media Group has announced the acquisition of the dividend stock data website DividendInvestor.com. Dividend Investor will be added to the Eagle Financial Publications' portfolio of investment newsletters and trading services, which Salem purchased in 2014. This will be Salem's third financial website, including EagleDailyInvestor.com and ETFU.com.
Beasley Media Group has hired Tim Huston to the position of General Sales Manager for the company's six-station cluster in the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC market. Huston most recently had been working in Chicago as Merlin Media's LSM. He replaces Lisa McHugh, who exited in March.
iHeartMedia announced the hiring of Jodi Phillips as Digital Program Director for its six-station cluster in Charlotte. Phillips joins iHM from CBS Radio in Washington, DC, where she served as the Digital Marketing Manager.
iHeartMedia Milwaukee announced the hiring of Randy Engmann, who has taken over as General Sales Manager for company's six-station cluster. Engmann joins iHeartMedia from Nielsen Audio where he served as Midwestern senior account manager since May 2006. He replaces Nathan Tonarelli, who was promoted to iHM Milwaukee SVP of Sales in April.
KGOW-AM/Houston host and contributor to KFNC-FM/Houston and Yahoo Sports Radio, Barry Warner was among the 27 names announced as the 2015 Class of inductees into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Warner has been actively involved in both media and marketing for seven decades. Said Warner: "Humility has never been my trademark -- but I am truly humbled!"
Thanks to Charlie Tuna for sending us this classic when he received a studio visit from Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. Happy Days was taped next to the KHJ studios back in 1977 which is where Charlie did his morning show at the time. Send your classic photos to firstname.lastname@example.org