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August 28, 2014

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A Lifeline For AM Radio? An Open Letter to Commissioner Pai

A Lifeline For AM Radio? An Open Letter to Commissioner Pai

(by Eric Rhoads) Dear Commissioner Pai: As a child, I was thrilled with AM radio. The stations and air personalities in my hometown got me so excited about radio that I am now celebrating my 45th year in this great industry. I loved radio, and I loved that I could listen to distant signals at night to hear stations in faraway places. At the time, my radio stations were on the AM dial. But it wasn't long before I became enamored with FM, which could offer better audio fidelity (in stereo!). I soon discovered that it wasn't AM radio I had been in love with, nor was it FM radio. It was just great radio. But as my generation grew up, so did FM, and it eventually took over the majority of listening on the dial.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Hear From One of Radio's Best Advertisers

Hear From One of Radio's Best Advertisers

The RAB and NAB announced Thursday that representatives from Allstate and Leo Burnett will participate in a Q&A at the Radio Show Advertiser Luncheon September 10. As many in radio know, Allstate is one of radio's best clients so this will be a great opportunity to hear from an advertiser that believes using radio is a must in order to achieve success with consumers. RAB President and CEO Erica Farber will moderate a discussion with Allstate Senior Manager Amanda Polito (pictured) and Christopher Warmanen, who is the executive creative director at Leo Burnett, Allstates creative agency partner.


Would The FCC Deny Your License Because....You Used The Word "Redskin"?

Would The FCC Deny Your License Because....You Used The Word "Redskin"?

That's what George Washington University professor John Banzhaf has up his sleeve as he continues on his mission to force Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the name of his team. As everyone in America knows, Snyder has refused to buckle to the public pressure to change the name of his NFL team. Banzhaf tells Broadcasting and Cable he's considering going to the FCC to challenge the licenses of Red Zebra Broadcasting, which Snyder owns (Red Zebra has seven stations). Banzhaf also tells B&C that he's considering advising other radio stations in markets where there are a significant number of Indians that their license renewals will be challenged if they continue to use "Redskins" on their air. When he was asked by writer John Eggerton why the FCC would deny a license based on his argument, here's what he had to say...


What Are the Chances the FCC Sides With Banzhaf?

What Are the Chances the FCC Sides With Banzhaf?

According to broadcast attorney John Garziglia Banzhaf may have to wait until 2019 to go after radio stations for using the word "Redskin" on the air. Garziglia reminds us that most radio renewals have been completed by the FCC and the next round does not come up for another five years. There is one station that he still might be able to go after, and that's owned by Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting, WWXX-FM in Buckland Virginia. Here's what Garziglia has to say about Banzhaf's chances to win against radio using the word.


What Are You Doing About That Word?

What Are You Doing About That Word?

As a manager of a business that employs men and women who talk all day long, what is your rule on using the word Redskins? If you are running a sports station, have you created new rules due to the national controversy? If a newscaster is reading the NFL sports scores, is he or she allowed to insert personal feelings into the matter and change the copy? If your morning show is discussing trending topics of the day, do you worry they might over-use the word and put your license at risk, knowing there are always people like Banzhaf ready to challenge your license at the FCC, a headache you really just don't need. Or have you just decided not to let political correctness rule the day? Let us know how you are dealing with the ongoing and escalating controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins name.


Connecting The Dots On  The Connected Car

Connecting The Dots On The Connected Car

(Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Perhaps you recall a moment when I leapt from my chair to challenge the panel of automotive experts at our Radio Ink Convergence conference, when they stated that AM/FM radio could potentially disappear from the auto dashboard. That was followed up by a blog with an urgent message indicating that automakers were considering dropping broadcast radio at some point in the future. Reaction to that blog was the strongest I've ever received.


The Best of Beasley

The Best of Beasley

Beasley Broadcast Group handed out its 2014 Company Operating Awards during its annual management meetings held this week in Naples, Florida. CEO George Beasley said, It is a sincere privilege each year to honor our Companys highest achievers. The level of professionalism within Beasley Broadcast is tremendous. The ladies and gentlemen we recognize for 2014 worked very hard to earn this recognition, and for that they have also earned my respect. I am very proud of each of them. Here are the 2014 honorees...


Who Are The Best Managers in Radio?

General Managers and Market Managers have a lot of responsibility at Radio stations across America these days. In addition to high revenue expectations, there's the constant challenge of selling radio in a world shifting to digital, managing multiple staffs and stations, finding and keeping good salespeople and keeping their stations strong in the community. Those that execute those tasks do it flawlessly and make it look easy. They are the best in the industry and it's time to recognize them. Radio Ink is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Best Radio Managers in America. MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE .


At Least One Station Addresses Those Lengthy Delays

At Least One Station Addresses Those Lengthy Delays

Have you ever tried to listen to the local broadcast of your favorite sports team while the game is played on television? It's totally impossible, especially through SiriusXM or TuneIn. The delay is so long it makes the game unlistenable. Cumulus in Ann Arbor Michigan is doing its part to fix that, for college football fans anyway. University of Michigan fans will be able to listen to the radio broadcast without delay inside Michigan Stadium this season thanks to a partnership between WTKA Radio and the Michigan/IMG Radio Network. The three parties worked to eliminate several of the elements that normally lead to a significant delay with a radio station.


Taylor Swift Thanks Radio....Of Course

Taylor Swift Thanks Radio....Of Course

The Country star didn't thank any online pure-play for her new smash hit "Shake it Off" that's taking over top 40/pop stations across America. She thanked radio on her Facebook page for the success of her cross-over song. Swift wrote, "I can't thank radio and you all enough for the Hot 100 #1! But I can give you this video of Shake It Off outtakes." Picture courtesy Billboard


Pandora Available on Google Glass

Pandora Available on Google Glass

Mashable reports Pandora rolled out its first Glass app allowing users control their stations via voice commands. The app started as an internal hackathon project at Pandora earlier this year and was so popular the company decided to turn it into an official Glass app. Mashable says Pandora listeners can tune into their favorite stations through Glass in three different ways: with the single earbud included in the Glass Explorer kit, with the stereo earbud accessory or with Glass' built-in bone conduction speaker, which requires no additional hardware.



SPORTS TALK

The Score Replaces McNeil With Mannelly

The Score Replaces McNeil With Mannelly

It didn't take long for WSCR-AM PD Mitch Rosen to find a replacement for Dan McNeil. Recently retired Chicago Bear Patrick Mannelly (pictured right) will be the new midday co-host with Matt Spiegel. The Spiegel and Mannelly Show will debut Tuesday. Mannelly retired in June after 16 seasons and 245 games with the Bears. Rosen said, Mannelly's insight, opinions, and energy will make this a terrific Chicago sports radio show. Spiegel and Mannelly bring a great mix of intelligent sports content and insider knowledge to our team.


SiriusXM And Bleacher Report To Debut Channel

SiriusXM And Bleacher Report To Debut Channel

The two companies have announced a Tuesday launch of the new channel "SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio." The content on Sirius 93 and XM 208 will include shows hosted by some of Bleacher Report's voices, including Will Carroll, King Kaufman, Dan Levy, and Josh Zerkle, as well as daily contributions from writers and contributors. Bleacher Report is a division of Turner Broadcasting, and SiriusXM began airing a daily Bleacher Report-branded show in 2013 and now expands to a full channel.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Greg Smith is the New VP of Sales for Cumulus Detroit

Greg Smith is the New VP of Sales for Cumulus Detroit

The 19-year radio vet is now responsible for sales at Cumulus two Detroit stations WDVD and WDRQ. He moves to Cumulus from Greater Media Detroit (where he only worked for six months) and also worked for CBS Radio in Detroit for 17 years. Gary Pizzati, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: Greg has the market equity we needed to lead the sales for WDVD and Nash in Detroit. He has the relationships and respect from the ad community in the Motor City to make an immediate impact. We're thrilled to have Greg as a part of the Cumulus family in Detroit.


WSHU Promotes Katz to News Director

WSHU Promotes Katz to News Director

In Fairfield, CT Public Radio Station WSHU has hired Dan Katz as its new News Director. Katz previously served as producer of WSHUs Morning Edition and he will now manage a team of six WSHU reporters. PD Tom Kuser said, The News Director role is an incredibly important one for our organization and for the community. Dans talent and dedication will ensure we maintain the level of award-winning local news coverage that WSHU has been recognized for, and that our listeners have come to expect.


King Named PD/Morning Show Host in Monroe, MI

King Named PD/Morning Show Host in Monroe, MI

Cumulus Toledo/Monroe makes the announcement that Chris King will take the reins as PD and host mornings at "My 98.3 WMIM". King was APD and Promotions Director for WCKY-FM in Findlay, OH before taking the promotion. He's also worked for Blanchard Valley Broadcasting at 100.5 FM WKXA and 106.3 The Fox, and most recently, as an announcer for 107.7 The Wolf. He starts ASAP.


GatesAir Adds to Global Sales Force

GatesAir has hired three new regional sales managers for its global sales team. Jason Mak joins the Singapore office as regional sales manager for Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the ASEAN countries, which include Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Jhonny Maroun has been appointed regional sales manager for the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Xavier Collet joins GatesAir as regional sales manager based out of Paris.


Connoisseur Connecticut Hires Klonk For Promotions

Connoisseur Connecticut Hires Klonk For Promotions

Former WCCC promotions director and on-air talent Klonk has joined WDRC-F, WDRC-A, WMMW-A, WWCO-A, and WSNG-A as the new promotions director. Klonk spent over 10 years at the legendary Hartford rock station before the station flipped to the KLOVE format. Regional Operations Manager Keith Dakin said, Klonk not only has strong name recognition in the market but has the experience and knowledge of this area that these stations truly need. She will be an immediate asset as we continue to redefine 102.9 DRC and the Talk of Connecticut.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Your Prospect Says NoNow What?  Pt. 3

(SALES) Your Prospect Says NoNow What? Pt. 3

(By Wayne Ens) In my last two blogs we explored why no is a necessary step towards yes in your selling process, and we discussed the first five of our 10 things to do after no. Lets explore the remainder of those 10 steps in todays blog. Step 6: This is the one most often underplayed: Say thanks in a big way. Thanks for the appointment, thanks for giving me new insights into your business or your goals, thanks for considering us, etc.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> Give Your Station Social-Media Credibility

(SOCIAL) Give Your Station Social-Media Credibility

(By Loyd Ford) When it comes right down to it, some radio stations are simply trying to fake involvement. Probably not yours, but you know gaming the system is a common happening across many broadcast operations. How do we make it seem like we care when wedont. I just cant get up for that. So, if that is what youre into, this isnt for you.


<b>(SPORTS TALK)</b> Own Your Show!

(SPORTS TALK) Own Your Show!

(By Dan Sileo) Over my 23 years in the Sports Talk radio business I have learned so many things about how to make my on-air presentation better and better each year. I work my butt off at it and have had some of the greatest people in our business working with me. And believe me, it is an ever-changing format.



TRENDING STORIES

Charging for news coverage?  How would the FCC look at that?

Charging for news coverage? How would the FCC look at that?

by John Garziglia Charging for news coverage -- dollars for stories sounds like something that shocks the conscience. A Nogales radio station is alleged to have charged its Nogales city government for positive news interviews about its municipal performance. What, if any, might be an FCC violation here and does the city of Nogales have any valid FCC complaint because the radio station levied charges for paid news interviews?


Is it Appropriate to Charge For News Coverage?

Is it Appropriate to Charge For News Coverage?

In Nogales, Arizona there's an interesting dispute going on between city officials and the management at KOFH-FM (Maxima 99.1). There's a new administration at city hall that's unhappy with the negative news coverage from the radio station. Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino says his administration is receiving that negative coverage because he refuses to pay for it, as the previous administration had. Garino has asked the FCC to investigate the matter. General Manager Oscar Felix told The Arizona Republic that while it's appropriate to charge for news interviews, the station's financial arrangements with the city have no influence on news coverage and commentary. Charge for news interviews?



MONDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Your Prospect Says NoNow What?  Pt. 2

(SALES) Your Prospect Says NoNow What? Pt. 2

(By Wayne Ens) In my last blog I said you would probably rather endure a root canal than hear your prospect say, We like your presentation but However, understanding why a prospect says no is one of the most valuable steps towards yes in your entire sales process. In this blog, well explore the first five of 10 things you can do after your client says no, not counting taking hostages until they say yes.


<b>(SALES)</b> The Enemy In The Shadows

(SALES) The Enemy In The Shadows

(By Sean Luce) That was the message at the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters summer convention in Murfreesboro/Nashville, Tennessee last week. During the convention, my company rolled out a full-day of the Liquid Fire Double Oh! 7 seminar. We started out with a video from the most recent James Bond movie, Skyfall. M (Judi Dench) quotes a stirring passage from Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (thanks to Eon Productions/Sony and Universal for the clip from the movie Skyfall...



FRIDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Be Unexpected

(SALES) Be Unexpected

(By Jeff Schmidt) Two of the kids, my wife, and I went to Great America Theme Park this summer. We ate lunch at the food court so we could all choose the food we wanted. I chose a low/no carb option of a bacon cheeseburger, no bun. I ordered it without the fries, but when the plate came it had the fries. No big deal. About five minutes into our meal a young lady who was sweeping up trash noticed that the kids were picking on dad for eating no carb"...


<b>(SALES)</b> Your Prospect says NoNow What?  Pt. 1

(SALES) Your Prospect says NoNow What? Pt. 1

(By Wayne Ens) A Radio Ink reader asked me to create a blog about what radio account executives should do after a client says no. After putting all of your effort and creativity into a presentation, you would probably rather endure a root canal than hear your prospect say, We like your presentation, but Understanding why a prospect says no is one of the most valuable steps towards yes in your entire sales process. We have a proven system of 10 things you can do after your client says no, not counting taking hostages until they say yes.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Harsher Realities

(TALENT) Harsher Realities

(By Ron Robinson) In recent editorials, respected Radio Ink publisher Eric Rhoads offered a pair of admonitions about radio needing a massive PR campaign in order to tell the story. He also suggested radio cut back on its now-common practice of airing large numbers of commercials in single clusters. Even as I contribute at the pleasure of Eric and editor Ed Ryan, I am obliged to submit a not yet to the former and a not enough to the latter.



DASH 2014

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

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."



FORECAST

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

MediaLink founder and Chairman/CEO Michael Kassan will serve as advertiser co-chair for Forecast 2015, set for November 19, 2014, in New York. Kassan joins co-chair Katz Media Group CEO Mark Rosenthal. "Advertisers have become a critical part of our annual Forecast conference, and we are pleased to continue our history of attracting the very finest in the industry," said Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads. "Michael Kassan has a brilliant mind."


Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

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."



RADIO INK

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

On July 28, Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list was released. Bob Pittman was crowned the most powerful for the 4th year in a row. The Clear Channel CEO was followed by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. There were some familiar faces that made the list and quite a few new entries this year. In case you missed it, here is the entire list of the Most Powerful for 2014.


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