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July 31, 2014

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Pandora To FCC: Consider A Rule Change For Us

Pandora To FCC: Consider A Rule Change For Us

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.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Le Batard Ad Rejected By Cleveland Paper

Le Batard Ad Rejected By Cleveland Paper

A failed attempt to mock LeBron James may actually get more attention than if it worked. ESPN's Dan Le Batard wanted to have a little fun with LeBron and the people of Cleveland. As silly as it sounds, it appears the fans in Miami are upset that LeBron hasn't thanked them. Forget the fact that he helped the team win two championships and went to the finals for two more attempts. That was an opening for Le Batard, and he took it.


Pittman Hit With $36,500 Fine

Not that Pittman. Pittman Broadcasting Services, owner of Louisiana stations KVOL-AM in Lafayette and WUUU-FM in Franklinton. The FCC hits KVOL with a Forfeiture Order of $14K for repeated violations of failing to maintain operational Emergency Alert System equipment and logs, and for operating outside its authorized power limits. And WUUU must pay $22,500 for EAS issues, failing to maintain its antenna structure, and antenna structure lighting. Pittman did not deny the facts and asked for a reduction in the fine because it operated at a net loss in 2009 and 2010 and had minimal net income in 2011. The Commission denied that request.


Five Previous Hosts Return For 2014 Marconis

Five Previous Hosts Return For 2014 Marconis

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.


Creativity Gets Jock Noticed By Cumulus Brass

Creativity Gets Jock Noticed By Cumulus Brass

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.


BMI And iBiquity Partner On New Music Initiative

BMI And iBiquity Partner On New Music Initiative

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 programs 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 And Radionomy To Partner

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.



SPORTS TALK


PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

New Morning Show For Journal's 106.9 K-HITS Tulsa

New Morning Show For Journal's 106.9 K-HITS Tulsa

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, Sids 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. Were very excited to get him started.


O'Connor Promoted At NuVoodoo

O'Connor Promoted At NuVoodoo

NuVoodoo Media Services has promoted Mike OConnor to executive vice president of marketing. OConnor, a co-founder of NuVoodoo Media Services, was previously vice president of marketing. He heads the companys marketing services for radio stations, and created NuVoodoos Social TV product with NuVoodoos Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Gilbert. OConnor will now lead the companys expansion across the social marketing, micro-targeted customized direct mail, and integrated digital media marketing spaces for radio, television, and newspaper.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(WIZARD)</b> The Advertisers Dilemma

(WIZARD) The Advertisers Dilemma

(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 Groups 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.


<b>(SALES)</b> Are You Building Them Up Or Beating Them Up?

(SALES) Are You Building Them Up Or Beating Them Up?

(By Jeff Schmidt) Randy was my sons 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 its about refining skills and reducing mistakes. At the end of the day its still a game and they should be enjoying their time on the field.


<b>(PROGRAMMING)</b> 40 Secrets From Successful Morning Shows

(PROGRAMMING) 40 Secrets From Successful Morning Shows

(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.



2014 RADIO INK LISTS

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

2014 marks the 15th year for whats 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.



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."



RADIO INK

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."


Digital Sales Success Stories

If you have one, we want to hear about it. Are you killing it in digital sales, bringing local clients results using all of your digital products? Do your clients look to you as the go-to digital expert in your market? You are a rare bird in our indusrty and we want to hear about you and your story today. Call or e-mail Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan at 239-247-3833 or edryantheeditor@gmail.com.


SEND US YOUR BLAST FROM THE PAST

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR SALESPEOPLE

The Programming Department at your radio station is very good at telling us when they hire a new PD, morning show or afternoon drive jock. And we love to write about them. We also know how important salespeople and sales managers are. They are grinding it out on the streets with more competition than ever in an economy without a Mustang engine. We also want to brag about your sellers. Tell us all about your new sales hires, Sales Manager promotions or company award winners. Everyone loves to see their name in lights...some like the extra pat on the back more than money in their pocket. Send all the details - and a photo - to edryantheeditor@gmail.com







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