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August 2, 2015

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Radio Has Lost $150 Million To Digital In 9 Months

Radio Has Lost $150 Million To Digital In 9 Months

Radio revenue has been, at best, flat over the last several years. Everyone knows that. What has executives scratching their head is whether or not it's just the anemic economy or if big dollars are moving to digital. According to Standard Media Index, over the past nine months, $150 million has gone directly from radio to digital. But don't feel too bad, that number is far higher for television. READ ON.

Dickey Calls Out iHeart On National Business

Dickey Calls Out iHeart On National Business

He calls it a tale of two cities with respect to national performance. What Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey is referring to is how iHeartMedia is reporting their national business is up and the rest of the industry reports natoinal down, in some cases down big. The largest national rep firm, Katz, is owned by iHeartmedia. Dickey did give iHeart credit for building their scale and investment in national infrastructure. Cumulus is building a similar large-scale company but trying to catch up, building out Westwood and NASH. Dickey says the national business problem is systemic and he aimed his comments directly at iHeartmedia. HERE'S THE FULL STORY.


Mortenson Bails On WEEI Interview

Mortenson Bails On WEEI Interview

The Tom Brady deflategate saga is the gift that keeps on giving to Sports Talk Radio. So much for a reporter/journalist having a thick skin. ESPN's NFL expert Chris Mortenson canceled an interview with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan morning show. Mortenson's early reporting on the Tom Brady football deflation story turned out to be false and Mortenson has become part of the story. So, he decided he didn't want to field any questions from Dennis and Callahan, who of course, are all over the story being based in Boston. WEEI Brand Manager Kevin Graham explains what happened ...


ESPN Deportes Miami Grabs Dolphins Games

The NFL's Dolphins and WNMA-AM have agreed to a multi-year agreement for the station to become the official Spanish partner of the team. 1210 ESPN Deportes is the only Hispanic sports station in South Florida. The games were being broadcast on Univision's Hispanic News/Talk station WAQI-AM.



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The Preacher Keeps On Preaching

The Preacher Keeps On Preaching

Radio's Most Powerful Person, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman, was in Sonoma, CA, recently talking up radio to mobile-focused CEOs and CMOs. Pittman continues to be an evangelist for the power of radio. Pittman keynoted the Mobile Marketing Association's CEO & CMO Summit. He emphasized how mobile radio is at scale and showed THIS VIDEO as part of his presentation.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Saunders Takes Over In Springfield For iHeart

Saunders Takes Over In Springfield For iHeart

Springfield Missouri, that is, where Matt Saunders is the new Market President for iHeartMedia's five stations in that market (KTOZ-FM, KXUS-FM, KSWF-FM, KGBX-FM, and KGMY-AM). The 25-year vet has been with iHeartMedia for more than three years, most recently as VP of Sales in St. Louis. In St. Louis, Saunders also held management positions at CBS Radio, Sinclair, and Emmis.


McCausland Will Run Wichita For iHeart

McCausland Will Run Wichita For iHeart

Jeff McCausland becomes the Market President for iHeartMedia's four stations (KZCH-FM, KRBB-FM, KZSN-FM and KTHR-FM). McCausland began his career at iHeartMedia Wichita's KRBB-FM in 1990 as a seller. He went on to join KSAS-TV as LSM and then took on roles as NSM, GSM and D.O.S. He most recently served as the GM for Sinclair's KSAS-TV and KMTW-TV.


KTAR's Ned Foster Retiring

KTAR's Ned Foster Retiring

One of Arizonas most recognizable morning news, who's spent more than four decades on the radio, Ned Foster, is retiring. Fosters career has included stints at heritage stations across the country; including WBOS-FM and WBZ-AM in Boston, WOWO in Fort Wayne and KFWB-AM in Los Angeles. In Phoenix Foster has cracked the mic at KOY-AM and KTAR-AM and FM. Upon his announcement, Foster said, Its hard for me to believe how fortunate Ive been and how much fun Ive had. I am humbled and gratified beyond words that so many people over so many years found it worth their while to tune in. Thank you!


Amber Stone Takes Mid-Days at WJFX

Amber Stone Takes Mid-Days at WJFX

The station is located in Fort Wayne and owned by The Adams Radio Group. Stone joins the CHR/Top 40 station from WZRT in Rutland, VT where she held the same position. "I'm extremely excited to start the next phase in my career. Big thank you to Robbie Mack and Chris Monk for giving me this amazing opportunity to join HOT 107.9." Stone has also worked in Detroit at WDVD.


Former Philly Reporter Dies Of Kidney Cancer

Former Philly Reporter Dies Of Kidney Cancer

Gene Dillard was 73 when he died, according to Philly.com. Dillard was South Jersey bureau chief for what is now Philadelphia radio station WFIL-AM 560. After WFIL, Dillard spent two years as a co-anchor for morning news at WPEN-AM/FM (now 950 ESPN). In 1983, Dillard became a freelancer offering his work to stations in New York City and Philadelphia. Since he retired in the early 2000s, Dillard hosted a show with the Rev. Anthony Campolo.



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Are The 40 Most Powerful Being Lulled To Sleep

Are The 40 Most Powerful Being Lulled To Sleep

(By Steve Goldstein) This week, radio executives will get their much-anticipated 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue of Radio Ink. Hate to say it, but the team at Radio Ink, while diligently assembling a list of the top radio executives, has missed several of the biggest names and biggest companies in the business. Tim Cook, Daniel Ek, and Tim Westergren arguably are doing more to change radio than just about anyone else. Big companies including Apple, Spotify, and Pandora clearly want in on the business of audio. That is an affirmation that radio is alive, and attractive. HERE'S WHY



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SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

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 edryantheeditor@gmail.com


Pittman Is Radio's Most Powerful

Pittman Is Radio's Most Powerful

This week Radio Ink's most popular issue of the year will arrive in your inbox (if you're a digital subscriber) or in your mailbox (if you're a print subscriber). It will not be available online, it's for subscribers only. The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue has been published since 1996. Since 1996 only 164 people have even appeared on our list. In 2015 there remains only one executive who's been on the list since 1996. A few years ago, Bob Pittman made a $5 million bet on radio with his personal investment in Clear Channel, and, for the fifth consecutive year, Pittman is radio's most powerful person. READ ON


Do You Remember Mel?

Do You Remember Mel?

Nearly 20 years ago it was announced that GroupW/CBS Radio would be merging with Infinity Broadcasting. That would give Mel Karmazin control of 83 stations, a roster of stars including Howard Stern and Don Imus, Infinity Radio Sales, Westwood One Radio Networks and Shadow Broadcast Services. Enough power to put him on top of our power list in year one. He would remain in the top three for 8 consecutive years before leaving radio. Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays was a close second, followed by Jacor CEO Randy Michaels. At the time Clear Channel had 104 stations and Jacor owned 53. Of course, eventually those two would merge. Here's a look back at the entire 1996 list of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio.






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