Podcast One has gone public, demanding Stitcher remove all of its shows, while Stitcher is saying that has already been done. Stitcher specializes in spoken word format, including news, sports, talk, and entertainment radio with over 25,000 radio shows, live radio stations and podcasts. The company was recently purchased by Deezer. Podcast One says it has made reasonable efforts to settle the issue but Stitcher continues to sell and distribute programming without the proper rights, consent and compensation. Podcast One CEO Norm Pattiz says the company is stealing content without permission. We received this statement from Deezer last night: "The content in question was removed a few weeks ago when the PodcastOne team reached out. We hope to find a solution with PodcastOne quickly, so the Stitcher audience can enjoy the great shows that are affected."
Wilks Broadcasting is selling three stations in Fresno (KFRR, KJFX, and KJZN) to One Putt Broadcasting. Documents filed with the FCC reveal the price for theose three stations was $6.6 Million. One Putt is a partnership between John Ostlund's JSA Broadcasting and Chris Pacheco's Fat Dawgs. They are adding the three Wilks FMs to the sour stations they now have in Fresno.
Last week, according to Media Monitors, The Home Depot aired over 51,000 commercials on radio, more than any other advertiser. GEICO was second with 30,640. Rounding out the top five were McDonalds (25,483), Macy's (24,547), and Lowes (24,173). MetroPCS/T-Mobile moved to number six from number 26 with 22,815 commercials aired.
Data just released by the Newspaper Association of America shows 166 million adults accessed content on digital platforms in October, thats an increase of 17 percent over 2013. Year-to-date newspapers saw an increase of 20 million unique visitors. The growth is coming from female users and mobile. The mobile increase is 85 percent this year. Newspapers accross the country are scrambling to monetize the shift to mobile. In 2013 the newspaper industry generated $23.57 billion in advertising revenue. In 2006 that number was $50 billion.
The Los Angeles Times has the full story of the iconic radio tower which stood at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Van Ness Street for over six decades. The iconic structure was taken down piece by piece and is being restored and relocated to its original location on the Sunset Bronson Lot in Hollywood next year. The tower was erected in 1925, and was one of two radio towers that served Warner Bros.-owned KFWB-AM. (Picture courtesy L.A. Times)
The Boston Herald speculates that Entercom wants out of its relationship with the inconsistent baseball team. Market Manager Phil Zachary (pictured) says that isn't so. "We have two more seasons on our current contract and hope to continue the relationship for many, many years. I've had the privilege of doing rights deals with a number of pro and collegiate sports teams over the course of my career, and the association WEEI enjoys with the Red Sox ranks among the most productive and collegial." The report says Entercom is paying $17 million per yea for play-by-play for the Sox.
Congratulations to the folks at JAM Creative Productions. JAM specializes in producing ID jingles for radio stations and this week is celebrating 40 years in business. Jonathan and Mary Lyn Wolfert founded the company in 1974 and they still run the business today. (JAM is an acronym for "Jon And Mary Lyn"). The couple started by working out of their apartment which grew into a suite of offices, then a studio, and ultimately a custom building with offices and two recording studios.
Google's Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on a TV. This integration will allow Chromecast users to stream TuneIn Radio content on their TV screens. The device works with an Android phone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook. The cost of a Chromecast device is $35.00
For the sixth consecutive year, many of SiriusXM's music, talk and sports channels will participate in WhyHunger's annual Hungerthon campaign by helping to promote WhyHunger's online auction of rare memorabilia and experiences donated by popular musicians, athletes and celebrities. WhyHunger is a non-profit organization founded by the late Harry Chapin and current executive director and radio host, Bill Ayres.
Over a thousand runners took part in the 2014 Dave & Chuck "The Freak" .5K this past Saturday. It was a very doable race for the crowd; point-five kilometers is about 500 yards. The event was held to benefit Toys for Tots. Twenty-seven bags stuffed with toys were collected for the organization. Participants ran a half kilometer to a party held at the New Belgium Brewery. Dave & Chuck "The Freak" host mornings on Greater Media's WRIF in Detroit.
Kevin Sutton from iHeartMedia's 740 The Game in Orlando has been camping out for nearly two weeks to raise awareness for the homeless. He's been outside a Best Buy near the Florida Mall. Sutton tells ClickOrlando.com, "Being homeless isn't silly, its not a joke, and for people who are out there, it might be because it's their last option." Sutton is trying to live like a homeless person for 15 days, without warm meals. He's been documenting his experiences and posting them on social media.
Tony Santos has been named APD st El Zol 107.9FM in Washington, DC. Most recently Santos was President of Intense Norcal Promotions in Sacramento and PD for Retail Radio. Prior to that he was PD and on the air at WJKC 95.1, WMYP 98.3, and WSTX 100.3 in St. Croix, Virgin Islands (2009-2013). He also was APD for Univision Radio’s WCAA 105.9 in New York (2007-2009), On-Air Personality and Program Director for Univision Radio’s KLLE 107.9 in Fresno, California (2005-2007) and Morning On-Air Personality for Citadel Broadcasting’s KWIN 97.7 in Stockton (2003-2005).
80-year-old Bob Conners passed away from a rare form of lymphoma. Conners was the longtime morning man at WTVN-AM in Columbus, Ohio, which is now owned by iHeartMedia. On the station website, Market President Brian Dytko said, "Bob Conners was an institution in Columbus and a true professional and class act. He was a familiar and comforting voice for WTVN listeners for decades. We have all been blessed to work with him." Conners retired from the station three years ago. He spent more than 40 years on the air in central Ohio.
Dana DiModica is the new local sales manager for Cumulus Toledo. She was previously general sales manager for Toldeo Radio Group's WPFX (107.7 The Wolf) in Toledo. Prior to that, DiModica held posts including local sales manager for Clear Channel in Findlay and Tiffin, OH, and account executive and traffic director for Clear Channel in Toledo and Findlay. She was also an account executive with NBC24 Toledo.
(By Roy Williams) Jerry Seinfeld is the richest actor on earth. Google it. He's worth $820 million. You don't make that kind of money working as a stand-up comedian in Atlantic City. You make it when companies pay to run ads during your hit TV show. Based on the advertising revenues it generated, Seinfeld (1989-1998) was the most successful show in the history of television. Fast-forward to October 2014: Jerry Seinfeld wins a CLIO, an award that's sort of like an Oscar in advertising.
(By Wayne Ens) Every medium, from newspapers to TV, from radio to direct mail and the Internet, began as "new media." And the magic formula to advertising success in each new media has never changed. Every new medium initially succeeds during the honeymoon period of new technology, solely based upon the magic of the technology itself. With the invention of the printing press, business owners were dazzled by technology that allowed them to reach larger audiences more efficiently than their previous marketing method, the door-to-door salesman.
(By Heather Cohen) There was a time when hiring a program director was as simple as promoting the very best talent on your staff. Today's level of sophistication and competition, combined with the fiscal responsibility and financial pressure that face all operators, have raised the criteria by which a programmer is judged. Given the need for this new skill set, I took the opportunity to talk with some of the leading programmers in our industry. Their responses provide insight as to where the content side of our business is going.
Last week Radio Ink held its annual reception to honor the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio. The annual event was held at the Harvard Club in New York City. Radio Ink publisher Eric Rhoads is pictured here with iHeartMedia CFO Richard Bressler and iBiquity CEO Bob Struble. Also in attendance were John Tesh, John Batchelor, Rita Cosby, Walter Sabo and many other dignitaries from the Radio industry. Go to our Facebook page HERE to see more pictures from the event.
We have pictures. Lots of pictures from Forecast 2015 at the Harvard Club in New York City. Take a look at who attended the packed finanicial event of the year HERE. You can also see some of radio's heavy hitters such as NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith and Charles Warfield who attended our annual 40 Most Powerful People in Radio reception held in the beautiful ballroom of the Harvard Club HERE.
Digital revenue is all the rage these days. And while the overall number in radio is still small, compared to over-the-air revenue, the potential is huge. Radio Ink would like to know what your game plan and philosophy is when it comes to digital. Are you hiring more digital experts? Do you have high revenue expectations for digital revenue in 2015? Do you have a plan for mobile? Please take our digital survey (all responses will remain confidential). Our plan is to share the overall results with the industry and use this information to create more digital content in Radio Ink that will help you achieve your digital goals. Take our Survey.
Thanks to Robert Sobczak for sending us this Blast From the Past. This is Larry Anderson at WGR in Buffalo. As a teenager and president of his High School Radio Club, Robert set up tours of Buffalo Radio stations. He took this picture in 1979. Read More About This Blast From the Past...