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March 31, 2015

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Online Measurement Takes Another Big Step Forward

Online Measurement Takes Another Big Step Forward

What the radio industry has needed for a long time, easy-to-understand online ratings to combine with Nielsen's over-the-air numbers, looks like it's starting to become a reality. TuneGenie has received certification from Nielsen for its digital audio streaming measurement solution, making it the third company to incorporate the technology. The end product will enable single-line reporters to combine online ratings with over-the-air ratings and present those to advertisers (single-line reporting means stations are simulcasting their over-the-air signal online). 27 Connoisseur music stations have begun incorporating the TuneGenie measurement product.

TuneGenie CEO: This Is Very Big For Radio

After 18 months of working on an online audience measurement product with Nielsen, TuneGenie CEO Jeffrey Specter is understandably excited about what was unveiled to the radio industry yesterday. TuneGenie is one of the first companies that will help radio measure its online audience, numbers that will eventually be added to PPM or diary numbers for radio stations to use when pitching advertisers. The hope is that radio stations can now prove to skeptical ad buyers that radio is indeed a major online player and can battle for ears with Pandora and other online pure plays, in spite of radio's biggest negative, an unlistenable number of commercials every hour. In order for stations to combine ratings they must single line report, which means no ad insertion. Here's our interview with TuneGenie CEO Jeffrey Specter.


SBS Reports 4th Quarter & Year End

SBS Reports 4th Quarter & Year End

Spanish Broadcasting System reported fourth-quarter revenues down about 3 percent; radio was down 2 percent or $600K. SBS noted that the declines were due to decreases in national, local, and barter sales, which were partially offset by increases in network sales and special events. National was down in all SBS markets, with the exception of Miami. More...


Keeping Radio Front and Center

Keeping Radio Front and Center

(by Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Radio isn't always on every advertiser's radar. We all have a responsibility to change that, to keep radio front and center at all times. But, new advertising converts aside, it is critically important that we CELEBRATE the advertisers we have. Anyone advertising on radio should feel we are working hard to make their campaigns work, and that we're thankful they are investing with us to accomplish their goals. Think Radio Mercury Awards.


NAB Criticizes FCC Field Office Closures

NAB Criticizes FCC Field Office Closures

NAB Vice President of Spectrum Policy Bob Weller expressed concern over FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's circulation of an order to close numerous field offices. The proposal would close more than half of the Commission's field offices and cut staff by nearly two-thirds. Weller notes, "There is still time for the FCC to reverse course and rethink its proposal to gut the field offices." More...


Gen Media Partners Launches

Gen Media Partners Launches

Kevin Garrity is the CEO of the newly formed Gen Media Partners, which will oversee the combined sales operations of HRN Radio Network and other company ventures. The twenty-six-year media executive was most recently president and CEO of McGavren Guild Media and Local Focus. He's also been VP/D.O.S. at Cumulus, President of ABC Radio sales, and VP/Sales at Group W. More...


Radio Ink Live Webinar Series Grows

Radio Ink Live Webinar Series Grows

Radio stations are facing more competition than ever. With constant demands from owners and headquarters to sell more, there's almost no time left to devote to training, brainstorming and development. Radio Ink magazine is now offering an affordable, effective way for you to attend training that will help you get more clients, increase sales, increase the size of your paycheck and stay motivated. Our April 28 webinar will feature hiring expert Laurie Kahn. REGISTER HERE


Jay Z Enters The World of Streaming

Jay Z Enters The World of Streaming

Rapper Jay Z announced a live streaming press launch for his new Tidal Worldwide streaming music service. The launch was streamed live at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The service will offer high bit rate streaming for $19.95 a month. TechRadar is reporting that Tidal will have a lower-tier lo-fi service for $10 a month.


Mobile Driving Ad Buys

Mobile Driving Ad Buys

The Center for Media Research is reporting that a 4.6 percent increase nationally is expected in advertising spending this year, despite the fact that media does not have any big "tent pole" events, such as the Olympics or elections in 2015. That's the good news for traditional media; some markets might see sluggish growth or even declines. The biggest factor is global digital spending, that sector is forecasted to grow 15.7 percent in 2015. More...


WIP/Philly Inks Deal With Eagles

WIP/Philly Inks Deal With Eagles

CBS Radio WIP in Philadelphia has re-signed their deal with the Eagles to carry all pre-season, regular season, and post-season games. The deal covers WIP and the tri-state area's 11-station Eagles Radio Network. Merrill Reese and Mike Quick will continue their commentary roles on WIP. CBS Radio SVP and Market Manager Marc Rayfield notes, "WIP is proud to continue our long-standing partnership and is committed to offering our listeners the absolute best in compelling, local content."


WSCR Hosting Celeb Roast Of Mannelly

WSCR Hosting Celeb Roast Of Mannelly

Chicago's 670 The Score will be the host of the 2015 Celebrity Roast and Toast of Patrick Mannelly on Friday, May 8. Some of the biggest names in sports will be on hand honoring the life and career of the Chicago football great and Score Post-Game host. Tickets go on sale April 1.


WCKG/Chicago Partners With Student-Run WLTL

WCKG/Chicago Partners With Student-Run WLTL

Chicago's WCKG certainly can't be accused of not thinking outside the box. So far this year they've added a number of podcasts to their lineup, and now the station is airing a new Talk show produced and hosted by La Grange High School students at WLTL/Lyons Township. The show will air on Saturdays at 2 p.m. More...


WSLV/Ardmore, TN, Host Arrested

WSLV/Ardmore, TN, Host Arrested

Johnny Mansell, who is listed on the WSLV-AM website as the 4-6 p.m. host of The Worst Damn Sports Show, has been arrested and accused of assaulting a juvenile at the radio station. According to an WKRN-TV report, Mansell was arrested and booked into the Giles County jail and released on a $2,500 appearance bond. According to the Giles County Sheriff's Department, Mansell is a registered sex offender in both Alabama and Tennessee.


WTOP/DC Earns VAPB Awards

WTOP/DC Earns VAPB Awards

The Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters bestowed WTOP/DC with five Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters awards. WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck was awarded superior in the Best Documentary or In-Depth Report; Megan Cloherty meritorious in the Best Feature or Human Interest category; and Chris Core Best Editorial or Editorial Series. More...


iHeartRadio Music Festival Returns

iHeartRadio Music Festival Returns

The fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival will return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 18 and 19. The daytime music showcase, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village, is also returning to the MGM Resorts Village. iHeart also announced the return of their partnership with Macy's for the Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star contest.


College Station WLKL Celebrates 40th

College Station WLKL Celebrates 40th

Lake Land College's WLKL 89.9-FM marks four decades on the air this year, and last week invited alumni to a celebration and gave them all some air time. Station Manager Greg Powers noted in the Charlestown Journal Gazette and Times Courier, "Ten students were recently awarded certification as Radio Marketing Professionals through the Radio Advertising Bureau. We also had four award winners in last fall's annual Illinois Broadcasters Association student awards."



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Blumhagen Named VP/DOS At CBS L.A.

Twenty-three-year CBS Radio veteran Larry Blumhagen is the new vice president/director of sales for CBS Radio's six stations in Los Angeles. Blumhagen heads south from his previous position as GSM for KMVQ-FM and KLLC-FM in San Francisco. He will oversee broadcast and digital sales operations for KNX-AM, KRTH-FM, KCBS-FM, KROQ-FM, KAMP-FM, and KTWV-FM. Blumhagen begins his new position on April 20. More...


Page Exits Pandora For Cumulus

Page Exits Pandora For Cumulus

With Cumulus' increasing focus on live events, Tommy Page has been appointed senior vice president of brand partnerships. Page previously held a similar position with Pandora for the last two years, and prior to that was publisher of Billboard magazine, and A&R and radio promotion executive at Warner Bros. Page will be based in NYC and report directly to Lew Dickey. More...


Coleman Insights VP Ackerman Retires

Coleman Insights VP Ackerman Retires

Coleman Insights Vice President Chris Ackerman announced his retirement on Friday, after four decades in broadcasting and over two decades at Coleman. Ackerman stated, "It has been a wonderful ride and we've made some great radio together. Thank you all for everything." More...


Radio One/Richmond Gives Landess The Nod

Radio One/Richmond Gives Landess The Nod

Marsha Landess has been officially named station manager for the Radio One/Richmond cluster, following her four-month tenure as acting manager. With nearly three decades of sales experience, Landess has been with Radio One since 2003 as director of sales training and development. Landess will oversee WCDX, WKJS, WPZZ, and WTPS. More...


KYSR/L.A. Appoints Davis Executive Producer

KYSR/L.A. Appoints Davis Executive Producer

Sebastian Davis has been named the new executive producer of Alt 98.7 Los Angeles' morning drive program, The Woody Show. Davis heads west to KYSR from WNNX in Atlanta where he also served as the executive morning producer. Program Director of ALT 98.7 for iHeartMedia Los Angeles Mike Kaplan notes, "Sebastian's unique skill set makes him the obvious choice to be executive producer for Woody. He's sharp, creative, and has a solid grasp of what we're out to accomplish here."


Cecchini Appointed President Of Corus

Cecchini Appointed President Of Corus

Canadian broadcaster Corus announced on Tuesday the appointment of Mario Cecchini as president, Corus Radio. Mario will also continue in his current role as president, Corus Media. He was previously vice president, Corus Quebec, and also held positions as SVP, sales and marketing for Astral Radio, president and COO of Zoom Media, and EVP at Telemedia Radio Ontario.


Mitchinson Joins KFBK As AMD News Co-Host

Mitchinson Joins KFBK As AMD News Co-Host

KFBK/Sacramento announced Monday that Dan Mitchinson will join the KFBK morning news team as co-host with Amy Lewis. Mitchinson has received the Edward R. Murrow Award, a Golden Mic award, and the Best Newscast and Single News Story award from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. More...


Wookie Returns To Delmarva Airwaves

Wookie Returns To Delmarva Airwaves

WOCQ/Delmarva welcomes morning talent Wookie back to the market and reuniting with Brian "Crookid" Johnson for the return of Wook and Crook. The duo will also be teamed with OC 104 sidekick Lisa Kee. The Wook noted, "We're BACK... like Batman & Robin.... like Iron Man & Thor! We're The Avengers of radio...saving listeners from boring morning shows!"


SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

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...



DIGITAL

Just How Crowded Is The Streaming Space?

Just How Crowded Is The Streaming Space?

That's exactly what Geek Wire wanted to find out, based on data from Edison Research. The answer: Very crowded. Pandora is wildly popular, with a 45 percent piece of the streaming pie, and now with the entry of Tidal, the space just lost even more wiggle room. More...


BMW And MINI Add iHeartRadio

BMW And MINI Add iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio has been added to BMW ConnectedDrive and MINI Connected services. iHeartRadio for Auto app is downloadable from the Apple App Store, with compatibility with BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option as well as MINI Connected-ready vehicles.


BMW Intros HD Radio Receivers As Standard

BMW Intros HD Radio Receivers As Standard

The 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will now come with HD radio receivers as standard equipment. The addition of the Series 2 makes the entire BMW vehicle line-up equipped with HD Radio receivers as standard equipment.


APM Launches Classical Stream

APM Launches Classical Stream

YourClassical.org is a new podcast and streaming offering from American Public Media. The site will also feature a variety of American Public Media's classical programming, including Performance Today, SymphonyCast, Pipedreams, and Composers Datebook.



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