As a manager you want compelling content so if you have a sports station in your cluster you hire a knowledgeable, opinionated host who, at times, criticizes your local professional sports team, or its players. The team doesn't really like that, it's trying to develop a relationship with the community and sell tickets. So, what's the happy balance? As the person in charge it's your job to make sure both sides are happy and your hosts have the freedom to speak their mind and be real with the audience. The Sports Hub in Boston has had tremendous success walking that tightrope, in what is probably the number one sports city in the country. Mark Hannon is the Market Manager for CBS in Boston and Hannon, along with VP of Sports Programming Mike Thomas, morning hosts Toucher and Rich and PM drivers Felger and Maz are part of Radio Ink's December 21 cover story. We spoke to all of them about creating compelling content while working closely with professional sports teams. Here's what they had to say...
That's per year and Market Manager Phil Zachary (pictured) is trying to negotiate that number down, according to The Boston Herald. The paper says WEEI signed a 10-year deal back in 2006 for rights to broadcast Sox games and he hopes to have a new agreement in place by Christmas. The Red Sox have finished in last place in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The Herald says the negotiations started when Entercom refused to pick up two options years in the contract.
Broadcast attorney David Oxenford wants to remind broadcasters that it's not a good idea to copy anything you want from the Internet and post to your station's website. You need permission because, he says, everything on the Internet is not free to exploit on your own site. READ ON
Alpha's KCLB-FM in Palm Springs becomes the first Southern California affiliate of the Mark in the Morning program. The show originates from Entercom's KSWD-FM The Sound in Los Angeles. This is Thompson's second time on the air at KCLB; the Mark and Brian Show aired on KCLB from 1998 to 2006. The show then aired on KCLB's sister station, KDGL The Eagle, from 2006 to 2012.
From the Media Monitors weekly commercial chart, AT&T came in at number four last week by airing 31,000 commercials on radio stations across the country. The week before AT&T was in the 14th position. The Home Depot remains radio's number one advertiser, followed by GEICO and Walgreens. Rounding out the top 10 last week were Macy's, McDonald's, JC Penney, Lowes, Metro PCS, and AutoZone.
The Federal Communications Commission says it is is performing a large-scale redesign of its website to improve usability and the switch to the new site is scheduled to begin on December 9 and take at least a day. The Commission says the new website is designed to provide better functionality, an improved design, and better searchability and navigability.
Brokers Greg Guy and Jason James of Patrick Communications let us know that the sale of WFSS-FM in Fayetteville, NC, which is a 100,000-watt NPR station playing Jazz and News, has closed. The station was sold by Fayetteville State University to WUNC Public Radio for $1.75 million.
And the folks at The Verge are giving Pandora and others unsolicited advice on what they should steal as the service shuts down. The Verge says, despite its small user base, "Rdio did have tons of great ideas around design and user experience, and its competitors should absolutely steal them. Nothing else on the market shares its belief in the primacy of the album, or the cleverness with which it integrated recommendations from friends, trusted labels, and music publications into every corner of the app." Here are the five things The Verge is recommending other streaming services steal.
Yesterday it was Pandora, today it's iHeartRadio's turn to release a list of the most-thumbed songs of 2015. Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" came in at number one, beating out three of Taylor Swift's songs and two by newcomer Meghan Trainor. Here's iHeart's top 10 thumbed-up songs for 2015...
Everyone loves a list and these selections were made by members of the SiriusXM music curation team and are driven by subscriber feedback. Adele was named Artist of the Year with her song "Hello" named song of the year. Also named were "Breakthrough Artists of the Year", "'Welcome Back' Artists of the Year", "Breakthrough Artists You've Probably Never Heard Of" and "Artists to Watch in 2016" Here's the full SiriusXM list...
DGital Media has signed an audio deal with Upright Citizens Brigade, the comedy creation of Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, to join its Comedy Voices audio network. DGital will produce, distribute, market, and monetize UCB's existing audio platform and develop new content. The UCB podcasts will include Hooray Show with Horatio Sanz; Bear Down with Matt Walsh and screenwriter Scot Armstrong; Revenge of the Podcast with comedian Griffin Newman and critic David Sims; and The UCB Digital Podcast which takes you behind the scenes of the comedy business with the writers of SNL's "Weekend Update," Key & Peele and others.
Pandora Music Makers Group SVP Lars Murray said, "Listeners flock to Pandora to hear their favorite music. The Thumb Hundred is unique in radio. It isn't a list of what Pandora told people to listen to, it's a true reflection of what more than 78 million monthly listeners told us their top songs for the year are, through every single thumb up." The top five songs thumbed up were "Earned It" by The Weekend, "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," and "Only" by Nicki Minaj. Here's a look at all 100 songs...
Alpha Media East Texas has announced that, for the third year in a row, KOYE La Invasora has helped raise over $100,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. The annual two-day radiothon was held October 22-23, and the proceeds will help local East Texas families needing medial help from the Children's Miracle Network at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.
The Benztown Brigade volunteered Monday night at the E.J. Jackson Foundation Turkey Giveaway in Los Angeles, which feeds over 12,000 hungry Angelenos in need every Thanksgiving. The 33-year annual charitable event served long lines of people, stretching for blocks. (Pictured are some of the Benztown Brigade at Monday night's Jackson Turkey Giveaway)
HOT 95-7, Houston, partnered with Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union (GCEFCU) to surprise Ridgecrest Elementary teacher, Rafael Carballo with a cash prize on November 19. Morning show host Sarah Pepper went to the school with GCEFCU to present $500 to Carballo through the Sarah Pepper Cares Initiative.
Cox Media Group in Tampa has named John Kage Director of Branding for Hot 101.5 FM WPOI. Additionally, the Director of Branding and Programming for 97X WSUN FM will report to Kage. Before joining CMG Tampa, Kage was PD and Digital Content Director for Entercom's KQKS/KS1075 in Denver.
For over 30 years, Bob Davis has been the play-by-play voice of Kansas Jayhawk football and men's basketball. He'll be retiring at the end of the basketball season, making Saturday's game against Kansas State his final football broadcast. Davis was morning sports anchor at KMBZ Radio in Kansas City for two decades. He also hosted weekly call-in shows at KMBZ with Royals managers, and hosted Royals pre- and post-game shows. Davis started his broadcast career in 1968 at KAYS Radio and TV. He became KAYS sports director and play-by-play announcer during the 1968 football season. Photo courtesy Kansas City Star
Townsquare Media says New Jersey 101.5 morning show host Jim Gearhart, who's been on an extended leave of absence as a result of an injury, will not be able to return. Gearhart, who's 83, suffered a concussion during a fall at his home in September. He'd been with the station for 25 years. Townsquare Market President Fred Bennett said, "All of us at New Jersey 101.5 and Townsquare will miss Jim. Jim Gearhart is an extraordinary broadcaster and we thank him for his 25 years of service to New Jersey 101.5 and the entire New Jersey community. Jim is in our thoughts and wish him a quick recovery." Bill Spadea has been named the new host.
Our condolences to the family of William Payne, the news of his passing sent along to us by his son who called him a "broadcaster's broadcaster." Payne was a broadcaster since 1953 and owned stations in Edmond, Tulsa, Muskogee, Tahlequah, Eufaula, Hugo, Stuart, Antlers, and Kiowa. He was also the former Executive Director of the International Idea Bank Association. Memorial services will be Tuesday December 1 at 2pm at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church Broken Arrow, OK. Pictured here with his son William last October at the International Broadcasters Idea Bank convention.
Our "Blast From The Past" page in Radio Ink Magazine is one of our most popular features and has been around for 20 years. Thanks to Dave Adair at Cumulus for sending in this classic from the 1960s. It's the WIS-AM studeio (went on air 1930) in Columbia SC. Pictured standing is the late Gene McKay. Seated is John Wrisley (still with us). Both had legendary careers in Columbia radio. This studio was turned into "The Bomb Shelter" designed to broadcast from in the event of nuclear war or other disaster. It had a geiger counter, jugs of water, and boxes of Civil Defense rations of food. We'd love to see yours. Send your classic photos to firstname.lastname@example.org