Since the ratings tampering fight between Bubba The Love Sponge (Todd Clem) and Nielsen began, Clem defenders have been whispering (off-the-record) to Radio Ink that there's more to this story. As we wait to see just what that might be, Nielsen is showing there certainly is more to this story, especially from there perspective, and if true certainly seems more damaging for Clem. Nielsen has amended its $1 million lawsuit against Clem, this time including some of the text messages the ratings firm alleges Clem sent to a PPM panelist, who Nielsen says he paid $400 per month to tamper with the ratings. Here are some of those messages, as reported by The Tampa Bay Business Journal. Beasley carries Clem's show in Tampa, which is his home base market. READ ON
FMtranslatorauction.com debuts Wednesday with an auction of more than 25 FM translators. The auction begins at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. CST. Minimum bids are as low as $25,000 each. "Buy Now" prices are also available. FMtranslatorauction.com is a new auction site designed to facilitate the new FCC rulemaking which will allow broadcasters to relocate an existing FM translator with a simple filing. All FM translators being auctioned are owned by First Ventures Capital Partners, Inc. The site is currently in PREVIEW mode and "Buy Now" prices are in effect now. Interested AM broadcasters are invited to visit the site and pre-register for bidding. For more information email email@example.com or call 214-273-6440.
The agenda for the 7th annual Hispanic Radio Conference is posted at our conference web site. The conference will be held on March 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six in Fort Lauderdale. Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti says, "We are extremely excited about this year's agenda. Our advisory board has targeted a comprehensive range of important and timely issues facing Hispanic radio broadcasters. today. They will be covering everything from the economy and the election and its impact on revenues and governance, to programming, advertiser expectations, legal affairs and the huge influence of digital on Hispanic consumers.
The department store jumped from 17th to 4th on the weekly Media Monitors chart of radio ads, placing over 33,000 commercials last week. The Home Depot retained the top spot (47,451) followed by Walgreen's (41,929) up two positions, AT&T Wireless (34,816) and GEICO (27,905) round out the top five. Verizon Wireless was 6th (27,272), Lowes was 7th (26,480), McDonald's 8th (25,694), MetroPCS 9th (25,621), and Sprint was 10th (25,352).
WHMI, owned by Greg and Marcia Jablonski, is located on the outskirts of Detroit in Howell, Michigan. The 5,200 watt FM is being sold to Rodney Krol, President of Krol Communications. The station carries a classic rock format. Krol Communications owns three other stations in central Michigan, WJSZ-FM, AC Station in Ashley, WRSR-FM, Classic Rock Station in Owosso, and WMLM-AM, Country Station in St. Louis. WHMI was the only station the Jablonski's owned. Jason James of Patrick Communications was the exclusive broker on the deal.
MediaPost has all the details the research from Adobe. The $3 Billion in Cyber Monday sales is a 12% increase over 2014. Adobe says consumers were awarded with 20% discounts on products, including 4K TVs, Microsoft Xbox One, and Apple iPad Mini among the most popular. Toys were also big sellers with Shopkin dolls, Barbie Dream House, Lego Star Wars, Lego Dimensions and Lego City leading the pack.
Larry Patrick's Legend Communications in Wyoming has picked up one FM translator and two construction permits for two additional FM translators for $109,800. The translator is located in Rock Springs and the CP's are for Jackson and Casper. They were all purchased from Edgewater Broadcasting and Patrick Communications brokered the deal.
The NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and Entercom Milwaukee (105.7FM The FAN, 99.1 The Mix, 103.7 KISS-FM) have announced a new partnership that will create a package of new on-air content and marketing opportunities. Scripps' WTMJ-AM continues to be the flagship station for the Bucks, however, as a news/talk format was unable to accommodate the added programming the team desired. That resulted in the new content which will come from the Entercom cluster.
The regular monthly charge to use Spotify is $9.99 a month. Digital Music News says the late-year discount could be an attempt to increase paid-subscriber totals before 2016. On the free side, Spotify has reported that 55 million people use the ad-supported version and that number is growing. Spotify estimates it will have 100 million monthly users by the end of this year. An upgrade to Spotify’s premium tier eliminates advertising and introduces higher bit rates.
Nielsen and Sun Broadcast Group have signed a multi-year licensing agreement for Nielsen’s RADAR Network Ratings. RADAR is the standard currency for national network radio ratings. With the addition of Sun Broadcast Group, Nielsen now measures seven networks representing over 40 sales radio networks. Sun's Select Network will be reported in RADAR effective with a special tabulation in December 2015 and then be included in the full ratings software suite with the RADAR 128 release in March 2016.
Country Radio Seminar officials have announced the CRS 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. The five acts to appear are Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Old Dominion, and Chris Janson. The 2016 New Faces of Country Music Show will be held Feb. 10, 2016 during Country Radio Seminar at the downtown Omni Nashville. The show is co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Marketron has signed Sinclair Broadcast Group to a multi-year, exclusive contract for its location-based advertising solution for its television stations’ mobile platforms. Sinclair operates 172 television stations in 81 markets. Marketron’s location-based service will enable Sinclair's TV stations to target their viewers with advertising. For example: shoppers who have bought from a particular grocery store before might get a localized ad from that store on their phone when they are nearby, highlighting a current special or discount, with a tap-for-direction call to action.
The new Trans-Siberian Orchestra holiday special, from Envision Networks, is a free two-hour program. Host Steve Black was given exclusive access to rehearsals as the band prepared for The Ghost of Christmas Eve tour. Throughout the two-hour special, Black chats with TSO creator Paul O'Neil and TSO founder, writer and musician Jon Oliva as well as all four guitarists: Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, Angus Clark and Billy Hudson. Interested stations should contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org for broadcast details.
Shannon Knoepke will be the new Market Manager and D.O.S for CBS Radio in Minneapolis as of December 11. She succeeds Mick Anselmo who's retiring. Knoepke worked for CBS in Minneapolis as an AE at WCCO-AM from 2000-2001. CBS Radio COO Scott Herman said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Shannon back to the CBS RADIO family."
Jeff Shultz has been named Senior VP of Business Development at CBS Radio. He moves to CBS Radio from CBS Interactive where he had the same title. According to a company press release, Shultz will be responsible for identifying strategic areas of growth and innovative opportunities using CBS's radio properties, digital assets, and live events. From 2002-2009, Shultz was the co-founder and CEO of Concert.TV, a national live music television network.
Hubbard St. Louis Market Manager John Kijowski said, "The contemporary country environment is very competitive and we want to accelerate our growth with new ideas and a fresh perspective. The decision to make personnel changes takes a great deal of thought and is never easy. We appreciate Greg Mozingo's contribution in building the 92.3 WIL brand." APD/Music Director Danny Montana has been named Interim PD while the station conducts a search. Mozinga has been the PD since 2002.
Hammer adds Operations Manager for San Francisco radio stations KGO 810 (News) and KSFO 560 (News/Talk) to his business card. He'll continue to serve as Operations Manager/PD for KNBR 680 (Sports) and KTCT 1050 (Sports). Hammer has been the PD at KTCT for 18 years, and KNBR for 10 years. He's been interim Operations Manager/PD for KGO and KSFO since earlier this year.
Chris Myers and Wes Clements will host the new “Myers & Wes” show weekdays from noon – 3pm beginning today on The Beast 980 in L.A. Myers is a 30-year sports broadcasting veteran who has worked for Fox Sports Net, FoxSportsOne and ESPN. He also announces NFL games on Fox. Clements has worked as a baseball analyst for ESPN.
The radiothon benefits the Salvation Army Bed and Bread Club of Central Indiana and is the largest fundraiser the Salvation Army does in the state. The actual radiothon airs on WIBC-FM Friday through Saturday and is hosted by the WIBC on-air staff. Listeners make donations by calling in or going to the station website. In 2014, WIBC helped raise more than $255,000 for the Salvation Army of Central Indiana. Pictured here are Emmis Chairman & CEO Jeff Smulyan and President & COO Patrick Walsh.
Charlotte's Kiss 95.1 WNKS hosted the fourth annual "Secret Santa for the Kiss Kids" radiothon from the Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's Hospital. Roy, LauRen, and Maney (pictured left to right) from Kiss Mornings raised over $44,000 during the 13-hour broadcast for the Kiss Kids staying at Levine Children's Hospital.
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 email@example.com