(by Eric Rhodes) Controversy comes in all forms and sizes, and at this very moment a controversy is surrounding a technology that may help improve your station's ability to be picked up by PPM. According to its maker, Telos, incorporating the system "will help you be more confident that PPM panelists listening to your station are correctly measured." So why is that controversial? Let me count the ways.
Reuters is reporting that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected ASCAP's attempts at forcing music streaming service Pandora to pay a higher royalty rate and have its library of song shrunken. Additionally, a second ruling rejected attempts by three major publisher to withdraw their new media licensing rights from ASCAP. The appeals court said it could not allow music publishers to selectively choose how their works are licensed. READ MORE...
Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth is on his way to particpate in the annual Canadian Music Week Radio Interactive Summit, an event that is now over 30 years old. In a new blog post that you can read here, Smyth talks about the current challenge of transforming his radio company, his concerns about the connected car, and how the rapid adaptation of mobile will affect radio. How does he expect to marry the simple-to-use radio broadcast service with the new digital services consumers are looking for. Let's find out.
Remember when Bubba The Love Sponge and Todd Schnitt were bickering in a Florida courtroom back in 2013. Schnitt sued Bubba for defamation over things Bubba said about him on the air. Scnhitt's lawyer at the time, Phil Campbell was arrested for DUI at the time. It was alleged that a paralegal for Bubba's attorney, Melissa Personius, got Campbell drunk and Bubba's attorney's set the entire DUI by phoning a police officer friend and tipping him off. Now, according ABC in Tampa, the paralegal's ex-husband has a recording from his Personius telling him the entire incident was indeed a setup.
In our next Radio Ink Live webinar on Tuesday May 12, sales expert Paul Weyland shows you how to take control of the front end of the local direct sale -- the creative idea -- and the back end, asking for and getting an annual commitment. Paul will cover how to come up with million-dollar ideas your clients will want to buy, at rate card, then he'll show you how to do a simple ROI calculation that motivates clients to want to triple or quadruple their investment on your station, regardless of your rates, ratings, market size, or format. Be part of our Paul Weyland webinar Tuesday May 12 at 11AM Eastern. REGISTER HERE.
Much attention of late has been given to what's wrong about broadcast radio's internet streaming product. Bridge Ratings & Media Analysis President/CEO Dave Van Dyke has been evaluating customized Internet radio stations for broadcast brands. Van Dyke feels his company's on-going results point to a game-changing solution for radio. Continue reading...
If you were one of the lucky few who had the privilege of being selected for the private Google tour last year before the Convergence conference, then you know how exciting this opportunity is. We are thrilled to bring back this opportunity for 20 very lucky people, prior to Convergence 2015. Read the message from Eric Rhoads, publisher of Radio Ink right here!
Columbus Radio Group -- owner of three radio stations in Columbus, OH -- announced that it has been selected as one of 2015's Top Workplaces, as presented by Columbus CEO Magazine (May edition) and WBNS-TV. Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback through a survey conducted by research firm WorkplaceDynamics.
Radio always benefits when it hears from the buy side. An honest assessment of how radio is doing can help improve how the industry calls on and sells to agencies and advertisers. Natalie Swed Stone is US Director, National Audio Investment at OMD. She's already using programmatic to buy digital and working with Jelli to buy radio programmatically, Well, sort of. According to Swed Stone (pictured) radio needs to get up to speed on programmatic soon, and if it does it could be getting a bigger share of the advertising pie. She believes radio is still about eight months to a year away from being able to transact buys programmatically. Is radio losing business because it's dragging its feet on programmatic? Here's what Swed Stone had to say about that...
It's become one of our most popular lists of the year. The 2015 Best PDs in America can now be seen between the pages of the latest Radio Ink magazine. And the number-one PD in America is iHeartMedia's Chris Conley. Conley programs WLTW in New York City. Every time a ratings book comes out, just like clockwork, WLTW sits on top of the pack. Not bad, in the number-one market in America.
CBS Radio has promoted Robert Sanchez to Operations Manager of WLZL-FM/Washington, D.C., aka El Zol. He will also continue as Program Director of WNEW-FM in Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Sanchez replaces Pete Manriquez, who exited.
CBS Radio has named Stephanie Saporita as General Sales Manager of KMVQ-FM and KLLC-FM, both in San Francisco. Saporita replaces Larry Blumhagen, who was recently promoted to VP/Director of Sales for the company's Los Angeles cluster. Saporita has been the stations' Local Sales Manager for the past eight years. Replacing Saporita as LSM is Lindsay High, who most recently has been serving as New Business Development Manager for the stations.
WAY Media Vice President of Content, Faron Dice has announced that Justin Lairsey has been hired as the host of a new network nighttime show (under the name of Justin Paul). Lairsey has been with WAY-FM for the past 4 years, most recently as Operations Director for WAYM/Nashville.
Jeff Schatz is returning to Advantage Systems, where he previously worked from 2003-2008, this time as its new Director of Integrated Sales. Most recently, Schatz was serving Director of Revenue Development for Digity, and before that, VP of Total Marketing Solutions for Townsquare Media.
Cumulus Media has announced the hiring of Reid Thrush, who will take over as Program Director for the NASH Icon format on WOGT/Chattanooga. Thrush joins Cumulus from New South Communications in Jackson, MI. Thrush replaces John Kelly.
Political talker Larry Elder was the lone member of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2015 representing radio. Elder received his star on the famous sidewalk at the end of last month, on his 63rd birthday. Of the over 2,500 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, less than 10 percent are recognizing those who worked in radio, and only a small handful of those are political talk show hosts.
Premiere Networks syndicated host Delilah was among seven individuals honored at the T.J. Martell Foundation's 2015 Women of Influence Awards, which was held last week in New York. The awards recognize women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women to live their dreams while balancing work, family, home and health.
Performance rights organization ASCAP has re-upped famed songwriter Paul Williams as their President and Chairman for a fourth term. Williams has been leading ASCAP since 2009. Also being re-elected to ASCAP's Board was Irwin Z. Robinson as Publisher Vice Chairman, Caroline Bienstock as Secretary, and James M. Kendrick as Treasurer. Doug Wood was newly elected Writer Vice Chairman.
CBS Radio and CBS Local Digital Media announced that iconic wrestler "Nature Boy" Ric Flair has joined the Play.it podcast network. Flair’s weekly show is called WOOOOO! Nation, named after his famous "WOOOOO!" yell in the wrestling ring and at the end of interviews. In the debut episode, Flair interviews his friend and fellow former wrestler Kurt Angle. New episodes will be added each Wednesday.
According to the website Mac Rumors, Apple's new streaming service will launch in late June, along with a revised version of iTunes Radio. It is still expected that Apple will announce full details about the new service at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8.
(By Roy Williams) Sometimes I think we go through our lives trying to impress an invisible audience called "everyone." "What will everyone think?" Invisible would be bad enough, but I think "everyone" might also be imaginary. Emil Cioran was probably right when he said, "If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot."
In the latest Media Unplugged podcast by Mark Ramsey and Tom Asacker, the hosts look at a few subjects, including marketing movies like brands, and Vessel's prospects of overtaking YouTube. Additionally, the podcast looks at what a Vine superstar has in common with one of the Staples Singers, faulty statistics in determining that millennials are flooding back into movie theaters, Ben Affleck's slave cover-up, and a great co-promotion between HBO's Game of Thrones and UBER. MORE
(By Randy Lane) Flashback to 1995: I was the new program director at Star 98.7, which was the also-ran AC in Los Angeles behind KOST and KBIG. Female singer-songwriters like Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, and Melissa Etheridge were flourishing at that time. So we made the decision to switch to the Modern AC format.
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...