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April 25, 2015

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"We Now Have 10% of All Radio Listening."

"We Now Have 10% of All Radio Listening."

As we've stated many times before, there's no real way to prove the number Pandora states every month is accurate. In fact, Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews, on the company earnings call Thursday, started his statement out with, "By our own estimates..." McAndrews went on to say Pandora now has 10 percent of all listening in the United States, which is up from 9.1 percent one year ago. McAndrews also said, "Third-party measurement confirms the scale of the Pandora audience. As measured by ComScore, Pandora had 87.8 million total unique visitors in March."

Pandora Revenue Up 19% In Q1

Pandora Revenue Up 19% In Q1

For the first quarter of 2015 Pandora reported total revenue of $230.8 million, up 19 percent from 2014. Advertising revenue made up $178.7 million of that total: $181.1 million came from moble, up 23 percent, and local advertising revenue was $43.3 million, up 67 percent. There are now 3.8 million paid Pandora subscribers. The company did report a loss of $48.3 million in Q1, widening from $28.9 million a year earlier. The company expects to cross the billion-dollar revenue mark in 2015, forecasting a total of between $1.16 to $1.18 billion. The company also gave guidance of $280 to $285 million for Q2.


Pandora Now Has 138 Salespeople

And that's just the sellers in the local markets where they compete against you for radio dollars. The company actually has hundreds more selling the product and is also ramping up its efforts to implement programmatic buying in the very near future. In addition to all the sellers, the company also reported it now has 194 software engineers working at the company, an increase of 50 percent, doing product development.


Are You Hiring The Best People?

Are You Hiring The Best People?

In our next Radio Ink Live webinar, Tuesday, April 28 at 11AM (Eastern), Media Staffing Network Founder and President Laurie Kahn details exactly how you can and should hire high-quality employees. After successfully placing people since 1993, Kahn has become the go-to specialist in training radio station personnel on how to hire and retain the best people for your radio station. Stations lose too much money every year hiring the wrong people. Laurie Kahn will help you eliminate that problem during our April 28 webinar. REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT WEBINAR HERE.


What Does The Norwegian FM Shutdown Mean For The U.S.?

What Does The Norwegian FM Shutdown Mean For The U.S.?

Last week, the Norwegian Ministry of Culture announced its plans to shut down the FM radio band in its country in 2017, choosing to instead only use the better-quality DAB+ digital broadcasts. The proposal is up for a vote soon. There is now growing opposition to the Norway FM shutdown, but even if it takes place, there are major differences between the situation there and the state of radio in America. Read more...


Cumulus Media Sued Over WLUP Promo

Cumulus Media Sued Over WLUP Promo

Cumulus is being sued by a company called CMI Films, which is claiming copyright infringement. WLUP/Chicago created a promo for a vacation giveaway in 2014 that used the familiar elements of the "remarkable mouth" commercials, with the camera zooming in on the model's mouth while she lip-synchs the voices of the station personalities. CMI Films owns the rights to that style of advertisement and is now seeking financial damages and more.


WKOS Flips From NASH to NASH Icon

WKOS Flips From NASH to NASH Icon

Cumulus Media has announced that WKOS in Tri-Cities, TN (Johnson City/Bristol/Kingsport) has changed from the new-Country NASH to the classic-Country NASH Icon format. Although the station now has a new line-up, J.B. Stone remeains as WKOS Program Director.


WTMJ Raises Over $50,00 For Playground

WTMJ Raises Over $50,00 For Playground

After WTMJ/Milwaukee morning news anchor Jodi Becker told the story of Ben Nelson, an eight-year-old who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and couldn't use his school's playground due to his wheelchair, the station and its "WTMJ Cares" started a fundraising campaign to help create a playground that can also be enjoyed by special needs children. WTMJ and Ben Nelson's family had a goal of raising $38,000 to create this accessible playground. WTMJ listeners and station sponsors rallied by raising over $50,000 in donations.


98.9 Radio Now Connects Separated Siblings

98.9 Radio Now Connects Separated Siblings

WNRW/Louisville helped a local listener reconnect with her half-brother, who she had never met and had been searching after for 17 years. As part of the station's RAKE campaign (Random Acts of Kindness Everyday), the station aired the listener's story and pushed it via social media until the half-brother was found in another state and they were connected by phone. Next week, the half-brother will fly from San Diego to Louisville to meet his half-sister for the first time, live on the station's airwaves.


Morning Man Will Not Face Charges in Boating Accident

Morning Man Will Not Face Charges in Boating Accident

According to The Miami Herald, prosecutors will not charge Miami morning man Lazaro “DJ Laz” Mendez in the boating accident that killed 23-year old Ernest Hernandez in March 2014. The boat got stuck in a sandbar and Hernandez and others were helping push it when he was fatally sliced by the engine’s propellers. Prosecutors concluded there was no evidence that Mendez was drunk or acted with the “reckless disregard for human life” needed to prove manslaughter. Mendez hosts mornings for Cox's HITS 97-3, WFLC-FM.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Ben Davis Upped In Louisville

Ben Davis Upped In Louisville

Alpha Media Louisville has promoted Ben Davis to Operations Manager for the company's five-station cluster. He has been serving as Program Director and morning show co-host for WDJX. He will retain his morning show, but is now searching for his own replacement as PD. Davis replaces George Lindsey, who exited in March for a radio opportunity in Houston.


Shawn Reed Named WWHX PD

Shawn Reed Named WWHX PD

Connoisseur Media has named Shawn Reed (Shawn Kozlowski) as the new Program Director for WWHX/Bloomington, IL. Most recently, he served as APD and afternoon host at WXCL/Peoria. He also has programming and on-air experience from stations in Missoula and Fargo. Reed replaces Chris Ryan, who is now PD of sister-station WRTS/Erie, PA.


Austin Radio Host Secures $2 Mill For App

Austin Radio Host Secures $2 Mill For App

J.B. Hager, morning show host of Classic 105.3 (K287FG/KTXX-HD4) in Austin, is part of a development group that has created the video-sharing app Ferris. Hager and his team have now secured $2 million in funding from Upfront Ventures and Allen DeBevoise, according to the Austin Business Journal. The app can be used to merge different videos from the same occasion into one video.


Cornbread Exits WIL With Party & Proclamation

Cornbread Exits WIL With Party & Proclamation

Earlier this week, Hubbard Radio's WIL/St. Louis announced its longtime morning show host Cornbread was exiting the station as of Friday. His last day on the air was turned into a fun celebration and a live remote, called "Cornbread's World's Largest Farewell Pajama Party." Cornbread also received a proclamation designating Friday, April 24, 2015 as the official "Cornbread Day" in the City of St. Louis.


Who Are The Most Influential Women In Radio?

Who Are The Most Influential Women In Radio?

It's time to make your nominations for one of our most popular lists of the year. The 2015 Most Influential Women in Radio list will be released on June 16. Here's your chance to have your say. Go to our nominating form HERE and send us your nomination. YOUR DEADLINE IS MAY 1.



DIGITAL

iHeartRadio Available On Apple Watch

iHeartRadio Available On Apple Watch

iHeartMedia announced that its streaming music service iHeartRadio is now an app available for the new Apple Watch. The iHeartRadio for Apple Watch integration will allow users access to all of the service's live radio streams, on-demand programming, and custom stations.



WEDNESDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(WIZARD) Did You Feel That?

(WIZARD) Did You Feel That?

(By Roy Williams) The ground moved beneath our feet. There. It did it again. That first tremor was the growing reality of gender equality. The second was the shrinking of mass media. These trends aren't connected, but they're both significant. READ ROY


(SALES) DWYSYWD -- Do you?

(SALES) DWYSYWD -- Do you?

(By Jeff Schmidt) Chris and I were recently on a conference call with an executive team that is considering purchasing our training. We asked the conference organizer what we had done to make it to the short list of people who were presenting. She said, "You followed through with information when you said you would, and you followed up when you said you would..." READ JEFF


(SOCIAL) 5 Secrets Of Social & Radio

(SOCIAL) 5 Secrets Of Social & Radio

By Loyd Ford) There is a secret that is most difficult for some to learn when it comes to social media. It relates to consistency and prolonged effort, strategy and a willingness to learn to connect like no one else with listeners you want to attract and influence. In fact, here is a list of secrets. READ LOYD



RADIO INK

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...







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