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December 22, 2014

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Radio's Mr. Fabulous Bill Burton Dies at 85

Radio's Mr. Fabulous Bill Burton Dies at 85

It's a sad day for the radio industry. Radios number one ambassador has passed away at the age of 85. Burton died as a result of head injuries suffered from a fall at home on Tuesday. Bill Burton will be missed by too many people to count and by an entire industry that appreciated him as its number one cheerleader. Bill Burton was everybodys friend. He was always positive. He was radios biggest advocate. He was fabulous. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, Bill embraced me as a friend and gave me constant encouragement over decades. Hes been a great mentor, taught us all vital lessons like Never take no from someone who cant say yes, and he was always positive in spite of numerous back surgeries and pain. He is probably responsible for more auto billing to radio than anyone in history. He is a radio legend, and there is a big hole in my heart over his loss.

FCC: Saying Redskins on The Radio is Not Indecent

FCC: Saying Redskins on The Radio is Not Indecent

Every argument Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf made to try to block Red Zebra's WWXX's license renewal was rejected by the commission. Banzhaf argued use of the word Redskins, during Washington Redskins football games (which WWXX in Virginia carries) was profane, obscene, indecent, hate speech, and causes psychological harm not only to Indian and non-Indian children, but also to Indian adults. He also claimed the owners of Red Zebra lacked the character qualifications required of a commission licensee. Every point was rejected, with specific examples of how Benzhaf either didn't prove his argument or mischaracterized previous case law. In the end, the FCC decided WWXX does serve the public interest and its license was renewed. Read the FCC ruling HERE.



INDUSTRY NEWS

Banzhaf Not Giving Up

Banzhaf Not Giving Up

Following the FCC ruling to approve the WWXX license renewal, attorney John Banzhaf said he has many more arrows in his quiver. "The law is clear, that employers must take steps to avoid and correct any racially hostile work environments, even if the employer is a newspaper which enjoys the highest level of First Amendment protection. Thus radio and TV stations, which as regulatees enjoy far less First Amendment protection than newspapers, cannot hide behind the Constitution regarding this allegation." Banzhaf went on...


102.3 The Beat Launches in Cincinnati

iHeartMedia has launched another throwback Hip Hop station, this one in Cincinnati, on a new FM translator. 102.3 The Beat, Throwback Hip Hop and R&B, went on the air Friday and will feature music from Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z and Tupac and others from that era. Market President Chuck Frederick said, "The all-new 102.3 The Beat will bring back the fun times of an original hip-hop and R&B generation while continuing to serve the local community, playing the music our listeners want to hear."


The Game Will Also Play on FM Dial

The Game Will Also Play on FM Dial

Alpha's 750 The Game (KXTG) in Portland, Oregon can now be heard on the FM frequency, thanks to a new FM translator at 102.9. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming Scott Mahalick said, "Adding the FM frequency to our sports station will not only help increase revenue and ratings but will play a key role in opening up new live and local opportunities."


Another Name Change For Radio's Biggest Player

Another Name Change For Radio's Biggest Player

It was about two years ago when the company dumped "Radio" for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. On Tuesday, just a few days before the 4th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas, the company will now be known as the much shorter iHeartMedia. In announcing the new name, CEO Bob Pittman said, "iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices." Of course the big question is whether or not this name change will mean anything to advertisers and lead to an increase in revenue. Time will tell. The New York Times chimes in on the change. Advertising Age has another take..


WHO ARE THE BEST COUNTRY PDS IN RADIO?

Every year, Radio Ink magazine and SONY present the Best Country Program Directors at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville (Feb 25-27). Each PD is honored with a profile in Radio Ink magazine and special pullout issues of those profiles are put on display at CRS. We are now accepting nominations for those awards. Deadline to submit is January 8. To nominate your PD GO HERE. Deadline to submit is January 8.


How to Fix Whats Wrong With Management?

How to Fix Whats Wrong With Management?

(by Jeffrey Schmidt) A Japanese company and a United States company decided to have a canoe race on the St. Lawrence River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile. The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. How does this relate to radio? Let me explain.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Davis Nabs VP Programing Stripes in Seattle

Davis Nabs VP Programing Stripes in Seattle

Rich Davis is making the move from Minneapolis where he served as the PD for KDWB for the last three years. As Vice President of Programming for iHeartmedia, Davis will oversee all programming operations for Seattle's seven stations and serve as the PD of 106.1 KISS-FM.


Pags Re-Ups at WOAI-San Antonio

This time of year with so many market veterans loosing their contracts and management opting for staff changes, its always a good sign to see a high-profile personality and management ink a new deal. iHeartMedia announced that Joe Pagliarulo and News Radio 1200 KOAI will be partners for another year in San Antonio. The Joe Pags Show will continue to fill the afternoon slot on KOAI.


Who is Your Manager of The Week?

On January 5 Radioink.com begins a new feature called Manager of the Week. Every week we will profile a different manager about why that manager has been successful in the radio industry, how he or she leads others, what it takes to compete and win in a fragmented media world and how the current crop of managers can take radio in the right direction, more specifically to get back to increasing ad revenue. We're encouraging all readers to make nominations HERE which can include market managers, general managers, D.O.S.'s, sales managers, brand managers and Internet sales managers.



TOP SPORTS TALKERS

Francesa Retains Title

Francesa Retains Title

For the third year in a row WFAN's Mike Francesa has been chosen the number one local sports talker in America by Radio Ink's panel of sports experts. That panel includes program directors, sports hosts, managers of sports stations, and consultants. Mike Francesa has over 27 years of sports talk on the books already, having started out when the format was hardly as cool or lucrative as it is today.



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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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Station Vehicle Gallery
Radio stations from all over the country have sent in pictures of their mobile marketing machines. Here are some of the most creative vehicles being used in the industry today. Send your picture to edryantheditor@gmail.com.
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