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..
Daryl Parks, who spends a lot of his writing time now throwing stones at the industry he built a nice career in, in his mot recent blog, comes out in favor of Clear Channel's switch to iHeartMedia. He says discussions about a name change began over 15 years ago when he was still around. "We knew Clear Channel had a bad corporate brand image, for no other reason than it was radio’s version of Pacman eating up competitors. So today’s news of the name change really is about 15 years too late. Granted there was no iHeartRadio App to brand the company back in those days." Parks says there are five reasons this is a good move...
In New York City, when it comes to sports, Mike Francesa is referred to as "The Pope." He's been in the afternoon drive chair at WFAN in New York for more than 25 years and is considered one of the best in the sports-talk business. He's been voted Radio Ink's top local sports-talk host since that list was created. But there appears to be a crack in the relationship between Francesa and his employer CBS Radio.
The numbers are still preliminary, however, the NAB tells Radio Ink attendance to the Radio Show in Indianapolis was down by about 200 people. Last year 2,304 people attended the show in Orlando. Last week in Indianapolis attendance was right at about 2,100. The Radio show is co-produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau and the National Association of Broadcasters. The 2015 Radio Show will be held in Atlanta.
Total advertising expenditures increased 0.7 percent in the second quarter according to Kantar Media. During the first six months of 2014 ad spending grew 3.1 percent. According to Kantar's numbers, national spot radio declined 6.2 percent and local radio, for English language stations, was down 3.6 percent. Kantar says both segments were hit by sharply lower spending from the financial service, insurance, and restaurant categories which outweighed small gains from telecom and retail advertisers. Network radio was up 5.6 percent.
Ira Flatow, host of Science Now has agreed to pay than $145,000 to settle civil accusations that he mismanaged a federal grant worth nearly $1 million. Flatow’s show has aired on public radio since 1991. The show is distributed by Public Radio International and now is produced by New York-based Science Friday Initiative. Until January it was distributed by NPR. The New Haven Register says the settlement means Flatow will avoid a lawsuit. Flatow also agreed not to participate in federal programs, grants or contracts for one year. For his part, Flatow said he totally disagreed with the decision. Picture Courtesy New Haven Register
George Kimble out of the Tuscon office of Kozacko Media Services tells Radio Ink Talking Stick Communications has closed on the sale of WRDI-FM to St. Joseph Catholic Radio Group. WRDI is a sports-talker located in South Bend, Indiana. The sale price was $925,000.
Eddie Esserman of Media Services Group tells Radio Ink that the deal between JVC and North Palm Beach Broadcasting for WSVU (AM), W240CF, and W295BJ has closed. North Palm Beach Broadcasting was run by Jim Martin and Tricia Woods, and JVC is run by John Caracciolo. Esserman represented North Palm Beach Broadcasting in this deal.
The 14th annual Power of Urban Radio Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Westin City Center in Washington D.C. The event is put on by Kizart Media Partners in partnership with the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters. The forum focuses on the importance of the $1 trillion African American consumer market. Managing Partner and Founder of Common Ground, Sherman Wright, is the 2014 keynote speaker.
Congratulations to Ithaca morning man Chris Allinger who announced on his show Tuesday that the money that went into his backpack hit an even $30,000.00! For the third year, Q Country morning host, Chris Allinger strapped on his backpack to walk for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program. Allinger walked to every town in Tompkins County raising funds for the program that helps feed children at risk of hunger on weekends and holidays during the school year.
Ebony McMorris is the new News and Community Affairs Director for Radio One's Majic 102.3, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WYCB 1340 and WOL 1450. She will also serve as a daily reporter for the Tom Joyner Morning Show. McMorris has worked with Radio One since 2007 as a national reporter for WOL-AM and most recently hosts the weekend Radio One Public Affairs Program on Praise 104.1 and Majic 102.3. She takes over for Sheila Stewart, who passed away last October.
Hired to fill this newly created job at NRG is Erica Dreyer (pictured), who served in this same position for both Maverick Media and Mid-West Family Broadcasting. In launching this new position, NRG CEO Mary Quass said, "Digital media offers the greatest potential revenue growth for radio today. Erica Dreyer has earned seven awards for excellence in the digital arena. Dreyer's the maverick we need to lead this new department."
Cumulus Bloomington brings in 30-year pro Tim Lewis as PD and afternoon driver for News/Talk WJBC-AM 1230. Lewis comes to WJBC-AM from Riverbend Communications’ KBLY in Idaho Falls, where he was PD and morning host. Lewis has worked for KSL-Salt Lake City, KOA-Denver, WLW-Cincinnati, and KLO-Ogden. He's a two-time Murrow Award winner for his work at KOA, and was recently named Personality of the Year by the Idaho State Broadcasters Association for 2013 for his morning talk show.
Raven Brinson is the new midday host for Adams Radio's Hot 107.9 in Fort Wayne. Brinson makes the move to Fort Wayne from Q92 WDJQ-FM in Canton, OH where she was afternoon host and APD. Brinson said, “I'm thrilled to join the team at Adams Radio Fort Wayne, an innovative and opportunity-driven company focused on its stations and the local communities they serve. Likewise, I am eager to further the vision of Robbie Mack and Adams Radio Group for HOT 107.9!"
Elizabeth Pardieu joins the company’s executive team as VP, Business Development & Strategy. Pardieu spent the last four years leading business development at TargetSpot. Wahwah Networks offers two pureplay music service solutions to publishers alongside a programmatic ad platform for monetization. The Wahwah Bar is a persistent, above-the-fold, bottom-bar radio player that allows publishers to provide personalized music to users.
(By Laurie Kahn) I understand that is a loaded question as “young” can vary these days, with 60 being the new 40, however, after returning from another great NAB Radio Show where there were many beneficial seminars and speakers, entertainment and good networking events, the only thing missing were the superstars of tomorrow! I understand budgets are tight this year. I applaud those of you who spent money out of your own pocket and took vacation time to attend, that shows a lot of passion for what you do and where you want to go.
(By Ron Robinson) Hollered from the rooftops and from under buses for over two of decades, pundits and consultants, disgruntled former employees, and other generally smart people have been ranting and protesting about the critical need for radio to generate massive improvements in programming and commercial production. Response from the executive suites: SFX: Crickets chirping.
(By Loyd Ford) When it comes right down to it, social media gets your focus only after all the hardcore things in the everyday life of a programmer, morning show talent, promotion director or others. It’s because we are so crunched for time. But your social media can be both important and a critical connector to the ratings you want from the listeners you most crave to. How do we get there?
(By Wayne Ens) In my last Radio Ink blog, I mentioned that radio is not a zero sum game and that it’s not other radio stations that are your competition, it is other media. Do you know who your competition is? Here’s a test. Which of the following media capture the most local ad dollars? a.) TV, b.) Newspaper, c.) Radio, d.) Online/Digital, e.) Outdoor/Transit, f.) Magazines, g.) Direct Mail.
(By Sean Luce) Great leaders love what they do, and as often mentioned by many who work in media sales, it isn’t really work if you love what you do. That was obvious when Bud Walters, president and founder of the Cromwell Group accepted the NAB 2014 National Radio Award from Gordon Smith, the president of the National Association of Broadcasters during Friday afternoon’s lunch at the Radio Show. I won’t soon forget his acceptance speech, which was marked by moving words about the love he has for his people.
(By Jeff Schmidt) For pilots, the “attitude” of the plane, meaning the angle of the wing relative to the forward motion, determines whether you climb or descend. “Attitude = altitude” they teach in flight school. If your attitude (angle of attack) is positive, your plane will go up; and if your attitude (angle of attack) is negative, you will descend. When I started in sales I was told that my attitude and my ability to control my thoughts and feelings were going to largely determine my success.
What's a typical in-car experience? Just driving along, maybe stuck in traffic, listening to the radio. Right? Nope, not anymore. Drivers still listen to music, but they're increasingly likely to be getting it from an Internet service like Pandora or Slacker. Maybe they're checking the weather report from a built-in app on the dashboard, or getting traffic information from that handy navigation app. And they're still hearing from advertisers, but it may well be by way of branded, dashboard-enabled content and services. For all consumers today -- not just in the car -- it's all about the experience.
(by Fred Jacobs) The fall season marks the start of football, the coming baseball playoffs, and our second DASH Conference. Living in Detroit, it's never easy anticipating how the Lions will perform or if the Tigers will fade, but we do know that on October 15-16, hundreds of leaders from the radio industry, automotive companies and their suppliers, advertising agencies, car dealers, and others with an interest in the "connected car" will converge on Detroit to collaborate and gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the dashboard.
(Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Perhaps you recall a moment when I leapt from my chair to challenge the panel of automotive experts at our Radio Ink Convergence conference, when they stated that AM/FM radio could potentially disappear from the auto dashboard. That was followed up by a blog with an urgent message indicating that automakers were considering dropping broadcast radio at some point in the future. Reaction to that blog was the strongest I've ever received.
Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."
The DASH connected-car conference is coming up fast -- October 15-16 in Detroit -- and innovation, both on the dash and in radio, is certain to be a hot topic. So we're pleased to announce that Cary Tilds, chief innovation officer at GroupM, will deliver a keynote address with this intriguing theme: "What Got You Here Won't Get You There."
What role do cars play in the lives of today's college students, and what do young people expect from their personal transportation, today and in the future? Many students are accustomed to being constantly connected, and it's clear we can expect those habits to extend to the car as in-car Internet becomes more common (and ultimately ubiquitous). And as that happens, what role will broadcast radio play for millennials on the road?
MediaLink founder and Chairman/CEO Michael Kassan will serve as advertiser co-chair for Forecast 2015, set for November 19, 2014, in New York. Kassan joins co-chair Katz Media Group CEO Mark Rosenthal. "Advertisers have become a critical part of our annual Forecast conference, and we are pleased to continue our history of attracting the very finest in the industry," said Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads. "Michael Kassan has a brilliant mind."
Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development and growth of our industry and has shown true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."
Wednesday afternoon at the Radio Show in Indianapolis, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads presented the 2014 Radio Wayne Awards to radio's best and brightest in sales and management. These awards honor the radio superstars whose hard work, dedication, and creativity separate them from the pack. They recognize the people who make the industry work, every single day. Congratulations to the 2014 winners!
On July 28, Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list was released. Bob Pittman was crowned the most powerful for the 4th year in a row. The Clear Channel CEO was followed by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. There were some familiar faces that made the list and quite a few new entries this year. In case you missed it, here is the entire list of the Most Powerful for 2014.