After a blog claimed that using the new Voltair encoding device was the equivalent to an athlete using steroids and gaining an unfair advantage, Harker Research responded with a sharp rejection of that assessment in a blog of their own. In the latest Radio InSights blog, Richard Harker writes: "Even if there were some validity bringing ethics into the debate, accusing Voltair of the sin is misguided." He added: "Invoking fairness, playing by the rules, and steroids is a straw-man argument made by people who don't understand PPM, don't understand its shortcomings, and don't understand Voltair."
Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan was interviewed on NPR's All Tech Considered this week where he had another opportunity to promote is FM Chip project. NPR has joined the NAB lobbying effort to get the FM Chip turned on in every phone. Host Emma Bowman points out that most mobile makers have the FM capability switched off and discusses the reasons why it should turned on with Smulyan, including saving battery life, an emergency lifeline and giving the consumers that choice which is already available inside the phones.
Cumulus Media's NASH has announced a new weekend countdown program, American Country Countdown Rewind with Bob Kingsley, which will focus on Country music from the 1990s through early 2000s. The three-hour show will debut the weekend of May 2-3 on all Cumulus-owned NASH Icon stations, as well as select NASH branded stations. It is being made available to other stations, as well, via a syndication deal with Westwood One.
According to an article in Newsweek, former SiriusXM host Anthony Cumia, of the now-former Opie & Anthony Show, tried to enter the satellite radio providers New York building on Friday, only to be turned away by security guards. This was Cumia's first visit to SiriusXM since his abrupt firing in the summer of 2014.
The word Voltair (developed by Telos) has the industry buzzing. And now it's making some people wonder if using the new audio processor is the equivalent of sports stars using steroids. Will it give radio stations an unfair advantage over stations not using the device? Paragon Media Strategies' Senior Research Consultant Larry Johnson (pictured) looks at that question in his latest blog. Johnson says Voltair could give stations a boost in ratings, while those who are following Nielsen's directions to avoid the device will not see their ratings increase.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has announced he will be ending his daily short-form feature, The Mike Huckabee Report. Since the start of this year, the feature has been syndicated by WYM Media Management. His final broadcast is May 1. Huckabee has been hinting at running for President and recently also ended his TV gig with Fox, and in late 2014 Huckabee quit doing his three-hour talk show which was backed by Cumulus. Replacing The Mike Huckabee Report will be a new short-form radio segment, Gallagher Online, launching May 4.
Two CBC executives who were supposed to be managing the former CBC radio host were fired after an internal report revealed Ghomeshi was the "de facto" boss of his own radio show at the CBC, where he created an "intimidating, humiliating, hostile and offensive work environment." The Hollywood Reporter says Director of Radio Chris Royce and Executive Director Todd Spencer are both gone. The report says management received complaints about Ghomeshi from employees on at least three occasions. Ghomeshi is facing an upcoming criminal trial for sexual assault.
Thirty-year-old Crystal Glantz was arraigned Thursday on arson, criminal mischief, and drunken driving charges and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. The incident took place back on March 5 at the iHeartRadio stations in Williamsport. She's accused of driving a car into the building that houses five iHeartmedia radio stations and trying to set it on fire. Penn Live reports the woman frequently called one of the DJs who no longer works at the stations. Damage to the building and car was estimated at nearly $19,000.
WJUN-FM (Mexico, PA) and WLZS-FM (Beaver Springs, PA) have been purchased by Southern Belle from seller Starview Media. The purchase price for the pair of radio stations was $650,000. Greg Guy of Patrick Communications, who served as the exclusive broker in the transaction, announced the closing on Friday.
Boston's longtime sports anchor and talk show host John Dennis has said that he is now on a leave of absence from WEEI-FM/Sportsradio 93.7, where he is the morning show co-host, so that he can receive in-patient treatment for his alcohol addiction. He will be off the air for at least a month. Dennis told the Boston Herald "I've made the decision to take serious steps to eliminate the role alcohol plays in my life before it impacts my health.
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This week, NBC Sports Radio launched its own 24/7 station on SiriusXM. The sports network can now be heard on channels 213/Sirius and 202/XM. SiriusXM joins over 400 terrestrial radio stations that are now part of the NBC Sports Radio network.
Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ-FM received its largest single donation ever: $2 million. According to Crain's Chicago Business, the donation came from the Pritzker Foundation to fund the radio station's plans to expand its reach into the digital world.
Cumulus Media Eugene has announced that, as of April 20, KSCR-AM will flip from a Business Talk format to a Regional Mexican Music format, named Radio Unica. Local Hispanic radio personality Pablo Hernandez will take over as program director and midday host. Maritza Herrera has been hired to lead the sales team.
Tampa's WUSF Public Media was honored with seven Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Awards for 2014. First place awards were presented to WUSF for Best Continuing Coverage, Best Sports Feature, Best Use of Sound for Radio, Best Hard News Feature, and Finalist Awards for Best Web Site, Best Light Feature, and Best Continuing Coverage.
New York's WQHT/HOT 97 has announced Megan Ryte will take over the vacant midday shift effective Monday, April 20. She is relocating from Houston, where she has worked for several Radio One stations since 2013, including KMJQ and KBXX, as well as on television as an on-air contributor and digital producer. Ryte, who has worked in radio since 2010, replaces Big Dennis Rivera, who exited in January. MD/weekender TT Torrez had served as midday fill-in while the nationwide search for a new host was going on.
Entercom has announced that Lance Richard has been promoted to become the new VP/Market Manager for their Sacramento six-station cluster. The 28-year radio and media veteran has been with Entercom since 2009, serving as Corporate VP of Integrated Sales and most recently as VP of Sales at Entercom Sacramento. He replaces Sean Shannon, who will be taking over as Market Manager for Cumulus Atlanta.
Longtime Boston radio newsman Henry Santoro is joining public radio station WGBH as its midday news anchor, starting next week. He replaces Jordan Weinstein, who previously moved to mornings. To accept this position, Santoro has exited as news director and morning host at Boston.com's streaming station RadioBDC, where he has been since 2012. Prior to that time, Santoro spent nearly 30 years with the former WFNX.
Adams Radio Group of Delmarva has named Washington/Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee as the new Program Director and Afternoon Drive host for WOCQ/OC104. Dee most recently had been programming WPGC-HD2 and working weekends on WPGC-FM.
Syndicated radio host Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo will appear at the L.A. Times Book Festival, which takes place this weekend on the University of Southern California campus. He will be there to promote his memoir entitled Speak Up!: Finding My Voice Through Hope, Strength, and Determination. Piolin will be interviewed by Tommy Calle on Saturday at 11:10am on the festival's Hoy Stage.
Sean Shannon joins Cumulus Atlants from Entercom in Sacramento where he was Market Manager. He'll replace Jon Pinch who's retiring for real this time. Pinch announced his retirement from Cumulus corporate last September before being asked to run the Atlanta cluster. Shannon has also held positions with iHeart Media and Fisher Broadcasting. Pinch told the Atlanta team, "You're in great hands with Sean Shannon. I met Sean 7 months ago and the timing was right for this move to happen now."
iHeartMedia announced Thursday that telecommunications policy expert Sara Morris has joined the company's Washington, DC-based Government Affairs team as its senior director, government affairs. Morris will report to Jessica Marventano, SVP of government affairs and work alongside Dan Dukes, who also was recently promoted to the same title of senior director, government affairs.
Cape Cod Broadcasting Media has announced it is bringing back veteran area newscaster Matt Pitta, who has been away from the company since 2002. He has been named news director at CCB Media, overseeing news content for its radio stations and its news site, CapeCod.com. Pitta replaces local journalist Laura Reckford, who has been named as news editor of CapeCod.com.
With the announcement that WKDA-FM Program Director Ryan Maguire is being transferred to the same role at WQAM-AM/Miami, CBS Radio Pittsburgh announced that all-news KDKA-AM PD Jim Graci (pictured) will take on the added role of PD for its all-sports FM sister station. Also, PJ Kumanchik, news director and executive producer at KDKA-AM, becomes executive producer for KDKA-FM. Kumanchik has been a part of KDKA-AM since 1989.
Veteran sports radio programmer Ryan Maguire will take over as program director of CBS Radio's WQAM-AM/Miami as of May 4. Since 2012, Maguire has been PD for Pittsburgh sister-station KDKA-FM, where he helped set station ratings and revenue records. In addition to his time in Pittsburgh, he has been a program director at sports stations since 1999, doing so in Kansas City, Milwaukee, Ann Arbor, and Kalamazoo.
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KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh evening talk show personality Robert Mangino is being partnered with local radio veteran Shelley Duffy to host the KDKA Afternoon News, launching on April 27. This will change the current newscast format to one that is more of a news magazine-style show.
(By Jeff Schmidt) Motivational speaker Les Brown instructs his audiences, "Raise your hand if you've ever come up with an idea to do something, and before you could take one step towards it, you, yes YOU, talked yourself out of it?" You've done it, I've done it...quite recently, in fact.
(By Jeff McHugh) It's almost a given that radio stations do contests and give away stuff. Unless you work for an NPR affiliate or the CBC, you were probably indoctrinated into the philosophy of contesting on your first day at your first radio job. Have you ever wondered why those contests are happening?
(By Ronald Robinson) For decades, the standard retinue of on-air and commercial phrases has included the likes of: "Do it today! Buy now! Come on down! Save 30 percent! Don't miss it! Check us out online! Call now! Wait!" An impressive list of others exists. The on-air usage of this approach to audiences is ubiquitous.
AudioHQ announced it has entered into an agreement with audio stream network TuneIn to serve as its exclusive ad sales representative for TuneIn's premium spoken-word content channels, as well as live play-by-play sports broadcasts.
Spotify for Brands announced Thursday it was launching Playlist Targeting, a solution that enables advertisers to tap into Spotify first-party data to immediately target unique audiences at specific times. Spotify's Playlist Targeting will begin on May 1.
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...