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April 18, 2015

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Harker: Nielsen Should Bear The Cost Of Voltair

Harker: Nielsen Should Bear The Cost Of Voltair

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."

NPR Gives FM Chip Some Love

NPR Gives FM Chip Some Love

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.


NASH & Kingsley Partner For Classic Countdown Show

NASH & Kingsley Partner For Classic Countdown Show

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.


SiriusXM Locks Out Anthony Cumia

SiriusXM Locks Out Anthony Cumia

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.


Radio On Steroids

Radio On Steroids

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.


More CBC Fallout Over Ghomeshi Sex Scandal

More CBC Fallout Over Ghomeshi Sex Scandal

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.


Woman Arraigned For Driving Into Station

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.


Pennsylvania Pair Purchased

Pennsylvania Pair Purchased

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.


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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Megan Ryte Gets Hot

Megan Ryte Gets Hot

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.


Lance Richard Upped In Sacremento

Lance Richard Upped In Sacremento

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.


Santoro Makes A News Move

Santoro Makes A News Move

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.


Albie Dee Takes Over As PD/DJ On OC104

Albie Dee Takes Over As PD/DJ On OC104

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.


Piolin's Pushing Pages

Piolin's Pushing Pages

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.


Shannon Replaces Pinch in Atlanta

Shannon Replaces Pinch in Atlanta

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."


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. Who needs to be on that list? Here's your chance to have your say. Go to our nominating form HERE and send us your nomination.



FRIDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) What's The Worst That Could Happen?

(SALES) What's The Worst That Could Happen?

(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.


(PROGRAMMING) The Goal Of Contesting

(PROGRAMMING) The Goal Of Contesting

(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?


(TALENT) Boss Radio

(TALENT) Boss Radio

(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.



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