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March 4, 2015

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Court Clears Way For Big Boy to Work For iHeart

Court Clears Way For Big Boy to Work For iHeart

On Tuesday afternoon a Los Angeles County Superior Court denied Emmis a preliminary injunction to prevent Kurt Alexander, also known as "Big Boy" from working at competitor iHeartMedia's KRRL-FM until a trial is held. On February 10the the court granted Emmis a temporary restraining order until yesterday. The ruling stems from a breach of contract suit in which Emmis is seeking millions of dollars in damages. After the Tuesday rulling, Emmis issued the following statement, "While Emmis is disappointed with the Court's ruling and will evaluate our legal options, we are pleased with the Court's indication that damages are an available remedy at trial. Emmis remains resolute in continuing to protect our legal rights and committed to the continued success of Power 106."


INDUSTRY NEWS

The Entire FCC Will Be In Vegas For NAB

The Entire FCC Will Be In Vegas For NAB

On Tuesday, the NAB announced all five FCC Commissioners will make a stop in Vegas next month. Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Michael O'Rielly, Ajit Pai, and Jessica Rosenworcel will headline four separate sessions within the Broadcast Management Conference. It was announced last month that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will address the NAB Show on Wednesday, April 15, to discuss policy related to broadcasting, technology and communications law. This week Commissioner Clyburn will speak at the Radio Ink Sports and Hispanic Conferences in Dallas.


Station That Pranked Hospital Could Lose License

Station That Pranked Hospital Could Lose License

Australia's high court has ruled that 2Day FM broke the law with a prank call to a British hospital taking care of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge. The court in Canberra ruled in favor of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, overturning a ruling by a lower court which ruled that the watchdog did not have the power to find 2Day FM broke the law because it did not have authority in criminal matters. The Telegraph reports that the most likely penalty is to take the station off the air temporarily.


Radio Ink Conferences Begin Today

Radio Ink Conferences Begin Today

Radio Ink opens its annual Hispanic and Sports Radio Conferences today In Dallas. Following opening remarks from Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads our Hispanic conference opens with The Medallas de Cortez Distinguished Leadership Awards. This year we're honoring Juanes for his social and humanitarian activism, and his stellar career as a recording artist. On tap for the start of the Sports conference is an opening keynote from Chad Morris, Head Football Coach, at SMU. Morris will talk about the core values that have helped bring him such remarkable success. Follow all the coverage from both conferences here at radioink.com on our Facebook page and on Twitter.


More HD Radio For Hyundai, Acura Buyers

More HD Radio For Hyundai, Acura Buyers

At the Chicago Auto Show, Acura and Hyundai announced the launch of three new 2016 models that incorporate HD Radio receivers for the first time. Now the entire Acura lineup will offer HD Radio receivers. Hyundai also announced two models that will incorporate HD Radio receivers bringing the total number of Hyundai models to 10. All major automotive manufacturers in the U.S. now offer HD Radio receivers.


Bones Uses His Shingles To Help St. Jude's

Bones Uses His Shingles To Help St. Jude's

Bobby Bones, who was recently diagnosed with shingles, decided to turn his ailment into a national fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Bones and the morning show crew launched "Cash for the Rash" and asked listeners to donate to St. Jude's. The goal was $20,000. In less than a week, the show raised $30,000. Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is most common in older adults and people who have weak immune systems because of stress, injury, certain medicines, or other reasons.


KFWB/LA Becomes LA Galaxy Flagship

KFWB/LA Becomes LA Galaxy Flagship

The Beast 980 has inked an agreement with the LA Galaxy and will carry all the 2015 games of the Major League Soccer champs. All the games will be streamed on The Beast 980 Mobile App, and a minimum of 20 games will be broadcast on The Beast 980. Joe Tutino will call the action and Fred Roggin tackles the play-by-play when Tutino moves to the TV booth. Color will be handled by Ralph Perez. More...


Fringe Austin Flips to Classic Rock

Fringe Austin Flips to Classic Rock

Austin Radio Network's alternative 105.3 shifted formats on Monday to classic rock. Morning co-host Sandy McIlree has left the station and is seeking new opportunities, JB Hager remains in place for AM drive, Austin 360 reports.


WHO ARE THE BEST PD's IN AMERICA?

WHO ARE THE BEST PD's IN AMERICA?

It's one of our most popular lists every year. And it's your chance to recognize the great men and women that make your stations sound great. Every format and every market is considered for this list. Who are the Best Program Directors in America? Make your nomination HERE .



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Cunningham Exits iHeart For KLOS PD Role

Cunningham Exits iHeart For KLOS PD Role

Cumulus has a new PD in place in LA at KLOS, Keith Cunningham, who also adds the title of format captain for Cumulus. Cunningham moves from iHeart/Seattle where he was VP/programming for the cluster. Former KLOS PD Derek Madden (see next story) moves to Cumulus Minneapolis, as the new PD of KXXR-FM. KXXR PD John Lassman, moves to on-air with the Tom Barnard Morning Show on Cumulus' KQRS in Minneapolis. More...


Madden Appointed PD At KXXR/Minneapolis

Madden Appointed PD At KXXR/Minneapolis

Former KLOS Program Director Derek Madden heads from the West Coast to the Midwest to assume the PD chair at Cumulus/Minneapolis at KXXR-FM. He fills the open chair of John Lassman, who moves from management to on-air, joining the The Tom Barnard Morning Show on KQRS in Minneapolis. Madden will continue in his role as corporate programmer, rock and alternative for Cumulus.


Fitz Countdown Show Debuts This Weekend

Fitz Countdown Show Debuts This Weekend

The revamped country countdown show had been called Powered by Country. The show, which will debut on 75 stations, is now called Hit List with Fitz and will spotlight the top 25 songs in country music. The show is distributed by Sun Broadcast Group.


McKay Gets Permanent Gig In Florida

McKay Gets Permanent Gig In Florida

Larry McKay will take over mornings and program Horizon Broadcasting's AC WHLG-FM in Port St. Lucie. McKay was PD and afternoon host at Cumulus Top 40 WAOA (107-1 A1A) in Melbourne. He's taking over mornings for Jimmy Roberts who's on an extended personal leave. McKay's been filling in on the morning show since February.


Poteet Joins WERK/Muncie For Afternoons

Poteet Joins WERK/Muncie For Afternoons

Paul Poteet is the new PM Drive host for WERK/Muncie and will also join Brownie in AM Drive for weather content on the station. Poteet is a mainstay in Indiana, known for his weather and antics. Hs website, paulpoteet.com, nabs 45,000 page views per month. More...


Massey Celebrates 70 Years On-Air

Massey Celebrates 70 Years On-Air

Yes, you read that right: 70 years behind the mic. "Classy" Bob Massey is in all probability the oldest active on-air radio personality in America. Massey, heard on KSQM/Sequim, WA, is celebrating his 90th birthday on Monday, and hosts The Best Music Ever Made, middays on KSQM. You can catch his show streaming on www.KSQMFM.com. The Peninsula Daily News has the full story.


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...



WEDNESDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES MANAGEMENT) Truth In Labeling

(SALES MANAGEMENT) Truth In Labeling

(By Jon Horton) We all use labels in our everyday conversation. They provide convenient shorthand for sharing well-known concepts using a minimum of words. Unless you're meeting with a real estate agent, it's usually enough to simply say, "I left home this morning" even though "home" might be an apartment, a condominium, or a mansion.


(HIRING) Recruiting Passive Candidates

(HIRING) Recruiting Passive Candidates

(By Laurie Kahn) You are reading more and more about "passive candidates." We are spending a lot of time working with our clients on how to deal with this type of candidate. This is not something that affects only radio, but all industries. There are basically two types of people to consider in the job search: job seekers and passive candidates. Let me explain...


(SOCIAL) 5 Awesome Social Media Tools

(SOCIAL) 5 Awesome Social Media Tools

(By Loyd Ford) Always looking to save time with your social media, be more productive, or both? Every once in a while, we like to look at tools that can make things easier for you. There are - as you might suspect - some evergreen tools that just stick around because of how awesome they are, but you might find a new trick or two. Here's a fresh look...



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) Make Sure Advertisers Are Ready

(SALES) Make Sure Advertisers Are Ready

(By Jeff Schmidt) Jeff Bacon is a seller for Rich Broadcasting in Sun Valley, Idaho, who has many years of successful selling experience. He wrote about an experience he had this week. Here's what he had to say...


(SALES) 3 Ways To Sell More Radio

(SALES) 3 Ways To Sell More Radio

(By Wayne Ens) The lure of a multitude of shiny new media emerging daily is turning out to be a blessing in disguise for professional radio marketers. It wasn't that long ago that we were often approached by radio stations that wanted to sell their stations or clusters against other stations and clusters.


(TALENT) Super Spots

(TALENT) Super Spots

(By Ronald Robinson) My thanks to those who requested a demo of the first six cuts (of 26) of the ads produced specifically for auto dealerships. Some recipients would have freaked out because of the lack of "content" - the products, the deals, the financing options, etc. It can be argued that auto retailers' "deals" are, pretty much, all same-same, particularly to an unmotivated, so-far-disinterested radio audience.



DIGITAL

Pandora Announces SXSW Lineup

Pandora Announces SXSW Lineup

The Discovery Den lineup for the SXSW festival has been announced by Pandora. Thirty-five artists are scheduled to perform over the four days of the music section of SXSW, from multiple genres, including: electronic, hip hop/R&B, Americana, and rock. More...



BUSINESS

SiriusXM To Offer $750 Million Senior Notes

SiriusXM To Offer $750 Million Senior Notes

SiriusXM announced that its subsidiary, Sirius XM Radio Inc., intends to offer $750 million of senior notes that will be due 2025. The net proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate purposes. SiriusMX notes that may include the repayment, repurchase, redemption, defeasance, or tender of its outstanding debt, including any borrowings outstanding under its revolving credit facility, and dividends or loans. Pending the application of those amounts, the company currently expects to maintain any excess amount as cash on hand.



SPORTS CONFERENCE

Get Ready For The Majors At Sports Conference

Get Ready For The Majors At Sports Conference

You need to build your brand and your business, but the marketing environment is constantly changing. And that's especially true in the world of Sports radio, where teams' and stations' fortunes move with the passions of the fans -- and the advertisers. More...


What Sports Radio Advertisers Look For

What Sports Radio Advertisers Look For

Become a real partner and reap the rewards. Advertisers love sports. Some of the biggest advertisers out there rely on sports for awareness and that all-important brand loyalty. How can you make sure your Sports radio station gets its piece of the pie? Continue reading...


Here's What You'll Miss If You're Not There!

Here's What You'll Miss If You're Not There!

SPORTS RADIO CONFERENCE - HISPANIC RADIO CONFERENCE. One registration provides access to both conferences! Alberto Gonzales will keynote the Hispanic Radio Conference. Chad Morris head football coach at SMU, Eddie Gossage president and GM of Texas Motor Speedway, and Rick Scott president and CEO of Rick Scott & Associates all keynote the Sports Radio Conference. Continue reading...


Speedway Boss To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Speedway Boss To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

President and GM of Texas Motor Speedway and one of America's greatest racing promoters, Eddie Gossage will give the closing keynote at Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference, March 4-5 in Dallas. The famously innovative Gossage is perhaps the most successful speedway executive in motor sports today. It's a booming business, and he's played a huge part in making that happen. Continue reading...


SMU Head Coach To Speak About Success

SMU Head Coach To Speak About Success

Chad Morris, head football coach at Southern Methodist University, is set to keynote Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Dallas. Morris has made a meteoric rise from Texas high school football to his current post at SMU, and he'll talk about the core values that have helped bring him such remarkable success. Continue reading...


Become A Sports Sales Expert

Become A Sports Sales Expert

Sports radio is different. It can be a lot more complex to sell than other formats in a CPP/CPM world -- but it can also be much more rewarding. There's a reason Sports is one of the fastest-growing and most successful formats in radio. Click for more on the Sports Radio Conference...


How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

Sports Talk radio today is just about as competitive as the sports it covers. So what do you need to do to develop a winning lineup? Where can you go to seek tomorrow's top talent? What are the keys to building a strong bench and a super farm team? Find out March 4-5 in Dallas at Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference.



HISPANIC RADIO CONFERENCE

Juanes Is A Distinguished Leader

Juanes Is A Distinguished Leader

Radio Ink has announced that legendary recording artist and humanitarian Juanes will be this year's recipient of the Medallas de Cortez Distinguished Leadership Award, to be presented at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Dallas next month. This award honors Juanes not only for his long and successful music career, but for his social and humanitarian activism.


Agencies To Bust Myths At Hispanic Conference

Agencies To Bust Myths At Hispanic Conference

Here they are: The conversations you can't afford to miss if you work in Hispanic radio. Three major agencies will be present at the Hispanic Radio Conference, and you MUST hear what they have to say. These two sessions will be worth the price of admission all by themselves. More...


2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards Finalists

2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards Finalists

Radio Ink is proud to present the finalists for the 2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards. The awards are named in honor of Raoul Cortez, who founded KCOR, the first Spanish-language station in the United States, in 1946. They honor excellence in eight categories. The winners will be announced at the the Medallas de Cortez ceremony on March 4 at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Dallas. Continue reading for the finalists...:


Find & Grow Hispanic Radio Superstars

Find & Grow Hispanic Radio Superstars

Where do you look to find the stars of tomorrow? It's a huge question for all of radio, but perhaps most of all for Hispanic radio. After decades of importing great talent from outside the US, many believe the next generation of great personalities will be native-born. But how do you find them, and give them the opportunity to learn and grow? That's one of the many hot topics that will be on the table at Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Dallas.


Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will keynote the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference being held in Dallas on March 4-5. Gonzales holds the distinction of having held the highest post in U.S. government ever held by an individual of Hispanic heritage, having served from 2005-2007 as a Cabinet member under President George W. Bush. Continue reading...


What Attracts Investors To Hispanic Radio?

What Attracts Investors To Hispanic Radio?

As the growing U.S. Hispanic population continues to fuel consumer trends and spending how will that affect Hispanic radio? It sounds like the future is bright - but it's never safe to take anything for granted. At the Hispanic Radio Conference, a panel of bankers, brokers, radio executives, and investors will give some clear-eyed consideration to Hispanic radio as a business. Read More...


Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

The Group Heads Super Session that closes the annual Hispanic Radio Conference is always much anticipated, with attendees eager to hear the leadership of this key segment of the radio industry talk about their plans, hopes, and vision for the future.


Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Many sales managers will tell you that sales management is the hardest job in radio today. They have more people to manage, more things to sell, and less support than ever before. In Spanish-language radio, if sales managers are not Hispanic, they need to learn the nuances of Hispanic culture -- and fast! Hispanic Radio Conference...



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