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April 1, 2015

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KIIS-FM Topples WTOP As Radio's Highest Biller

KIIS-FM Topples WTOP As Radio's Highest Biller

With $65.9 million in revenue in 2014, iHeartMedia's Los Angeles CHR KIIS-FM is the new number-one billing radio station in America, according to BIA/Kelsey. Hubbard's WTOP, which held the top spot for the previous four years, dropped to number two, taking in approximately $63.5 million -- the same amount that helped the all-news station take the top spot in 2013.

iHeart L.A. Market Manager Proud Of Team

iHeart L.A. Market Manager Proud Of Team

On hearing the news that KIIS-FM had become the number-one billing radio station in the country, Market Manager Greg Ashlock told Radio Ink that KIIS-FM is a mega brand that enjoys a fantastic para-social relationship with its 4-plus million listeners in the market. And Ashlock believes there is still room to grow.


CBS Outbills iHeartMedia in Top Ten

CBS Outbills iHeartMedia in Top Ten

With $210.6 Million coming from five of the top billing stations in the BIA/Kelsey top ten, CBS Radio outbilled iHeartMedia by $9 Million. iHeartMedia landed four stations in the top ten, with Hubbard's WTOP the only other company able to crack that list. Half of the top ten consisted of spoken word formats with four being news and one sports (WFAN in New York). Here's how those top ten stations finished in 2014...


Overall, BIA/Kelsey Says Revenue Was Flat

Overall, BIA/Kelsey Says Revenue Was Flat

To no one's surprise, overall radio revenue in 2014 ($14.9 billion) was flat compared to 2013 ($14.8 billion) -- that's according to BIA/Kelsey. Over-the-air radio revenue was $14.3 billion, compared to $14.3 billion in 2013, while online revenue was $636 million, compared to $570 million in 2013. BIA/Kelsey forecasts both sources of radio income will continue growing at a slow pace over the next few years, reaching $16.2 billion overall in 2019.


NextRadio Schedules Second Flight of Ads

NextRadio Schedules Second Flight of Ads

In their latest blog update the team at NextRadio says due to the great response and constructive feedback, a second flight of NextRadio radio ads are scheduled for April. They will run through June. Radio stations have been running the ads in an effort to educate the consumer about the FM Chip and NextRadio. The new ads will focus on the benefits of an activated smartphone FM radio. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan has also scheduled a conference call to discuss the results from the first awareness campaign. To listen in to the call, GO HERE .


Students Expelled After Racist Radio Rant

Students Expelled After Racist Radio Rant

Here's a follow-up to the story we reported Monday about three Bucknell students suspended for racial slurs they broadcast over the campus radio station, WVBU-FM, on March 20. Those three unnamed students have been expelled. The AP reports University President John Bravman met with about 1,000 students and staff about the matter Tuesday. Bravman said one student used a racial slur, a second said "black people should be dead" and the third said "lynch 'em." Bucknell is a liberal arts school in Lewisburg, about 50 miles north of Harrisburg..


SBS Reports Radio Was Down 2 percent in Q4

SBS Reports Radio Was Down 2 percent in Q4

Spanish Broadcasting System reported fourth-quarter revenues down about 3 percent; radio was down 2 percent or $600K. SBS noted that the declines were due to decreases in national, local, and barter sales, which were partially offset by increases in network sales and special events. National was down in all SBS markets, with the exception of Miami. More...


We Keep Adding Big Names To Webinar Series

We Keep Adding Big Names To Webinar Series

Radio stations are facing more competition than ever. With constant demands from owners and headquarters to sell more, there's almost no time left to devote to training, brainstorming and development. Radio Ink magazine is now offering an affordable, effective way for you to attend training that will help you get more clients, increase sales, increase the size of your paycheck and stay motivated. Our April 28 webinar will feature hiring expert Laurie Kahn. REGISTER HERE


WIP Philly Inks Deal With Eagles

WIP Philly Inks Deal With Eagles

CBS Radio WIP in Philadelphia has re-signed their deal with the Eagles to carry all pre-season, regular season, and post-season games. The deal covers WIP and the tri-state area's 11-station Eagles Radio Network. Merrill Reese and Mike Quick will continue their commentary roles on WIP. CBS Radio SVP and Market Manager Marc Rayfield notes, "WIP is proud to continue our long-standing partnership and is committed to offering our listeners the absolute best in compelling, local content."


iHeart Says Festival Village Will Return

iHeart Says Festival Village Will Return

The fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival will return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 18 and 19. The daytime music showcase, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village, is also returning to the MGM Resorts Village. iHeart also announced the return of their partnership with Macy's for the Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star contest.


Townsquare Announces Successful Refinancing

Townsquare Announces Successful Refinancing

Townsquare Media announced on Wednesday the closing of an offering of $300 million in aggregate principal amount of its 6.500% senior notes due 2023. Townsquare also announced a $325 million senior secured credit facility, including a new seven-year, $275 million term loan. Both were to complete the Company's previously announced redemption of the outstanding 9.00% senior notes due 2019, in aggregate principal amount of $410.9 million.


WCKG Partners With Student-Run WLTL

WCKG Partners With Student-Run WLTL

Chicago's WCKG certainly can't be accused of not thinking outside the box. So far this year they've added a number of podcasts to their lineup, and now the station is airing a new Talk show produced and hosted by La Grange High School students at WLTL/Lyons Township. The show will air on Saturdays at 2 p.m. More...



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

iHeart Milwaukee Gets a New VP of Sales

iHeart Milwaukee Gets a New VP of Sales

Effective immediately, athan Tonarelli takes over as Vice President of Sales for iHeartmedia's Milwaukee cluster where he's been Group Sales manager for the past ten years. Tonarelli’s experience also includes working as the Non-Traditional Revenue Manager and as an AE – both at iHeartMedia Milwaukee.


Beasley Promotes Kelley To Director of Digital

Beasley Promotes Kelley To Director of Digital

Shannon Kelley transitions into the newly created position of Corporate Director of Digital Content for Beasley Broadcast Group, from her position as Director of Digital Content for the Beasley Media Group Charlotte cluster. The focus will be designing and implementing digital content strategy. Kelley will be based in Charlotte, and reports to VP of Programming Justin Chase. More...


Two Promotions at AdLarge

Two Promotions at AdLarge

Ilwira Marciszek (pictured) has been promoted to Director, Ad Operations from Senior Manager and Stephanie Vance moves up to Director, Revenue Planning & Development from Manager, Business Operations. Marciszek is a digital advertising operations specialist specializing audio campaigns and ad-serving technologies. Vance manages AdLarge's portfolio focusing on advertiser and marketplace needs. More...


Zack Ficke, Kelli Hurley Join Westwood

Zack Ficke, Kelli Hurley Join Westwood

Both Ficke and Hurley are hired for the Westwood One Midwest sales office. Zack Ficke joins the company as VP, Strategic Partnerships, and Kelli Hurley comes on board as VP, National Partnerships and Digital Activation. Both will be based in Chicago and report to Westwood One's Midwest Sales EVP Doug Johnston. Ficke, Hurley and Johnston are reunited, having all recently worked for Premiere Networks.


Coleman Insights VP Ackerman Retires

Coleman Insights VP Ackerman Retires

Coleman Insights Vice President Chris Ackerman announced his retirement on Friday, after four decades in broadcasting and over two decades at Coleman. Ackerman stated, "It has been a wonderful ride and we've made some great radio together. Thank you all for everything." More...


KYSR/L.A. Appoints Davis Executive Producer

KYSR/L.A. Appoints Davis Executive Producer

Sebastian Davis has been named the new executive producer of Alt 98.7 Los Angeles' morning drive program, The Woody Show. Davis heads west to KYSR from WNNX in Atlanta where he also served as the executive morning producer. Program Director of ALT 98.7 for iHeartMedia Los Angeles Mike Kaplan notes, "Sebastian's unique skill set makes him the obvious choice to be executive producer for Woody. He's sharp, creative, and has a solid grasp of what we're out to accomplish here."


Goodmon to Receive Digital Leadership Award at NAB Show

Goodmon to Receive Digital Leadership Award at NAB Show

VP and General Manager of Capitol Broadcasting Company, James F. Goodmon, Jr., will receive the first ever Digital Leadership Award at the 2015 NAB Show. The award will be presented during the Technology Luncheon, April 15 in Las Vegas. CBC New Media was one of the first companies to successfully deliver over-the-air digital signals to mobile devices.


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...



DIGITAL

Jay Z's New Company Aspiro Shares Spike 938 Percent

Jay Z's New Company Aspiro Shares Spike 938 Percent

The surge over 900 percent on the stock forced the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm exchange to halt trading on the stock. The stock price is correcting, with shares now down over 60 percent.


Pandora Exec: Apple is a Frenemy

Pandora Exec: Apple is a Frenemy

Pandora Chief Financial Officer Mike Herring on Tuesday told Fox Business Network that the Pandora streaming music service would "definitely" be included in Apple CarPlay and the Watch, Reports SlashGear. Herring told Fox Business Network that the two companies have a "frenemy kind of relationship," undoubtedly referring Pandora's streaming music service and Apple's iTunes Radio.


UK Millenials Don't Want Connected Cars

UK Millenials Don't Want Connected Cars

International marketing agency Prophet recently ran a study to see if millennials really want a connected car, the results will be to many, surprising. Nearly 70 percent of millennials would rather buy a used car and spend the saved money on gadgets, recreation or travel. 68 percent also noted that they don't see connected car tech that important, once they have a smartphone with Internet for communications and navigation, reports popsop.


Just How Crowded Is The Streaming Space?

Just How Crowded Is The Streaming Space?

That's exactly what Geek Wire wanted to find out, based on data from Edison Research. The answer: Very crowded. Pandora is wildly popular, with a 45 percent piece of the streaming pie, and now with the entry of Tidal, the space just lost even more wiggle room. More...


BMW And MINI Add iHeartRadio

BMW And MINI Add iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio has been added to BMW ConnectedDrive and MINI Connected services. iHeartRadio for Auto app is downloadable from the Apple App Store, with compatibility with BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option as well as MINI Connected-ready vehicles.


BMW Intros HD Radio Receivers As Standard

BMW Intros HD Radio Receivers As Standard

The 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will now come with HD radio receivers as standard equipment. The addition of the Series 2 makes the entire BMW vehicle line-up equipped with HD Radio receivers as standard equipment.


APM Launches Classical Stream

APM Launches Classical Stream

YourClassical.org is a new podcast and streaming offering from American Public Media. The site will also feature a variety of American Public Media's classical programming, including Performance Today, SymphonyCast, Pipedreams, and Composers Datebook.



WEDNESDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) Setting Goals For Your Salespeople

(SALES) Setting Goals For Your Salespeople

(By Jeff Schmidt) The most effective goal setting is "bottom up." It may start with a conversation like this: Bill: How much do you want to make next year? Jeff: $100,000. Bill: What would you do if you made that kind of money? Jeff: Buy a new car, a Mercedes Benz S500. Bill: Hang a picture of that car on your wall.


(SALES MANAGEMENT) Friends With Benefits

(SALES MANAGEMENT) Friends With Benefits

(By Jon Horton) If you have worked in sales for at least a week, you have surely been exposed to the concepts of features/benefits. Exposure, of course, doesn't guarantee comprehensive understanding. Every time I read an article about features/benefits (which I did last week), I have to pause long enough to mentally sort out the differences.


(SOCIAL) Be Your Own TMZ!

(SOCIAL) Be Your Own TMZ!

(By Loyd Ford) We see it all the time. Pass-alongs. Radio passes along TMZ "stuff." They pass along funny little videos from YouTube, but radio and local radio has always had the ability to be nimble, use our local personalities and creativity and rock out our own content. What if you shifted local content onto YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook that brought people back to your website, on-air, and in social media purposefully to start more local conversation?



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