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March 29, 2015

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Goldstein Exits Saga, Launches Digital Company.

Goldstein Exits Saga, Launches Digital Company.

Saga Communications announced yesterday that after nearly 30 years with the company, Executive VP and Group Program Director Steve Goldstein has stepped down. Goldstein has held the EVP & Group PD position with Saga since 1988 and has been with the company since its inception in 1986. Until a replacement is hired Goldstein will stay on as a consultant. We spoke to Goldstein last night about why he left Saga and the new company he's launching called Amplifi Media. Listen to our exclusive audio interview...More...

How To Get A 40 Share

How To Get A 40 Share

Wheeler Broadcasting's WVBE in Roanoke is an incredibly successful radio station. In some demos, the VIBE pulls in 30 and 40 shares. How often do you see that anymore? Operations Manager Brett Sharp (pictured) has been with Wheeler for 15 years. He says he's never seen a more dominant radio station - and it's all about involvement. "As cliched as this may sound, we are big in heart and big on trying to deliver the absolute best, always. Our listeners deserve it. The Vibe is truly a great radio station, in every aspect. I wish I could take credit, but that should go to Leonard and Kianna." READ ON.


Forbes: Digital To Impact CBS Radio Revenue

Forbes: Digital To Impact CBS Radio Revenue

Forbes Magazine is reporting that the trend in digital advertising spending will impact CBS Radio's bottom line in the near future. The analysis reports that with CBS divesting in smaller and medium market properties, the market share for radio has decreased. However, the focus on larger markets has resulted in past growth for CBS. Forbes notes that with digital spending rising, there will be declines in the medium term for CBS and terrestrial. More...


Little Big Town Song Frightens PD's

Little Big Town Song Frightens PD's

Last month the popular country band Little Big Town played its brand new song called Girl Crush to hundreds of Program Director's at the Ryman in downtown Nashville. The PD's seemed to love the song, giving the group quite a roaring ovation. Apparently they don't love the song enough to play it anymore on their radio stations, despite the fact fans all over the country are buying it, due to the incorrect assumption the song promotes the gay agenda. Now, the fact that country radio isn't playing Girl Crush, or stations are pulling it after receiving complaints, country radio is being criticized in newspaper articles all over the country, including this piece in The Washington Post. The Post does concede Country Radio is still the genre's most powerful platform.


More Webinars Added to Radio Ink Live Series

More Webinars Added to Radio Ink Live 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. It's called Radio Ink Live and we're kicking it off April 21 with Sean Luce.


Bridge: Streaming Research for Radio Slow

Bridge: Streaming Research for Radio Slow

Dave Van Dyke points out in his latest blog posting on Bridge, that most terrestrial broadcasters are gun-shy when it comes gleaning research from streaming data. Van Dyke says that much of it has to do with programmers' comfort with the research tools they have been using for years: telephone call-out, auditorium music testing and newer platforms such as Shazam and M-Score. More...


Hosts Back-Peddling Over Breast Remarks

Hosts Back-Peddling Over Breast Remarks

Chicago's 670 The Score hosts Matt Spiegel and Dan Bernstein (pictured) are running defense after making what many listeners and social media users believe were inappropriate remarks about CSN Chicago anchor Aiyana Cristal's breasts. Bernstein posted on Twitter, "I have no rooting interest in her work, but enjoy her giant boobs." Spiegel later wrote on his Twitter feed, "I missed an opportunity to keep the subject on point, & stay respectful. I'm sorry for that on many levels, & sad I offended Aiyana & others." More...


The Science Of Social Media

The Science Of Social Media

Yes, social media is a science. And it’s how human beings have been spreading content — urban legends, rumors, slang, jokes, chain letters — since we first learned to communicate. Award-winning social media scientist and author Dan Zarella (pictured) will share “The Science of Social Media” and how your station can leverage those opportunities to bring in more revenue, using best practices and information backed by real data. At Convergence, you’ll learn how to fine-tune your station’s social media. Continue Reading...


No Deal in Bubba Attorney Case

Remember when Bubba The Love Sponge and Todd Schnitt were in court over name-calling? At the time Bubba's attorney's were accused of setting up Schnitt's attorney, Phil Campbell, for a DUI charge when a paralegal fed him drinks at a local bar and Campbell got into his car and drove. A judge has rejected a plea deal that would have kept three attorneys -- Stephen Diaco, Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut -- from going to court for the setup case. Channel 10 in Tampa reports the judge said the deal the attorneys sought was unacceptable and not harsh enough.


Yahoo Sports Radio Partners With STAA

Yahoo Sports Radio Partners With STAA

In an effort to help develop the next generation of sports broadcast talent, Yahoo Sports Radio announced a partnership with Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Yahoo and STAA are launching the STAA University, which will be led by veteran broadcasters and executives, with an 11-week online curriculum, broadcast tools, and mentorship. Registration runs through June 1 at http://www.becomeasportscaster.com/.


LFRA Adds Five More

LFRA Adds Five More

The NAB is reporting that three more Members of the House of Representatives and two Senators have signed on as co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act. Joining in support are: Charles Boustany (LA-3), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), and Scott Tipton (CO-3). In the Senate, Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS).


WGN to Induct 10 into Walk of Fame

WGN to Induct 10 into Walk of Fame

WGN/Chicago has announced the 2015 Walk of Fame inductees; the inductees will be honored with a ceremony and live broadcast from 1-2pm at the Tribune Tower. To be inducted are: Steve Bertrand, Lyle Dean, Dave Eanet, Steve King, Franklyn MacCormack, Lou Manfredini, Johnnie Putman, Ward Quaal, Ron Santo and Eddie Schwartz. More...


NJBA Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

NJBA Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

New Jersey Broadcasters Association President and CEO Paul S. Rotella has announced the newest inductees into the New Jersey Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame. Rosella noted, "The 2015 NJBA Hall of Fame Class of Inductees is comprised of true pioneers, innovators, and visionaries, with their accomplishments spanning the state and the region." More...


Radio-Canada & CBC Big Job Cuts

Radio-Canada & CBC Big Job Cuts

The Montreal Gazette is reporting that Radio-Canada is preparing to cut about 100 positions in a bid to save money and help stabilize finances. In a memo sent to employees, Radio-Canada said they are focused on delivering content strategically, while growing digital offerings. It's not the first shedding of personnel for Radio-Canada; they cut 123 positions last October. The CBC also announced they are slashing 144 jobs.


WPTS Awarded Best College Radio Station

WPTS Awarded Best College Radio Station

The University of Pittsburgh's student-run college radio station, WPTS, has been recognized as America's Best College Radio Station in the mtvU Woodie Awards. WPTS Station Manager Rachel Mauer notes, I'm really proud of our staff. We dedicate ourselves to providing unique, quality content for our listeners. Winning the Woodie for Best College Radio Station is a great validation of the hard work that we do."


Twister Damaged Towers Broadcasting Again

Twister Damaged Towers Broadcasting Again

Three towers in Moore, Oklahoma were damaged by a tornado on Wednesday, but engineers have managed to use the one tower that has remained standing to broadcast KOKC-AM's signal. The towers were built in the '40s, and were once used for now dark KOMA-AM. KOCO-TV reports that a new temporary tower is ready to be erected and the remaining tower that is standing is set to be demolished.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Spurgeon Promoted At Radio One

Spurgeon Promoted At Radio One

Gary Spurgeon has been promoted to vice president, general manager of Houston, and will maintain his role as general manager of Dallas for Radio One. He replaces the exiting Doug Abernathy. Tami Honesty will expand her role in Dallas to DOS/station manager and will oversee the day-to-day operations under Spurgeon's leadership. The move will involve Spurgeon's relocation to Houston. More...


Archer Named GSM For Advanced Media Partners

Archer Named GSM For Advanced Media Partners

Former co-op specialist at Multi-Ad, Derek Archer, has been named to the general sales manager position at Advanced Media Partners. Archer spent last two and a half years at Multi-Ad, working with media outlets and retail clients across the country, and notably, the RAB. President and general manager at Advanced Media, Michael Rea, noted, "I am extremely excited that Derek is joining our team. He has a breadth of knowledge in both marketing and building winning teams."


Lee Named PD at KFWB/LA

Lee Named PD at KFWB/LA

Tom Lee has been named program director for Los Angeles all-sports station The Beast 980. It's a return trip to LA for Lee, where he launched FOX Sports Radio in 2000. Lee has also programmed ESPN Radio in Dallas, as well as WIP in Philadelphia and KJR in Seattle. More...


Vin Scelsa Retiring

Vin Scelsa Retiring

After close to half a century on the air in New York, Vin Scelsa has announced that he is retiring after his last show on WFUV/NY on May 2nd. Scelsa is possibly the last of the free-form jocks from the early days of progressive FM radio of the late '60s and early '70s. Over the years he worked at WBAI, WABC, WNEW and WXRK. After his contract wasn't renewed with WNEW in 2001, Scelsa moved his Idiot's Delight show to WFUV. More...


WMJX/Boston Host Candy O'Terry Exits

WMJX/Boston Host Candy O'Terry Exits

After a quarter century on the air in Boston, Candy O'Terry is leaving the airwaves behind as she exits Magic 106.7 in Boston. O'Terry was last the morning drive co-host on Magic, but has held numerous positions at the station including APD, and afternoon drive co-host. O'Terry says much of her time now will be spend penning a children's book and says, "I love radio too much to leave it for long."


Coyotes Radio Analyst Boynton Arraigned

Coyotes Radio Analyst Boynton Arraigned

Nick Boynton, who was arrested on Thursday in an Up State New York casino, was arraigned in Buffalo City Court Friday on numerous charges Friday, including assault. The Coyotes radio color commentator and former NHL player posted a $10,000 bail, reports Arizona Central. Other charges include: disorderly conduct, harassment, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and obstruction of government administration. More...


WNUA/Orlando Launches New Morning Show

WNUA/Orlando Launches New Morning Show

Entravision's Salsa 98.1FM in Orlando is debuting a new AM Drive offering on Monday. Arnaldo Olieveri "JR al Aire" and Mariela Chopite team for En Candela. The show will also feature special reports from Miami and Puerto Rico and will be heavily centered on "blitz" entertainment news.


WNTX/Fredericksburg Hammon Receives Award

WNTX/Fredericksburg Hammon Receives Award

sFrank Hammon, Program and News Director of WNTX/Fredericksburg received the Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award from the The Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters. The Free Lance-Star also notes that WNTX Assistant News Director Deirdre Blake also won Best News Anchor.


Big D Named APD At KPLV-FM

Big D Named APD At KPLV-FM

Big D has been named the new assistant program director and morning host for iHeartMedia's KPLV-FM/Las Vegas. Big D heads to Vegas from KDWB-FM/Twin Cities, where he will continue to serve as an evening personality until a replacement is named. He will also continue on-air duties at WZEE-FM/Madison, KAJA-FM/San Antonio, WQEN-FM/Birmingham, and others.


Stephan Joins Envision America Weekend Lineup

Stephan Joins Envision America Weekend Lineup

Envision announced Thursday that Doug Stephan is now part of the America Weekend lineup. Stephan will be handling Good Day Weekend as part of Envision Talk Network's America Weekend system. Envision notes that Stephan's addition brings over 15 hours of programming to America Weekend. The new lineup also includes hosts Rolland Smith, Carl Sabatino, Ed Kalegi, Mike Bennett, Valerie Smaldone, and Leslie Gold.


Former WJR/Detroit GM Fezzey Dead

Former WJR/Detroit GM Fezzey Dead

Former President and General manager of Detroit's WJR 760-AM Mike Fezzey has died, reports the WJR web site. Fezzey spent more than two decades at the helm of WJR and was currently the President of Huntington Bank's Southeastern Michigan Region. He was in Florida recruiting new business for Huntington when he passed away.


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

SFX Launches Beatport for Mobile

SFX Entertainment's recently launched Beatport streaming service has been launched on both iOS and Android. At launch it is subscription free and currently running without advertising, reports Music Business Worldwide. TMobile integration is expected and electronic music is still heavily featured on the service. Beatport Shows and Beatport Live is included in the app, the latter is a live streaming feature.


Triton Delivering Ad Insertion Into MLB

Triton Delivering Ad Insertion Into MLB

Triton Digital announced on Thursday that it will begin offering live insertion of audio ads into Major League Baseball for the 2015 season. This marks the first time targeted audio ads will be inserted into the Gameday Audio feeds for MLB.


iHeart Partners With Rock N Roll Marathon

iHeart Partners With Rock N Roll Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series will be powered by iHeartRadio and a Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series-branded iHeartRadio streaming station. Music throughout the event weekend will be provided by iHeartRadio, including live performances at the concert's in Nashville, Brooklyn, Savannah, Las Vegas, and San Antonio. More information about the Rock and Roll Marathon can be found here.



COMMUNITY SERVICE

Radio One Raises $1.4 Million for St Jude

Radio One Raises $1.4 Million for St Jude

Radio One and hosts Yolanda Adams, Tom Joyner, Willie Moore, Jr. and Lonnie Hunter banded together to raise $1.4 Million for St. Jude hospital during the annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids. President of the Radio Division, Radio One, Chris Wegmann said, "Radio One is a proud partner of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and we are particularly proud of our highly engaged and loyal listeners for responding to our call and exceeding our financial goal this year."



FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) The 5 Elements Of A Productive Question

(SALES) The 5 Elements Of A Productive Question

(By Jeff Schmidt) Everyone loves to buy. Shopping can be fun, but can also be frustrating. . . particularly when you sell for a living, and/or teach people to sell. Recently, I was tasked with the job of securing a new digital video camcorder for our company. When shopping for technology, I do an obsessive amount of research. When I get to the store, it's to get answers to the questions that I could not answer in my research.



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