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September 2, 2014

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HD Radio Can Be Saved

HD Radio Can Be Saved

That's according to former broadcaster Matt Sammon, who is now the Director of broadcasting and programming for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. In a blog on Tumblr, Sammon offers up 5 reasons why HD Radio has failed, and 5 reasons "why it can rise from the ashes." As far as why it has failed, Sammon says there is a lot of confusion with consumers about the extra channels, there is a lack of serious promotion, radio did not copy the Apple way of selling its new product, the economy tanked and the connected car and affordable wi-fi have given consumers easier access to more choices. So, how does Sammon believe the technology can still survive?


INDUSTRY NEWS

Banzhaf Confirms Challenge to Red Zebra License

Banzhaf Confirms Challenge to Red Zebra License

He's followed through on his threat to challenge the license of one of Daniel Snyder's Red Zebra radio stations. George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf has confirmed to Radio Ink that today he officially challenged the license renewal of WWXX-FM (ESPN 980) in Washington, DC. WWXX-AM is one of seven stations belonging to the Washington Redskins owner. Banzhaf says the use of the word Redskins is racist and this is another way to put pressure on Snyder to change the name of the team. Snyder has repeatedly said he will not change the name.


How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

The DASH connected-car conference is coming up fast -- October 15-16 in Detroit -- and innovation, both on the dash and in radio, is certain to be a hot topic. So we're pleased to announce that Cary Tilds, chief innovation officer at GroupM, will deliver a keynote address with this intriguing theme: "What Got You Here Won't Get You There."


Home Depot Climbs Back to the Top

Home Depot Climbs Back to the Top

Radio's perennial number one advertiser - according to Media Monitors - is back on top of the charts after a few weeks a little lower on the list. The home improvement big box aired over 42,000 commercials on radio stations across the country to regain its number one position last week. TrueCar came in second with 31,641 spots aired, followed by Lowe's airing 30,855, McDonalds with 26,306 and Walmart at 24,999.


Emmis to Reveal Major NextRadio Update

Emmis to Reveal Major NextRadio Update

The company will show off the app update at the Radio Show in Indianapolis next week during a Wednesday 2PM press conference. TagStation Senior VP Paul Brenner said, Since launching a year ago we learned a lot about what consumers, handset makers, wireless carriers and radio people would do to improve the experience. The NextRadio update were revealing at The Radio Show will exceed expectations. It will deliver to radio listeners, advertisers and content owners something they could not have imagined - a unique, compelling way to interact with broadcast radio that has never before existed."


Bubba to Clear Channel's 98 Rock?

Bubba to Clear Channel's 98 Rock?

That's the speculation in Tampa after it was announced The Bubba the Love Sponge morning show would no longer air on Cox's 102.5 The Bone, where it had been heard the previous 6 years before ending immediately on Friday. Bubba spent the morning ripping his former station and CMG Market Manager Keith Lawless. The two sides had been negotiating a new contract and could not come to an agreement. Radio Ink has been told by several sources that Bubba, who is syndicated on several other stations, will begin his new deal on 98 Rock in January of 2015.


Diamond Leaves San Diego After Two Weeks.

Diamond Leaves San Diego After Two Weeks.

It was on August 18 that Radio Ink reported Jack Diamond's return to a full-time radio job, moving from Washington DC to San Diego, to work for Norm Feur at 105.7 MAX-FM joining Kim Morrison and producer Kayla Yap to do mornings. Today, on his Facebook page, Diamond explains why he's already quit the job. Diamond says he could not find the school he wanted for his son and housing is notoriously expensive in San Diego. He could not make the personal pieces fit in California and moved back to DC.


Who Are The Best Managers in Radio?

General Managers and Market Managers have a lot of responsibility at Radio stations across America these days. In addition to high revenue expectations, there's the constant challenge of selling radio in a world shifting to digital, managing multiple staffs and stations, finding and keeping good salespeople and keeping their stations strong in the community. Those that execute those tasks do it flawlessly and make it look easy. They are the best in the industry and it's time to recognize them. Radio Ink is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Best Radio Managers in America. MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE .



DIGITAL

Triton Rolls Out New Ad Platform

Triton Digital today announced a new advertising platform called TAP - Triton Advertising Platform. Tap is an open platform that provides tools to forecast available inventory and package it with audience data. Triton says through ad targeting capabilities, both Tap Live (for traditional broadcasters) and Tap OnDemand (for internet-based audio publishers) increases the effectiveness of digital audio campaigns for its customers. Triton says the platform is already being used by Cumulus, CBS Radio, Rdio, and RadioIO.



BUSINESS

Midwest Closes on South Central Purchase

Midwest Closes on South Central Purchase

Duke Wright officially owns the balance of the South Central Communications stations as that company is out of the radio business for the first time since 1946. Wright's Midwest Communications has closed on its $72 Million acquisition of WCJK-FM, WJXA-FM in Nashville, WJXB-FM, WIMZ-FM, WVRX-FM in Knoxville and WLFW-FM, WIKY-FM, WABX-FM, WSTO-FM, in Evansville. With this purchase, Midwest Communications now owns 83 stations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee.


Sale of WNIL-AM in Niles, Michigan Closes

WNIL-AM is now the official property of Marion Williams who purchased the station from Pathfinder Communications Corporation of Mishawaka, IN for $225,000. Pathfinder owns and operates other stations in Indiana and Michigan. Marion Williams owns WSMK(FM) in Buchanan, Michigan and also owns stations in Mississippi and Georgia. WNIL operates on 1290 kHz with 500 watts, daytime, 44 watts at night and has a talk format. George W. Kimble of the Tucson office of Kozacko Media Services was the exclusive broker on this deal.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

CMG Promotes Fennell to CFO

CMG Promotes Fennell to CFO

Brett Fennell moves over to the Cox Media Group corporate offices as Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer. Fennell, who previously was VP of Financial Planning and Analysis at Manheim, will be based at the companys headquarters in Atlanta. While at Manheim, Fennell built and provided vision for an FP&A organization that previously did not exist in Cox Enterprises second-largest operating division. Fennell succeeds Charles Odom who was promoted to Cox Enterprises.


O'Dell Returns to Raleigh as D.O.S.

Tammy ODell is the new Director of Sales for Curtis Media in Raleigh. She'll now be responsible for the revenue at WQDR-FM, WBBB-FM, WYMY-FM, WPLW/WWPLFM. ODell most recently served as Market Manager for Townsquare in Albany, New York. She has previously worked in Raleigh as Director of Sales for Clear Channel from 2003 - 2006. ODell starts her new position with Curtis Media Group on September 15.


Glasgow Joins Alpha as VP of New Business Development

Glasgow Joins Alpha as VP of New Business Development

Glascow has worked with Chairman Larry Wilson before as Director of Business Development for Citadel in Albuquerque. She's also been Director of Business Development for Entercom in Denver and Portland, Corporate Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Entercom/Washington D.C, Corporate VP of Integrated Sales Entercom/Portland and most recently Director of Sales Entercom/San Francisco.


Jessica Callahan Joins The Bull in Boston

Jessica Callahan Joins The Bull in Boston

Callahan has been hired by Clear Channel as the new afternoon drive host for the company's new Boston country station WBWL-FM, The Bull. Most recently, Callahan was midday host at WXXX, 95 Triple X, in Burlington, Vermont and voice tracking middays at WHYA, Y101 in Hyannis, Massachusetts.


Ferrero Takes Mornings in Miami

Ferrero Takes Mornings in Miami

Clear Channel makes the announcement that "The Joe Ferrero Show" will begin on Mega 94.9 WMGE-FM next Monday, joining current morning show host, Chanel. Ferrero is well known in the South Florida radio community and in 2013, U.S. Lincoln Diaz Balart even had a U.S. flag flown over The Capitol in Ferreros honor for making radio history and his commitment to entertain and inform the South Florida community. Ferrero is also known in the Cuban and Venezuelan communities for making prank calls of all time to Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Nestor Kirshner and more.


Mason and Remy Sign Contract Extension

Mason and Remy Sign Contract Extension

In St. Louis Clear Channel has extended the contracts of Mason and Remy. The duo hosts mornings on 103.3 KLOU from 6-9:00 a.m. and afternoons on 93.7 The Bull from 2-7:00 p.m. Mason and Remy started with Clear Channel St. Louis in 2004. KLOU is a greatest hits station and The Bull is Country.


Logan & Lisa Get Started in Florida

Logan & Lisa Get Started in Florida

Cumulus Fort Walton/Destin debuted its new morning show this morning on WNCV-FM. The show features newly named WNCV PD and morning personality Logan and co-host Lisa, who comes to mornings from middays on sister station WYZB/NASH-FM 105.5. Lisa also did mornings on the station prior to adding America's Morning Show. Logan began programming COAST 93.3 for Cumulus last month, after 14 years at Clear Channel where, for the last eight years, he was Morning Host/APD and Music Director for WISX/Mix106.1 in Philadelphia. Logan has also worked at Z100 in New York City, Q102 in Philadelphia, and KDMX in Dallas.


Fox News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz Passes

Fox News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz Passes

Condolences to Fox News Radio and the family of Mike Majchrowitz. Majchrowitz passed away at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer. Fox News Radio Vice President Mitch Davis said, "Mike was an original -- a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor, and a good man. He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days, he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him."


Blake Seylhouwer In More Trouble

Blake Seylhouwer In More Trouble

The former WKRC-AM Cincinnati host who was charged with firing his rifle in the direction of his wife is now accused of violating a protection order against her. Cincinnati.com reports Seylhouwer sent a a text to his wife on August 28, one day after she filed for divorce. He also blocked the wi-fi on her phone and cut off her financial access by canceling a credit card. The protection order was filed August 13, one day after Seylhouwer allegedly shot at his wife in the driveway of their home. The bullet hit the concrete and his wife was injured by pieces of shrapnel and concrete.


Lynch To Run Monterey For Clear Channel

The Clear Channel Monterey/Salinas market will now be run by Bill Lynch. Lynch is a 15-year radio vet, joining Monterey from Momentum Broadcasting where he had been GM since 2012. Before that, Lynch was general manager at Buckley Broadcasting Fresno and Visalia. He's also worked for Susquehanna Broadcasting, Clear Channel, CBS Radio, and Entercom.


Diaz To Program KLIF-FM

Diaz To Program KLIF-FM

Cumulus Dallas is bringing in Louie Diaz as program director for Top 40 KLIF-FM (i93.3). Diaz was most recently PD at Alpha Broadcastings KBFF and KUPL in Portland, OR. A native of Queens, NY, he started his radio career at the age of 16 at WPLJ-FM in New York City, where he ultimately rose to APD of the station. Cumulus Dallas Market Manager Dan Bennett said, We are excited to have a great talent like Louie Diaz create the future vision of i93 and write the next chapter for our CHR station in Dallas.


NRG Morning Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

NRG Morning Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Benjamin Parsons was killed in a motorcycle accident last Thursday. No other vehicles were involved in the accident on U.S. Highway 30 near Ames, Iowa. Parsons, who hosted the KWBG morning show in Boone, Iowa, had been with the station for 11 years. GM Carol Kuster said in a statement: Hes been a presence in the community as our morning show host, ad sales, former Chamber of Commerce president, and Chamber Ambassador who was always willing to lend a hand. We will miss our friend." Parsons was 52.



SPORTS TALK

WEEI Extends Contract With Morning Team

WEEI Extends Contract With Morning Team

Entercom's Sports Radio 93.7 WEEI in Boston and the WEEI Sports Radio Network have inked a new deal with The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show. Entercom did not reveal the specifics of the extension only to say in a press release that, "the new deal ensures veteran co-hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan will anchor the station well into the latter half of this decade." Entercom Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary says there never was a Plan B.


WGN Gives Cubs Announcer Walk of Fame Spot

WGN Gives Cubs Announcer Walk of Fame Spot

Longtime Chicago Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes will receive a plaque on the WGN Radio Walk of Fame later this month. Hughes is in his 19th season as the WGN Radio play-by-play voice of the Cubs. He joined WGN in 1996 after spending the previous 12 years on the Milwaukee Brewers Radio Network.



FRIDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> The Best 42 Cents Ive Ever Spent

(SALES) The Best 42 Cents Ive Ever Spent

(By Jeff Schmidt) In the highly competitive world of sales, differentiation is one of the keys to success. Product, service, or salesperson standouts enjoy more success. Every Saturday morning I used to make it a habit of reviewing my week and sending thank you notes or correspondence appropriate to the people I was in contact with that week. By designating this time, I could focus and make sure I completed the task.


<b>(SALES)</b> The Death Of The Station Manager

(SALES) The Death Of The Station Manager

(By Wayne Ens) As I travel across North America and visit countless radio stations, Ive come to understand that the stock market has killed station managers, and that not having fulltime station managers is slowly but surely dragging down our entire industry. Albert Einstein said, A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Business success guru Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying, If you cant measure it, you cant manage it. The number crunchers love to flaunt that quote, without capturing a deeper understanding of Druckers teachings.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Wanted: New, Courageous Owners

(TALENT) Wanted: New, Courageous Owners

(By Ron Robinson) Last year, one of the larger, Canadian, corporate-radio ownership outfits went on a search for a couple of PDs for stations they had acquired in Toronto (North Americas fourth-largest market) and Vancouver, the pride of the Wet Coast. The invitation to apply included the phrase, We want to talk to the best programming minds in the world. Note: They had just (accidentally?) confessed to not having a clue as to what they were doing.



DASH 2014

Connecting The Dots On  The Connected Car

Connecting The Dots On The Connected Car

(Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Perhaps you recall a moment when I leapt from my chair to challenge the panel of automotive experts at our Radio Ink Convergence conference, when they stated that AM/FM radio could potentially disappear from the auto dashboard. That was followed up by a blog with an urgent message indicating that automakers were considering dropping broadcast radio at some point in the future. Reaction to that blog was the strongest I've ever received.


CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."



FORECAST

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

MediaLink founder and Chairman/CEO Michael Kassan will serve as advertiser co-chair for Forecast 2015, set for November 19, 2014, in New York. Kassan joins co-chair Katz Media Group CEO Mark Rosenthal. "Advertisers have become a critical part of our annual Forecast conference, and we are pleased to continue our history of attracting the very finest in the industry," said Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads. "Michael Kassan has a brilliant mind."


Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development and growth of our industry and has shown true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."



RADIO INK

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

On July 28, Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list was released. Bob Pittman was crowned the most powerful for the 4th year in a row. The Clear Channel CEO was followed by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. There were some familiar faces that made the list and quite a few new entries this year. In case you missed it, here is the entire list of the Most Powerful for 2014.


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