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.
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.
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...
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.
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..
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...
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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."
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.
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...
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.
Chicago's 670 The Score will be the host of the 2015 Celebrity Roast and Toast of Patrick Mannelly on Friday, May 8. Some of the biggest names in sports will be on hand honoring the life and career of the Chicago football great and Score Post-Game host. Tickets go on sale April 1.
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...
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."
Johnny Mansell, who is listed on the WSLV-AM website as the 4-6 p.m. host of The Worst Damn Sports Show, has been arrested and accused of assaulting a juvenile at the radio station. According to an WKRN-TV report, Mansell was arrested and booked into the Giles County jail and released on a $2,500 appearance bond. According to the Giles County Sheriff's Department, Mansell is a registered sex offender in both Alabama and Tennessee.
Canadian broadcaster Corus announced on Tuesday the appointment of Mario Cecchini as president, Corus Radio. Mario will also continue in his current role as president, Corus Media. He was previously vice president, Corus Quebec, and also held positions as SVP, sales and marketing for Astral Radio, president and COO of Zoom Media, and EVP at Telemedia Radio Ontario.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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?