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April 21, 2014

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Governor Unhappy Pirate Taken Off The Air

Governor Unhappy Pirate Taken Off The Air

Massachusets Governor Deval Patrick was not happy the feds shut down Touch 106 which had been operated illegaly, and out in the open, by Charles Clemons (pictured) for the past 8 years. The Boston Globe reports that during a press conference, Duval said he was incredibly disappointed. I understand what the legal basis is, but youd like to think of their bringing more of a problem-solving approach. Touch is a pretty important voice in the community. Ive been on it many times and have tremendous respect for the team over there. There is also a petition at to get the station back on the air. Read the petition HERE.


Emmis Loses Fight For Hungary Station

Emmis Loses Fight For Hungary Station

Emmis was hoping the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes would help the company get back Slager Radio, which was taken from Emmis by the Hungarian government back in 2009. The ICSID ruled it did not have jurisdiction to hear the case. In an SEC filing, Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan said, We are extremely disappointed in the decision, and incredibly frustrated to be denied this international forum to remedy the egregious acts of the Hungarian government and try the merits of our case. While the Hungarian government may have prevailed in this purely jurisdictional decision, unfortunately, the real losers are the Hungarian people.

Sagal To Help Runner In Marathon Today

Sagal To Help Runner In Marathon Today

NPR's Peter Sagal will be guiding a visually impaired runner down the Boston Marathon course today and across the finish line. Sagal will be running this year with 41-year-old Erich Manser who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease, when he was 3 years old. Last year Sagal (pictured), who hosts the Chicago-based show Wait, Wait Dont Tell Me finished the race about four minutes before the bombs went off.


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Greater Media All Over Marathon Today

It's been a little over one year since the 2013 Boston Marathon, when two backpack bombs went off near the finish line. Today, that race will be run again and Greater Media in Boston will have extensive coverage of the event. WROR-FM and Radio 92.9/WBOS-FM will have events along the route. WROR's Hank Morse will be broadcasting from Towne on Boylston St. near the finish line from noon to 2 p.m., and WBOS/Radio 92.9 will be at the UNO pizzeria on Boylston Street (near the finish line). The stations will also have their promo team on site with brand ambassador Jason Rossi.


Battle of the Blogs Over Biondo

Battle of the Blogs Over Biondo

Early this morning we reported that The Chicagoland Radio and Media Blog had a story that Lisa Biondo is in discussion with Clear Channel that might have her back on the air in Chicago on WLIT-FM. Later in the morning, Rober Feder reported the story about Biondo returning is "wildly innacurate."

Graham Moves To Mornings At WYAY Atlanta

Graham Moves To Mornings At WYAY Atlanta

Cumulus announced Friday that Michael Graham will host a new show on WYAY/Atlanta All News 106.7. The show will air weekdays 9-Noon. Graham moves to Atlanta from Boston, where he hosted shows on the New England Talk Network and at Graham said: Im not a radio hostIm a radio fan. I love being part of exciting, entertaining conversations, and Cumulus is going to bring those conversations to fans like me. The fact that I get to be on the other side of the mic just lets me enjoy it even more.

Randi Rhodes Ends Radio Show. Again.

Randi Rhodes Ends Radio Show. Again.

This time its her choice according to Premiere. You may remember back in November it was announced that Rhodes would no longer be syndicated by Premiere, but that was reversed and the relationship continued. Until now. Here's the statement from a Premiere spokesperson. I can confirm Randi Rhodes has decided to end her national radio program. Weve had a successful partnership with Randi for several years, and we wish her all the best for the future. Premiere Networks will conclude syndication and production of Randi Rhodes on May 16, 2014.

Veau Promoted to PD at WORC-FM

Veau Promoted to PD at WORC-FM

Cumulus announces the promotion of Mark Veau to Program Director of 98.9 WORC-FM in Worcester. WORC is a Greatest Hits format with heritage call letters dating back to WORC-AM that was one of the first stations in the U.S. to play the Beatles. 2014 is Veaus 12th year with the Cumulus cluster. He's been on the air as WORC-FM's afternoon drive personality and hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program for all three stations in the cluster. Veau also serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters.

Austin Named VP/GSM At Media Audit

Austin Named VP/GSM At Media Audit

Media Audit CEO Phillip Beswick says Tracy Austin has been promoted from East Coast Regional Manager to Vice President General Sales Manager. Austin takes over from Mike Bustell, who had been with Media Audit for 21 years and is taking a position with another company. Beswick said, "Tracy is a natural leader. She has taken over territories and built a solid business helping clients grow their business. Tracy's peers have watched her do this and have naturally gravitated to her."

KQRS's Barnard Grows His Podcasting Network

KQRS morning man Tom Barnard's podcasting network is adding four new shows. The network is separate from his radio show. The new podcasts include Kailen Rosenberg's The Love Happy Hour with producer Kelly Guest starting April 25. A nationally known matchmaker and relationship expert, Rosenberg owns a Wayzata-based company, is an author, and co-hosts Lovetown, USA on Oprah's OWN Network.

Former WJBO-AM Host Dies

The Times Picayune reports that former LSU radio broadcaster Walter Hill died early Saturday in Lafayette. Hill started his career broadcasting calling Southeastern Louisiana football games before being hired at WJBO-AM in Baton Rouge. He later served 25 years as sports director at WBRZ-TV. Hill was 86.

Who Are the Most Influential Women in Radio?

Who Are the Most Influential Women in Radio?

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<b>(SALES)</b> Do What You Fear

(SALES) Do What You Fear

(By Sean Luce) Doing what you fear is easier said than done, I promise you. How many of us really take on the thing we fear the most and conquer it or continually challenge it until we overcome that fear? The sales profession has a graveyard of people who couldnt overcome their fear of call reluctance and settled for something lesser than taking on their fears and reaching their true potential.

<b>(SALES)</b> Does Social Media Sell?

(SALES) Does Social Media Sell?

(By Jeff Schmidt) P.T. Barnum said, There is no such thing as bad publicity, as long as they spell my name correctly. I wonder if US Airways feels that way this week. I consider myself pretty plugged in and aware when it comes to social media, but I freely admit I learned a new acronym today. NSFW: Not Safe For Work. I learned this over the fracas caused by a US Airways (@USAIRWAYS) tweet. In case you missed it, US Airways had a tweet go viral in an historic way.

<b>(PROGRAMMING)</b> Who Are You Programming To?

(PROGRAMMING) Who Are You Programming To?

(By Tom Watson) Digital, Internet, terrestrial no matter what the platform may be for your programming, there is one rule that still applies: Local content is king. Live and local wins every time. Ive said this many times over the years: Music alone is not a strong enough benchmark to make and keep your station number one. Im addressing the money demographics, the 30-plus adults, not the millennials of 12 to 30.


<b>(WIZARD)</b> A Time For Confidence

(WIZARD) A Time For Confidence

(By Roy Williams) Most people who sell radio rely on data and statistics. Data and statistics are boring. A client will say they want data when what they really want is confidence. They want to have confidence in your station, confidence in your schedule, confidence in the ad. They want to know this is going to work. Its hard to give other people confidence when you dont have it yourself. Do you have it? If not, I beg you to find it. Your career will forever rise and fall with the level of your confidence.

The 10 Commandments Of Successful Ad Campaigns

(By Neil Gallagher Mike Anthony) The number one reason for listener tuneout in radio was once bad songs. Radio addressed that problem years ago with professional music research. The number two reason for tune-out has been bad commercials so it follows that the most important innovation in the coming years will be the professional testing of radio media campaigns.

<b>(COPYWRITING)</b> Your Life In Commercials

(COPYWRITING) Your Life In Commercials

(By Jeffrey Hedquist) A day in your life provides almost endless opportunities for commercial ideas. Describe all the activities in an ordinary day and youll find stories that can be adapted to advertisements for many advertisers. Here are some of the activities in a typical day of a mythological person in Anytown, USA. Alarm goes off. You get up and talk to yourself, or listen to the thoughts in your head: List of things to do today visit advertiser

<b>(TALENT)</b> Too Subtle To Care?

(TALENT) Too Subtle To Care?

(By Ron Robinson) As recently as last week, during one of my V/O sessions here in Toronto, I broke my own rules and commented on the copy. Normally, Ill take a Gravol and hope the producers wont see me swallow burning vomit. This is to my immediate benefit as my agent does get to launch marshmallow-tipped, heat-seeking invoices on my behalf. I realize I am not working with dummies not at this level of agency experience and expertise.


<b>(SALES)</b> Closing Is A Funny Word For It

(SALES) Closing Is A Funny Word For It

(By Chris Lytle) Early in my sales training career, I ran across this definition of training: Training is a planned program designed to impart specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes to increase desired behavior in measurable ways. Whenever I sit down to write and record one of these knowledge bites, Im thinking, What do you need to know, what skills do you need to strengthen, and how can I influence your beliefs and attitudes about selling?

<b>(SALES)</b> Ideas Sell Better Than Salespeople

(SALES) Ideas Sell Better Than Salespeople

(By Jeffrey Schmidt) As a young manager in the car business, George was struggling. He had big dreams and goals, his owner had high expectations and George wanted his store to be different from any in town. He asked me for help. I was his radio sales rep.

<b>(SOCIAL)</b> Taylor Swifts Social Media Secrets

(SOCIAL) Taylor Swifts Social Media Secrets

(By Loyd Ford) This isnt about how popular Taylor Swift is or if her career is up or down or if she makes you crazy or you love every smile, every song, and every reaction she has at awards shows. Its about understanding the basic elements of creating the right kind of buzz in social media and engaging where it is most important for actual impact for your brand.




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