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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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/.
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).
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...
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.
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."
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...
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."
Nick Boynton, the color analyst for the Arizona Coyotes, has been arrested following an incident at the Buffalo Creek Casino. The Republic is reporting that Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence after being involved in a disturbance at the casino. Boynton was in town for Thursday night's game against the Sabres. A police spokesman said that Boynton "was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger."
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
(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.