A 26-year-old man, Freddie Gray mysteriously died recently due to spinal cord injuries while handcuffed and in Baltimore police custody. After Gray's funeral on Monday morning, protests, which had been peaceful for the past week, turned extremely violent, starting around 3:00pm ET. The Baltimore police department have said that three of the city's notorious gangs have conspired together to purposely take out law enforcement officials and cause damage to the area. Police officers have been injured, cars have been set on fire, buildings have been set on fire, stores have been looted, and riots have worsened as the day went on. Keeping Baltimore informed through it all has been its local radio stations. READ MORE!
Each year, Jacobs Media does a study on the country's changing media habits. The annual "Techsurvey" looks at how consumers are receiving their audio and video entertainment. The latest survey concludes that the car continues to be an important story for radio as a majority of the audience spends the lion's share of their listening in a moving vehicle. And among those who are in the market for a new vehicle in 2015, nearly nine in ten (89%) say an AM/FM radio is very important. Additionally, 74 percent of those surveyed claim they rarely or never change their car radio push-buttons or media settings. The survey also concluded that Radio constinues to be the first place consumers go to discover music, however, among Millennials, other options like Pandora and YouTube are growing in importance. READ MORE.
Streaming, mobile, social media, video, podcasts, websites -- radio today has more digital assets than ever. But are they really assets if you don't know the best ways to sell them? At Radio Ink's Convergence, coming up next month in San Jose, a panel of top sales leaders and trainers will explain how to make the most of one's digital products. It's a big topic -- and a crucial one -- and these experts will cover everything from the very basics to the important details of choosing the best digital sales platforms. Keep reading...
In our next Radio Ink Live webinar, Tuesday, April 28 at 11AM (Eastern), Media Staffing Network Founder and President Laurie Kahn details exactly how you can and should hire high-quality employees. After successfully placing people since 1993, Kahn has become the go-to specialist in training radio station personnel on how to hire and retain the best people for your radio station. Stations lose too much money every year hiring the wrong people. Laurie Kahn will help you eliminate that problem during our April 28 webinar. REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT WEBINAR HERE.
SRN News and Salem Radio Network talk hosts join forces to help Nepal earthquake victims. SRN News has launched a campaign on its 1,600+ affiliates nationwide to encourage donations on behalf of victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal which has claimed over 4,000 lives. Working with nonprofit relief organization Feed The Children, SRN News will generate funds to rush food and emergency supplies to the stricken area. Salem Radio Network's nationally syndicated talk hosts will be promoting the cause beginning Tuesday.
The RAB, BMI, and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group will present the 8th annual "Rising Through the Ranks" seminar on August 19-20 at the BMI headquarters in Nashville. As in years past, BMI will offer 20 scholarships for this year's program. These scholarships cover the cost of the professional development course which is designed to foster and educate current and emerging female radio managers within broadcast radio. Scholarship winners will also have the opportunity to hear from leading radio industry executives across various station groups and industry backgrounds.
For the fourth consecutive week, The Home Depot is radio's #1 advertiser, airing 62,235 commercials for the week of April 20-26, according to Media Monitors. The number of commercials played for The Home Depot was down somewhat from the week before, but still nearly 50 percent higher than the #2 advertiser for the week, Geico, which had 41,607 plays. See all of the top advertisers for last week HERE.
Gen Media Partners has announced a partnership with School Sports Media, a company that creates customized brand engagement opportunities at high school and collegiate games, concerts, graduations, and other events. Its location-based mobile technology – the same used by Ford, Sprint, and AT&T – can target within 100 yards to deliver a message during a game or drive in-store traffic after one.
Three of the biggest names in public radio -- NPR, WBEZ, and WYNC -- will team up to present the industry's first-ever podcast upfront this week. The invitation-only event will be held Wednesday in New York City. The goal is to show potential sponsors the reach and influence of their podcasts, one of the fastest-growing platforms for audio.
Edison Research's Larry Rosin looks at how radio simulcasts are faring on mobile devices in his latest blog for the Infinite Dial. According to his studies, streams of AM and FM stations are now just 7 percent of all listening done on mobile devices. The largest amount of listening is done with listener-owned music (50 percent), while the next largest is Internet streaming (34 percent), with more than half of that done on the Pandora app. Read on...
In the latest addition to Bridge Ratings' Navigate the Future blog, Dave Van Dyke writes about the tremendous amounts of data they pour through showing the growth of on-demand streaming and wonders why more radio station managers aren't paying closer attention to this data. Read more.
Harker Research's Radio InSights blog has been frequently posting about issues with the PPM device reliability. In the latest blog released Monday morning, Harker asks if Arbitron purposely misled the RAB in 2004 when questions about PPM's ability to accurately capture the amount of radio listenership were posed.
After 14 years, The Tim Brando Show is coming to an end this week. The show, which is heard on SiriusXM radio's College Sports Nation channel, will air its final program on Thursday. Brando will not be exiting radio, though. He will continue his association with FOX Sports Radio, serving as play-by-play commentator for college football and basketball games, as well as being part of FOX's US Open coverage in June. Brando may also call some NFL games for FOX this fall.
KCYY/San Antonio APD/MD/afternoon drive personality Casey Edwards tells Radio Ink that he is "movin' on." He has exited Cox Media's Y100, where he has worked since August 2013. Edwards has previous on-air, programming, and brand manager experience in such markets as Seattle, Portland, Austin, Houston, and Phoenix.
A weekend real estate show host has been given his own weekday talk show in Atlanta on Salem Media's WAFS-AM and WGKA-AM. The Bryan Crabtree Show will air Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. on WAFS/biz 1190, with a replay of the show airing from 9-11 p.m. on sister-station WGKA/AM 920 The Answer. Crabtree, along with his wife Mackenzie, will continue to host the Housedog.com Real Estate Show on weekends for both stations.
For the second consecutive year, syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh and Mahindra USA are teaming up to hold a Salute To Veterans promotion, which will award a Mahindra eMax 22HST tractor with loader to an active-duty service member or veteran of the U.S. military for Memorial Day 2015. Entries in the contest will be accepted until May 24, with a winner announced on May 26.
Syndicated morning radio star Bobby Bones has agreed to write his memoir, in a deal announced by publisher Lynn Grady and Bones' editor Carrie Thornton at Dey Street Books/HarperCollins. No release date has been set.
At this past weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner, longtime ABC News Radio correspondent Ann Compton was saluted. These annual dinners often pay tribute to journalists assigned to covering the White House, who retired in the previous year. After a 41-year career with ABC News, Compton retired in September 2014.
Longtime 2-6 p.m. host Konan moves to the 10-2 slot. And the station is welcoming two Baltimore natives back home to take over "rush hour." DJ QuickSilva and TV ONE's R & B Divas series star L'il Mo, a.k.a. "THE FAM" will now be heard from 2-6 p.m.
It's time to make your nominations for one of our most popular lists of the year. The 2015 Most Influential Women in Radio list will be released on June 16. Here's your chance to have your say. Go to our nominating form HERE and send us your nomination. YOUR DEADLINE IS MAY 1.
International radio station streaming provider Streema has launched the Simple Radio app for the new Apple Watch. The free app allows users to stream one of 25,000 world-wide radio stations. The app also allows for recording and pausing of streams.
(By Matt Sunshine) Sales acceleration is a new term, but it's being thrown around a lot these days, so you may have heard it. Here's what it means: Sales acceleration (or revenue acceleration — the terms are interchangeable) is the practice of increasing the speed of the overall sales process. Essentially, it is the space that exists between your sales process and your buyer's journey.
(By Jeff McHugh) Even as a young boy, I was fascinated by stand-up comedy. My dad and I would sit in front of our huge floor console Zenith color TV and howl with laughter at comics like George Carlin and Don Rickles. I've seen most of the big-name comics today. I recently saw Amy Schumer, and as I watch each performance I wonder, "How on earth do they do that?"
(By Ronald Robinson) Clear skies on a blistering, Africa-hot, summer afternoon – a perfect time for another six-hour remote at one of the local appliance stores. That the turntables and mic stand were squashed into a tilted, rickety corner of one of the front display windows guaranteed another sweltering shift of natural and panic sweat. Plus, melting in public can be such a gripping learning experience.
(By Jeff Schmidt) Chris and I were recently on a conference call with an executive team that is considering purchasing our training. We asked the conference organizer what we had done to make it to the short list of people who were presenting. She said, "You followed through with information when you said you would, and you followed up when you said you would..." READ JEFF
By Loyd Ford) There is a secret that is most difficult for some to learn when it comes to social media. It relates to consistency and prolonged effort, strategy and a willingness to learn to connect like no one else with listeners you want to attract and influence. In fact, here is a list of secrets. READ LOYD
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...