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March 30, 2015

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Forbes: Digital To Impact CBS Radio Revenue

Forbes: Digital To Impact CBS Radio Revenue

Forbes is reporting that the trend in digital advertising spending will impact CBS Radio's bottom line in the near future. The analysis reports that with CBS divesting in smaller and medium-market properties, the market share for radio has decreased. However, the focus on larger markets has resulted in past growth for CBS. Forbes notes that with digital spending rising, there will be declines in the medium term for CBS and terrestrial. More...

Twister Damaged Towers Broadcasting Again

Twister Damaged Towers Broadcasting Again

Three towers in Moore, Oklahoma, were damaged by a tornado on Wednesday, but engineers have managed to use the one tower that has remained standing to broadcast KOKC-AM's signal. The towers were built in the '40s, and were once used for now dark KOMA-AM. KOCO-TV reports that a new temporary tower is ready to be erected and the remaining tower that is standing is set to be demolished.


Bridge: Streaming Research For Radio Slow

Bridge: Streaming Research For Radio Slow

Dave Van Dyke points out in his latest blog posting on Bridge, that most terrestrial broadcasters are gun-shy when it comes gleaning research from streaming data. Van Dyke says that much of it has to do with programmers' comfort with the research tools they have been using for years: telephone call-out, auditorium music testing, and newer platforms such as Shazam and M-Score. More...


More Webinars Added to Radio Ink Live Series

More Webinars Added to Radio Ink Live Series

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. Our April 28 webinar will feature hiring expert Laurie Kahn. REGISTER HERE


NAB's Weller Comments on Field Office Closures

NAB's Weller Comments on Field Office Closures

NAB Vice President of Spectrum Policy Bob Weller expressed concern over FCC Chairman Tom Weller's circulation of an order to close numerous field offices. The proposal would close more than half of the Commission's field offices and cut staff by nearly two thirds. Weller notes, "There is still time for the FCC to reverse course and rethink its proposal to gut the field offices." More...


The Science Of Social Media

The Science Of Social Media

Yes, social media is a science. And it's how human beings have been spreading content - urban legends, rumors, slang, jokes, chain letters - since we first learned to communicate. Award-winning social media scientist and author Dan Zarella (pictured) will share "The Science of Social Media" and how your station can leverage those opportunities to bring in more revenue, using best practices and information backed by real data. At Convergence, you'll learn how to fine-tune your station's social media. Continue Reading...


Brandmeier Debuts On 100 Stations

Brandmeier Debuts On 100 Stations

Westwood One says The Jonathon Brandmeier Show is rolling out on 100 stations today. The 10 to 1 weekdy talk program will incude as affiliates, KABC-AM in Los Angeles, KLIF-AM in Dallas, WWBA-AM in Tampa and KKAT-AM in Salt Lake City. Brandmeier's home bas affiliates is WLS-AM in Chicago.


Bucknell Suspends Three Station Employees

A DJ and two guests have been suspended for using language on the campus radio station broadcast that included a racial slur. The college called the language reprehensible and even University President John Bravman chimed in. Penn Live reports Bravman said, "I am deeply saddened for the pain this will cause in our community. We are better than this. Such behavior is unacceptable and inexcusable." The incident occurred March 20. The students were not named and Penn Live did not include what the students said on the air.


Radio Station Murder Trial Begins Today

Radio Station Murder Trial Begins Today

Eyewitness News 12 reports the trial of 31 year old Antwon Banks begins today. Banks is charged with the February 2014 killing of 25-year old Daniel Flores (pictured) who worked for Steckline Communications in Wichita. A jail inmate testified that Banks told him that he went to the radio station to confront a man he thought was texting his girlfriend. According to police, Banks is an ex-boyfriend of a woman who works at the radio station and that he did not know Flores.


WTOP/DC Earns VAPB Awards

WTOP/DC Earns VAPB Awards

The Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters bestowed WTOP/DC with five Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters awards. WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck was awarded superior in the Best Documentary or In-Depth Report, Megan Cloherty meritorious in the Best Feature or Human Interest category and Chris Core Best Editorial or Editorial Series. More...


WGN To Induct 10 Into Walk Of Fame

WGN To Induct 10 Into Walk Of Fame

WGN/Chicago has announced the 2015 Walk of Fame inductees. The inductees will be honored with a ceremony and live broadcast from 1-2 p.m. at the Tribune Tower. To be inducted are Steve Bertrand, Lyle Dean, Dave Eanet, Steve King, Franklyn MacCormack, Lou Manfredini, Johnnie Putman, Ward Quaal, Ron Santo, and Eddie Schwartz. More...


Radio One Approval of Consent Solicitation

Radio One Approval of Consent Solicitation

On Friday, the holders of its outstanding 9.25% Senior Subordinated Notes connected to the proposed amendments of the solicitation. The primary purpose of the solicitation is for the purchase of equity interests in TV One and refinance$119 million in principal amount of TV One's 10% Senior Secured Notes.


College Station WLKL Celebrates 40th

College Station WLKL Celebrates 40th

Lake Land College's WLKL 89.9-FM marks four decades on the air this year, and last week invited alumni to a celebration and gave them all some air time. Station Manager Greg Powers noted in the Charleston Journal Gazette-Times Courier, "Ten students were recently awarded certification as Radio Marketing Professionals through the Radio Advertising Bureau. We also had four award winners in last fall's annual Illinois Broadcasters Association student awards."


Radio One Raises $1.4 Million For St. Jude

Radio One Raises $1.4 Million For St. Jude

Radio One and hosts Yolanda Adams, Tom Joyner, Willie Moore, Jr., and Lonnie Hunter banded together to raise $1.4 million for St. Jude hospital during the annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids. President of the Radio Division, Radio One, Chris Wegmann said, "Radio One is a proud partner of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and we are particularly proud of our highly engaged and loyal listeners for responding to our call and exceeding our financial goal this year."



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Page Exits Pandora for Cumulus

Page Exits Pandora for Cumulus

With Cumulus' increasing focus on live events, Tommy Page has been appointed Senior Vice President of Brand Partnerships. Page previously held a similar position with Pandora for the last two years and prior to that, was publisher of Billboard Magazine and A&R and radio promotion executive at Warner Bros. Page will be based in NYC and report directly to Lew Dickey. More...


Blumhagen Named VP/DOS at CBS L.A.

23-year CBS RADIO veteran Larry Blumhagen is the new Vice President/Director of Sales for CBS Radio's six stations in Los Angeles. Blumhagen heads south from his previous position as GSM for KMVQ-FM and KLLC-FM in San Francisco. He will oversee broadcast and digital sales operations for KNX-AM, KRTH-FM KCBS-FM, KROQ-FM, KAMP-FM and KTWV-FM. Blumhagen begins his new position on April 20th. More...


Vin Scelsa Retiring

Vin Scelsa Retiring

After close to half a century on the air in New York, Vin Scelsa has announced that he is retiring after his last show on WFUV/NY on May 2. Scelsa is possibly the last of the free-form jocks from the early days of progressive FM radio of the late '60s and early '70s. Over the years he worked at WBAI, WABC, WNEW, and WXRK. After his contract wasn't renewed with WNEW in 2001, Scelsa moved his Idiot's Delight show to WFUV. More...


Radio One/Richmond Gives Landess the Nod

Radio One/Richmond Gives Landess the Nod

Marsha Landess has been officially named Station Manager for the Radio One/Richmond cluster, following her four-month tenure as acting manager. With nearly three decades of sales experience, Landess has been with Radio One since 2003 as Director of Sales Training and Development. Landess will oversee: WCDX, WKJS, WPZZ and WTPS. More...


WMJX/Boston Host Candy O'Terry Exits

WMJX/Boston Host Candy O'Terry Exits

After a quarter century on the air in Boston, Candy O'Terry is leaving the airwaves behind as she exits Magic 106.7 in Boston. O'Terry was last the morning drive co-host on Magic, but has held numerous positions at the station, including APD, and afternoon drive co-host. O'Terry says much of her time now will be spend penning a children's book and says, "I love radio too much to leave it for long."


Coyotes Radio Analyst Boynton Arraigned

Coyotes Radio Analyst Boynton Arraigned

Nick Boynton, who was arrested on Thursday in an upstate New York casino, was arraigned in Buffalo City Court Friday on numerous charges, including assault. The Coyotes radio color commentator and former NHL player posted $10,000 bail, reports Arizona Central. Other charges include disorderly conduct, harassment, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, and obstruction of government administration. More...


WNUA/Orlando Launches New Morning Show

WNUA/Orlando Launches New Morning Show

Entravision's Salsa 98.1FM in Orlando is debuting a new AM Drive offering on Monday. Arnaldo Olieveri "JR al Aire" and Mariela Chopite team for En Candela. The show will also feature special reports from Miami and Puerto Rico and will be heavily centered on "blitz" entertainment news.


WNTX/Fredericksburg Hammon Receives Award

WNTX/Fredericksburg Hammon Receives Award

Frank Hammon, program and news director of WNTX/Fredericksburg, received the Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award from the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters. The Free Lance-Star also notes that WNTX Assistant News Director Deirdre Blake won Best News Anchor.


Big D Named APD At KPLV-FM

Big D Named APD At KPLV-FM

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.


Former WJR/Detroit GM Fezzey Dead

Former WJR/Detroit GM Fezzey Dead

Former president and general manager of Detroit's WJR 760-AM Mike Fezzey has died, reports the WJR website. Fezzey spent more than two decades at the helm of WJR and was currently the president of Huntington Bank's Southeastern Michigan Region. He was in Florida recruiting new business for Huntington when he passed away.


SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

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...



DIGITAL

Jay Z Live Streaming Announcement

Jay Z Live Streaming Announcement

Rapper Jay Z announced a live streaming press launch for his new Tidal Worldwide streaming music service. The launch will stream live at 5p.m. ET on Wednesday. The service will offer high bit rate streaming for $19.95 a month.


Report: Spotify Adding Podcasts

Report: Spotify Adding Podcasts

According to an article in the Taipei Times, Spotify is reportedly in talks with potential content partners to add podcasts to its streaming offerings, in an attempted bid to challenge Apple's dominance. The expansion would include areas such as news and comedy podcasts and possibly video offerings.


Spotify Launches Playstation Streaming

Spotify Launches Playstation Streaming

Spotify lands on the  PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on Monday. Venture Beat report the service launches in 41 markets, including the U.S.  Support for Sony Xperia Android phones and tablets coming later this year.


SFX Launches Beatport For Mobile

SFX Entertainment's recently launched Beatport streaming service on both iOS and Android. At launch it is subscription free and currently running without advertising, reports Music Business Worldwide. TMobile integration is expected and electronic music is still heavily featured on the service. Beatport Shows and Beatport Live is included in the app, the latter is a live streaming feature.



COMMUNITY SERVICE

Connoisseur & Love CT Raise $10K

Connoisseur & Love CT Raise $10K

Connoisseur's 99.1 WPLR, 95.9 The Fox, 94.3 WYBC, and STAR 99.9 helped raise $10,000 for four area charities and a grant for a new roof at the autism agency in Milford, CT. Connoisseur CT radio stations and their partners provided marketing campaigns to gain public awareness and rally for onsite participation for more than 70 nonprofit organizations and programs.



FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) The Pitfalls of New and Free

(SALES) The Pitfalls of New and Free

(By Wayne Ens) "New" and "free." Marketing practitioners have long known about the power of these two words. Buyers have always been attracted to that which is new, and can't resist offers that include something free. The problem with these two words as marketing tools is that neither is sustainable.


(TALENT) Won't Look, Can't See

(TALENT) Won't Look, Can't See

(By Ronald Robinson) Recognized as a pioneer in marketing and advertising, John Wanamaker of Philadelphia is regularly quoted as having said, "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don't know which half." That seems to be the status quo for retailers today - a hundred years later. The principle still applies, even as it includes the new digital kid.


(SPORTS) Talk Show Vs. Pregame Show - A Balancing Act

(SPORTS) Talk Show Vs. Pregame Show - A Balancing Act

(By Dan Sileo) I first have to start this column off by saying it's been an incredible run so far for me here in San Diego on The Mighty, one of Southern California's biggest AM radio signals. It's actually the station that one of radio's huge legends "Wolfman" Jack made his bones on. In the process of tripling ratings here in San Diego and just worrying about doing good radio, I have been given the great honor of being named to the San Diego Padres pre-game show as its number-one radio anchor.


(SALES) The 5 Elements Of A Productive Question

(SALES) The 5 Elements Of A Productive Question

(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.



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