That is a question posed by the blogsite FiveThirtyEight. Author Carl Bialik looks at what happened to the Smooth Jazz format when Arbitron’s PPM devices were introduced to markets that carried that format. The results were quick and obvious. Was it disappearing/aging demographics? Format burnout? Or was it the new PPM system of gathering ratings data? Bialik writes, "Smooth Jazz is essentially dead on major-market radio. But as to what killed it... that's a mystery that's bedeviled the radio industry." Continue reading...
Chicago Public Media's WBEZ/WBEW and San Diego State University's KPBS both ratified first-ever union contracts with SAG-AFTRA. The WBEZ contract is for two years, while KPBS' deal runs for two and a half years. The agreements establish scale rates for each covered position, annual increases, professional development in job classifications, as well as progressive discipline, and a grievance and arbitration procedure.
The NAB Education Foundation announced apprenticeship placements for the 2015 Technology Apprenticeship Program. The TAP exposes technology-focused graduates and professionals to the broadcast industry through a six month, hands-on training program that includes a two-month apprenticeship. Two radio staffers were named among the 2015 apprenticeship placements: Sara Brown from WKCI/New Haven and Jessica Stroud from KDGE/Dallas.
After stunting throughout June with Christmas music, KVGH/North Shore, CA (Palm Springs) has become Valley 105.1, playing hits songs from the 1960s and 1970s. The station is being programmed by Broadcast Partners. Sister-station at 104.3, KFUT/Mecca, CA continues to broadcast Christmas music for now.
Forbes released its list of Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest Paid Celebrities, ranking the top 100 celebrities who earned the most over the past 12 months. In addition to numerous athletes, musical acts, and movie stars,Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ryan Seacrest and Howard Stern made the list. See where they ranked HERE.
Media Moves is reporting that Univision America has shut down two of its three remaining talk shows. All employees of these shows were informed they were being released on June 25. Only the talk show Maria Marin LIVE remains. The Univision America network, heard on AM stations in numerous markets, is being changed to music and localized programming, which the report claims will be paid programming.
J & J Broadcasting, owner of five stations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, has been slapped with a $10,500 forfeiture order by the FCC for a pair of paperwork violations. The station failed to properly notify the FCC about a change in ownership of its antenna structure for its Ironwood, MI stations. And, the company failed to maintain quarterly issues/programs lists in the public file. The amount of the forfeiture was reduced from the $13,000 proposed fine from 2012.
The Business Rockstars online show by Ken Rutkowski has developed a daily radio feature entitled Business Rockstars Minutes. The segment has been added to six CBS Radio news/talk stations: WPHT/Philadelphia, WCCO/Minneapolis, KMOX/St. Louis, KDKA/Pittsburgh, KXNT/Las Vegas, and WTIC/Hartford.
Beasley Media Group has closed on the purchase of the construction permits for Florida FM translators W293CK/Clearwater and W282BY/Fort Myers. The seller was the University of Northwestern, St. Paul and the purchase price was $200,000. Bob Heymann and Eddie Esserman of Media Services Group served as the exclusive brokers in this transaction.
There is nothing like a celebration, and in the latest issue of Radio Ink, we celebrate the achievements of 100 incredibly talented and dedicated women who are making a difference every day in radio. Their hard work, determination, and passion not only set a wonderful example to others, but represent the ultimate payoff for those who have guided and led them over the years. Here are The 100 Most Influential Women in Radio for 2015.
Every year at the Radio Show, hosted by the RAB and NAB, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads pays tribute to Radio Wayne Cornils by discussing the tremendously positive impact he had on so many people and by awarding the over-achievers in our industry the awards created in his name. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Radio Wayne Awards which will be presented at the 2015 Radio Show being held this year in Atlanta, September 30 to October 2. Make your nominations HERE and take a look at the 2014 Radio Wayne winners HERE.
CBS announced the launch of a new digital property aimed at providing solutions for the issues and concerns small business owners face. The site, named CBS Small Business Pulse, is a cross-divisional effort across CBS Corporation featuring content from across the company's many properties, including CBS Radio.
A new streaming radio station was launched on Wednesday by Slacker Radio, done along with ESPN Radio podcast hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill. The new station, named His & Hers Radio after Smith and Hill's show, is built upon the hosts' love of for R&B deep cuts and slow jams. Smith and Hill curated the music and add commentary between songs.
The much-discussed Apple Music launched Tuesday, featuring its streaming radio station Beats 1 and much more. It began with some confusion as no app was available in the Apple App Store; Those who wanted Apple Music on their Apple devices had to first upgrade to the new iOS 8.4 software or download the newest version of iTunes, both of which gives the user Apple Music automatically. Read on...
iHeartRadio has joined forces with Virgin America, creating six new radio streams that will be featured in Virgin America's Red in-flight entertainment system at every seatback. The stations will also be available on the iHeartRadio app, for those not on a Virgin airplane. The six new stations are Atmospheres (ultra-mellow), Dub & Dubber (Reggae), Dyna-Mic Flows (Hip-Hop), Pop, Skip & A Jump (Alternative Pop), Lat-Indie (Latin indie artists) and Soul-igarchy (Soul/R&B).
Alpha Media San Antonio announced that longtime KTSA personalities, Johnny Shannon and Trey Ware will each be inducted into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame at a ceremony in August. Ware has also been nominated for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, which Shannon is already inducted into.
Townsquare Media Quincy-Hannibal Market President Dave Greene has announced that Julie Baker has been named Director of Sales for the four-station cluster that covers the Quincy, IL and Hannibal, MO markets. She most recently spent over ten years with Sinclair Broadcast Group in Quincy as their VP/Director of Sales. Baker replaces Doreen James.
The surgery is called "deep brain stimulation," and will take place in August according to ABC 7 in San Francisco. Owens tells the TV stsation that within the past year, his symptoms have become obvious. "I mentioned buttoning a shirt took me about a minute and a half to get one actual button on this morning. The others I was able to do, but that's not something that happens to you unless you've got something like Parkinson's."
Cumulus Media announced the hiring of Glen Tacinelli as the General Sales Manager of WABC-AM/New York. For the past seven years, Tacinelli has managed Eastman Radio's NY office, representing radio stations in over 137 markets across the United States and leading a sales team. At WABC, he replaces Jonathan Mason, who exited in May.
Curtis Media Group has hired David Lewis to take over as general manager of WPTF/Raleigh. Lewis joins Curtis Media Group from Cumulus, where he has served as Myrtle Beach Market Manager for the past six years. Curtis SVP David Stuckey has been handling the WPTF management role since the late 2014 departure of Rick Heilmann, who left the company when he purchased his own radio station.
Milwaukee Radio Alliance has promoted Tom Cheng to role of Group Sales Manager for the company's four Milwaukee radio stations: WLUM-FM, WLDB-FM, W262CJ, and WZTI-AM. Since 1998, he has been a senior AE with WLUW.
WGN-AM announced that Adam Hoge takes over in the newly created position of sports editor-in-chief of its secondary website, WGNPlus.com. He will oversee an expansion of sports digital content including photo essays, blogs, podcasts and special streaming events. Hoge will continue in his other roles as WGN-AM weekend sports show co-host and Chicago Bears beat reporter.
American General Media announced the hiring of Picazzo Stevens, who takes over as program director for Albuquerque stations KAGM and KDLW. Additionally, Stevens will take a weekday midday shift on KAGM. Stevens, who previously worked at KAGM in 2014, replaces D.J. Lopez, who exited Monday to be a stay-at-home father.
New on-air lineups are taking place on two Cumulus Pensacola stations: WXBM and WMEZ. On NASH-branded Country station WXBM, PD Jeni Lane takes over the midday shift, while former midday DJ Ryan Andrew moves to afternoons. On Soft Rock WMEZ, former WXBM afternoon host Lindsey Marie Addison takes over middays, while PD/former midday host Chuck Whitaker slides into PM drive. Former PM driver Terry Michaels becomes full-time promotion director for the company's five-station cluster.
Thanks to Charlie Tuna for sending us this classic when he received a studio visit from Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. Happy Days was taped next to the KHJ studios back in 1977 which is where Charlie did his morning show at the time. Send your classic photos to firstname.lastname@example.org