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November 25, 2014

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Confusion Over Content

Confusion Over Content

Podcast One has gone public, demanding Stitcher remove all of its shows, while Stitcher is saying that has already been done. Stitcher specializes in spoken word format, including news, sports, talk, and entertainment radio with over 25,000 radio shows, live radio stations and podcasts. The company was recently purchased by Deezer. Podcast One says it has made reasonable efforts to settle the issue but Stitcher continues to sell and distribute programming without the proper rights, consent and compensation. Podcast One CEO Norm Pattiz says the company is stealing content without permission. We received this statement from Deezer last night: "The content in question was removed a few weeks ago when the PodcastOne team reached out. We hope to find a solution with PodcastOne quickly, so the Stitcher audience can enjoy the great shows that are affected."


INDUSTRY NEWS

It's Radio One Versus Cumulus in Atlanta

It's Radio One Versus Cumulus in Atlanta

In a brand new Classic Hip Hop Battle that is. On the same day Radio One launched BOOM 102.9 FM in the city of Atlanta, Cumulus does the same. Radio One says its Classic Hip Hop Format, which it has now launched in several markets, would feature artists such as: Dr Dre, Missy Elliott, Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Ludacris, Snoop, and LL Cool. Cumulus will counter with Outkast, Ludacris, TLC, Jermaine Dupri, Goodie Mob, Bow Wow, Kriss Kross and more. Cumulus is putting the station, which was Top 40, on a translator at 97.9-FM.


CBC Reaches Terms With Former Radio Host

CBC Reaches Terms With Former Radio Host

This one was one of the biggest sex scandals our neighor to the north has had to deal with. Jian Ghomeshi has dropped his $50 million wrongful dismissal lawsuit against his former employer, the CBC, according to Reuters. Ghomeshi will also pay the CBC's legal costs. The CBC fired Ghomeshi in October, saying it had received "information" that precluded it from continuing its relationship with the host. Ghomeshi posted on his Facebook page that he was fired because of his preference for consensual bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism in sex. Toronto police are also investigating allegations of sexual assault made by three women against Ghomeshi. He has not been charged. The CBC is also investigating allegations that Ghomeshi harassed or assaulted at least two of its employees. (Pictured courtesy Reuters)


One Putt Paying $6.6 Million for Wilks Stations

Wilks Broadcasting is selling three stations in Fresno (KFRR, KJFX, and KJZN) to One Putt Broadcasting. Documents filed with the FCC reveal the price for theose three stations was $6.6 Million. One Putt is a partnership between John Ostlund's JSA Broadcasting and Chris Pacheco's Fat Dawgs. They are adding the three Wilks FMs to the sour stations they now have in Fresno.


MetroPCS/T-Mobile The Biggest Mover

MetroPCS/T-Mobile The Biggest Mover

Last week, according to Media Monitors, The Home Depot aired over 51,000 commercials on radio, more than any other advertiser. GEICO was second with 30,640. Rounding out the top five were McDonalds (25,483), Macy's (24,547), and Lowes (24,173). MetroPCS/T-Mobile moved to number six from number 26 with 22,815 commercials aired.


L.A. Radio Tower Removed By Crane

L.A. Radio Tower Removed By Crane

The Los Angeles Times has the full story of the iconic radio tower which stood at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Van Ness Street for over six decades. The iconic structure was taken down piece by piece and is being restored and relocated to its original location on the Sunset Bronson Lot in Hollywood next year. The tower was erected in 1925, and was one of two radio towers that served Warner Bros.-owned KFWB-AM. (Picture courtesy L.A. Times)


What Will Entercom do With the Red Sox?

What Will Entercom do With the Red Sox?

The Boston Herald speculates that Entercom wants out of its relationship with the inconsistent baseball team. Market Manager Phil Zachary (pictured) says that isn't so. "We have two more seasons on our current contract and hope to continue the relationship for many, many years. I've had the privilege of doing rights deals with a number of pro and collegiate sports teams over the course of my career, and the association WEEI enjoys with the Red Sox ranks among the most productive and collegial." The report says Entercom is paying $17 million per yea for play-by-play for the Sox.


JAM Celebrates Four Decades Of Success

JAM Celebrates Four Decades Of Success

Congratulations to the folks at JAM Creative Productions. JAM specializes in producing ID jingles for radio stations and this week is celebrating 40 years in business. Jonathan and Mary Lyn Wolfert founded the company in 1974 and they still run the business today. (JAM is an acronym for "Jon And Mary Lyn"). The couple started by working out of their apartment which grew into a suite of offices, then a studio, and ultimately a custom building with offices and two recording studios.


2015 Chrysler 300 Adds HD Radio

Chrysler models equipped with the Uconnect premium 8.4AN system will now get HD Radio. The 2015 Chrysler 200 already offers HD Radio. Other Chrysler brands including Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat, which was announced last week at the LA Auto Show, also offer HD Radio receivers. HD Radio is or will be available as a factory installed feature from all major auto manufacturers in the U.S. The brands include Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI USA, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Rolls-Royce, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.


TuneIn Now Available on Chromecast

TuneIn Now Available on Chromecast

Google's Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on a TV. This integration will allow Chromecast users to stream TuneIn Radio content on their TV screens. The device works with an Android phone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook. The cost of a Chromecast device is $35.00



COMMUNITY SERVICE

SiriusXM Launches Hungerthon Charity Auction

SiriusXM Launches Hungerthon Charity Auction

For the sixth consecutive year, many of SiriusXM's music, talk and sports channels will participate in WhyHunger's annual Hungerthon campaign by helping to promote WhyHunger's online auction of rare memorabilia and experiences donated by popular musicians, athletes and celebrities. WhyHunger is a non-profit organization founded by the late Harry Chapin and current executive director and radio host, Bill Ayres.


Dave & Chuck Run Point-Five Miles For Toys

Dave & Chuck Run Point-Five Miles For Toys

Over a thousand runners took part in the 2014 Dave & Chuck "The Freak" .5K this past Saturday. It was a very doable race for the crowd; point-five kilometers is about 500 yards. The event was held to benefit Toys for Tots. Twenty-seven bags stuffed with toys were collected for the organization. Participants ran a half kilometer to a party held at the New Belgium Brewery. Dave & Chuck "The Freak" host mornings on Greater Media's WRIF in Detroit.


Sports Talker on 12th Day of Campout For Homeless

Kevin Sutton from iHeartMedia's 740 The Game in Orlando has been camping out for nearly two weeks to raise awareness for the homeless. He's been outside a Best Buy near the Florida Mall. Sutton tells ClickOrlando.com, "Being homeless isn't silly, its not a joke, and for people who are out there, it might be because it's their last option." Sutton is trying to live like a homeless person for 15 days, without warm meals. He's been documenting his experiences and posting them on social media.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Santos Named APD in DC

Tony Santos has been named APD st El Zol 107.9FM in Washington, DC. Most recently Santos was President of Intense Norcal Promotions in Sacramento and PD for Retail Radio. Prior to that he was PD and on the air at WJKC 95.1, WMYP 98.3, and WSTX 100.3 in St. Croix, Virgin Islands (2009-2013). He also was APD for Univision Radio's WCAA 105.9 in New York (2007-2009), On-Air Personality and PD for Univision Radio's KLLE 107.9 in Fresno, California (2005-2007) and Morning On-Air Personality for Citadel Broadcasting's KWIN 97.7 in Stockton (2003-2005).


Longtime WTVN Morning Host Dies

Longtime WTVN Morning Host Dies

80-year-old Bob Conners passed away from a rare form of lymphoma. Conners was the longtime morning man at WTVN-AM in Columbus, Ohio, which is now owned by iHeartMedia. On the station website, Market President Brian Dytko said, "Bob Conners was an institution in Columbus and a true professional and class act. He was a familiar and comforting voice for WTVN listeners for decades. We have all been blessed to work with him." Conners retired from the station three years ago. He spent more than 40 years on the air in central Ohio.


DiModica Joins WPFX In Toledo As LSM

DiModica Joins WPFX In Toledo As LSM

Dana DiModica is the new local sales manager for Cumulus Toledo. She was previously general sales manager for Toldeo Radio Group's WPFX (107.7 The Wolf) in Toledo. Prior to that, DiModica held posts including local sales manager for Clear Channel in Findlay and Tiffin, OH, and account executive and traffic director for Clear Channel in Toledo and Findlay. She was also an account executive with NBC24 Toledo.



MONEY MAKING IDEAS

Seinfeld, I'm Proud To Be An Ad Writer

Seinfeld, I'm Proud To Be An Ad Writer

(By Roy Williams) Jerry Seinfeld is the richest actor on earth. Google it. He's worth $820 million. You don't make that kind of money working as a stand-up comedian in Atlantic City. You make it when companies pay to run ads during your hit TV show. Based on the advertising revenues it generated, Seinfeld (1989-1998) was the most successful show in the history of television. Fast-forward to October 2014: Jerry Seinfeld wins a CLIO, an award that's sort of like an Oscar in advertising.


<b>(SALES)</b> The Magic of New Media

(SALES) The Magic of New Media

(By Wayne Ens) Every medium, from newspapers to TV, from radio to direct mail and the Internet, began as "new media." And the magic formula to advertising success in each new media has never changed. Every new medium initially succeeds during the honeymoon period of new technology, solely based upon the magic of the technology itself. With the invention of the printing press, business owners were dazzled by technology that allowed them to reach larger audiences more efficiently than their previous marketing method, the door-to-door salesman.


<b>(PROGRAMMING)</b> The New Now

(PROGRAMMING) The New Now

(By Heather Cohen) There was a time when hiring a program director was as simple as promoting the very best talent on your staff. Today's level of sophistication and competition, combined with the fiscal responsibility and financial pressure that face all operators, have raised the criteria by which a programmer is judged. Given the need for this new skill set, I took the opportunity to talk with some of the leading programmers in our industry. Their responses provide insight as to where the content side of our business is going.



RADIO INK

40 Most Powerful Meet in NYC

40 Most Powerful Meet in NYC

Last week Radio Ink held its annual reception to honor the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio. The annual event was held at the Harvard Club in New York City. Radio Ink publisher Eric Rhoads is pictured here with iHeartMedia CFO Richard Bressler and iBiquity CEO Bob Struble. Also in attendance were John Tesh, John Batchelor, Rita Cosby, Walter Sabo and many other dignitaries from the Radio industry. Go to our Facebook page HERE to see more pictures from the event.


Who Attended Forecast 2015?

Who Attended Forecast 2015?

We have pictures. Lots of pictures from Forecast 2015 at the Harvard Club in New York City. Take a look at who attended the packed finanicial event of the year HERE. You can also see some of radio's heavy hitters such as NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith and Charles Warfield who attended our annual 40 Most Powerful People in Radio reception held in the beautiful ballroom of the Harvard Club HERE.


<font color=#3333CC>WHAT ARE YOUR 2015 DIGITAL PLANS?</font>

WHAT ARE YOUR 2015 DIGITAL PLANS?

Digital revenue is all the rage these days. And while the overall number in radio is still small, compared to over-the-air revenue, the potential is huge. Radio Ink would like to know what your game plan and philosophy is when it comes to digital. Are you hiring more digital experts? Do you have high revenue expectations for digital revenue in 2015? Do you have a plan for mobile? Please take our digital survey (all responses will remain confidential). Our plan is to share the overall results with the industry and use this information to create more digital content in Radio Ink that will help you achieve your digital goals. Take our Survey.


<font color=#3333CC>SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS</font>

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...




Images From Forecast 2015
November 19, 2014 in New York. Click anywhere on an image to advance to the next.

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Blast From The Past
Dust off your old radio pictures and send them to edryantheeditor@gmail.com

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Station Vehicle Gallery
Radio stations from all over the country have sent in pictures of their mobile marketing machines. Here are some of the most creative vehicles being used in the industry today. Send your picture to edryantheditor@gmail.com.
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