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March 5, 2015

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Should Artists Be Paid For Radio Airplay?

Should Artists Be Paid For Radio Airplay?

There's been a lot of controversy and discussion over whether artists should receive financial compensation when their songs are played on over-the-air radio. It's an issue that many know is not going away. It's an issue that's made its way to Congress. What do some of Radio Ink's top Country Program Directors think about the issue. At CRS 2015 we put the question to many of them and here's what they had to say...


INFINITE DIAL 2015

Pandora Is King of Online Listening

Now in its 23rd year, Edison Research has released its annual Infinite Dial study which indicated 53 percent of Americans 12 and older now listen to online radio every month and 44 percent, or 119 million people, listen to radio online every week. The study included 2,002 people who were interviewed about their use of digital platforms and new media. Pandora continues to dominate online audio listening. 54 percent of Internet audio users say Pandora is the service they listen to most often followed way back in the pack by iHeartRadio at 11 percent. Spotify was third at 10 percent and iTunes Radio came in next at 8 percent.


Radio Still Rules New Music Category, But...

Radio executives have consistently stated that radio is the first place consumers go to when seeking out new music. Recently Sony Nashville CEO Gary Overton stated, "If you're not on Country radio, you don't exist." And the 2015 Infinite Dial study backs those claims. 69 percent of the respondents in the survey say they get their new music from radio. That's followed by YouTube at 61 percent and Pandora at 51 percent. It is important to note that radio dropped six percentage points from the 2014 study and Pandora jumped three percentage points, so the gap is closing. Not surprisingly, Radio doesn't score so well with the kids. In the 12-24 demo where 83 percent turn to YouTube for new music compared to Pandora (70%) and radio (57%).


The Explosive Growth of Online Listening

As radio waits and waits and waits for Nielsen to produce a system that can accurately detect both online and over-the-air listening, consumers continue to defect to the Internet to get their audio. In 2005 only 15 percent of consumers listened to audio online. In 2015, more than a majority of consumers (53%) listen online. Online listening has grown steadily since it first began back in 2000 when it was 5 percent. Every month 77 percent of the 12-24 demo listens online, 61 percent of the 25-54 demo listens online and 26 percent of the 55 and older crowd turns to digital for audio.



RADIO INK CONFERENCES

English or Spanish to Win Hispanic Listeners?

English or Spanish to Win Hispanic Listeners?

Research Director Partner Charlie Sislen moderated the panel at the Hispanic Radio Conference looking into the state of Nielsen's measurement of the Hispanic population in the U.S. Sislen stated, "The world in ratings has vastly changed. The other thing -- again, this will be absolutely no surprise to anyone in this room -- the Hispanic population has grown." Sislen continued, "When I started, nobody even knew what a high-density Hispanic area was unless you were in Miami or L.A., and now most major markets have them." Also on the panel was Cumulus Media's Mike McVay (pictured).


Key Strategies to Sell Sports Radio

Key Strategies to Sell Sports Radio

At the Radio Ink Sports Radio Conference Thursday, four top sports sales pros gave attendees some of the secret sauce they use to sell in the markets where they operate. Moderator Jay Meyers, CEO, BMT/BCA, spoke with Joe Bell, SVP/Market Manager, CBS/Miami; Alec Drake, GSM, Sportsradio 1310AM /96.7FM The Ticket and KLIF-FM Dallas-Ft. Worth; and Bob Visotcky, General Sales Manager, BCA Radio/San Diego. More...


Gonzales Talks Immigration at Hispanic Radio Conference

Gonzales Talks Immigration at Hispanic Radio Conference

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales gave an impassioned speech at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Dallas on Thursday -- a talk that literally brought tears to the eyes of many attendees. Gonzales talked about his childhood in Texas as the son of cotton pickers and his journey to the highest legal position in the nation as attorney general under President George W. Bush. A story of growing up in a two-bedroom house -- and serving the president in the White House. Video More...


Investment Strategy and Hispanic Media

Investment Strategy and Hispanic Media

What is a radio company looking for, specifically a Hispanic radio company, in 2015 to attract today's more cautious investors? Leading the panel "Investment Strategy: Hispanic Media, Wall Street & Main Street" at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Dallas Thursday was Managing Partner at Sugarloaf Rock Capital Drew Marcus. The first question Marcus asked the panel dealt with capital, capital markets, and what kind of capital is available to Hispanic markets. More...


Busting The Top Hispanic Myths

Busting The Top Hispanic Myths

Something big is happening, the Hispanic influence in America is exploding. Dieste Senior Strategic Planner Gabriela Gonzalez says that there are more Hispanics in America than Canadian's in Canada, and that their ethnic birth rate in the U.S. is now 20 times the birth rate of whites. Hispanics are reaching the highest rate of college enrollment than ever before and as of 2013, there were one million Latina's running their own businesses. Gonzalez calls herself the Hispanic myth buster. Here she takes aim at five of them...


Morris Tells Radio To Think Outside The Box

Morris Tells Radio To Think Outside The Box

Chad Morris is the head coach of the SMU football team. His keynote at the Radio Ink Sports Radio Conference focused on his secrets to winning. Morris, who also coached at Clemson, has a motto: "adapt or die." He says it's paramount to adapt to the market and he tells his coaches and players they have to think outside the box and avoid acting in a cookie-cutter environment. The coaching lessons struck home with the radio attendees. Morris says teamwork is just as important on the field as it is in the studio.


How To Coach Sports Talk Talent

How To Coach Sports Talk Talent

If you run a sports station you probably know it's a tough task dealing with talent at times. The successful ones can be very opinionated. At the Radio Ink Sports Radio Conference in Dallas, consultant Scott Masteller led a panel about coaching Sports Talk talent. Masteller was joined by Weiss Agency VP Heather Cohen, WEEI Brand Manager Kevin Graham, XTRA-San Diego PD Brian Long, and Ryan Maguire, PD of KDKA-Pittsburgh. Here's what they had to say.


Juanes Opens Radio Ink Hispanic Conference

Juanes Opens Radio Ink Hispanic Conference

Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads presented the Medallas de Cortez Leadership Award to recording artist Juanes. Following an inspiring film highlighting Juanes' humanitarian efforts, Juanes thanked the audience for support of his foundation. He spoke about his early songs and how writing them helped him overcome the violence in his native Columbia. And how the award has great significance to him and to his foundation.


Meet The Medallas de Cortez Winners

Meet The Medallas de Cortez Winners

On Wednesday evening, the 2015 Radio Ink Medallas de Cortez Awards were presented to the best of the best in Hispanic radio. The awards are named in honor of Raoul Cortez, who founded KCOR, the first Spanish-language station in the United States, in 1946. Among the winners...SBS' Albert Rodriguez for Broadcaster of the Year and Univision's Enrique Santos for Syndicated Personality of the Year. Here are all the 2015 winners...



INDUSTRY NEWS

Developer Buys Old iHeart HQ Building

Developer Buys Old iHeart HQ Building

MySA.com reports that Casey Development of San Antonio has purchased iHeartmedia's 54,000 square foot headquarters building which the company had owned since 1999 when it was still called Clear Channel. The sale price was not disclosed. The building had been appraised at about $7 million. The development company will occupy 6,5oo square feet of the building with the remaining 10,500 square feet offered for lease. iHeart has been running corporate operations out of New York.


Radio's Digital Divide

Radio's Digital Divide

(By Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) The word "digital" remains on everyone's lips, and radio's struggle to get more of it is increasing as we see more and more advertisers jumping ship for digital strategies elsewhere. It's a fact few stations want to admit - and one that is perplexing to most, because their radio stations have digital offerings. So why are advertisers chasing digital solutions elsewhere?


Townsquare Flips Albany Station to Christmas

Townsquare Flips Albany Station to Christmas

WQSH-FM has flipped from Top 40 to a Christmas music format. It's now known as 105.7 Santa-FM, the station promises "everything from Sting to Bing." Of course it could all be a stunt, however Townsquare Media's Albany Market President, Jake Demmin, tells CBS 6 in Albany, the change comes after a great deal of research and the format received a great deal of support from the community after just a few minutes on the air. "There's literally a clamoring for Christmas music 24/7/365/52."


Nielsen Acquires eXelate

Nielsen Acquires eXelate

Nielsen moves deeper into the programmatic world with its purchase of eXelate,  a provider of data and technology facilitating the buying and selling of advertising across different programmatic platforms. With the acquisition, Nielsen says that their clients gain the ability to activate real-time Nielsen audience measurements. Xelate aggregates and distributes third-party online data, composed of demographic, interest, and intent data from over 200 online and offline data providers. More...



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Big Boy Era At iHeart In L.A. Begins Monday

Big Boy Era At iHeart In L.A. Begins Monday

As expected after Tuesday's court ruling, iHeartMedia in L.A. announced former 20-year Power 106 morning man Big Boy will take over mornings at Real 92.3, which iHeart recently flipped to R&B. The former Emmis host said, "You can't imagine how psyched and ready I am to show my listeners -- my family -- what we've got planned at Real 92.3. iHeartMedia 100 percent gets what I've been doing for over 20 years and together we're going to take it to the next level."


Beasley Augusta Gets A Digital SM

Beasley Augusta Gets A Digital SM

Georgia Beasley is the new GSM for New Country Kicks 99 WKXC-FM and 93.9 BOB-FM WDRR-FM in Augusta. She'll also take on the responsibilities of managing digital sales for all seven Augusta Beasley stations. A South Florida native, this move brings Beasley to Augusta for the first time. Beasley has held sales management positions in Miami and Wilmington, Delaware. She entered the radio industry upon her graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. Beasley replaces Mark Haddon who was promoted to VP/market manager when Kent Dunn was promoted to run the Beasley cluster recently picked up from CBS in Tampa.


WHO ARE THE BEST PD's IN AMERICA?

WHO ARE THE BEST PD's IN AMERICA?

It's one of our most popular lists every year. And it's your chance to recognize the great men and women that make your stations sound great. Every format and every market is considered for this list. Who are the Best Program Directors in America? Make your nomination HERE .


Premiere To Distribute Tong Show

Premiere To Distribute Tong Show

The syndication arm owned by iHeartMedia will begin providing international distribution for electironic dance program The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong. The two-hour weekly program is specifically programmed for CHR stations.


Roberts Appointed EVP & COO of ASCAP

Roberts Appointed EVP & COO of ASCAP

Industry veteran Brian Roberts has been named the new Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at ASCAP. He will report to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. Roberts moves to ASCAP from his previous position as EVP, Corporate Strategy & Operations at Warner Music Group. Roberts' will be responsible for the royalty payment system for ASCAP members and will oversee ASCAP's worldwide infrastructure including Distribution and Repertory, Information Systems, Facilities and the Economist's Office.  More...


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

Tom Joyner Now On Play.It

Tom Joyner Now On Play.It

The Tom Joyner Morning Show is now being made available on Play.it, the new podcasting network from CBS Radio. Joyner joins a host of other personalities being streamed on Play.it, including: Boomer Esiason & Craig Carton, Carson Daly, and Kevin & Bean.


New Sports Podcast On iTunes & Stitcher

New Sports Podcast On iTunes & Stitcher

A new podcast focusing on the sports radio industry is now available online for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher. The Podcast About Sports Radio focuses primarily on interviews with recognizable personalities within the sports radio industry, including Talk hosts, producers, program directors, play-by-play announcers, and other industry leaders. The podcast is hosted by Zach McCrite, Sports/Talk host at 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City.


Jay Z's Streaming Bid Rejected

Jay Z's Streaming Bid Rejected

The $56 million bid Jay Z placed for the Norwegian company Aspiro, which owns the services Tidal and WiMP, has been rejected by minority shareholders of the company. If the rapper still wants to acquire the company, he will need to amend his offer, reports Rolling Stone.



WEDNESDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES MANAGEMENT) Truth In Labeling

(SALES MANAGEMENT) Truth In Labeling

(By Jon Horton) We all use labels in our everyday conversation. They provide convenient shorthand for sharing well-known concepts using a minimum of words. Unless you're meeting with a real estate agent, it's usually enough to simply say, "I left home this morning" even though "home" might be an apartment, a condominium, or a mansion.


(HIRING) Recruiting Passive Candidates

(HIRING) Recruiting Passive Candidates

(By Laurie Kahn) You are reading more and more about "passive candidates." We are spending a lot of time working with our clients on how to deal with this type of candidate. This is not something that affects only radio, but all industries. There are basically two types of people to consider in the job search: job seekers and passive candidates. Let me explain...


(SOCIAL) 5 Awesome Social Media Tools

(SOCIAL) 5 Awesome Social Media Tools

(By Loyd Ford) Always looking to save time with your social media, be more productive, or both? Every once in a while, we like to look at tools that can make things easier for you. There are - as you might suspect - some evergreen tools that just stick around because of how awesome they are, but you might find a new trick or two. Here's a fresh look...



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) Make Sure Advertisers Are Ready

(SALES) Make Sure Advertisers Are Ready

(By Jeff Schmidt) Jeff Bacon is a seller for Rich Broadcasting in Sun Valley, Idaho, who has many years of successful selling experience. He wrote about an experience he had this week. Here's what he had to say...


(SALES) 3 Ways To Sell More Radio

(SALES) 3 Ways To Sell More Radio

(By Wayne Ens) The lure of a multitude of shiny new media emerging daily is turning out to be a blessing in disguise for professional radio marketers. It wasn't that long ago that we were often approached by radio stations that wanted to sell their stations or clusters against other stations and clusters.


(TALENT) Super Spots

(TALENT) Super Spots

(By Ronald Robinson) My thanks to those who requested a demo of the first six cuts (of 26) of the ads produced specifically for auto dealerships. Some recipients would have freaked out because of the lack of "content" - the products, the deals, the financing options, etc. It can be argued that auto retailers' "deals" are, pretty much, all same-same, particularly to an unmotivated, so-far-disinterested radio audience.



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Sports Radio Conference
March 4-5, 2015
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Hispanic Radio Conference
March 4-5, 2015
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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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