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...
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.
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...
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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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 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."
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...
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...
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."
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...
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.
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 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 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.
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...
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.