After a blog claimed that using the new Voltair encoding device was the equivalent to an athlete using steroids and gaining an unfair advantage, Harker Research responded with a sharp rejection of that assessment in a blog of their own. In the latest Radio InSights blog, Richard Harker writes: "Even if there were some validity bringing ethics into the debate, accusing Voltair of the sin is misguided." He added: "Invoking fairness, playing by the rules, and steroids is a straw-man argument made by people who don't understand PPM, don't understand its shortcomings, and don't understand Voltair."
Cox Media Group's Atlanta R&B station, WALR/Kiss 104.1 is now being simulcast on translator W228CA on 93.5. The translator (and its construction permit to increase wattage) was purchased by Cox in March.
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On Friday, iHeartMedia rebranded its Las Vegas CHR station KPLV as 93.1 The Party. The station had recently revamped its lineup, and at the end of last week, dropped its most recent branding of My 93.1. The playlist will stay basically the same, but with the focus on more uptempo hit songs.
Cumulus Media's NASH has announced a new weekend countdown program, American Country Countdown Rewind with Bob Kingsley, which will focus on Country music from the 1990s through early 2000s. The three-hour show will debut the weekend of May 2-3 on all Cumulus-owned NASH Icon stations, as well as select NASH branded stations. It is being made available to other stations, as well, via a syndication deal with Westwood One.
According to an article in Newsweek, former SiriusXM host Anthony Cumia, of the now-former Opie & Anthony Show, tried to enter the satellite radio providers New York building on Friday, only to be turned away by security guards. This was Cumia's first visit to SiriusXM since his abrupt firing in the summer of 2014.
WJUN-FM (Mexico, PA) and WLZS-FM (Beaver Springs, PA) have officially been purchased by Southern Belle from seller Starview Media. The purchase price for the pair of radio stations was $650,000. Greg Guy of Patrick Communications, who served as the exclusive broker in the transaction, announced the closing on Friday.
Cumulus Mobile recently named Laura English as the Local Sales Manager for the company's four-station cluster in southern Alabama. English has worked in sales and marketing for two decades in markets spanning the Gulf Coast. This includes eight years as Director of Sales for Mobile's WABB. She most recently served as the Director of Sales for ConventionSouth Magazine.
New York's WQHT/HOT 97 has announced Megan Ryte will take over the vacant midday shift effective Monday, April 20. She is relocating from Houston, where she has worked for several Radio One stations since 2013, including KMJQ and KBXX, as well as on television as an on-air contributor and digital producer. Ryte, who has worked in radio since 2010, replaces Big Dennis Rivera, who exited in January. MD/weekender TT Torrez had served as midday fill-in while the nationwide search for a new host was going on.
Entercom has announced that Lance Richard has been promoted to become the new VP/Market Manager for their Sacramento six-station cluster. The 28-year radio and media veteran has been with Entercom since 2009, serving as Corporate VP of Integrated Sales and most recently as VP of Sales at Entercom Sacramento. He replaces Sean Shannon, who will be taking over as Market Manager for Cumulus Atlanta.
It's time to make your nominations for one of our most popular lists of the year. The 2015 Most Influential Women in Radio list will be released on June 16. Who needs to be on that list? Here's your chance to have your say. Go to our nominating form HERE and send us your nomination.
Longtime Boston radio newsman Henry Santoro is joining public radio station WGBH as its midday news anchor, starting next week. He replaces Jordan Weinstein, who previously moved to mornings. To accept this position, Santoro has exited as news director and morning host at Boston.com's streaming station RadioBDC, where he has been since 2012. Prior to that time, Santoro spent nearly 30 years with the former WFNX.
Adams Radio Group of Delmarva has named Washington/Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee as the new Program Director and Afternoon Drive host for WOCQ/OC104. Dee most recently had been programming WPGC-HD2 and working weekends on WPGC-FM.
(By Jeff Schmidt) Motivational speaker Les Brown instructs his audiences, "Raise your hand if you've ever come up with an idea to do something, and before you could take one step towards it, you, yes YOU, talked yourself out of it?" You've done it, I've done it...quite recently, in fact.
(By Jeff McHugh) It's almost a given that radio stations do contests and give away stuff. Unless you work for an NPR affiliate or the CBC, you were probably indoctrinated into the philosophy of contesting on your first day at your first radio job. Have you ever wondered why those contests are happening?
(By Ronald Robinson) For decades, the standard retinue of on-air and commercial phrases has included the likes of: "Do it today! Buy now! Come on down! Save 30 percent! Don't miss it! Check us out online! Call now! Wait!" An impressive list of others exists. The on-air usage of this approach to audiences is ubiquitous.
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...