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...
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.
Conservative news website Newsmax made a list of what it considered "the top 50 most influential local talk radio hosts and shows for 2015." Ranking #1 on the list was KFI/Los Angeles afternoon duo John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou. WABC/New York midday hosts Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby came in at #2, while WRKO/Boston PM Drive host Howie Carr was ranked #3. See Newsmax's full list of influential radio hosts HERE.
ESPN Radio will be exiting Lincoln Financial Media's WQXI/Atlanta on August 16 and will then be found on on Dickey Broadcasting's WFOM/Atlanta-Marietta, starting August 17. Dickey Broadcasting announced a multi-year contract with ESPN to make WFOM the local affiliate. The station will be rebranded as ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2. Some ESPN content will also be featured on market sister-station WCNN. More...
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.
Hometown Multimedia has entered into an agreement to purchase WCTR-AM/Chestertown, MD from WCTR Broadcasting. The 1,000-watt AM station also has FM translator W272BJ, and the purchase price is $200,000 cash. Dick Kozacko, Kozacko Media Services served as broker in the transaction.
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.
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.
(by Mark Ramsey) Was the Taylor Swift/Apple Music dustup nothing more than a premeditated hoax? Maybe! And... "I Want My MTV" is out, and "I AM My MTV" is in, but will anybody care? Plus, rants and raves about Amazon's trend-setting plan to pay some self-published authors based on the number of pages read, and the one irrefutable, universal law of podcasting success -- or not. It's episode 22 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Check it out HERE!
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.
Internet radio service Pandora announced that it has completed its acquisition of Next Big Sound, a provider of online music analytics, for an undisclosed sum. Next Big Sound is an analytics tool, used by thousands of music makers, labels, and marketers looking for insights about artists and their music.
Audioboom's SaaS platform will provide on-demand creative, hosting, broadcasting, and advertising tools for the entire Cumulus and Westwood One radio network, according to a new, multi-year monetization partnership agreement. The Audioboom platform will be used by Cumulus to embed content across its networks' websites and mobile apps, offering on-demand podcasts, and to create clips that can be distributed via Audioboom's embeddable players, social media integration, and RSS feeds into third party audio platforms.
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.
Cumulus Media and Westwood One Chief Marketing Officer Pierre Bouvard contributed a new blog that looks deeper at the Nielsen Q1 Total Audience Report. He finds that radio is the #1 number one mass reach medium in America -- beating television, streaming Internet, and smartphones. Continue reading.
iHeartMedia announced the hiring of Brandi Young to the role of Senior Vice President of Sales for its Phoenix cluster. Since 2011, Young served as SVP of Sales for Townsquare Media. She has also spent 18 years in sales management roles with Citadel and Cumulus. Young replaces Linda Little who was promoted to iHeartMedia Phoenix Market President in April.
iHeartMedia announced the promotion of Matt Tell to program director for KQQL/Minneapolis-St. Paul. A rookie PD, he had been serving as APD since August 2013. He also has been serving as director of promotions for the iHM Minneapolis cluster, a responsibility he will continue. Tell has been with iHM Minneapolis for 19 years.
Beasley Media Group announced a new morning show for KVGS/Meadview-Las Vegas, pairing up popular market veteran Mark DiCiero and newcomer Aimee Montgomery. Mornings with Mark and Aimee will replace the current morning show by Brian "Hammer" Panerali, who remains APD/MD. Mike Mackenzie will serve as executive producer.
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.
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