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May 28, 2015

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Is Radio Ready For Wi-Fi On The DASH?

Is Radio Ready For Wi-Fi On The DASH?

Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs moderated a panel that took the Convergence audience through the latest in the relationship between the car and its "radio." Yes, radio is still in the dash, but there are so many new things coming each year that provide more listening, navigation and internet-based choices to the driver. The biggest thing on the plate today is the advent of Wi-Fi connected cars. So, how can radio continue to hold a primary spot in this now-crowded space and stay engaged with the new opportunities of the connected car? READ ON.

Lanctot: GM Could Offer Android In The DASH

Lanctot: GM Could Offer Android In The DASH

Roger Lanctot has become a familiar face at radio conventions. The analytics experts provides very detailed information and predictions about the automobile dashboard. He threw out one of those predictions yesterday about GM. He says it will be no surprise if Google and GM get together at Google I/O today to announce the first cars with native Android software in 2016. "I sat in an Android infused Camaro over a year ago at GM Ventures. It did not change my life. But Google and GM no doubt hope to get a contact high from gripping and grinning on the stage at today's event." Read Lanctot's latest blog on the topic HERE .


Marketron Makes First-Ever Live Programmatic Buy

On Wednesday, Marketron chose Radio Ink's Convergence Conference in San Jose to showcase the first-ever live demonstration of a programmatic radio buy. The company's Mediascape platform facilitated the buy. KSTP-FM (Hubbard's Variety AC KS95) in Minneapolis first published inventory to Marketron's Marketplace platform, and the advertiser, Aloft Hotels Minneapolis, bought this inventory (20 spots per week) using Mediascape's demand-side platform. The other was AAA KSKI-FM Sun Valley, ID (Rich Broadcasting). The goal was to show how both large and small markets can participate in programmatic buying. The two buys were transacted in 15 minutes.


Do You Have A Strategy For Selling Digital?

On Day One of Convergence, Sean Luce moderated a panel on how to sell digital. Luce asked the big question: Should sales staffs sell digital with traditional spots or sell it separately? McCormack Media CEO Tracey McCormack trains people to sell digital but thinks they should be selling both. "Today, we are in a very lucky time to be in this industry. I'm well aware of terrestrial radio declines. But because of the tech advances, I'm more optimistic about the future of radio than I have been in 15 years. Radio should be able to talk about the entire offering their radio station can provide." READ ON.


Will Rush Find A New Home In Boston?

Will Rush Find A New Home In Boston?

Despite Limbuagh's syndicator Premiere Radio Netoworks stating Rush will pop up on another Boston station, The Boston Globe is reporting he's running out of options after WMEX turned him down. Station co-owner Catherine Remmer tells the Globe, "He's been offered to us four times, and we've said no." Northeast Radio Watch's Scott Fybush added, "There really aren't any good ones (options) now. It's likely he'll end up on some smaller signal, like WCAP in Lowell or WATD on the South Shore. That's probably going to be his best option." As we reported last week, Rush is being dropped by WRKO after returning there back in 2012


SiriusXM To Face Class Action Suit

SiriusXM To Face Class Action Suit

Reuters is reporting that the same U.S. judge that ruled in September that, under California state law, SiriusXM was liable for copyright infringement by airing The Turtles' pre-1972 songs without paying royalties, has cleared the way for other artists to proceed in a class action lawsuit against the satellite radio company for the station's non-payment of royalties for pre-1972 songs. Read more...


Restraining Order Against WRPW Host

Restraining Order Against WRPW Host

The communications manager for the City of Bloomington, IL, has asked a judge for an order of "no contact" against a host from WRPW/Bloomington-Normal. Josh Schmidgall is a personality for the Great Plains Media conservative talker. According to the Bloomington Pantagraph, Schmidgall went to the personal Normal, IL, home of Bloomington's press contact Nora Dukowitz unannounced while she was home sick. It wasn't his first time bugging this woman, either. Read more...


Radio Newsers Selected As RTDNF Fall Fellows

Radio Newsers Selected As RTDNF Fall Fellows

RTDNF has selected 11 news producers, reporters, and editors nationwide to become fellows in Europe as part of an ongoing partnership with the RIAS Berlin Kommission. Included in this German-American journalist exchange program are a handful of radio workers. See which radio reporters were selected HERE.


iHeart Giving Support For UNCF Special

iHeart Giving Support For UNCF Special

iHeartMedia will team up with television broadcaster Sinclair to offer joint media support for the United Negro College Fund annual TV special, UNCF An Evening of Stars. Sinclair will air the special in all 78 of its national markets. iHeartMedia has promised to promote Sinclair's broadcast of the UNCF TV show on 156 of its radio stations in Sinclair's markets starting the week of June 1.


WGBH Partners With Academy Of A&S

WGBH Partners With Academy Of A&S

Public broadcaster WGBH/Boston has formed an editorial partnership between its newsroom and the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge to tap the expertise of its more than 5,000 fellows. The collaboration will provide local audiences with greater access to Academy research and the expertise of its members, as well as a more comprehensive understanding of local, national, and international issues through WGBH News reporting.


WKLH Raises $1.3M For Children's Hospital

WKLH Raises $1.3M For Children's Hospital

Dave Luczak and Carole Caine, the longtime morning show hosts for WKLH/Milwaukee, held their annual fundraiser right before the Memorial Day weekend. The 18th Annual Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin was a 36-hour radiothon where the hosts broadcast from the hospital, speaking with patient families and hospital staff to spotlight many of the hospital's programs and services for kids and their families. This year's event raised a record $1.3 million. Since its inception in 1998, the annual radiothon has raised over $22 million.


KSFO Has Now Raised $600K For Fisher House

KSFO Has Now Raised $600K For Fisher House

Cumulus' KSFO-AM recently raised $136,000 for Fisher House Foundation, which benefits veterans, military, and their families. The KSFO Morning Show was broadcast live from the Palo Alto Fisher House Friday morning and featured interviews with soldiers and their families who have used Fisher House's services. Listeners donated during the broadcast and throughout the Memorial Day weekend. This is the fifth year for KSFO's Memorial Day event, which has raised over $600,000 for Fisher House Foundation.


New Orleans Translator Sold

New Orleans Translator Sold

Crocodile Broadcasting Corporation has agreed to purchase FM translator K285FF/New Orleans from Catholic Community Radio for $220,000. K285FF broadcasts from 104.9 MHz at 99 watts. Crocodile Broadcasting currently owns radio stations KGLA-AM/New Orleans, KGLA-FM/New Orleans, and KDDK-FM/Baton Rouge. Catholic Community Radio owns WQNO-AM/New Orleans. Bill Whitley of the Dallas office of Media Services Group represented the seller as the exclusive broker in this transaction.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Zac Davis Named WKSS/WKCI PD

Zac Davis Named WKSS/WKCI PD

iHeartMedia Connecticut announced that Zac Davis has been named program director for WKSS/Hartford and WKCI/New Haven. Davis most recently served as iHeartMedia Myrtle Beach's senior vice president of programming. He replaces JB Wilde, who was promoted to PD of KTCZ and KDWB/Minneapolis earlier this year.


Derik Walker Stampedes Up To MD

Derik Walker Stampedes Up To MD

Blue Sky Broadcasting has promoted Derik Walker to music director of KICR/Spokane. Walker will continue in his many other roles, including APD, promotions director, and host of the station's Morning Stampede.


Kate Delaney Added To NBC Sports Radio

Kate Delaney Added To NBC Sports Radio

NBC Sports Radio has added sports talker Kate Delaney to its weekend lineup. The Kate Delaney Show will be heard Saturdays and Sundays from Noon-3 p.m. ET, replacing The Anita Marks Show. Delaney has been a regular fill-in on NBC Sports Radio.


Mack Maloney Flies To WMEX

Mack Maloney Flies To WMEX

Mack Maloney's Military Mystery Hour is now heard on WMEX/Boston Saturdays at midnight. Maloney is a best-selling author of two military-fiction series, Wingman and Superhawks. His radio show focuses on paranormal stories with a military bent. Topics include UFOs, missing aircraft, ghost ships, and haunted military installations. Maloney's show is syndicated by Radioactive Broadcasting of San Diego.


JVC Media Hires Event Sales Director

JVC Media Hires Event Sales Director

Maggie Melville has been hired as the event sales director for all of JVC Media. She will be based out of WOTW/Orlando. Melville most recently spent over nine years with Cox Media group as their Orlando-based senior event account manager. Prior to that she spent a year with Clear Channel in their Interactive Division.


KISW DJ/MD Jolene To Exit

KISW DJ/MD Jolene To Exit

After 11 years of hosting nights for KISW/Seattle, Jolene Skisw has announced she is exiting the station at the end of this week. In addition to being a top DJ on the Rock station, she also served as music director and host of the weekend program Live and Local, which focused on unsigned Seattle area bands.


Former WFMT Host/Producer Jim Unrath Dies

Former WFMT Host/Producer Jim Unrath Dies

Jim Unrath, who worked at Classical WFMT/Chicago for 40 years, passed away over the Memorial Day weekend due to heart failure, the station's website announced. He was 78 years old. Unrath joined the station when he was just 21. He went on to host numerous shifts, including overnights and mornings, and produce many programs, including those of famed Chicago media star Studs Terkel. For some years, Unrath also served as music director and operations manager.



DIGITAL

Internet Star B. Scott Starts Podcast

Internet Star B. Scott Starts Podcast

PodcastOne announced that Internet sensation B. Scott has a new podcast on their service, appropriately named The B. Scott Show. The weekly show will feature the day-to-day adventures of the self-proclaimed "Multimedia Maven," as he covers topics in news and entertainment, shares excerpts from his "Ask B. Scott" advice columns, and interviews guests.


TargetSpot Joins Nielsen

TargetSpot Joins Nielsen

Digital audio advertising platform TargetSpot has signed on with Nielsen to bring PRIZM segmentation data to digital audio. The relationship enables TargetSpot to apply data targeting across its entire platform including a wide range of channels listeners increasingly turn to for audio content.



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) Increase Your Value

(SALES) Increase Your Value

(By Spike Santee) Are you tired of always competing solely on price? Are you frustrated when your customers demand your lowest price and then request some added value to "get on the buy"? "Added value" is not giving your client something extra for free in order to bring in the buy. Giving your client something extra for free is not selling; it is simply the act of lowering your price to the level the client will tolerate.


(SOCIAL) Welcome To The New Age

(SOCIAL) Welcome To The New Age

(By Loyd Ford) I hear the sound of the future and it sounds nothing like the past. Radio debt, recession, and industry change mushroomed at the same time that a new generation has risen into adulthood. We know that part of the story, right? I'm just not sure we all understand how much listening has changed while our industry has shifted into neutral and developed an appetite for cost cutting. These new "listeners" have radios in their cars. They just don't care. "Why should I?" they ask. "I have this."


Senior Wars - The Older Demos Awaken

Senior Wars - The Older Demos Awaken

(By Curt Krafft) If you think something isn't going to work, it won't. Rightly or wrongly, perception plays a huge role in the world of business. This is especially true in the business of broadcasting. If we truly believe that appealing to older demos will not translate into a significant amount of revenue, then it won't. And nothing is going to change our mind.



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SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

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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...






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