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July 2, 2015

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How Beth Neuhoff Plans To Grow Her Company

How Beth Neuhoff Plans To Grow Her Company

Beth Neuhoff (pictured here, center front, with her team) is on the cover of Radio Ink Magazine, which features the 100 Most Influential Women in Radio. In an excerpt from our interview, Neuhoff details how she'd like to grow her company in an industry dominated by just a few players, where she'd like to expand and what how easy or hard it is for her to get the financing to grow. READ MORE.

Emmis Wins Preferred Shareholders Appeal

Emmis Wins Preferred Shareholders Appeal

It was a 3-0 decision, handed down today by the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which just affirmed the U.S. District Court's decision in Emmis' favor in a lawsuit filed by preferred shareholders. This case has been going on for years (see previous stories). In a nutshell, when the financial crisis hit, Emmis restructured and stripped preferred shareholders of their right to collect millions of dollars in past dividends, a plan the preferred shareholders fought -- and have now lost. The court decided that, under Indiana law, what Emmis did was legal. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan said, "It has been a long road, but we are incredibly gratified that the 7th Circuit upheld Judge Barker's ruling, and denied the arguments made by dissident preferred shareholders. We were always confident in our stance, and we are pleased the courts have agreed." Read the full 10-page decision HERE


Univision Files IPO Registration

Univision Files IPO Registration

After many months of speculation and rumors, Spanish language media giant Univision has indeed taken the first step towards going public. The company has filed a Form S-1 with the SEC, with the goal of offering Class A common shares of stock for sale, most likely in this year's fourth quarter. More HERE...


TheBlaze Ending Radio News Service

TheBlaze Ending Radio News Service

The syndicated news reports delivered to affiliates and SiriusXM from TheBlaze Radio Network will be ending at the end of next month. The network is doing so to put more efforts into its full-length radio talk shows. No other network programming is expected to end at this time. Read on...


Pirates Anger Cincy Residents

Pirates Anger Cincy Residents

WKRC-TV reports on a pirate radio station west of Cincinnati that has area residents calling the federal authorities. The pirated radio station can be heard on 87.9 FM in the Cincinnati neighborhoods of West Price Hill, North Fairmount, and Westwood. The station is playing uncensored music from rappers The Geto Boys continuously, with the artists' sometimes-vulgar lyrics broadcasting for all to hear. Complaints have been filed with the FCC. WKRC-TV reached out to the FCC for a comment, but the agency declined.


Mapleton Refinances Successfully

Mapleton Refinances Successfully

Mapleton Communications in Monterey, CA announced on Thursday that the company has successfully completed its refinancing with loan partners Webster Bank in Waterbury, CT and Balance Point Capital Partners in Westport, CT. Mapleton CEO James Shea said, "We are so pleased to be partnering with two very experienced lenders that are active in the radio industry and share the same positive view of Radio's future." Mapleton owns and operates 42 stations in eight small and medium markets in California, Oregon, Washington and Louisiana. Corporate Partners, a private equity firm based in New York City, remains the majority shareholder of Mapleton Communications.


Illinois Radio Network Moving To Springfield

Illinois Radio Network Moving To Springfield

Saga Communications, the parent company of the Chicago-based Illinois Radio network and the Springfield-based Capital Radio Group, is consolidating the two entities into one. IRN operations will mostly move downstate to Springfield, as a result, leaving only a reporter and sports director in Chicago. The news director of CRG's WTAX/Springfield, Alex Degman will add IRN ND duties, replacing Jim Anderson, who has exited.


Ohio Station Transfers To Moody Radio

Ohio Station Transfers To Moody Radio

Moody Radio announced the completion of their purchase of WLGO-FM/Ashtabula, OH from Lamb of God Communications. The call letters will now be changed to WVMU. Moody Radio religious programming will begin on the station later this month, simulcasting sister-station WCRF/Cleveland. WVMU becomes Moody Radios's sixth station in the Ohio/northwestern Pennsylvania region, as well as the 37th owned and operated station for the company overall.


Bouvard: Radio's Reach Is #1

Bouvard: Radio's Reach Is #1

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.


Cumulus Enters Podcasting World

Cumulus Enters Podcasting World

Audioboom's SaaS platform will provide on-demand creative, hosting, broadcasting, and advertising tools for the entire Cumulus and Westwood One radio network, as the two companies sign a new, multi-year monetization partnership. 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.


CBS Small Business Pulse Launches

CBS Small Business Pulse Launches

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.


Newsmax Ranks Top Local Talk Hosts

Newsmax Ranks Top Local Talk Hosts

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 Changes Atlanta Affiliates

ESPN Radio Changes Atlanta Affiliates

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...


NABEF Announces Tech Apprenticeships

NABEF Announces Tech Apprenticeships

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.


WCTR Sold For $200,000

WCTR Sold For $200,000

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.


KVGH Flips To Oldies

KVGH Flips To Oldies

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.


DEAR MEDIA: WE HOAXED YOU!

DEAR MEDIA: WE HOAXED YOU!

(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!


The 100 Most Influential Women In Radio

The 100 Most Influential Women In Radio

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.


<b>MAKE YOUR RADIO WAYNE NOMINATION</b>

MAKE YOUR RADIO WAYNE NOMINATION

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.



DIGITAL

Apple Goes Back To The Future

Apple Goes Back To The Future

An opinion column in the Washington Post by Marc Fisher looks at the new Beats 1 streaming radio station by Apple Music. He feels that the new service is not so much a forward-thinking advancement, but more of a modern remake of classic Top 40 radio, with hyper-speaking DJs. It wasn't necessarily the technological revolution he was seemingly hoping for. More...


Pandora Completes Next Big Sound Acquisition

Pandora Completes Next Big Sound Acquisition

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.


Slacker & ESPN Partner For Music Station

Slacker & ESPN Partner For Music Station

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.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Michael Savage Announces Scholarship Winners

Michael Savage Announces Scholarship Winners

Westwood One syndicated host Michael Savage launched an essay contest and $100,000 scholarship fund in early 2015 to support conservative college students. Savage received approximately 1,700 entries, with their essays on "What Does It Mean to Be an American?" Savage announced the names of the five winners Thursday, with each earning a $20,000 scholarship over a two-year period.


Howard Stern Is Historical

Howard Stern Is Historical

SiriusXM announced it would be broadcasting a two-week, in-depth audio biography which will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the life, career, and achievements of Howard Stern. The History of Howard Stern will air on SiriusXM channels Howard 100 and Howard 101 beginning July 6. The entire special will be available on-demand starting on July 4.


CoCo Brother Returns To Atlanta's Airwaves

CoCo Brother Returns To Atlanta's Airwaves

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Rodney Ho reports that CoCo Brother (aka Cory Condrey) is returning to Atlanta radio after two years away. He will be hosting an inspirational gospel show entitled CoCo Brother Live: The Weekend, heard Sunday mornings on WSTR-HD3 and FM translator W233BF (Streetz 94.5).


Chris K Heads To Steel City

Chris K Heads To Steel City

Steel City Media announced the hiring of Chris K for middays on WLTJ/Pittsburgh. He comes from WDHZ/Detroit, where he worked weekends/fill-ins. Chris K replaces Debbie Wilde, who has joined the station's new morning show.


Bob & Sheri Hit The Road

Bob & Sheri Hit The Road

The syndicated Bob & Sheri Show is going on a road trip. Bob Lacey, Sheri Lynch, and their morning show team are loading up an RV and traveling for a week, driving from their home base in North Carolina to Maine. Calling it the RV Crazy Tour, the show will stop at affiliate stations in Zanesville, OH; Hudson, NY, and Bangor, ME. The 10-day trip begins July 3.


Don Barrett Ending LARadio.com

Don Barrett Ending LARadio.com

Don Barrett, founder and publisher of the Los Angeles-centric radio information website LARadio.com, announced he will be shutting down the website later in July, after nearly 20 years of operation. Barrett had previously worked in Los Angeles radio for ten years and has authored a pair of books on LA radio personalities


FCC Names Congressional Liaison

FCC Names Congressional Liaison

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Mike Dabbs as Director of the FCC Office of Legislative Affairs. Dabbs and his team will lead the Commission's communications with the U.S. House and Senate. He replaces Sara Morris who exited in April to join iHeartMedia's Government Affairs team. Dabbs will work alongside Deputy Director Andrew Woelfling, who has served as acting director since Morris' departure.



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SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

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 edryantheeditor@gmail.com





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