Current Issue:



Current Issue


The 40 Most Powerful People In Radio
Click here to subscribe to Radio Ink.







Radio Ink Writers


















July 30, 2015

Top Story

iHeartMedia Q2 Revenue Increases 4%

iHeartMedia Q2 Revenue Increases 4%

On his second anniversary with the company, CFO Richard Bressler told investors automotive, medical and healthcare and financial services were the strongest categories for the company as revenue grew from $806 Million in the second quarter of 2014 to $841 this year. Expenses for the quarter were up 5% due to event production costs and higher sales compensation expenses on the national side. iHeartRadio went over the 71 million register user mark and total listening hours on the app were up 23% in Q2. 60% of iHeartRadio's listening in Q2 was done on a mobile device. The company continues to have $20 billion in debt with $196 million in maturities coming due in 2016 and $934 million in 2018.

Are The 40 Most Powerful Being Lulled To Sleep

Are The 40 Most Powerful Being Lulled To Sleep

(By Steve Goldstein) This week, radio executives will get their much-anticipated 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue of Radio Ink. Hate to say it, but the team at Radio Ink, while diligently assembling a list of the top radio executives, has missed several of the biggest names and biggest companies in the business. Tim Cook, Daniel Ek, and Tim Westergren arguably are doing more to change radio than just about anyone else. Big companies including Apple, Spotify, and Pandora clearly want in on the business of audio. That is an affirmation that radio is alive, and attractive. HERE'S WHY


T-Mobile Offers Streaming Without Using Data

T-Mobile Offers Streaming Without Using Data

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan isn't the only streamer trying to save consumers money on data charges. Did you know that T-Mobile offers customers the ability to stream music without eating up that costly data? It's called Music Freedom and since June the service has gone from seven services to 33, including Pandora, iHeatRadio, Rhapsody, and now Apple Music. Customers can stream unlimited music on their phones or tablets without burning their 4G LTE data. Read More HERE


Premiere Co-Sponsoring Military Concerts

Premiere Co-Sponsoring Military Concerts

The Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour is a series of free concerts providing members of the military and their families to private concerts by top name country music stars. The events are being presented by the Super 8 hotel chain and iHeartMedia's Premiere Networks. The first concert of this series took place Tuesday night in Oak Grove, KY, at Valor Hall near the Fort Campbell U.S. Army Base. It was hosted by Premiere Network personality Cody Alan (pictured) featured music duo Montgomery Gentry.


Sunrise Sunday Rises

Sunrise Sunday Rises

Envision Networks has added a new three-hour weekend show, Sunrise Sunday. Hosted and produced by Joe Kelly, the show features Classic Rock music, along with stand-up comedy and pop-culture flashbacks. The program is a throwback to 1960s/1970s progressive rock radio. Demos and scopes of the show can be found at SunriseSunday.net.


WPEN-FM To Broadcast Philly Soul Playoffs

WPEN-FM To Broadcast Philly Soul Playoffs

The AFL's 2015 East Division Champion Philadelphia Soul announced that all of their 2015 playoff games will be broadcast live on Greater Media's WPEN-FM/Philadelphia. Joe DeCamara, nighttime host on the station, will provide play-by-play, while Soul General Manager Tom Goodhines will provide color commentary. The first game of the post-season is scheduled for August 15 at 5 p.m. The Soul regular season games have aired on Greater Media sister-station WPEN-AM since 2006.



AUDIO INK™

Is The ESPN Bubble About To Burst?

Is The ESPN Bubble About To Burst?

(By Mark Ramsey) It's episode 24 of Media Unplugged with Tom Asacker and Mark Ramsey. Everyone wants to emulate Buzzfeed-style videos and we walk through how to do just that. Then, we take a close look at the dangers looming on ESPN's horizon as its subscriber base shrinks, and what that means for the rest of the cablesphere. Hear the podcast HERE!



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

iHM Ups Keith Hotchkiss To Market President

iHM Ups Keith Hotchkiss To Market President

iHeartMedia announced the promotion of Keith Hotchkiss to the role of Market President of its six-station Charlotte cluster. He has been with the company for nearly 17 years, most recently serving as the Charlotte market's SVP of sales. Hotchkiss replaces Charlie Wilkinson, who was transferred to Dallas as Market President in March.


WXRT GSM Announces Retirement

WXRT GSM Announces Retirement

35-year radio sales vet Patty Reilly-Murphy announced her retirement Wednesday. The majority of those 35 years have been spent at WXRT/Chicago, most recently serving as the station's general sales manager. She tells Chicagoland Radio & Media that the decision to retire was entirely her own and unrelated to the recent CBS Radio layoffs. Reilly-Murphy's final day at the station will be August 28.


Raleigh/Durham Host Leaves Morning Show

Raleigh/Durham Host Leaves Morning Show

After nearly eight years, Mark Thomas has left as co-host of the morning show on WDNC/Raleigh/-Durham-Chapel Hill. Thomas was one-half of The World's Strongest Morning Show along with Mike Maniscalco. According to the Triangle Business Journal, Thomas has exited to take a full-time position with advertising agency Krash Creative.


The Passing Of Julie Gilbert-Cahill

The Passing Of Julie Gilbert-Cahill

Julie Gilbert-Cahill, a radio promotion director turned music manger during the 1980s and 1990s, passed away on July 20 at the age of 58. Gilbert-Cahill served as head of promotion for then-ABC-owned Rock station WRIF/Detroit. She is credited with making the station an iconic powerhouse of national significance in the early 1980s. "She was a fearless, energetic promotion person who played a huge role in our success," said WRIF-FM program director at the time, Fred Jacobs, now president of Jacobs Media.


Benztown Promotes Jack

Benztown Promotes Jack

International radio imaging/production company Benztown announced the promotion of Christopher "Jack" Johansing to the newly-created position of Marketing Director. In his new role, Johansing will be based in Benztown's Burbank studios, managing all branding, marketing and web operations for the company. Johansing joined Benztown in 2010 and has served the company as coordinator of web, marketing, and affiliate relations.


KVI Adds Brian Bushlach's Business Briefing

KVI Adds Brian Bushlach's Business Briefing

Brian Bushlach's weekend radio show Business Briefing has a new home in his hometown of Seattle. After two years on KTTH, Business Briefing has moved to KVI, heard on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. Business Briefing replaces the Aging Options show. The show, created by Bushlack (pictured), has been heard since January 2005 on KXL/Portland and is offered in syndication on the Radio Northwest Network.


Kentucky Sports Radio Renews With iHeart

Kentucky Sports Radio Renews With iHeart

iHeartMedia Louisville announced that Matt Jones (pictured), the voice of Kentucky Sports Radio, has renewed with his network of stations. Jones, now in his fifth year with the show, will continue to host Kentucky Sports Radio every weekday from 10 a.m.-Noon on WKJK/Louisville, WLAP/Lexington, and affiliates around the state served by the Kentucky News Network. Jones says on his Twitter account that the renewal agreement is for three years.


PRI Adds To Its Board

PRI Adds To Its Board

Public Radio International announced the immediate appointment Alison Ranney to its board of directors. Ranney comes to PRI with experience in public media, having served on the board of directors for Chicago Public Media's WBEZ for 12 years, and was chair of its recent successful CEO Search Committee. Currently, Ranney leads the Chicago office of Koya Leadership Partners, a national, retained, search and human capital consulting firm dedicated to serving the nonprofit field.



WEDNESDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) The Dangers Of Discounting

(SALES) The Dangers Of Discounting

(By Spike Santee) When a local business owner sets out to learn about advertising, they often imitate or mimic what they perceive to be successful advertising. They often try to do Call to Action advertising. That's when you see or hear an advertisement for a product or service with a big discount. The advertisement says that the offer is only available for a short period of time so you "must act now," "you must call before midnight tonight," "sale ends Saturday." Make no mistake about it, Call to Action advertising can be very successful if you have enough money to do it properly.


(SOCIAL) Be Yourself & They Will Follow

(SOCIAL) Be Yourself & They Will Follow

(By Loyd Ford) Everyone is always searching for the best angle for building a perfect social media "plan." People constantly want to "game the system" and I don't blame them. After all, there is so much to do in the average day of a radio personality, radio program director, radio promotions director and all other jobs inside a radio cluster. Who has time to do everything? Who has time to dedicate to building a whole persona on social media? Perhaps that's a good place to start to make things easier, more authentic, and more successful for you and your team.


(MUSIC) I Was "Scagged" In Milwaukee

(MUSIC) I Was "Scagged" In Milwaukee

(By Lisa Miller) Please let me begin by telling you that I have been very fortunate to have been married to a radio/TV personality for over 40 years and have enjoyed going to hundreds of rock/CHR/AC/country/urban concerts, many of which I attended with my husband on behalf of the radio station he was working for at the time. I have seen everyone from the Beatles to Elvis to RHCP to Michael Jackson, Muse and Marvin Gaye.



VOLATAIR COVERAGE

A New Voltair Revelation

A New Voltair Revelation

(A message from Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) By now, everyone in the radio industry is probably sick of hearing about the controversy surrounding the Voltair unit, which supposedly boosts PPM recognition in Nielsen's ratings technology. I'm a little sick of it myself, frankly, yet since Radio Ink raised awareness of this issue, I feel we need to help bring it to a conclusion.


Albright Enters Voltair Debate

Albright Enters Voltair Debate

The raging debate as to whether Voltair is actually helping stations with ratings or not continues. Since consultant Randy Kabrich began analyzing real ratings data, going back years, and basically concluded that Voltair is not increasing ratings, the debate has gotten even more interesting. The latest to offer up an opinion is respected consultant Jaye Albright who says after a while all you start to see is contradicting and conflicting assertions. And that is certainly true. Read Jaye's full blog HERE.


The Voltair Call: Anti-Climactic

The Voltair Call: Anti-Climactic

(By Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Nielsen clients got on a conference call today with the company to address the Voltair controversy — and Nielsen addressed it by saying it doesn't support the Voltair unit. Company reps even went so far as to say they think it may introduce artifacts and noise into your audio stream. They also said they're making enhancements to the PPM service, to be introduced in the near future, and the Voltair is unnecessary. READ ON.


Now It's Telos' Turn to Explain

Now It's Telos' Turn to Explain

Many of you have spent a lot of money on a Voltair unit. Now you've been told by the ratings firm that impacts millions of dollars of revenue that comes into your industry that it does not support what the the Voltair may be doing to the ratings that control those dollars. If you take Nielsen at its word, that in some of its Voltair testing the PPM Watermark is being manipulated and, in some cases listeners can hear it, the folks at Telos Alliance should have to rebut what Nielsen representatives have said or explain why this is happening. READ ON.


Why Did Nielsen Come Out Against Voltair?

Why Did Nielsen Come Out Against Voltair?

On their special Tuesday afternoon webinar for clients when they were to reveal their Voltair testing results, Nielsen announced that they are not in support of Voltair. Nielsen stopped short of telling clients who have purchased Voltair to remove it. They also did not say that nobody is allowed to purchase the devices. Nielsen simply reiterated its "non-support for Voltair." Keep reading...


A Tense Moment For Radio, Telos Voltair, and Nielsen

A Tense Moment For Radio, Telos Voltair, and Nielsen

One of the biggest stories of the year is the discovery of an audio processor that, when placed in the audio chain of a radio station, allegedly makes radio stations more likely to get noticed by the PPM's detectors. In case you've not kept up, when PPM was launched, there was a lot of disruption in listening levels for certain formats and dayparts, and it changed the balance of audience power, market by market. READ MORE.



RADIO INK

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


Pittman Is Radio's Most Powerful

Pittman Is Radio's Most Powerful

This week Radio Ink's most popular issue of the year will arrive in your inbox (if you're a digital subscriber) or in your mailbox (if you're a print subscriber). It will not be available online, it's for subscribers only. The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue has been published since 1996. Since 1996 only 164 people have even appeared on our list. In 2015 there remains only one executive who's been on the list since 1996. A few years ago, Bob Pittman made a $5 million bet on radio with his personal investment in Clear Channel, and, for the fifth consecutive year, Pittman is radio's most powerful person. READ ON


Do You Remember Mel?

Do You Remember Mel?

Nearly 20 years ago it was announced that GroupW/CBS Radio would be merging with Infinity Broadcasting. That would give Mel Karmazin control of 83 stations, a roster of stars including Howard Stern and Don Imus, Infinity Radio Sales, Westwood One Radio Networks and Shadow Broadcast Services. Enough power to put him on top of our power list in year one. He would remain in the top three for 8 consecutive years before leaving radio. Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays was a close second, followed by Jacor CEO Randy Michaels. At the time Clear Channel had 104 stations and Jacor owned 53. Of course, eventually those two would merge. Here's a look back at the entire 1996 list of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio.






What's Happening At Your Station?
Send your pics and stories to edryantheeditor@gmail.com
Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

Blast From The Past
Dust off your old radio pictures and send them to edryantheeditor@gmail.com

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

Station Vehicle Gallery
Radio stations from all over the country have sent in pictures of their mobile marketing machines. Here are some of the most creative vehicles being used in the industry today. Send your picture to edryantheditor@gmail.com.
Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

 
Advertisements

Advertisements