This all started with a Dailymail.com story that began circulating Tuesday afternoon. The story said Tom Joyner was being pushed out by new Radio One Radio CEO, and good friend, David Kantor. Joyner was supposedly being pushed out at the same time President Obama's second term ended. Joyner is under contract with Reach Media through 2017. Obama is only under contract with the American People through 2016.
(By Ed Ryan) At times, the amended Nielsen document filed against Todd Clem reads like a spy novel with a "Cooperating Panelist" picking up cash in various locations and clandestine meetings alleged to have taken place between the Tampa host and the PPM panelist. What isn't fiction is how seriously Nielsen is taking this, and that it appears Clem is going to be the poster boy for any other jock that considers tampering with radio's currency.
The agenda for the 7th annual Hispanic Radio Conference is posted at our conference web site. The conference will be held on March 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six in Fort Lauderdale. Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti says, "We are extremely excited about this year's agenda. Our advisory board has targeted a comprehensive range of important and timely issues facing Hispanic radio broadcasters. today. They will be covering everything from the economy and the election and its impact on revenues and governance, to programming, advertiser expectations, legal affairs and the huge influence of digital on Hispanic consumers.
Former WCSG (Grand Rapids) Christian radio host John Balyo is serving 40 years in prison for sex crimes involving children. A federal prosecutor said Balyo provided investigators with help that led to the arrest of Donald Rabideau, who is scheduled to plead guilty this week to receipt of child pornography. READ ON.
WHMI, owned by Greg and Marcia Jablonski, is located on the outskirts of Detroit in Howell, Michigan. The 5,200-watt FM is being sold to Rodney Krol, President of Krol Communications. The station carries a Classic Rock format. Krol Communications owns three other stations in central Michigan: WJSZ-FM, AC station in Ashley; WRSR-FM, Classic Rock station in Owosso; and WMLM-AM, Country station in St. Louis. WHMI was the only station the Jablonskis owned. Jason James of Patrick Communications was the exclusive broker on the deal.
MediaPost has all the details of the research from Adobe. The $3 billion in Cyber Monday sales is a 12% increase over 2014. Adobe says consumers were awarded with 20% discounts on products, with 4K TVs, Microsoft Xbox One, and Apple iPad Mini among the most popular. Toys were also big sellers with Shopkin dolls, Barbie Dream House, Lego Star Wars, Lego Dimensions, and Lego City leading the pack.
Sun Broadcast Group announced Tuesday that it will present a special New Year's Eve edition of its popular weekend country dance show, The Country Club. The show, hosted Dee Jay Silver, is a 3-5 hour program that features exclusive mixes and mash-ups of hits from country music's biggest stars.
The 2016 Edward R. Murrow Awards entry period is now open. Entries will be accepted online through February 5. Stories told between January 1 and December 31, 2015 on radio, television, and digital media are eligible for entry in the 2016 contest. For complete contest rules, see the Call for Entries.
Bonneville plans to deploy WideOrbit's WO Traffic to manage business operations across its portfolio of radio stations. Bonneville owns and operates stations in Seattle and Phoenix as well as a TV and radio station in Salt Lake City. The company also plans to deploy WO Traffic at the four radio stations in the Denver market it acquired from Entercom in a transaction expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.
ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams will be honored with the 2015 Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Indie Award for his accomplishments and years of service to the music community. The presentation will be made by AIMP NY Chapter Executive Director (and Carlin America CEO) Caroline Bienstock at the AIMP NY Chapter Holiday Party on December 2 at the Princeton Club in New York City.
Entercom announced ay Tuesday that Liana Huth has been named Vice President of Programming Innovation. Throughout her career, Huth has held senior roles in entertainment and media for Columbia Records, The Madison Square Garden Company, AEG Live, and others.
Power Talk 96.7 and AM 1400 announced today the addition of a new live and local program, The Trevor Carey Show, debuting Monday December 7, weekdays at 6:00 p.m. Carey, whose Fresno radio roots extend beck to the early '90s, will bring another local voice that reflects the values and opinions of the Central Valley to PowerTalk.
Shannon Knoepke will be the new Market Manager and D.O.S for CBS Radio in Minneapolis as of December 11. She succeeds Mick Anselmo who's retiring. Knoepke worked for CBS in Minneapolis as an AE at WCCO-AM from 2000-2001. CBS Radio COO Scott Herman said, "We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Shannon back to the CBS Radio family."
One day after Cumulus promoted Lee Hammer to Operations Director for the two San Francisco stations, Mike Anthony has been named PD for KGO 810 and KSFO 560. Anthony was formerly GM of Empire Broadcastings KLIV in San Jose, and prior to that was Senior VP of Programming for Mapleton Communications in Monterey where he oversaw programming for 41 radio stations and was also Market Manager for Mapleton's five FM stations in Monterey. Anthony also owns ResearchWorks, a Palo Alto-based media research company, which he has operated for nearly 24 years.
Milwaukee radio news veteran Jane Matenaer was named permanent co-anchor for Wisconsin’s Morning News with Gene Mueller on 620 WTMJ Radio. WTMJ GM Tom Langmyer said, "WTMJ is Milwaukee -- and we're excited to have two of the best-known hometown voices together on Wisconsin's radio station. Gene and Jane are both distinguished broadcasters who will share their knowledge of Milwaukee and Wisconsin, along with the great chemistry they've already developed together."
Acast has hired former VP for Sponsorship at New York Public Radio, Sarah van Mosel, as Chief Commercial Officer. Van Mosel joins Acast's newly-established operating team in New York, which is led by Director of Content, Caitlin Thompson, formerly a development executive at WNYC, who also produced podcasts for a decade at Time, the Washington Post, and in public television. Acast launched in the U.S. this month with a number of exclusive content deals in place, including with Buzzfeed and the FT.
The radiothon benefits the Salvation Army Bed and Bread Club of Central Indiana and is the largest fundraiser the Salvation Army does in the state. The actual radiothon airs on WIBC-FM Friday through Saturday and is hosted by the WIBC on-air staff. Listeners make donations by calling in or going to the station website. In 2014, WIBC helped raise more than $255,000 for the Salvation Army of Central Indiana. Pictured here are Emmis Chairman & CEO Jeff Smulyan and President & COO Patrick Walsh.
Back by popular demand, Coast to Coast AM's charity album Holiday Magic Coast Style has been re-released, with proceeds benefitting various veterans hospitals across the U.S. The album was first released in 2014 and features traditional holiday songs and poems performed by fan-favorite guests of the nationally syndicated radio program.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America, the nationwide charity that provides aid to broadcasters in acute need, has launched its 2015 Holiday Giving Campaign in support of its Annual Year-End Appeal for donations to the Guardian Fund. The annual campaign asks broadcasters to spread the word about the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to those who may need its assistance, and encourages donations to the Guardian Fund
Wes and Elizabeth hosted 99.1 The Mix's 18th Annual Stuff the Bus and helped collect over 100,000 meals for those in need. Five Milwaukee County Transit System buses filled to the brim with food and 235 turkeys were donated during the 12-hour live broadcast from Pick 'n Save benefitting Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin the day before Thanksgiving, November 25.
Charlotte's Kiss 95.1 WNKS hosted the fourth annual "Secret Santa for the Kiss Kids" radiothon from the Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's Hospital. Roy, LauRen, and Maney (pictured left to right) from Kiss Mornings raised over $44,000 during the 13-hour broadcast for the Kiss Kids staying at Levine Children's Hospital.
Our "Blast From The Past" page in Radio Ink Magazine is one of our most popular features and has been around for 20 years. Thanks to Dave Adair at Cumulus for sending in this classic from the 1960s. It's the WIS-AM studeio (went on air 1930) in Columbia SC. Pictured standing is the late Gene McKay. Seated is John Wrisley (still with us). Both had legendary careers in Columbia radio. This studio was turned into "The Bomb Shelter" designed to broadcast from in the event of nuclear war or other disaster. It had a geiger counter, jugs of water, and boxes of Civil Defense rations of food. We'd love to see yours. Send your classic photos to firstname.lastname@example.org