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September 1, 2015

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(AUDIO) Radio's Role In A National Natural Disaster

(AUDIO) Radio's Role In A National Natural Disaster

It was 10 years ago that Hurricane Katrina barreled through the levees in New Orleans, Louisiana, destroying a city and captivating the country. As usual, radio proved to be the lifeline for thousands of people in a community crushed under the thumb of Mother Nature. All week long, RadioInk.com will have audio interviews with managers from the radio companies that lived through that devastating storm and others who've been part of the rebuilding process. READ ON...

Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Voting results from the industry participant panel and nationwide listeners are in. The 2015 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees are: Dan Mason (pictured), Ronn Owens, Dave Ramsey, Elvis Duran, Big Boy, Bob & Tom, Clark Howard and Scott Muni. Here's the full list, with their working history, of the 2015 class which will be inducted in a ceremony Thursday, November 5 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago. Tickets go on sale September 21 and can be purchased at www.radiohof.org.


Man Pleads Guilty To Stalking Host

Man Pleads Guilty To Stalking Host

56-year old Patrick Kelly (pictured) has pleaded guilty to stalking and making terroristic threats against Minnesota Public Radio's (89.3 The Current) host Mary Lucia. Kelly admitted he disregarded a restraining order Lucia had filed against him, telling the judge, "I did, but that was my state of mind." HERE ARE THE DETAILS.


<font color=#3333CC>IS YOUR BOSS THE VERY BEST?</font>

IS YOUR BOSS THE VERY BEST?

General Managers and Market Managers have a lot of responsibility at radio stations across America these days. In addition to high revenue expectations, there's the constant challenge of selling radio in a world shifting to digital, managing multiple staffs and stations, finding and keeping good salespeople, and keeping their stations strong in the community. Those that execute those tasks do it flawlessly and make it look easy. They are the best in the industry and it's time to recognize them. Radio Ink is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Best Radio Managers in America. MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE. YOUR DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY.


Radio Has To Love GEICO

Radio Has To Love GEICO

The insurance provider continues to dominate radio, holding strong in the number one spot, according to Media Monitors, airing over 33,500 commercials on radio stations across the country last week. The U.S. Department of Transportation is number two for the second week in a row, promoting seat belt safety and the dangers of drunk driving (32,983). Rounding out the top five were AutoZone, which moved up a few notches, at number three (29,584), The Home Depot at number four (29,450), and O'Reilly Auto Parts at number five (28,529).


Vegas Gets A New Hip Hopper Friday

Vegas Gets A New Hip Hopper Friday

iHeartMedia Las Vegas will launch a brand new signal in the Las Vegas market Friday. They're calling it "Real 103.9, Las Vegas' REAL Hip Hop and R&B." The station will start off with 10,000 songs, featuring hip hop and R&B artists such as Drake, Fetty Wap, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, YG, J Cole, Kid Ink and more. The new station will be heard on 250-watt FM translator K280DD, fed by the HD2 channel of CHR “93.1 The Party” KPLV.


Cumulus Flips To NASH Icon In Connecticut

Cumulus Flips To NASH Icon In Connecticut

Cumulus-owned WELJ-FM (104.7) in New London, Connecticut, had been simulcasting the NASH-FM station out of New York City before the flip. It will now broadcast the NASH Icon brand. NASH Icon content is syndicated through Westwood One.



BUSINESS

Wilmington FM Sells For $300K

Greg Guy at Patrick Communications fills us in on the details. WILT-FM in Wilmington, North Carolina (3,100 watts @ 449’ HAAT on 104.5 MHz) is purchased by Bible Broadcasting. The seller, Capitol Broadcasting will pick up a check for $300,000 at closing.


Curtis Lands Another NC Translator

This one is a construction permit in Boone from Positive Alternative Radio, a non-profit organization. Positive Alternative Radio will receive free tower space for ten years from Curtis in exchange for the translator, for the purpose of installing, maintaining and operating equipment associated with two other FM translators. Bob Heymann from Media Services Group brokered the deal. Curtis is expected to rebroadcast WXIT-AM, a News-Talk, licensed to Blowing Rock that covers Boone.



COMMUNITY SERVICE

Entercom Raises $300K For Hospital

Entercom Raises $300K For Hospital

Entercom's Greenville (South Carolina) cluster of stations recently conducted its 8th annual two-day Radiothon for Children's Hospital at Greenville Health System. VP Steve Sinicropi was one proud boss. "I want to recognize the hard work of the staff at our six radio stations, our sponsors, our listeners and the teams at Greenville Health System and Children's Hospital that have helped us raise $2,400,000 since we began working on this project eight years ago. Raising nearly $300,000 in two days is no easy task. I'm proud of the work our talented team delivers every day, and grateful that we have listeners and sponsors that respond and support our efforts to make the Upstate a better place for all of us."



AUDIO INK

Pandora Turns 10 Next Week

Pandora Turns 10 Next Week

One week from Wednesday, Pandora will celebrate its 10th anniversary, The company will thank listeners with what it's calling "Listener Love Day," a full day of music with no commercials. Founder Tim Westergren says, "Listener Love Day is a celebration of a decade of connecting music fans to the artists that matter to them. This is a thank you to each and every listener who has tuned in to Pandora over the past 10 years." The company says it now has almost 80 million listeners every month, logging over 74 billion listening hours, that have created over 8 billion stations.


Pandora Still Number One By Far

Pandora Still Number One By Far

That's according to the Triton Digital July Webcast Metrics (Mon-Fri, 6A-8P). Pandora more than doubled the active average sessions of second place Spotify, with 2.2 billion compared to 935 million. iHeartMedia was third with 355 million, followed by Slacker with 52.4 million and CBS Radio with 51.2 million. Amongst the traditional radio companies, Radio One listeners stay tuned the longest (average time spent listening) followed by Townsquare's listeners, then Hubbard. You can read the various July Triton Digital charts HERE.


NAB Labs Invests In Antenna

Antenna (www.antenna.is) is a startup tech company that's built a free online engagement platform enabling users to react to and interact with mobile and Web content. Antenna also measures audience sentiment from reactions, including responses to news and entertainment content. Antenna provides media companies and retailers with a way to determine what online content is resonating with audiences, including video, images, and text. Antenna's seed round was $650K. The NAB was one of several investors in this seed round and took a minority position.


Live365 Launches Streaming Station For Emerging Artists

Discovery365 (D365) is a new Internet Radio Station that plays only music from emerging and independent artists, mixing many different musical styles. The station's mission is to promote new artists by letting them tell the stories behind the songs — introducing themselves and their music. The station is programmed and curated by veteran radio programmer Dean Kattari, who worked at KFOG, KRSH, KSAN, KINK-FM, KRSH, and MAX-FM. Check it out here: www.live365.com/d365.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Sid Celebrates 60

Sid Celebrates 60

Congratulations to WCCO's Sid Hartman who celebrated 6 decades with the Minneapolis station. The 95 year old Hartman is a native of North Minneapolis and was a well-known newspaper columnist when he joined WCCO in 1955. Hartman is one of WCCO's most popular personalities. On Monday, he celebrated 60 years with the station. In 2011, Hartman was honored by both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers before a game for his contributions to both organizations, when he served as the acting GM of the Minneapolis Lakers. In 2014, The Minnesota Twins honored him with “Sid Hartman Day” and youth baseball field in Hartman’s boyhood North Minneapolis neighborhood was named “Sid Hartman Field.”


NRG Picks Wild For Omaha

Ryan Wild has is the new FM Operations Manager at NRG's Omaha cluster (KQKQ, KOPW and KOOO). Wild joins NRG after six years in dual posts as Programming/Operations Manager for Mile High Stations Trust’s Hot AC and Classic Rock combo WZSR & WFXF/Chicago and as Program/Music Director for AOL Radio, where he oversaw several station channels.


Familiar San Diego Radio Voice Silenced

Familiar San Diego Radio Voice Silenced

KGB is owned by iHeartmedia in San Diego. The Times of San Diego reports that Sue Delaney, who worked at the station in the 80s and 90s, passed away last week. Her husband posted to Facebook that she had been living with a number of health issues in recent years and wrote, "Finally her body could not sustain any longer." Friends are posting to Sue's Facebook page HERE


Coe Lewis Has Fond Memories Of Delaney

Coe Lewis Has Fond Memories Of Delaney

Coe Lewis, now one half of the Bob and Coe Show on KGB in San Diego called Sue Delaney a mentor. Lewis arrived at KGB at the end of 1986 and worked with Delaney until Delaney left in the station early 90s. They worked together again at KCLX and KUPR, also in San Diego. Lewis also said Delaney was the reason she got into radio. Here's what she had to say about her friend.


Moderators Announced For CRS 2016

Moderators Announced For CRS 2016

The core panel moderators for the 2016 Country Radio Seminar will be Beverlee Brannigan (E.W. Scripps Company), RJ Curtis (All Access), Dan Halyburton (Falls Media Group), Gregg Lindahl (40-year radio veteran), and Bob Richards (Emmis Radio Indianapolis and WLHK/Indianapolis). These fine folks will oversee and direct the educational panels throughout the seminar, which will be held Feb. 8-10 inside the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tenn.


Ordway Returns To WEEI Boston

Ordway Returns To WEEI Boston

Sports-Talker WEEI-FM in Boston (market # 10) is owned by Entercom. Beginning September 8, Glenn Ordway returns to co-host the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. slot with former Boston Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni and ex-New England Patriot Christian Fauria. Ordway was fired from the station in early 2013. He launched an Internet only show about one year later.


Tyler To Be Interviewed At Radio Show

Tyler To Be Interviewed At Radio Show

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will be interviewed by country hosts Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase during the "Music and Mimosas" event Friday, October 2 at 9:00 a.m. at the 2015 Radio Show in Atlanta. Tyler will discuss how he created his brand, the importance of developing as an artist and staying relevant through the changes in media and music consumption. They will also discuss radio's role in making a hit record.


Russell Returns To York

Russell Returns To York

WARM-FM in York-Lancaster, PA, (market #111), is owned by Cumulus. Dave Russell returns to the station as PD and afternoon host starting September 8. Russell programmed WARM from 2007 through 2009. His most recent role was PD and Promotions Director for WOGG and WPKL in suburban Pittsburgh. Previously, Russell programmed and was on-air talent for WSBA and programmed both WCTO and WLEV in Allentown. Russell replaces Chris Tyler who moved to mornings and will focus his time on the show.


Jordan Kent To Host "Quack Attack"

Jordan Kent To Host "Quack Attack"

Former University of Oregon tri-sport athlete Jordan Kent will host the football pre-game show for his alma mater. "Quack Attack" will kick off approximately six hours before each game. Kent, who played three seasons for the Seattle Seahawks, currently works on several shows for basketball, football, and track media coverage, with his primary role as host for Comcast SportsNet Northwest's Talkin' Ducks studio show.



FRIDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(RAMSEY) Is The New Golden Age Of TV...Over?

(RAMSEY) Is The New Golden Age Of TV...Over?

Some say TV's new golden age is nearing its end, and Tom Asacker and Mark Ramsey agree. Plus, when what passes for news online gets too nasty, who do we have to blame, the advertisers? Not so, say Mark and Tom. Plus, Tom raves about the TV news reporter who has had quite enough Kardashian news. Meanwhile, Mark rants about how Periscope lies with statistics and rants about how Disney is turning the Star Wars franchise into an infinitely bigger franchise. It's episode 26 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. LISTEN HERE.


(SALES) The Zone Of Doubt And Blame

(SALES) The Zone Of Doubt And Blame

(By Spike Santee) Your new customer, the one you worked so hard to sell, the one that loved their commercial, the one you were so proud of, just called and cancelled their advertising. You sit there stunned, speechless, wondering what just happened. Why did the customer, all of a sudden, decide to cancel without warning? Chances are your new customer found themselves in The Zone of Doubt and Blame.


(SALES) Improve How You Recruit Now

(SALES) Improve How You Recruit Now

(By Matt Sunshine) "We need to hire more salespeople!" "We need to hire better salespeople!" These are the cries we hear day every day from the sales managers and executives in radio. While the strategy to simply hire more and better sellers might be a good one, you and I know it's just not that easy. If you are the one responsible for the hiring process and the on-boarding of these new sellers, you are probably left wondering how you're going to get that accomplished. You are not alone!



INK CONFERENCES

Our 2016 Forecast Co-Chairmen Are...

Our 2016 Forecast Co-Chairmen Are...

It's going to be a tumultuous 2016, and that's why we're so pleased to announce that Greater Media Chairman/CEO Peter Smyth and Sugarloaf Rock Capital Managing Partner Drew Marcus will be serving as co-chairs of Forecast 2016, set for November 20, 2015 in New York City. As Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads says, "With so many critical business and financial issues continuing to face the radio industry, we are extremely pleased to have Peter Smyth and Drew Marcus provide their guidance to this year's Forecast."


DASH Conference Announces "Be Fabulous" Awards

DASH Conference Announces "Be Fabulous" Awards

The awards are named after Detroit's own Bill Burton - the guy who tirelessly worked to promote the benefits of advertising on the radio to the automotive industry and whose famous mantra was "Be Fabulous." Bill passed away this past December. The "Be Fabulous" awards are a tribute to his incredible impact. HERE ARE THE DETAILS.


<font color=#3333CC>Check Out Our 2015 DASH 3.0 Agenda</font>

Check Out Our 2015 DASH 3.0 Agenda

Radio Ink's third annual DASH conference in Detroit, held in conjunction with Jacobs Media, will take place November 4 and 5 at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport. If you were on the fence about attending, now's the time to jump off. Here's A LOOK at this year's agenda. The battle for audio space in the DASH continues to be one of the biggest issues facing broadcasters. This is a must-attend conference if you consider yourself a cutting-edge broadcaster.



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