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February 27, 2015

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Mayne Very Happy With CRS 2015

Mayne Very Happy With CRS 2015

Thursday is day two at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Attendance is up for the 5th year in a row, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance to induct the 2015 Country Radio Hall of Famers and after 18 years a new location was announced for the event for CRS 2016. Executive Director Bill Mayne is very happy with the way things are going so far. Radio Ink Editor Ed Ryan caught up with Mayne outside a PD mentoring session Thursday morning. Many program directors appearing on Radio Ink's 2015 Best Country PD list were in attendance mentoring young programmers from all over the country. Exclusive audio interview with Bill Mayne Here


INDUSTRY NEWS

Edison Looks At Morning Media, Advises: "Be The Alarm!"

Edison Looks At Morning Media, Advises: "Be The Alarm!"

In a study debuted by Edison Research at the Country Radio Seminar, Edison took a look at how radio and other media fit into the morning. Looking at frequent Country listeners, Edison reports that 45 percent wake up each day to the alarm on a mobile device, while 33 percent use a traditional alarm, and 16 percent use an alarm set to wake them up with radio. Thirty-six percent actually have a radio in the bedroom (compared to 61 percent for an alarm clock, 59 percent for a TV, and 52 percent who keep a smartphone in the bedroom. Edison's Larry Rosin and Megan Lazovick presented the study, and Rosin said, "Our presentation has fascinating data about those first moments in a person's day -- everything from what they do while still laying in bed to what they do while sitting at work. Radio needs to make sure it stays competitive in those first moments of the day and adjust its strategy if necessary to do so." To that end, the presentation advises radio to "Be the alarm."


Entravision Misses Estimates/Radio Shows Growth

Entravision Misses Estimates/Radio Shows Growth

Entravision reported on its conference call Thursday it had posted a fourth-quarter profit of $5.9 million, with cent-per-cent profit of $0.07, missing Wall Street estimates by about a cent. Revenue was $65.3 million in the quarter, and for the year reported a profit of $27.1 million. TV lagged, but radio and digital were very strong in the fourth quarter. CEO Walter Ulloa noted that, "Radio is pacing high in the single digits." More...


FCC Passes Net Neutrality, With Dissent

FCC Passes Net Neutrality, With Dissent

The historic vote came down along party lines, 3-2 in favor of passing the controversial Net Neutrality bill, expanding the FCC's regulation of high-speed broadband providers, regulating them like a public utility. It's certainly the most high-profile ruling that the Federal Communications Commission has overseen in recent memory, and ironically, viewed live online by Americans using the communications technology the FCC now has regulatory oversight of. More...


WWO Syndicates Brandmeier

WWO Syndicates Brandmeier

Westwood One announced Thursday it's signed a partnership and syndication deal with Chicago radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier. The Jonathon Brandmeier Show will air live, weekdays, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. WLS-AM Chicago (replacing Kass & Cohn), KABC-AM Los Angeles, KLIF-AM Dallas, KKAT-AM Salt Lake City, WPRV-AM Providence, and KTBL-AM Albuquerque have already picked up the show. More...


What You Need To Know To Sell Sports Radio

What You Need To Know To Sell Sports Radio

At the Radio Ink Sports Radio Conference, beginning Wednesday in Dallas, Jay Meyers is set for his panel on "Five Things You Need to Know to Sell Sports Radio." Meyers will target maximizing local revenue on play-by-play, how your sales department can win when your local sports team isn't, and getting premium on your products in a CPP/CPM world. More...


WHO ARE THE BEST PD's IN AMERICA?

WHO ARE THE BEST PD's IN AMERICA?

It's one of our most popular lists every year. And it's your chance to recognize the great men and women that make your stations sound great. Every format and every market is considered for this list. Who are the Best Program Directors in America? Make your nomination HERE .



2015 CRS COVERAGE

(AUDIO) Radio Ads Paying Off For NextRadio

(AUDIO) Radio Ads Paying Off For NextRadio

Emmis SVP/Chief Technology Officer Paul Brenner was in Nashville this week participating in several panels and spreading the word about the recent radio campaign that the industry launched to push the product. As Brenner tells Radio Ink editor Ed Ryan, all the numbers are up thanks to radio stations all across the country taking part in the campaign... Listen


Vince Gill Thanks Country PDs

Vince Gill Thanks Country PDs

He's been a country music superstar for decades, yet he still thanks radio as if he were just breaking into the business. Before he played a song at the "Team UMG" showcase Thursday afternoon, Gill joked that he was going to continue to send radio his music hoping they would play it. Gill spoke about the first time he heard one of his songs played on the radio when he was a kid. "You gave me a belief in myself. And that's a great gift you can give all of these kids today." Gill did not mention Pandora or Spotify.


Jeff Kapugi -- America's Top Program Director

Jeff Kapugi -- America's Top Program Director

In 2014, WUSN in Chicago was the largest-cume-ing Country station in the U.S. 2014 was also the first full year the station was 100 percent live and local from 5:30 a.m.-midnight. As we polled our top Country programmers for 2015, Jeff Kapugi was listed as the number one program director by more than half, with most others putting him in the top five. He was clearly the dominant choice as the number one PD in Country radio for 2015 -- a remarkable accomplishment. FULL STORY...



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Williamson Moves From Cumulus To Cox

Williamson Moves From Cumulus To Cox

Rachel Williamson has been named the new director of digital revenue development at Cox Media Group. Williamson will focus on the Cox radio brands nationwide with a focus on growing digital revenue growth and integrated sales. Previously, Williamson was DOS at Cumulus and oversaw national and network digital sales as the digital specialist for the Midwest. She also has held positions previously at Arbitron/Nielsen, Hubbard/Chicago, and Forever Communications. More...


Karmazin To Be Honored By BFA

Karmazin To Be Honored By BFA

Mel Karmazin will be the 2015 recipient of the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award, the Broadcasters Foundation of American announced Thursday. The award will be presented during The Broadcasters Foundation of America annual breakfast, April 15, during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. More...


Kass & Cohn Out At WLS

Kass & Cohn Out At WLS

John Kass and Lauren Cohn, 9-11 a.m. on WLS, are no longer with the station. Westwood One announced today that it is now syndicating The Jonathon Brandmeier Show (10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET), and among the roster of notable stations picking up the syndication is WLS/Chicago.


Salem's Tradup Responds To NPR Dust-Up

Salem's Tradup Responds To NPR Dust-Up

Tom Tradup, VP/news and talk programming for Salem Radio Networks, has unwittingly created a minor dust-up on the Net regarding his comments in a Fort Worth Star Telegram article. While reaching out for comment for the article, which implies that with the ratings success of the "calm talk" of PBS station KERA/Dallas, "loud talk" of political talkers is on the downtrend, The Star Telegram quoted the perpetually candid Tom Tradup. Radio Ink talks with Tom Tradup to set the record straight on his remarks and the state of Talk radio in general in an exclusive audio interview, here.


GM Dave Widmer Exits Connoisseur/Long Island

GM Dave Widmer Exits Connoisseur/Long Island

Widmer reached out to Radio Ink on Thursday, to say that after 17 years leading radio stations 1100 WHLI-AM, WKJY (K98.3), WBZO (B103), WWSK (94.3 The Shark), and most recently WALK 97.5, he is leaving his position as general manager/Long Island market manager. More...


Lambton Added To WCOD/Cape Cod Mornings

Lambton Added To WCOD/Cape Cod Mornings

Peyton Lambton is joining the WCOD morning show. If the name rings a bell, you may remember her as a contestant on "The Bachelor," and on season one of "The Bachelor Pad." She's also co-hosted HGTV and DIY Network gardening shows "Going Yard," "Smart Home," and "Dream Home." She joins Dan Mahoney as co-host, mornings on WCOD. More...


Former WDAY Host Earl Williams Dies

Former WDAY Host Earl Williams Dies

Earl Williams, the sidekick for Don Dresser's morning show in the '70s and '80s, has passed away, reports WDAY.com. Williams long run began on WDAY in 1967. He also handled play-by-play for the station, and covered the NDSU Bison from 1966 to 1981.


SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

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...



DIGITAL

Streaming Revenue Tops Downloads In 24 Markets

Streaming Revenue Tops Downloads In 24 Markets

In 2014, streaming income topped revenue from downloads in 24 countries, according to the Global independent music group. The PAIS Blog reports that more revenue came from streaming than iTunes in numerous countries, including France, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Poland, and Portugal. France, in particular, bore this out, with 40 percent of its music markets' total income generated from streaming.


SFX CEO Aims To Take Company Private

SFX CEO Aims To Take Company Private

SFX has moved its Beatport streaming service into a free offering with no ads, becoming a partner with T-Mobile's Music Freedom program, allowing streaming without using up 4G data. Robert F.X. Sillerman, founder, CEO, and executive chairman of the board is aiming to take the company private. Sillerman has offered to buy the majority of shares he doesn't own for $4.75 per share in cash, reports Forbes. Shares of SFX were trading 32 percent higher on Wednesday.


Apple Loses Smartflash Lawsuit

Apple Loses Smartflash Lawsuit

Smartflash was awarded $532.9 million by a Texas jury in a patent infringement case involving six patents on Apple's iTunes Store, Apple TV, iOS, iAd, and data storage and access systems. The award came despite Apple's claims, according to Bloomberg, that the Smartfish patents were invalid and weren't infringed. More...


Benztown Partners With Vipology

Benztown Partners With Vipology

Benztown Radio Networks entered into an agreement with L.A.-based Vipology to market its websites and social incentive programs to radio stations. The offering will be available for barter. Vipology provides content for radio station websites with format-specific content, including music, Hollywood, and sports reports and images. More...



BUSINESS

KMCQ/Seattle Under Contract For Sale

KMCQ/Seattle Under Contract For Sale

KMCQ-FM Seattle/Tacoma is under contract to be sold, pending FCC approval of the transfer, from Queen Cities Broadcasting to Educational Media Foundation. Michigan-based Queen Cities Broadcasting also owns WAOL-FM, Cincinnati, Ohio. The buyer, Educational Media Foundation, is a not-for-profit organization and operator of K-Love and Air1 radio networks.


(PROGRAMMING) Play The Hits

(PROGRAMMING) Play The Hits

(By Randy Lane) My on-air and programming careers started in Top 40 radio, and that is where I learned the value of "playing the hits." Playing the hits in all music formats became the foundation for success, especially in PPM. Top 40 and other repetitive formats thrive in PPM. Playing the hits works for morning shows too. The average time-spent-listening is only 10-12 minutes daily for successful morning shows.


(Ramsey) The Media Are Wrong About Brian Williams

(Ramsey) The Media Are Wrong About Brian Williams

How the media got the Brian Williams story all wrong. And... Hey newspapers! Want a younger video audience? Try a sock puppet! It's episode 13 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. More...


(SOCIAL) Ask For The Order!

(SOCIAL) Ask For The Order!

(By Loyd Ford) A lot of people on the programming side of radio don’t have the honor and opportunity to live in a world where they have to “ask for the order.” That may sound rough, but sales jobs are not easy. It doesn’t matter if you think you have the greatest product ever, there are still real challenges in selling it and those frustrations show up every day.



SPORTS CONFERENCE

Get Ready For The Majors At Sports Conference

Get Ready For The Majors At Sports Conference

You need to build your brand and your business, but the marketing environment is constantly changing. And that's especially true in the world of Sports radio, where teams' and stations' fortunes move with the passions of the fans -- and the advertisers. More...


What Sports Radio Advertisers Look For

What Sports Radio Advertisers Look For

Become a real partner and reap the rewards. Advertisers love sports. Some of the biggest advertisers out there rely on sports for awareness and that all-important brand loyalty. How can you make sure your Sports radio station gets its piece of the pie? Continue reading...


Here's What You'll Miss If You're Not There!

Here's What You'll Miss If You're Not There!

SPORTS RADIO CONFERENCE - HISPANIC RADIO CONFERENCE. One registration provides access to both conferences! Alberto Gonzales will keynote the Hispanic Radio Conference. Chad Morris head football coach at SMU, Eddie Gossage president and GM of Texas Motor Speedway, and Rick Scott president and CEO of Rick Scott & Associates all keynote the Sports Radio Conference. Continue reading...


Speedway Boss To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Speedway Boss To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

President and GM of Texas Motor Speedway and one of America's greatest racing promoters, Eddie Gossage will give the closing keynote at Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference, March 4-5 in Dallas. The famously innovative Gossage is perhaps the most successful speedway executive in motor sports today. It's a booming business, and he's played a huge part in making that happen. Continue reading...


SMU Head Coach To Speak About Success

SMU Head Coach To Speak About Success

Chad Morris, head football coach at Southern Methodist University, is set to keynote Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Dallas. Morris has made a meteoric rise from Texas high school football to his current post at SMU, and he'll talk about the core values that have helped bring him such remarkable success. Continue reading...


Become A Sports Sales Expert

Become A Sports Sales Expert

Sports radio is different. It can be a lot more complex to sell than other formats in a CPP/CPM world -- but it can also be much more rewarding. There's a reason Sports is one of the fastest-growing and most successful formats in radio. Click for more on the Sports Radio Conference...


How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

Sports Talk radio today is just about as competitive as the sports it covers. So what do you need to do to develop a winning lineup? Where can you go to seek tomorrow's top talent? What are the keys to building a strong bench and a super farm team? Find out March 4-5 in Dallas at Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference.



HISPANIC RADIO CONFERENCE

Juanes Is A Distinguished Leader

Juanes Is A Distinguished Leader

Radio Ink has announced that legendary recording artist and humanitarian Juanes will be this year's recipient of the Medallas de Cortez Distinguished Leadership Award, to be presented at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Dallas next month. This award honors Juanes not only for his long and successful music career, but for his social and humanitarian activism.


Agencies To Bust Myths At Hispanic Conference

Agencies To Bust Myths At Hispanic Conference

Here they are: The conversations you can't afford to miss if you work in Hispanic radio. Three major agencies will be present at the Hispanic Radio Conference, and you MUST hear what they have to say. These two sessions will be worth the price of admission all by themselves. More...


2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards Finalists

2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards Finalists

Radio Ink is proud to present the finalists for the 2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards. The awards are named in honor of Raoul Cortez, who founded KCOR, the first Spanish-language station in the United States, in 1946. They honor excellence in eight categories. The winners will be announced at the the Medallas de Cortez ceremony on March 4 at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Dallas. Continue reading for the finalists...:


Find & Grow Hispanic Radio Superstars

Find & Grow Hispanic Radio Superstars

Where do you look to find the stars of tomorrow? It's a huge question for all of radio, but perhaps most of all for Hispanic radio. After decades of importing great talent from outside the US, many believe the next generation of great personalities will be native-born. But how do you find them, and give them the opportunity to learn and grow? That's one of the many hot topics that will be on the table at Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Dallas.


Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will keynote the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference being held in Dallas on March 4-5. Gonzales holds the distinction of having held the highest post in U.S. government ever held by an individual of Hispanic heritage, having served from 2005-2007 as a Cabinet member under President George W. Bush. Continue reading...


What Attracts Investors To Hispanic Radio?

What Attracts Investors To Hispanic Radio?

As the growing U.S. Hispanic population continues to fuel consumer trends and spending how will that affect Hispanic radio? It sounds like the future is bright - but it's never safe to take anything for granted. At the Hispanic Radio Conference, a panel of bankers, brokers, radio executives, and investors will give some clear-eyed consideration to Hispanic radio as a business. Read More...


Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

The Group Heads Super Session that closes the annual Hispanic Radio Conference is always much anticipated, with attendees eager to hear the leadership of this key segment of the radio industry talk about their plans, hopes, and vision for the future.


Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Many sales managers will tell you that sales management is the hardest job in radio today. They have more people to manage, more things to sell, and less support than ever before. In Spanish-language radio, if sales managers are not Hispanic, they need to learn the nuances of Hispanic culture -- and fast! Hispanic Radio Conference...



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