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July 28, 2014

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Minihane Suspended Without Pay

Minihane Suspended Without Pay

You know you've crossed the line when the CEO has to step in and issue a public statement for the way you've been behaving. Entercom CEO David Field has had enough of the Kirk Minihane controversy at his Boston sports-talker WEEI-FM and the negative publicity. Minihane, the third wheel on the Dennis & Callahan show, has been suspended for a week without pay for the insults he's been hurling at Fox's Erin Andrews. There had been reports that Fox was threatening to pull ads which may have been the tipping point for Field, although calling Andrews a b***h and telling her to drop dead may have been enough. Add to that, he was right back at it when he returned from vacation, despite apologizing before he left.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Beasley Q2 Revenue Drops Nearly 4%

Beasley Q2 Revenue Drops Nearly 4%

Another disappointing revenue quarter from a publicly traded radio company. Beasley Broadcasting, which owns 44 stations in 11 large- and mid-size markets, generated $1.0 million less in the second quarter of 2014 than it did in 2013. The company blamed the decrease on lower advertising revenue in its Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville markets. Beasley did reduce operating expenses by 2.3 percent ($400,000). Operating income for the quarter was down 12.1 percent while net income increased 28.1 percent to $3 million.


Is Stephen A. Smith Leaving ESPN Radio?

Is Stephen A. Smith Leaving ESPN Radio?

ESPN has no comment on the story in The New York Daily News that Smith is headed to SiriusXM to join former WFAN host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo's channel. You may remember our story back in May when Russo said he was unable to find a black host who is worthy of doing a national show. The very-well-connected Bob Raissman at The Daily News reports Smith is leaving ESPN-98.7 FM and heading to Sirius, where he'll get his own show. Currently Smith is a co-host with Ryan Ruocco on 98.7.


More Porn Charges Filed Against Baylo

More Porn Charges Filed Against Baylo

The feds filed new criminal charges against former WCSG radio host John Balyo for taking sexually explicit photos of a 12-year-old boy. According to Channel 13 in Grand Rapids, Baylo has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. The felony information accuses Balyo of enticing or coercing the boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct in Kalamazoo County on April 19.


Greater Media Picks up Temple Football

On Thursday Temple University Athletics, along with its multi-media rights holder, Learfield Sports Temple Sports Properties, announced a multi-year agreement with Greater Media Philadelphia naming WPEN-FM the official home to Owls Football. Starting with the 2014 football season, "The Fanatic" 97.5 will be the new flagship station for the Owls. PD Matt Nahigian said, This is a wonderful partnership for us. We are proud to be representing the Owls and their exciting college football program. August couldn't come soon enough!"



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

WRXQ In DC Launches New Morning

WRXQ In DC Launches New Morning

Starting Wednesday, it's The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show on Cumulus' WRQX's 107.3 in Washington, D.C. Cumulus Senior Vice President of Programming Mike McVay said, We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty, and Mel for mornings. There is a high level of competition in D.C. I believe in Gillette. He believes in the team. That makes me a big believer in this show."


Jay Dixon Gets Permanent PD Gig At WQHT

Jay Dixon Gets Permanent PD Gig At WQHT

Emmis' Hip Hop N.Y. station HOT 97 FM will continue to be programmed by Jay Dixon. Dixon has served as interim PD since Ebro Darden vacated the position in March to focus on his morning show. GM Deon Levingston said, Jays extensive knowledge of radio broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT. Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the HOT 97 platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence HOT 97 has in Hip Hop and music. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

(By Buzz Knight) I found a cool new restaurant a couple of towns over from me called Il Casale in (Lexington, Mass). It's been open for about six weeks. It's the sister restaurant of another spot they own in Belmont, Mass. (They meaning chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers.) I grabbed a bite to eat there this past week after hearing a few friends rave about it and I heard a great story from a guy named Jeff who is one of the regular customers from the neighborhood.


<b>(SALES)</b> Can I Have Your Attention?

(SALES) Can I Have Your Attention?

(By Jeff Schmidt) Tracey McGrath was the new general manager at Seelye of South Haven. This was our third meeting. He had aggressive goals. Having just attended a Jim Williams seminar, I prepared an aggressive strategy that included dominating frequency on the radio stations. Twice an hour every hour every day on both stations. It was by far the biggest schedule ever presented on the stations. We were asking for $25,000 a month. In a small un-rated market, that amount is unheard of.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(SOCIAL) 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(By Loyd Ford) You always have the choice to be like everyone else. You can always fit in. You can always go along. But why not break out? Here are five (5) ways you can break out in your social media and find new fans, grow your influence, and enjoy more of your life in radio: 1. Focus your visuals on fun, entertainment, and a unique perspective. Giving a unique perspective on the entertaining side of your business will give listeners a happy-to-waste-time enjoyment of your content. This will pay dividends.



2014 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN RADIO

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

2014 marks the 15th year for whats become one of our most popular lists. The Most Influential Women in Radio issue began in 1999, when the list of names was much shorter and those who occupied the list less influential. Today, some of these influencers will also appear on our 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list (to be released on July 28). Read about the Most Influential Women HERE.



DASH 2014

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."



RADIO INK

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development and growth of our industry and has shown true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."


Digital Sales Success Stories

If you have one, we want to hear about it. Are you killing it in digital sales, bringing local clients results using all of your digital products? Do your clients look to you as the go-to digital expert in your market? You are a rare bird in our indusrty and we want to hear about you and your story today. Call or e-mail Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan at 239-247-3833 or edryantheeditor@gmail.com.


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TELL US ABOUT YOUR SALESPEOPLE

The Programming Department at your radio station is very good at telling us when they hire a new PD, morning show or afternoon drive jock. And we love to write about them. We also know how important salespeople and sales managers are. They are grinding it out on the streets with more competition than ever in an economy without a Mustang engine. We also want to brag about your sellers. Tell us all about your new sales hires, Sales Manager promotions or company award winners. Everyone loves to see their name in lights...some like the extra pat on the back more than money in their pocket. Send all the details - and a photo - to edryantheeditor@gmail.com







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