As previously reported by Radio Ink, Trenton's WKXW-FM, best known as talk station New Jersey 101.5, had its signal interfered with by a pirate radio station on 101.3. The station conducted its own investigation to track where the illegal transmission was coming from. That information was then given to the local police who quickly shut the pirate station down. How did the station find the pirate? What caused them to be so proactive in going after him? Radio Ink talked with WKWX-FM's President and Chief Revenue Officer Fred Bennett and the station's Brand Manager Eric "EJ" Johnson to get the answers...
For the third consecutive week, The Home Depot is radio's #1 advertiser, airing 67,933 commercials for the week of April 13-19, according to Media Monitors. The number of commercials played for The Home Depot was down somewhat from the week before, but still nearly 75% higher than the #2 advertiser for the week, Geico, which had 39,413 plays.
Radio's primary area for growth has become digital, and the most important digital conference on how to monetize radio's digital assets is a just over one month away. Radio Ink's Convergence 2015, coming up May 27-28 in California’s Silicon Valley. At next month's Convergence, four key speakers will enlighten broadcasters on how to best increase their revenue streams through digital means. Read more HERE!
An additional four members of House of Representatives have been added to the list of co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act, a resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The resolution now has 158 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 13 in the Senate.
Radio stations are facing more competition than ever. With constant demands from owners and headquarters to sell more, there's almost no time left to devote to training, brainstorming and development. Radio Ink magazine is now offering an affordable, effective way for you to attend training that will help you get more clients, increase sales, increase the size of your paycheck and stay motivated. Our April 28 webinar will feature hiring expert Laurie Kahn. REGISTER HERE
After a blog claimed that using the new Voltair encoding device was the equivalent to an athlete using steroids and gaining an unfair advantage, Harker Research responded with a sharp rejection of that assessment in a blog of their own. In the latest Radio InSights blog, Richard Harker writes: "Even if there were some validity bringing ethics into the debate, accusing Voltair of the sin is misguided." He added: "Invoking fairness, playing by the rules, and steroids is a straw-man argument made by people who don't understand PPM, don't understand its shortcomings, and don't understand Voltair." READ ON.
Premiere Networks announced a three-hour Memorial Day radio special featuring the hosts, writers and editors of TheBlaze and TheBlaze.com. TheBlaze Radio Network's Reflections From A Grateful Nation is being made available for News/Talk formats on May 23-25. Guest appearances on the special include actor Gary Sinise, game show host Pat Sajak, and members of the military.
The final radio station owned by Buckley Communications, KIDD/Monterey has been sold to Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters. The transaction was handled by Dick Foreman for the seller and Saul Levine for the buyer. According to documents filed with the FCC on Monday, the purchase price will be $50,000. Closing is expected this summer, subject to FCC approval.
Wesley Burton worked at KPFA public radio in Berkeley, CA where he co-hosted a weekend music show. ABC 7 is reporting Burton was driving home after the show early Saturday when he was struck a speeding Dodge Charger. The impact flipped Burton's car and he died at the scene. Burton was married with three young children. The radio station has set up a fund to raise money to help Burton's family.
iHeartMedia announced that Scott Hopeck is their new President/Market Manager for New York. Hopeck is a 20-year media veteran, who has served as the President/Market Manager for iHeartMedia Phoenix since October 2012. He replaces Joe Puglise, who held the job since December 2008, but has now exited the company.
On Monday, Salem Media Group launched The Eric Metaxas Show, a new two-hour talk program, in 26 of the top 30 radio markets. Metaxas' flagship home is WNYM/New York. Salem has designed the show to fit both a Christian Teaching/Talk format, as well as a News/Talk format.
After reports spread throughout newspapers and trades last week, Greater Media made it official on Monday that WPEN-FM/97.5 The Fanatic now has a new lineup, anchored in the AM drive by former WIP afternoon sports talker Anthony Gargano. The show's co-host is midday personality John Marks. Anthony Gargano in the Morning replaces ESPN's syndicated Mike & Mike in the Morning, which now shifts to WTEL-AM.
A pair of helpers has come to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's office. Gigi Sohn has been named to the new position of Counselor to the Chairman. In addition, Emmaka Porchea-Veneszee has been named Special and Confidential Assistant to the Chairman.
Overnight we learned of the death of Mason (pictured here). CBS Los Angeles Market Manager Dan Kearny stated, "The entire CBS radio family is grieving today over the passing of Scott Mason, who has been part of CBS since 1979. Due to Scott's wishes, no funeral services will be held. A memorial will be planned in the weeks to come." MORE FROM KEARNY.
Hubbard Broadcasting has announced that Joel Swanson was named General Manager for the company's five-station cluster in Bemidji. Swanson replaces Lou Buron and Mary Campbell, who operated the stations for 25 years, prior to Hubbard's purchase of 16 radio properties from Omni Broadcasting in March, which included the Bemidji stations.
Pandora has announced that Tim Leiweke has been elected and Roger Faxon has been nominated for election to the company's board of directors. These two new additions to Pandora’s board will be replacing Robert Kavner and David Sze.
Entercom Communications has announced that Lance Richard has been promoted to become the new VP/market manager for their Sacramento six-station cluster. The 28-year radio and media veteran has been with Entercom since 2009, serving as corporate VP of integrated sales and most recently as VP of sales at Entercom Sacramento. He replaces Sean Shannon, who will be taking over as market manager for Cumulus Atlanta.
It's time to make your nominations for one of our most popular lists of the year. The 2015 Most Influential Women in Radio list will be released on June 16. Who needs to be on that list? Here's your chance to have your say. Go to our nominating form HERE and send us your nomination. YOUR DEADLINE IS MAY 1.
TuneIn has announced that it will be fully available for the new Apple Watch, as well as for Apple CarPlay. This availability includes all of TuneIn's live streams and on-demand podcasts.
(By Jeff Schmidt) Motivational speaker Les Brown instructs his audiences, "Raise your hand if you've ever come up with an idea to do something, and before you could take one step towards it, you, yes YOU, talked yourself out of it?" You've done it, I've done it...quite recently, in fact.
(By Jeff McHugh) It's almost a given that radio stations do contests and give away stuff. Unless you work for an NPR affiliate or the CBC, you were probably indoctrinated into the philosophy of contesting on your first day at your first radio job. Have you ever wondered why those contests are happening?
(By Ronald Robinson) For decades, the standard retinue of on-air and commercial phrases has included the likes of: "Do it today! Buy now! Come on down! Save 30 percent! Don't miss it! Check us out online! Call now! Wait!" An impressive list of others exists. The on-air usage of this approach to audiences is ubiquitous.
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...