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February 1, 2015

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Going Local To Attract Younger Demos

Going Local To Attract Younger Demos

Interesting findings in the Nielsen study on the habits of "local digerati" in the latest Local Watch Report. Despite the fact that you can check the weather in Timbuktu and the news in Beijing in an instant on your digital device, US consumers are still heavily invested in their own hood. Are Alpha Media and JVC Media on to something with the local focus in their markets? Continue reading...


INDUSTRY NEWS

Who Says Politics Isn't Funny

Who Says Politics Isn't Funny

WIP/Philly has posted a previously unreleased video of NJ Governor Chris Christie falling off a chair as he sat down for an interview with host Angelo Cataldi. View the missed chair plant in all it's glory Here.


Medved Tells Listeners He's Battling Cancer

Medved Tells Listeners He's Battling Cancer

Salem talk host Michael Medved announced Friday that he has been battling stage three throat cancer since December. He also announced that, effective Friday, he will be taking a medical leave of absence until his recovery is more advanced. Filling Medved's show on Salem will be KSKY/Dallas morning drive host Mark Davis, who also hosts the Friday edition of Bill Bennett's Morning in America. Continue Reading


Radio ACM Award Nominees Announced

Radio ACM Award Nominees Announced

The Academy of Country Music announced its radio nominees for the 50th annual awards presentation which takes place April 19. National radio personalities nominated were Cody Alan, Big D and Bubba, Crook and Chase, Lia Knight and Shawn Parr. Among the nominees for Station of the Year are KNIX-FM in Phoenix and WSOC-FM in Charlotte for major market, WMIL-FM in Milwaukee and WUBE-FM in Cincinnati for large market, and WYRK-FM and KXKT-FM in Omaha in medium market. In all, 20 stations have been nominated for Station of the Year, five in each of the categories broken down by market size. Continue reading...


Nielsen: Drivers Weigh-In on Connected Car

Nielsen: Drivers Weigh-In on Connected Car

What features are consumers looking for with connected car tech and which features are least likely to excite drivers? Nielsen's latest report is aiming to answer some of those questions. The research seems a bit of a mixed bag, with over 75% of connected car users believing that having the tech is revolutionary, however 41% say it's distracting and about a third say it's more of a hassle than it's worth. 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...


WNDB Producer Arrested For Child Porn

WNDB Producer Arrested For Child Porn

On Thursday night 25-year old Chand Worob was taken into custody at the radio station for receiving and distributing child pornography. WKMG Local 6 is reporting that police found 500 images of child porn on a home laptop that belongs to Worob and have been investigating him since October. Worob is an executive producer for morning show host Marc Bernier. WNDB-AM is a News/Talk station in Daytona Beach.


Chicago's Loop Holding Morning Show Search

Chicago's Loop Holding Morning Show Search

Chicagoland Radio & Media is reporting that WLUP-FM/The Loop 97.9, will spend February giving 4 hosts, each of them getting a week long tryout, to fill the open morning slot on The Loop.  Listeners will then vote on which show they want to fill mornings. More...


Who Are Radio's Future African-American Leaders?

For the third consecutive year, Radio Ink magazine is spotlighting the African-American professionals leading the charge in radio today. This year, that issue will be released on March 16. Who's working at your station, in your cluster, or at your company who is certain to be a future leader? Send your nominations for our African-American Future Leaders in Radio issue to edryantheeditor@gmail.com



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Should You Purchase An FM Translator?

Should You Purchase An FM Translator?

(by Ed Ryan) Chuck Anderson, from Anderson Associates, has been in the engineering business for 35 years. He's an allocations consultant, which means he improves and enhances coverage areas for FM full-power and FM translators and AM stations. On any given day, he's presented with the challenge to find a power increase for an FM station, to move an FM station to its population center to enhance its value and its audience, or to find a translator for an AM station. As you've been reading here over the past couple of years FM translators have become big business and a big part of how broadcasters either enhance their AM programming or add an HD channel. Do you know everything you need to know about translators? If not, you will after our conversation with Chuck Anderson.


How I Made It To The Top

How I Made It To The Top

Back in December, Shane Sparks was named market manager for NRG's seven-station cluster in Northwoods, Wisconsin. Sparks spent a decade in sales management for NRG in Fort Atkinson, also in Wisconsin. Since he was 15 years old, he has worked in radio, first on the air, then in sales. NRG COO Chuck DuCoty said, "Sparks understands all facets of the business with a successful track record in operations, sales management, and on-air work, as a successful play-by-play announcer and sports show host." How did Sparks catch the radio bug for management? Let's find out...



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Mark Levin to PMD on KRLA/LA

Mark Levin to PMD on KRLA/LA

Salem announced Friday it's adding Mark Levin to its weekday lineup in Los Angeles on AM 870 The Answer. Levin will be live 3pm - 6pm beginning Tuesday (2/3/15).  Hugh Hewitt currently holds down 3-6pm and will move into the 6-9pm slot on KRLA. More...


KGO/SF Goes Talk 7-10 PM

KGO/SF Goes Talk 7-10 PM

Cumulus announced DreX will be hosting a new talk show 7-10PM, on KGO/SF starting Tuesday. KGO has been running the "Evening News" news block in that time slot. DreX, was last heard in the Bay Area at KSJO-FM. The KGO gig marks DreX's return to radio, after nearly a decade off the air. He was previously the morning host of the talk show "DreX Morning Show" on Chicago's WKSC/KISS-FM. More...


Imus To Present 5th Annual Imus On Broadway

Imus To Present 5th Annual Imus On Broadway

Don Imus will be on-hand at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square presenting the 5th Annual Imus on Broadway Show, February 9. Joining Imus as emcee will be New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel. Ticket sales from the event will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets are on sale now at www.wabcradio.com.


CJ Takes Nights At Wolf/Orlando

CJ Takes Nights At Wolf/Orlando

The CJ at Night show has been announced to take over nights on WOTW 103.1-The Wolf/Orlando. WOTW had been running all music following the format flip in mid-December when JVC Media closed on the station. CJ will fill the 7 p.m.-Midnight shift. More...


Palacios Takes PMD at 107.1 La Z/Austin

Palacios Takes PMD at 107.1 La Z/Austin

David Palacios, "El Gatillero" is the new Afternoon Drive personality for Austin-Regional Mexican KLZT-FM/107.1-FM. Palacios heads to Austin from Phoenix where he handled afternoon drive for KHOT. He'll be making his Austin debut with  the La Z team in mid-February, Monday - Saturday, 3:00pm to 7:00pm. More...


Daniels Radio Personality of the Year

Daniels Radio Personality of the Year

San Antonio Magazine has named former San Antonio Spur and co-host of ESPN San Antonio's The Hardline, Antonio Daniels, its Radio Personality of the Year. The Hardline airs weekdays from 2-4PM on 1250AM/94.5 FM. More...


South Dakota Newsman Hetland Retires

South Dakota Newsman Hetland Retires

After 38 years behind the mic in Sioux Falls, Gene Hetland is set to retire. The Daily Republic is reporting that the 63-year-old newscaster started at KSOO-AM in August 1976 and hung up his headphones on Friday. How much did Sioux Falls listeners rely on the newsman? Friday was declared Gene Hetland Day in Sioux Falls.


Murphy In as Anchor WHTC-Holland/MI

Murphy In as Anchor WHTC-Holland/MI

Mary Ellen Murphy is in as the morning news anchor and co-host for 1450 WHTC in Holland, Michigan. Murphy brings 30 plus years of experience to the table and has been behind the mic in: Seattle, Sacramento and Detroit, Grand Rapids and Muskegon. More...



FORMAT NEWS

WGHL/Louisville Flips Classic Hip Hop

WGHL/Louisville Flips Classic Hip Hop

After about three months as classic hits, Alpha Media's WGHL/Louisville has reformatted to Old School 105.1. Alpha is certainly looking to corner the market on urban in Louisville, with the addition of Old School 105.1, Alpha now has three urban formats in Louisville including: urban/WGZB-FM (B96.5) and urban ac/WMJM-FM (Magic 101.3). More...


96.3 KHIT/St. Louis Flips to Top 40

96.3 KHIT/St. Louis Flips to Top 40

Friday Emmis/St. Louis launched NOW96.3, a new CHR offering with a stable of local on-air talent. Curt Copeland takes mornings, Todd Newton (aka Rick Idol) midday, Christine Pawlak PMD, Nina Blanco in handling nights. NOW96.3 is running 60 minute music sweeps "every time the music starts." More...



BUSINESS

Falcons Ink three-year Deal with The Game

Falcons Ink three-year Deal with The Game

92.9-The Game/Atlanta has signed a three-year, $9 million dollar deal to become official flagship station for the Atlanta Falcons.  According to a report on the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Falcons ownerArthur Blank confirmed that the deal is three years for $3 million a year.


KWFC-FM Springfield/MO Sale Closes

KWFC-FM Springfield/MO Sale Closes

Radio Training Network has closed the sale of KWFC/89.1-FM in Springfield, Missouri from Baptist Bible College. The closing sale price was $1,301,000.



SPORTS 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

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...:


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...


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...



RADIO INK

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...







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Radio stations from all over the country have sent in pictures of their mobile marketing machines. Here are some of the most creative vehicles being used in the industry today. Send your picture to edryantheditor@gmail.com.
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