According to documents filed with the FCC, Alpha Media will be paying over $38.25 million for 34 radio stations and an FM booster from Morris Communications and two stations from JMJ Broadcasting. Upon closing, Alpha Media will pay $18.25 million in cash (although that amount could be adjusted somewhat depending on various factors), plus $20 million worth of Alpha Holdings stock and $6,585 worth of Alpha Holdings II stock.
Spencer Brown and David Landau, the former Co-CEOs of Dial Global/Westwood One, have partnered to form a company that specializes in spoken word audio products, DGital Media. Right out of the gate, the DGital Media's first venture will be the creation of the Re/code Radio network, partnering with the creators of the popular Re/code tech news website. Continue reading...
The new spoken word audio DGital Media was unveiled Wednesday morning. The company's co-founder David Landau (pictured) and its Chief Content Officer Chris Corcoran spoke with Radio Ink about the new venture and their plans for the future. Read it all HERE...
Generating more digital revenue is the theme at Radio Ink's Convergence 2015 which kicks off today in San Jose with keynote speaker Bryan Kramer at 1:30. Kramer's keynote will be followed by a panel called "Strategy for Selling Digital -- Debating the Platform Options," moderated by Sean Luce and featuring Tracey McCormack, Founder/CEO, McCormack Media Services, Grey Persons, Director, Borrell Associates and Don Wachsmith, Chief Revenue Officer/Revenue Sales, AdLarge Media. We'll have extensive coverage of the two-day event right here on our website, on our Facebook page and you can follow the conference on Twitter at #CONV2015
Public broadcaster WGBH/Boston has formed an editorial partnership between its newsroom and The Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge to tap the expertise of its more than 5,000 fellows. The collaboration will provide local audiences with greater access to Academy research and the expertise of its members, as well as a more comprehensive understanding of local, national and international issues through WGBH News reporting.
The communications manager for the City of Bloomington, IL has asked a local judge for an order of "no contact" against a host from WRPW/Bloomington-Normal. Josh Schmidgall, who goes by the on-air nickname of "Fistbump," is a personality for the Great Plains Media conservative talk station. According to the Bloomington Pantagraph, Schmidgall went to the personal Normal, IL home of Bloomington’s press contact Nora Dukowitz unannounced while she was home sick. It wasn't his first time bugging this woman, either. Read more...
Dave Luczak and Carole Caine, the longtime morning show hosts for WKLH/Milwaukee, held their annual fundraiser right before the Memorial Day weekend. The 18th Annual Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin was a 36-hour radiothon, where the hosts broadcast from the hospital speaking with patient families and hospital staff to spotlight many of the hospital's programs and services for kids and their families. This year's event raised a record $1.3 million. Since its inception in 1998, the annual radiothon has raised over $22 million.
Cumulus Media San Francisco announced that the KSFO-AM raised $136,000 for Fisher House Foundation, which benefits veterans, military and their families. The KSFO Morning Show broadcast live from the Palo Alto Fisher House Friday morning and featured interviews with soldiers and their families who have used Fisher House's services. Listeners donated online and by phone during the broadcast and throughout the Memorial Day weekend. KSFO supported the fundraiser through on-air recorded and live promotional announcements, listings on KSFO.com, and a message from Sussman on the KSFO newsletter.
Crocodile Broadcasting Corporation has agreed to purchase FM translator K285FF/New Orleans from Catholic Community Radio for $220,000. K285FF broadcasts from 104.9 MHz at 99 watts. Crocodile Broadcasting currently owns radio stations KGLA-AM/New Orleans, KGLA-FM/New Orleans, and KDDK-FM/Baton Rouge. Catholic Community Radio owns WQNO-AM/New Orleans. Bill Whitley of the Dallas office of Media Services Group represented the seller as the exclusive broker in this transaction.
Danish public radio station Radio24syv has come under fire for killing a nine-month old rabbit live on the air by beating it repeatedly with a bicycle pump. The young rabbit was later skinned and cooked in a pot, the video of which was shown on the station's Facebook page. Worldwide protests over the animal's brutal treatment are pouring in. Many in Denmark have called for a boycott of the station. Continue reading....
For the eighth consecutive week, The Home Depot is radio's #1 advertiser, boosting its ads even more, airing 69,212 commercials on radio for the week of May 18-24, according to Media Monitors. Macy's begins a huge radio advertising campaign, becoming the #2 advertiser for the first time this year, with 35,897 ads played for the week. See the rest of the top 10 advertisers HERE.
One hundred and thirty undergraduate and graduate students will be awarded registration scholarships and special access to the 2015 Radio Show, being held September 30-October 2 in Atlanta. On Tuesday, the NAB, RAB, and Broadcast Education Association announced the first-ever Radio Show Student Scholars Program, which is designed to encourage and prepare students for successful careers in radio.
After stunting over the Memorial Day weekend with an all-80s format and teasing something new was coming on Tuesday morning, KEZK/St. Louis rebranded itself. Gone is the branding of Fresh 102.5, which the station has used since December 2010. The new branding is 102.5 KEZK. While still an AC-formatted station that plays current artists, the playlist has been boosted with more upbeat songs from the 1980s and 1990s. The station's staff remains the same and KEZK will continue its annual flip to all-Christmas music each November.
iHeartMedia Connecticut announced that Zac Davis has been named Program Director for WKSS/Hartford and WKCI/New Haven. Davis most recently served as iHeartMedia Myrtle Beach's Senior Vice President of Programming. He replaces JB Wilde, who was promoted to PD of KTCZ and KDWB/Minneapolis earlier this year.
Blue Sky Broadcasting has promoted Derik Walker to Music Director of KICR/Spokane. Walker will continue in his many other roles, including APD, Promotions Director, and host of the station's Morning Stampede.
NBC Sports Radio has added sports talker Kate Delaney to its weekend lineup. The Kate Delaney Show will be heard Saturdays and Sundays from Noon-3:00pm ET, replacing The Anita Marks Show. Delaney has been a regular fill-in on NBC Sports Radio.
Mack Maloney's Military Mystery Hour is now heard on WMEX/Boston Saturdays at midnight. Maloney is a best-selling author of two military-fiction series, Wingman and Superhawks. His radio show focuses on paranormal stories with a military bent. Topics include UFOs, missing aircraft, ghost ships and haunted military installations. Maloney's show is syndicated by Radioactive Broadcasting of San Diego.
Maggie Melville has been hired as the Event Sales Director for all of JVC Media. She will be based out of WOTW/Orlando. Melville most recently spent over nine years with Cox Media group as their Orlando-based Senior Event Account Manager. Prior to that she spent a year with Clear Channel in their Interactive Division.
After 11 years of hosting nights for KISW/Seattle, Jolene Skisw has announced she is exiting the station at the end of this week. In addition to being a top DJ on the rock station, she also served as music director and host of the weekend program Live and Local, which focused on unsigned Seattle area bands.
Jim Unrath, who worked at Classical WFMT/Chicago for 40 years, passed away over the Memorial Day weekend due to heart failure, the station's website announced. He was 78 years old. Unrath joined the station when he was just 21. He went on to host numerous shifts, including overnights and mornings, and produce many programs, including those of famed Chicago media star Studs Terkel. For some years, Unrath also served as music director and operations manager.
The National Association of Media Brokers (NAMB) announced the death of their friend and colleague Ralph Meador, who died Monday at age 95. Meador started his radio career in 1942 in Dayton, installing radio and radar systems for the military. After working for, and later owning, radio stations, he founded the brokerage firm R.E. Meador & Associates in 1970. More...
Author, television/newspaper investigative reporter, and television news producer Michele McPhee has been given her own afternoon talk show on WMEX-AM/Boston. Her local show replaces The Howie Carr Show, which exited in March. Various syndicated programming had been airing in the interim.
CBS Radio Phoenix has promoted Tim Richards to VP of programming of the company's three-station cluster. He most recently had been operations manager and PD for KMLE and KZON, duties he will retain. After a long career working in radio nationwide, Richards joined CBS Radio Phoenix in 2013. KOOL PD Dave Shakes will continue in his role, working under Richards.
Entercom announced the hiring of Don Kollins as PD for Sports Radio KGMZ-FM/San Francisco. Kollins comes to the station with 20 years of sports and news programming experience, primarily in Canada, where he was part of CJCL/Toronto and CHYM/Ontario. When he begins next month, Kollins will replace Jason Barrett, who announced in February he would be stepping down in June to relocate to New York to be closer to his son.
Longtime radio host for the Texoma area, Bob McKinzie passed away over the weekend unexpectedly. He was 66 years old. He is known for his many years hosting mornings Durant, OK/Dennison, TX area, including at stations such as KIKM, KLAK, and in recent years, at KLBC, where he also served as program director. McKinzie had been working in radio since he was in high school. The KLBC website has an online memorial set up for McKinzie which can be viewed HERE.
Jill Kowalski is the Director of Sports Sales and Marketing for Enterom Communications in Buffalo. In a male dominated business, sports sales, Jill Kowalsi is in charge of one the hottest sports station in America, WGR, and the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres Radio Network, which generates over $3,000,000 in revenue. Kowalski is one of The 100 Most Influential Women in Radio we will feature in our upcoming June issue of Radio Ink Magazine. Here is a more in-depth look at how Kowalski made it to the top of her profession and what she believes it will take to succeed in radio moving forward.
Digital audio advertising platform TargetSpot has signed on with Nielsen to bring PRIZM segmentation data to digital audio. The relationship enables TargetSpot to apply data targeting across its entire platform including a wide range of channels listeners increasingly turn to for audio content.
Revere Digital, the parent company of tech website Re/code, has been acquired by digital media company Vox Media. Re/code will continue to be published by Co-CEOs and Co-Executive Editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Terms of the sale are not yet disclosed.
(By Spike Santee) Are you tired of always competing solely on price? Are you frustrated when your customers demand your lowest price and then request some added value to "get on the buy"? "Added value" is not giving your client something extra for free in order to bring in the buy. Giving your client something extra for free is not selling; it is simply the act of lowering your price to the level the client will tolerate.
(By Loyd Ford) I hear the sound of the future and it sounds nothing like the past. Radio debt, recession, and industry change mushroomed at the same time that a new generation has risen into adulthood. We know that part of the story, right? I'm just not sure we all understand how much listening has changed while our industry has shifted into neutral and developed an appetite for cost cutting. These new "listeners" have radios in their cars. They just don't care. "Why should I?" they ask. "I have this."
(By Curt Krafft) If you think something isn't going to work, it won't. Rightly or wrongly, perception plays a huge role in the world of business. This is especially true in the business of broadcasting. If we truly believe that appealing to older demos will not translate into a significant amount of revenue, then it won't. And nothing is going to change our mind.
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...