How are radio stations in New England, NY, and DC handling the big storm bombarding a good portion of the Northeast with snow? We checked in with several managers in the eye of the storm who told us about their plans to keep the community informed. Continue Reading...
Walgreens kicked Geico out of the number one position in this week's Spot 10 with just over 52,000 spots for January 19-25. Geico logged over 47,000 commercials and is number two in this week's count. Home Depot was number three last week and again this week with just under 38,000 spots. Rounding out the Top 5 are McDonald's and JCPenny with just under 25,000 spots for McDonalds and just over 22,000 commercials for JC Penny.
This is actually a settlement involving a complaint against Spanish-language WXNY-FM in New York for transmitting emergency warning tones in a comedy sketch. The talent broadcast portions of the EAS tones several times during an episode of the Luis Jimenez Show. The DJs openly acknowledged during the on-air bit that transmitting EAS tones in the absence of an emergency is illegal. The FCC has been crystal clear on toying with the tones -- don't do it. Surprisingly, we continue to see these violations continue to pop up. More...
Westwood One is launching its annual Super Bowl Sound Awards for Excellence in Audio Creativity. It's a consumer-driven index that aims to honor brand advertisers and audio creative. The awards will be showcasing the best radio spots within the Super Bowl. More...
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...
Bonneville International is partnering with Marketron Digital to provide the broadcaster with SMS solutions. Tim Swift, Director of Business Systems, Analytics & Revenue Services at Bonneville International notes on the new relationship with Marketron, "Bonneville is recognized as an industry leader in the text messaging space, so the Marketron SMS Solution is a key asset for us. The platform's flexibility and ease-of-use allows our brands and personalities to engage in real time with our audiences and it gives our advertisers a powerful and measurable response channel."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rush opened his show Monday with the announcement that Chris "Kit" Carson died at 8 a.m. Monday morning at his home in New Jersey. Carson was Rush's chief of staff. He had been battling brain cancer for the past four years. Carson was 58 years old. Rush said Carson thought he beat the cancer about two years ago but the cancer came back last fall. The last time Rush saw him was in the hospital 10 days ago. "It's such a void because he loved this job. He loved being part of it every day. The last four years of his life, he would get up early to do his show prep and he was going to do it no matter what. It was just incredible. He loved everybody here and everybody loved him." Read the full transcript about Carson from Rush's Monday show HERE
Joe Clair is headed back to WPGC as morning host for the CBS urban station. Clair began his career at WPGC as part of the Sunday Night Hip-Hop Show with DJ Big Tigger. Clair also co-hosted the Russ Parr Morning Show on WKYS and worked at WQHT-Hot 97 in New York. Most recently he was a part of the WHUR/DC PMD show with Frank Ski. More...
Brian Rickman, Regional Director of Programming URBan Radio Broadcasting has left the company. Rickman says the departure is amicable, the position was eliminated from within the company. Rickman oversaw multiple formats in six markets. Rickman has held similar Regional, Operations and Brand Management positions for Cumulus, NextMedia, Cromwell Radio Group and Greater Media. Reach out to Rickman at: email@example.com or 256-320-3473.
Effective February 1, and after more than two decades on the job, Neil Nelkin operations manager-AM Radio NRG Media/Omaha is moving on. Nelkin says that "It's just time to rest a little, take it easy somewhat, and cut back from 80 hour weeks." NRG has not named a replacement as of yet.
Ashley Lopez heads to Louisville from NPR/WGCU in Southwest Florida where she reported on Florida politics for the past four years. She also logged time as a reporter for WLRN in Miami, written for The Miami Herald, The Florida Independent, and interned at Talking Points Memo. She becomes the new political reporter for NPR affiliate WFPL.
Reported on the Fox 23/Tulsa website, Shay "Biggie" Adams died Friday night at the age of 40. Biggie Shay's co-host Corbin said on a Facebook post that Biggie had taken leave of absence in November due to an undisclosed illness, despite weeks of treatment had passed away.
Psychiatrist, author, and radio personality Dr. Frank Minirth passed away on Saturday in Texas. Minirth co-hosted live nationwide call-in radio programs and television programs for many years.
WSPA-FM, Magic 98.9 is gearing up for its first Annual Cards for Kids, bringing Valentine's Day cards to Greenville Health System's Children's Hospital. WSPA is asking that cards should be sent to the radio station where their team will distribute them into care packages, which will include games and station goodies. The day before Valentine's Day, WSPA staff and volunteers will deliver the care packages to the hospital.
(By Buzz Knight) My friend Fred Jacobs always finds a way to stir the pot and inspire my thinking and he's just done that again with the gift of a great new book. How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal (with Ryan Hoover) is a great read for any of us in the content and audio delivery business (otherwise known as a radio). The book is focused on analyzing the convergence of access and data in a world where speed is critical to success.
(By Jeff McHugh) When I was operations manager at Clear Channel (now iHeart Media) in St Louis, I really believed in Mason and Remy, the upstart young Country morning show on 937 The Bull. Mason and Remy were in an uphill battle against Cornbread, the funny and talented drive host with a long heritage of winning at WIL.
(By Wayne Ens) You have no doubt heard about the KISS acronym: Keep It Simple Stupid. Simple sells! Digital is anything but simple, and I believe we're missing the boat by not presenting radio as the simple turnkey media alternative. I read this morning that thousands are leaving Facebook every day to migrate to the latest shiny new thing, Instagram.
(By Loyd Ford) You hear people talk about digital and social media, but many radio companies are having a difficult time moving the needle or getting a "movement" going to really capture real value. Why is that? It's easier to understand that you might think. Radio is still about the easiest money on the table.
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.
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...