On Monday, Kantar Media released its first-quarter media spending report, and overall U.S. advertising spending declined 4.0 percent, to $37.4 billion. For radio specifically, local ad spending in Q1 was up 5 percent, thanks to the auto, legal services and health care categories. Network radio was down 2 percent and national spot radio declined 11.3 percent. Hispanic radio saw an increase of 6.5 percent in ad spending in the first quarter.
More from Kantar's latest Q1 report: When digging down deep into the numbers, we find out that despite still being the number one advertising category (for all measured media), automotive spending dropped by 11 percent, from $3.8 billion in 2014 to $3.3 billion this year. With such a huge decline in automotive spending and Kantar also reporting the 5 percent uptick in local radio, one could only conclude that local radio remains a great way to reach advertisiers. Here are some numbers from other ad categories..
Media Moves is reporting that Univision America has shut down two of its three remaining talk shows. All employees of these shows were informed they were being released on June 25. Only the talk show Maria Marin LIVE remains. The Univision America network, heard on AM stations in numerous markets, is being changed to music and localized programming, which the report claims will be paid programming.
Forbes released its list of Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest Paid Celebrities, ranking the top 100 celebrities who earned the most over the past 12 months. In addition to numerous athletes, musical acts, and movie stars, four radio personalities made the list. See who made the cut and where they ranked HERE.
J & J Broadcasting, owner of five radio stations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, has been slapped with a $10,500 forfeiture order by the FCC for a pair of paperwork violations. The station failed to properly and timely notify the FCC about a change in ownership of its antenna structure for its Ironwood, MI stations WIMI-FM and WJMS-AM. Additionally, the company failed to maintain and make available the required quarterly issues/programs lists in the two stations' public inspection file. The amount of the forfeiture is reduced from the $13,000 proposed fine from 2012.
The Business Rockstars online show by Ken Rutkowski has developed a daily radio feature entitled Business Rockstars Minutes. The segment has been added to six CBS Radio news/talk stations: WPHT/Philadelphia, WCCO/Minneapolis, KMOX/St. Louis, KDKA/Pittsburgh, KXNT/Las Vegas, and WTIC/Hartford.
New on-air lineups are taking place on two Cumulus Pensacola stations: WXBM and WMEZ. On NASH-branded Country station WXBM, PD Jeni Lane takes over the midday shift, while former midday DJ Ryan Andrew moves to afternoons. On Soft Rock WMEZ, former WXBM afternoon host Lindsey Marie Addison takes over middays, while PD/former midday host Chuck Whitaker slides into PM drive. Former PM driver Terry Michaels becomes full-time promotion director for the company's five-station cluster.
Beasley Media Group has closed on the purchase of the construction permits for Florida FM translators W293CK/Clearwater and W282BY/Fort Myers. The seller was the University of Northwestern, St. Paul and the purchase price was $200,000. Bob Heymann and Eddie Esserman of Media Services Group served as the exclusive brokers in this transaction.
He's been Executive VP/GM of National Programming platforms since February 2014 and spent over two decades with the company. In the position he's leaving, Hunnicutt was responsible for all on-air and digital content for all iHeart radio stations and websites. Hunnicutt has taken the position as President of Big Loud Records, which is a brand new label just launching. iHeartMedia has not announced a replacement.
The 2015 Conclave Learning Conference's Early Bird Registration pricing of $299 expires June 30 -- that means the deadline to save $50 is the end of today. Starting July 1, tuition rises to $349. The 40th annual Conclave Learning Conference will be held July 16-17 at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel in Minneapolis.
There is nothing like a celebration, and in the latest issue of Radio Ink, we celebrate the achievements of 100 incredibly talented and dedicated women who are making a difference every day in radio. Their hard work, determination, and passion not only set a wonderful example to others, but represent the ultimate payoff for those who have guided and led them over the years. Here are The 100 Most Influential Women in Radio for 2015.
Every year at the Radio Show, hosted by the RAB and NAB, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads pays tribute to Radio Wayne Cornils by discussing the tremendously positive impact he had on so many people and by awarding the over-achievers in our industry the awards created in his name. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Radio Wayne Awards which will be presented at the 2015 Radio Show being held this year in Atlanta, September 30 to October 2. Make your nominations HERE and take a look at the 2014 Radio Wayne winners HERE.
The much-discussed Apple Music launched Tuesday, featuring its streaming radio station Beats 1 and much more. It began with some confusion as no app was available in the Apple App Store; Those who wanted Apple Music on their Apple devices had to first upgrade to the new iOS 8.4 software or download the newest version of iTunes, both of which gives the user Apple Music automatically. Read on...
iHeartRadio has joined forces with Virgin America, creating six new radio streams that will be featured in Virgin America's Red in-flight entertainment system at every seatback. The stations will also be available on the iHeartRadio app, for those not on a Virgin airplane. The six new stations are Atmospheres (ultra-mellow), Dub & Dubber (Reggae), Dyna-Mic Flows (Hip-Hop), Pop, Skip & A Jump (Alternative Pop), Lat-Indie (Latin indie artists) and Soul-igarchy (Soul/R&B).
American General Media announced the hiring of Picazzo Stevens, who takes over as program director for Albuquerque stations KAGM and KDLW. Additionally, Stevens will take a weekday midday shift on KAGM. Stevens, who previously worked at KAGM in 2014, replaces D.J. Lopez, who exited Monday to be a stay-at-home father.
WGN-AM announced that Adam Hoge takes over in the newly created position of sports editor-in-chief of its secondary website, WGNPlus.com. He will oversee an expansion of sports digital content including photo essays, blogs, podcasts and special streaming events. Hoge will continue in his other roles as WGN-AM weekend sports show co-host and Chicago Bears beat reporter.
Milwaukee Radio Alliance has promoted Tom Cheng to role of Group Sales Manager for the company's four Milwaukee radio stations: WLUM-FM, WLDB-FM, W262CJ, and WZTI-AM. Since 1998, he has been a senior AE with WLUW.
Curtis Media Group has hired David Lewis to take over as general manager of WPTF/Raleigh. Lewis joins Curtis Media Group from Cumulus, where he has served as Myrtle Beach Market Manager for the past six years. Curtis SVP David Stuckey has been handling the WPTF management role since the late 2014 departure of Rick Heilmann, who left the company when he purchased his own radio station.
Cumulus Media announced the hiring of Glen Tacinelli as the General Sales Manager of WABC-AM/New York. For the past seven years, Tacinelli has managed Eastman Radio's NY office, representing radio stations in over 137 markets across the United States and leading a sales team. At WABC, he replaces Jonathan Mason, who exited in May.
The station is located in Northeast Pennsylvania and owned by Times-Shamrock Communications. The Times-Tribune reports Daniels died Sunday afternoon after a lengthy illness. Longaven's on-air name was Jay Daniels. Longaven co-hosted the morning show on rocker WEZX for a quarter-century as part of the team of Daniels & Webster.
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