Every argument Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf made to try to block Red Zebra's WWXX's license renewal was rejected by the commission. Banzhaf argued use of the word Redskins, during Washington Redskins football games (which WWXX in Virginia carries) was profane, obscene, indecent, hate speech, and causes psychological harm not only to Indian and non-Indian children, but also to Indian adults. He also claimed the owners of Red Zebra lacked the character qualifications required of a commission licensee. Every point was rejected, with specific examples of how Benzhaf either didn't prove his argument or mischaracterized previous case law. In the end, the FCC decided WWXX does serve the public interest and its license was renewed. Read the FCC ruling HERE.
Following the FCC ruling to approve the WWXX license renewal, attorney John Banzhaf said he has many more arrows in his quiver. "The law is clear, that employers must take steps to avoid and correct any racially hostile work environments, even if the employer is a newspaper which enjoys the highest level of First Amendment protection. Thus radio and TV stations, which as regulatees enjoy far less First Amendment protection than newspapers, cannot hide behind the Constitution regarding this allegation." Banzhaf went on...
Here's another on-air situation that keeps a manager up at night wondring how bad the bad publicity will get. Philadelphia talker Chris Stigall is getting some national publicity, but for all the wrong reasons. The WPHT morning show host is being called out (see the New York Post story) for saying something about a Philadelphia Phillies fan who has cancer. Julie Kramer was bombarded with love and affection from Phillies second baseman Chase Utley on The Ellen Show, as the 23-year-old Kramer is battling a rare tissue cancer. Utley invited Kramer to as many Phillies games as she wanted to attend. That's when Stigall stepped in it.
Alpha's 750 The Game (KXTG) in Portland, Oregon can now also be heard on the FM frequency at 102.9. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming Scott Mahalick said, “Adding the FM frequency to our sports station will not only help increase revenue and ratings but will play a key role in opening up new live and local opportunities. Market Manager Milt McConnell added, “The Game being available on the 102.9 frequency means we have effectively increased the density of our coverage area that more than doubles the available audience to over 1.5m Metro Portland listeners.” 750 The Game’s weekday lineup includes Dan Patrick, Jim Rome, John Canzano and In the Huddle with Ragz.
As expected, JVC Media is flipping its recently purchased Orlando FM from Spanish AC to Country. Friday morning WHKQ 103.1 FM will air a music montage salute from all of the JVC stations in New York and Florida, and at 1:03 p.m., The WOLF (WOTW) will launch with 10,000 songs in a row.
Every year, Radio Ink magazine and SONY present the Best Country Program Directors at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville (Feb 25-27). Each PD is honored with a profile in Radio Ink magazine and special pullout issues of those profiles are put on display at CRS. We are now accepting nominations for those awards. Deadline to submit is January 8. To nominate your PD GO HERE. Deadline to submit is January 8.
The purchase price was $3.25 million for WJKS-FM/Canton, NJ and WFAI-AM in Salem, NJ. Delmarva Broadcasting is purchasing the stations from QC Communications, which is owned by Steve Chanin. Both stations show up in the Wilmington, DE ratings and the studios are in Wilmington. Larry Patrick of Patrick Communications was the exclusive broker for this deal.
It's a four-year agreement between Major League Baseball's Houston Astros and iHeartMedia's Sportstalk 790 AM in Houston. Market Manager Eddie Martiny said, "I'm excited to extend our partnership with the Houston Astros for an additional four years; years that are sure to be the most successful and memorable in Astros history." Sportstalk 790 AM is also the radio home for the Houston Rockets as well as Texas A&M football and basketball.
It was back in March that Pandora ended its one-time annual charge for paid subscribers. Pandora notified users on Twitter yesterday that the annual subscription was back "due to high demand." There's no discount for the annual payment, it only saves users from seeing a recurring charge. Existing subs paying $3.99 per month can now pay the one-time $48 charge. New subs will pay $4.99 or $55.
Interactive One, a division of Radio One, has acquired GlobalGrind, which was founded by Russell Simmons. GlobalGrind is a destination that covers the "Hip" side of Pop culture across multiple verticals - Entertainment, Celebrity, Music, Style and Fashion, Culture, News and Politics. GlobalGrind provides a platform for an active cross-cultural audience of influencers to consume and interact with content and digital experiences. Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins said, "This acquisition, which perfectly aligns with our existing multimedia brands, allows us to exponentially fast track our Millennial channel expansion strategy by leveraging GlobalGrind's highly regarded content."
On January 5, Sharon Dastur will leave her position as PD at one of New York City's most recognizable radio brands, Z100, to become Senior VP of Integration on iHeartMedia's National Programming Platforms team. Dastur will be asked to "create cutting-edge programs that leverage the company's assets for brands and partners." She will also help with the artists, managers, and labels to create cross-promotional partnerships. Dastur has been at Z100 for nearly two decades and is a regular on Radio Ink's annual Most Influential Women in Radio list.
With Sharon Dastur being bumped up to the iHeartMedia corporate suite, Mark Medina takes over as the new Program Director at Z100 in New York. Medina takes over the iconic brand after programming HOT 99.5 in Washington, DC and Z104.3 WZFT in Baltimore. His programming experience also includes KZZP and KNIX in Phoenix and KRQQ in Tucson. Medina will continue to be part of iHeartMedia's talent development coaching team, where he's worked closely with The Kane Show, Toby Knapp, and Johnjay & Rich.
Rebecca Kaplan has been named Promotions Director for Cumulus' two Dallas stations, KSCS and KPLX. Kaplan had been in Tampa as Promotions Director with iHeartMedia. Before that she was in marketing at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. Kaplan began her career as Promotions Coordinator for WKZY in Gainesville.
Fox News Radio has hired Jon Decker (pictured) as a White House correspondent and Gurnal Scott as a national correspondent. Additionally, FNR's Jessica Golloher will transition from her role as a national reporter in New York to become a Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem. Decker, based in Washington, DC, will make his network debut on January 5, 2015 and joins FNR from SiriusXM Satellite Radio's White House Insider program. Prior to joining FNR, Scott served as an assistant news director for WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill.
Chief Creative Officer at Y&R Jim Elliott will be the Chief Judge for the 24th annual Radio Mercury Awards awards competition. The awards are being held in New York City on June 3, 2015. RAB President and CEO Erica Farber said, "We're so privileged to have Jim Elliott as this year's Chief Judge for the Radio Mercury Awards. Jim has a true appetite for exceptionally creative radio and has shown a commitment to transport the medium to new levels of excellence."
On January 5 Radioink.com begins a new feature called Manager of the Week. Every week we will profile a different manager about why that manager has been successful in the radio industry, how he or she leads others, what it takes to compete and win in a fragmented media world and how the current crop of managers can take radio in the right direction, more specifically to get back to increasing ad revenue. We're encouraging all readers to make nominations HERE which can include market managers, general managers, D.O.S.'s, sales managers, brand managers and Internet sales managers.
100.7 The Wolf (KKWF) in Seattle has renwed the contract of Ellen Tailor, who's been co-host of the Fitz in the Morning show since 2011. Fitz said, "We are tickled! Tickled, I tell you! I'm thrilled to continue having this cast of characters which makes us the most diverse set of personalities in morning radio."
Grammy winning, multi- platinum selling producer, Jim Ed Norman, CEO of The Curb Group, will discuss the state of the country music industry, the future of the format and share a few stories from the past. A&O&B partner Mike O'Malley says "Jim has been in the middle of at least four country music revolutions - from the days of Anne Murray and Kenny Rogers to Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Garth and Trisha and now in the latest boom with new artists like Dylan Scott and Tim Dugger. He's seen it all, knows what works, and I can't wait to hear what he has to teach us."
Three new additions will join the Yahoo! Sports Radio network's 24/7 lineup in 2015: Anthony Pepe will replace Dylan Gwinn weekdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Matt Perrault will pick up a shift Saturday and Sunday from 2-6 p.m., and Tim Murray gets a two-hour show on Sunday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For the third year in a row WFAN's Mike Francesa has been chosen the number one local sports talker in America by Radio Ink's panel of sports experts. That panel includes program directors, sports hosts, managers of sports stations, and consultants. Mike Francesa has over 27 years of sports talk on the books already, having started out when the format was hardly as cool or lucrative as it is today.
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...