(By Ryan Wrecker) Commercial radio and podcasting have been treated as two foreign entities. It was like the mediums were neighboring cities split by a river of digital dollars. Both were so focused on fishing from the river that they missed the bigger picture to build a bridge and connect the sides. Those days are inevitably over. We spoke at length to both Hubbard CEO Ginny Morris and PodcastOne CEO Norm Pattiz.
Monday's Hubbard/PodcastOne announcement was the latest in a series of recent announcements from radio companies expecting podcasting, which many consider to be on-demand radio, to take off. Hubbard Radio is purchasing 30% of Norm Pattiz' PodcastOne and Hubbard CEO Ginny Morris says she and Pattiz are approaching this as very collaborative, with all kinds of potential permutations. READ ON AND LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW WITH MORRIS...
Big box home improvement giant Home Depot retained its top spot as radio's number one advertiser last week (57,782 spots aired). However, as Media Monitors reports, Auto Zone rocketed to the number two slot, from 36, by airing nearly 36,500 commercials. GEICO is pushed down to number three (29,378), O'Reilly Auto Parts climbs one spot to number four (26,410), and McDonalds rounds out the top five (26,249). Two wireless carriers made big gains last week. Verizon moved from 48th to 7th (24,694) and MetroPCS jumped from 39th to 8th (23,072).
Designed by former radio manager and sales executive, Alan Fendrich, Advanced Hiring Systems uses predictive psychoanalytical models to help managers with the sales hiring process. AdLarge is now the exclusive distribution partner for the company. AdLarge's Jessica Sherman stated, "A poor hire costs radio stations money and time. Alan has combined his expertise as a previous radio station executive with his proven profile assessment process to help managers hire the sales stars who will generate revenue."
Cumulus New York makes the announcement that New York broadcast veteran and current Cumulus NY GSM Mary Jo Vetrano is the new General Sales Manager for Cumulus's R&B station, Radio 103.9 WNBM. Vetrano, a 20-year veteran of New York City radio sales, was named GSM at WPLJ in 2012, and will continue in that role. Vetrano previously held senior positions at CBS' 1010 WINS and Cumulus New York's Talkradio 77WABC.
Simpson left Washington D.C. radio back in 2010 after 41 years in radio, television, and movies. Radio One has pulled Simpson out of retirement and slated him for afternoons on MAJIC 102.3. Regional VP Jeff Wilson said, "Donnie is iconic. The D.C. market woke up to his voice for 30 years and we are thrilled to bring him out of retirement and behind a microphone again. His passion for music, industry relationships, interview style, and charisma are a winning combination and we are glad to have him as a member of the Radio One family."
Tasha Blasi Pannuzzo is returning to Westwood One, this time her job title will be Senior VP, Marketing & Sales for NASH. It's a new position, created for Blasi, in which she will oversee client relations, brand partnerships, and multi-platform integrations for all NASH programming. Blasi worked at Westwood from 2005-2011 as a salesperson, before moving up to manage the Business Radio Network and lead sales and marketing for the launch of the Wall Street Journal Radio assets. More recently, Blasi was a Sales Director at TargetSpot. She reports directly to Westwood One President Steve Shaw.
Mix 96.5 has announced the Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show will debut Monday, September 14. The team is moving to Houston (market #6) from CBS' KXTE-FM in Las Vegas (market #32) where they were for six years. Midday host Lauren Kelly is holding down the fort until the new morning show arrives. Kelly will shift back to middays September 14. The station is also celebrating its 25th anniversary playing the Hot AC format.
Twenty-three men and women from the broadcast industry completed the NAB Education Foundation's Executive Development Seminar in July at NAB headquarters in Washington D.C. Participants learned how to implement strategy for successful business development, including the areas of finance, negotiations, and decision-making. Managerial effectiveness was explored, including leadership theory, formulating human capital strategy, and how to motivate employees.
(By Steve Goldstein) This week, radio executives will get their much-anticipated 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue of Radio Ink. Hate to say it, but the team at Radio Ink, while diligently assembling a list of the top radio executives, has missed several of the biggest names and biggest companies in the business. Tim Cook, Daniel Ek, and Tim Westergren arguably are doing more to change radio than just about anyone else. Big companies including Apple, Spotify, and Pandora clearly want in on the business of audio. That is an affirmation that radio is alive, and attractive. HERE'S WHY
Thanks to Charlie Tuna for sending us this classic when he received a studio visit from Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. Happy Days was taped next to the KHJ studios back in 1977 which is where Charlie did his morning show at the time. Send your classic photos to email@example.com
This week Radio Ink's most popular issue of the year will arrive in your inbox (if you're a digital subscriber) or in your mailbox (if you're a print subscriber). It will not be available online, it's for subscribers only. The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue has been published since 1996. Since 1996 only 164 people have even appeared on our list. In 2015 there remains only one executive who's been on the list since 1996. A few years ago, Bob Pittman made a $5 million bet on radio with his personal investment in Clear Channel, and, for the fifth consecutive year, Pittman is radio's most powerful person. READ ON
Nearly 20 years ago it was announced that GroupW/CBS Radio would be merging with Infinity Broadcasting. That would give Mel Karmazin control of 83 stations, a roster of stars including Howard Stern and Don Imus, Infinity Radio Sales, Westwood One Radio Networks and Shadow Broadcast Services. Enough power to put him on top of our power list in year one. He would remain in the top three for 8 consecutive years before leaving radio. Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays was a close second, followed by Jacor CEO Randy Michaels. At the time Clear Channel had 104 stations and Jacor owned 53. Of course, eventually those two would merge. Here's a look back at the entire 1996 list of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio.