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January 28, 2015

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Achieving The Dream. Managing Your Own Station

Achieving The Dream. Managing Your Own Station

Back in December, Shane Sparks was named market manager for NRG's seven-station cluster in Northwoods, Wisconsin. Sparks spent a decade in sales management for NRG in Fort Atkinson, also in Wisconsin. Since he was 15 years old, he has worked in radio, first on the air, then in sales. NRG COO Chuck DuCoty said, "Sparks understands all facets of the business with a successful track record in operations, sales management, and on-air work, as a successful play-by-play announcer and sports show host." How did Sparks catch the radio bug for management? Let's find out...


INDUSTRY NEWS

Senate Leadership Sets Sights on Communications Act

Senate Leadership Sets Sights on Communications Act

John Thun, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman, said the Committee is beginning the first stages of updating the laws governing telecommunications. Noting the current debate at the FCC, reclassifying broadband Internet like a utility, originates from an obsolete legal framework, pushed by "an increasingly imperious president." The Telecommunications Act of 1996 eliminated the cap of radio ownership, ushering in consolidation. This time around, the Commerce Committee seems to have its sights set on the Internet and Net Neutrality. Continue Reading...


New Cars Sales Very Strong

New Cars Sales Very Strong

Even snowpocalypse can't buffet strong auto sales this January. J.D. Power & Associates is seeing new vehicle sales increasing more than 8.5% this month, more growth than the sector has seen in a decade. John Humphrey, SVP of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power notes in MediaPost, "The sales momentum seen throughout 2014 is continuing into 2015, and unlike last year, inclement weather has not slowed vehicle sales thus far." Continue Reading...


SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Set Record

SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Set Record

It was a banner year for SoundExchange, with total year-end royalty payments reaching approximately $773 million.  That figure is up 31% from $590 million in 2013. During the fourth quarter of 2014 distribution also increased from 2013 year with more than 38,800 payments totaling approximately $183 million. More...


Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Highest-Ranking Hispanic U.S. Official in History to Speak at Hispanic Radio Conference. Radio Ink is pleased to announce that former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will keynote the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference, being held in Dallas on March 4-5. Gonzales holds the distinction of having held the highest post in U.S. government ever held by an individual of Hispanic heritage, having served from 2005-2007 as a Cabinet member under President George W. Bush. Continue Reading...


Music Buying, Listening Patterns Are Different

Music Buying, Listening Patterns Are Different

Coleman Insights has released its second in a series of blog posts which examines how listeners engage with music across traditional and emerging platforms. The company analyzed 26 consecutive weeks of Billboard's Top 10 digital songs and Billboard's Top 10 songs for radio exposure and on-demand streaming. Their conclusion? Making new music decisions based on sales data can lead your station astray. So why is that?


Maryland AM Must Fork Over $5K

Maryland AM Must Fork Over $5K

On March 31, 2014, the FCC issued an NAL for $5,000 to WTRI Holding for going off the air "without timely requesting special temporary authority" from the Commission. If a station is unable to stay on the air for more than 30 days, the owner must ask the FCC for authorization to remain silent. The Commission says WTRI was off the air for over seven months and didn't even bother to provide the agency an explanation as to why so they'll have to pay the fine. Read the forfeiture order HERE.


Westwood Relocating Dallas Facilities

Westwood Relocating Dallas Facilities

Westwood One's lease on its Dallas offices and studios runs out in mid-2015, with sub-tenant Radio Disney's departure from the building, Westwood has elected to move their Dallas operations to other facilities. Westwood One has opted to build out broadcast facilities at its TM Studios location on Academy Lane in Dallas. Programming, production, and affiliate sales will be based at that facility. Traffic and affiliate service/affidavit management will be relocated to an existing Cumulus facility in nearby Arlington, TX.


Who Are Radio's Future African-American Leaders?

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 edryantheeditor@gmail.com



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Several Radio Executives Serving on Alliance For Women Board

Several Radio Executives Serving on Alliance For Women Board

The Alliance for Women in Media has announced their 2015 National Board. Kristen Welch, SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications is the new National Chair. From the radio sphere the board  includes: Heather Cohen, EVP, The Weiss Agency; Susie Hedrick, VP, Radio Sales, Wide Orbit; Laura Martinez, Senior Director, Affiliate Sales, Westwood One; Deborah Parenti, Executive Vice President of Radio, Radio Ink/RBR/TVBR. Continue Reading...


Abney Out at The Current/Minneapolis

Abney Out at The Current/Minneapolis

Barb Abney, midday host on alternative 89.3-The Current is no longer with the station, reports The Star Tribune. Jade Tittle, morning show producer and late-night's, will replace Abney in the midday spot. The Current is run by nonprofit Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. More...


Hall of Fame Broadcaster George Brooks Dies

Hall of Fame Broadcaster George Brooks Dies

Brooks who was the O&O of KCUE/Red Wing, MN for nearly 20 years and a Hall of Fame broadcaster, died at the age of 88. The Red Wing Republican Eagle reports Brooks' radio career started in the 40s as a teenager at KOVC in Valley City, North Dakota, later becoming program director of the station. Brooks also held management positions at KFGO/Fargo and other stations in Minnesota and North Dakota.



DIGITAL

Sony Announces PlayStation/Spotify Partnership

Sony Announces PlayStation/Spotify Partnership

Spring of 2015 will debut Spotify as the exclusive music provider for PlayStation, initially rolling out in 41 markets for PlayStation consoles and Xperia smartphones and tablets. The service will be available for the PlayStation Network's 64 million users. The integration will offer Spotify's catalog and playlists on PS4 and PS3 systems. More...


Web Ads: Now You See Em' Now You Don't

Web Ads: Now You See Em' Now You Don't

You wouldn't think that making web ads that people can actually see wouldn't be a divisive issue for online publishers and advertisers, but it is. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that making viewable web ads is wreaking havoc in the web and mobile ad world. While publishers have been working to get in front of the issue, reports from agencies and marketers are saying that users just aren’t seeing weighty chunks of web-based ads.Continue Reading...


Triton & eXelate Team For Streaming Data

Triton & eXelate Team For Streaming Data

Triton Digital announced an exclusive partnership with eXelate to deliver a new audio data management platform, intended to enhance ad buyers' ability to reach targeted audio campaigns on mobile or desktop. Triton will combine listener profiling (without cookies or unique device IDs) with eXelate's cross-platform data cloud infrastructure and consumers' online purchase intent, demographics, and behavioral leanings. More...


Spreaker Merges YouTube API for Podcast Metrics

Spreaker Merges YouTube API for Podcast Metrics

It's an interesting twist for podcast metrics, San Francisco based Spreaker is opting to leverage the YouTube API for collecting podcasting metrics. Users can create "videos" from their podcasts and upload them on Youtube automatically. According to Spreaker, the audience data is then imported and aggregated together with other sources for greater insight into the listener analytics. More...


NPR Launches New Podcast Directory

NPR Launches New Podcast Directory

Hot on the heels of CBS launching its play.it, NPR is introducing a new podcast directory of its own. The new mobile friendly directory is available at http://www.npr.org/podcasts/. The NPR offering features the ability to browse the entire catalogue by topic, and discover similar podcasts available from a within particular podcast page.


Digital Tidbits

Digital Tidbits

 1-28-2015

 

  • Facebook is trying to change the way advertisers look at social

 

  • Here's How Facebook Plans to Help Brands Find Out When Their Ads Actually Worked

 

  • Roman Mars: The Man Who’s Building a Podcasting Empire

 

 

  • Facebook revenue up 53% in Q4, tops $12 billion for full year

 



FORMAT NEWS

WRWM Rebrands as The Beat in Indy

WRWM Rebrands as The Beat in Indy

Former Top 40 station i94/Indianapolis, which repositioned musically to Classic Hip Hop in December, has completed its transformation to 93.9 The Beat. The station went live on Monday with "wall to wall music." More...


93.9 The Ville Signs On in Lousville

93.9 The Ville Signs On in Lousville

Thursday Louisville sports listeners get a new sports talker, 93.9 The Ville. The studios will be located in Cardinal Town, reports WHAS-TV. The Ville will feature ESPN programing and will also be the home of the Jeff Walz coaches show and UofL baseball.



BUSINESS

USC Athletics & ESPNLA Sign 4-Year Extension

USC Athletics & ESPNLA Sign 4-Year Extension

USC and ESPNLA have inked a four-year contract extension. Trojan football will continue to be broadcast on ESPNLA 710-AM through 2019. Also included in the deal one-half of USC's men's basketball broadcasts through 2019 will also air on  ESPNLA. More...



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

How To Hook More Listeners

How To Hook More Listeners

(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.


What You Can Learn From A Competitive Review

What You Can Learn From A Competitive Review

(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.



FRIDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(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.


(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(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 CONFERENCE

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

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.



HISPANIC RADIO CONFERENCE

Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

The Group Heads Super Session that closes the annual Hispanic Radio Conference is always much anticipated, with attendees eager to hear the leadership of this key segment of the radio industry talk about their plans, hopes, and vision for the future.


Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

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...



RADIO INK

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

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...







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