In our upcoming issue of The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio, to be released July 27, Radio Ink Executive Vice President Deborah Parenti interviews Randy Michaels who's appeared on our power list eight times since its 1996 debut (he is not on the 2015 list). The former CEO of Jacor, Clear Channel, Tribune and Merlin Media, Michaels has never been one to follow rules or shy from controversy. He's never been afraid to step up to the plate and challenge the status quo. His passion for radio is undeniable, as is the interest that continues to follow him and his thought provoking perspective on today's radio industry, its recent transformative challenges and its potential for the next 20 or so years. Here's an excerpt from that interview. READ ON.
Bob Bolinger resigned from his role as senior vice president and market manager for CBS Radio in San Diego. He held that position since July 2009. Bolinger had previously held the same title in the same market for iHeartMedia (then Clear Channel). His exit has been confirmed by CBS Radio. Tina Rifkin, CBS Radio San Diego's general sales manager since November 2002, takes over as interim market manager, in addition to her sales duties.
In their latest blog update, the folks at NextRadio announced over 12,000 radio stations and translators have been tuned into from the NextRadio app. There are about 15,000 radio stations in America which puts the app at the 80% mark. Also, after making the annuoncement that NextRadio would be available, Amazon is providing ads throughout the app store over the next several weeks and has sent a promotional e-mail out to consumers. It was also announced that Sprint will be sending a push notification to all consumers that have NextRadio preloaded on their smartphones and the App has now been downloaded nearly 3.2 million times to date.
The three attorneys representing syndicated shock jock Todd Clem, aka Bubba the Love Sponge, during his defamation lawsuit with Todd "MJ" Schnitt, have been found guilty of ethics violations. The attorneys conspired to get an opposing attorney in that trial drunk and then arrested for DUI. They then purposefully destroyed evidence of their wrongdoing. The attorneys face punishments ranging from fines to suspension or disbarment. Sentencing begins in August.
Bridge Ratings has been observing the increasing media competitive landscape since 1999. Since that time radio's dominance in the audio world has faced competition from numerous sources, including CDs, MP3s, satellite radio, Internet radio, mobile phones, social networks, downloads/iTunes, and on-demand streaming. For the first time, Bridge Ratings looked at the attrition in broadcast radio's "favoriteness" metric over the last 15 years. Read on...
An article on Observer.com looks at the recent Nielsen report that shows good ol' AM/FM radio reaching 93% of the population, far above television or streaming services. Despite warnings that the medium was going to die ever since the invention of television, radio remains as strong as ever. More...
Greater Media Philadelphia first picked up the radio rights for the Philadelphia Flyer broadcasts with the 2012-13 season. Those rights have been extended with a new multi-year agreement. Sports radio WPEN will continue to be the flagship station, with game broadcasts, along with pre-and post-game shows also being simulcast on rock station WMMR. The Flyers' announcing team Tim Saunders and Steve Coates will return for the 2015-16 season.
iHeartMedia announced a brand new Hispanic Brand Management team to be headed by Ricardo "Gonzo" Otero (pictured) who will serve as the Hispanic Brand Manager, adding on to his duties as Operations Manager for the La Preciosa Network and PD for KFSO/Fresno. The purpose is to provide iHeartMedia's Hispanic brands with strategic guidance and product leadership, as well as connect key advertisers with iHeartMedia's Hispanic audience. Also part of the team will be Brand Coordinators Ray Hernandez and Raymond Torres. Hernandez will maintain his role as WMGE/Miami PD, while Torres will continue as WRUM/Orlando PD.
AdAge published online its 60th annual Leading National Advertisers report Monday. The report shows that the top 200 advertisers accounted for over half of all measured media advertising in 2014 and overrall spending was up two percent last year. Proctor & Gamble was the top spender followed by AT&T, General Motors, Comcast and Verison. Read the entire list here.
In the first week of June, AutoZone was radio's #2 advertiser, but over the course of the month, it slowly slipped down the rankings, falling to #43 by the end of June. According to Media Monitors, for the week of June 29-July 5, AutoZone moved up 41 places and is once again at #2. 41,028 commercials for AutoZone aired during last week. See the rest of the Top 10 advertisers HERE.
Premiere Networks' syndicated radio host Glenn Beck has been asked by doctors to take time off from speaking to rest his severely strained vocal chords. He hopes to return to his radio work in about a month, with August 3 being the target date.
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.
Social media giant Facebook is hitting the road in search of increased national and worldwide ad dollars. Using data from its consumer research program Facebook IQ, Facebook executives have put together a touring show called Facebook IQ Live. The tour is going (or has already gone) to major U.S. markets, inviting mid-level advertising agency staffers to see the data and intricate consumer insights. Tour stops overseas are being planned, as well.
While streaming audio has many advantages, one of its biggest disadvantages is the fact it will only work where there is wi-fi or strong cell service, and even then, only within a cellular provider's strict data plans. David Pierce of Wired takes a deep look at the major drawback of streaming audio services, and what could possibly be done to correct it. His take on this can be read here.
Former syndicated radio host and attorney Warren Ballentine was convicted of six counts of fraud in October 2014. At his sentencing hearing on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly felt Ballentine was "a relatively minimal participant" in only three of the counts. Because of that, Ballentine was sentenced to three years of probation, 300 hours of community service, and restitution of $140,940. That is far less than then the maximum he could have received: 30 years in prison, plus a fine of up to $6 million.
iHeartMedia announced that Carter Brokaw has been hired as its President of Digital Revenue Strategy, a newly-created role. Brokaw has over 20 years of sales experience, most recently serving as EVP at Guardian News and Media. He also has digital sales management experience from his time at Slacker, Meebo, Warner Music Group, and CNET Networks.
31-year radio veteran Blaine Ensley, who has been doing some production work for WOR/New York since April, has been named as producer for the station's late morning Mark Simone Show. Ensley may be best remembered for his run as producer/co-host for WPLJ/New York's Rocky Allen Showgram. In addition to his many years in NY, Ensley has been producing, writing, and co-hosting radio shows in Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Providence, Detroit, and Philadelphia.
Saga Communications has added Dorene Michaels to Dave Luczak's morning show on WKLH/Milwaukee, serving in the role of news anchor and contributor. She comes to WKLH from market sister-station WHQG, where she was a news anchor and fill-in DJ. Michaels replaces news reports from WISN-TV. Although Luczak's longtime co-host Carole Caine was released last week, Michaels is not exactly replacing her and is not a full co-host.
WRNS/Kinston NC PD/MD/afternoon DJ Tommy Garrett has resigned from the station due to personal reasons. He had been with the station since 2006. APD/midday DJ Carletta Blake takes over as interim program director, while morning show co-host Crystal Legends adds the music director role. A replacement for Garrett's afternoon drive shift will be named later.
Beasley Media Group has hired Tim Huston to the position of General Sales Manager for the company's six-station cluster in the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC market. Huston most recently had been working in Chicago as Merlin Media's LSM. He replaces Lisa McHugh, who exited in March.
Scripps owned WTMJ in Milwaukee has hired Bonnie Petrie to anchor Wisconsin's Morning News with current host Gene Mueller. WTMJ VP/GM Tom Langmyer said, "We were looking for very specific qualities in a news anchor to join Gene Mueller. Bonnie combines the qualities of experience in large news organizations, leadership depth, ideas, great writing ability, work-ethic, drive, an engaging personality and the passion for being an active part of our community."
iHeartMedia announced the hiring of Jodi Phillips as Digital Program Director for its six-station cluster in Charlotte. Phillips joins iHM from CBS Radio in Washington, DC, where she served as the Digital Marketing Manager.
iHeartMedia Milwaukee announced the hiring of Randy Engmann, who has taken over as General Sales Manager for company's six-station cluster. Engmann joins iHeartMedia from Nielsen Audio where he served as Midwestern senior account manager since May 2006. He replaces Nathan Tonarelli, who was promoted to iHM Milwaukee SVP of Sales in April.
The Texas Radio Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2015 inductees. In all, 27 more Texas radio names will be added to the Hall. The list includes 15 active or retired talents, as well as 12 posthumous inductees, who will be branded as trailblazers, news makers, and/or risk takers. The Texas Radio Hall of Fame's 2015 Induction Celebration will be held on November 14th in Round Rock, TX. The full list of 2015 inductees can be seen TRHOF.net.
KGOW-AM/Houston host and contributor to KFNC-FM/Houston and Yahoo Sports Radio, Barry Warner was among the 27 names announced as the 2015 Class of inductees into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Warner has been actively involved in both media and marketing for seven decades. Said Warner: "Humility has never been my trademark -- but I am truly humbled!"
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