Total and retail new light-vehicle sales in November are expected to increase 7% on a selling-day-adjusted basis, according to a monthly sales forecast by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Radio's biggest advertising category continues to show strength, with retail light-vehicle sales approaching 1.1 million units and total light-vehicle sales nearing 1.3 million units this month. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate for retail sales in November 2015 is expected to reach 14.2 million units, up from a selling rate of 13.7 million units a year ago and the highest for the month since November 2003 (14.2 million units).
Despite the 200 people in attendance who cheered the board for voting to oppose the sale, KPLU council president Stephen Tan reminded the crowd that the advisory board cannot stop the sale. Earlier this month it was announced that KPLU (owned by Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma) would be sold to KUOW (owned by University of Washington in Seattle) for $7 million and $1 million in underwriting with all the news coverage being moved to KUOW. KPLU will become a jazz and blues station. KPLU employees were caught off guard by the announced sale, which still needs FCC approval, and the GM of the station says the station is financially stable. The board plans to send a letter to the University in opposition to the deal. More at The Seattle Times
Broadcast attorney David Oxenford wants to remind broadcasters that it's not a good idea to copy anything you want from the Internet and post to your station's website. You need permission because, he says, everything on the Internet is not free to exploit on your own site. READ ON
Brokers Greg Guy and Jason James of Patrick Communications let us know that the sale of WFSS-FM in Fayetteville, NC, which is a 100,000-watt NPR station playing Jazz and News, has closed. The station was sold by Fayetteville State University to WUNC Public Radio for $1.75 million.
And the folks at The Verge are giving Pandora and others unsolicited advice on what they should steal as the service shuts down. The Verge says, despite its small user base, "Rdio did have tons of great ideas around design and user experience, and its competitors should absolutely steal them. Nothing else on the market shares its belief in the primacy of the album, or the cleverness with which it integrated recommendations from friends, trusted labels, and music publications into every corner of the app." Here are the five things The Verge is recommending other streaming services steal.
Yesterday it was Pandora, today it's iHeartRadio's turn to release a list of the most-thumbed songs of 2015. Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" came in at number one, beating out three of Taylor Swift's songs and two by newcomer Meghan Trainor. Here's iHeart's top 10 thumbed-up songs for 2015...
Everyone loves a list and these selections were made by members of the SiriusXM music curation team and are driven by subscriber feedback. Adele was named Artist of the Year with her song "Hello" named song of the year. Also named were "Breakthrough Artists of the Year", "'Welcome Back' Artists of the Year", "Breakthrough Artists You've Probably Never Heard Of" and "Artists to Watch in 2016" Here's the full SiriusXM list...
He announced his retirement back in July and the day before Thanksgiving Ned Foster concluded his final broadcast -- on Bonneville's KTAR in Phoenix -- after more than four decades in radio. Foster's career has included stints at heritage stations across the country, including WBOS-FM and WBZ-AM in Boston, WOWO in Fort Wayne, and KFWB-AM in Los Angeles. In Phoenix, Foster has cracked the mic at KOY-AM and KTAR-AM and FM. Former KTAR morning host Jim Sharpe takes over today.
iHeartMedia owns WRAL in Raleigh and Newton becomes the new Promotions Director at the station. He moves to Raleigh from Greensboro where he was Cluster Marketing Director. Newton said, "I'm thankful for the opportunity to work alongside great colleagues, and now life-long friends, at iHeartMedia/Greensboro. They've made coming to work the last 13 years a pleasure. At the same time, I'm looking forward to creating new relationships at MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM in Raleigh. After one visit, I knew I wanted this to be my new home."
Our thanks to Brian Winnekins for sharing this photo from over the holiday break. Members of the WRDN-AM, Durand, Wisconsin, staff got together for an on air reunion this past Saturday as part of the Durand Improvement Group's Holidazzle event. Staff members from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s were on air from 10-2 with past and current staff member Martha Gingras and Winnekins, who currently owns the station.
Charlotte's Kiss 95.1 WNKS hosted the fourth annual "Secret Santa for the Kiss Kids" radiothon from the Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital. Roy, LauRen, and Maney (pictured left to right) from Kiss Mornings raised over $44,000 during the 13-hour broadcast for the Kiss Kids staying at Levine Children’s Hospital.
Alpha Media East Texas has announced that, for the third year in a row, KOYE La Invasora has helped raise over $100,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. The annual two-day radiothon was held October 22-23, and the proceeds will help local East Texas families needing medial help from the Children's Miracle Network at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.
Our "Blast From The Past" page in Radio Ink Magazine is one of our most popular features and has been around for 20 years. Thanks to Dave Adair at Cumulus for sending in this classic from the 1960s. It's the WIS-AM studeio (went on air 1930) in Columbia SC. Pictured standing is the late Gene McKay. Seated is John Wrisley (still with us). Both had legendary careers in Columbia radio. This studio was turned into "The Bomb Shelter" designed to broadcast from in the event of nuclear war or other disaster. It had a geiger counter, jugs of water, and boxes of Civil Defense rations of food. We'd love to see yours. Send your classic photos to firstname.lastname@example.org