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September 23, 2014

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SiriusXM Loses Turtles Pre-1972 Case

SiriusXM Loses Turtles Pre-1972 Case

In a summary judgment ruling, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez found that SiriusXM had violated California state laws by performing 15 recordings of the band the Turtles dating from before 1972 without a license. This is as bad as it can get for the satellite company and other digital-only content providers. It means they may now have to pay even more for the content they provide. This SiriusXM dispute, which Pandora also faces in a similar lawsuit, is about whether state laws cover copyright in sound recordings before 1972. Federal laws cover music recordings from 1972 which led the music industry to turn to state laws to cover recordings prior to 1972. No word yet on whether SiriusXM will appeal the decision. You can read the judge's ruling HERE.


INDUSTRY NEWS

The Floodgates Are Open

The Floodgates Are Open

That's how the Hollywood Reporter describes the ruling by U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez. Flo and Eddie (pictured here) of the Turtles are seeking $100 million in their lawsuit against SiriusXM, and Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter calls this a "crushing loss" for the Satcaster. And something radio should keep an eye on.


Next Step For NextRadio: Awareness

Next Step For NextRadio: Awareness

The NextRadio team has written and posted its latest blog update about the app that Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan says will make radio sexy again. For the most part the blog is an update of the news we reported on from the Radio Show in Indianapolis. NextRadio was a big part of that event as most radio CEOs we spoke to are fully behind the app and the push to get it on as many phones as quickly as possible.


iHeartMedia's KNEW Will Flip To Bloomberg Radio

iHeartMedia's KNEW Will Flip To Bloomberg Radio

A few weeks after all the conservative talk talent was moved off KNEW in San Francisco, Market Manager Kathryn Wilcox says the new format will be all-business Bloomberg Radio. "Teaming up with Bloomberg was a natural fit. It provides high-quality content and aligns nicely with the local business talk on KKSF 910." It was December 5, 2013, when Clear Channel's KNEW debuted a new talk lineup at The Patriot AM-960 that included Rush, Hannity, and Beck. Earlier this month all three moved to Cumulus-owned KSFO-AM. The business format begins on KNEW-AM Monday.


JVC Launches The Bar In West Palm Beach

JVC Launches The Bar In West Palm Beach

Today, JVC closed on the second of two purchases in West Palm Beach, officially bringing WSWN-AM and WBGF-FM into the JVC family of stations. And at noon, Tuesday, JVC launched 93.5 The Bar on WBGF. It kicked off with 24-hours of Bubba the Love Sponge as the station gets ready to broadcast 10,000 songs commercial free. The new format is changed from Regional Mexican to mainstream Rock with Bubba in the mornings.


Blame Tell City Denial on Ashbacker Doctrine

Blame Tell City Denial on Ashbacker Doctrine

AM operators wait on the edge of their seats as the FCC moves slower than a snail to provide them with any technical relief to compete in a digital sound quality world. Last week the FCC denied the Cromwell Group's Tell City waiver proposal which would have given AM operators some technical relief. For sure not all broadcasters were in favor of the waiver being approved (see comments HERE). Broadcast attorney David Oxenford says the waiver was denied based on the "Ashbacker" doctrine." However, if the Commission knew this doctrine would prevent Tell City from being approved, why did it take them nearly two years to rule on it?


Another $1 Billion in Debt for iHeart

That's how the San Antonio Business Journal headline's the story as the company formerly known as Clear Channel announces it's selling another $250.0 million in notes. These are due in 2022 with an interest rate of 9 percent. These new notes The new notes are in addition to iHearts previously announced sale of $750 million in notes sold at 9 percent due in 2022. This brings iHearts total accumulated debt this month to $1 billion just in the last month. As of June 30, the company had long-term debt of $20.67 billion, according the paper.


Pharmacy War Breaks Out

Pharmacy War Breaks Out

The top three advertisers on radio remained the same last week, according to Media Monitors. GEICO held the top slot airing just under 39,000 spots and the Home Depot followed with 34,103. Coming in third was McDonald's, running 27,000 commercials. Moving up to the fourth spot from 16th was Walgreen's airing 24,855, nudging out fifth place Rite Aid, which was fourth last week. Rite Aid ran 21,762 commercials on radio stations all across America.


Bert Show Begins Annual Salute To Troops

The syndicated Bert Show is kicking off its Big Thank You campaign, which gives thanks to all the men and women that serve our country. The annual effort aims to provide every serviceperson deployed outside the U.S. with a handwritten "Thank You" letter on Thanksgiving Day. Since the effort began, the campaign has collected more than one million handwritten letters. School systems, corporations, and celebrities across the country have shown support by writing personalized letters and encouraging students, customers, and fans to do the same.


Conclave Accepting Scholarship Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Bill Gavin Memorial Scholarship at the Specs Howard School of Media Arts, which will be awarded November 14, 2014 during the 39th Conclave Learning Conference in Minneapolis. Bill Gavin was a Wisconsin radio personality and publisher of the Gavin Report. Gavin was one of the original advisors for the Conclave when it formed in 1976.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Entravision Launches New L.A. Morning Show

Entravision Launches New L.A. Morning Show

The show is called LAs Maanitas, hosted by a cast led by Francisco Paco Galvez, Naranjito Jorge Velasquez, Hyacinth, and Juan Manuel Navarro. The show is now airing on Entravisions Los Angeles, California, Super Estrella 107.1 FM. SVP Integrated Marketing Solutions for Entravision in Los Angeles Matt Cardenas says the new show will be distributed on multiple media platforms including radio, mobile and digital.


WBAP's Jim Ryan Joins ABC Radio

WBAP's Jim Ryan Joins ABC Radio

Jim Ryan is leaving Cumulus' WBAP in Dallas to join the ABC Radio news network. Ryan's first day full-time with ABC Radio will be November 1. Ryan started with WBAP in Dallas as a part-timer back in 1982 and became full-time three years later.


Warren To Run Nashville For Cumulus

Warren To Run Nashville For Cumulus

Allison Warren has been appointed VP/market manager for Cumulus Nashville. Warren was previously director of sales for Entercoms Austin radio stations. Before working in Austin, Warren was D.O.S. for Entercom in Madison, and was director of strategic sales and marketing for Entercom in Milwaukee, after holding consecutive marketing director positions for both Entercom and CBS Radios Denver stations.


Fish To Cover Both Coasts For Emmis

Fish To Cover Both Coasts For Emmis

Alan Fish has been promoted to director of national sales for Emmis in NY and Emmis LA. Fish is currently Power 106 LAs national sales manager. He'll add national sales duties at HOT 97 WQHT FM, WBLS-FM, and WLIB-AM in New York to his Power 106 L.A. responsibilities. KPWR FM VP/D.O.S. Janet Brainin said, Alan joined our staff two years ago and hes done an amazing job for us. Alan is the very best at exceeding expectations and delivering results for our clients. Hes the perfect candidate for this position. Fish will start his new dual role when he returns from his honeymoon October 20.


MacLeash Named Ops Manager At KMNB/KZJK

MacLeash Named Ops Manager At KMNB/KZJK

Lauren MacLeash will now be responsible for overseeing the operations of both KZJK and KMNB, in addition to PD duties at KMNB. Both are CBS stations in Minneapolis. MacLeash has programmed (then Classic Rock) WGFX in Nashville, WAFX Norfolk, and in 1991 transitioned to Triple A WKOC in Virginia Beach. In 1994, she was recruited to the Twin Cities to program Cities 97 through August 2013. MacLeash also served as Program Director for Classic Hits KQQL from 2010 to 2013.


West Joins Townsquare's Country Outlet in St. Cloud

West Joins Townsquare's Country Outlet in St. Cloud

Jonathan West takes over afternoon drive at 98 Country / WWJO-FM in the Minnesota city. West moves across the Mississippi River from KZPK-FM / Wild Country 99 where he held the same position along with Imaging Director duties. He was with KZPK since February 2014. West replaces Jen Jacobs at WWJO-FM who left last month to take a position at WCCO in Minneapolis.



TRENDING STORY

FCC Denies Tell City Waiver

FCC Denies Tell City Waiver

The FCC Media Bureau's Audio Division has denied an application to move the transmitter for an FM translator, now assigned to Way Media, to a new site in Tell City, IN, to rebroadcast the signal of WTCJ-AM, licensed to Hancock Communications.The new location would not have overlapped with WTCJ's existing 60 dB contour. The parties asked for the waiver to allow the move with a minor change application, and, if that were granted, to reassign the translator to Hancock. The waiver, if granted, would have made it a great deal easier for AMs in general to acquire and move FM translators -- a fact that the Audio Division cited in its rejection of the move. Attorney John Garziglia calls the denial "an elevation of dated FCC procedures over the public interest."



MONDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Its Apple Picking Season

(SALES) Its Apple Picking Season

(By Jeff Schmidt) Labor Day weekend marks the start of apple-picking season. It happens every year. The anticipation of fresh new apples starts around mid-June. Then the speculation begins as to how good the crop will be this year. If last weekend was any indication, this crop is the best ever. In the first 24 hours of availability, over 4 million orders were placed. Yes, Apples iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus appear to be a hit. (You thought I was talking about fruit!) You dont really think that apple harvest time and Apples new product release time every fall is just a coincidence do you? Its all part of an amazing brand strategy.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> The Magic Of An Iconic Brand

(SOCIAL) The Magic Of An Iconic Brand

(By Buzz Knight) We still need to rejoice in the glow of the iconic brand known as Apple. Sometimes when competition, disruption, and short attention spans make everything seem humdrum and average we need a wake-up call to remind us that a brand is something special. The launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus provided that reminder when I saw scores of zealots waiting in a line that started on Boylston Street here in Boston and curled around the corner to Newbury Street.


<b>(SALES)</b> What I Learned In Big Sky Country

(SALES) What I Learned In Big Sky Country

(By Sean Luce) I learned that Montana is still as beautiful as it was 11 years ago when I did a three-city tour across the state last week. Its hard to beat driving from Billings to Great Falls and then on to Missoula and taking in the scenery, especially from Helena to Missoula. I learned that the Montana Broadcasters Association is fortunate to have Dewey Bruce as its president. Not only is Dewey passionate about serving the broadcasters, hes a heck of a driver on those Montana highways. He scooted me pretty quickly right after we left each tour stop and onto our next city. He wanted to make sure I had enough rest before speaking the next day.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(HIRING)</b> Where Are All The Young People?

(HIRING) Where Are All The Young People?

(By Laurie Kahn) I understand that is a loaded question as young can vary these days, with 60 being the new 40, however, after returning from another great NAB Radio Show where there were many beneficial seminars and speakers, entertainment and good networking events, the only thing missing were the superstars of tomorrow! I understand budgets are tight this year. I applaud those of you who spent money out of your own pocket and took vacation time to attend, that shows a lot of passion for what you do and where you want to go.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Slow Slicing

(TALENT) Slow Slicing

(By Ron Robinson) Hollered from the rooftops and from under buses for over two of decades, pundits and consultants, disgruntled former employees, and other generally smart people have been ranting and protesting about the critical need for radio to generate massive improvements in programming and commercial production. Response from the executive suites: SFX: Crickets chirping.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> Make Your Social Media Lethal

(SOCIAL) Make Your Social Media Lethal

(By Loyd Ford) When it comes right down to it, social media gets your focus only after all the hardcore things in the everyday life of a programmer, morning show talent, promotion director or others. Its because we are so crunched for time. But your social media can be both important and a critical connector to the ratings you want from the listeners you most crave to. How do we get there?



DASH 2014

Fill Up Your Ideas Tank

Fill Up Your Ideas Tank

At the DASH conference, coming up next month in Detroit, three presenters with exciting new products will get a chance to make their pitch in front of a panel of automotive and radio leaders -- and the DASH crowd. You'll see new companies with fresh ideas and innovations, as well as familiar names sharing their newest product lines and developments.


It's All About The Experience

It's All About The Experience

What's a typical in-car experience? Just driving along, maybe stuck in traffic, listening to the radio. Right? Nope, not anymore. Drivers still listen to music, but they're increasingly likely to be getting it from an Internet service like Pandora or Slacker. Maybe they're checking the weather report from a built-in app on the dashboard, or getting traffic information from that handy navigation app. And they're still hearing from advertisers, but it may well be by way of branded, dashboard-enabled content and services. For all consumers today -- not just in the car -- it's all about the experience.


Why We Created DASH

Why We Created DASH

(by Fred Jacobs) The fall season marks the start of football, the coming baseball playoffs, and our second DASH Conference. Living in Detroit, it's never easy anticipating how the Lions will perform or if the Tigers will fade, but we do know that on October 15-16, hundreds of leaders from the radio industry, automotive companies and their suppliers, advertising agencies, car dealers, and others with an interest in the "connected car" will converge on Detroit to collaborate and gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the dashboard.


Connecting The Dots On  The Connected Car

Connecting The Dots On The Connected Car

(Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Perhaps you recall a moment when I leapt from my chair to challenge the panel of automotive experts at our Radio Ink Convergence conference, when they stated that AM/FM radio could potentially disappear from the auto dashboard. That was followed up by a blog with an urgent message indicating that automakers were considering dropping broadcast radio at some point in the future. Reaction to that blog was the strongest I've ever received.


CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."


How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

The DASH connected-car conference is coming up fast -- October 15-16 in Detroit -- and innovation, both on the dash and in radio, is certain to be a hot topic. So we're pleased to announce that Cary Tilds, chief innovation officer at GroupM, will deliver a keynote address with this intriguing theme: "What Got You Here Won't Get You There."


Is Radio A College Student's Friend?

Is Radio A College Student's Friend?

What role do cars play in the lives of today's college students, and what do young people expect from their personal transportation, today and in the future? Many students are accustomed to being constantly connected, and it's clear we can expect those habits to extend to the car as in-car Internet becomes more common (and ultimately ubiquitous). And as that happens, what role will broadcast radio play for millennials on the road?



FORECAST

Look Who's Talking....

Look Who's Talking....

If the Connected Car Is Important To Your Station, You Need To Be At DASH! October 15-16 -- Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport. And more are being added every day. Take a look at who we have ready to educate you on the DASH and give you the tools you need to be way ahead of your competition.


Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

MediaLink founder and Chairman/CEO Michael Kassan will serve as advertiser co-chair for Forecast 2015, set for November 19, 2014, in New York. Kassan joins co-chair Katz Media Group CEO Mark Rosenthal. "Advertisers have become a critical part of our annual Forecast conference, and we are pleased to continue our history of attracting the very finest in the industry," said Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads. "Michael Kassan has a brilliant mind."


Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development and growth of our industry and has shown true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."



RADIO INK

The 2014 Radio Wayne Winners

The 2014 Radio Wayne Winners

Wednesday afternoon at the Radio Show in Indianapolis, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads presented the 2014 Radio Wayne Awards to radio's best and brightest in sales and management. These awards honor the radio superstars whose hard work, dedication, and creativity separate them from the pack. They recognize the people who make the industry work, every single day. Congratulations to the 2014 winners!


THE 2014 40 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN RADIO

THE 2014 40 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN RADIO

On July 28, Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list was released. Bob Pittman was crowned the most powerful for the 4th year in a row. The Clear Channel CEO was followed by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. There were some familiar faces that made the list and quite a few new entries this year. In case you missed it, here is the entire list of the Most Powerful for 2014.


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