More NextRadio research from Coleman Insights was released Thursday. It's a study paid for by The NAB, that included 801 online interviews with (18-49) smartphone owners who viewed a 90-second video explaining NextRadio. 63% say they would listen to local FM radio more if they had NextRadio. 45% of the participants said they “definitely would” use NextRadio if it was installed on their smartphones; another 43% said they “probably would” use the app. And, 80% said they “probably would” or “definitely would” download NextRadio if the app was not already installed on their smartphones. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan said, “These findings line up nicely with the anecdotal evidence we’re seeing since NextRadio was launched. People want free, local FM radio on their smartphones and NextRadio gives them exactly what they want.”
Many on-air hosts have wondered how to get their tribe -- the local listeners they've cultivated for years -- to follow them online. They've also wondered how, if they did follow, they could make money from their tribe without going broke trying. Andy Dean wondered those same thoughts and with a 3-year-old talk show syndicated by Premiere he has quite the following. So Dean went out and built a company that makes it easy for anyone to start a Podcast and make money, if you have a following willing to pay for what you say. Dean is giving up his show with Premiere to focus on his new venture which is called ConnectPal. In our interview with Dean, he explains exactly how it works and how anyone can start making money. LISTEN HERE.
Business is business, everyone understands that. As a manager how far would you let this one go before you made a new hire? WSCR-AM's Dan McNeil is now in his 8th week off the air in what everyone in Chicago believes is a contract dispute with the CBS station. Chicago media writer Robert Feder says McNeil - who does middays on the sports talker - wants a raise from $300,000 to $500,000 and he wants afternoon drive. You may recall, back in December McNeil returned to WSCR after going AWOL from his shift for awhile. That vacation had nothing to do with money.
Conservative talk radio host Jason Lewis quit his show during the middle of his program Thursday evening, then he posted to his Twitter feed, "Today I left the radio biz for something better." Clear Channel Minneapolis Market Manager Mike Crushman tells TwinCities.com that Lewis told him two months ago he intended to retire Aug. 1. "He decided not to go public with it until today. I think he is serious about it. I hope he is not. He is one of the best talk show hosts I have ever worked with or listened to."
It's a new Westwood One news service that will be powered by CNN’s news-gathering resources. This new service will offer stations access to broadcasts, breaking news, wire service, and digital content provided by CNN for use on the air and on websites. Westwood One has 10,000 radio affiliates in the United States, and owns STORQ technology that provides a local feel to syndicated content. The addition of this new service will enable local radio stations to broadcast the latest national and international news acquired by CNN but branded with their own call letters and station slogans.
The KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute has concluded and 70 new students are ready to infiltrate radio's farm system. Kentucky Broadcasters Association President Gary White said, “The KBA determined this to be a very worthwhile cause. We know we need to find and attract young people who have a desire to be in our industry today who can be our leaders of tomorrow."
Fox Business Network confirmed to Radio Ink last night that Fox News Radio Executive Vice President Kevin Magee (pictured) announced his departure Thursday in an email to staff (see below). The position has not been filled at this time, we were only told that management is reviewing the situation. Magee has overseen the day-to-day operations of FBN since its inception and been with Fox since 2001. He has also worked for CNBC and Good Morning America. Here's the Magee note to the Fox staff...
Jeremy Cook has taken over full GM duties at KLMX in Clayton, New Mexico. He's been co-manager with Louanne Snedden since March 1. Snedden will be stepping down from day-to-day management and will assume the role of programing and news director. She will also continue in her role as the news announcer in the mornings on KLMX 1450 AM Crossroads Country. Cook started at KLMX in January 2014 and has taken on increased responsibility over the last few months.
Reality TV Star, ICE takes over Nights at Alpha's Live 95.5 (KBBF-FM) in Portland, OR. Amanda “ICE” Habrowski was given the nickname ICE by Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav during a stint on VH1’s Flavor of Love 3. Alpha Media VP of Programming Phil Becker commented on the announcement, “ICE is one of those rare personalities that captures your attention the moment you meet her, see her on camera, or hear her open the mic. I am thrilled that she has chosen Portland as her home."
We the People with Jesse Ventura premiered Thursday on Adam Carolla's podcast network. Ventura is the latest addition to Carolla Digital, Adam Carolla's podcast network. We the People with Jesse Ventura will be available for download on Carolla Digital and iTunes every Thursday. Ventura's first guest was the number one podcast host himself, Adam Carolla.
There aren't too many people who will not recognize the name in that headline. And if you're one of the few, you may want to make an effort to reach out and get to know Joe. Learn the radio trade. Learn how to be a strong leader. Learn how to put people first. Joe Bilotta is, without a doubt, one of the most well-respected and well-liked individuals in the radio industry today.
(By Frank Montero) There is much afoot these days in the world of copyrights and performance rights and royalties. Any radio station owner knows about the license fees collected by ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, which pay royalties to composers and publishers. Less familiar are royalties collected by performers and the recording industry. For musical recordings, radio stations pay SoundExchange when streaming music over the Internet, but not for over-the-air broadcasts.
(By Loyd Ford) Who connects the dots where you work so that the local cluster has the most power to influence listeners, clients, community and the core that matters to the full development of each of your local radio stations? Of course, everyone today plays a major role, but if you truly want to get ahead you have to provide that extra special spark of creativity, helpfulness, and ability to be what is needed in a wide variety of areas within your cluster.
(By Ron Robinson) Recently, Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan, said, “Our industry needs to be cool again.” Those reading quickly generate some subjective idea of what he means. To take him literally, though, and move on the premise directly would be a spectacular mistake. Distinctions are required – music-radio being infamous for doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons to the wrong people at the wrong times. Not a stellar record.
(By Roy Williams) Much has been written in recent months about our desperate need for better radio ads. I shall say only a little about this subject, for there is little left to be said. In his “Creative Fundamentals That Get Results” of May 25, Katz Media Group’s Bob McCurdy wrote, “Meticulous planning and strategy will not overcome weak creative, and, for too long, the effort to plan and ‘place’ the radio commercial has overshadowed the effort to ‘create’ the commercial.”
(By Jeff Schmidt) Randy was my son’s baseball coach this season. The team is made up of 13- and 14-year-old boys. They are in a critical phase of their baseball education. They have the fundamentals, they know the game. At this point it’s about refining skills and reducing mistakes. At the end of the day it’s still a game and they should be enjoying their time on the field.
(By Steve Reynolds) 1. The show has an overarching content strategy, or “plot,” that is unique to the show — and certainly different from everything else in the market. 2. The cast is well-defined, and each member is different from the others. And the core cast is seen as likable. 3. The show has significant and meaningful points of differentiation from other, non-radio entertainment choices available.
2014 marks the 15th year for what’s become one of our most popular lists. The Most Influential Women in Radio issue began in 1999, when the list of names was much shorter and those who occupied the list less influential. Today, some of these influencers will also appear on our 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list (to be released on July 28). Read about the Most Influential Women HERE.
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."
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."
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