Oh those long contest promos. They go on forever, take up valuable inventory and many times are read so fast listeners cannot understand them anyway. Thanks to the hard work of Entercom Communications those promos may soon become history. The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would allow stations to post the rules online. Entercom CEO David Field told Radio Ink, “We are delighted by the Commission’s action. It is a big win for the 245 million American radio listeners. I also want to salute our own Jack Donlevie for making this possible through his terrific leadership on this issue over many years.” Donlevie filed a petition for rulemaking on this issue back in January of 2012.
A program we all grew up listening to has come to an end. Bob Coburn announced he is ending the long-running radio show Rockline after 33 ˝ years. Rockline offered fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite rock and roll stars live on the air.
We have pictures. Lots of pictures from Forecast 2015 at the Harvard Club in New York City. Take a look at who attended the packed finanicial event of the year HERE. You can also see some of radio's heavy hitters such as NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith and Charles Warfield who attended our annual 40 Most Powerful People in Radio reception held in the beautiful ballroom of the Harvard Club HERE.
By now you've probably heard that Tribune Media pulled the plug on "87.7 The Game" in Chicago. In fact, you may have even heard about it before some of the on-air staff did. Ben Finfer and Alex Quigley learned they were fired while they were on the air. According to The Sporting News, Finfer said, "We're doing a live show here. And to be told this way, it's really a letdown. We're getting screwed on this one ... We just found out on Twitter a half hour ago that the station is being taken off the air." Tribune Media launched The Game 87.7 last February on a low-power television frequency that doubles as an FM radio signal. Also out are Jonathon Brandmeier (pictured) and Garry Meier. Brandmeier's morning show aired on The Game 87.7 and the online streaming site wgn.fm. Meier's afternoon show aired only on wgn.fm. Robert Feder broke the story.
Multimedia giant Bell Media has cut 80 full-time positions in its latest round of layoffs, citing an "industry-wide challenging advertising market," according to The Financial Post. The cuts included radio and TV at the company and included CHUM-FM's popular host Amanda Logan. Bell Media Vice President of Communications Scott Henderson said, "The difficult decision was made as the result of continued financial pressure in relation to the industry-wide challenging advertising market for radio and TV."
The new division called 2060 Digital was actually started by Hubbard in Cincinnati in 2012. James Bryant led the Hubbard Radio group in that city as market manager and was instrumental in the development and launch of 2060 Digital. He'll now lead the division company-wide. Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO Ginny Morris said, "We have long looked to Jim for leadership in this space and we feel fortunate that his full attention will be focused on helping us find comprehensive solutions for our advertising partners. We look forward to bringing Jim's entrepreneurial approach to 2060 Digital to the rest of our company."
The New York Market Radio Association has announced its 2014 Holiday Party will be Friday, December 5, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rooftop Lounge of the Empire Hotel on West 63rd Street. The annual NYMRAD Holiday Party attracts representatives from radio stations, national representation firms, networks, agencies, and advertisers from across the New York metropolitan area. For the second consecutive year NYMRAD will cover the cost of admission for advertisers and their agencies. Executive Director Deborah Beagan said, "We saw an uptick in client attendance from that investment, and we expect even more this year. By covering the cost of admission for advertisers and agencies, radio stations can bring more employees to join the revelry."
The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation and Premiere Networks announced a partnership with Sam’s Club to give away 6,400 turkeys as part of the annual Steve and Marjorie Harvey’s Big Turkey Give. On November 24 and 25, more than 60 affiliates of The Steve Harvey Morning Show will give the turkeys away to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the Big Turkey Give was launched in 2009, approximately 39,000 turkeys have been provided to those in need.
Mark Bass is the Market Manager for Centennial Broadcasting in Fredericksburg, Virginia. "We are happy to be involved with such an important institution like Children's National that serves so many families in our listening area. The expression of support by our audience was superb and we look forward to making it bigger and better each year." The company's first-ever Care-athon for Children's National netted $35,559.15. The money will go directly to Children's National in Washington, DC, to support ongoing medical research and assure no child will ever be turned away for care regardless of ability to pay.
This week, Fox News' Geraldo Rivera emceed an evening that supported the Wounded Warrior Project at the Edison Ballroom in New York City with about a thousand attendees. The night included a special 50th birthday celebration for Cosby, whose dad was a POW in German during World War II. The evening included a program that opened with a performance by the Navy Color Guard and NYC Shield Pipe band. Dionne Warwick (pictured here with Cosby) and her granddaughter Cheyenne Elliott debuted their latest duet, entitled "Let There Be Love."
Hubbard Radio President/COO Drew Horowitz announced that Mike Fredrick will be the new VP/market manager for Cincinnati, replacing James Bryant who will run the new Hubbard digital division. Horowitz said, "Mike has been an extraordinary leader at the Cincinnati cluster for a significant portion of his broadcast career and I can't think of anyone more prepared for this exciting next chapter. I am thrilled to add Mike as a market manager to our team of outstanding broadcast professionals."
Brian Egan moves to Nashville from Charleston, WV, where he was program director and morning personality for Country-formatted WKWS (96.1 The Wolf) owned by the West Virginia Radio Corporation. Egan was co-host of the CMA Award-winning morning show, the Ben & Brian Show, at KMLE in Phoenix and at WMZQ in Washington, D.C. Cumulus Senior VP of Programming Mike McVay said, "This is a rare opportunity for us to have a great talent in his own right who can program and produce one of radio's fastest-growing shows."
Davis is promoted into a newly created post at Cumulus Media, where he's named national director of Stratus Music scheduling. He's a 26-year industry vet who's been programming Hot AC/Top 40 hybrid WQSM/Fayetteville, NC, for the past eight years and will keep those duties. Cumulus' proprietary Stratus Music Scheduling System is in use at more than 450 stations in 89 markets.
Leslie Heinemann, formerly with Radio Disney in Detroit, is joining the sales team at marketing and promotions provider CRN International. She'll be based in Detroit and will hold the title of director of strategy and development, reporting to CRN Managing Director/Strategy & Development Robert O'Mara.
Media Services Group has added long-time broadcaster/broker, Sunbelt Media's Bill Cate. MSG Managing Director George Reed said, "We are extremely pleased to add Cate to our roster of media specialists. He brings with him a background of station ownership, as well as 36 years of media brokerage." Cate is the former co-owner and president of Chapman Associates. He said, "I am extremely pleased to be joining Media Services Group. Many of the partners go back to my days with Chapman Associates, and it'll be great to be back working with them."
(By Jeff Schmidt) As a new manager I made lots of mistakes. One thing I did, unintentionally of course, was to suck the motivation right out of my sellers with what I thought was a typical and harmless question: "What did you sell today?" This was a question sellers became used to as they passed me in the hallway. I also started off our Monday morning sales meeting by doing a quick "whip around" the room asking, "What did you sell last week?"
(By Laurie Kahn) We have all noticed how hard it is to hire strong talent, especially in sales. We have discussed how hiring in the future will continue to be tough as not only is it competitive, but we are working with a group of young people who want different things in life - it has been projected that Millennials will switch jobs every 3-4 years; and not just jobs, but careers! So not only do employers need to get them ramped up quickly when hired, they may need to be more creative when trying to attract these future employees.
(By Ron Robinson) During the last seven years in Toronto, I have been reading agency-produced spots - almost exclusively. That's how us V/O guys get the big bucks - even for local advertisers. We have agents and we work for agencies. Meanwhile, what is left unspoken is that agency-produced copy is no better or worse, overall, than anything coming from the keyboard of a hype-typer who is toiling at some local radio station.
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Digital revenue is all the rage these days. And while the overall number in radio is still small, compared to over-the-air revenue, the potential is huge. Radio Ink would like to know what your game plan and philosophy is when it comes to digital. Are you hiring more digital experts? Do you have high revenue expectations for digital revenue in 2015? Do you have a plan for mobile? Please take our digital survey (all responses will remain confidential). Our plan is to share the overall results with the industry and use this information to create more digital content in Radio Ink that will help you achieve your digital goals. Take our Survey.
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...
In a perfect world advertisers would know exactly how many listeners your radio station has, whether they're listening over-the-air, on their computers at work or on their phone walking down the street. The radio industry acknowledges listeners are migrating to digital devices, and the industry also knows how vital it is to measure those listeners as companies like Pandora chip away at their revenue. Nielsen is working toward making online measurement happen. Nielsen's EVP & Managing Director of Local Media, Matt O'Grady told the Forecast crowd on Thursday that a new software development kit, that will measure digital listening, is being tested with dozens of radio groups.
Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker has been forecasting for about a year now that until radio proves her wrong, it's going to be a flat industry. Ryvicker was not at Forecast Wednesday, but other analysts and economic experts were, and they all echo Ryvicker's prediction. Radio will have a no-growth year in 2015. And for an industry that's been around for over 90 years, and is not the shiny new toy, maybe that's OK for now.