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July 29, 2014

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Pittman Named Radio's Most Powerful

Pittman Named Radio's Most Powerful

Bob Pittman, CEO of radio's largest company, holds steady at number one, for the fourth consecutive year. Clear Channel brings in over $2.6 billion in annual revenue, generated by over 800 stations in 150 markets, and has thousands of employees all across the country. In January, following the departure of John Hogan, Clear Channel extended Pittman's contract as CEO for an additional five years and Pittman (along with CFO Richard Bressler) took on some of Hogan's former responsibilities for the Media and Entertainment division. Radio Ink's 2014 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue is out now. To subscribe to our digital edition, which includes the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue, GO HERE.


INDUSTRY NEWS

SiriusXM Q2 Revenue Rises 10% to $1 Billion

SiriusXM Q2 Revenue Rises 10% to $1 Billion

Another big revenue quarter from SiriusXM, CEO Jim Meyer called it outstanding, with revenue inching over the $1 Billion mark and 475,000 new subscribers. The company reported adjusted net income increased 60% to $131 million in the second quarter of 2014 from $82 million in the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014 reached a record $370 million, up 31% from $283 million in the second quarter of 2013.


The Real Stephen A. Smith Story

The Real Stephen A. Smith Story

There have been reports that popular and very outspoken ESPN host Stephen A. Smith would be leaving ESPN Radio to work for SiriusXM. That's not exactly the case. Smith will be getting his own show on SiriusXM, however it will be an extension of ESPN. Smith will continue to be an employee of ESPN and his new national show will be produced by ESPN. The distribution platform will be The Mad Dog Channel on SiriusXM.


Chicago Translator Sells For $4.6 Million

Chicago Translator Sells For $4.6 Million

The Chicagoland Radio and Media Blog has all the details about Elroy Smith paying the hefty total for the translator. Calvary Radio Network is selling W264BF, a 2 watt radio translator, and Smith's Integrity Radio Communications is writing the check. It's the second time in less than a week that a Christian radio group has sold one of its low-powered Chicago translators on the Willis Tower for a huge sum of money. The contract was filed with the FCC Monday.


Kraddick's Show Going Strong One Year After His Death

Kraddick's Show Going Strong One Year After His Death

The Dallas Morning News has an extensive piece on the one-year anniversary of the death of Kid Kraddick, who died of a heart attack at age 53. The paper reports the remaining cast members were given 30 days by Clear Channel to make the show work without their frontman. And to their credit, they are currently in first or second place in 95 percent of their markets. There are also new details about exactly what George Laughlin went through to try to revive Kraddick as the limo bus sped toward the hospital. (Picture courtesy Dallas Morning News)


Cumulus Hands Out $10K in Bonus Money to Youngstown

Cumulus Hands Out $10K in Bonus Money to Youngstown

Cumulus has awarded its Presidents Cup to Cumulus eight-station group in Youngstown, OH, in recognition for the stations achieving best overall performance for the second quarter across all 90 Cumulus markets. Each quarter, the highest-performing Cumulus market is honored with the traveling Presidents Cup trophy, along with a cash prize of $10,000 that is distributed across the stations staff.


KVJ Show Returns to West Palm Beach

KVJ Show Returns to West Palm Beach

As expected, Palm Beach Broadcasting's 97.9 WRMF is the new home for morning team Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington. They started today. The show has been on the air in West Palm for years before trying out the Miami market where they worked for less than one year for Cox. 30-year market vet Jennifr Ross who had been doing mornings on WRMF moves to Sunny 107.9 (WEAT) along with her cohosts Deena Lang and Bill Adams. Palm Beach Broadcasting is a division of Dean Goodman's Digity.


NPR Unveils Curated App

NPR Unveils Curated App

By now, curating music has become old school. What if listeners could curate talk and information so they received only information that interested them. TechCrunch is reporting NPR has a new app called NPR One. This new (free) app is separate from NPR's existing apps. It uses a combination of streams of NPRs public news broadcasts and stories curated for the specific tastes of listeners.


Is Ingraham Gearing Up For A Run?

Is Ingraham Gearing Up For A Run?

Talk radio star Laura Ingraham was given quite a bit of the credit for the defeat of Eric Cantor, the third-most powerful Republican in the House, when she campaigned heavily for his opponent in their primary race. Recently she appeared in Nashville for Tea Party candidate Joe Carr, who's trying to beat establishment Senator Lamar Alexander. That race will be decided August 7. Ingraham told Real Clear Politics, "I've been approached by various people to get involved. I'm keeping an open mind about running for office in the future." Read that story HERE.


Blackburn Becomes Interim CEO at AWM

Blackburn Becomes Interim CEO at AWM

The Alliance for Women in Media says Valerie Blackburn (pitured here with Kay Olin) has been named Interim CEO. A past chair of the organization, Blackburn will oversee day to day operations and facilitate the Boards planning while the search for a new CEO is conducted. For eight years Blackburn served as the market controller for seven radio stations owned and operated by CBS Radio in Los Angeles. Blackburn also served as general manager of L.A.s KFWB, owned by the KFWB Asset Trust, from 2012-14.


Make It 19 Weeks For The Home Depot

Make It 19 Weeks For The Home Depot

Verizon was the biggest mover on the Media Monitor charts last week, skyrocketing up from number 77 to number 9 with just under 21,000 spots aired. The Home Depot kept its streak alive as radio's number one advertiser, running over 65,400 commercials on radio stations across the country. TrueCar was second with 34,569, McDonalds came in third with 26,574, GEICO at number four aired 22,998, and rounding out the top five was Walgreens with 21,281.



SPORTS TALK

Westwood One Coverage Of NFL Begins Sunday

Westwood One Coverage Of NFL Begins Sunday

A record 102 NFL games will be broadcast by Westwood One this season and it all begins Sunday with the 51st NFL Hall of Fame Game, featuring the New York Giants against the Buffalo Bills. The 2014 NFL regular season kicks off when the Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night, September 4. The season concludes at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, February 1, 2015, with Super Bowl XLIX. Westwood One is the exclusive radio partner of the NFL.


Big Ten Show Returns To FOX Sports Radio

On Monday, FOX Sports Radio and the Big Ten Network jointly announced the fourth season of the daily Big Ten football show iBTN Live. BTN Live takes fans inside every Big Ten lockerroom as teams prepare for games. Beginning August 4, the exclusive radio simulcast of the program will be available Monday through Friday, 6-7 p.m. ET/3-4 p.m. PT. Twenty stations are already taking the show, including WMGC-FM /Detroit, KFXN-FM/Minneapolis, WBGG-AM/Pittsburgh, WOKY-AM/Milwaukee, and KXNO-AM/Des Moines.



BUSINESS

55 More Hispanic Stations Added to iHeartRadio

55 More Hispanic Stations Added to iHeartRadio

Clear Channel has added the 55 Mexico Grupo ACIR stations to the iHeartRadio Hispanic Network. Clear Channel will also become the digital ad sales provider for the stations replacing all local Mexican station ads with consumer-targeted U.S. ads. And, iHeartRadio will stream select local ACIR stations such as Siempre, Mexico City's music, news and sports station, and La 1260, Mexico City's AM News/Talk station.


New Bright Look for Sun Broadcast Group

New Bright Look for Sun Broadcast Group

The new logo incorporates several changes that have taken place over the company's six years in business, including the addition of Sun Latino. Each year Sun also unveils its corporate theme and tagline to accompany the new season. The company says the 2014 theme, Content That Picks You Up, emphasized the positive approach Suns programming has taken with products like The Marilu Henner Show, Horse Racings Triple Crown, Mr. Moviemans Six Second Reviews and AccuWeather en Espanol. The theme for 2015 is Experience More which will be defined by the companys program announcements coming later this summer.


SDS Signs Lakes Media Network

Sales Development Services has signed The Lakes Media Network which owns and operates 6 stations that reach a cumulative monthly radio, mobile and online audience of 125,000+ listeners. SDS will provide LMN stations with its AdMall PRO product. LMN is owned by Tom Birch.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Kelly Named GSM for Clear Channel Chicago

Kelly Named GSM for Clear Channel Chicago

Joel Kelly takes over the sales responsibilities for WKSC-FM and 93.9 WLIT-FM. Kelly moves to Cllear Channel from CBS Radio Chicago, where he most recently served as LSM for WBBM Newsradio. Prior to his time at CBS Radio, he spent nearly seven years as an AE at CCM+E San Diego. Prior to his career in media, Kelly worked as an Athlete Manager at Imani Sports representing professional athletes with an emphasis on basketball and football.


Clark Signs Long-Term Deal With Clear Channel

Dennis Clark is Clear Channel's vice president of talent development. About signing Clark to a new deal, President of National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman said, "Dennis leads Clear Channel efforts to hire and nurture the best and most talented people in the industry. He's built a talent development division unmatched by any other company. We're excited to have him continue to lead the talent development charge for us."


Seattle Morning Man Bob Rivers Calls It Quits

Seattle Morning Man Bob Rivers Calls It Quits

After 33 years of doing morning radio, 95.7 KJR-FM's Bob Rivers announced he's discontinuing The Bob Rivers Morning Show. "I've been on the radio for 42 years; since I was 16. Thirty-three years doing morning drive, 25 of them being here in Seattle. Our show signed on 8/8/89 and our last show will be 8/8/2014. I will be forever grateful to the best audience and radio family one could hope for: Spike, Joe, Jodi, Arik, Pedro, and Luciana. I love y'all. This was not an easy decision for me, but you just know when it's right."


Maynard Joins Clear Channel As Sr. VP Of Programming

Maynard Joins Clear Channel As Sr. VP Of Programming

It's a newly created position for Maynard who joins Clear Channel from Hubbard in Seattle where, since 2007, he was operations manager and PD. He's also worked in Spokane and Omaha as well as with Clear Channel in Eugene and Portland. Maynard reports to President of National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman and Executive Vice President and General Manager for National Programming Platforms Clay Hunnicutt.


Kensington-Lott Joins McGavren Guild Media

Kensington-Lott Joins McGavren Guild Media

McGavren Guild Media has hired Anne Kensington-Lott as vice president for its Hispanic platform, a newly created position at the company. McGavren Guild CEO Kevin Garrity said, "The Hispanic population is the fastest-growing segment in the nation. Our Hispanic platform continues to grow and I wanted to hire someone with a keen understanding of the 'Total Market' concept, resulting in the ability to super-serve our client and agency partners. Anne will play a significant role in growing our already-robust Hispanic platform."


Wall to Rep Alpha Music Libraries/SourceAudio

Wall to Rep Alpha Music Libraries/SourceAudio

SourceAudio, a business-to-business music licensing and distribution platform which provides domestic distribution for Alpha Music Libraries through Premiere Networks, has announced a new working relationship with veteran radio programmer Steve Wall. Wall will now represent the 450,000-plus tracks, sound elements and sound effects from the Alpha Music Libraries to radio. Wall has worked with "Charlie Tuna" and his discoveries include launching the careers of Mancow, The Bakaboys and Rusty Humphries.


Stone Door Moving to Monterey

Jeff Green tells Radio Ink that after 22 years in Nashville, Stone Door Media Lab partners Jeff Green and Lauren Virshup are relocating their research and data analytics firm to the Monterey Peninsula. The reason - to be closer to family. The move does not affect Green's commitment to CRS, where he's the chairman of the 2015 Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee. He says he'll still be in Nashville on a regular basis.


Former DG Exec Joins AdLarge Media

Jay Green is the new vice president, digital sales and content partnerships at AdLarge Media. Green spent 10 years at Dial Global, where he advanced to vice president of strategic operations. He was also national account director at PodCastOne. Green said, I am passionate about digital-audio advertising and dedicated to creating first-to-market campaigns for our advertisers. AdLarges reputation for innovation and excellence was a compelling reason for me to become an integral member of their team. Its an exciting time to join the company.



RECENT BLOGGERS

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

(By Buzz Knight) I found a cool new restaurant a couple of towns over from me called Il Casale in (Lexington, Mass). It's been open for about six weeks. It's the sister restaurant of another spot they own in Belmont, Mass. (They meaning chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers.) I grabbed a bite to eat there this past week after hearing a few friends rave about it and I heard a great story from a guy named Jeff who is one of the regular customers from the neighborhood.


<b>(SALES)</b> Can I Have Your Attention?

(SALES) Can I Have Your Attention?

(By Jeff Schmidt) Tracey McGrath was the new general manager at Seelye of South Haven. This was our third meeting. He had aggressive goals. Having just attended a Jim Williams seminar, I prepared an aggressive strategy that included dominating frequency on the radio stations. Twice an hour every hour every day on both stations. It was by far the biggest schedule ever presented on the stations. We were asking for $25,000 a month. In a small un-rated market, that amount is unheard of.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(SOCIAL) 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(By Loyd Ford) You always have the choice to be like everyone else. You can always fit in. You can always go along. But why not break out? Here are five (5) ways you can break out in your social media and find new fans, grow your influence, and enjoy more of your life in radio: 1. Focus your visuals on fun, entertainment, and a unique perspective. Giving a unique perspective on the entertaining side of your business will give listeners a happy-to-waste-time enjoyment of your content. This will pay dividends.



2014 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN RADIO

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

2014 marks the 15th year for whats 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.



DASH 2014

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."



RADIO INK

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."


Digital Sales Success Stories

If you have one, we want to hear about it. Are you killing it in digital sales, bringing local clients results using all of your digital products? Do your clients look to you as the go-to digital expert in your market? You are a rare bird in our indusrty and we want to hear about you and your story today. Call or e-mail Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan at 239-247-3833 or edryantheeditor@gmail.com.


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TELL US ABOUT YOUR SALESPEOPLE

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