Beth Neuhoff (pictured here, center front, with her team) is on the cover of Radio Ink Magazine, which features the 100 Most Influential Women in Radio. In an excerpt from our interview, Neuhoff details how she'd like to grow her company in an industry dominated by just a few players, where she'd like to expand and what how easy or hard it is for her to get the financing to grow. READ MORE.
It was a 3-0 decision, handed down today by the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which just affirmed the U.S. District Court's decision in Emmis' favor in a lawsuit filed by preferred shareholders. This case has been going on for years (see previous stories). In a nutshell, when the financial crisis hit, Emmis restructured and stripped preferred shareholders of their right to collect millions of dollars in past dividends, a plan the preferred shareholders fought -- and have now lost. The court decided that, under Indiana law, what Emmis did was legal. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan said, "It has been a long road, but we are incredibly gratified that the 7th Circuit upheld Judge Barker's ruling, and denied the arguments made by dissident preferred shareholders. We were always confident in our stance, and we are pleased the courts have agreed." Read the full 10-page decision HERE
WKRC-TV reports on a pirate radio station west of Cincinnati that has area residents calling the federal authorities. The pirated radio station can be heard on 87.9 FM in the Cincinnati neighborhoods of West Price Hill, North Fairmount, and Westwood. The station is playing uncensored music from rappers The Geto Boys continuously, with the artists' sometimes-vulgar lyrics broadcasting for all to hear. Complaints have been filed with the FCC. WKRC-TV reached out to the FCC for a comment, but the agency declined.
Saga Communications, the parent company of the Chicago-based Illinois Radio network and the Springfield-based Capital Radio Group, is consolidating the two entities into one. IRN operations will mostly move downstate to Springfield, as a result, leaving only a reporter and sports director in Chicago. The news director of CRG's WTAX/Springfield, Alex Degman will add IRN ND duties, replacing Jim Anderson, who has exited.
Moody Radio announced the completion of their purchase of WLGO-FM/Ashtabula, OH from Lamb of God Communications. The call letters will now be changed to WVMU. Moody Radio religious programming will begin on the station later this month, simulcasting sister-station WCRF/Cleveland. WVMU becomes Moody Radios's sixth station in the Ohio/northwestern Pennsylvania region, as well as the 37th owned and operated station for the company overall.
Cumulus Media and Westwood One Chief Marketing Officer Pierre Bouvard contributed a new blog that looks deeper at the Nielsen Q1 Total Audience Report. He finds that radio is the #1 number one mass reach medium in America -- beating television, streaming Internet, and smartphones. Continue reading.
Audioboom's SaaS platform will provide on-demand creative, hosting, broadcasting, and advertising tools for the entire Cumulus and Westwood One radio network, as the two companies sign a new, multi-year monetization partnership. The Audioboom platform will be used by Cumulus to embed content across its networks' websites and mobile apps, offering on-demand podcasts, and to create clips that can be distributed via Audioboom's embeddable players, social media integration, and RSS feeds into third party audio platforms.
CBS announced the launch of a new digital property aimed at providing solutions for the issues and concerns small business owners face. The site, named CBS Small Business Pulse, is a cross-divisional effort across CBS Corporation featuring content from across the company's many properties, including CBS Radio.
Conservative news website Newsmax made a list of what it considered "the top 50 most influential local talk radio hosts and shows for 2015." Ranking #1 on the list was KFI/Los Angeles afternoon duo John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou. WABC/New York midday hosts Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby came in at #2, while WRKO/Boston PM Drive host Howie Carr was ranked #3. See Newsmax's full list of influential radio hosts HERE.
ESPN Radio will be exiting Lincoln Financial Media's WQXI/Atlanta on August 16 and will then be found on on Dickey Broadcasting's WFOM/Atlanta-Marietta, starting August 17. Dickey Broadcasting announced a multi-year contract with ESPN to make WFOM the local affiliate. The station will be rebranded as ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2. Some ESPN content will also be featured on market sister-station WCNN. More...
Chicago Public Media's WBEZ/WBEW and San Diego State University's KPBS both ratified first-ever union contracts with SAG-AFTRA. The WBEZ contract is for two years, while KPBS' deal runs for two and a half years. The agreements establish scale rates for each covered position, annual increases, professional development in job classifications, as well as progressive discipline, and a grievance and arbitration procedure.
The NAB Education Foundation announced apprenticeship placements for the 2015 Technology Apprenticeship Program. The TAP exposes technology-focused graduates and professionals to the broadcast industry through a six month, hands-on training program that includes a two-month apprenticeship. Two radio staffers were named among the 2015 apprenticeship placements: Sara Brown from WKCI/New Haven and Jessica Stroud from KDGE/Dallas.
Hometown Multimedia has entered into an agreement to purchase WCTR-AM/Chestertown, MD from WCTR Broadcasting. The 1,000-watt AM station also has FM translator W272BJ, and the purchase price is $200,000 cash. Dick Kozacko, Kozacko Media Services served as broker in the transaction.
After stunting throughout June with Christmas music, KVGH/North Shore, CA (Palm Springs) has become Valley 105.1, playing hits songs from the 1960s and 1970s. The station is being programmed by Broadcast Partners. Sister-station at 104.3, KFUT/Mecca, CA continues to broadcast Christmas music for now.
(by Mark Ramsey) Was the Taylor Swift/Apple Music dustup nothing more than a premeditated hoax? Maybe! And... "I Want My MTV" is out, and "I AM My MTV" is in, but will anybody care? Plus, rants and raves about Amazon's trend-setting plan to pay some self-published authors based on the number of pages read, and the one irrefutable, universal law of podcasting success -- or not. It's episode 22 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Check it out HERE!
There is nothing like a celebration, and in the latest issue of Radio Ink, we celebrate the achievements of 100 incredibly talented and dedicated women who are making a difference every day in radio. Their hard work, determination, and passion not only set a wonderful example to others, but represent the ultimate payoff for those who have guided and led them over the years. Here are The 100 Most Influential Women in Radio for 2015.
Every year at the Radio Show, hosted by the RAB and NAB, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads pays tribute to Radio Wayne Cornils by discussing the tremendously positive impact he had on so many people and by awarding the over-achievers in our industry the awards created in his name. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Radio Wayne Awards which will be presented at the 2015 Radio Show being held this year in Atlanta, September 30 to October 2. Make your nominations HERE and take a look at the 2014 Radio Wayne winners HERE.
An opinion column in the Washington Post by Marc Fisher looks at the new Beats 1 streaming radio station by Apple Music. He feels that the new service is not so much a forward-thinking advancement, but more of a modern remake of classic Top 40 radio, with hyper-speaking DJs. It wasn't necessarily the technological revolution he was seemingly hoping for. More...
Internet radio service Pandora announced that it has completed its acquisition of Next Big Sound, a provider of online music analytics, for an undisclosed sum. Next Big Sound is an analytics tool, used by thousands of music makers, labels, and marketers looking for insights about artists and their music.
A new streaming radio station was launched on Wednesday by Slacker Radio, done along with ESPN Radio podcast hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill. The new station, named His & Hers Radio after Smith and Hill's show, is built upon the hosts' love of for R&B deep cuts and slow jams. Smith and Hill curated the music and add commentary between songs.
SiriusXM announced it would be broadcasting a two-week, in-depth audio biography which will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the life, career, and achievements of Howard Stern. The History of Howard Stern will air on SiriusXM channels Howard 100 and Howard 101 beginning July 6. The entire special will be available on-demand starting on July 4.
Steel City Media announced the hiring of Chris K for middays on WLTJ/Pittsburgh. He comes from WDHZ/Detroit, where he worked weekends/fill-ins. Chris K replaces Debbie Wilde, who has joined the station's new morning show.
The syndicated Bob & Sheri Show is going on a road trip. Bob Lacey, Sheri Lynch, and their morning show team are loading up an RV and traveling for a week, driving from their home base in North Carolina to Maine. Calling it the RV Crazy Tour, the show will stop at affiliate stations in Zanesville, OH; Hudson, NY, and Bangor, ME. The 10-day trip begins July 3.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Mike Dabbs as Director of the FCC Office of Legislative Affairs. Dabbs and his team will lead the Commission's communications with the U.S. House and Senate. He replaces Sara Morris who exited in April to join iHeartMedia's Government Affairs team. Dabbs will work alongside Deputy Director Andrew Woelfling, who has served as acting director since Morris' departure.
iHeartMedia announced the hiring of Brandi Young to the role of Senior Vice President of Sales for its Phoenix cluster. Since 2011, Young served as SVP of Sales for Townsquare Media. She has also spent 18 years in sales management roles with Citadel and Cumulus. Young replaces Linda Little who was promoted to iHeartMedia Phoenix Market President in April.
iHeartMedia announced the promotion of Matt Tell to program director for KQQL/Minneapolis-St. Paul. A rookie PD, he had been serving as APD since August 2013. He also has been serving as director of promotions for the iHM Minneapolis cluster, a responsibility he will continue. Tell has been with iHM Minneapolis for 19 years.
Beasley Media Group announced a new morning show for KVGS/Meadview-Las Vegas, pairing up popular market veteran Mark DiCiero and newcomer Aimee Montgomery. Mornings with Mark and Aimee will replace the current morning show by Brian "Hammer" Panerali, who remains APD/MD. Mike Mackenzie will serve as executive producer.
Alpha Media San Antonio announced that longtime KTSA personalities, Johnny Shannon and Trey Ware will each be inducted into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame at a ceremony in August. Ware has also been nominated for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, which Shannon is already inducted into.
Townsquare Media Quincy-Hannibal Market President Dave Greene has announced that Julie Baker has been named Director of Sales for the four-station cluster that covers the Quincy, IL and Hannibal, MO markets. She most recently spent over ten years with Sinclair Broadcast Group in Quincy as their VP/Director of Sales. Baker replaces Doreen James.
Thanks to Charlie Tuna for sending us this classic when he received a studio visit from Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. Happy Days was taped next to the KHJ studios back in 1977 which is where Charlie did his morning show at the time. Send your classic photos to firstname.lastname@example.org