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January 29, 2015

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Should You Purchase An FM Translator?

Should You Purchase An FM Translator?

(by Ed Ryan) Chuck Anderson, from Anderson Associates, has been in the engineering business for 35 years. He's an allocations consultant, which means he improves and enhances coverage areas for FM full-power and FM translators and AM stations. On any given day, he's presented with the challenge to find a power increase for an FM station, to move an FM station to its population center to enhance its value and its audience, or to find a translator for an AM station. As you've been reading here over the past couple of years FM translators have become big business and a big part of how broadcasters either enhance their AM programming or add an HD channel. Do you know everything you need to know about translators? If not, you will after our conversation with Chuck Anderson.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Radio ACM Award Nominees Announced

Radio ACM Award Nominees Announced

The Academy of Country Music announced its radio nominees for the 50th annual awards presentation which takes place April 19. National radio personalities nominated were Cody Alan, Big D and Bubba, Crook and Chase, Lia Knight and Shawn Parr. Among the nominees for station of the year are KNIX-FM in Phoenix and WSOC-FM in Charlotte for major market, WMIL-FM in Milwaukee and WUBE-FM in Cincinnati for large market and WYRK-FM and KXKT-FM in Omaha in medium market. In all 20 stations have been nominated for station of the year, five in each of the categories broken down by market size. Continue Reading...


Deflate-Gate Inflates WEEI's Digital Stats

Deflate-Gate Inflates WEEI's Digital Stats

The Boston station reports the biggest Superbowl story of 2015 has pushed its digital properties into record territory. Between January 19th, the day the allegations about the footballs and January 25th, WEEI.com racked up over 1 million unique users to WEEI.com, over 4.3 million page views, a total of 6.1 million Facebook users with more than one million participating in a WEEI post and more than 1.1 million Facebook views of a special Deflate-Gate video produced by the station's Jerry Thornton and videographer Peter Neudel, plus an additional 285,000 views on YouTube.


New Cars Sales Very Strong

New Cars Sales Very Strong

More good news from radio's biggest ad category. J.D. Power & Associates says new vehicle sales will increase more than 8.5 percent this month, more growth than the sector has seen in a decade. J.D. Power SVP John Humphrey is quoted in MediaPost, saying, "The sales momentum seen throughout 2014 is continuing into 2015, and unlike last year, inclement weather has not slowed vehicle sales thus far." Continue reading...


Nielsen: Drivers Weigh-In on Connected Car

Nielsen: Drivers Weigh-In on Connected Car

What features are consumers looking for with connected car tech and which features are least likely to excite drivers? Nielsen's latest report is aiming to answer some of those questions. The research seems a bit of a mixed bag, with over 75% of connected car users believing that having the tech is revolutionary, however 41% say it's distracting and about a third say it's more of a hassle than it's worth. Continue Reading...


Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will keynote the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference being held in Dallas on March 4-5. Gonzales holds the distinction of having held the highest post in U.S. government ever held by an individual of Hispanic heritage, having served from 2005-2007 as a Cabinet member under President George W. Bush. Continue reading...


Going Local to Attract Younger Demos

Going Local to Attract Younger Demos

Interesting findings in the Nielsen study on the habits of "local digerati" in the latest Local Watch Report. Despite the fact that you can check the weather in Timbuktu and the news in Beijing in an instant on your digital device, US consumers are still heavily invested in their own hood. Are Alpha Media and JVC Media on to something with the local focus in their markets? Continue Reading...


Who Are Radio's Future African-American Leaders?

For the third consecutive year, Radio Ink magazine is spotlighting the African-American professionals leading the charge in radio today. This year, that issue will be released on March 16. Who's working at your station, in your cluster, or at your company who is certain to be a future leader? Send your nominations for our African-American Future Leaders in Radio issue to edryantheeditor@gmail.com



POPULAR NOW ON RADIOINK.COM

How I Made It To The Top

How I Made It To The Top

Back in December, Shane Sparks was named market manager for NRG's seven-station cluster in Northwoods, Wisconsin. Sparks spent a decade in sales management for NRG in Fort Atkinson, also in Wisconsin. Since he was 15 years old, he has worked in radio, first on the air, then in sales. NRG COO Chuck DuCoty said, "Sparks understands all facets of the business with a successful track record in operations, sales management, and on-air work, as a successful play-by-play announcer and sports show host." How did Sparks catch the radio bug for management? Let's find out...



FORMAT NEWS

WRWM Rebrands As The Beat In Indy

WRWM Rebrands As The Beat In Indy

Former Top 40 station i94/Indianapolis, which repositioned musically to Classic Hip Hop in December, has completed its transformation to 93.9 The Beat. The station went live on Monday with "wall-to-wall music." More...


93.9 The Ville Signs On In Lousville

93.9 The Ville Signs On In Lousville

Thursday Louisville sports listeners get a new sports talker, 93.9 The Ville. The studios will be located in Cardinal Town, reports WHAS-TV. The Ville will feature ESPN programing and will also be the home of the Jeff Walz coaches show and U of L baseball.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

iHeartMedia Promotes Lawson In Colorado

iHeartMedia Promotes Lawson In Colorado

Jim Lawson is expanding his duties within iHeartMedia in Colorado as the new Regional Manager for Colorado and Operations Manager for Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The new roles will be added to Lawson's duties as Vice President of Programming of Hispanic Media and Brand Manager for National Programming Platforms. Continue Reading...


Imus to Present 5th Annual Imus on Broadway

Imus to Present 5th Annual Imus on Broadway

Don Imus will be on-hand at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square presenting the 5th Annual Imus on Broadway Show, February, 9th. Joining Imus as emcee will be New York Post Theatre Columnist Michael Riedel. Tickets sales from the event will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets are on sale now at www.wabcradio.com.


CJ Takes Nights at Wolf/Orlando

CJ Takes Nights at Wolf/Orlando

The CJ at Night show has been announced to take over nights on WOTW 103.1-The Wolf/Orlando. WOTW had been running all music following the format flip in mid December when JVC Media closed on the station.  CJ will fill the 7-Midnight shift. More...


KLBJ/Austin Drops Alex Jones Show

KLBJ/Austin Drops Alex Jones Show

A number of listeners to KLBJ/Austin over the weekend, as discussed on the radiodiscussions.com message boards, heard Alex Jones mention that Sunday's show would be his last on the home town affiliate for Jones. Radio Ink talked with KLBJ PD Mark Ceasar and he confirmed that Jones would no longer be a part of the weekend KLBJ lineup. More...


LeBon to Co-Host America Continues

LeBon to Co-Host America Continues

Cherylyn Harley LeBon is joining America Continues with Jim Sharpe as the shows co-host on USA Radio Networks. The new lineup will begin February 2, 2015, airing from 6-9 p.m. ET. LeBon is the National Co-Chair of Project 21 and president and CEO of the public affairs firm KLAR Strategies. LeBon was also a spokesman at the Republican National Committee in the George W. Bush Administration and Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. More...


My Cool Inventions Featured on Forbes

My Cool Inventions Featured on Forbes

Akos Jankura (pictured) and John Cremeans, hosts of the My Cool Inventions talk show on America's Talk Radio Network, are the subject of a recent article in Forbes. The show highlights five new inventors every week who share their inventions and products, the hosts share their thoughts and insights for the inventor to improve their product and/or business strategy. The inventor gets 60 seconds for their pitch and listeners give it a thumbs up or thumbs down. Read the story on Forbes Here.


Top 40 Legend Lee Baby Simms Dead

Top 40 Legend Lee Baby Simms Dead

Radio Ink has learned from former Billboard Vox Jox editor Calude Hall that the legendary Lee Baby Simms had died at 72. Simms had been battling cancer. Simms started his career in WTMA/Charleston when he was in his teens. Simms also had stints in Hartford at WPOP and KCBQ in San Diego, KRLA; KROQ; KMET; Los Angeles and stations in San Francisco. Simms once noted that he had 41 jobs, at some stations twice, and was fired 25 times. You hear this thrown around a lot, but the man was an on-air legend. More...


WGN to Air Ernie Banks Memorial Service

WGN to Air Ernie Banks Memorial Service

Saturday, January 3, starting at 10am WGM will broadcast the Ernie Banks memorial service commercial free, hosted by WGN Radio Sports Director Dave Eanet. WGN will also stream on wgnradio.com and on the WGN Radio mobile app.



BUSINESS

HD Receivers Standard on Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

HD Receivers Standard on Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

At the North American Auto Show Alfa Romeo announced that an Alpine audio system that includes an HD Radio receiver is now standard in the 2015 4C Spider. This is the first Alfa Romeo model to integrate HD.


National Media Network Picking Up Point of View

National Media Network Picking Up Point of View

The Point of View Radio Talk Show distribution and affiliate relations will now be handled by National Media Network. Point of View is the longest running christian talk show on the air and his hosted by Kerby Anderson. Point of View has also entered the 24/7 news delivery service with Integris Media News.



DIGITAL

A Connected Car Field Trip

A Connected Car Field Trip

How would you feel about giving your staff the day off to learn about connected cars? Jacobs Media, on a recent blog post, highlights a cluster in Hampton Roads that did just that . Dave Paulus, market manager for Max Media's Hampton Roads/VA cluster let the staff have a field trip to a local car dealership so they could experience the connected car revolution first hand. More...


Sony Announces PlayStation/Spotify Partnership

Sony Announces PlayStation/Spotify Partnership

Spring of 2015 will debut Spotify as the exclusive music provider for PlayStation, initially rolling out in 41 markets for PlayStation consoles and Xperia smartphones and tablets. The service will be available for the PlayStation Network's 64 million users. The integration will offer Spotify's catalog and playlists on PS4 and PS3 systems. More...


iTunes Takaway from Apple Q1

iTunes Takaway from Apple Q1

Apple's Quarter One profits we're through the roof, mostly bolstered by huge iPhone sales. The iPad and iTunes didn't fare as well. Last fall, Apple acknowledged for the first time that sales of media content had declined in 2014. Growth in iTunes for Q1 2015 according to Apple was, "partially offset by a 7 percent year-over-year decrease in net sales of digital media consisting of music, movies, TV shows and books." One takeaway - streamers are taking a bite out of iTunes growth and profit.


Developers Flocking to IoT

Developers Flocking to IoT

Internet of Things is the big buzz with developers in 2015. ComputerWorld reports that 1 in 5 developers are working on Internet of Things (Internet connectivity in just about every device you could imagine). Why is this important to Radio? One of the biggest sectors for IoT is the connected car.


Blaupunkt Enters Aftermarket Digital Dash

Blaupunkt Enters Aftermarket Digital Dash

The Android based system, dubbed the Cape Town 940 will run on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS with a 6.8" capacitive touch screen display. NDTVAUT reports that the new in-dash device boasts internet connectivity via WiFi, smart phone integration, Android music player app, HDMI/MHL, an independent rear seat entertainment zone and Bluetooth Twin connect so two phones can be connected simultaneously.


Nearly 70% of Facebook Revenue from Mobile

Nearly 70% of Facebook Revenue from Mobile

Facebook's recent earnings report indicated a total of 526 million of it's users access Facebook using only a mobile device. Those numbers are up from 296 million last year and is almost 40% of Facebook's monthly user base of 1.4 billion. Android Headlines


Digital Tidbits

Digital Tidbits

 1-28-2015

 

  • Facebook is trying to change the way advertisers look at social

 

  • Here's How Facebook Plans to Help Brands Find Out When Their Ads Actually Worked

 

  • Roman Mars: The Man Who’s Building a Podcasting Empire

 

 

  • Facebook revenue up 53% in Q4, tops $12 billion for full year

 



SPORTS CONFERENCE

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

Sports Talk radio today is just about as competitive as the sports it covers. So what do you need to do to develop a winning lineup? Where can you go to seek tomorrow's top talent? What are the keys to building a strong bench and a super farm team? Find out March 4-5 in Dallas at Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference.



HISPANIC RADIO CONFERENCE

Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

The Group Heads Super Session that closes the annual Hispanic Radio Conference is always much anticipated, with attendees eager to hear the leadership of this key segment of the radio industry talk about their plans, hopes, and vision for the future.


Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Many sales managers will tell you that sales management is the hardest job in radio today. They have more people to manage, more things to sell, and less support than ever before. In Spanish-language radio, if sales managers are not Hispanic, they need to learn the nuances of Hispanic culture -- and fast! Hispanic Radio Conference...



RADIO INK

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

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...







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Radio stations from all over the country have sent in pictures of their mobile marketing machines. Here are some of the most creative vehicles being used in the industry today. Send your picture to edryantheditor@gmail.com.
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