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August 29, 2015

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Another Pre-1972 Lawsuit Gets Filed

Another Pre-1972 Lawsuit Gets Filed

Earlier this month ABS Entertainment filed a copy infringement lawsuit against Cumulus, iHeartmedia, and CBS in the state of California. Now it appears ABS has taken a cross-country flight and done the same in New York City. We got a look a the suit ABS has filed against CBS Radio for playing, among others, Al Green (pictured), Willie Mitchell, Ann Peebles, and Otis Clay. CBS Radio is arguably the best radio company in America at executing the oldies format so it's no surprise ABS has targeted them. We reached out to CBS last night and received the following comment: "This case is part of a wave of similar lawsuits that have been brought against other media companies. We intend to vigorously defend this lawsuit."READ MORE.

iHeart Hands Out Deserving Promotions

iHeart Hands Out Deserving Promotions

You may recall the June departure of Clay Hunnicutt who was Executive VP/GM of National Programming platforms. That change meant opportunity for several others in the iHeartMedia braintrust who now pick up some of what Hunnicutt's responsibilities were. The National Programming Platforms group has named Brad Hardin Executive VP/GM, Jon Zellner Executive VP of Programming Operations and Maynard Executive VP of Programming Strategy. All three report to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms.


Radio Revenue Down $100 Million in First Half of 2015

Radio Revenue Down $100 Million in First Half of 2015

The Radio Advertising Bureau has reported that during the first six months of 2015 overall radio revenue is down 1%, from 8.331 Billion to $8.231 Billion. Spot revenue took the biggest hit declining 3% from $6.495 Billion for the first half of 2014 to $6.301 this year. Network revenue was down 1%, from $534 Million to $530 Million. The growth of digital revenue has also slowed, only up 2% from $449 Million to $457 Million. From 2013 to 2014 (January to June) digital revenue increased 12%. Off-air revenue for the first six months of 2015 was up 11% from $853 Million to $943 Million. The RAB recently changed how many times per year it reports revenue, from quarterly to bi-annually.


(AUDIO) Why Did This COO Launch a Music Research Company

(AUDIO) Why Did This COO Launch a Music Research Company

Michael Wright is the COO for Midwest Communications, a family owned media company with 72 stations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee. Wright believes radio managers do not do enough research to execute the content consumers have come to expect. So, instead of hiring a company to help him put together the research he was looking for, he created and launched his own. It's called Emergence.fm, which is now available to the entire industry. Listen to what Wright has to say about why he launched the company, his thoughts on whether radio does enough research and whether or not he believes listeners even care about using radio to find new music. LISTEN HERE.


Tuna Exits KEARTH To Focus on Syndication

Tuna Exits KEARTH To Focus on Syndication

National Radio Hall of Famer Charlie Tuna's last day at the CBS owned Los Angeles station was yesterday. Tuna says he's leaving to focus on his growing CharlieTunaSyndication.com company. "In the wake of the continuing massive changes to small, medium market, and even major market stations around the country, we will be focusing on 24/7 formats for stations that have lost the content, top talent, music scheduling and customer service." Tuna worked weekends at KEARTH. READ ON.


Elvis Duran! Where Did You Go?

Elvis Duran! Where Did You Go?

ABC News has done a nice profile on iHeartRadio's syndicated star Elvis Duran. The topic of the profile...Elvis shed 105 pounds, going from a paltry 265 to a slim 160. Duran told Nightline, "I feel awesome. I've got all this energy. It's still kind of a shock. I don't even know who I am. I look at old pictures of me ... and I don't feel like I'm that guy anymore, but then I look at pictures of me now and I'm not quite sure I'm this guy. So I don't know. It's kind of confusing. I'm an alien living in someone else's body. It's kind of strange." See more about how Elvis did it HERE along with a snippet from his Nightline appearance.


40K Fans Register For NASH Next Challenge

40K Fans Register For NASH Next Challenge

Cumulus has released engagement numbers for the talent contest it launched on its 200 NASH stations back in June. The NASH Next talent search is an artist competition that uses social media activity to help select winners. Winners are decided based on a combination of an original “Spin Index” of social media activity, online fan voting and three music industry judges: music producer James Stroud, country artist and radio personality Kix Brooks and Cumulus Executive VP John Dickey. Here are the social media numbers Here are the early social media numbers...


SRN Changes News Product Name

SRN Changes News Product Name

Salem says it is re-naming its top-of-hour news product, in a joint partnership with Townhall.com (which Salem owns). The new top-of-the-hour broadcast will be designed for NewsTalk stations and will carry the branding of Townhall.com.


<font color=#3333CC>WHO ARE THE BEST MANAGERS IN RADIO?</font>

WHO ARE THE BEST MANAGERS IN RADIO?

General Managers and Market Managers have a lot of responsibility at radio stations across America these days. In addition to high revenue expectations, there's the constant challenge of selling radio in a world shifting to digital, managing multiple staffs and stations, finding and keeping good salespeople, and keeping their stations strong in the community. Those that execute those tasks do it flawlessly and make it look easy. They are the best in the industry and it's time to recognize them. Radio Ink is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Best Radio Managers in America. MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE. YOUR DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 4.



FRIDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(RAMSEY) Is The New Golden Age Of TV...Over?

(RAMSEY) Is The New Golden Age Of TV...Over?

Some say TV's new golden age is nearing its end, and Tom Asacker and Mark Ramsey agree. Plus, when what passes for news online gets too nasty, who do we have to blame, the advertisers? Not so, say Mark and Tom. Plus, Tom raves about the TV news reporter who has had quite enough Kardashian news. Meanwhile, Mark rants about how Periscope lies with statistics and rants about how Disney is turning the Star Wars franchise into an infinitely bigger franchise. It's episode 26 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. LISTEN HERE.


(SALES) The Zone Of Doubt And Blame

(SALES) The Zone Of Doubt And Blame

(By Spike Santee) Your new customer, the one you worked so hard to sell, the one that loved their commercial, the one you were so proud of, just called and cancelled their advertising. You sit there stunned, speechless, wondering what just happened. Why did the customer, all of a sudden, decide to cancel without warning? Chances are your new customer found themselves in The Zone of Doubt and Blame.


(SALES) Improve How You Recruit Now

(SALES) Improve How You Recruit Now

(By Matt Sunshine) "We need to hire more salespeople!" "We need to hire better salespeople!" These are the cries we hear day every day from the sales managers and executives in radio. While the strategy to simply hire more and better sellers might be a good one, you and I know it's just not that easy. If you are the one responsible for the hiring process and the on-boarding of these new sellers, you are probably left wondering how you're going to get that accomplished. You are not alone!



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Westbrook Increases Role At The Fanatic

Westbrook Increases Role At The Fanatic

97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia is owned by Greater Media. Former Philadelphia Eagle Brian Westbrook will join Anthony Gargano in the Morning every Monday after an Eagles game from 9-10am. Westbrook has been a regular contributor to the station having co-hosted a Midday Show with Harry Mayes during the 2014 season and hosted his own show with The Fanatic as a player during the 2008 season.


Bad For Beats?

Bad For Beats?

Ian Rogers is out at Apple. Rogers was put in charge of leading Apple Beats1 Radio Channel after Apple purchased Beats in 2014 for $3.3 billion. Apple Music is Apple's much-hyped entry in the market of subscription streaming music. Beats1 is a live channel and probably the most popular piece of the Apple Music product. CNET says Rogers was the most praised feature of the streaming-music subscription service known as Apple Music


Rita Cosby Web Series

Rita Cosby Web Series

77 WABC in New York is owned by Cumulus. Rita Cosby, host of “The Rita Cosby Show”, will present a web series called “Back to the Books Radio”, beginning Monday. A new show debuts every weekday next week at 12:00 p.m. ET on wabcradio.com, a separate stream specifically designed for this series of programs. Cosby will discuss issues in American education with prominent voices in education, including: teacher and student standards, busing, charter schools, Common Core, and illegal immigrants and who should pay for their education.


Promotions All Around At 88Nine Radio

Promotions All Around At 88Nine Radio

WYMS-FM, better known as 88Nine, is an independent non-commercial station in Milwaukee. Ken Sumka has been promoted to APD and on-air talent Justin Barney is moved up to Music Director. Sumka replaces Jordan Lee, who was recently named station PD. DJ Marcus Doucette is now Imaging Manager and DJ Dori Zori has been named to the new position of Community Outreach Manager.


Owens Targets Monday Return

Owens Targets Monday Return

KGO's Ronn Owens, who's been off the air since taking a fall earlier this month, posted to his Facebook page that he's feeling much better and he's hoping to be back on the air Monday. Owens fell down the stairs shortly after having Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, which caused a blood clot to form on the surface of his brain, slowing his recovery. Owens has Parkinson's Disease and is hoping the surgery helps him deal with it better.


KOGO Host Quits Due To Direction Of Show

KOGO Host Quits Due To Direction Of Show

iHeartRadio's KOGO-AM in San Diego has been Bob Sullivan's radio home since 1997. Since April he's been co-hosting a show with former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio. The San Diego Union Tribune reports that Sullivan is leaving the show partly due to its change in direction since DeMaio came aboard. "I like to talk red meat topics — illegal immigration, gun control, and minimum wage - and I think the station wants that segment to go more toward local politics, pension reform, and the water crisis. Carl is very passionate about that stuff and I just am not.” Sullivan will stay at the station in a scaled-back role that will include serving as business editor and fill-in host.


Chas Henry Joins Westwood One News

Chas Henry Joins Westwood One News

Henry has been an anchor at WTOP in Washington, D.C. as well as a TV reporter. Most recently, he was anchor and national security correspondent at WNEW-FM. A combat-decorated veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, Henry came up in the U.S. Marine Corps - rising in rank from private to captain. He's reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Qatar and frequently heard on the CBS Radio Network. Also, Westwood One News has now affiliated more than 750 radio stations nationwide; nine of them in the top 10 markets.


Michael Kay Co-Host Signs New Deal

Michael Kay Co-Host Signs New Deal

ESPN New York has reached a three-year extension with Don La Greca to remain with the station as co-host of The Michael Kay Show (weekdays 3-7 p.m.). He and Kay, who signed a three-year extension in July, have partnered since 2002. La Greca began his career at Sports Phone, updating scores and covering all nine New York pro teams before becoming a sports anchor at 1010 WINS. He's an ESPN New York original and was the first voice listeners heard when the station launched on September 3, 2001.



WEDNESDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(HIRING) Getting Poor Response To Job Postings?

(HIRING) Getting Poor Response To Job Postings?

(By Laurie Kahn) With mergers, buy-outs and lay-offs, many are finding themselves looking for a job - often it's the first time in a successful career where they have to actually look for a job. The good news is that there are always jobs out there. However, when we talk to hiring managers, they tell us that only "non-qualified" people respond to their postings. With all the talent out there, why is this?


(TALENT) What I Learned In V.O. Class

(TALENT) What I Learned In V.O. Class

(By Randy Lane) During my college days at the University of Memphis, I would drive around town mimicking the popular DJs of the day. Scott Shannon, Rick Dees, and Brother John Rivers were my favorites. I tried to emulate their vocal style both as DJs and their commercial voiceovers.


(SOCIAL) Get Real About Your Social Media

(SOCIAL) Get Real About Your Social Media

(By Loyd Ford) Here are five ways to get serious about your social media in a way that will make the boss look good. 1. Be selfish. Not about you - about "them" (listeners). Focus on what would create value for someone who might match up as a great listener for your station...



INK CONFERENCES

Our 2016 Forecast Co-Chairmen Are...

Our 2016 Forecast Co-Chairmen Are...

It's going to be a tumultuous 2016, and that's why we're so pleased to announce that Greater Media Chairman/CEO Peter Smyth and Sugarloaf Rock Capital Managing Partner Drew Marcus will be serving as co-chairs of Forecast 2016, set for November 20, 2015 in New York City. As Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads says, "With so many critical business and financial issues continuing to face the radio industry, we are extremely pleased to have Peter Smyth and Drew Marcus provide their guidance to this year's Forecast."


DASH Conference Announces "Be Fabulous" Awards

DASH Conference Announces "Be Fabulous" Awards

The awards are named after Detroit's own Bill Burton - the guy who tirelessly worked to promote the benefits of advertising on the radio to the automotive industry and whose famous mantra was "Be Fabulous." Bill passed away this past December. The "Be Fabulous" awards are a tribute to his incredible impact. HERE ARE THE DETAILS.


<font color=#3333CC>Check Out Our 2015 DASH 3.0 Agenda</font>

Check Out Our 2015 DASH 3.0 Agenda

Radio Ink's third annual DASH conference in Detroit, held in conjunction with Jacobs Media, will take place November 4 and 5 at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport. If you were on the fence about attending, now's the time to jump off. Here's A LOOK at this year's agenda. The battle for audio space in the DASH continues to be one of the biggest issues facing broadcasters. This is a must-attend conference if you consider yourself a cutting-edge broadcaster.



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