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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

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...


SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Set Record

SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Set Record

It was a banner year for SoundExchange, with total year-end royalty payments reaching approximately $773 million. That figure is up 31 percent from $590 million in 2013. During the fourth quarter of 2014 distribution also increased from 2013 year with more than 38,800 payments totaling approximately $183 million. More...


Communications Act To Be Overhauled

Communications Act To Be Overhauled

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thun says his Committee is in the early stages of updating the laws governing telecommunications. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 eliminated the cap of radio ownership, ushering in consolidation. This time around, the Commerce Committee seems to have its sights set on the Internet and "Net neutrality." Continue reading...


ACM Awards Nominees Announced

ACM Awards Nominees Announced

ACM released the full list of Radio Award and Songwriter of the Year nominees for the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, co-hosted this year by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. The telecast is slated for Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET and delayed for the west coast on CBS. The Radio and Songwriter awards will not be telecast due to  the time constraints of the televised broadcast. For the full list of the nominees, 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



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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

Westwood Renews The Mark Levin Show

Westwood Renews The Mark Levin Show

Mark Levin and Westwood One are renewing their syndication deal through 2020. John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus says of the new extension, ""Mark has established himself as a pillar in talk radio with his sharp and witty commentary, and we look forward to expanding his program's reach."


Radio Executives Join Alliance For Women

The Alliance for Women in Media has announced their 2015 National Board. Kristen Welch, SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications is the new national chair. From the radio sphere, the board includes: Heather Cohen, EVP, The Weiss Agency; Susie Hedrick, VP, Radio Sales, Wide Orbit; Laura Martinez, senior director, affiliate sales, Westwood One; Deborah Parenti, executive vice president of radio, Radio Ink/RBR/TVBR.Continue reading...


Lawson Promoted Regional Manager iHeart Colorado

Lawson Promoted Regional Manager iHeart Colorado

Jim Lawson is expanding his duties within iHeartMedia Colorado as the new Regional Manager for iHeartMedia 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...


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...


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...


Abney Out At The Current/Minneapolis

Abney Out At The Current/Minneapolis

Barb Abney, midday host on alternative 89.3-The Current, is no longer with the station, reports The Star Tribune. Jade Tittle, morning show producer and late-nights, will replace Abney in the midday spot. The Current is run by nonprofit Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. More...


Davies Managing Dir at RCS New Zealand

Davies Managing Dir at RCS New Zealand

Max Davies has been appointed the new Managing Director of RCS New Zealand, the development base for all RCS traffic products. Davies is a 25 year veteran of the UK advertising and media industries. Davies will be relocating from the UK. 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.


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.


Hall Of Fame Broadcaster George Brooks Dies

Hall Of Fame Broadcaster George Brooks Dies

Brooks, who was the O&O of KCUE/Red Wing, MN, for nearly 20 years and a Hall of Fame broadcaster, died at the age of 88. The Red Wing Republican Eagle reports Brooks' radio career started in the 40s as a teenager at KOVC in Valley City, North Dakota, later becoming program director of the station. Brooks also held management positions at KFGO/Fargo and other stations in Minnesota and North Dakota.



BUSINESS

USC Athletics & ESPNLA Sign 4-Year Extension

USC Athletics & ESPNLA Sign 4-Year Extension

USC and ESPNLA have inked a four-year contract extension. Trojan football will continue to be broadcast on ESPNLA 710-AM through 2019. Also included in the deal, one-half of USC's men's basketball broadcasts through 2019 will also air on ESPNLA. More...


Syndication Networks Inks Mayo Radio

Syndication Networks Inks Mayo Radio

On the air for over two decades, the weekly one-hour Mayo Clinic Radio is hosted by physician and long-time broadcaster Dr. Tom Shives and veteran radio host Tracy McCray. Syndication Networks will handle all syndication of the show. More...


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.



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...


NPR Launches New Podcast Directory

NPR Launches New Podcast Directory

Hot on the heels of CBS launching its play.it, NPR is introducing a new podcast directory of its own. The new mobile-friendly directory is available at http://www.npr.org/podcasts/. The NPR offering features the ability to browse the entire catalogue by topic, and discover similar podcasts available from a within particular podcast page.


Web Ads: Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't

Web Ads: Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't

You wouldn't think that making Web ads that people can actually see would be a divisive issue for online publishers and advertisers, but it is. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that making viewable Web ads is wreaking havoc in the Web and mobile ad world. While publishers have been working to get in front of the issue, reports from agencies and marketers are saying that users just aren't seeing weighty chunks of Web-based ads.Continue reading...


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


Spreaker Merges YouTube API For Podcast Metrics

Spreaker Merges YouTube API For Podcast Metrics

It's an interesting twist for podcast metrics. San Francisco-based Spreaker is opting to leverage the YouTube API for collecting podcasting metrics. Users can create "videos" from their podcasts and upload them on Youtube automatically. According to Spreaker, the audience data is then imported and aggregated together with other sources for greater insight into the listener analytics. More...


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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