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January 28, 2015

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Achieving The Dream. Managing Your Own Station

Achieving The Dream. Managing Your Own Station

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...


INDUSTRY NEWS

Music Buying, Listening Patterns Are Different

Music Buying, Listening Patterns Are Different

Coleman Insights has released its second in a series of blog posts which examines how listeners engage with music across traditional and emerging platforms. The company analyzed 26 consecutive weeks of Billboard's Top 10 digital songs and Billboard's Top 10 songs for radio exposure and on-demand streaming. Their conclusion? Making new music decisions based on sales data can lead your station astray. So why is that?


XAPPmedia & jacapps Announce Partnership

XAPPmedia & jacapps Announce Partnership

The jacapps mobile platform and XAPPmedia announced a partnership to establish JAX, a new mobile audience ad service. The integration of the XAPP Interactive Audio Ad Service into Jacobs Media jacapps, will enable radio stations to monetize their mobile apps with XAPP Ads. JAX mobile monetization will be available to radio stations using the jacapps mobile platform. More...


Gartner: Connected Cars To Hit 250 Million

Gartner: Connected Cars To Hit 250 Million

By 2020 the number of connected cars on the road will reach 250 million according to a study by Gartner and reported in eWeek. Connected cars will become the largest sector in the growing "Internet of Things" sector. Gartner says that approximately one in five cars will have wireless connectivity of some sort or another in five years. Continue reading...


Maryland AM Must Fork Over $5K

Maryland AM Must Fork Over $5K

On March 31, 2014, the FCC issued an NAL for $5,000 to WTRI Holding for going off the air "without timely requesting special temporary authority" from the Commission. If a station is unable to stay on the air for more than 30 days, the owner must ask the FCC for authorization to remain silent. The Commission says WTRI was off the air for over seven months and didn't even bother to provide the agency an explanation as to why so they'll have to pay the fine. Read the forfeiture order HERE.


Westwood Relocating Dallas Facilities

Westwood Relocating Dallas Facilities

Westwood One's lease on its Dallas offices and studios runs out in mid-2015, with sub-tenant Radio Disney's departure from the building, Westwood has elected to move their Dallas operations to other facilities. Westwood One has opted to build out broadcast facilities at its TM Studios location on Academy Lane in Dallas. Programming, production, and affiliate sales will be based at that facility. Traffic and affiliate service/affidavit management will be relocated to an existing Cumulus facility in nearby Arlington, TX.


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



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

O'Malley Promoted to SVP Westwood One

O'Malley Promoted to SVP Westwood One

Westwood One has promoted Cumulus VP-Brand Solutions, Paul O'Malley to Senior Vice-President- Strategic Sales Partnerships, for Westwood One. Strategic Sales is a newly-created  division for Westwood One that will specialize in multi-platform programs for Westwood and Cumulus. O'Malley has 25 plus years experience in radio sales and was previously Regional President-Sales, for Citadel from 2004-2011. Continue Reading...


Cipha Sounds Out At Hot 97 NY

Cipha Sounds Out At Hot 97 NY

In a short statement from Emmis in New York on Tuesday, the company said, "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors." On Monday, Cipha was highlighted in a BET interview sharing his frustrations with the changes at Hot 97. The New York Daily News says he was fired after criticizing Emmis. More...


WGCI/Chicago Launch New Morning Show

WGCI/Chicago Launch New Morning Show

Kyle Santillian and Kendra G will join current morning host Leon Rogers on 107.5 WGCI/Chicago to fill out the hip-hop morning show in the Windy City. Kyle Santillian comes from mornings on 102 Jamz in Greensboro, NC, and Kendra G previously held morning duties as co-host at WPWX-FM/Chicago and WVEE-FM/Atlanta. The new team debuts Thursday the 29th. More...


Several Radio Executives Serving on Alliance For Women Board

Several Radio Executives Serving on Alliance For Women Board

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...


Rickman Exits From URBan Radio

Rickman Exits From URBan Radio

Brian Rickman, regional director of programming URBan Radio Broadcasting has left the company. Rickman says the departure is amicable; the position was eliminated from within the company. Rickman oversaw multiple formats in six markets. Rickman has held similar regional, operations and brand management positions for Cumulus, NextMedia, Cromwell Radio Group, and Greater Media. Reach out to Rickman at: brian.c.rickman@gmail.com or 256-320-3473.


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-night's, will replace Abney in the midday spot. The Current is run by nonprofit Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. More...


Joseph Vincent Trankina Has Died

Joseph Vincent Trankina Has Died

The veteran broadcaster was described as "a missionary for the cause of the communications medium he worked for during his distinguished career" by former RAB President Miles David. Trakina spent 15 years at the RAB reaching Senior Vice President. He created the original "Idearama" conferences, popular in the 70's, and produced two successful RAB National Sales Conferences in Las Vegas in the 80's. He became known as a master trainer, committed to teaching sales people to become top professionals, to win by focusing on the client's needs, and developing ideas to help them do so. Trakina, also known as Joe Vincent, was 84.



DIGITAL

Triton & eXelate Team For Streaming Data

Triton & eXelate Team For Streaming Data

Triton Digital announced an exclusive partnership with eXelate to deliver a new audio data management platform, intended to enhance ad buyers' ability to reach targeted audio campaigns on mobile or desktop. Triton will combine listener profiling (without cookies or unique device IDs) with eXelate's cross-platform data cloud infrastructure and consumers' online purchase intent, demographics, and behavioral leanings. 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.



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 UofL baseball.



BUSINESS

New Cars Sales Very Strong

New Cars Sales Very Strong

Even snowpocalypse can't buffet strong auto sales this January. J.D. Power & Associates is seeing new vehicle sales increasing more than 8.5% this month, more growth than the sector has seen in a decade. John Humphrey, SVP of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power notes in MediaPost, "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...



COMMUNITY SERVICE

The WOLF/Syracuse Readies St. Jude Radiothon

The WOLF/Syracuse Readies St. Jude Radiothon

WOLF 105.1/96.7 is readying their second Country Cares Radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event kicks off on February 5. Skip Clark, WOLF program director notes, "WOLF is proud to be a partner of this amazing organization. St Jude Children's Research Hospital is truly one of a kind and holds such an incredible meaning both nationally and locally."



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

How To Hook More Listeners

How To Hook More Listeners

(By Buzz Knight) My friend Fred Jacobs always finds a way to stir the pot and inspire my thinking and he's just done that again with the gift of a great new book. How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal (with Ryan Hoover) is a great read for any of us in the content and audio delivery business (otherwise known as a radio). The book is focused on analyzing the convergence of access and data in a world where speed is critical to success.


What You Can Learn From A Competitive Review

What You Can Learn From A Competitive Review

(By Jeff McHugh) When I was operations manager at Clear Channel (now iHeart Media) in St Louis, I really believed in Mason and Remy, the upstart young Country morning show on 937 The Bull. Mason and Remy were in an uphill battle against Cornbread, the funny and talented drive host with a long heritage of winning at WIL.



FRIDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(By Wayne Ens) You have no doubt heard about the KISS acronym: Keep It Simple Stupid. Simple sells! Digital is anything but simple, and I believe we're missing the boat by not presenting radio as the simple turnkey media alternative. I read this morning that thousands are leaving Facebook every day to migrate to the latest shiny new thing, Instagram.


(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(By Loyd Ford) You hear people talk about digital and social media, but many radio companies are having a difficult time moving the needle or getting a "movement" going to really capture real value. Why is that? It's easier to understand that you might think. Radio is still about the easiest money on the table.



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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