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Arbitron Says It's Way Too Early For New Web Based Measurement Program.

Arbitron Says It's Way Too Early For New Web Based Measurement Program.

According to Arbitron "leapfrog" indicates a significant move forward in the radio survey business. But it's too early in the process to know whether this new way of gathering data will work or even become a reality. Leapfrog was part of the Radio Advisory Council meetings recently held and it appears council members want the industry to know this new program is being considered.


Is Making Phony Phone Calls to Entertain Really That Big a Deal?

Recently Rush Limbaugh responded on-air to an article in Tablet magazine (http://www.tabletmag.com/life-and-religion/58759/radio-daze/) implying that he, el-Rushbo, had used staged phone callers on his show. The charge ignited a feeding frenzy that virtually knocked Charlie Sheen off most radio boards.


How Long Does it Take to Incorporate $50 Million in Synergies? About 6 Months.

How Long Does it Take to Incorporate $50 Million in Synergies? About 6 Months.

Once the deal to purchase Citadel closes, employees from both companies will not have to wait too long to see if they will become part of the long-term Cumulus picture. Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey told the assembled analysts and media Monday that changes are "front-loaded". The vast majority of changes, up to 80% of them, "should take six months".


Radio Disney Promotes Drew Korzeniewski to VP, Ad Sales and GM, Radio Disney Stations Group

Korzeniewski's role will expand to include management of the network's national ad sales. He will continue to be responsible for Radio Disney's local ad sales and local station management.


Moblico Helps Sports Radio WHB Reach Over 22,000 Listeners.

Sports Radio 810 WHB which broadcasts in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Oklahoma says its full-service mobile app for iPhone and Android that was launched in November, 2010 has been downloaded and used regularly by over 22,000 listeners.


KMRY Cedar Rapids Receives 2011 Iowa Better Business Bureau Integrity Award.

The folks at KMRY are very proud of their latest achievement as well they should be. KMRY President Rick Sellers says "as the licensee of this radio station, I take very seriously the credo the FCC set in motion back in 1934: to 'serve the public interest, convenience and necessity.' How we go about adhering to this original broadcaster directive affect both our advertisers AND audience in a positive manner, and I am very gratified that the Better Business Bureau has chosen to award us for these local efforts!"


Live & Local Talk Returns to KMBZ K.C. Middays With Chris Merrill

NewsRadio 980 KMBZ announced the return of live & local talk to Kansas City middays, as Chris Merrill joins the lineup with The Voice of Merrill. Merrill takes over the 9:00-11:00am slot covering issues and events that affect the Kansas City metro. Merrill comes to Kansas City from Lawrence, KS, Arizona, Nebraska, Colorado and Michigan.


Katz Radio Makes Three Promotions in Big Cities.

Katie Iamele-Strauss is promoted to Vice President, Sales, and Alison Trumper to Senior Account Executive in New York, and David Noviello to Vice President, Sales, in Los Angeles. All three of these individuals are exceptional salespeople, said Chad Brown, President of Katz Radio.


Millennium Hires Robin Davidson as Regional Sales Manager/Jersey Sports Editor.

Davidson has over 15 years experience in radio and sports advertising. Her background includes Sales Manager positions with Delmarva Broadcasting and Westwood One Company as well as FOX 29 in Philadelphia. Most recently, Davidson served as General Manager for Atlantic Broadcasting in southern New Jersey.


D.C. Has New Spanish-Language Station Called Romantica 900AM

WILC Romantica 900am, Washington D.C.'s newest Spanish-language radio station debuted today, March 14 at 6:00 a.m. Romantica 900am entertains and informs audiences with the best Spanish-language adult contemporary music playing today's top hits as well as popular music from the eighties and nineties.


Radio One Signs Multi-Year Deal With Metro Traffic

Metro Traffic, a Westwood One company, has announced a multi-year agreement with Radio One to be the exclusive traffic content partner for the companys 52 radio stations. In addition to traffic services, Metro will also provide news and weather information to Radio One stations in 16 markets.


Are You Helping Vicitims of The Japan Earthquake?

Are You Helping Vicitims of The Japan Earthquake?

This is when radio really shines. Is your station organizing a special promotion or something unique to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? Send us the details of anything you are doing to help. E-mail to edryan@radioink.com


Uva Out as Univision President and CEO. Search Underway For New Boss

Uva Out as Univision President and CEO. Search Underway For New Boss

Univision Communications has announced today that Joe Uva, President and Chief Executive Officer, has informed the Board of Directors that he has chosen not to renew his employment agreement in order to be able to seek other opportunities. Uva will exit at the end of his contract on April 2nd. Univision will commence a search process for a new CEO immediately. To ensure a smooth transition, Haim Saban will assume additional responsibilities in his role as Executive Chairman until a new CEO is appointed.


Steve Kerrigan of "Kerrigan & Christopher" Dies of Multiple Myeloma

Steve Kerrigan of "Kerrigan & Christopher" Dies of Multiple Myeloma

Steve Kerrigan (pictured left), who rose to radio fame as part of "Kerrigan & Christopher" at WTUE in Dayton lost his battle with Multiple Myeloma Monday. He was 51. Steve, along with partner Chris Geisen, brought rating success and national notoriety to the station during their 1986-1999 run as a morning show team that displayed a knack for cutting edge humor and headline grabbing stunts.


NAB Announces Crystal Radio Award Finalists

NAB Announces Crystal Radio Award Finalists

The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the 2011 Crystal Radio Awards competition today. Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists will be honored and winners announced at the Radio Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, on Tuesday, April 12, during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.


Dickey: "Automotive Category is Bouncing Back"

In the Cumulus Q4 conference call, Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey reported that automotive, one of radio's strongest advertising category for decades, is returning. At Cumulus Media Inc, 4th quarter auto revenue was up 16% over 2009 and at Cumulus Media Partners, which represents the larger markets for Cumulus, 4th quarter auto revenue jumped 26%.


Cumulus Net Revenue For Q4 Increases Less Than 1%. 2010 Net Revenue Up 2.8%

Cumulus released Q4 and 2010 results ahead of a 9AM conference call and reported net revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2010 increased $0.2 million, or 0.3%, to $69.8 million, compared to $69.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Cash revenue increased $3.8 million, or 6.2%, for the three months ending December 31, 2010, but was offset by a decrease in non-cash trade revenue of $3.6 million, or 45.6%, as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2009.


Cumulus Q4 Conference Call This Morning at 9AM.

Cumulus Q4 Conference Call This Morning at 9AM.

This is the earnings call that was delayed once the Citacel announcement was made to make sure all the i's were dotted and the t's crossed. So today Lew Dickey and company will announce results for the 4th quarter of 2010 and full year results. These calls are listen only to start and usually end with questions from the assembled media and analysts. For sure, questions about the Citadel announcement will be part of the Q&A session.


What Should Lew Do With Citadel? Eric Answers That Question

It's tempting to send a message to Lew Dickey asking him to take advantage of this opportunity and return the new company to radio's days of wine and roses, but that's a dream that cannot come true. We're not living in the 1980s anymore. Though we know deep in our souls that radio had more personality, more localism, more personal involvement in those days, the reality is that these giant operations can't be run that way and get the margins necessary to service their debt and make a profit for investors.


New York DJ Danny Stiles Passes at Age 87.

New York DJ Danny Stiles Passes at Age 87.

Stiles who was on the air for over 60 years died of a respiratory ailment. According to the WNYC website Stiles hosted the "Danny Stiles' Music Museum", and was known as the "Vicar of Vintage" playing records from the 1920s-1950s and occasionally beyond every Saturday night.


Surprise Death. Legendary Ag Broadcaster Derry Brownfield Dies at 79.

Surprise Death. Legendary Ag Broadcaster Derry Brownfield Dies at 79.

The Missouri-based agricultural broadcaster and radio talk show died Saturday at his residence in Centertown. Brownfield was the host of his own radio talk show titled "The Common Sense Coalition" and a co-founder of the Brownfield Network, an agricultural news service for radio stations in several states. A post on Brownfield's Facebook page says this was a total shock to the family.


How To Overcome The "Radio Doesn't Work" Objection

Two weeks ago, I made a prospecting call with a sales rep. It was right in the wheelhouse demo of our station, right in the geographical circumference of the stations coverage and the product would be a product (above mid-line specialty furniture) our listeners would shop for. They do have multiple locations. We walked the business. We did a physical in-store for 5 minutes and took down all the vital information. The rep called immediately for the owner from the car. Voicemail. The rep then walked back in the business and asked the receptionist for his personal voicemail box. She was successful. Here's what happened:


Gabriel Garcia Slapped With $25,000 Mega-Fine For Repeatedly Operating Station Without License.

Gabriel Garcia Slapped With $25,000 Mega-Fine For Repeatedly Operating Station Without License.

We have another pirate in the FCC's net. This one in California. Gabriel Garcia lives in San Jose California and the commission says he was operating illegally on three different dial positions. The FCC has no sense of humor for these sorts of things and has handed down a $25,000 fine to Garcia. Here are the details.


Reckamp Promoted to Director of AM Programming for American General Media

Reckamp Promoted to Director of AM Programming for American General Media

Brett Reckamp has been promoted by American General Media to Director of AM Programming in Bakersfield, CA. Reckamp joined Kern Radio, News Talk 1180 in April of 2010. He is currently overseeing all aspects of programming on the 50,000 watt heritage flagship radio station for AGM California. Reckamp also serves as News Director and Imaging Director at KERN, and fills in for staff when needed. Reckamp has won a total of 7 Idaho State Broadcasting Awards (ISBAs) for news, sports and production.


New Arbitron Measurement System Called "Project Leapfrog" to be Discussed Today.

New Arbitron Measurement System Called "Project Leapfrog" to be Discussed Today.

The Radio Advisory Council and Arbitron will be holding a conference call today at 3PM to regarding "a variety of important topics" discussed last week at the Council's meetings with the measurement service in Maryland. One of the issues that was discussed last week is "project leapfrog". Sounds almost like a government code name doesn't it? The council statement says "project leapfrog" is a new experimental measurement approach that features a week-long, web/mobile based survey as the primary means of data collection.


Cummings Gets Another One Year Deal With Emmis

Emmis has entered into a new one-year employment agreement with Rick Cummings as President of Emmis Radio Programming. Cummings will make $455,000 over the next year and his annual incentive compensation target is 60% of his base salary. Cumming also gets an allowance for a car and insurance.


Mancow and Simon Cowell Hit it Off

Talk Radio Network-FMs and Dial-Globals Erich Mancow Muller visited with Simon Cowell, host of the new FOX show, X-Factor. On The Mancow Experience, Cowell said, Mancow is more interesting, and more important than him, which is why he was not chosen to co-host American Idol. The Mancow Experience features entertainment news and guests, from TV, music, and movies.


The Big Interview. What Would You Ask?

Following the Monday morning Q4 conference call, Radio Ink editor-in-chief Ed Ryan will interview Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey. Pending FCC and DOJ approvals, the chase is over. Citadel will become a part of Cumulus and Cumulus will double in size. If you were conducting the interview, what would you ask? Send questions to edryan@radioink.com


WMMT Will go Off The Air Without CPB Funding.

The hornets nest is wide open after Eric posted his NPR blog yesterday. This is a very heated debate and we are hearing from radio stations all over the country. One, in East Kentucky, serving about 50 counties, told us without help from CPB the station will be forced to go off the air. Here is the letter from the station in its entirety


Clear Channel Launches Another Facebook Contest. This One With Britney Spears.

Clear Channel Launches Another Facebook Contest. This One With Britney Spears.

Clear Channel will partner with Spears in a nation-wide contest that will give one listener a chance to meet the singer on the set of a video shoot for her new album Femme Fatale. The contest will use Facebook instead of traditional telephone request lines. March 11 through March 25, listeners can enter the contest via the Facebook Pages for 95 Clear Channel stations across the country.


Ann Arbors News Talk Station Returns to Local Ownership.

Coolarity A2 of Ann Arbor reached an agreement to purchase conservative news talker WAAM 1600 from Ann Arbor First Ventures of Dallas. Coolarity A2 president Linda Hughes has worked at WAAM since 2004 and has been WAAM general manager since 2008. Her husband and long time business partner Thayrone is the host of WAAMs afternoon time talk show On The Edge With Thayrone.


Salem Predicts 5-7% Revenue Growth in Q1. Modest Gains Made in Q4 of 2010.

Salem Predicts 5-7% Revenue Growth in Q1. Modest Gains Made in Q4 of 2010.

For the first quarter of 2011, Salem is projecting total revenue to increase 5% to 7% over first quarter 2010 total revenue of $48.3 million. Q4 Salem came out with Q4 and full 2010 results that showed small gains on the radio side.


Cumulus Brings Mark Allen to Lexington as PD.

Cumulus Market Manager Mike Kenney says Allen will program WLXX 92.9 the Bear. Allen, who had been Program Director at WBYT B100 in South Bend IN, will oversee all facets of programming, manage the well established air staff and carry on the great tradition of this fabled country radio station. "Its great to have a quality program director to take this station to new heights," expressed Mr. Kenney.


Report: Local Direct Business Owners Becoming More Internet Savvy? Are You?

Report: Local Direct Business Owners Becoming More Internet Savvy? Are You?

Borrell Associates has just released a report entitled "Small Business's Become Everybody's Best Friend". The report summarizes feedback about media spending of about 2,000 small businesses. The growth in the coming year is expected to go mainly toward online. Radio came in fourth place.


How Many Markets Will Overlap in the Deal of the Decade?

How Many Markets Will Overlap in the Deal of the Decade?

What happens when you have 347 stations in one pot, 225 stations in another pot and you throw them all together in one big pot and mix them together with a $2.4 Billion stick? You might think there would be a lot of overlap. Well, not so fast. And, perhaps this is one of the reasons Lew Dickey and company decided this was a deal they had to have. When the deal closes Cumulus will have a home in 120 markets. We looked at all of them so you can see how the two groups match up.


First the Announcement, Then The Obligatory Lawsuit Filings.

You wonder if these lawsuits are real or just publicity stunts by law firms grasping for straws. Almost immediately after the announcement was made that Cumulus was buying Citadel two law firms fired out press releases to make sure the "deal is fair".


StreamGuys Launches Virtualization Service for Content Delivery and Multimedia Streaming.

Virtualization and cloud computing have officially entered the lexicon of everyday discussion in the business world, said Kiriki Delany, president of StreamGuys. These are two very different concepts often confused as one-and-the-same. Our goal is to bring the benefits of virtualization to our existing customers, and expand to a true cloud-based computing service.


Cumulus Doubles in Size With One Stroke of the Pen

The company created by Cumulus' purchase of Citadel will be another behemoth in the radio industry. When the two combine at the end of 2011 -- assuming the merger is approved by the FCC -- 4,000 more employees will receive Cumulus paychecks. Cumulus will go from owning 347 radio stations to owning 572 and will have a footprint in 120 markets, nearly doubling from 67. And all of it will be led, of course, by Cumulus Chairman/CEO Lew Dickey.


Clear Channel Radio Promotes Rick Baran to EVP/CFO

Baran will oversee all financial and administrative operations for Clear Channel Radio as well as oversee the CCR Strategic Initiatives Office and its Business Affairs division. He will be part of the companys senior management team and report directly to Clear Channel Radio President and CEO John Hogan.


Cumulus Says Deal to Purchase Citadel is Definite. Conference Call Monday.

Cumulus Says Deal to Purchase Citadel is Definite. Conference Call Monday.

Cumulus has officially announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to purchase Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, under which Cumulus would acquire all of the outstanding common stock and warrants of Citadel at a price of $37.00 per share. This consideration is payable in cash and shares of Cumulus stock, and values Citadel as an enterprise at approximately $2.4 billion. Citadel owns and operates 225 radio stations in over 50 markets and also operates the Citadel Media business, which is among the largest radio networks in the U.S.


Eric Taking a Lot of Heat for his NPR Blog

NPR has not only been a big radio story with the resignation of President Vivian Schiller, it has also been a national story with the firing of Juan Williams and the debate over federal funding. Today, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads jumps in the fire with his second blog on the subject. He says "the true colors of NPR management and their attitude about middle America" were revealed this week. And, that NPR "will die faster than a fly next to a can of Raid" giving radio a huge opportunity.


Kansas City Radio Legend Mike Murphy Dies of Stroke

Murphy suffered a stroke at his Kansas City home around 3 p.m. Wednesday, and passed away a few hours later. For over 45 years, Murphy worked for many different stations in Kansas City. He retired from KCMO Talk Radio in 2004. He loved to talk about U.F.O's on his show. Murphy is well known in the city for bringing back the St. Patrick's Day parade which started as a stunt in 1973. It is now one of the largest St. Patrick Day parades in the country. In 2005, the parade established the annual Mike Murphy Honorary Irishman of the Year award in his honor. Murphys other legacy is co-founding the downtown cattle drive.


Radio Reaction to Schiller Firing Mixed Across the Country.

Radio Reaction to Schiller Firing Mixed Across the Country.

Now that Vivian Schiller is gone and the winds of controversy continue to swirl around NPR, we wanted to know what GM's and other radio people around the country were thinking. And, the reaction is pretty mixed. One NPR affiliate GM in the midwest said in the grand scheme of things, this is a blip. "Senator Jim DeMint says this doesn't change anything, NPR should be defunded" the GM said. Other than that, we worry about what's going on in our local community. Jobs. The economy.The local issues. Others had much stronger feelings about the mess at the mother ship.


FCC Slaps Two $7K Fines on Same Guy at Two Different Stations For Same Reason.

The first fine of $7K is levied on Media Associates, the owner of KBJM(AM), Lemmon, South Dakota. The violation. Failing to timely file a license renewal application. The second fine of $7K goes to KNDC(AM) in North Dakota. Both stations are owned by Michael J. Schweitzer. The violation. Failing to file a timely license renewal.


Renda Bags Soft AC Format for Classic Rock in Jacksonville.

WSOS are the calls for Renda in Jacksonville. The flip will feature songs from the 70's and 80's and target 35 to 54 year old men primarily under the moniker "Classic Rock 94.1 WSOS". The playlist will include artists like Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Boston, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Rush and Jacksonvilles Favorite Sons Lynard Skynyrd.


Melissa Etheridge Launches Radio Show

Benztown Radio Networks is behind the new A/C format launch. Network President Dave Denes is a Los Angeles programming veteran, and a friend of Ethridge. Denes discussed the idea for a radio show with Etheridge and says she loved the idea. To find out more about The Melissa Etheridge Radio Show, visit benztownradionetworks.com/melissa or call 818-842-4600.


RAB Taking Nominations For 2011 Radio Mercury. $100,000 Up For Grabs

The Radio Mercury Awards, celebrating 20 years. In honor of this anniversary, the $100,000 Grand Prize is now $100,000 Best of Show with all finalists in all categories eligible to win the top award. A new Radio Campaign prize will also be awarded. The awards competition is officially open for submissions into Radios richest awards program.


Kelly Music Research Surveys 1 Millionth Song

In the 18 months since it started developing Digital Callout and Library testing, Kelly Music Research's newest innovation has tested a lot of songs. Now over 1,000,000 surveyed. On Monday, Cyntha, a female radio listener in Knoxville, TN recorded the one-millionth score when she rated Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" a 3 on the five point scale on Kelly's digital testing platform. Cyntha will receive a special gift for being number 1,000,000.


Metro Traffic Takes Chris Berry From ABC. Hires as New SVP of Metro Source.

Metro Traffic Takes Chris Berry From ABC. Hires as New SVP of Metro Source.

The Berry resume is a long one. He spent the last 14 years at the Walt Disney Companys radio properties. During that time he served as Vice President, Radio for ABC News in New York where he was responsible for all domestic and international news gathering and programming for the ABC Radio Network. He also served as President, General Manager of News/Talk WMAL, Washington and most recently 710 ESPN, Los Angeles.


Karmazin to be Featured Speaker at Lazard Capital Markets Technology and Media Conference

Karmazin to be Featured Speaker at Lazard Capital Markets Technology and Media Conference

Sirius XM Radio says CEO Karmazin will be the featured speaker at the Lazard Capital Markets Technology and Media Conference in Boston Tuesday, March 15. The Karmazin speech will take place at about noon ET. The 2-day conference is being held at the Four Seasons hotel and is being held in a "fireside chat format". There will be presentations from over 50 technology, media & Internet companies, one-on-one meetings and four keynote presentations.


Arbitron Changes 13-Year Old Policy Defining Metro Survey Areas

According to the company, "the new criterion for determining if a county qualifies to be in the Metro is based on a 70-point criterion, which replaces the 55 percent listening/15 percent commuting criteria that had been in place since 1998."


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NPR Boss Vivian Schiller Quits Over Tea Party Bash Tapes

The resignation comes after then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) was recorded mocking conservatives and questioning whether NPR even needs federal funding. The taping was made during a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization. It turns out they were working with James O'Keefe who was on a "sting."


Trial of Former WRKO Boston Host Reese Hopkins Starts in New York City

The host who called himself the "Crossover Negro" on the air is accused of sexually abusing two 11-year-old girls in 2004 and raping one of them. One of the girls was the daughter of another radio personality. The attorney for Hopkins says the charges are false. Lawyers for both sides made opening statements Tuesday in Hopkins trial in Manhattan.


Equity Analyst and Investment Banker Lee Westerfield Joins appMobi as CFO

Equity Analyst and Investment Banker Lee Westerfield Joins appMobi as CFO

appMobi (www.appmobi.com) has named Lee Westerfield as the companys chief financial officer. Westerfield, a widely-recognized Internet and media equity analyst and investment banker, comes to appMobi after a fifteen year career on Wall Street with BMO Capital Markets and UBS. At BMO, Westerfield held senior positions in both equity research and investment banking.


Mobile Advertising Set to Explode. Are You With That Program?

Mobile Advertising Set to Explode. Are You With That Program?

In-app advertising is becoming all too easy and simple to set up, with companies like Googles AdMob, Apples iAds and other agencies like Millennial providing easy-to-use SDKs (Software Development Kits) driven by APIs (Application Programming System) using jquery and json, the latest javascript programming formats. Companies like AdLarge, TargetSpot and Ando Media, traditional providers of in-stream ads for desktop, are also starting to develop APIs for mobile devices as well.


FCC Chairman Could be Moving to The White House.

FCC Chairman Could be Moving to The White House.

The Hill is reporting that some high ranking democrats are saying that President Obama is considering FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski as Secretary of Commerce. The current secretary Gary Locke is reportedly heading to China as ambassador. Genachowski campaigned for the president back in 2008.


More than 300 Stations in 30 Days for Six Second Reviews

The first radio syndication effort to come from the Elvis Duran Group proves successful as Mr. Moviefones Six Second Reviews is on the fast track with more than 300 radio stations in just 30 days. Russ Leatherman, the world-famous Mr. Moviefone, has taken six seconds and turned them into valuable micro-segments for stations.


Big Crowd For Dave Ramsey in K.C.

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host and New York Times best-selling author, Dave Ramsey, presented his common-sense debt reduction and wealth-building strategies to a crowd of nearly 10,000 people at his Total Money Makeover Live event in Kansas City. Affiliate KCMO-AM was the host station.


Twitter Fade? Edison and Arbitron Report Growth in Twitter Usage Slows.

Twitter Fade? Edison and Arbitron Report Growth in Twitter Usage Slows.

Edison Research teased a social media research report to be released later this spring. The conduct the research every year with Arbitron and the teaser had to do with the growth of Twitter. Research is showing that although the awareness of Twitter is nearly universal growth in usage has slowed. Growth from 2010 to 2011 was 7% to 8%. From 2009 to 2010 the increase was 2% to 7%. 8% of Americans 12+ is approximately 20 million people.


Genachowski to Deliver Keynote at NAB on April 12th

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, will deliver a keynote speech during the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Genachowski's remarks will be made during the FCC Chairman's Breakfast on Tuesday, April 12. "The FCC is currently considering many political and regulatory issues that will have a lasting impact on the broadcast industry," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith


Eastman Radio Promotes Clowers and Martin.

Eastman Radio Promotes Catherine Clowers to VP New York and Miranda Martin to Senior AE in L.A. Clowers began her career in media on the buying side of the business and worked for several advertising agencies, including Media Inc. and Deutsch. Martin started in print media at the LA Weekly newspaper after graduating from California State University at Northridge.


United Stations Radio Networks Promotes Bob LaGrega

United Stations Radio Networks Promotes Bob LaGrega to VP/Affiliate Relations for News/Talk Programming. LaGrega spent nearly 30 years with the ABC Radio Networks in New York handling both Affiliate Relations and Operations duties before joining USRN at the start of 2008.


How to Prevent a Charlie Sheen Catastrophe

The GOOD news for radio: By all accounts, the entire Charlie Sheen multi-media meltdown was started during a series of Mr. Sheens call-in rants to radio. (Among those most prominently noted: the Alex Jones show, the Loose Cannons, Kent & Allen and Howard Stern). The BAD news: one or more of your talents could create the same havoc for you.


"Recording Callers"

In our latest "Fresh Content" feature, we ask attorney Communications Law attorney John Garziglia about a sticky situation in the studio. It canhappen to any station at any time and probably has happened to you. What should you do when one of your employees records a listener without telling him or her first that the recording device is on.


Americas Radio News Network and TRN Add Another 3-Hour Daily News Program.

Fourth 3-hour daily co-anchored news day part to air 6p.m. to 9p.m. eastern starting May 9th. TRN says the next launch is being accelerated due to affiliate demand and current world events. ARNN's first 3-hour daily block of all news programming, broadcast Monday-Friday at noon to 3 p.m. EST was launched January 24th.


Houghton Buys From Houghton For Half Mil.

Houghton Community Broadcasting Corporation has agreed to purchase the assets of radio stations WCCY-AM, WOLV-FM, and WHKB-FM from Houghton Broadcasting, Inc. for $535,000. The stations are located in Houghton, Michigan. Jerry Johnson and Tom McKinley of Media Services Group, represented the seller in this transaction.


RAB to Present Seven Sessions at NAB Show in Vegas

RAB to Present Seven Sessions at NAB Show in Vegas

The Radio Advertising Bureau will present seven sales and marketing sessions at this years NAB Show to be held in Las Vegas from April 9-14. RAB presentations and sessions will be led by top industry leaders in the media and advertising industries including the RAB Professional Development Team. Practical issues challenging Radio sales and management teams in 2011 will be a common thread throughout these sessions.


Mary Quass Honored by Country Radio Broadcasting

Mary Quass Honored by Country Radio Broadcasting

NRG Media President/CEO Mary Quass was honored with the CRBs Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award. The intent of this award, given at the discretion of the Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors, is to recognize an individual in the Country Radio industry who has displayed a magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community.


LBI Media Reports Q4 Net Revenue for Radio up 8%. Net Revenue for 2010 up 1%

Net revenues for the Radio side of LBI Media increased by $1.2 million, or 8%, to $15.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2010, from $14.1 million for the same period in 2009. Advertising revenues increased in the California and Texas markets. Net revenues for the radio side for 2010 increased by $0.8 million, or 1%, to $59.9 million from $59.1 million for the same period in 2009. This change was primarily attributable to a modest increase in advertising revenue in Dallas, partially offset by slight declines in our Southern California and Houston markets.


iNetRadio.com Launches Unique Music Channels

iNetRadio is now offering users a wider selection of music channels. iNetRadio has added classic formats ranging from Big Band Standards to 50's Rock to Beautiful Music. This includes Blues and both Traditional and Smooth Jazz. We've heard from these listeners, and now they have a place to hear their favorites," said Bob Bayne, Co-Founder and VP/Music Programming at iNetRadio.


Radio One Looking For $25 Million Revolving Credit Facility and $386 Million Term loan

Radio One Looking For $25 Million Revolving Credit Facility and $386 Million Term loan

Radio One has engaged Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to arrange a new senior secured credit facility. The new senior secured credit facility is to be comprised of a $25.0 million "super-priority" revolving credit facility and a $386.0 million term loan. Upon completion, the proceeds of the New Senior Credit Facility will be used to refinance all of the Company's outstanding indebtedness under its existing senior credit facility and for working capital and general corporate purposes.


Rush Spends 20 Minutes Blasting FCC and Premiere Radio's "On Call" Service

Rush Spends 20 Minutes Blasting FCC and Premiere Radio's "On Call" Service

Rush Limbaugh spent a good part of his first half hour Monday discussing Premiere's "On Call" service, making sure everyone knew that nothing about his show was staged. Premiere's On Call service has been described as callers calling in to shows pretending to be real helping to enhance bits of the on-air talent. Rush discussed how the FCC pretty much ruined the caller bit when it required radio stations to notify callers they were being recorded immediately before rolling tape. Rush described a bit he did at a department store in his early years on the Radio that you could never get away with now because everyone, from the start, would be in on the joke.


FCC to Hold Roundtable at New York City iSchool This Wednesday

The event will highlight the use of digital text books and wireless technologies in the classroom. The New York City Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission will hold the roundtable at the NYC iSchool Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. to discuss the benefits and challenges of transforming K-12 education through digital learning, including the utilization of digital textbooks and wireless technology by students.


Fort Lauderdale Business Owner Slapped with $20,000 Pirate Fine

Fort Lauderdale Business Owner Slapped with $20,000 Pirate Fine

Whisler Fleurinor received the $20K FCC fine for operating an unlicensed radio transmitter at his commercial property in Fort Lauderdale. On March 16 and August 24, 2010, in response to complaints about an unlicensed station on 99.5 MHz, agents from the Enforcement Bureaus Miami Office used direction-finding techniques to locate the source of radio frequency transmissions on the frequency. They wound up at a commercial property owned by Fleurinor.


PREVIEW: "5 Ways to Achieve Your 2011 Digital Goals"

PREVIEW: "5 Ways to Achieve Your 2011 Digital Goals"

Coming in the March 21st issue of Radio Ink magazine we have a great piece from Daniel Anstandig entitled The 5 Most Common Stumbling Blocks to Hitting Your Digital Budget and How to Overcome Them. Here's a preview.


Entercom Management to Speak at Deutsche Bank Media and Telecom Conference in Palm Beach Tomorrow.

Entercom is scheduled to present at 2:10 pm Eastern Time. An audio stream of the presentation will be accessible at the Investor Relations section of the Entercom website, www.entercom.com. A replay will be accessible on the website for ten days following the presentation. Entercom has over 100 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City


Funeral Services This Friday for Joel Spivak

A popular talk radio pioneer, Joel Spivak, who was heard on Washington airwaves for many years has died. Spivak died at his home in Alexandria, Va. at the age of 75. Spivak hosted shows on WRC radio. Spivak later became a spokesman for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Spivak is survived by his wife Ann Decker Spivak, his daughter Amanda Clare Spivak Barrett, his sons Matthew Alexander and Jonathan Moss Spivak, as well as several grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, Va.


Former CNNer Lou Dobbs Signs With Fox

Former CNNer Lou Dobbs Signs With Fox

Lou Dobbs Tonight will air weeknights at 7 PM and feature a breakdown of the days top stories and how they impact the economy. Joined by a variety of experts each evening, Dobbs will examine the news of the day with a focus how it affects American taxpayers.


Pandora Signs Multi-Year Ad Campaign With Toyota

Pandora Signs Multi-Year Ad Campaign With Toyota

Pandora and Toyota have teamed up on a multi-year advertising campaign called "Legends & Icons." The campaign pairs Toyota vehicles with corresponding musical genres and artists. It's the biggest advertising campaign Pandora has had to date and it will run across all of the Pandora internet radio advertising platforms starting today.


Save The Loop Crowd Fires Back. This is not a Hoax

Save The Loop Crowd Fires Back. This is not a Hoax

Yesterday, Chicago Sun Times writer Robert Feder blogged about WLUP which included a statement (sent to employees) from Emmis market manager Marv Nyren. The story was about two former radio guys who Feder refered to as "jokers" that claim they are trying to save that legendary signal from evil corporate America. Emmis, who owns the station, has never tried to hide the fact that if someone made them the right offer they would sell. There has been no offer made by the group, but there has been a lot of noise and a lot of coverage in the radio press.


Improve Your Sales Meetings TODAY

How challenging are your sales meetings? Do you challenge your sales reps? Or do you just cover the normal administrative inventory, avails and rates, maybe throw in a few success stories, and hit the door? Then, do your sales reps "hit the door"? Like really hit it, and charge out into the field with improved selling skills and motivation?


NAB Education Foundation Launches Technology Apprenticeship Program.

NABEF will debut a six-month Technology Apprenticeship Program designed to expose ten high-tech graduates and professionals to the broadcast industry. Program highlights include a two month, hands-on apprenticeship at a radio or television station, as well as completion of a three-day training program located at a major technology manufacturer. The application deadline is March 11th.


Greater Medias Launches All Talk Station in Jersey

Calling it the Voice of Central New Jersey, WCTC-AM the stations New On-Air Line-Up includes Jack Ellery, Laura Ingraham, Bert Baron, Mancow & Alan Colmes. The stations new talk radio programming format is centered around local and legendary talk radio personality Jack Ellery, who hosts the Morning Show from 6am 10am. Ellery has been on WCTC for most of the past 50 years, focusing on the issues that affect Central Jerseyans.


Fisher Communications Reported Q4 and Full Year Results

On the Radio side, net revenue increased 17% in Q4 to $7.1 million. Cash flow grew $339,000 to $1.4 million and cash flow margin was 19.7%, up from 17.4%. For 2010 net revenue increased 11% to $25.3 million. Cash flow increased $755,000 to $4.9 million; Radio cash flow margin improved 1.2% to 19.2%. Among other media properties Fisher owns 8 radio stations in the western United States.


No Joke. Radio One Hires Former Stand up Comedian to Run Cincy Cluster

No Joke. Radio One Hires Former Stand up Comedian to Run Cincy Cluster

You don't often see a radio company hire someone to run a cluster of stations who hasn't climbed through the ranks. That's exactly what Radio One did with this hire. Douglas Spak has been in Cincinnati for the last 25 years and has 30 years of marketing and business development experience. Radio One says "Spak has relationships with advertisers and the community that will complement the mission and the focus of our three radio stations". Spak had his own consulting business and provided a variety of services to small and mid-sized businesses including brand and media strategy.


Liggins Says Q4 Radio One Revenue Rose 8%. Adds Q1 Has Started Off Flat.

Liggins Says Q4 Radio One Revenue Rose 8%. Adds Q1 Has Started Off Flat.

Radio One's CEO and President Alfred Liggins said "Overall core radio revenues were up 8.1% in the fourth quarter compared to last year led by national business, which was up 19.3%, and radio segment internet revenue, which was up 179.1%. Q1 2011 has started sluggishly, with radio station revenue currently pacing flat to up low single-digits on a combined basis."


Radio Ink's 2011 Convergence Agenda Has Been Released

Radio Ink's 2011 Convergence Agenda Has Been Released

Radio Ink is proud to announce the 2011 Convergence agenda has been released. Once again we are holding our meeting-of-the-innovative minds on the campus of Microsoft in Silicon Valley. The dates are May 18th and 19th. We start off Convergence with a great panel called "the socialization of Radio" and they keep getting better from there.


Katherine Albrecht Listeners Hope for Speedy Recovery From Breast Cancer

On February 22nd, Albrecht underwent a mastectomy of her left breast. After two weeks of replays, Albrecht chose to go live for 10 minutes with update on her health on Friday, February 25th. I know a lot of folks out there have been just phenomenal, Katherine told her audience. The outpouring of support, love, prayers, and beautiful email has truly made this a remarkable event for me to realize how many people hear my voice every day and how many people were sending positive encouragement my way.


Without Much Fanfare Steve Jobs and Apple Introduce iPad 2

Without Much Fanfare Steve Jobs and Apple Introduce iPad 2

iPad 2 features a new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apples new dual-core A5 processor. It also includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the FaceTime to iPad users for the first time.


Arbitron Names Richard Surratt Executive VP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Surratt succeeds Sean Creamer, who was promoted in June 2010 to Executive Vice President, U.S. Media Services, responsible for the Company's radio and cross-platform services and operations. Surratt joined Arbitron on February 6, 2011 as Executive Vice President, Finance.


Cumulus Hands Out 2010 Bonus Money to Top Guns. Lew Gets Just Under a Mil.

Cumulus Hands Out 2010 Bonus Money to Top Guns. Lew Gets Just Under a Mil.

The Cumulus board of directors seems very satisfied with the way the company is being run. And they are showing their appreciation by rewarding the big dogs running the show. The Cumulus compensation committee has handed out about $1.75 million in cash and stock to 5 executives.


Former Congressman Foley Loses Bid to Purchase WRMF in Palm Beach

The Palm Beach Post is reporting former Republican Mark Foley has failed in his attempt to purchase WRMF in that city. The paper reports that Dean Goodman a one-time exec at Paxson will purchase the station for about $16 million. Goodman lives in West Palm. In 2002 Jim Hilliard sold the station to a Boston group for $70 million. Foley, who left Congress due to scandal could not raise enough money to buy the station.


Cox Promotes Alex Taylor to Executive Vice President

As EVP, Taylor is responsible for overseeing the Atlanta and Dayton markets including Atlanta's WSB-TV; WSB 750 AM/95.5 FM News Talk, B 98.5, 97.1 The River, and Kiss 104.1 FM radio stations, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Dayton's WHIO-TV; WHIO AM/FM News Talk, K99.1 FM, and 95.3 FM The Eagle radio stations;


Broadcasters Foundation Recognizes Family of the Late Stu Olds

More than 300 broadcasters were in attendance at the Plaza Hotel in New York earlier this week to honor Alan W. Frank, President and CEO, Post Newsweek Stations, as he received the 2011 Golden Mike Award. The fundraiser generated over $300,000 in support of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, the charity that provides aid to broadcasters in desperate need.


Pandora Bulks up Advertising Team

Heidi Browning joins Pandora as Senior Vice President of Sales and Planning. At Pandora, Heidi leads the team that supports the sales organization and is responsible for ad products, research, event marketing, marketing communications and artist relations. Most recently, Heidi served as EVP, Global Digital Officer at Universal McCann.


Premier's Jesus Christ Show Hits 50 Affiliate Number

Airing live on Sundays from 6 - 9 a.m. PT, The Jesus Christ Show is an interactive radio theater experience designed to engage and inspire listeners and callers to learn more about themselves and the historical person of Jesus Christ. Launched into national syndication by Premiere in 2008, The Jesus Christ Show is heard on KFI-AM/Los Angeles, WGST-AM/Atlanta, WFLA-AM/Tampa, KOGO-AM/San Diego, WIOD-AM/Miami, KXL-AM/Portland and others.


Slacker CEO Chimes in on Clear Channel Plan to Nudge Into His Space

Slacker CEO Chimes in on Clear Channel Plan to Nudge Into His Space

Allowing consumers to program their own radio station is the specialty of Pandora and Slacker. It's not perfect but the option to fast forward over a song you don't like is pretty cool. Yesterday radio behemoth Clear Channel decided it was time to get in that game. The big boys of radio picked up Thumbplay, a relatively unknown Internet music provider that made its bones selling ring tones at about ten bucks per month. Clear Channel doesn't have interest in the ring tone business. What they want is the technology to be able to allow listeners to pick and choose music. They plan to incorporate that technology into the iheartradio platform which already features Clear Channel's 750 radio stations.


What in The World is Thumbplay?

What in The World is Thumbplay?

Up until yesterday I thought I was a pretty savvy Internet person. I don't write code or anything super smart like that, however, I can build a pretty decent Jimmy Buffet sounding radio station on Pandora. And, I understand why Slacker is catching on (I may have had a little help with the interview I did of Jim Cady). I guess I should be ashamed to admit until yesterday I never even heard the word Thumbplay.


Bob Pittman Quickly Puts His Internet Expertise to Work For Clear Channel.

Bob Pittman Quickly Puts His Internet Expertise to Work For Clear Channel.

You have to think that radio traditionalists may be having a problem with the latest move by Clear Channel. It's a push pull kind of situation right now. Radio people are in the business of programming radio stations so enough listeners will lead to gobs and gobs of advertising revenue. Smart radio people also realize the need to stay ahead of the Internet curve. Consumers want more than a pre-programmed music station filled with (don't kill the messenger) way too many commercials. Models such as Pandora and Slacker are popular. The unknown is revenue. Can this model create gobs and gobs of money? We shall see.


Wall Street Journal Gets Copy of Internal Groupon Memo

The Journal says Groupon had a surge in revenue from $33 million to $760 million in 2010. And the paper reports most of those sales came from outside the United States. The email was sent by Groupon Chief Executive Andrew Mason to his employees in January. The Journal says Mason hopes to achieve billions in revenue in 2011.


FCC Rejects Petitions To Reconsider Translator Fines

The FCC has denied petitions for reconsideration of two $250 and one $500 forfeiture order filed by Bible Broadcasting Network. BBN filed late license renewals for translators in Laramie, WY; Hopkinsville, KY; and Princeton and Fairmont, WV.


LFM Revenues Rise $75 Million In 2010

Lincoln National Group's 10K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows a rise in "media revenue" for the insurance giant, to $75 million in 2010, up from $68 million in 2009. That category covers Lincoln Financial Media, which has radio stations in Miami, San Diego, Denver, and Atlanta.


Doug Franklin Named To Head Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group has a new president, as Doug Franklin moves up from EVP. As head of CMG, Franklin will oversee Cox Enterprises' 86 radio stations, 15 TV outlets, eight daily newspapers and other print publications, all digital services, and Cox Reps. CMG also owns and operates leading direct-mail company Valpak. At CMG, Franklin succeeds Sandy Schwartz, who becomes president of Cox's Manheim automotive-services subsidiary. Schwartz has been with Cox since 1985.


Katherine Galanty Joins Sports USA as Vice President of Affiliate Relations

Sports USA has hired Katherine Galanty as Vice President of Affiliate Relations. Prior to joining Sports USA, Katherine served as Senior Director of Affiliate recruitment at ISP Sports and Senior Director/Affiliate Sales for Westwood One.


CRB Names Radio Promotion Winners

The Country Radio Broadcasters announced the 2011 Radio Promotion Award winners today, which are given for creativity and implementation of promotions. They are presented annually at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.


Tex Meyer Named VP/GM For BCA/San Diego

Tex Meyer comes to Broadcast Company of the Americas as VP/GM of Classic Hits XHPRS and Sports XEPE-AM and XEPRS-AM. He was most recently GM of Curtis Media's WKIX-AM & FM in Raleigh, a post he took in May of last year. He's also served as VP and market manager for Clear Channel Radio in Greensboro.


Radio Executive Carl Hirsch Dies of Heart Attack at Age 64.

Radio Executive Carl Hirsch Dies of Heart Attack at Age 64.

Hirsch's friend, Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan told Radio Ink when he heard the news his jaw dropped. "It was just a shock. Carl was a very likeable guy, a very good guy. He was one of the great entrepreneurs of this business." Like everyone else, the passing of Hirsch was a surprise to Smulyan who started in Radio at about the same time Hirsch did.


Network Radio Research Council Begins Tenth Year. New Officers Selected.

At its recent December 2010 meeting, the Network Radio Research Council (NRRC) announced the selection of Susan Moore, Vice President/Sales Support Services at United Stations Radio Networks, as chair and Martha Luszcz, Vice President of Research at Citadel Media as Vice Chair.


WMMS Cleveland Picks up The Nicki Sixx Program.

Clevelands 100.7 WMMS-FM has added Nikki Sixx to the station. The syndicated show will air weekdays from 7 - midnight. The addition of WMMS-FM marks the 60th affiliation for Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, which celebrated its one-year anniversary this month.


Citadel Reduces Dallas Staff in Dallas.

Robert Minton, VP of Business Development and formerly VP of Marketing at Citadel Media/ABC Radio Networks last official day will be this Friday, March 4th, 2011. Robert has been with the network sine 2008, when then President Jim Robinson brought him on board. Robert has held three positions at network, starting as the director of business development, then VP of Marketing under Omar Thompson and VP of Business Development answering to the networks SVP of Finance and Strategy, Ken Mayer.


CBS Radio Sales and Entercom Radio Sales Promote Two in L.A.

Latricia Simpson is promoted from Senior Account Executive to Vice President, Sales, and Jaime Jacobs is promoted from Account Executive to Senior Account Executive.


Wall Street Journal to Launch New Daily Talk Program

The Wall Street Journal Radio Network has announced plans to launch a new, live evening show called The Daily Wrap from The Wall Street Journal with Michael Castner. The new show should be ready to start this spring. The broadcast will originate from the Journals headquarters in New York City and air live each weekday from 6-9 p.m. ET.


Dial Global Promotes Chris Long to Executive VP National Sales

Dial Global has promoted Chris Long to Executive Vice President, National Sales. Mr. Long will report directly to Eileen Decker, President of Sales in addition to continuing his role as Vice President/General Manager of TM Studios. "Chris has been an invaluable member of the DG Sales Team and were both proud and pleased to recognize and reward his experience and leadership skills, said Eileen Decker, President of Sales, Dial Global.


Home Depot, Verizon Spend Big Bucks on Radio.

According to the latest Media Monitors report for the week of February 21st, The Home Depot and Verizon made big Radio purchases shooting them up toward the top of the list of Radio spenders. The Home Depot moved from the number 11 spot up to number 3. And Verizon, no doubt touting its iPhone pickup, went from number 45 on the list to number 6.


Clear Channel Takes From Entercom Thank You Very Much!

Clear Channel Grabs Glynn Alan From Entercom. Makes Him Market Manager for Colorado SpringsIn his new position, Alan will be responsible for CCU's Colorado Springs cluster. Alan joins Clear Channel from Entercoms KOSI-FM in Denver, where he served as General Sales Manager. Prior to that, he was the Sports Sales Manager for Clear Channels Denver cluster, and also served as a sports sales person for Jacor in Tampa, FL.


Submit Your Nomination For The Radio Ink Digital Awards.

Submit Your Nomination For The Radio Ink Digital Awards.

Radio Ink is proud to announce the very first Radio Ink Digital Media Awards to recognize excellence in digital media from radio and online radio. It's the first award of its kind to highlight the innovative thinkers in our industry. We are very excited to be able to honor those who have done so much to push the envelope in our business. And we look forward to debating over who are the most innovative minds in the radio industry.


KKGO Celebrates 52 Years. All Under Same Owner.

Freelance writer Richard Wagoner has penned a piece about the longevity and only 3 formats at KKGO. That's 2 more formats than ownership changes. "Last week marked a major accomplishment: the 52nd anniversary of the day KKGO (105.1 FM) went on the air. No, KKGO wasn't the first FM station to begin broadcasting in Los Angeles; that distinction belongs to KRTH, which began life in August, 1941 as K45LA. KKGO, which launched Feb. 18, 1959 is significant for another landmark reason: It has been owned and operated by the same person since Day One".


Iconic Kansas City Sports Broadcaster Bill Grigsby Dies

Grigsby was part of the Kansas City sports scene for more than six decades. He dies Saturday from prostate cancer at age 89. Grigsby was the radio voice of the Kansas City Chiefs during their Super Bowl appearances in Super Bowls I and IV. During his long and distinguished Grigsby's broadcasting career Grigsby called the 1957 Final Four of when the University of Kansas lost in triple overtime to North Carolina in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.


FoxOldies 98.9 Hits Dutchess and Ulster County New York Today.

The station is owned by Hawkeye Communications and its the first launch of a new station in the Hudson Valley in over 20 years. It's the first Radio venture for Hawkeye President Kristina Klebe. She is best known for her acting endeavors playing Lynda in Rob Zombie's Halloween and appearing on Network Television programs like Criminal Minds and Law & Order.


Jacobs: Public Radio Listeners Are the Best Educated on the Planet.

Jacobs: Public Radio Listeners Are the Best Educated on the Planet.

Jacobs Media and the Public Radio Program Directors Association have released the results from their latest national web poll survey. The poll consisted of over 21,000 respondents from more than 40 public radio stations across the U.S. This is the third year the survey has been done by the two groups. Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs says "more than 8 in 10 respondents have a bachelor's degree. Nearly half have earned an advanced degree. Compare that to our most recent Rock Tech Survey, where only a third have a bachelor's degree or better. Thus, my conclusion that they're the most educated radio listeners on the planet".


Democrats and Republicans Fighting Over Radio Ads

According to the Associated press Democratic Attorney General Gary King is investigating whether Republican Governor Susana Martinez is allowed to use her leftover campaign money for radio ads. The ads being played are promoting her drive to end driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. The republican governor told the AP that "her office has concluded that state law allows the governor to use campaign funds for the advertising. Common Cause of New Mexico says the governor violated campaign finance laws restricting how campaign money can be spent. The group says the ads are really lobbying and not an election expense.


Jim Johnson Lands New Gig at WOMC-FM in Detroit

According to the Detroit Free Press Jim Johnson is joining WOMC-FM (104.3) starting today. Johnson will take the 9-3 shift for John Thomas who recently left the station. The paper says "Johnson is famed for several decades of barrel-voiced hosting on multiple Detroit rock stations, including WLLZ, WRIF-FM (101.1), and most recently WCSX-FM (94.7). He and then co-host Lynne Woodison were let go at that station in November 2008."


Cumulus Station in PA Hit With $10,000 NAL.

Ever sit quietly in your GM chair wondering if an FCC inspector would ever walk through the front door and ask the receptionist to see the public file? It's so rare that a listener or community member ever asks for a peak at the files, why would the FCC care about us? Especially us little guys in a small town, off a beaten path. Well, this story may make you get up out of your chair and make sure things are up to date and ready for a look see.


New York GM Says "Radio Jobs Will be Lost if Congress Cuts CPB Funding"

New York GM Says "Radio Jobs Will be Lost if Congress Cuts CPB Funding"

It's like a scripted play they have in their desk drawer ready to be pulled out, dusted off, rehearsed and performed. General managers all around the country are organizing to defend the threat being made by Republicans in the House of Representatives to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The CPB receives about $420 million from the federal government. The reasons for taking away the money are many, including, accusations that the CPB is too left leaning or that other TV and Radio stations do not receive tax dollars so why should the CPB. In its current form, the bill would withdraw any obligation on the part of Congress to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Former WGMS Washington DC Radio Host Bob Davis Dies at 90.

Davis was part of WGMS (103.5 FM) for more than 50 years until the station went under in 2007. He specialized in theatre reviews at WGMS, where he introduced classical music concerts at venues including the private Landon School in Bethesda. Davis was a former actor who became one of the leading voices of WGMS. He played show tunes and interviewed theater personalities. He died of heart ailments at his home in Chevy Chase.


Citadel Deal Causes Cumulus to Delay Q4 Conference Call.

Citadel Deal Causes Cumulus to Delay Q4 Conference Call.

Originally scheduled for Monday the call has been pushed back 2 weeks due to the announced merger negotiations between Cumulus and Citadel,. The call has been rescheduled for Monday, March 14th at 9:00AM EST. The call will be open to the general public on a listen-only basis. A press release summary of the Companys Fourth Quarter and year end financial results will be issued before the call at approximately 7:00AM EST on March 14, 2011.


Clark Howard Dedicates His 42nd Home to Atlanta Habitat For Humanity

Howard has been involved with homebuilding with Atlanta Habitat For Humanity for the past 16 years. Today and tomorrow Howard will dedicate his 40th, 41st, and 42nd home and welcome three Atlanta families into their new homes. One of the dedications will be in the memory of Royal Marshall, a long time producer of Dial Globals Neal Boortz show who passed away suddenly earlier this year.


Pandora Tops Ando Media December Rankings

Pandora topped the list with 355 million session starts. A session start is the number of different requests for streams of at least one minute. CBS Radio received 65.5 million session starts, Clear Channel 40.5 million, Slacker had 20 million and Citadel 11 million rounding out the top 5.


Univision Net Revenue for Radio Drops in Q4 and 2010 Despite Having #1 Stations.

The company boasts of having the #1 ranked Spanish-language radio stations (18-34 and 25-54) in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego and San Francisco during Q4, yet revenue was down. In Q4 net revenue for the Univision radio division was down $1.1 million (from 2009) and down $15.5 million for the year.


Neal Boortz Kicks-off Speakers Series With Jeb Bush Tonight

Neal Boortz will kick off the inaugural Marco Town Hall Speaker Series this evening as he welcomes Jeb Bush, 43rd Governor of Florida, to the stage. Boortz was invited to introduce Bush and to engage him in a question and answer session with the crowd. Boortz plans to ask Bush if he plans to run for president, among other things. The Neal Boortz Show is heard on more than 200 stations Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.


Internet Pioneer Michael Robertson Launches Another One

It's a simple looking site with a simple goal. To become the DVR of radio. Hence the name DAR, short for Digital Audio Recorder. It's the brainchild of Internet pioneer Michael Robertson. Yes, the Michael Robertson of mp3.com fame. Today Robertson launched his latest idea, one he starting working on 6 months ago. It's called DAR.FM and it allows listeners to record their favorite talk show or radio station. The recording sits on a "cloud" and you can retrieve it when you're ready to listen.


You Can't Find Good Radio Salespeople Because You're Not Looking

Sean, I just can't find any good salespeople." I've heard that line over and over the past few years, and it's incredible to believe that in many areas -- especially the West Coast, where there is 14 to 17 percent unemployment -- radio stations "can't find" find good sales reps. I wonder if the real answer is that management doesn't want to train them.


Vote in the Radio Ink CPB/NPR Poll

As congress debates whether or not to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR affiliated stations around the country are uniting the troops. GM's across the country tell Radio Ink that the cuts would be dramatic, not only in programming but in jobs lost. So, they have created a campaign that you can find on nearly every one of their station websites. They've also created a website called www.170millionamericans.org. The stations say that's how many members they have.


Alliance for Women in Media Announces 36th Annual Gracie Award Winners

The Alliance for Women in Media has announced the 2011 local, online, public and student winners of the annual Gracie Awards. The winners will be recognized at an industry luncheon on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry.


General Managers...Stop The Whining About PPM

By Ed Ryan ... During my first tour of duty at Radio Ink I remember, not so vaguely, that there were a lot of complaints, concerns, objections about the way ratings were being calculated via the paper diary system. Fast forward ten Internet light years later and the Arbitron PPM (Portable People Meter) seems to have quite a few General Managers hot under the collar. We wanted to know what you thought about how this new technology has helped or hurt your ability to increase sales.


CBS Announces Quarterly Dividend on the Company's Common stock of $.05 Per Share.

The CBS Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend on the Company's common stock of $.05 per share. The dividend is payable on April 1, 2011 to shareholders of record as of March 11, 2011.


Public Radio Program Directors Offering Morning Edition Grad School.

The PRPD will off the one day program to help public radio stations improve the local presentation of NPRs Morning Edition. The date is April 16 in Tampa. Part of the Local News Initiative, the Morning Edition Grad School sm is aimed at assuring peak performance for Morning Edition on local stations. This session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at WUSF-FM on the campus of the University of South Florida.


Megatrax Promotes Ileana Landon to Senior Division Manager

Megatrax Music promoted Ileana Landon from Division Manager to Senior Division Manager in the Radio division. Landon, who has been with Megatrax since 2003, has been managing and directing Megatraxs U.S. and Latin American presence in the radio space since 2003.


Clear Channel Announces Closing of Priority Guarantee Notes Offering

Clear Channel announced the closing of its previously announced offering of $1,000,000,000 aggregate principal amount (increased from $750,000,000) of its 9.0% Priority Guarantee Notes due 2021. The Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally, on a senior basis by CCUs parent, Clear Channel Capital I, LLC, and all of CCUs existing and future domestic wholly-owned restricted subsidiaries.


Former San Diego GM Has Words of Internet Wisdom for Old Friends

Former San Diego GM Has Words of Internet Wisdom for Old Friends

"As an industry, Radio is way behind". Tracy Johnson has been hired to provide Group Brand Manager services to LMSD (Local Media San Diego). That includes participating in the oversight of programming, promotional, and digital development efforts, and will have responsibility for bridging the gap between the on-air and on-line initiatives for the LMSD properties. The former GM of KFBM says Radio is way behind the curve when it comes to taking advantage of the Internet.


ESPN Radio Hits The Bahamas for First Time

ESPN has reached a two-year agreement with Navetter Broadcasting Company. ESPN Radio will be aired on ZSR-FM (103.5) from the Bahamas, it was announced by Bernard Stewart, Vice President, ESPN Caribbean and Maritime Media and Vann Ferguson, General Manager of Navetter Broadcasting. This is the first ESPN Radio agreement in the Caribbean.


Minority Ownership A "Keen Disappointment"

Minority Ownership A "Keen Disappointment"

The Obama administrations Federal Communications Commission received sharp criticism and attacks from over 23 civil rights groups recently in the area of minority broadcast ownership and enforcement of EEO. The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) characterized the Obama administrations track record as a keen disappointment and went on to say that the Obama administration at the FCC has not moved any actionable proposals to improve minority ownership in the past 2 years.


Former KFBM GM Tracy Johnson Joins Internet Company

Local Media San Diego (LMSD), a San Diego-based broadcasting company, today announced that it has teamed up with veteran programmer and former San Diego GM Tracy Johnson to help spearhead a number of the companys programming and digital media initiatives.


MediaDash Launches Online Radio Buying Platform

Founded by CEO Drew Hilles, a founder of dMarc Broadcasting and then a senior executive with Google, and COO Rob Williams, who previously served as a senior manager for Clear Channel in New York City, TheMediaDash.com platform intends "to enhance and simplify the purchase and sale of radio advertising," according to Hilles. The goal is to make it as easy "to conduct a transaction as it is to buy Internet advertising online."


Slacker CEO Chuckles at Pandora Numbers (AUDIO)

Slacker CEO Chuckles at Pandora Numbers (AUDIO)

In an upcoming cover story Slacker Radio CEO Jim Cady discusses how Slacker radio was created, succeeding at startups, terestrial radio and much more in a wide-ranging interview. One of the topics he discussed with us is the media obsession with listener numbers and how they can be fudged.


BIA/Kelsey Launches Social Local Media Advisory Service

BIA/Kelsey has launched Social Local Media (SLM), a new advisory service dedicated to covering the growing social media ecosystem and the best opportunities for driving revenues with social platforms. SLM was created to address the rapidly developing social segment of what the firm estimates will be a $23 billion digital advertising market in 2011.


Stu Olds to Receive Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award.

Stu Olds to Receive Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award.

Former Katz Media President and CEO will be the recipient of this years Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The Award will be presented posthumously at the Broadcasters Foundation of America Breakfast on April 13, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show.


Christal Radio Makes Major Market Changes.

Kelley Hoyle is now Vice President of Sales in Los Angeles and Jason Rose is made Senior Account Executive in New York. Hoyle began her career at Katz in 2000 as a Sales Assistant for Christal Radio and was promoted to Sales Coordinator in 2001. After completing the sales training program, she worked with Katz Radio in Atlanta for three years. Hoyle transferred to the Los Angeles office as a Senior Account Executive and switched back to Christal Radio in 2008.


Jim Rome Celebrates 15 Years in Syndication

2011 marks the 15-year anniversary of The Jim Rome Show in national syndication. Rome's show airs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - noon PT on 230 radio stations and reaches more than two million listeners every week. As part of the year-long celebration, fans of The Jungle will be treated to special guest appearances, events and promotions. Rome kicked off the anniversary with a live remote from Super Bowl XLV.


Black Card Radio to Syndicate "Celebration of Life" Show (AUDIO)

Black Card Radio to Syndicate "Celebration of Life" Show (AUDIO)

The owners of Black Card Radio founded the company "on the belief that radio's approach needs to change". The one-year-old company was founded by Saville Kellner and Bill Handel of Ontario, California. The new show will begin April 4th and feature David Stein. It will run overnights from 1AM to 5AM. Stein is currently heard on more than 70 stations as part of the Sporting News Network. Fountainhead Communications Managing Partner Greg Noack approached Stein about the new program.


Moody's Smiles on The Planned Cumulus/Citadel Deal

Moody's Smiles on The Planned Cumulus/Citadel Deal

Moody's is giving a thumbs up to Lew Dickey's plans to gobble up Citadel. Moody's placed the ratings of Cumulus Media on review for a possible upgrade after hearing about the proposed deal. "Moody's believes that the potential for lower leverage, synergies and favorable diversification from the proposed acquisition improves the financial profile of the company."


Should We Take The Money Away From CPB and NPR?

Should We Take The Money Away From CPB and NPR?

This past weekend the House of Representatives voted to defund National Public Radio. The bill moves on to the Senate for action next. Eric has written an editorial about the issue. Read his comments and post your thoughts.


5 Programming Tips to Add More Listeners

Recently, Radio Ink editor Ed Ryan asked me to review a few survey results he received from the Fort Myers Radio listening area. A survey was sent out to about 2,000 Fort Myers residents. We wanted to know if they believed there was too much clutter on the Radio. While, it would have been awesome if all the responses were positive and supportive about our radio stations, it seems as if many listeners not satisfied with what we are doing. After each listener comment I've posted some detailed information on how stations can correct the problem.


What About Local? What is Haley's Prediction on Local Ad Revenue? (AUDIO)

There's always a lot of emphasis placed on national ad spending when the RAB releases its quarterly spending numbers. However, there are a lot of medium and small market General Managers and Sales Managers who will never see that money. We all know that at national ad spending dries up when a certain Arbitron ranking is reached. It's nice to know the bigger markets are making gains but what about the other guys? We asked RAB Boss Jeff Haley to tell us what he hears from other RAB members in those other markets.


RAB Boss Tells Radio Ink Core Advertisers Returning With "A Fervor" (AUDIO)

RAB Boss Tells Radio Ink Core Advertisers Returning With "A Fervor" (AUDIO)

Radio Advertising Bureau CEO Jeff Haley told Radio Ink magazine there is a lot of optimism in the marketplace. "Radio is still the primary medium of choice for the top 5 advertisers in our industry. And those advertisers are: Automotive, Television, Grocery, Financial Services and Department stores. Click on "download this show" above to hear Haley discuss the optimism he sees with advertisers.


Talk Radio Network Adds Dianne Linderman to Weekend Lineup.

Talk Radio Network Adds Dianne Linderman to Weekend Lineup.

TRN calls the show Everything That Matters. It will air Sundays 1P-3P Eastern. The host is Dianne Linderman and she will talk about "Everything That Matters", in life, entrepreneurship, parenting and healthy cooking. Everything that Matters airs on over thirty-five affiliates, nationwide, including some in the top metro markets.


Citadel Names Tom OBrien GM of News/Talker WJR Detroit.

OBrien joined WJR in December 2004 as Director of Sales. Previously he was Station Manager at WWJ Radio for 14 years. Tom is a lifelong resident of Metro Detroit. Obrien said "it is truly a privilege to manage this legendary radio station. We will continue to focus on relevant content, serving our listeners, the community, our employees and advertisers".


House Passes Amendment That Would Bar FCC From Using Funds to Implement Net-Neutrality.

The amendment, approved on a 244-181 vote, was offered by Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., to legislation that would fund government agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2011.


RAB: "Radio Revenue Increased 7% in Q4 of 2010.

"Coming off solid results through the first three quarters of 2010, Radio's 7% increase in Q4 and full-year gain of 6% cap the year on a strong note - the best comparative figures we've seen in over a decade," says RAB President and CEO Jeff Haley. For the full year, spending in the Digital sector increased 24% and Spot revenue rose 6%. As anticipated, the key Automotive category regained the #1 rank for Spot spending, powered by 22% comp period increases for both Q4 and total year.


And Now Cumulus Confirms The Big Deal

In a release this morning, Cumulus also confirmed that a deal is in the works to purchase Citadel Communication for $37.00 per share. Cumulus would acquire all of the outstanding common stock and warrants of Citadel at a price of $37.00 per share. Citadel owns and operates 225 radio stations in over 50 markets and also operates the Citadel Media business, which is among the largest radio networks in the US.


We'll Tell You the REAL Cumulus Citadel Story. And, We'll do it at no Charge

While others in the industry srcamble to find ways through the back door of the biggest story of the year, you can count on Radio Ink to bring you the details. Oh, and by the way, we'll do it for you without asking you to pay $99 to see up our skirt.


Citadel. From Larry Wilson to Farid to Lew Dickey. With A Bankruptcy In Between

Citadel. From Larry Wilson to Farid to Lew Dickey. With A Bankruptcy In Between

The announcement is expected later this morning. Citadel goes to Cumulus. Lew Dickey to run the show. Farid, most likely, to exit at some point. It's been a long and winding road for this company founded by Larry Wilson over 25 years ago.


Cumulus Stock Price Closes 10% Higher Thursday

The news of the impending sale of Citadel to Cumulus rocked the stock Thursday. CMLS jumped nearly 11% on the news closing at $4.78. Volume on the stock was insane. Cumulus average 63,000 shares traded. Yesterday the volume was nearly 2.6 million.


Farid Tells Employees The Deal With Cumulus is Coming

Farid Tells Employees The Deal With Cumulus is Coming

In an e-mail to employees Citadel boss Farid Suleman all but confirmed the sale of Citadel to Cumulus that Radio Ink reported earlier. Here is the press release he sent out to employees.


Call Him Big Lew Now. Dickey Closes The Deal With Farid

Call Him Big Lew Now. Dickey Closes The Deal With Farid

Radio Ink has confirmed that a deal to purchase Citadel, which includes the radio network and the former ABC-Disney properties and Citadel properties with 550 stations in 120 cities and eight of the top 10 markets has been agreed to. The offer, which was accepted is due to be announced at $37 a share ($30 cash).


Why The EAS System Might be a Big Waste of Time. AUDIO

There's been a lot of discussion about the upcoming test of the EAS (Emergency Alert System). President Obama is expected to test the system. The date of that test has not yet been announced. Some are calling it a political move by the President. Others are saying he's the President, let him test the system. Some radio station engineers are questioning whether or not this system is needed. If nothing else Radio excels in delivering local news, especially emergency community content.


No More Magic in Dothan

Magic Broadcasting has entered into a series of agreements to divest its radio station holdings in Dothan, AL.


Blount Communications Closes on Purchase of WDZK From Radio Disney.

Blount Communications closes on the purchase of WDZK 1550 from Radio Disney. The agreed upon purchase price was $500,000. The broker for the seller: Bill Schutz, Schutz & Company. The broker for the buyer: John Pierce & Company.


Do You Have The Best Studio in Radio?

In an upcoming issue of Radio Ink magazine we are highlighting the best studios in Radio. It takes a lot of money, a lot of superb engineering and a lot of great products to build a state-of-the-art Radio station studio. We plan to highlight your station and the vendors that helped make it happen. Send your pictures and all vendor information to edryan@radioink.com.


Arbitron Says Q4 Revenue Increased 10.0 Percent. Full-Year Rev Up 2.7 percent

Arbitron announced net income for the fourth quarter was $15.6 million compared with $12.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income for the full year 2010 increased to $44.5 million compared with $42.2 million in 2009. The Company reported revenue of $111.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 10.0 percent as compared to revenue of $101.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2009. Revenue in the quarter increased primarily due to the continued commercialization of the Portable People Meter (PPM) radio ratings service.


Bob Stelton Joins ESPN Affiliate in Seattle.

Bonneville in Seattle announced today that long-time radio sports personality, Bob Stelton, will be joining Dave Grosby on-air weekdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle beginning late March. We are excited for Bob to make his return to the Seattle area. Bob has experienced sustained success on both the local and national levels in some of the most competitive radio markets in the country. To be able to add his energy and sports talk pedigree to our lineup is great, said Brian Long, 710 ESPN Seattle Program Director.


Clear Channel Dallas Has New Market Manager

Clear Channel has promoted Kelly Kibler from D.O.S. to Market Manager for the companys Dallas cluster, effective immediately.


Sillerman, Ferguson, Dille Among Six to Receive Broadcasters Award

The Broadcasters Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2011 Ward L. Quaal Pioneer Awards, which will be presented at the Foundations annual breakfast on April13 at the Wynn Hotel during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas.


WTMX Chicago Allows Listeners to Pick Songs via Facebook

Listener Driven Radio has announced the release of its latest software "LDR.Takeover". With new features, including deep integration with Facebook, "LDR.Takeover" provides radio stations with more of an opportunity to incorporate social media to grow ratings and revenue. The product is optimized for daypart programming and designed for stations looking to offer increased control to listeners for specific time periods and shows.


KBHP-FM in Bemidji Minnesota to Receive NAB Crystal Heritage Award.

KBHP-FM in Bemidji Minnesota to Receive NAB Crystal Heritage Award.

KBHP-FM Bemidji, MN will be the second station to receive the NAB Crystal Heritage Award. The NAB uses the award to recognize a station's long-term commitment to community service by a radio station. The award will be presented during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon Tuesday, April 12 in Las Vegas.


What Was Thinking Behind the Clear Channel Gaga Promotion?

What Was Thinking Behind the Clear Channel Gaga Promotion?

Clear Channel just pulled off a major national promotion using Facebook, Lady Gaga and many of its Radio stations across the country. We wanted to know who came up with the idea and how it was executed. So, we asked Clear Channel Senior Vice President of Programming Tom Poleman to lay it out all for us....and you.


Talk Radio Network Accelerates Plans for Another 3-Hour Long-Form News Block

Talk Radio Network Accelerates Plans for Another 3-Hour Long-Form News Block

Americas Radio News Network (ARNN) has announced the launch of yet another 3-hour daily all-news programming block to its planned 15 hours per day of long-form news programming. ARNN CEO Mark Masters says "the next launch is being accelerated due to current world events and stronger than expected affiliate demand".


Blair Garner Named Personality of the Year

Blair Garner Named Personality of the Year

The Academy of Country Music announced the 2011 radio award winners that will be given out at the 4th annual Academy of Country Music Awards April 2nd. For the third year in a row Blair Garner was chosen as Personality of the Year for Blair Garner for After MidNite.


Rich Broadcasting Picks up 2 More FM's in Idaho

Rich Broadcasting picks up Ted Austins KCHQ-FM and KRID-FM (CP) for $950,000. These stations are licensed to the northeast of Idaho Falls and Rich Broadcasting the ability to reach consumers from Jackson, Wyoming to Pocatello, Idaho.


Journal Reports Q4 Radio Revenue Increased 6.2%.

Journal Reports Q4 Radio Revenue Increased 6.2%.

Journal reported that revenue from its 33 radio stations increased 6.2% to $18.9 million from $17.8 million. Radio political and issue advertising revenue was $700K compared to $100K a year earlier. Operating earnings from radio stations were $3.2 million compared to $4.6 million.


SiriusXM Hits 20 Plus Million Subscribers

SiriusXM Hits 20 Plus Million Subscribers

While Radio people are debating whether or not Pandora has a future in our space (on www.radioink.com), SiriusXM Boss Mel Karmazin is telling the world he now has over 20 million subscribers. And, the cost to get new subscribers has dropped as well.


FCC Adds Six to Techical Advisory Council

The Federal Communications Commission announced the appointment of six members to its Technical Advisory Council. Members consist of leaders in their respective fields who will share ideas and provide recommendations to the Chairman on issues relevant to the Commissions work and ongoing efforts to harness technological innovations.


Cumulus Launches Comedy Station in Kansas City

Cumulus, owner of seven K.C. radio stations, launched an all-comedy station Monday. Funny 102.5 will feature continuous stand-up comedy from the likes of Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Dane Cook, Wanda Sykes and Jeff Foxworthy current stuff as well as classic routines.


Sirius/XM Reports Q4 $81.4 Million Net Loss

Sirius XM Radio Inc reported a net loss for the fourth quarter, as its operating expenses rose and it incurred the costs of paying off debt early. The satellite radio company's reported a net loss on Tuesday of $81.4 million or 2 cents per share, versus a profit of $11.8 million or nil per share a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter was $735.9 million, up from $676.2 million a year before. It ended the quarter with 20.2 million subscribers, up from 18.8 million a year earlier.


Radio Exec Says "Suckers Invest in Pandora"

Not everyone took a liking to our headline yesterday "How Pandora Plans to Bury Radio." Mary Beth Garber is the President of the Southern California Broadcasters Association. She called us out on the story and here, in full, we have printed her objection. Your comments are also welcome below her letter.


Clear Channel Goes Gaga With Facebook.

Clear Channel Goes Gaga With Facebook.

Clear Channel Radio teamed with Lady Gaga for a cool Facebook promotion over Grammy weekend. The collaboration focused on the use Facebook instead of telephone request lines. Fans entered the contest via Facebook for a chance to win a trip to Lady Gagas first 2011 U.S. tour date in Atlantic City on February 19, meet Lady Gaga in person, and receive her autographed piano.


Arbitron CEO William T. Kerr Extends Employment Agreement

Arbitron has given Kerr an extension of his employment agreement. Kerr will now be the CEO through January 10, 2013. His current agreement was set to expire January 10, 2012. In the past year, Bill has led Arbitron through extraordinary events. Thanks to his guidance and to the hard work of the people at Arbitron, the Company is now better positioned to enhance the competitiveness of its radio ratings services, to enter new markets and deploy its resources for long-term growth, said Philip Guarascio, Chairman of the Board, Arbitron Inc., in announcing the extension.


President Obama Submits $354 Million Budet request to Congress for FCC.

President Obama Submits $354 Million Budet request to Congress for FCC.

The requested funds would include: implementing the National Broadband Plan, a roadmap for economic growth and American competitiveness in the 21st century; overhauling the Commissions data systems and processes, to streamline the FCC and make it even more effective; continuing to modernize and reform the FCC; strengthening the audit and investigation function of the Office of the Inspector General; and supporting the Commissions public safety and cyber-security roles. The request would also provide funds to cover mandatory inflationary increases for contractual services.


February 24 Radio Ink Cover Interview Lady Antebellum Wins 5 Grammys.

February 24 Radio Ink Cover Interview Lady Antebellum Wins 5 Grammys.

Last night Lady Antebellum took home 5 Grammy awards including Record of the Year for Need you Now. On February 24th the group will appear on the cover of Radio Ink magazine.


Jill Falls Out at Amaturo in California. New Format "Playlist 92.7"

A new format entitled "Playlist 92.7" is now rolling across the Amaturo stations near L.A. Consultant Alan Burns is in on the format creation and he says it's more of a "format expansion". Most program director's would probably wince if they were told they had to play a whole lot more songs in the format. Burns says some PD's would consider this type of format change a 'train wreck".


Tech Company Quu Appoints Former Beasley Employee Lynn Bruder as New CEO.

Bruder's background includes serving as vice president and general manager for Beasley Broadcasting's Wired 96.5. She also served as the vice president and general manager for Radio One stations WPLY "Y100," WPHI 103.9 "The Beat" and WPPZ "Praise" in Philadelphia. Early in her career, Ms. Bruder held various roles including general manager and shareholder of Y100, a well known modern rock station owned by Greater Media Radio Company.


Emmis Back in Compliance With Nasdaq Rules

Today, the Nasdaq Stock Market informed Emmis Communications Corporation that the closing bid price of the Companys Class A Common Stock (listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol EMMS) has been above $1.00 per share for at least ten consecutive trading days and that the Company is now in compliance with Marketplace Rule 5450(a)(1) (the Minimum Bid Price Rule).


Atlanta Talker Bobby Hanson Dies at 76

Hanson died Friday at the Gold City Convalescent Center in Dahlonega of complications following a series of strokes. His memorial service is 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Big Canoe Chapel, Jasper, with a reception to follow at Broyles Community Center, Jasper.


Why Did TownSquare Sell 6 Stations to Rich Broadcasting?

CLICK ON DOWNLOAD THIS SHOW TO HEAR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TOWNSQUARE CEO STEVEN PRICE. A company that was seemingly on the way up, in terms of growth, sells 6 stations out of the blue. Why? Townsquare Media CEO Steven Price in tells Radio Ink Magazine not to look too much into the company's recent sale. It was the right move at the right time.


NPR Cries Foul Over Loss of Free Money

NPRs CEO and President Vivian Schiller spoke out about the House Appropriations Committees formal proposal to zero out federal funding for public broadcasting. The elimination of federal funding would be a significant blow to nearly 900 public radio stations that serve the needs of more than 38 million Americans with free over-the-air programming they cant find anywhere else, Ms. Schiller said.


How Pandora Plans to Bury Radio. See Their detailed Plan.

How Pandora Plans to Bury Radio. See Their detailed Plan.

The Pandora shot across your Radio station remote vehicle axle has just been made. "Traditional radio stations broadcast the same content at the same time to all of their listeners". Ouch. That hurts. Pandora says "we enable each of our listeners to create up to 100 personalized stations." Traditional Radio programmers have always shied away from even letting an in-studio DJ vary from the format. Can you imagine what they would say if callers wanted to program songs? How many times has the PD said this during an "all request hour": "only play the songs in the format." And here is Pandora making a life out of such consumer-driven lunacy. It's a dilemma.


Pandora at 10. Ready to go Public? We go Behind The Numbers.

Pandora at 10. Ready to go Public? We go Behind The Numbers.

Pandora has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined. We've dug up some numbers and broke them down for you here.


The Cost of Being a Pirate in New Jersey...$10 G's

The FCC has leveled a $10,000 fine against a Pirate operator Bernabe Moreno in New Jersey. They says Moreno's been operating on the frequency 102.3. Agents first inspected the facility in April of last year. Agents found the station operating in a building on Monroe street in Passaic.


Steve Deace Tells Radio Ink His WHO Departure Was Friendly

Steve Deace Tells Radio Ink His WHO Departure Was Friendly

The 37 year old Deace spent 6 years at WHO. He tells Radio Ink that there was nothing sinister about his departure and, in fact, the station didn't want him to leave. Deace just wants to explore other opportunities in either Radio or Politics.


Performance Rights Act Back on the Congress Radar.

POLITICO reports The Performance Rights Act may come up sooner than some of us thought. Congressional attempts to make radio stations pay performers for playing their music failed last year but the fight is not over.


GCN Happy With Early Progress of Peter Schiff Show

Three weeks into syndication, The Peter Schiff Show is off to a solid start according to the GCN Radio Network. An economist and politician, Schiff is also a regular television guest on Fox, CNN, and MSNBC. Schiff is not only a news media star but a respected advocate of freedom and economic common sense. In addition to hosting his own radio show, Schiff is the CEO & Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital.


Radio Disney Set to Debut Format for Kids 2-7.

Radio Disney Junior, a music block designed for kids age 2-7, will debut Monday (12:00 noon-1:00 p.m., ET) on Radio Disney, coinciding with the launch of Disney Junior on Disney Channel and Disney.com. Its new Radio Disney Junior block will feature an expanded roster of music and artists appealing to young kids, plus fun "audio theater" with Disney Junior characters. DJ Hallie is the host of the Radio Disney Junior block, airing weekdays.


First Lady Talks to Join Tom Joyner This Morning

First Lady Talks to Join Tom Joyner This Morning

The Tom Joyner Morning Show checks in with First Lady Michelle Obama as she celebrates the 1st anniversary of her Lets Move campaign and talks about the success of the campaign. Mrs. Obama will join the show tFriday at 8am ET. The audio as well as a transcript of the interview will be available at BlackAmericaWeb.com immediately following the broadcast.


Craigslist, Your Sales Manager and a Very Naughty Picture. What to Do?

So, you want to be a General Manager in the age of social marketing. Ten years ago a fax machine was a luxury. Now, you can't use the restroom without your iPhone or Blackberry. 2011 has arrived, you're tweeting away and your station is still standing. More than a few cuts in the past two years, no gas trade for the personal vehicle and an automated shift here and there helped get you through. You did what you had to do to make it work and you weathered the storm of "the worst recession since the depression."


Rush Top Talent on Talkers Big List....Again

Rush Top Talent on Talkers Big List....Again

Michael Harrison and his crew have names Rush Limbaugh the top talker for the 6th year in a row. Before 2006, Talkers would list alphabetically, not in numerical order. Talkers Magazine has been publishing the list since 1995. It was only 25 names in year one, 75 talkers were added in year two and it's been 100 ever since.


Do You Want A Great Life?

by Ed Ryan About 2 weeks ago I was lucky enough to land a job, for the 2nd time, at the best company I've ever worked for. Hired at 33, off the selling streets of North Carolina, I spent four years as editor of Radio Ink until the opportunity to run a cluster of Radio stations came along. I only left Radio Ink because I knew I had to be a General Manager at least once before I died.


Big Names Coming to Broadcasters Foundation Golden Mike Awards

Roger Ailes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fox News and Chairman, Fox Television Stations; David Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hearst Television; Donald Graham, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Washington Post; and Brian Williams, Anchor, NBC Nightly News; will join Deborah Norville, Anchor, Inside Edition, who is the host of this years Golden Mike Award.


Duck Farid.R2 Takes Another Public Shot at Citadel.

Duck Farid.R2 Takes Another Public Shot at Citadel.

It's clear R2 investments plans to snag on Farid Sulemans tie for as long as they can until he listens to them. Today, no news was big news on a slow Radio news day. R2 has mastered the art of the slow leak, or should we say bleed, of information. R2 investments has obviously devised a plan to be, at the least, a constant annoyance to Citadel boss Farid Suleman.


Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network Teams With Global Alert Network

Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network is teaming with Global Alert Network to provide traffic data and local support for Global Traffic Networks traffic alerting system. Drivers will be able to maintain a "hands free" environment as audio reports are broadcast through the phone automatically and do not require the driver to answer or interact with the phone in any way.


FCC Cracking Down on Cell Phone and GPS Jamming

FCC Cracking Down on Cell Phone and GPS Jamming

The commission says it is engaging in new efforts to clamp down on the marketing, sale, and use of illegal cell phone and GPS jamming devices. The Bureau released two Enforcement Advisories and a downloadable poster on cell phone and GPS jamming that warn consumers, manufacturers, and retailers that the marketing, sale, or use of cell, GPS, and other jamming devices is illegal.


Slacker Radio Revamps Four Latin Stations

Slacker has revamped 4 of its Latin stations - Regional Mexican, Spanish Pop, Reggeaton/HipHop and Rock Alternativo programmed by Slacker's new expert Latin music DJs, Alex Cortez and Jackie Madrigal. The new programmers come to Slacker Radio with decades of radio and industry experience and an in-depth knowledge of the full spectrum of Latin music and Spanish-language radio. The newly updated Slacker Radio Latin stations are available for free on the web, on home entertainment devices and all leading smartphones.


CrossTech Ventures and KMS Media Partners Join Forces.

KMS was launched in January, 2009 by veteran Boston media executive Kevin Straley. Prior to launching KMS Kevin served as SVP of News, Talk, Sports Programming where he was a key member of senior management team who launched XM Satellite Radio.


Daytimer in Louisiana Slammed With Huge Fine

KGLA(AM) is supposed to operate for a limited period of time before and after sunset. The FCC says the station has been working overtime. During the month of October, the commission says KGLA owned by Crocodile Broadcasting "willfully and repeatedly violated the rule by operating later than allowed. The station was also cited for failing to keep a complete public inspection file. The price to pay - $14,000.


Michael Huppe New President of SoundExchange

The decision comes as part of a planned leadership transition that began in mid-2010. Huppe's comments of acceptance positioned SoundExchange as "an eager champion of the music industry's future."


Clear Channel Adds Matalin/Huffington Show to Ten Stations.

Both Sides Now w/ Huffington & Matalin will are on 10 stations Clear Channel stations including WWRL in New York City. The show launched last May is now up to 104 stations with the 10 added from Clear Channel. Clear Channel will also carry the show on KPOJ - Portland, KKZN - Denver and WHJJ- Providence.


Entercom's David Field: "We Should See a Meaningful Recovery in Local Ad Spending"

Entercom's David Field: "We Should See a Meaningful Recovery in Local Ad Spending"

He wasn't exactly doing cartwheels but Entercom boss David Field is sounding as if the arrow is moving up. The advertiser arrow that is. Finishing strong at the end of last year, Field sounded to us like his expectations, barring a catastrophe, are high. Entercom reported yesterday that net revenues for the quarter increased 6% to $102.1 million, station expenses increased 2% to $62.9 million and station operating income increased 14% to $39.2 million. Same station net revenues increased 7%, same station expenses increased 2% and same station operating income increased 14%.


Dial Global Hires Two. Promotes One.

Dial Global, an independent Network Radio organization, has added to its research and strategic planning efforts by hiring three new executives. Paul Bronstein and Scott Anekstein formerly of Westwood One have joined the research department. Bronstein will now lead the Dial Global Research department as Senior Vice President of Research. Additionally, Jay Green former Director of Research has been promoted to Vice President. Mr. Green has been with Dial Global for nine years.


Arbitron Brings in Richard Surratt as Executive Vice President, Finance.

Suratt will report directly to William T. Kerr, President and Chief Executive Officer. The Company plans to transition Mr. Surratt into the role of Chief Financial Officer as soon as practicable. Once in that role, he will succeed Sean Creamer. Suratt comes over from Voyager Learning Company, where he was President and Chief Executive Officer.


Beasley Reports. George Says "Environment Improving"

Beasley Reports. George Says "Environment Improving"

$800,000 increase in Q4 (that's a 3.1% jump) net revenue. Beasley says Philadelphia, Wilmington, Las Vegas, Fayetteville and Augusta are the reason for the gains. Miami. Not so much. That had to do with dropping sports. Operating expenses down alomst 8% company-wide.


Randi Rhodes Pops Up on Atlanta Talker WCFO-AM

Atlantas NewsTalk 1160/WCFO-AM says the much-traveled Randi Rhodes will join the stations lineup beginning Monday, February 14. The program will air LIVE from 3 - 5 p.m. ET. The station's weekday lineup includes Imus, Laura Ingraham, Lou Dobbs, Erich Mancow Muller, Dennis Miller, Jerry Doyle and Phil Hendrie.


NAB Education Foundation Gives Target Corporate Leadership Award.

The award will be gicenout during the 13th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards, held Monday, June 6, at the Washington Convention Center. The award, first presented in 2010, recognizes non-broadcast businesses that exemplify an extraordinary focus on community service and corporate social responsibility.


KGO S.F. Teams With Local Paper to Deliver News

KGO S.F. Teams With Local Paper to Deliver News

Under the agreement KGO and The Bay Citizen news desks will jointly develop story ideas and regularly share content, including live and breaking news and community journalism. The newsrooms will also co-develop investigative and enterprise reports. News stories will appear as radio broadcasts on KGO radio, on baycitizen.org, and on kgoradio.com.


Small Market GM Argues Peter Smyth is Wrong!

Small Market GM Argues Peter Smyth is Wrong!

We received a lot of feedback after posting Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth's "corner office" memo Tuesday morning. There seems to be a consensus from smaller market operators and single operators that things aren't as bad as the big guys make it sound. In fact, some of the feedback accused us of giving the big guys too big a bullhorn to whine about life too much. Oberlin Ohio General Manager Doug Wilber had a lot to say. Says he is not cautiously optimistic. He's wildy optimistic.


Katz: National Finishes up 17.7% in 2010

The National Spot Radio market bounced back with a very strong year in 2010 according to Katz Radio Group President Mark Gray. "Following an exceptionally weak 2009 that was hurt by the recession, the advertising recovery took hold with strong category gains across all regions of the country.


Former NAB President Eddie Fritts to Receive NAB Distinguished Service Award

Former NAB President Eddie Fritts to Receive NAB Distinguished Service Award

Fritts ran the NAB for 23 years. The award will be presented during the opening keynote session on April 11 in Las Vegas. "For more than two decades, Eddie Fritts carried the banner for free and local broadcasting on Capitol Hill with integrity and distinction," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.


Greater Media Boss Says Radio is Emerging From Recession But Some Are Holding us Back.

Greater Media Boss Says Radio is Emerging From Recession But Some Are Holding us Back.

Like many these days Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth has taken to blogging to get his thoughts out about his company, the economy and the industry he works in. He calls it the "Corner Office" and in his most recent column Smyth writes about how he sees Radio "slowly emerging from the Great Recession". It's a cautiously optimistic tone you hear from a lot of people, including Mark Mays, Jeff Smulyan and others. It's when you read between the lines that you see, perhaps, that Smyth is calling on his brothers-in-arms and brothers on the streets to have a little more pride in whatthey do.


Hannity Get First Interview With Rumsfeld

Hannity Get First Interview With Rumsfeld

Rumsfeld is out promoting his book Known and Unknown: A Memoir. The thirteenth and twenty-first U.S. Secretary of Defense will discuss his book, which details his half-century career, including behind-the-scenes accounts of critical moments during President George W. Bushs time in office, as well as his blunt, first-hand opinions about some of the worlds best-known figures.


Four Stations And A Website Bid For Minnesota Gov's Radio Show

Bidding closed Monday, and Dayton's administration could decide this week on the broadcast rights to the show. The bidders are the BringMeTheNews.com website, JR Broadcasting, KFAI, the Minnesota News Network and WCCO Radio. BringMeTheNews provides content to stations including Cities 97. JR Broadcasting owns AM 950. Details on the proposals aren't considered public yet.


Clear Channel Adds Wendy Goldberg as EVP for Marketing and Communications

Clear Channel creates this position for Goldberg who will report directly to CEO John Hogan. Goldberg will oversee and execute strategic programs to advance the Clear Channel Radio brands. She's also responsible for Clear Channel Radios internal and external communications; marketing of CCR brands and products; business-to-business marketing support; and developing and coordinating strategy for local marketing efforts.


The Price You Pay for Forgetting to Renew Your License....$7,000

Some things just seem to silly to report. This is one of those things. How can any Radio station with an owner and one employee forget - or neglect - to renew the license to operate? The FCC doesn't take kindly to that kind of forgetfulness and whacks an Oklahoma AM with a $7,000 invoice.


Clear Channel Radio Revenue Grows 6% in Q4.

That's got to be good news for the industry as Clear Channel attributed the growth to "local and national revenues on improved rates". Clear Channel reported that revenue increased $162 million in Q4. Mark Mays said Clear Channel benefited from "a recovering global economy, increasing revenues and improved margins". He said cash flows were "healthy" in 2010.


What Did Mark Mays Tell Clear Channel Employees?

What Did Mark Mays Tell Clear Channel Employees?

Following the Clear Channel quarterly conference call today, Mark Mays sent an e-mail to all Clear Channel employees letting them know that he will be out in less than 60 days. Mark Mays E-Mail to Employees "Theres a time for everything. And with a New Year well underway, on the road to a new financing that secures Clear Channels near term outlook, and a leadership team that has positioned the company for growth, Ive determined that now is THE right time for me to follow through on the commitment I made to my family and myself and step back from daily management of the company. Ive informed the Board that by March 31 I will retire as President and CEO of Clear Channel news which was announced today along with our Fourth Quarter earnings".


AOL Buys Huff Post For $315 Million

AOL Buys Huff Post For $315 Million

Huffington to stay on as will become president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. The companies said Sunday that about $300 million of the sale price will be in cash, with the balance in AOL stock. Huffington founded the site with a $1 million investment less than six years ago.


Veteran CBS Radio News Anchor Jack Popejoy Dies

Veteran CBS Radio News Anchor Jack Popejoy Dies

Popejoy was only 63. He anchored the morning news program on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO Los Angeles along with Dick Helton and Vicky Moore since February 2009. He continued to work on-air until late January. From 1986 - 2009 he worked at sister station KFWB, where he served as the morning news anchor since 2000.


Community Tells Radio Station Jock "You Are My Hero"

When he heard what his Montana Radio stations had done he was not surprised at all. Townsquare Chairman and CEO Steven Price said, "I'm thrilled that our team in Montana came up with such an innovative concept to help the local community." It's what Price and Townsquare preach, helping the locals and doing Radio the way Radio should be done.


Dick Broadcasting Founder James Dick Dies.

Dick Broadcasting Founder James Dick Dies.

WIVK Radio and Dick Broadcasting founder James A. Dick died Sunday afternoon following a lengthy illness. Dick started Dick Broadcasting and WIVK Radio in 1953 with a commitment to community service that exists to this day. Dick not only helped launch careers of several broadcasting legends, he was a community leader, founder of charities, and a tireless supporter of several community endeavors in Knoxville.


Clear Channel to NextMedia. A View From the Windy City

Clear Channel to NextMedia. A View From the Windy City

Tim Dukes. Beyond the Press Release. Last week it was announced that Tim Dukes was hired by NextMedia in Chicago. The company brought Dukes back to Radio after being away from the business for 4 years. Dukes, a former WLUP Program Director and regional V.P. for Clear Channel, will oversee 8 stations in the windy city for Next. We caught up with Dukes on Superbowl weekend to go beyond the press release.


Revitalization Partners Sells 5 Stations to Basin Mediactive

Alan Davis led Revitalization in Washington sells to Oregon-based Basin Mediactive run by Tor H. Ingstad and Robert Ingstad. The calls are KYSF-FM in Bonanza, KLAD-FM, KAGO-FM, KLAD-AM, KAGO-AM in Klamath Falls. Kalil & Company brokered the deal. All stations are located in the state of Oregon.


iTunes to Release John Lennon's Final Interview Tuesday

Radio special to be released on iTunes Tuesday for $3.99. Permission granted by Yoko and Krantz Media Group.


Clear Channel Reports in on Monday

Clear Channel to report earnings after closing bell at 4PM ET and hold a conference call at 5PM.


CRTC Chairman: Internet Billing in Canada Will Not Change March 1st.

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein says the commission will review its decision to impose a usage cap on small Internet providers. Von Finckenstein said the small providers are crucial to a competitive market.


Joyner to Harvey: "Trash Talking Will Give Way to Great Radio"

Joyner to Harvey: "Trash Talking Will Give Way to Great Radio"

The friendly barbs continued today when Radio Ink magazine spoke to 20-year Radio vet Tom Joyner. Joyner is just a few days away from returning to New York and compete against his friend Steve Harvey. Joyner is back on in New York Monday. Harvey is our cover story interview March 7th.


Pandora Radio Adds Two to Board of Directors

Pandora Radio Adds Two to Board of Directors

Internet Radio service Pandora announced that Peter Chernin, founder of The Chernin Group and Chernin Entertainment, and Barry McCarthy, former Chief Financial Officer of NetflixInc., were elected to Pandora's Board of Directors.


Dial-Global Hires Greg Leader as Vice President of Sports & Affiliate Relations.

Dial-Global has hired Greg Leader to the newly created position of Vice President of Sports & Affiliate Relations. Leader will handle distribution for several Dial-Global initiatives as well as work with Compass Media Networks in regards to sports affiliations. Leader previously served as Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Sports USA as well as Westwood One. He will work out of Dial-Globals Cincinnati office.


Steve Harvey to Mentor Young Men In L.A. February 18th

On February 18-20, 2011 in Los Angeles, comedian, best-selling author, top radio personality and TV host Steve Harvey will host a special Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men for 100 Los Angeles-area teenage boys at the University of Southern California.


Al McGowan Named CEO of TrafficCast

McGowan has 20 years of media experience, including roles in traffic and travel information content. In the 1990s, Al was President of Shadow Traffic, a company that playes a role in nationalizing the syndication of traffic reports heard on the radio.


FCC Adds Lawyer to Chairman's Staff.

February 3, 2011 - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the appointment of Amy Levine as Special Counsel. Ms. Levine, who will work in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, will be responsible for issues concerning public safety and spectrum.


FCC To Test EAS System With Words From President.

The Federal Communications Commission today took action to help pave the way for the first-ever Presidential alert to be aired across the United States on the Nations Emergency Alert System (EAS). The national test will help determine the reliability of the EAS system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential danger nationwide and regionally.


BlackBerry Introduces New BlackBerry Radio App

Today, select BlackBerry Beta Zone users in the United States will get the opportunity to test out an upcoming radio discovery app, BlackBerry Radio, and provide feedback to help the company perfect it. This app will put multiple mobile radio services at your fingertips with no set-up and no cost for the beta user beyond their standard data plan costs.


Cox Moves Lindahl to V.P. Digital

"I am honored to serve CMG at a unique time in its history, merging digital and strategy for leverage across markets and in service of all our various properties," said Lindahl. "Doing so will let us compete, thrive and win as a new kind of media company."


FCC Upholds $4,000 Fine Against Rejoynetwork.

The commission denied the petition for reconsideration filed by Rejoynetwork, LLC, licensee of Station WAAW(FM), Williston, South Carolina. The order was issued February 4, 2010. It imposed a monetary forfeiture of $4,000 against the Licensee for violating Section 73.1206 of the Commissions rules by broadcasting multiple telephone conversations without giving prior notice to the individuals being called of its intention to do so.


Imus Doesn't Know if He's Being Fired.

Imus Doesn't Know if He's Being Fired.

Thursday morning Don Imus spoke about the news reports swirling around the industry that the Fox business network was firing him before his contract expires. He sounded like it was news to him just like it was news to everyone else.


Stations: Save Tapes From Your Storm Coverage

By Ed Ryan
Radio Ink Editor

Radio stations all over the country were serving their local communities this week as a winter storm rolled from state to state. Providing important information to our communities is what we do best. It reminded me of my first days in radio, when I weas covering the storm "live" with our Marantz recorder (do they even make those anymore?). It actually earned me the key to the city of Oneonta, presented by Mayor David Brenner during a City Council meeting. The thing is in a dresser somewhere, but I still have it.


The Battle For The Big Apple. Steve Harvey/Tom Joyner, Round Two?

The Battle For The Big Apple. Steve Harvey/Tom Joyner, Round Two?

Earlier this week, morning host Steve Harvey told Radio Ink he would "mop the floor" with Tom Joyner (pictured) upon Joyner's return to the New York City market on February 7 (on WBLS). On Thursday, we'll hear from Joyner about his return to the Big Apple and his ribbing with Harvey.


Herman Cain Off WSB; May Run for President.

After three years on AM750 and now 95.5FM News/Talk WSB, Cain aired his final show Tuesday night so he could pursue a possible presidential bid. Program Director Pete Spriggs called it a hiatus in the local Atlanta newspaper.


Citadel Hires Glassman As SVP/General Counsel

Citadel Hires Glassman As SVP/General Counsel

Hilary Glassman joins Citadel as SVP/general counse, reporting directly to CEO Farid Suleman. She was most recently SVP/general counsel and corporate Secretary for Frontier Communications Corp., where she oversaw a team responsible for all legal matters affecting the company.


Dunn, Smith Headline Sony Music Nashville Luncheon At CRS.

Dunn, Smith Headline Sony Music Nashville Luncheon At CRS.

Arista Nashville's Ronnie Dunn and Columbia Nashville's Joanna Smith will be the headliners for this year's Sony Music Nashville luncheon at CRS, set for March 2-4. The Sony Music Nashville luncheon is held Thursday, March 3, from 12:30 p.m. 2:20 p.m. in the CMA Performance Hall inside the Nashville Convention Center.


Is The I-Man Getting The Boot From Fox Biz?

Is The I-Man Getting The Boot From Fox Biz?

Paul Bedard of U.S. News is reporting a split may be coming up before Don Imus' contract with Fox has expired. Imus was hired by the Fox Business Channel when it first launched, and following a slew of criticism for on-air comments, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton.


Six Entercom/Sacramento Stations Sign On With NAVTEQ Traffic

Six Entercom/Sacramento Stations Sign On With NAVTEQ Traffic

NAVTEQ, a global provider of maps, traffic, and location data enabling navigation, location-based services and mobile advertising around the world, announces that Entercom has chosen NAVTEQ to provide both on-air and Web-based real-time traffic services for its six stations in Sacramento.


CNET Reviews HD Radio; Raves, "Sound Better Than Satellite"

In a CNET review, Steve Guttenberg says HD Radio sounds "better than satellite, Internet, or analog AM and FM radio". He also mentions HD Radio is free, unlike digital satellite radio. There is a cost for the radios; the Insignia NS-HD01 ($50) portable HD Radio's sound quality is a big step up from most mini radios, according to Guttenberg. He says once it's locked onto an HD Radio signal, background hiss and noise vanish.


Shanna McCoy New C.C. Market Manager for Tucson

Shanna McCoy is picked as market manager for Clear Channel Radio/Tucson, reporting to EVP/Operations George Toulas. McCoy will be responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the seven station cluster of KNST-AM (790), KOHT-FM (98.3), KRQQ-FM (93.7), KTZR-FM (97.1), KWFM-FM (1450), KWMT-FM (92.9), and KXEW-AM (1600).


Townsquare Re-Signs Free Beer & Hot Wings

Townsquare Media and The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show sign a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


KZNS-AM/Salt Lake Adds FM Simulcast

Simmons Media Group gives KZNS-AM (The Zone) an FM simulcast, blowing up Triple A KYLZ (The Point) in favor of a simulcast of its Sports clustermate.


Emmis Expands TagStation

Emmis Communications expands the TagStation product to all its FM and HD Radio music stations. TagStation, developed by Emmis Interactive and Broadcast Electronics, lets users tag songs as they play for later download from iTunes.


Freeman Heads CCR/San Francisco

Freeman Heads CCR/San Francisco

JD Freeman is picked as president and market manager for Clear Channel Radio in San Francisco, effective immediately. He comes in from the same post for the CCR/Dallas cluster and in his new role oversees KIOI, KISQ, KKGN, KKSF, KMEL, KNEW, and KYLD.


Benztown Debuts 'Slow Jams Pop'

Benztown Radio Networks launches Slow Jams Pop, hosted and programmed by Sunday Nite Slow Jams' R Dub. The new Sunday-night show features a more mainstream-leaning playlist for Top 40 affiliates.


Apple Sued Over Alleged Privacy Problems

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple in California by an Apple user who says the company's privacy policy doesn't make clear to users how much access to personal information is being given to app developers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


Tim Dukes Named Director of Operations for NextMedia Chicago

Tim Dukes takes a newly created position for NextMedia in Chicago. In his role, Dukes will oversee the programming of NextMedias eight radio stations serving the Suburban Chicago market and one in Milwaukee. Dukes was out of Radio the past 4 years, however, in a previous life he was PD of WLUP in Chicago and a Regional VP for Clear Channel.


Which Station is the Best Country Radio Station in America?

The academy of country music has announced its Radio nominations for best stations and personalities. Who do you think runs the very best country radio station in all of the U.S.A.?


Radio Super Serving Local Communities During Massive Storm

Radio Super Serving Local Communities During Massive Storm

Radio stations across America are digging in their heels, breaking out their cots, and working non-stop to provide information to listeners all across the nation. One of the biggest winter storms in memory is crippling the middle part of America. But radio is there to help.


Big Deal: Dees Teams With Westwood One

Big Deal: Dees Teams With Westwood One

Westwood One partners with Rick Dees Entertainment, adding programs including The Daily Dees Rick Dees 80s at 8, Rick Dees 90s at 9, archival Weekly Top 40 programs, and The Teen Top 20 With Kevin Dees. More than 25 Cumulus Media stations are on board with the WW1-Dees lineup.


Bubba Unveils Paid Online Content Package

Bubba the Love Sponge is hoping listeners love his brand of brash Radio. The former Sirius/XM talker is asking for $300 for first 3 years of content.


Norville To Host 2011 Golden Mike Award

Norville To Host 2011 Golden Mike Award

Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville will host the 2011 Golden Mike Award, honoring Post-Newsweek Stations CEO Alan Frank. The fundraising event for the Broadcasters Foundation is set for February 28 in New York.


CT Station Goes Noncommercial

CT Station Goes Noncommercial

WQQQ/Sharon, CT, will end commercial operations as of February 7, becoming a noncommercial public radio station through an alliance with Fairfield, CT-based WSHU Public Media Group.


Australia: Major Radio Merger Bid

Australia's Southern Cross Media has made a $741 million bid (about U.S. $736 million) to buy out rival broadcaster Austereo Group.


Ed Ryan Rejoins Radio Ink As Editor-In-Chief

Ed Ryan Rejoins Radio Ink As Editor-In-Chief

Ed Ryan, who served as Radio Ink's editor-in-chief from 1998-2003, rejoins the publication in the same role. He succeeds Brida Connolly, who becomes managing editor for Radio Ink and the other Streamline Publishing publications.


Survey: Consumers Expect Better From Mobile Ads

In a survey by Yahoo and the Nielsen Co., consumers picked informative" as the most important quality in mobile ads across a variety of categories including personal care, apparel, and automotive.


Cumulus To Acquire Cumulus Media Partners

Cumulus To Acquire Cumulus Media Partners

Cumulus Media has signed a deal to buy out its private equity partners in Cumulus Media Partners, which was formed to purchase the former Susquehanna stations. CMP has 32 stations in nine markets and has been run by CMI under a management agreement since it was founded.


UB Louisville Closes On WDRD-AM

UB Louisville closes on its purchase of former Disney O&O WDRD/Louisville. UB Louisville has LMA'd the ESPN Sports outlet since October 2010.


Lawson Takes Oversight Of CCR/Hispanic

Lawson Takes Oversight Of CCR/Hispanic

With the departure of Alfredo Alonso, Clear Channel Radio VP/Programming, Hispanic Division Jim Lawson takes oversight of the company's Spanish-language stations. Lawson had been reporting to SVP/Hispanic Radio Alonso.


Geico, H&R Block Tops In National Spots

As tax season begins, H&R Block takes the second slot in Media Monitors' Spot Ten report on national radio advertisers for the week of January 24-30, behind only frequent chart-topper Geico.


Scranton Station Draws $10K NAL

The FCC sends a $10,000 notice of apparent liability to Bold Gold Media Group, saying it failed to install EAS equipment at WWRR/Scranton, PA.


Envision Takes On National Syndication For Hank FM

Envision Takes On National Syndication For Hank FM

Envision Radio Networks signs on as national syndicator for Kroeger Media's Hank FM Country format.


Bill Cunningham Adds 300th Affiliate

Premiere Radio Networks' Live on Sunday Nights It's Bill Cunningham adds KLIF/Dallas, the 300th affiliate for the weekend show.


TRN's Ingraham Adds Affiliates

TRN's Ingraham Adds Affiliates

Talk Radio Network's Laura Ingraham Show adds KSFO/San Francisco, WFYL/Pittsburgh, and WTNT in DC. The show is now heard in eight of the top 10 markets.


FCC Moves To Dismiss Net Neutrality Challenges

FCC Moves To Dismiss Net Neutrality Challenges

The FCC has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC to dismiss challenges to the commission's net neutrality rules, saying the lawsuits are premature.


Price For Townsquare/Idaho Sales Revealed

The price Rich Broadcasting will pay for six Townsquare station in Idaho is reported in an FCC filing: $1.85 million.


CRTC Yanks Community Station's License

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission has revoked the license of CKLN, a station based on campus at Toronto's Ryerson University, citing problems including a seven-month staff lockout.


NJ-Owned Noncomms Up For Sale

Public Radio Capital is advising New Jersey's state treasurer on the possible sale of the nine state-owned public radio stations. The sale was authorized in a bill signed by Gov. Chris Christie in December.


Investor Moves To Revamp Fisher Board

Investor Moves To Revamp Fisher Board

Fisher Communications shareholder FrontFour Capital, a hedge fund managed by David Lorber, has informed Fisher that it will move to nominate four new members to Fisher's board at the company's 2011 shareholders' meeting. Lorber is a member of the the boards of both Fisher and Huntingdon Real Estate Investment Trust, whose bid to purchase Fisher was rejected in December.


PwC: Media Deals Rise In 2010, Deal Value Drops

PwC: Media Deals Rise In 2010, Deal Value Drops

PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that there were 804 mergers and acquisitions in the entertainment and media industry in 2010, up from 779 in 2009. But the value of the transactions fell year-over-year, to $33. billion from $37.2 billion, for the deals for which prices were disclosed.


Citadel Media Adds Brickman

Citadel Media adds Your Weekend With Jim Brickman to its lineup. The four-hour show arrives with more than 70 stations on board.


FCC Adopts New Procedures For FM Allotments

As it rescinds the reallocation of an FM frequency, the FCC takes the opportunity to adjust its procedures for handling vacant FM allotments. The agency will no longer accept individual requests to reallocate an allotment, downgrade, or delete a vacant FM allotment, and all such proposals must be made within the auction process.


SCBA: L.A. Market Sees 'Fragile Recovery' In 2010

SCBA: L.A. Market Sees 'Fragile Recovery' In 2010

Los Angeles radio revenue was up 4 percent in 2010, according to the Southern California Broadcasters Association. That reflects, the organization said, a "fragile recovery mode" in L.A.


Census Bureau Looks At Radio Revenue

In a report headed "Estimated Revenue for Employer Firms," the U.S. Census Bureau takes a look at revenues for a number of industries under the "information services," banner including radio. Radio takes generated $18.9 billion in 2007, the bureau reports, declining to $18.3 billion in 2008 -- and to $16 billion in 2009.


Steve Harvey: "I'll Mop The Floor With Tom Joyner"

Steve Harvey: "I'll Mop The Floor With Tom Joyner"

Emmis just announced the return of Tom Joyner to New York City. That's a place comedian Steve Harvey has had a show for five years. Today, Harvey tells Radio Ink that he's going to mop the floor with Joyner.


How to Build a Great Radio Sales Team.

Radio is more competitive than ever. We're not only feeling the heat from other devices who want our listeners, we fight other businesses who want our good people. Kevin Neatherly of Jonesboro Radio lays out a five -part plan on how to build a great sales team


Envision Takes On National Syndication For Hank FM

Envision Takes On National Syndication For Hank FM

Envision Radio Networks signs on as national syndicator for Kroeger Media's Hank FM Country format.


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