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September 2, 2014

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HD Radio Can Be Saved

HD Radio Can Be Saved

That's according to former broadcaster Matt Sammon, who is now the Director of broadcasting and programming for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. In a blog on Tumblr, Sammon offers up 5 reasons why HD Radio has failed, and 5 reasons "why it can rise from the ashes." As far as why it has failed, Sammon says there is a lot of confusion with consumers about the extra channels, there is a lack of serious promotion, radio did not copy the Apple way of selling its new product, the economy tanked and the connected car and affordable wo-fi have given consumers easier access to more choices. So, how does Sammon believe the technology can still survive?


INDUSTRY NEWS

Bubba to Clear Channel's 98 Rock?

Bubba to Clear Channel's 98 Rock?

That's the speculation in Tampa after it was announced The Bubba the Love Sponge morning show would no longer air on Cox's 102.5 The Bone, where it had been heard the previous 6 years before ending immediately on Friday. The two sides had been negotiating a new contract and could not come to an agreement. Radio Ink has been told by several sources that Bubba, who is syndicated on several other stations, will begin his new deal on 98 Rock in January of 2015.


Diamond Leaves San Diego After Two Weeks.

Diamond Leaves San Diego After Two Weeks.

It was on August 18 that Radio Ink reported Jack Diamond's return to a full-time radio job, moving from Washington DC to San Diego, to work for Norm Feur at 105.7 MAX-FM joining Kim Morrison and producer Kayla Yap to do mornings. Today, on his Facebook page, Diamond explains why he's already quit the job. Diamond says he could not find the school he wanted for his son and housing is notoriously expensive in San Diego. He could not make the personal pieces fit in California and moved back to DC.


Kimberly And Beck Returning To Rochester Radio?

Kimberly And Beck Returning To Rochester Radio?

There was a new Facebook page created for the morning duo that was fired in May for comments they made about the local transgender community. The page had over 3,000 likes on Friday but had been removed by Saturday. Before being taken down the Facebook page said, "We are the WATCHDOGS of ROCHESTER!! We love this town. We are coming back. Alert the media ...wait we are the media ... never mind bahahahahahhaha."


Blake Seylhouwer In More Trouble

Blake Seylhouwer In More Trouble

The former WKRC-AM Cincinnati host who was charged with firing his rifle in the direction of his wife is now accused of violating a protection order against her. Cincinnati.com reports Seylhouwer sent a a text to his wife on August 28, one day after she filed for divorce. He also blocked the wi-fi on her phone and cut off her financial access by canceling a credit card. The protection order was filed August 13, one day after Seylhouwer allegedly shot at his wife in the driveway of their home. The bullet hit the concrete and his wife was injured by pieces of shrapnel and concrete.


Who Are The Best Managers in Radio?

General Managers and Market Managers have a lot of responsibility at Radio stations across America these days. In addition to high revenue expectations, there's the constant challenge of selling radio in a world shifting to digital, managing multiple staffs and stations, finding and keeping good salespeople and keeping their stations strong in the community. Those that execute those tasks do it flawlessly and make it look easy. They are the best in the industry and it's time to recognize them. Radio Ink is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Best Radio Managers in America. MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE .


After Dog-Abuse Incident, Station Raises Funds

After Dog-Abuse Incident, Station Raises Funds

Sheila and Marconi from Alpha's 101.9 (KINK-FM) in Portland have opened a GoFundMe account to raise money for the Oregon Humane Society. Des Hague, the CEO for a company called Centerplate, was videotaped assaulting his own dog. Centerplates board fined him $100,000 and ordered a thousand hours of community service, but the morning team (pictured here) says that's basically sweeping this issue under the rug.


1010 WINS Reporter's Son Found Safe

16-year-old Joseph D'Auria has been found safe according to News 12 Long Island. D'Auria ia the son of 1010 WINS reporter Carol D'Auria who has sent out a tweet saying he suffers from depression, suicidal thoughts, and needed his medication. D'Auria took off from a Long Island drug rehab center on Friday, according to authorities, and was found with a friend.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Fox News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz Passes

Fox News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz Passes

Condolences to Fox News Radio and the family of Mike Majchrowitz. Majchrowitz passed away at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer. Fox News Radio Vice President Mitch Davis said, "Mike was an original -- a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor, and a good man. He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days, he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him."


Lynch To Run Monterey For Clear Channel

The Clear Channel Monterey/Salinas market will now be run by Bill Lynch. Lynch is a 15-year radio vet, joining Monterey from Momentum Broadcasting where he had been GM since 2012. Before that, Lynch was general manager at Buckley Broadcasting Fresno and Visalia. He's also worked for Susquehanna Broadcasting, Clear Channel, CBS Radio, and Entercom.


Diaz To Program KLIF-FM

Diaz To Program KLIF-FM

Cumulus Dallas is bringing in Louie Diaz as program director for Top 40 KLIF-FM (i93.3). Diaz was most recently PD at Alpha Broadcastings KBFF and KUPL in Portland, OR. A native of Queens, NY, he started his radio career at the age of 16 at WPLJ-FM in New York City, where he ultimately rose to APD of the station. Cumulus Dallas Market Manager Dan Bennett said, We are excited to have a great talent like Louie Diaz create the future vision of i93 and write the next chapter for our CHR station in Dallas.


Lucas Wins For Medium-Market DJ

Lucas Wins For Medium-Market DJ

Alex El Genio Lucas won the DJ of the Year award for Regional Mexican Music Format in a Medium Market from MonitorLATINO, which is the Spanish equivalent of Billboard magazine. The MonitorLATINO awards were held at the Pacific Palms Resort in Los Angeles where Lucas was honored for his achievements and contributions to Spanish radio. Other luminaries honored included legendary artists such as Original Banda El Limon and Yuri!


NRG Morning Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

NRG Morning Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Benjamin Parsons was killed in a motorcycle accident last Thursday. No other vehicles were involved in the accident on U.S. Highway 30 near Ames, Iowa. Parsons, who hosted the KWBG morning show in Boone, Iowa, had been with the station for 11 years. GM Carol Kuster said in a statement: Hes been a presence in the community as our morning show host, ad sales, former Chamber of Commerce president, and Chamber Ambassador who was always willing to lend a hand. We will miss our friend." Parsons was 52.


Jenny McCarthy Gets SiriusXM Morning Show

SiriusXM says the actress, comedian and New York Times best-selling author will host "Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy," a new daily live morning radio show on SiriusXM this fall. The new daily show (on channel 109) comes after McCarthy's limited-run weekly show aired on SiriusXM Stars this summer. The weekly show featured discussions on parenting, sex, dating and marriage. Special guests included Chelsea Handler, Perez Hilton, Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen and Donnie Wahlberg.



FRIDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> The Best 42 Cents Ive Ever Spent

(SALES) The Best 42 Cents Ive Ever Spent

(By Jeff Schmidt) In the highly competitive world of sales, differentiation is one of the keys to success. Product, service, or salesperson standouts enjoy more success. Every Saturday morning I used to make it a habit of reviewing my week and sending thank you notes or correspondence appropriate to the people I was in contact with that week. By designating this time, I could focus and make sure I completed the task.


<b>(SALES)</b> The Death Of The Station Manager

(SALES) The Death Of The Station Manager

(By Wayne Ens) As I travel across North America and visit countless radio stations, Ive come to understand that the stock market has killed station managers, and that not having fulltime station managers is slowly but surely dragging down our entire industry. Albert Einstein said, A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Business success guru Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying, If you cant measure it, you cant manage it. The number crunchers love to flaunt that quote, without capturing a deeper understanding of Druckers teachings.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Wanted: New, Courageous Owners

(TALENT) Wanted: New, Courageous Owners

(By Ron Robinson) Last year, one of the larger, Canadian, corporate-radio ownership outfits went on a search for a couple of PDs for stations they had acquired in Toronto (North Americas fourth-largest market) and Vancouver, the pride of the Wet Coast. The invitation to apply included the phrase, We want to talk to the best programming minds in the world. Note: They had just (accidentally?) confessed to not having a clue as to what they were doing.



DASH 2014

Connecting The Dots On  The Connected Car

Connecting The Dots On The Connected Car

(Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Perhaps you recall a moment when I leapt from my chair to challenge the panel of automotive experts at our Radio Ink Convergence conference, when they stated that AM/FM radio could potentially disappear from the auto dashboard. That was followed up by a blog with an urgent message indicating that automakers were considering dropping broadcast radio at some point in the future. Reaction to that blog was the strongest I've ever received.


CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."



FORECAST

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

MediaLink founder and Chairman/CEO Michael Kassan will serve as advertiser co-chair for Forecast 2015, set for November 19, 2014, in New York. Kassan joins co-chair Katz Media Group CEO Mark Rosenthal. "Advertisers have become a critical part of our annual Forecast conference, and we are pleased to continue our history of attracting the very finest in the industry," said Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads. "Michael Kassan has a brilliant mind."


Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development and growth of our industry and has shown true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."



RADIO INK

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

On July 28, Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list was released. Bob Pittman was crowned the most powerful for the 4th year in a row. The Clear Channel CEO was followed by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. There were some familiar faces that made the list and quite a few new entries this year. In case you missed it, here is the entire list of the Most Powerful for 2014.


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The Banzhaf Plan To Challenge Your License

The Banzhaf Plan To Challenge Your License

Yesterday we told you about an article in Broadcasting & Cable quoting George Washington University professor John Banzhaf (pictured) who says he's considering going after radio station licenses if the word "Redskins" is used repeatedly on the air by announcers. Banzhaf says the "R" word is to Indians much like the "N" word is to African Americans. His main beef is with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (who owns seven radio stations) and the fact that he will not change the name of his NFL football team. However, he's not opposed to making your life a little miserable if you repeatedly use that "R" word. And you know what a nuisance it is when someone, anyone, files a challenge when you try to renew your license. Thursday afternoon we spoke to Banzhaf to ask him why he's going after radio station operators. LISTEN HERE







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