On Monday, Kantar Media released its first-quarter media spending report, and overall U.S. advertising spending declined 4.0 percent, to $37.4 billion. For radio specifically, local ad spending in Q1 was up 5 percent, thanks to the auto, legal services and health care categories. Network radio was down 2 percent and national spot radio declined 11.3 percent. Hispanic radio saw an increase of 6.5 percent in ad spending in the first quarter.
More from Kantar's latest Q1 report: When digging down deep into the numbers, we find out that despite still being the number one advertising category (for all measured media), automotive spending dropped by 11 percent, from $3.8 billion in 2014 to $3.3 billion this year. With such a huge decline in automotive spending and Kantar also reporting the 5 percent uptick in local radio, one could only conclude that local radio remains a great way to reach advertisiers. Here are some numbers from other ad categories..
J & J Broadcasting, owner of five radio stations in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, has been slapped with a $10,500 forfeiture order by the FCC for a pair of paperwork violations. The station failed to properly and timely notify the FCC about a change in ownership of its antenna structure for its Ironwood, MI stations WIMI-FM and WJMS-AM. Additionally, the company failed to maintain and make available the required quarterly issues/programs lists in the two stations' public inspection file. The amount of the forfeiture is reduced from the $13,000 proposed fine from 2012.
New on-air lineups are taking place on two Cumulus Pensacola stations: WXBM and WMEZ. On NASH-branded Country station WXBM, PD Jeni Lane takes over the midday shift, while former midday DJ Ryan Andrew moves to afternoons. On Soft Rock WMEZ, former WXBM afternoon host Lindsey Marie Addison takes over middays, while PD/former midday host Chuck Whitaker slides into PM drive. Former PM driver Terry Michaels becomes full-time promotion director for the company's five-station cluster.
Beasley Media Group has closed on the purchase of the construction permits for Florida FM translators W293CK/Clearwater and W282BY/Fort Myers. The seller was the University of Northwestern, St. Paul and the purchase price was $200,000. Bob Heymann and Eddie Esserman of Media Services Group served as the exclusive brokers in this transaction.
He's been Executive VP/GM of National Programming platforms since February 2014 and spent over two decades with the company. In the position he's leaving, Hunnicutt was responsible for all on-air and digital content for all iHeart radio stations and websites. Hunnicutt has taken the position as President of Big Loud Records, which is a brand new label just launching. iHeartMedia has not announced a replacement.
Jeff Schmidt is joining the RAB as Senior VP of Professional Development. He most recently served as EVP/Partner at Sparque, a sales training and management development company. Schmidt, who also writes for Radio Ink Magazine, will oversee the professional development group across all of RAB's training services.
Cox Media Group in Georgia has revamped one of its stations and flipped another's format, combining them into one wide-reaching Country station covering much of northern Georgia called "Your Georgia Country." WNGC/Arcade-Athens changes from "North Georgia Country 106.1 WNGC." WTSH/Aragon-Atlanta and translator W296BB/Jonesboro flips from Alternative "X107.1." More...
The 2015 Conclave Learning Conference's Early Bird Registration pricing of $299 expires June 30 -- that means the deadline to save $50 is the end of today. Starting July 1, tuition rises to $349. The 40th annual Conclave Learning Conference will be held July 16-17 at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel in Minneapolis.
There is nothing like a celebration, and in the latest issue of Radio Ink, we celebrate the achievements of 100 incredibly talented and dedicated women who are making a difference every day in radio. Their hard work, determination, and passion not only set a wonderful example to others, but represent the ultimate payoff for those who have guided and led them over the years. Here are The 100 Most Influential Women in Radio for 2015.
Every year at the Radio Show, hosted by the RAB and NAB, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads pays tribute to Radio Wayne Cornils by discussing the tremendously positive impact he had on so many people and by awarding the over-achievers in our industry the awards created in his name. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Radio Wayne Awards which will be presented at the 2015 Radio Show being held this year in Atlanta, September 30 to October 2. Make your nominations HERE and take a look at the 2014 Radio Wayne winners HERE.
The much-discussed Apple Music launched Tuesday, featuring its streaming radio station Beats 1 and much more. It began with some confusion as no app was available in the Apple App Store. Those who wanted Apple Music on their Apple devices had to first upgrade to the new iOS 8.4 software or download the newest version of iTunes, both of which gives the user Apple Music automatically. Read on...
iHeartRadio has joined forces with Virgin America, creating six new radio streams that will be featured in Virgin America's Red in-flight entertainment system at every seatback. The stations will also be available on the iHeartRadio app, for those not on a Virgin airplane. The six new stations are Atmospheres (ultra-mellow), Dub & Dubber (Reggae), Dyna-Mic Flows (Hip-Hop), Pop, Skip & A Jump (Alternative Pop), Lat-Indie (Latin indie artists) and Soul-igarchy (Soul/R&B).
American General Media announced the hiring of Picazzo Stevens, who takes over as program director for Albuquerque stations KAGM and KDLW. Additionally, Stevens will also take a weekday midday shift on KAGM. Stevens, who previously worked at KAGM in 2014, replaces D.J. Lopez, who exited Monday to be a stay-at-home father.
WGN-AM announced that Adam Hoge takes over in the newly-created position of sports editor-in-chief of its secondary website WGNPlus.com. He will oversee an expansion of sports digital content including photo essays, blogs, podcasts, and special streaming events. Hoge will continue in his other roles as WGN-AM weekend sports show co-host and Chicago Bears beat reporter.
Milwaukee Radio Alliance has promoted Tom Cheng to role of Group Sales Manager for the company's four Milwaukee radio stations: WLUM-FM, WLDB-FM, W262CJ, and WZTI-AM. Since 1998, he has been a senior AE with WLUW.
Curtis Media Group has hired David Lewis to take over as general manager of WPTF/Raleigh. Lewis joins Curtis Media Group from Cumulus, where he has served as Myrtle Beach Market Manager for the past six years. Curtis SVP David Stuckey has been handling the WPTF management role since the late 2014 departure of Rick Heilmann, who left the company when he purchased his own radio station.
Cumulus Media announced the hiring of Glen Tacinelli as the General Sales Manager of WABC-AM/New York. For the past seven years, Tacinelli has managed Eastman Radio's NY office, representing radio stations in over 137 markets across the United States and leading a sales team. At WABC, he replaces Jonathan Mason, who exited in May.
The NAB held Board elections at the recent Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. Among those elected was Jose Valle, Univision's newly-named president of Political & Advocacy Sales, who was elected to serve as Radio Board Chair by the NAB Radio Board. See who else was named to the Radio Board HERE.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected former CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason as the Co-Vice Chairman and Treasurer of its Board of Directors. Mason has long sat on the BFA's Board and been a supporter of the organization.
Cumulus Media announced the hiring of Jason Courtemanche, who takes over as Vice President of Sales for Cumulus Los Angeles. In his new post, Courtemanche will oversee sales operations for KLOS-FM, KABC-AM and the radio broadcasts of the LA Kings. He most recently served as Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Chicago.
Greater Media announced Sue Tabb is officially joining WMJX/Boston as co-host of Morning Magic with David O'Leary. Tabb has been working at WMJX since March 2013 as a regular fill-in on the morning show and as co-host of the public affairs program, Exceptional Women. She replaces Candy O'Terry, who exited in March after nearly 25 years with the station.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago radio legend Lucky Cordell and his daughter are in the intensive care unit of a Chicago hospital, both in critical condition and both suffering burns covering much of their bodies after a fire broke out in their home Sunday night. Lucky Cordell, who turns 87 years old next month, and his daughter Pat Cordell, 60, are being treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
iHeartMedia Denver announced that JJ Kincaid will take over mornings at KPTT in August. Kincaid comes from sister-station WHTZ/New York, where he has been hosting afternoons since 2006. He will replace Chino, who will move to afternoons.
Veteran radio talk show host-turned-podcaster Ed Tyll is now CEO of Starcom Radio Network, which is heard on 26 LPFM stations in small/rural markets. In addition to Tyll's daily show, other hosts now heard on the Starcom network include Rob McConnell, Bruce Wayne, Don Lavasseur, Laurie Zoock and Ryan McCormick. Tyll is seeking new hosts and radio stations for the network.
Alpha Media Louisville announced the hiring of Otis Maher, who will take over as program director and afternoon drive host at WDJX. Maher comes from WNKS/Charlotte, where he served as APD/afternoon DJ. He replaces Ben Davis, who was upped to Alpha Media Louisville operations manager in April.
WVXU, aka Cincinnati Public Radio, has announced the addition of famed Cincinnati media journalist John Kiesewetter. Until his forced retirement at the end of 2014, Kieswetter had expertly covered radio and media for the Cincinnati Enquirer for over 30 years. He will make regular on-air appearances talking about media on the daily talk show Cincinnati Edition and the weekly Around Cincinnati, as well as having his Media Beat blog appear on WVXU.org.
The station is located in Northeast Pennsylvania and owned by Times-Shamrock Communications. The Times-Tribune reports Daniels died Sunday afternoon after a lengthy illness. Longaven's on-air name was Jay Daniels. Longaven co-hosted the morning show on rocker WEZX for a quarter-century as part of the team of Daniels & Webster.
Delta Media Corporation recently added Ben Love to the afternoon drive shift on KLWB-FM/Lafayette. Bumper to Bumper Sports with Ben Love is entering its second month on the station, having begun on May 26th. This past weekend, Love was awarded Best Website Feature, Best Website Column, and was second for Best Website Game Story by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The Lisa Wexler Show, which has been heard on WFAS/New York for the last few years, has moved to WGCH/Stamford-Norwalk, CT, airing at its usual time of 4:00pm-6:00pm. Said Wexler: "I am thrilled to be back in Connecticut, but still able to reach my Westchester audience. If you are thinking about it, I'm talking about it."
CEO Elizabeth Matthews makes the announcement that Lauren Iossa has been promoted to Executive VP/Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, starting July 1. Iossa will be based out of New York City and oversee all of ASCAP's global public relations and brand and corporate marketing activities, as well as communications and special events. She'll report directly to Mathews.
La Preciosa Network announced that Pepe Reyes and Velia Irene have been named the hosts of Levantate! with Pepe & Velia, a new morning drive program. The show will be heard weekdays from 6:00am-11:00am PST in Monterey/Salinas, Fresno, Bakersfield, Riverside, and Tuscon. Levantate! with Pepe & Velia replaces Los Patrones de la Manana.
According to FOX Sports, former NFL receiver Curtis Conway has been added to the San Diego Chargers' radio broadcast booth. Conway will be the color commentator for game broadcasts on KLSD/San Diego. He replaces Hank Bauer, whose contract was not renewed by KLSD last week.
Thanks to Charlie Tuna for sending us this classic when he received a studio visit from Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. Happy Days was taped next to the KHJ studios back in 1977 which is where Charlie did his morning show at the time. Send your classic photos to email@example.com