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September 18, 2014

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Another Hint From Les That Some Stations Can Be Bought

Another Hint From Les That Some Stations Can Be Bought

CBS head honcho Les Moonves spends most of his time talking about television, whether that's on an earnings call or at an investor conference, like he did yesterday. The CEO spoke at the 2014 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, where he again let it be known he's ready to part with some of CBS's radio properties.


INDUSTRY NEWS

So What Might Be For Sale At CBS?

So What Might Be For Sale At CBS?

Back in 2012, CBS sold its West Palm Beach cluster to Dean Goodman for $50 million. West Palm is market number 48. Of course this not a perfect science, however, if Moonves wanted to get the CBS portfolio from 127 down to the 80s, about 40 to 50 stations would need to be sold off. Here's a look at all 27 markets in which CBS operates. Beside each city is the Nielsen rank and how many stations CBS has in each cluster. If Moonves wants CBS radio to focus on the biggest markets, it's not hard to figure out which markets he wants to keep and which fall below the Mendoza Line.


Hubbard Dumps Long-Time Rocker In Phoenix

Hubbard Dumps Long-Time Rocker In Phoenix

After 40 years, rock is out at KDKB in Phoenix. Alternative Rock is the new format and, according to Market Manager Trip Reeb, there was a desire in the market for this format and Hubbard Radio has obliged on a 100,000-watt stick. Reeb said, "Were excited to offer a new, powerful home for Alternative music on 93.3. Its time this music had a strong outlet in Phoenix, and it is the perfect complement for our other Rock mainstays, 98KUPD and 100.7 KSLX.


Trouble In Sports Paradise?

Trouble In Sports Paradise?

In New York City, when it comes to sports, Mike Francesa is referred to as "The Pope." He's been in the afternoon drive chair at WFAN in New York for more than 25 years and is considered one of the best in the sports-talk business. He's been voted Radio Ink's top local sports-talk host since that list was created. But there appears to be a crack in the relationship between Francesa and his employer CBS Radio.


Lincoln Launches "Glow" On HD Channel

Lincoln Financial Media in San Diego has added another station to its HD Radio lineup with the launch of "GLOW." GLOW is a 24-hour Dance/Electronic Dance music station heard at 94.9.3, or at GLOWSanDiego.com. Operations Director Kevin Callahan said, "Through our extensive research to provide quality programming, we have uncovered this specific niche. We are happy and excited to provide GLOW to listeners eager to hear their favorite dance/edm artists in the San Diego market."


Joan Hamburg Returns To New York Radio

Joan Hamburg Returns To New York Radio

A little over three months ago, Joan Hamburg was fired from WOR in New York after 35 years with the station. On Wednesday, Cumulus announced Hamburg would be hosting her own 2-hour Saturday show on WABC-AM beginning this weekend. Hamburg said, How excited I am to join legendary WABC radio and work with Kim Bryant, Craig Schwalb, and the rest of the Cumulus family. And what a treat to join their roster of the best talk talent in the country. New York get ready -- the conversation is about to begin. Hamburg will also produce weekly features and exclusive programs available in digital formats.


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 .


Allinger Collects $30K

Allinger Collects $30K

Congratulations to Ithaca morning man Chris Allinger who announced on his show Tuesday that the money that went into his backpack hit an even $30,000.00! For the third year, Q Country morning host, Chris Allinger strapped on his backpack to walk for the Food Bank of the Southern Tiers BackPack Program. Allinger walked to every town in Tompkins County raising funds for the program that helps feed children at risk of hunger on weekends and holidays during the school year.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

CBS Radio Promotes Fruge In Vegas

CBS Radio Promotes Fruge In Vegas

One of Radio Ink's Most Influential Women in Radio (2012, 2013), Charese Fruge has been named vice president, programming for CBS Radio's six-station cluster in Las Vegas. Fruge keeps her PD position at KMXB-FM, KXTE-FM, and takes on the additional responsibilities. Fruge has quite the 20-year radio resume which includes KYSR, Star 98.7 in L.A., KLLC, Alice in San Francisco, KSCF, Sophie @ 103.7 in San Diego, KALC, Alice in Denver, KKBQ, 93Q in Houston, and WEZB, B-97 in New Orleans. Shes been in Vegas with CBS for the last 10 years.


iHeartMedia Promotes Collins To National Programming Team

iHeartMedia Promotes Collins To National Programming Team

Cat Collins is elevated to the company's National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services teams. He'll work with stations to strengthen and develop programming while also finding new ways to engage and reach listeners. Collins will continue in his roles as brand manager for Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), serving as iHeartMedia's in-house programming expert for the format, and as PD for Premium Choice. Collins most recently served as program director for KYLD Wild 94.9 and KIOI Star 101.3 in San Francisco.


The Beast In L.A. Gets A New Sales Manager

The Beast In L.A. Gets A New Sales Manager

KFWB, which recently flipped to all sports, has named Bob Koontz sports sales manager at The Beast 980 (KFWB-AM). Koontz has over 20 years of sports radio sales and management experience in Los Angeles. From 2006-08 he was the station manager for ESPN 710 and served as that stations first sales manager for six years. Koontz also served as sales manager for L.A. outlets KABC, KLOS, KSCA, KMPC, and K-LITE. Koontz has experience working with the Clippers, Trojans, Angels, Rams, and Bruins.


McMorris Succeeds The Late Sheila Stewart In DC

McMorris Succeeds The Late Sheila Stewart In DC

Ebony McMorris is the new news and community affairs director for Radio One's Majic 102.3, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WYCB 1340, and WOL 1450. She will also serve as a daily reporter for the Tom Joyner Morning Show. McMorris has worked with Radio One since 2007 as a national reporter for WOL-AM and most recently hosted the weekend Radio One Public Affairs Program on Praise 104.1 and Majic 102.3. She takes over for Sheila Stewart, who passed away last October.


Hageman Joins WAY-FM As Ops Director

Hageman Joins WAY-FM As Ops Director

Dallas Hageman is the new Operations director for WAY-FM in Denver and Wichita. Hageman had previously been regional operations manager for Appaloosa Broadcastings station clusters throughout Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, and Utah.


Cotto Joins The WBBM News Team

Cotto Joins The WBBM News Team

Cisco Cotto has been hired as a part-time/fill-in reporter and anchor for WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM. He had been a news reporter in the late 90s and early 2000s at the former all-news WMAQ and at WLS in Chicago. He later hosted talk shows at WIND, WLS, and most recently WMBI-FM in Chicago. WBBM Director of News and Programming Ron Gleason said, He will be a great addition to our veteran staff of reporters and anchors, covering the news that matters to Chicagoans.


Comedian To Make Weekly Appearances On KDKA

Comedian To Make Weekly Appearances On KDKA

Popular Pittsburgh radio personality and comedian Jim Krenn is joining the KDKA morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway each Friday from 8-9 a.m. Krenn, who is a native Pittsburgher and spent 24 years on the air in Pittsburgh radio. He currently stars in his own weekly podcast (Jim Krenn: No Restrictions), and does several standing-room-only comedy performances each year in Pittsburgh, as well as other U.S. cities. Krenn has performed with many nationally-known celebrities, including Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Dennis Miller, and Tim Allen.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(HIRING)</b> Where Are All The Young People?

(HIRING) Where Are All The Young People?

(By Laurie Kahn) I understand that is a loaded question as young can vary these days, with 60 being the new 40, however, after returning from another great NAB Radio Show where there were many beneficial seminars and speakers, entertainment and good networking events, the only thing missing were the superstars of tomorrow! I understand budgets are tight this year. I applaud those of you who spent money out of your own pocket and took vacation time to attend, that shows a lot of passion for what you do and where you want to go.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Slow Slicing

(TALENT) Slow Slicing

(By Ron Robinson) Hollered from the rooftops and from under buses for over two of decades, pundits and consultants, disgruntled former employees, and other generally smart people have been ranting and protesting about the critical need for radio to generate massive improvements in programming and commercial production. Response from the executive suites: SFX: Crickets chirping.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> Make Your Social Media Lethal

(SOCIAL) Make Your Social Media Lethal

(By Loyd Ford) When it comes right down to it, social media gets your focus only after all the hardcore things in the everyday life of a programmer, morning show talent, promotion director or others. Its because we are so crunched for time. But your social media can be both important and a critical connector to the ratings you want from the listeners you most crave to. How do we get there?



MONDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Where Is The Money?

(SALES) Where Is The Money?

(By Wayne Ens) In my last Radio Ink blog, I mentioned that radio is not a zero sum game and that its not other radio stations that are your competition, it is other media. Do you know who your competition is? Heres a test. Which of the following media capture the most local ad dollars? a.) TV, b.) Newspaper, c.) Radio, d.) Online/Digital, e.) Outdoor/Transit, f.) Magazines, g.) Direct Mail.


<b>(SALES)</b> Highlights From The Radio Show

(SALES) Highlights From The Radio Show

(By Sean Luce) Great leaders love what they do, and as often mentioned by many who work in media sales, it isnt really work if you love what you do. That was obvious when Bud Walters, president and founder of the Cromwell Group accepted the NAB 2014 National Radio Award from Gordon Smith, the president of the National Association of Broadcasters during Friday afternoons lunch at the Radio Show. I wont soon forget his acceptance speech, which was marked by moving words about the love he has for his people.


<b>(SALES)</b> This One Word Will Change Your Life

(SALES) This One Word Will Change Your Life

(By Jeff Schmidt) For pilots, the attitude of the plane, meaning the angle of the wing relative to the forward motion, determines whether you climb or descend. Attitude = altitude they teach in flight school. If your attitude (angle of attack) is positive, your plane will go up; and if your attitude (angle of attack) is negative, you will descend. When I started in sales I was told that my attitude and my ability to control my thoughts and feelings were going to largely determine my success.



DASH 2014

It's All About The Experience

It's All About The Experience

What's a typical in-car experience? Just driving along, maybe stuck in traffic, listening to the radio. Right? Nope, not anymore. Drivers still listen to music, but they're increasingly likely to be getting it from an Internet service like Pandora or Slacker. Maybe they're checking the weather report from a built-in app on the dashboard, or getting traffic information from that handy navigation app. And they're still hearing from advertisers, but it may well be by way of branded, dashboard-enabled content and services. For all consumers today -- not just in the car -- it's all about the experience.


Why We Created DASH

Why We Created DASH

(by Fred Jacobs) The fall season marks the start of football, the coming baseball playoffs, and our second DASH Conference. Living in Detroit, it's never easy anticipating how the Lions will perform or if the Tigers will fade, but we do know that on October 15-16, hundreds of leaders from the radio industry, automotive companies and their suppliers, advertising agencies, car dealers, and others with an interest in the "connected car" will converge on Detroit to collaborate and gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the dashboard.


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."


How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

The DASH connected-car conference is coming up fast -- October 15-16 in Detroit -- and innovation, both on the dash and in radio, is certain to be a hot topic. So we're pleased to announce that Cary Tilds, chief innovation officer at GroupM, will deliver a keynote address with this intriguing theme: "What Got You Here Won't Get You There."


Is Radio A College Student's Friend?

Is Radio A College Student's Friend?

What role do cars play in the lives of today's college students, and what do young people expect from their personal transportation, today and in the future? Many students are accustomed to being constantly connected, and it's clear we can expect those habits to extend to the car as in-car Internet becomes more common (and ultimately ubiquitous). And as that happens, what role will broadcast radio play for millennials on the road?



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

The 2014 Radio Wayne Winners

The 2014 Radio Wayne Winners

Wednesday afternoon at the Radio Show in Indianapolis, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads presented the 2014 Radio Wayne Awards to radio's best and brightest in sales and management. These awards honor the radio superstars whose hard work, dedication, and creativity separate them from the pack. They recognize the people who make the industry work, every single day. Congratulations to the 2014 winners!


THE 2014 40 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN RADIO

THE 2014 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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