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October 1, 2014

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Three Commissioners Now Pressuring Redskins Owner

Three Commissioners Now Pressuring Redskins Owner

Will the word "Redskins" wind up being banished to the indecent list that nobody on TV or radio can say? At a press conference Tuesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he finds the word "Redskins" offensive and urged the NFL team to change its name. "There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used for a time that are inappropriate today. I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those." And now you can add Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to the list of commissioners that have gone public in stating the name should go.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Banzhaf Encouraged By FCC Statements

Banzhaf Encouraged By FCC Statements

George Washington University Law Professor John Banzhaf told Radio Ink last night that he's very encouraged that three of the five FCC Commissioners have now publicly expressed concerns about the continued use of the word "Redskins" on the public's airwaves, especially by Chairman Wheeler's comment that the agency recognizes that it will have to deal with the issue, which Banzhaf thinks will probably lead to a hearing.


Why I'm Returning To DASH

Why I'm Returning To DASH

(By Dave Paulus, VP/GM Max Media) Attention, Radio Market Managers...For weeks we've been suggesting that just a couple of days away will change the way you operate your station -- once your eyes are opened to the data you'll learn at DASH, which is all about an arena radio has dominated since the car was born. Here's what Max Media VP/GM Dave Paulus has to say...


Feder Goes Behind The Wall

Feder Goes Behind The Wall

As of Tuesday, October 7, Chicago media writer Robert Feder's blog will no longer be free. RobertFeder.com becomes part of the digitalPLUS tier of ChicagoTribune.com. Readers will be able to see five of Feder's columns every month before they are asked to pony up. After first columns, readers will be asked to subscribe to digitalPLUS, which gives Feder fans complete access to online Tribune content (including daily access to the digital copy of the paper). To try to convert readers over early The Tribune is offering Feder readers 52 weeks access for $99.00.


Connoisseur Morning Show Replaces Stolen Money

Connoisseur Morning Show Replaces Stolen Money

Connecticut morning show hosts Chaz and AJ helped replace $800 stolen from the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield thanks to listener contributions. The brewery, which was raising money for the Village for Families and Children, had a donation jar full of cash stolen by a man who reportedly threw a piece of concrete through the window and grabbed the jar. Chaz and AJ caught heard the story and asked their audience to help donate cash. $2,500 came in. Chaz said, This audience continues to prove that they care about our community and want to help those in need. And it is no surprise to me that we were able to raise this much money in less than 30 minutes



SPORTS TALK

Entercom to Simulcast Sports on FM in Milwaukee

Entercom to Simulcast Sports on FM in Milwaukee

For ten years WSSP has been an AM only sports station. Entercom management in Milwaukee, recognizing that many young listeners do not listen to AM Radio (Nielsen reports that 72% of radio users in Milwaukee never tune to AM) will begin simulcasting Sportsradio WSSP on an FM translator located at 105.7. The Fan is the home of the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, select Milwaukee Bucks games, Green Bay football, Milwaukee baseball and basketball post game shows and a plethora of High School sports. The station also has a full roster of live and local talk talent.


Capitol Broadcasting Adds Second FM Translator

Capitol Broadcasting Adds Second FM Translator

In Raleigh 620-AM The Buzz (WDNC) will now be heard on additional FM signal thanks to a second translator. The most recent signal in Durham on 96.5 joins 99.3 MHz in Raleigh, which was launched back in April. Operations Manager Dennis Glasgow said, Capitol Broadcasting is working to ensure that our Raleigh-Durham listeners have the best opportunity to tune into our outstanding sports talk programming, along with Duke Football and Basketball on FM. In this fast-changing radio landscape, were looking for every advantage to grow our listenership for the Triangle sports fan. I think weve accomplished that with the addition of these two translators in Raleigh-Durham.


Healy to call his 200th

Healy to call his 200th

Congratulations to Tim Healey who's set to call his 200th broadcast of Arizona Sun Devils football this Saturday when the Sun Devils take on USC. Healy took over in the radio booth back in 1998.


Dodgers Take A Piece Of L.A. Station

Dodgers Take A Piece Of L.A. Station

The Dodgers and iHeartMedia have entered into a new multi-year agreement with KLAC-AM in L.A. that not only renews the radio station's broadcast rights to the games, it also includes an equity position in the station for the team. Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten said, "We are looking forward to expanding KLAC's content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base. We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives, to enhance our fans' engagement. And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin, Rick and Charley."


Lightning Renew With iHeartMedia Tampa

Lightning Renew With iHeartMedia Tampa

The NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and iHeartRadio's WFLA-AM in Tampa have renewed their agreement to broadcast the games through the 2017 season. 970 WFLA will carry all Tampa Bay Lightning regular season and postseason games, as well as select Lightning pre-season games, while iHeartMedia station 1250 WHNZ AM will broadcast all Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football games. The Lightning and the Storm franchises are controlled by Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment.


New Rich Eisen Podcast Launches Monday

New Rich Eisen Podcast Launches Monday

On Monday PodcastOne will debut the launch of The Rich Eisen Show, which is an audio version of the recently-announced DirecTV program. Eisen began his sports career as a staff writer for newspapers in New York and Chicago, and as a local television sports anchor in California. He later joined ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor and host of several programs, before becoming the first talent signed by the NFL Network at its inception.



DIGITAL

Grooveshark Guilty Of Massive Copyright Infringement

Digital Music News reports the U.S. District Court in Manhattan has found Grooveshark guilty of massive copyright infringement based on a preponderance of e-mails, statements from former top executives, direct evidence from internal logs, and willfully deleted files and source code. Music labels pushed for a summary judgment which has been mostly granted. DMN says Grooveshark CEO Samuel Tarantino and co-founder and CTO Josh Greenberg will face the heaviest charges, which remain to be determined. It appears others in the company were removed from the defendant list in exchange for cooperation. DMN reports that Grooveshark not only knew about infringing content on its site, but willfully uploaded infringing content onto its servers and ordered employees to do the same or face penalties.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Condron Joins Connoisseur Management Team

Condron Joins Connoisseur Management Team

It's now official. Jim Condron is the new Connoisseur SVP, Regional Strategies. Condron has been GM at WALK AM/FM for over 13 years prior to Connoisseurs acquisition of the stations in September. Condrons responsibilities will include overseeing traffic and weather networks and national/regional sales, NTR and event marketing in Connoisseurs Golden Ring of radio stations surrounding the NY metro area.


Floorwax Resigns Due to Poor Health

Floorwax Resigns Due to Poor Health

103.5 The Fox (Denver) morning drive host Michael Floorwax has been missing from the airwaves for nearly a year. This week he made it official that he would not be returning to the show he's hosted for over 20 years. As you know if youve listened to the show at all for the past 24 years, Ive struggled with certain medical issues. Ive openly talked about it on the radio and Ive made many jokes about my own medical issues that have plagued me for many years. Unfortunately I will not be coming back as I have to focus all my energy on my health and well being. Read his full statement HERE.


Arriens to Program KSKS for Cumulus Fresno

Arriens to Program KSKS for Cumulus Fresno

Darrin Arriens is the new PD at KSKS/93.7 Kiss Country in Fresno. Arriens was most recently Operations Manager in Grand Rapids cluster and Midwest Regional Director of Operations back when Citadel was still around. Arriens has programmed stations in Milwaukee, Detroit, Toledo, Greenville, Tucson, and Lansing.


Johnny D Signs On as PM Drive Host in Toledo

Johnny D Signs On as PM Drive Host in Toledo

Toledo on-air talent Johnny D (John DiModica) will join the new Star 105 (WWWM-FM) as PM Drive Host, debuting tomorrow. He was most recently Morning Drive Host on WPFX in Toledo. Johnny has previously been PM Drive Host on Toledos WVKS and WSPD. He also served as PD/PM Drive announcer on WCKY in Findlay, OH and has worked in Cleveland and Tampa. In his new position, Johnny will be reunited with Star 105 Morning Host Denny Schaffer, from their days together at WVKS.


Schaflander To Run Atlanta For iHeartMedia

Schaflander To Run Atlanta For iHeartMedia

Justin Schaflander is the new market president and will now oversee the six stations owned by iHeartMedia in that city. Schaflander is promoted from within the market, where he most recently served as VP of sales and led the market to some of its highest levels of revenue growth. He's been with iHeartMedia Atlanta for seven years, with prior roles as director of sales for the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. He was also the general sales manager working closely with Georgia News Network and Total Traffic and Weather Network.


Mosher Takes Over Schaflander's Spot

Mosher Takes Over Schaflander's Spot

Jason Mosher takes over iHeartMedia's six-station cluster as VP of sales. Mosher was GSM for WUBL and WGST as well as Total Traffic and Weather Network. He has been with iHeatMedia Atlanta for six years.


Westwood Hires Foley as VP, Business Development

Westwood Hires Foley as VP, Business Development

Prior to joining Westwood One, Jack Foley was a Business Development Manager for the Radio Disney Group. He also served as VP/Director of Sales for Entercom's Boston cluster, including WEEI, WAAF, WRKO, and WMKK. Past roles include Regional VP/Sales at Clear Channel where he was responsible for revenue for 44 radio stations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. In this new role, Foley will develop revenue streams and create growth opportunities for the company, its agency clients, and its partners across multiple platforms.


Davis Moving To Myrtle Beach

Davis Moving To Myrtle Beach

Zac Davis is leaving G105 in Raleigh, N.C. to become the new operations manager for iHeartmedia in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Davis will also program and host mornings on WGTR 107.9 The Gator. As ops manager, Davis will oversee all five iHeartMedia Myrtle Beach stations. Davis was PD and afternoon host at G105 in Raleigh, which is also owned by iHeartMedia.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Remotes! Danger! Danger!

(SALES) Remotes! Danger! Danger!

(By Gary Ratcliff) I hate selling live remotes to customers whove never done them before and dont understand what they should expect from them. You must explain to an advertiser who thinks he wants a remote exactly what it is, what its going to do for him, and what its not going to do. More often than not, customers whove never done them before think live remotes deliver instant traffic. Sorry, Charlie.


<b>(HIRING)</b> Beat The Big Guys To Great Talent!

(HIRING) Beat The Big Guys To Great Talent!

(By Laurie Kahn) With a marketplace where it is competitive to hire top-quality workers, it is important to have your entire hiring process updated, professional, and friendly. It starts from the time a prospect looks at your website, or LinkedIn and Facebook pages. In media, we are all about enticing listeners, viewers, or readers, but dont put such emphasis on potential job seekers. Ever wonder why companies such as Google, the number-one top business people want to work for in the US, dont have a hard time hiring?


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> Score Attitude Touchdowns In Social Media

(SOCIAL) Score Attitude Touchdowns In Social Media

(By Loyd Ford) Getting your attitude right is something that simply must be done from time to time. I need it. You need it. We all need it in todays busy world. In radio and in social media. Heres a checkup. 1. Are you dialed to positive? Is your attitude set on I am a winner? Do you have any daily affirmations and do your social media posts represent a positive view of your personalities, radio station, activities, and events? If not, you need a checkup, right? Being positive is so much more than wanting to be positive and listeners picking up on your approach.



MONDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Selling To Venus And Mars

(SALES) Selling To Venus And Mars

(By Sean Luce) I stumbled across a book once that substantially helped me understand the relationships between women and men. Some from our newer generation of sales reps might not have been exposed to it. Its called Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus. The author's name is John Gray, Ph.D. I went shopping at a mall with Venus. Simply put, Venus took four hours to find what she wanted and Mars (me) spent 20 minutes to find what I needed.


<b>(DIGITAL)</b> The SoundCloud Debacle

(DIGITAL) The SoundCloud Debacle

(By Mike Spinelli) SoundClouds kettle boiled over this summer when major labels (the majors) started to enforce their intellectual property rights, upsetting the services large community of producers and DJs. After seven years of maintaining the same service, SoundCloud took drastic steps to change its design, and more importantly, its functionality. Many of the functionality changes likely occurred from the growing concern of potentially copyright infringing works that inhabit the platform.


<b>(DIALOGUE)</b> ROI Through Technology

(DIALOGUE) ROI Through Technology

(By Deborah Parenti) Last month, 30-year broadcast and tech executive Phil Argyris was tapped to lead GatesAir, formerly part of Harris Broadcast. I asked him to share some of his vision for his company and the industry. What are radios greatest tech opportunities today? Multichannel HD Radio remains a strong opportunity for the over-the-air model. The bandwidth efficiency of the HD Radio digital stream brings not only additional channels into play, but also interactivity.



DASH 2014

The Future Of Radio: Be There

The Future Of Radio: Be There

Cars and radio have a long history together: Automotive is radio's top advertising category, and there's a radio on every dashboard. It's been that way for decades, and it's been a great relationship. But that doesn't mean radio can take it for granted -- not anymore. At the DASH conference, October 15-16 in Detroit, you'll get a chance to hear about the future of this key collaboration, from people who are in a position to know. NOTE: The deadline for registering for DASH at the $595 price expires at the end of the day Tuesday. On Wednesday, the price increases to $795. We have limited seating, so act now before DASH sells out and save $200 by registering before the price increase.


Fill Up Your Ideas Tank

Fill Up Your Ideas Tank

At the DASH conference, coming up next month in Detroit, three presenters with exciting new products will get a chance to make their pitch in front of a panel of automotive and radio leaders -- and the DASH crowd. You'll see new companies with fresh ideas and innovations, as well as familiar names sharing their newest product lines and developments.


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.


Dealers' Advice For Radio On The Connected Car

Dealers' Advice For Radio On The Connected Car

Radio has long been intimately involved with cars and car dealers, and it's been a great relationship. But now it's time to take a look at car buying, and the whole ownership life cycle, from the perspective of today's connected consumer. How will these savvy consumers research, buy, and get service for their vehicles going forward? And how can radio keep its place as a key part of the process? What new services can radio offer to consumers and to those all-important auto-dealer clients?


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?


Look Who's Talking....

Look Who's Talking....

If the Connected Car Is Important To Your Station, You Need To Be At DASH! October 15-16 -- Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport. And more are being added every day. Take a look at who we have ready to educate you on the DASH and give you the tools you need to be way ahead of your competition.



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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