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July 28, 2014

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Pittman Named Radio's Most Powerful

Pittman Named Radio's Most Powerful

Bob Pittman, CEO of radio's largest company, holds steady at number one, for the fourth consecutive year. Clear Channel brings in over $2.6 billion in annual revenue, generated by over 800 stations in 150 markets, and has thousands of employees all across the country. In January, following the departure of John Hogan, Clear Channel extended Pittman's contract as CEO for an additional five years and Pittman (along with CFO Richard Bressler) took on some of Hogan's former responsibilities for the Media and Entertainment division. Radio Ink's 2014 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue is out now. To subscribe to our digital edition, which includes the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue, GO HERE.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Minihane Suspended Without Pay

Minihane Suspended Without Pay

You know you've crossed the line when the CEO has to step in and issue a public statement for the way you've been behaving. Entercom CEO David Field has had enough of the Kirk Minihane controversy at his Boston sports-talker WEEI-FM and the negative publicity. Minihane, the third wheel on the Dennis & Callahan show, has been suspended for a week without pay for the insults he's been hurling at Fox's Erin Andrews. Fox Sports has pulled all of its advertising with Entercom (see next story) so it remains to be seen if one week is all Minihane gets when this is all said and done. Minihane called Andrews a gutless b***h and said she should drop dead. He offered a half-hearted apology on the WEEI website and went on vacation. Upon is "triumphant return," he was right back at it standing by his original position.


What Changed Entercom's Mind on Minihane

What Changed Entercom's Mind on Minihane

Minihane's original Erin Andrews rant was, at first, embraced by Entercom's Boston cluster. Upon the hosts return from vacation, the WEEI-FM website read, "the triumphant return of Kirk Minihane." Minihane compounded the problem for Entercom by insulting Andrews again on his first day back instead of just letting the matter go. "I think if she weighed 15 pounds more, she'd be a waitress at Perkins." On Friday Entercom was no longer bragging about Minihane's triumphant return after Fox Sports president Eric Shanks (pictured) stepped in.


Will Minihane Make it Through This Ordeal?

Will Minihane Make it Through This Ordeal?

Forget whether or not calling someone a "gutless b***h" or saying they should drop dead without even giving them a chance to defend is entertaining radio or not, that's a debate for another day. So far the words used by WEEI's Kirk Minihane have only cost him one week. His future with WEEI may be determined by how this firestorm plays out day-by-day. What if other advertisers decide to follow Fox' lead and stop advertising with Entercom? There are always groups out there willing to put in the time to go after talk hosts when they see blood in the water.


Is Stephen A. Smith Leaving ESPN Radio?

Is Stephen A. Smith Leaving ESPN Radio?

ESPN has no comment on the story in The New York Daily News that Smith is headed to SiriusXM to join former WFAN host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo's channel. You may remember our story back in May when Russo said he was unable to find a black host who is worthy of doing a national show. The very-well-connected Bob Raissman at The Daily News reports Smith is leaving ESPN-98.7 FM and heading to Sirius, where he'll get his own show. Currently Smith is a co-host with Ryan Ruocco on 98.7.


Maynard Joins Clear Channel as Sr. VP of Programming

Maynard Joins Clear Channel as Sr. VP of Programming

It's a newly created position for Maynard who joins Clear Channel from Hubbard in Seattle where since 2007 he was Operations Manager and PD. He's also worked in Spokane, and Omaha as well as with Clear Channel in Eugene and Portland. Maynard reports to President of National Programming Platforms and Tom Poleman and Executive Vice President and General Manager for National Programming Platforms Clay Hunnicutt.


Beasley Q2 Revenue Drops Nearly 4%

Beasley Q2 Revenue Drops Nearly 4%

Another disappointing revenue quarter from a publicly traded radio company. Beasley Broadcasting, which owns 44 stations in 11 large- and mid-size markets, generated $1.0 million less in the second quarter of 2014 than it did in 2013. The company blamed the decrease on lower advertising revenue in its Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville markets. Beasley did reduce operating expenses by 2.3 percent ($400,000). Operating income for the quarter was down 12.1 percent while net income increased 28.1 percent to $3 million.


Apple to Purchase Talk App Swell

Apple is continuing to grow its spoken word product on iTunes Radio. Swell carries news from NPR, ABC, ESPN, the BBC, and others. Uses a users listening history to create personalized content playlists. According to re/code, Apple will but Swell for $30 million and as part of the deal, the Swell app is to be shut down this week. Earlier Apple announced deals for iTunes Radio with ESPN and over 40 NPR local stations.


WSCR Hosting All-Star Softball Game.

The charity softball game, hosted by CBS Radio's WSCR-670 The Score in Chicago, will be held September 6th and include Chicago Northside and Southside baseball legends, including Scott Podsednik, Jermaine Dye, Ozzie Guillen, Gary Matthews Jr. and Carlos Zambrano. Prior to the game, young fans will have the chance to take part in an on-field baseball skills clinic hosted by the Bulls/Sox Academy. Kids will have the opportunity to experience the true nature of baseball, consisting of base running, batting, and fielding drills.


Nickerson Receives 100,00 Birthday Cards

Nickerson Receives 100,00 Birthday Cards

Last week we wrote about how Cumulus was rallying its stations and syndicated shows around Danny Nickerson, who celebrated his 6th birthday this past Friday. Nickerson is battling an inoperable brain tumor,known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, one of the most chemotherapy-resistant cancers. All he wanted for his birthday was boxes and boxes of birthday cards. According to a Facebook post from Danny's mother Carley Nickerson Danny received over 100,000 cards.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Kensington-Lott Joins McGavren Guild Media

Kensington-Lott Joins McGavren Guild Media

McGavren Guild Media has hired Anne Kensington-Lott as vice president for its Hispanic platform, a newly created position at the company. McGavren Guild CEO Kevin Garrity said, "The Hispanic population is the fastest growing segment in the nation. Our Hispanic platform continues to grow and I wanted to hire someone with a keen understanding of the 'Total Market' concept, resulting in the ability to super-serve our client and agency partners. Anne will play a significant role in growing our already-robust Hispanic platform."


WRXQ In DC Launches New Morning

WRXQ In DC Launches New Morning

Starting Wednesday, it's The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show on Cumulus' WRQX's 107.3 in Washington, D.C. Cumulus Senior Vice President of Programming Mike McVay said, We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty, and Mel for mornings. There is a high level of competition in D.C. I believe in Gillette. He believes in the team. That makes me a big believer in this show."


Majic Adds Wright to Middays

Starting tomorrow Michael Wright will be the new midday host at Radio One's Majic 102.3 in Silver Springs, Maryland. Wright joins Radio One from WHUR 96.3 in DC, where she hosted weekends and filled in on the afternoon show. Wright has also worked at WPGC 95.5 where she also served as a midday host. Other radio work has included feature reporting and announcing with Premiere Radio Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET Networks, DC Cable Television, Colgate, Mercedes Benz, SHOWTIME Television and MHZ TV Networks.


Marconi is Back at Alpha's KINK-FM

Marconi is Back at Alpha's KINK-FM

On August 11, Marconi Bologna will join Shelia Hamilton on Alpha's KINK-FM in Portland, Oregon as the new co-host. The show will be called Sheila and Marconi in the Morning. Bologna said, I've worked in Portland radio for a long time. I recently lived in Denver for almost 4 years. That whole time I missed being on Portland radio, walkable neighborhoods, food carts and great restaurants, local music, and most of all, the people here. Portland is my heart. KINK is my station.


Jay Dixon Gets Permanent PD Gig At WQHT

Jay Dixon Gets Permanent PD Gig At WQHT

Emmis' Hip Hop N.Y. station HOT 97 FM will continue to be programmed by Jay Dixon. Dixon has served as interim PD since Ebro Darden vacated the position in March to focus on his morning show. GM Deon Levingston said, Jays extensive knowledge of radio broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT. Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the HOT 97 platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence HOT 97 has in Hip Hop and music. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family.



RECENT BLOGGERS

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

(By Buzz Knight) I found a cool new restaurant a couple of towns over from me called Il Casale in (Lexington, Mass). It's been open for about six weeks. It's the sister restaurant of another spot they own in Belmont, Mass. (They meaning chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers.) I grabbed a bite to eat there this past week after hearing a few friends rave about it and I heard a great story from a guy named Jeff who is one of the regular customers from the neighborhood.


<b>(SALES)</b> Can I Have Your Attention?

(SALES) Can I Have Your Attention?

(By Jeff Schmidt) Tracey McGrath was the new general manager at Seelye of South Haven. This was our third meeting. He had aggressive goals. Having just attended a Jim Williams seminar, I prepared an aggressive strategy that included dominating frequency on the radio stations. Twice an hour every hour every day on both stations. It was by far the biggest schedule ever presented on the stations. We were asking for $25,000 a month. In a small un-rated market, that amount is unheard of.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(SOCIAL) 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(By Loyd Ford) You always have the choice to be like everyone else. You can always fit in. You can always go along. But why not break out? Here are five (5) ways you can break out in your social media and find new fans, grow your influence, and enjoy more of your life in radio: 1. Focus your visuals on fun, entertainment, and a unique perspective. Giving a unique perspective on the entertaining side of your business will give listeners a happy-to-waste-time enjoyment of your content. This will pay dividends.



2014 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN RADIO

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

2014 marks the 15th year for whats become one of our most popular lists. The Most Influential Women in Radio issue began in 1999, when the list of names was much shorter and those who occupied the list less influential. Today, some of these influencers will also appear on our 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list (to be released on July 28). Read about the Most Influential Women HERE.



DASH 2014

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."



RADIO INK

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."


Digital Sales Success Stories

If you have one, we want to hear about it. Are you killing it in digital sales, bringing local clients results using all of your digital products? Do your clients look to you as the go-to digital expert in your market? You are a rare bird in our indusrty and we want to hear about you and your story today. Call or e-mail Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan at 239-247-3833 or edryantheeditor@gmail.com.


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TELL US ABOUT YOUR SALESPEOPLE

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