In our upcoming issue of The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio, to be released July 27, Radio Ink Executive Vice President Deborah Parenti interviews Randy Michaels who's appeared on our power list eight times since its 1996 debut (he is not on the 2015 list). The former CEO of Jacor, Clear Channel, Tribune and Merlin Media, Michaels has never been one to follow rules or shy from controversy. He's never been afraid to step up to the plate and challenge the status quo. His passion for radio is undeniable, as is the interest that continues to follow him and his thought provoking perspective on today's radio industry, its recent transformative challenges and its potential for the next 20 or so years. Here's an excerpt from that interview. READ ON.
Emmis Communications' TagStation released information about their NextRadio app and their efforts to further promote it. In addition to recent efforts by Amazon.com and Sprint, a new three-month awareness campaign has launched, as well as a new blog page. Two more Sprint phones being released in July will come preloaded with the app, also. TagStation wants radio stations to push NextRadio information, as that helps increase downloads and places pressure on more cellular carriers to use phones with FM chips.
Greater Media Philadelphia first picked up the radio rights for the Philadelphia Flyer broadcasts with the 2012-13 season. Those rights have just been extended with a new multi-year agreement between the radio company and the NHL team. Sports radio WPEN will continue to be the Flyer's flagship radio station, with game broadcasts, along with pre-and post-game shows also being simulcast on rock station WMMR. The Flyers' announcing team Tim Saunders and Steve Coates will return for the 2015-16 season.
iHeartMedia announced a brand new Hispanic Brand Management team to be headed by Ricardo "Gonzo" Otero (pictured) who will serve as the Hispanic Brand Manager, adding on to his duties as Operations Manager for the La Preciosa Network and PD for KFSO/Fresno. The purpose is to provide iHeartMedia's Hispanic brands with strategic guidance and product leadership, as well as connect key advertisers with iHeartMedia's Hispanic audience. Also part of the team will be Brand Coordinators Ray Hernandez and Raymond Torres. Hernandez will maintain his role as WMGE/Miami PD, while Torres will continue as WRUM/Orlando PD.
AdAge published online its 60th annual Leading National Advertisers report Monday. The report shows that the top 200 advertisers accounted for over half of all measured media advertising in 2014 and overrall spending was up two percent last year. Proctor & Gamble was the top spender followed by AT&T, General Motors, Comcast and Verison. Read the entire list here.
In the first week of June, AutoZone was radio's #2 advertiser, but over the course of the month, it slowly slipped down the rankings, falling to #43 by the end of June. According to Media Monitors, for the week of June 29-July 5, AutoZone moved up 41 places and is once again at #2. 41,028 commercials for AutoZone aired during last week. See the rest of the Top 10 advertisers HERE.
Premiere Networks' syndicated radio host Glenn Beck has been asked by doctors to take time off from speaking to rest his severely strained vocal chords. He hopes to return to his radio work in about a month, with August 3 being the target date.
Radio remote news service Virtual News Center had launched Agencia Virtual de Noticias. The new service is designed to assist the growing Latino radio audience and management of Spanish language stations by offering local news in Spanish. KSLO/Lafayette and KPZE/Roswell are the first to use the new service.
The 10-day program for young broadcasters is being held at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. College students will be taught on almost all aspects of radio, including on-air, sports, news, production, promotions, digital, and all will complete the RAB radio sales course to become certified as Radio Marketing Professionals.
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.
Salem Media Group has announced the acquisition of the dividend stock data website DividendInvestor.com. Dividend Investor will be added to the Eagle Financial Publications' portfolio of investment newsletters and trading services, which Salem purchased in 2014. This will be Salem's third financial website, including EagleDailyInvestor.com and ETFU.com.
WRNS/Kinston NC PD/MD/afternoon DJ Tommy Garrett has resigned from the station due to personal reasons. He had been with the station since 2006. APD/midday DJ Carletta Blake takes over as interim program director, while morning show co-host Crystal Legends adds the music director role. A replacement for Garrett's afternoon drive shift will be named later.
iHeartMedia announced that Carter Brokaw has been hired as its President of Digital Revenue Strategy, a newly-created role. Brokaw has over 20 years of sales experience, most recently serving as EVP at Guardian News and Media. He also has digital sales management experience from his time at Slacker, Meebo, Warner Music Group, and CNET Networks.
Beasley Media Group has hired Tim Huston to the position of General Sales Manager for the company's six-station cluster in the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC market. Huston most recently had been working in Chicago as Merlin Media's LSM. He replaces Lisa McHugh, who exited in March.
Scripps owned WTMJ in Milwaukee has hired Bonnie Petrie to anchor Wisconsin's Morning News with current host Gene Mueller. WTMJ VP/GM Tom Langmyer said, "We were looking for very specific qualities in a news anchor to join Gene Mueller. Bonnie combines the qualities of experience in large news organizations, leadership depth, ideas, great writing ability, work-ethic, drive, an engaging personality and the passion for being an active part of our community."
iHeartMedia announced the hiring of Jodi Phillips as Digital Program Director for its six-station cluster in Charlotte. Phillips joins iHM from CBS Radio in Washington, DC, where she served as the Digital Marketing Manager.
iHeartMedia Milwaukee announced the hiring of Randy Engmann, who has taken over as General Sales Manager for company's six-station cluster. Engmann joins iHeartMedia from Nielsen Audio where he served as Midwestern senior account manager since May 2006. He replaces Nathan Tonarelli, who was promoted to iHM Milwaukee SVP of Sales in April.
The Texas Radio Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2015 inductees. In all, 27 more Texas radio names will be added to the Hall. The list includes 15 active or retired talents, as well as 12 posthumous inductees, who will be branded as trailblazers, news makers, and/or risk takers. The Texas Radio Hall of Fame's 2015 Induction Celebration will be held on November 14th in Round Rock, TX. The full list of 2015 inductees can be seen TRHOF.net.
KGOW-AM/Houston host and contributor to KFNC-FM/Houston and Yahoo Sports Radio, Barry Warner was among the 27 names announced as the 2015 Class of inductees into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Warner has been actively involved in both media and marketing for seven decades. Said Warner: "Humility has never been my trademark -- but I am truly humbled!"
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