Westergren Steps Down As Pandora CEO

After much speculation that the Pandora founder and two-time CEO would step down, today was the day. As the Board of Directors of the streaming pure-play begins its search for a new CEO, CFO Naveen Chopra will step in as interim CEO. Westergren is also out as a Pandora board member. Pandora appointed Jason Hirschhorn to fill the vacant seat. President Mike Herring and CMO Nick Bartle are also out.

Pandora Turns Off Australia And New Zealand

The changes keep coming from the pure-play streamer. On the same day Pandora made it official CEO and founder Tim Westergren was leaving, the company announced it was winding down operations in Australia and New Zealand. Pandora had been serving those two countries with its curated music service since December of 2012. Here's the official company statement...

Radio Gets $1 Out Of Every $14 In New York

According to BIA/Kelsey's updated 2017 U.S. Local Advertising Forecast, radio stations in New York will receive about $992.2 million of the $13.7 billion spent on local media. Direct mail will receive the most ($3.57 billion), digital came in second ($1.78 billion), followed by TV over-the-air ($1.73 billion), mobile ($1.54 billion), then radio ($992.2 million). Ten New York media markets were measured.

A Gathering Of Radio All Stars

Radio was well represented Tuesday at the annual Gracie's Luncheon in New York City. At this all-star table were the NAB's John David, ABC Radio's Steve Jones, talk show host Joan Hamburg, Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti, CBS Radio's Chris Oliviero, the recently retired Harvey Nagler from ABC News Radio, Heather Cohen from the Weiss Agency, and Broadcast Attorney Frank Montero.

Beasley Boston Wins A Gracie

WMJX-FM in Boston won a Gracie Award Tuesday for MAGIC 106.7’s Exceptional Women radio show. Show host Sue Tabb (pictured right) and producer Kendra Petrone received the Gracie in the category of “Soft News Feature” in honor of their “Then You Stand” submission. Exceptional Women has now earned 25 Gracies, in addition to 20 local and national awards for excellence in women’s programming.

Buffalo’s WKBW Keeps Its Lead Over CKLW

Another strong day for WKBW. The Buffalo station continues to edge out CKLW in Windsor in our poll of The Greatest Top 40 Radio Stations of all time. Cast your vote now. Your top 10 choices will appear in the July 24 issue of Radio Ink, right next to the top picks from Lee Abrams and Randy Michaels.

How To Use AI, And Metadata, To Unlock Value In TV

Not so long ago, time-stamps played a large metadata role for TV broadcasters. In recent years, technological advancements have changed how broadcasters view and use metadata. On July 18, broadcast and cable TV professionals and their sales teams have a great no-cost opportunity to learn more about how AI and metadata can bring in more ad dollars.

SCBA: Southern Cal Economy – And Traffic – Exploding

The Southern California Broadcasters Association has published its Quarterly Market Guidance Report for the third quarter of 2017. The organization says Southern California’s estimated gross domestic product will exceed $1.5 trillion in 2017, making it the 16th largest economy in the world with Los Angeles County alone ranking 21st with a gross domestic product of $644 billion.

IAB: Podcast Revenue Gaining Traction

U.S. podcast advertising revenues are expected to come in at over $220 million in 2017, according to the first-ever IAB Podcast Advertising Revenue Study. That's an increase of 85 percent over the $119 million total from 2016. So what kind of ads are advertisers most likely to run? Here's your answer...

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Duo Upped At WRQX Mix 107.3

The Washington, DC, station has promoted WRQX Mix 107.3 Music Director Ashley Nickels to Assistant Program Director and part-time personality Seth King is now full-time host, nights. King’s show airs Monday through Friday from 7 p.m.-12 Midnight.

Local Legends To Fill Key Air Slots At KHTP

Award-winning rap artist Anthony Ray, better known as Sir Mix-A-Lot, and Seattle radio veteran Eric Powers will join the KHTP-FM HOT 103.7 (Seattle) lineup. Sir Mix-A-Lot will be on air during morning drive from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Powers will be the afternoon drive host from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as the station's Program Director effective July 5.

Noory’s As Mad As Hell

Coast to Coast AM host George Noory, who recently extended his contract with Premiere Networks, has released his latest book, Mad As Hell. Noory lets loose in the book about why his passion for our country’s welfare has him enraged and concerned about its future – but he believes we can work together to bring about positive change.

Radio Vet Carl Conner Passes

Conner worked in the radio broadcasting industry for over 47 years in markets including Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, Augusta, Houston, and Columbus, GA. In 2016, he retired from Davis Broadcasting as the VP of Operations after 20 years with the company.

Charlotte Host Aims To Be Motorcycle Ace

And now for something completely different. Ace of The Ace & TJ Show on Channel 96.1 has a childhood dream of jumping over multiple cars on a motorcycle. On Friday, June 30 at Iron Horse Motorcycles in Monroe, NC, that dream will come true. Ace & TJ will broadcast live from Iron Horse.

Ready To Get Motivated With Mara Schiavocampo?

ABC Radio has a new health podcast titled Motivated and hosted by ABC News Correspondent Mara Schiavocampo. The podcast takes a holistic approach and will look at all things health, wellness, nutrition, and spirituality. After struggling with her weight her entire life, Schiavocampo finally discovered the keys to living a healthier, happier life, losing 90 pounds along the way.

Trio To Boost Marketing, Finance, & Content At Midroll

Podcast outfit Midroll Media has brought in Amy Fitzgibbons as Vice President of Marketing; Laura Mayer joins as Executive Producer for Midroll; and David Murray becomes Vice President of Finance and Strategy. Fitzgibbons comes to Midroll from PhotoShelter; Mayer joins the company from Panoply; and, Murray joins from The E.W. Scripps Company.

Miley Cyrus First Guest On New Podcast

The celebrity podcast is called iHeartRadio’s Label Defiers with ZICO Coconut Water, and it launched with a bang, Wednesday, featuring Miley Cyrus as the debut guest. Hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran, the bi-weekly podcast features stars discussing how they perceive their own labels, challenges they’ve faced, and their idiosyncrasies.

Our Print Magazine: Radio Ink

In This Issue: June 19, 2017
Cover Story: Weiss Agency EVP Heather Cohen
The Most Influential Women In Radio
MIW Legend: Kay Olin

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