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How Did Radio Perform in Q2

Overall, the ad market was up 3.8% in the quarter, mostly due to digital growing 11%, according to Standard Media Index. The social-media category saw spending increase a whopping 55%. Premium video was also strong, up 30%. In that category, Hulu climbed 11%. Magazine and newspapers continues to decline, with magazines down 16% and newspapers off 20%. SMI says radio also took a hit in the quarter, down 4%, and out-of-home lost 1%. This week we start to get a closer look at how radio performed in Q2 as companies begin to report earnings, including Entercom on Friday.

Our Duty To Our Clients

(By Bob McCurdy) I recently read an article in Advertising Age that I've been thinking about ever since. While it dealt with one client’s view of advertising agencies, it would not be too much of a stretch to envision a local advertiser voicing similar concerns to us, given the opportunity.

Rochester Translator Sells For $650K

The interest in purchasing FM translators continue to be high and they are selling for big money. Broker Dick Kozako tells Radio Ink that W288CS (105.5mhz) in Rochester is being purchased for $650,000 by Blue Light Communications in New York City. The sellers are Russell Kimble and Patricia Anderson

Salem’s Live White House Broadcast is Tomorrow

The day’s broadcast theme Made in America will feature senior members of the Trump Administration as program guests on approximately 20 Salem Media Group radio shows. Hosts Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Larry Elder and Eric Metaxas will be joined by local hosts from Salem owned stations for a combined 36 hours of live programming.

Milwaukee Station Hopes Murals Will Spark Dialogue

88Nine Radio Milwaukee (88.9 WYMS-FM) has commissioned two colorful, original murals aimed at spurring community conversations. The non-profit station launched the mural initiative and commissioned local artists, using grant money, as a way to give back to Milwaukee as part of the station’s activities recognizing its 10th anniversary on air and in the community.

Three Former Westwood Execs Join LRN

Local Radio Networks has hired Chris Reeves, Chris Hatton, and Jonathan Steele for LRN’s 24/7 format team. Reeves joins as Executive Vice President, Programming & Operations, Hatton becomes Director, 24/7 Creative Services, and Steele becomes Director, Programming Operations. LRN has 12 formats.

The Bull Helps Dog Find Owner

That’s actually Portland’s 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) which went live on Facebook at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and ended up reuniting Ronald The Mastiff – who had been at the Humane Society for a while – with his former owner. How? The Bull’s Tony, McKinzie, and Jake captured Ronald on Facebook Live which reached a woman who recognized him.

Peterson Brothers To Play Radio Show Opening

The Austin-based funk-rock-blues band will perform during the 2017 Radio Show's Opening Reception on Tuesday, September 5 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Austin. Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau, the annual Radio Show brings broadcasters and industry colleagues together.

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Beasley to Syndicate Dave & Chuck The Freak

And the WRIF-FM Detroit morning show will begin their syndication journey with Boston as their first market. The Dave & Chuck The Freak Morning Show will simulcast on ALT 92.9 /WBOS-FM in Boston beginning today.

Bohannon To Focus On “Little Picture” In Commencement Address

Westwood One talk host Jim Bohannon will deliver the summer commencement address at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia, on Saturday, July 29. Jim will forgo the "big picture" so popular in commencement addresses, and will tell graduates about the "little picture."

They’re Changing It Up At Q100.3

The Grayling, MI, Rock station is getting a makeover with new shows and timeslots. Jomama’s Joy Ride with Jomarie Leone highlights a new lineup of fun, entertainment, and great music on Q100.3 – “The Only Place for Rock & Roll.” Jomama’s new show will run from 3-7 p.m. J.C.

LaDawn Black Takes Manhattan

The relationship expert and author is making the jump from Magic 95.9 in Baltimore to NYC’s WBLS. Over the past 13 years, Black has had great success in the DC/Baltimore area with the #1-rated late night radio relationship show, The LaDawn Black Show, which aired for 10 years on 92Q and the last three years on Magic 95.9.

Steve McKay To Program Pair of NC Stations

McKay is the new Program Director for Adult Contemporary station WGNI-FM (102.7 GNI) and Classic Rock station WKXS-FM (94.5 The Hawk) in Wilmington, NC. He has over two decades’ experience in the role in various markets, including stations WPTE Norfolk and WBHT in Scranton, PA.

New Platform And Mobile App For PodcastOne

The new app offers listeners a destination where they can have conversations around shows, access behind-the-scenes photos, message one another, read articles, and take polls.

Tom Kent Launches New Podcast

The Tom Kent Radio Network has launched a new weekly podcast called "Inside the Microphone," which goes behind the scenes with an iconic local radio personality whose influenced our industry. The first features legendary WLS-FM afternoon personality Ron Parker.

Nothing But The Truth From DL Hughley

The comedian, actor, and radio host now has his own podcast, The Hughley Truth. It’s all about real, raw, and funny conversation. Each week, DL and his wingman, “News Guy” Guy Lambert, discuss politics, social behavior, entertainment, and more with engaging guests from all walks of life.

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