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O’Rielly: Subcaps Must Go

Speaking at the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference on Tuesday, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly told attendees this new FCC, under the Chairmanship of Ajit Pai, would be paying a lot more attention to issues that affect the radio industry. And it sounds like this FCC will be dealing with those issues in a very positive way for you. One of the issues O'Rielly spoke about was the FCC's outdated media ownership rules.

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Pirates Infecting Radio. O’Rielly Wants Results

Getting pirate radio broadcasters off the air has been a pet peeve of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly for a very long time. At Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference in Fort Lauderdale, O'Rielly's tune didn't change on the issue. In fact, he said it's still a huge problem in South Florida and has a disproportionate impact on the Hispanic radio community. But he went even further.

What if Hillary Spent More Money on Radio?

Things might be different today, according to a panel at the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference on Tuesday. The panel was entitled, "What We Learned From the Election & Where We Go From Here." The NAB's Dennis Wharton pointed out that Donald Trump won a higher percentage (29%) of the Hispanic vote in 2016 than Mitt Romney (27%) did when he ran for President.

Nagler: The Country Has No Leadership

During our panel on the 2016 political election, former CBS Radio VP Harvey Nagler said the mood of the country is polarized and there is no leadership to bring it together. "It's a sad situation," he said, adding he's never seen people so mad at the state of the country. He also had an opinion about the President saying the media was the enemy.

Medallas de Cortez Winners Announced

The winners of the annual Medallas de Cortez (sponsored by vCreative) awards for excellence in Hispanic Radio were announced Tuesday at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Prestigious Broadcaster of the Year ho nors went to SBS EVP/Programming and Multi-Platform Coordinator Jesus Salas, while, as previously announced, Frank Montero of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth received the Distinguished Leadership Award.

What’s on Tap For Day Two?

Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference continues today with a 9AM panel called "Old School/New School: Bridging the Gap Between Gen X Managers and Millennial Sellers." That will be followed by a panel moderated by Gary Rozynek that focuses on Sales Strategies for Automotive Dealers. Follow all the live action on Twitter using the hashtag #HISPRADIO17 and we'll have full coverage in our Thursday headlines.

Who Are The Best Program Directors In America?

It's time for you to make your nominations for America's Best Programmers. Last year, SBS's Arturo Sosa, iHeart's Chris Conley and John Ivey, and CBS Radio's Jim Ryan and Kevin Weatherly topped our list. Can they do it again? Make your nomination HERE and check out the full 2016 list HERE.

Memorial Radiothon A Huge Success

The 7th Annual Meggan Morency Wild West Night, recently held at Alligator Ron Bergeron’s Green Glades Ranch in Weston, Florida, was attended by over 700 people; $80,000 was raised, which will go to equine-assisted activities and therapy programs at Bit-By-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center.

Our Latest Issue is Out

And it's just in time for our Hispanic Radio Conference taking place today in Fort Lauderdale. The issue features our cover story interview with Entravision’s “Erazno y la Chokolata," a profile on broadcast attorney Frank Montero, some of the greatest-looking radio facilities in the country, and much more. To subscribe to Radio Ink go HERE. And check out our Hispanic Radio conference agenda HERE.

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Lyons Lands Cumulus Director Role

The company has appointed Jeff Lyons to the position of Promotions/Marketing Director for its five-station cluster in Appleton-Oshkosh, WI. Lyons was previously Director of Marketing and Promotions for iHeart Media-Modesto, CA.

2017 Gracie Award Winners Announced

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has named this year’s Gracie Award winners -- and an impressive group of ladies make up the radio contingent. The Gracie Awards Gala will take place June 6 in Beverly Hills and the Gracie Awards Luncheon will be June 27 in New York.

Radio Door Closes, Podcast Door Opens

When Chris Cantore and his 94.9 FM morning show co-host Steven Woods found themselves pink-slipped, the pair took their act to a similar podcast, but after a dozen shows, Woods decided to move on and the project died.

Lunden And Hartman To Be Honored At NAB Show

The former co-hosts of ABC’s Good Morning America, David Hartman and Joan Lunden (pictured), will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. The awards will be presented at the NAB Show Opening on Monday, April 24.

Sturgis Named SC Sportscaster Of The Year

has been named the 2016 South Caroline Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. The 58th Annual NSMA’s Awards will be held on June 26, 2017 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where Sturgis will receive his honor. Sturgis began his career working at recording studios in Knoxville and Atlanta.

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Daytime Village Lineup Announced

It’s nearly Daytime Village time again, at the iHeartCountry Festival, a Music Experience by AT&T on Saturday, May 6 from 2:30-6 p.m. CT. The show will be held at Frank Erwin Center's North Box Office Plaza in Austin, Texas. 

Triton Expands Into Latin America

Triton Digital announced on Tuesday that the company has expanded its Webcast Metrics’ online audience monthly rankers to Latin America. The first-ever ranker for Latin America was released Tuesday.

Amna Nawaz Ready To Make Listeners Uncomfortable

As our socio-political climate becomes one constant monsoon, ABC Radio is launching a podcast to give voice to the disparate views being shouted through the tumult. ABC News’ Amna Nawaz new podcast is called Uncomfortable and she will be going head-to-head with influential voices in America to tackle some of the country’s most divisive issues.

Our Print Magazine: Radio Ink

In This Issue: March 27, 2017
Q&A: Oswaldo Diaz, Erazno Y La Chokolata
Radio's Fabulous Facilities
These Millennials Love Working In Radio!