WRIF in Detroit had a big day of voting Tuesday, and as a result, the station jumped to the top of our reader poll, over WMMR in Philadelphia. Also making big gains were WRAT in New Jersey and WEBN in Cincinnati. KLOS in Los Angeles is a new add to the list after two days of votes.
Getting in on the Amazon Echo craze, Beasley Media Group has chosen SonicAi, the partnership between jācapps and Amplifi Media, to power its radio stations on the smart speaker device. Listeners to most of Beasley's 63 radio stations will soon be able to call up their favorite Beasley station with a simple command if they own the Amazon device. They will not only be able to play the station's stream, they will be able to call up specific station features.
A new agreement is signed between the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and Cumulus, extending the partnership between the two companies through the 2022-2023 season. Cumulus' sports/talk station ESPN 103.3 FM has been the exclusive radio broadcast home for Mavericks coverage since 2001. Chuck Cooperstein will continue as in the play-by-play chair for the games.
Jean Amilcar of West Palm Beach and Roger Bailey of North Lauderdale both have ten days to shut down and respond to the FCC for operating pirate radio stations. Amilcar is accused of having an illegal radio station at his home using the frequency 107.3 in West Palm. Bailey is accused of using 101.1-FM as the frequency for his unlicensed radio station. Read the Amilcar letter HERE and the Bailey letter HERE.
Cox Media Group's Bill Hendrich could write a how-to book on what it takes to set goals, work toward them and smash them. In some cases, as he points out in our August 14 cover story, he achieved them too quickly. It all worked out in the end as Hendrich climbed his way to the top of the Cox Media group Radio management ladder and, since July of 2015, he's been CMG's EVP of Radio and CMG Research. Not bad for a guy who was running a travel agency in his 20's.
Are you working for one of radio's greatest managers? Make your nomination now for Radio Ink's 2017 Best Managers in Radio list. Nominees must be current General Managers, Market Managers, or Regional Vice Presidents. Your deadline to nominate is Friday, August 25. Make your nomination HERE.
Radio Ink is proud to announce that the 9th Hispanic Radio Conference is set for March 13-14 at the Intercontinental at Doral in Miami. The Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference brings together leaders in the Hispanic radio community and experts in Hispanic advertising and media for a comprehensive overview of opportunities and strategies within this rapidly transforming sector.
Radio Ink recruited two of the best programming minds in the business, Lee Abrams and Randy Michaels, to answer this question: "What are the greatest Top 40 stations of all time?” Here's how they stacked them up ... and your lively debate, comments and disagreements on how they did.
The company will be utilizing all 63 of its radio stations for a new company-wide “Community of Caring” Public Service initiative. The campaign will involve PSA's and social media campaigns. Topics to be addressed include the opioid epidemic, bullying, racism and mental health awareness.
The company has named John Scaggs as its new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Bob Augsburg, who founded the organization 30 years ago with his wife Felice, is retiring. Augsburg said, "John is perfectly suited to take over the reins of WAY Media. He has served the Ministry so well over many years as a board member as well as a strategic sounding board and prayer support to me. I couldn't be happier with this decision."
Danni Bruns has been elevated to the newly created position of Operations Manager for Cumulus' four-station cluster in Memphis. Bruns will oversee operations for KIX-106/WGKX-FM, 98.1 The Max/WXMX-FM, 103.5 WRBO, and 98.9 The Vibe/WKIM-FM. She'll also continue to serve as PD for 98.1 The Max and co-host The Max’s Afternoon Drive show.
Bill Black, the current Operations Manager for Radio One in Cleveland and Cincinnati adds the Columbus market to his duties giving him Ohio regional programming oversight of the markets. And Theodore ‘Big Bink’ Turner (pictured here) moves from Columbus to Indianapolis as Operations Manager.
Kirk Minihane from Entercom's WEEI-FM in Boston has been added to the previously announced "Radio’s New Strategies and New Platforms" session on Wednesday, September 6 at the 2017 Radio Show. Minihane and Amplifi Media CEO Steven Goldstein will discuss how to capitalize on the podcasting industry. Jacobs Media/Jacapps president Fred Jacobs will explore how radio can optimize the digital dash.
CBS Radio in New York has promoted Jay Dabhi to music director at 92.3 AMP Radio in New York City. Dabhi also hosts the station’s weekday afternoon mix show. Dabhi began at 92.3 AMP in 2015 to launch the station’s first mix show. He began his radio career four years earlier as a guest mix show DJ on WXRK – 92.3 NOW.
Omny Studio has signed an agreement with CBS Radio giving CBS a license to the Omny Studio platform. CBS Radio will now be able to use Omny Studio’s podcast hosting, analytics and social sharing tools. CBS Radio has over 350 podcasts.
The iHeartRadio for GM app integration with General Motors will be available in select 2018 Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC vehicles, including the just-released Chevy Traverse. Drivers can choose from thousands of live broadcast radio stations nationwide and create their own commercial-free Custom Artist Stations
Podcast Movement 2017 runs August 23-25 at the Anaheim Marriott in California this year and the Jacobs Media’s “Broadcasters Meet Podcasters” track is scheduled for Thursday, August 24. The sessions will focus on how radio companies, stations, and personalities can succeed in this emerging space.