He's been dead for three years (6/15/14) yet the family feud over radio icon Casey Kasem rages on. The latest twist is a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Kasem's widow against his three children. Jean Kasem is accusing Kerri, Mike, and Julie Kasem (from a prior relationship) of participating in a “homicidal guardianship scam” that directly led to his death.
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.
Good news from DC: The Local Radio Freedom Act now has 195 cosponsors in the House and 22 in the Senate, with four more Members of the House of Representatives adding their names to the list. The bipartisan resolution opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations.
Last night we reached out to Kerri Kasem to get her reaction to the lawsuit file by Jean. Kerri told Radio Ink, This frivolous lawsuit was filed because Jean Kasem thinks that this will delay her own wrongful death suit and confuse people about what really happened to my dad. She never served anyone that she names in the suit and she could not get a lawyer to take the case."
That's according to Nielsen's latest Audio Today Report which provides a snapshot of the listening landscape viewed through many different lenses - reach and audience growth, network radio, podcasting, localism and top formats and songs. The report says an average podcast listener is young, educated and affluent.
The answer is yes, according to recode. And the company is already having discussions with the labels about its own music service, which would be bundled with its cars, which already come equipped with a high-tech dashboard and internet connectivity.
(By Georgia Beasley) I began writing this column after engaging in a debate over what is considered an acceptable dress code for the workplace by our traditional industry standards. Per usual, I was the only Millennial, so my opinion was not exactly the fan favorite, but since that day I've continued to ask myself: Does success have a dress code?
(By Barry Cohen) It may sound like posturing, but unless you are selling in Death Valley, or a town with a population of only 40, you are in charge of who has access to your assets. Your audience is your product -- not your signal, not your talent, not your programming.
(By Dick Kalt) While the new hot term UX, for “User Experience,” is mostly associated with online engagement on commercial websites, it has just as much relevance to radio — but nobody really thinks about that. Now more than ever, broadcasters must realize that user experience involves far more than just playing the music they think people want to hear.
Blue Alerts can be used to warn the public with actionable information related to a law enforcement officer who's missing, injured, or killed in the line of duty, or when there's an imminent credible threat to an officer. The Blue Alert option would be used by authorities to notify the public through radio and TV of threats to law enforcement and to help apprehend dangerous suspects.
Some new blood for the board of the Broadcasters Foundation of America: Kim Guthrie, President of Cox Media Group, and DuJuan McCoy, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of Bayou City Broadcasting, were voted in this week. In addition, Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks, was named Officer and Vice President.
Fox2Now.com, St. Louis, is running the story that Y98 (KYKY) afternoon drive personality has Stage 4 cancer. Cook made the announcement on his Facebook page: “In case you’re wondering where I have gone for big chunks of the next six months. The reason is that I will be getting treated for stage four colorectal cancer."
The Sports Shop with Reese & Kmac has been extended for another year on Buzz Sports Radio. Hosted by Erroll Reese and Kevin McClendon, and billed by the hosts as “urban sports radio,” it is one of the few sports radio morning shows in the country that’s co-hosted by two African-Americans. The pair can be heard mornings in the Raleigh-Durham market.
The morning show personality has had his eponymous morning show on Hot AC 96.3 WDVD-FM since 2003, and Cumulus are making sure he isn’t going anywhere. It’s a long-term extension for Fowler and The Blaine Fowler Morning Show that Motor City commuters catch weekdays 5.30-9 a.m.
Steve Jones is the host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on Cumulus' KLOS in Los Angeles. He is the sole honoree in the Radio category for the Walk of Fame Class of 2018. Jones and other honorees were chosen at a meeting held in June and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors. Jones was also the guitarist for the Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop.
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.
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.
88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s 414Music.fm launched its new HD2 broadcast radio channel, and mobile and online stream, Tuesday. The station plays at least one Milwaukee artist every hour and supports Milwaukee bands via its weekly on-air 414 Live interview and performance show, and its annual Milwaukee Music Awards.