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We Found A Great PD Hiding Out In Akron

Sue Wilson is the Vice President of Operations for Rubber City Radio in Akron. She has 36 years in the business, 30 of them as a programmer. Today Sue oversees the operations of Classic Rock WONE, News/Talk WAKR, Smooth Jazz WNWV and Country WQMX and programs WQMX. Her GM Thom Mandel tells Radio Ink, "Sue is an amazing leader who just keeps getting better. She hasn't just made us a great Country station. She has made us a great RADIO station."

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10 Observations From The NAB Show In Las Vegas

(by John Garziglia) The NAB Show in Las Vegas has morphed into a media extravaganza in which radio plays just a part. Nonetheless, radio broadcasters continue to be exceedingly catered to by the NAB, in sessions and on the exhibit floor. Here are top 10 observations on legal, regulatory and operational issues having been one of the 100,000+ attendees:

How Artificial Intelligence Can Supercharge ROI For Your Advertisers

Ryan Steelberg, President of Veritone, and one of the world’s foremost experts in online advertising, will co-host the first in a series of free Radio Ink and RBR-TVBR webinars starting May 23 at 1 p.m. ET. Ryan will reveal new tool sets that enable broadcasters and advertisers to increase ROI and campaign measurement. (REGISTER HERE).

SiriusXM Revenue Up 8% In Q1

The revenue number for the quarter for SiriusXM was $1.3 billion. CEO Jim Meyer said, "Once again, we are demonstrating the scalability and strength of SiriusXM's unique business model and the robust consumer demand for our very special content bundle."


Since 1999, Radio Ink's Most Influential Women in Radio list has reflected the significant progress made in the growth and opportunities of and by women in the industry. Hard earned? Absolutely. Enough? In many areas, still no. But what is impressive is that a list of 10 eighteen years ago topped 100 in 2016. DEADLINE TO NOMINATE IS TODAY!

Studio Rule, Regs On FCC’s May Agenda

May 18 will be the next time the FCC holds its regular monthly meeting, and two issues important to radio will be on the agenda. The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would eliminate the main-studio rule, based on it being outdated and unnecessary. And the Commission will consider a Public Notice that would launch a review of the Commission’s media rules and seek comment on what rules should be modified or repealed.

The Fight to Get You To Pay Continues

musicFIRST Coalition President Chris Israel wrote an opinion piece for The Hill this week to champion the latest piece of legislation, "The Fair Play Fair Pay Act," which, if passed, would result in radio stations having to pay to play music.

Is Your Past Killing Your Future

(By Eric Rhoads) You’re a busy executive, running or operating a fast-paced radio cluster or group. You’re like the proverbial plate spinner on stage, with plates spinning off of each arm, leg, and from your head and your mouth. Most of my colleagues in the radio industry have been spinning at this pace for years.

Passing The Baton

(By Deborah Parenti) There’s nothing quite like going out on a high note, and Entercom’s Steve Fisher, who retires this month, has certainly achieved that. As EVP/CFO, he’s helped grow a well-respected company with a solid financial footing for almost 20 years.

How To Keep Everyone On Your Team Happy

(By James Robinson) I asked a good friend who deals with high-performing teams how he keeps everyone on his team happy. His answer: “Keeping everyone on your team happy is as simple as ensuring that each individual knows you are there to help them achieve their personal goals. It’s the small gestures that prove you’re motivated for them to win.

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Entercom Shows Faith In What Bo Knows

Veteran morning host Bo Thompson has landed a multi-year contract extension with Entercom Charlotte’s News 1110-AM, 99.3-FM WBT. Thompson is host of Charlotte’s Morning News, weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thompson began his career at WBT in 1990. He is a Charlotte native.

Marlins Broadcaster Recovering After Fall

Felo Ramirez is the Spanish-language play-by-play host for Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins. The Miami Herald is reporting the 93-year old is recovering in a Delaware hospital after a fall from the team bus and was bleeding from the back of his head

iHeart Shows Elvis Five More Years Of Love

iHeartMedia has renewed the contract with syndicated morning man Elvis Duran. It's a new 5-year deal which will keep Duran at WHTZ-FM in New York City. He's also heard on 80 stations across the country. Duran will also collaborate with iHeart on a several joint ventures and events, including hosting the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New York City.

Mike Scott Is Ready For His Next Challenge

Scott tells Radio Ink his recent position as Market Operations Manager-Brand Manager/PM-drive air personality with Midwest Communications in Lansing, has been eliminated and he's ready to come work for you. Scott has 35 years of major-market experience (primarily in Detroit) but has also worked in Chicago, Cincinnati, Fort Wayne, and Flint. He can be reached at [email protected]

Breezy New Host For Celebrity Countdown 

United Stations Radio Networks announced Thursday that it has struck a deal with air personality Joe Breezy to take over as host of its weekly CHR and Hot AC program Celebrity Top Ten Countdown. The show was formerly hosted by Jackson Blue, whose schedule has become too jammed for him to continue in the role. 

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Green Joins DGital Media

Jay Green has joined the company as Senior VP of Digital Strategy and Analytics. He'll lead analytics and audience development for the company. CEO Spencer Brown said, “The addition of Jay Green, one of the thought leaders in the podcast industry, is a further reflection of our commitment to leadership in on-demand audio."

 “In The Dark” Is In Peabody Spotlight

It’s a chilling story but one worth telling. In the Dark, an investigative podcast by APM Reports, has received a George Foster Peabody Award for its groundbreaking reporting on the 27-year investigation of the Jacob Wetterling kidnapping. 

Free Webinar Will Boost Your Social Media Results

You can’t beat free. And in an era when radio is searching for ways to grab the digital world by the horns, it would behoove all and sundry to check out Triton Digital’s free 30-minute webinar on social media, 2 p.m. ET, April 27. Those who join in will learn how to leverage social media to drive increased engagement with their brand.

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