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December 19, 2014

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FCC Rules Redskins Not Indecent, Approves Red Zebra License

FCC Rules Redskins Not Indecent, Approves Red Zebra License

Every argument Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf made to try to block Red Zebra's WWXX's license renewal was rejected by the commission. Banzhaf argued use of the word Redskins, during Washington Redskins football games (which WWXX in Virginia carries) was profane, obscene, indecent, hate speech, and causes psychological harm not only to Indian and non-Indian children, but also to Indian adults. He also claimed the owners of Red Zebra lacked the character qualifications required of a commission licensee. Every point was rejected, with specific examples of how Benzhaf either didn't prove his argument or mischaracterized previous case law. In the end, the FCCdecided WWXX does serve the public interest and its license was renewed. Read the FCC ruling HERE.


INDUSTRY NEWS

WPHT Host Catching Heat For Cancer Comments

WPHT Host Catching Heat For Cancer Comments

Philadelphia talker Chris Stigall is getting some national publicity, but for all the wrong reasons. The WPHT morning show host is being called out (see the New York Post story HERE) for saying something about a Philadelphia Phillies fan who has cancer. Julie Kramer was bombarded by love and affection from Phillies second baseman Chase Utley on The Ellen Show, as the 23-year-old Kramer is battling a rare tissue cancer. Utley invited Kramer to as many Phillies games as she wanted to attend. That's when Stigall stepped in it.


Z100's Dastur Goes Corporate

Z100's Dastur Goes Corporate

On January 5, Sharon Dastur will leave her position as PD at one of New York City's most recognizable radio brands, Z100, to become Senior VP of Integration on iHeartMedia's National Programming Platforms team. Dastur will be asked to "create cutting-edge programs that leverage the company's assets for brands and partners." She will also help with the artists, managers, and labels to create cross-promotional partnerships. Dastur has been at Z100 for nearly two decades and is a regular on Radio Ink's annual Most Influential Women in Radio list.


Delmarva Spends $3.2 Million in New Jersey

The purchase price was $3.25 million for WJKS-FM/Canton, NJ and WFAI-AM in Salem, NJ. Delmarva Broadcasting is purchasing the stations from QC Communications, which is owned by Steve Chanin. Both stations show up in the Wilmington, DE ratings and the studios are in Wilmington. Larry Patrick of Patrick Communications was the exclusive broker for this deal.


Who is Your Manager of The Week?

On January 5 Radioink.com begins a new feature called Manager of the Week. Every week we will profile a different manager about why that manager has been successful in the radio industry, how he or she leads others, what it takes to compete and win in a fragmented media world and how the current crop of managers can take radio in the right direction, more specifically to get back to increasing ad revenue. We're encouraging all readers to make nominations HERE which can include market managers, general managers, D.O.S.'s, sales managers, brand managers and Internet sales managers.


Astros Staying With iHeartMedia

Astros Staying With iHeartMedia

It's a four-year agreement between Major League Baseball's Houston Astros and iHeartMedia's Sportstalk 790 AM in Houston. Market Manager Eddie Martiny said, "I'm excited to extend our partnership with the Houston Astros for an additional four years; years that are sure to be the most successful and memorable in Astros history." Sportstalk 790 AM is also the radio home for the Houston Rockets as well as Texas A&M football and basketball.


Volvo Buyers Get Four Years of SiriusXM Traffic

SiriusXM and Volvo Cars of North America jointly announced that Volvo customers will automatically receive a four-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and weather information when purchasing any new 2015.5 vehicle equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Sensus Connect, Volvo's connected-car platform. Those drivers will be able to access a suite of traffic and weather information through an in-car display. SiriusXM Traffic provides traffic speed and flow information as well as accident information. Drivers can also view local and national weather radar maps and receive on-screen weather alerts and storm information, as well as check detailed current and five-day forecasts.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Medina Takes Over for Dastur

Medina Takes Over for Dastur

With Sharon Dastur being bumped up to the iHeartMedia corporate suite, Mark Medina takes over as the new Program Director at Z100 in New York. Medina takes over the iconic brand after programming HOT 99.5 in Washington, DC and Z104.3 WZFT in Baltimore. His programming experience also includes KZZP and KNIX in Phoenix and KRQQ in Tucson. Medina will continue to be part of iHeartMedia's talent development coaching team, where he's worked closely with The Kane Show, Toby Knapp, and Johnjay & Rich.


KSCS/KPLX Gets a New Promotions Chief

KSCS/KPLX Gets a New Promotions Chief

Rebecca Kaplan has been named Promotions Director for Cumulus' two Dallas stations, KSCS and KPLX. Kaplan had been in Tampa as Promotions Director with iHeartMedia. Before that she was in marketing at the University of Florida and for the University of South Florida Athletics Department. Kaplan began her career as Promotions Coordinator for WKZY in Gainesville.


Decker Joins FNR

Decker Joins FNR

Fox News Radio has hired Jon Decker (pictured) as a White House correspondent and Gurnal Scott as a national correspondent. Additionally, FNR's Jessica Golloher will transition from her role as a national reporter in New York to become a Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem. Decker, based in Washington, DC, will make his network debut on January 5, 2015 and joins FNR from SiriusXM Satellite Radio's White House Insider program. Prior to joining FNR, Scott served as an assistant news director for WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill.


Tailor Staying With Fitz

Tailor Staying With Fitz

100.7 The Wolf (KKWF) in Seattle has renwed the contract of Ellen Tailor, who has been co-host of the Fitz in the Morning show since 2011. Fitz said, "We are tickled! Tickled, I tell you! I am thrilled to continue having this cast of characters which makes us the most diverse set of personalities in morning radio."


Yahoo! Sports Changes Up Team

Three new additions will join the Yahoo! Sports Radio network's 24/7 lineup in 2015: Anthony Pepe will replace Dylan Gwinn weekdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Matt Perrault will pick up a shift Saturday and Sunday from 2-6 p.m., and Tim Murray gets a two-hour show on Sunday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


San Antonio Legend Bill McReynolds Dead at 93

San Antonio Legend Bill McReynolds Dead at 93

A broadcasting fixture in the state of Texas, McReynolds was the Farm and Ranch Director at Newsradio 1200 WOAI for fifty years, greeting people across the southern half of the state and beyond with his trademark greeting, "Howdy, friends." He did the Farm and Ranch program at 5AM daily and also an hour long agricultural show during the day until he retired 1997 when he was 76 years old. Read more about McReynolds at the WOAI website. Picture courtesy SA.com


WHO ARE THE BEST COUNTRY PDS IN RADIO?

Every year, Radio Ink magazine and SONY present the Best Country Program Directors at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville (Feb 25-27). Each PD is honored with a profile in Radio Ink magazine and special pullout issues of those profiles are put on display at CRS. Can CMG's Johnny Chiang (pictured) retain his title? What about Greater Media's Mike Brophy or CBS' Tim Roberts? We'll find out soon. We are now accepting nominations for those awards. Deadline to submit is January 8. To nominate your PD GO HERE. Deadline to submit is January 8.



TOP SPORTS TALKERS

Francesa Retains Title

Francesa Retains Title

For the third year in a row WFAN's Mike Francesa has been chosen the number one local sports talker in America by Radio Ink's panel of sports experts. That panel includes program directors, sports hosts, managers of sports stations, and consultants. Mike Francesa has over 27 years of sports talk on the books already, having started out when the format was hardly as cool or lucrative as it is today.



FEATURED WRITERS

(PROGRAMMING) A  GM's Yearly Review

(PROGRAMMING) A GM's Yearly Review

(By Tom Watson) As we close another year in broadcasting it's a good time to reflect on your successes and failures in 2014, set goals for 2015, and move forward. Where do you want to be next year at this time? Are your programming, promotions, marketing, and sales, all contributing to the bottom line Are they reaching their preset goals?


(TALENT) Radio's Choke Point

(TALENT) Radio's Choke Point

(By Ron Robinson) I don't know how much longer contemporary radio owners are going to hang in - what with their looking away or holding their breath until the bad people go away. Qualifying as the "bad people" are any who would, with the courage of Lassie, state that most broadcasters are running second-rate operations. Some owners are blissfully unaware they run clunkers. They have no intention of improving anything.


(SOCIAL) Are You Relevant?

(SOCIAL) Are You Relevant?

(By Loyd Ford) How relevant are you? This can be a difficult question if you are truly looking deep to see the authentic answer. Worse yet is if you are actively seeking to see if your work to remain relevant is working. Broadcasters have a more limited field than they did in past decades. This is in spite of the fact that we now have a digital side. Most companies are working now only to establish themselves as powerbrokers of big national products. Radio gets its power from being local. I understand the temptation of the national platform, but radio is local. The less local you get, the less authentically powerful you are.



RADIO INK

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

Thanks to Robert Sobczak for sending us this Blast From the Past. This is Larry Anderson at WGR in Buffalo. As a teenager and president of his High School Radio Club, Robert set up tours of Buffalo Radio stations. He took this picture in 1979. Read More About This Blast From the Past...


Radio Still Using Traditional Salespeople For Digital Dollars

Radio Still Using Traditional Salespeople For Digital Dollars

The jury is still out on whether this approach is right or wrong. Some will say the reason radio does not generate more revenue from digital is because it doesn't focus enough dedicated resources to it. Others will say there just isn't enough digital revenue in the marketplace to spend the money on those additional resources. Radio Ink recently completed a detailed survey of managers that included owners, CEOs, corporate executives, market managers, general managers, sales managers, and program directors. Our goal was to take the pulse of the industry as we head into 2015 and find out where you believe radio sits in the digital marketplace. Our survey discovered that a large majority of stations continue to sell digital products using their traditional sales force. Here are the numbers...


Even The Band On The Titanic Kept Playing

Even The Band On The Titanic Kept Playing

(by Jeffrey Schmidt) Her name came from Greek mythology - it meant gigantic. 882 feet long, 92 feet wide, 104 feet tall and a weight of 52,000 tons. When Thomas Andrew built this massive ship in 1912, she was called the world's first "unsinkable ship." On April 10th she set out on her maiden voyage from the UK to New York City. On April 14th, four days into the maiden voyage, she hit an iceberg. There were 2,224 people on board. The Titanic split apart and sank to a depth of 12,415 feet. So what does The Titanic have to do with a headline on Radio Ink's website Tuesday?


Majority of Managers Confident About Radio

Majority of Managers Confident About Radio

The future of radio looks bright, according to the current crop of managers running the radio industry. Radio Ink recently completed a detailed survey of managers that included owners, CEOs, corporate executives, market managers, general managers, sales managers, and program directors. Our goal was to take the pulse of the industry as we head into 2015, and find out where you believe radio sits in the digital marketplace. With a new year a few weeks away, radio managers are feeling pretty good about things.







Blast From The Past
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Station Vehicle Gallery
Radio stations from all over the country have sent in pictures of their mobile marketing machines. Here are some of the most creative vehicles being used in the industry today. Send your picture to edryantheditor@gmail.com.
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