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Radio Is Alive And Doing Very Well

(by Lora Lewis) Charlie Sislen led off the NJAB Conference Super Session Thursday called "The Power of Radio," paraphrasing Mark Twain: rumors of radio’s death are somewhat premature. In fact, he argues that 2016 is radio’s golden age. Nielson VP Rich Tunkle offered proof in the form of research that radio is still the most used media and the most effective, thanks to less fragmentation.

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Rotella: We Need Unity

(by Lora Lewis) The New Jersey Broadcasters Association opened its 69th annual conference in Atlantic City Thursday morning with NJBA President Paul Rotella calling for broadcast unity in the face of challenges to free speech, the entertainment industry’s continued push for performance taxes, and our industry’s crippling debt and financial woes which affect creativity and growth.

Borrell: Change The Way You Sell

Addressing the NJAB Thursday morning, Gordon Borrell made a case for redirecting your local sales focus to be more consultant than seller, noting that advertising budgets are shrinking as marketing dollars increase.

The NJBA Roundup

Several panels took place at the same time at the conference yesterday. Here are just a few of the details from the event Paul Rotella and his team organized. Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti led a lively panel at the NJBA Conference Thursday called "Successful Women in Radio."

$10,000 Public Inspection Fine Stands

The Commission has upheld the fine against Peconic Public Broadcasting's WPPB-FM in Southampton, New York, denying the station's request for the Commission to reconsider. The station missed 13 quarterly issues programs from 2010 to 2015.

Analyst: New Cumulus CFO is Not a Good Sign

Noble Financial Analyst Michael Kupinski believes that the resignation of CFO JP Hannan for John Abbot is "not a good sign" for the company. Kupinski says, as a result of the change, a restructuring is likely. Here are his comments, according to

Country Radio Broadcasters Honor Hall Inductees

This year’s Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees were Blair Garner, Mike & Dana Schuff, and Lisa Dent in the On-Air category, and Mick Anselmo, Kerby Confer, Jack Reno, Tim Roberts, and Jim Slone in the radio category. The Country Radio Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.

Ohana Broadcasting Raises $60K For Kids

947 KUMU’s 3rd Annual “Drive for Wishes" radiothon raised over $60,350 for Make-A-Wish Hawaii. In partnership with the local ABC affiliate, the 13-hour radiothon included interviews with local "Wish" children and their families, a live phone bank, and incentives to encourage monetary donations to fund wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Our Most Influential Women in Radio Issue is Out

One of Radio Ink's most anticipated issues of the year is now ready to download to your device (SUBSCRIBE HERE). This issue features the very inspiring story of vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer in our cover interview, Joan Hamburg as the 2016 MIW Radio legend, an interview with rising syndicated star Dr. Laura Berman and 100 of the Most Influential Women in Radio today. Each and every one details how and why they are successful in radio today.

WMMR’s Bleeding Great Success

Listeners of Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR-FM listeners came through again. The station, in conjunction with the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, collected 1,297 units of blood on June 18 at Valley Forge Casino Resort -- the largest blood drive in the PA, NJ, DE region.

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Todd Manley Extends With WGN

The VP of Content & Programming has extended his contract with the Chicago station through 2019. GM Jimmy de Castro said, “Todd makes it fun to come to work every day. He’s a content musician that drives our incredible spoken word content across a multitude of platforms.” Manley has held his VP position at WGN since 2013. He's also worked at WXRT in Chicago and KTRS in St. Louis.

iHeart Nashville Adds Digital PD

iHeartMedia Nashville is bringing on Morgan Huelsman as Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia Nashville. Huelsman will work with the iHeart Nashville programming and sales teams regarding the cluster's mobile content strategy. Previously Huelsman served as the Digital Content Director for iHeart's four stations in Wichita.

Cumia Pleads Guilty To Assault

This goes back to the December 2015 charges against the former Opie & Anthony host. He pleads to two misdemeanor charges of assaulting his girlfriend, third-degree assault and blocking someone’s breathing. Newsday reports Cumia will have to do six months of outpatient alcohol abuse treatment and a six-month batterer’s intervention program. Cumia is 55. His girlfriend at the time was 26.

It’s The End For Alyssa Page

107.7 The End, Entercom's Alternative station in Seattle, has pegged Page to host middays, replacing Pepper who left a few months ago. She comes to Seattle after covering weekends and swing shifts at Cumulus' Rock 100.5 in Atlanta. She'll also be responsible for social media at the station.

Capitol Broadcasting To Debut New AM Show

Buzz Sports Radio in Raleigh-Durham will debut The Sports Shop with Reese & Kmac Tuesday, July 5. The Sports Shop will be the first African-American sports talk morning show in the Raleigh-Durham market. The show, which is billed as "urban sports radio," moves from its current 10 a.m. to noon timeslot to morning drive, and replaces The Morning Show with Mike, Lauren & Demetri.

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Newsy Joins TuneIn

Newsy’s daily news reporting is now available through TuneIn. Newsy is the over-the-top news network, aimed at millenials, that focuses on analysis and perspective on the day’s top stories, including world and national news, policy, culture, science and technology. Newsy is owned by The E.W. Scripps Company.

NBC Sports Radio Available On Apple Music

That announcement was made Wednesday. The joint sports talk venture between NBC Sports and Westwood One can be streamed via Apple Music.

jācapps Team Hosting Connected Car Webinar

As everyone knows, the automobile is where radio grabs most of its listening. And automotive is radio's number-one biggest advertising category. Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs says, “The car may be the most important challenge – and opportunity – facing the broadcast radio industry at this time.” And that’s why mobile app developer, jācapps is hosting a free webinar focused on the connected car Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. ET. REGISTER HERE.

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The Most Influential Women In Radio