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January 26, 2015

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Radio Prepares For The Blizzard Of 2015

Radio Prepares For The Blizzard Of 2015

A Nor'easter is charging though the Northeast with the possibility of two feet or more of snow. How are radio stations in New England, NY, and DC handling the storm and how is it affecting their programming? Radio Ink checks in and hears from market managers on their programing, staff, and sales plans. Continue Reading...


INDUSTRY NEWS

(AUDIO) How I Cracked Market Number One

(AUDIO) How I Cracked Market Number One

Monday marks Edgar "Shoboy" Sotelo's second week on-air in New York at 92.3 Amp. After a couple of hours of airchecking Sotelo it sounds like he's acclimating well. One of the hardest things for a new host in a new market is not sounding like an outsider, sounding like you're plugged into the community. Sotelo talks to Radio Ink in an exclusive audio interview Here.


Walgreens Takes "Spot 10" Top Spot

Walgreens Takes "Spot 10" Top Spot

Walgreens kicked Geico out of the number one position in this week's Spot 10 with just over 52,000 spots for January 19-25. Geico logged over 47,000 commercials and is number two in this week's count. Home Depot was number three last week and again this week with just under 38,000 spots. Rounding out the Top 5 are McDonald's and JCPenny with just under 25,000 spots for McDonalds and just over 22,000 commercials for JC Penny.


A Lesson For Radio From SkyMall's Fall

A Lesson For Radio From SkyMall's Fall

The parent company for SkyMall filed for bankruptcy last week, citing that it was a victim of the times. New rules on airlines and tech that allows smartphones and tablets during flights, just nibbled away at the mainstay of the seat-back pocket. Airline passengers once held captive during their flight, have new ways to pass their time. Sound familiar? The parallels between in-flight and in-dash draw some compelling comparisons. Continue Reading...


Making One Of Radio’s Hardest Jobs A Little Easier

Making One Of Radio’s Hardest Jobs A Little Easier

Many local and general sales managers will tell you that sales management is the hardest job in radio today. They have more people to manage, more things to sell, and less support staff than ever before. In Spanish-language radio, if sales managers are not Hispanic, they need to learn the nuances of Hispanic culture -- and fast! Hispanic Radio Conference...


iHeartRadio Goes Over 60 Million User Mark

iHeartRadio Goes Over 60 Million User Mark

iHeartMedia announced Friday that they have surpassed 60 million registered users and 90 million uniques. The company points out that registered listening doesn't account for the users who listen to live radio without registering, suggesting that the app's total reach is greater. Continue reading...


Nielsen: The Holidays Were A Hit On AC Radio

Nielsen: The Holidays Were A Hit On AC Radio

Nielsen reports that after two years of declining holiday listening, AC posted gains in all demographics. AC traditionally leads the pack with holiday formats and 2014 was no exception, coming in #1 across PPM markets in the holiday book for 6+ and 25-54 listeners, and second behind CHR in the 18-34. More...


Who Are Radio's Future African-American Leaders?

For the third consecutive year, Radio Ink magazine is spotlighting the African-American professionals leading the charge in radio today. This year, that issue will be released on March 16. Who's working at your station, in your cluster, or at your company who is certain to be a future leader? Send your nominations for our African-American Future Leaders in Radio issue to edryantheeditor@gmail.com


KNX Wins Seven Golden Mikes

KNX Wins Seven Golden Mikes

Saturday, at the 65th annual Golden Mike Awards, KNX took home seven awards, including the Best News honors. The awards are presented annually for excellence in radio, TV, and Internet broadcast journalism by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. More...


Westwood Kicks-Off Super Bowl Sound Awards

Westwood Kicks-Off Super Bowl Sound Awards

Westwood One is launching its annual Super Bowl Sound Awards for Excellence in Audio Creativity. It's a consumer-driven index that aims to honor brand advertisers and audio creative. The awards will be showcasing the best radio spots within the Super Bowl. More...



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Rush Limbaugh's Chief of Staff Dies

Rush Limbaugh's Chief of Staff Dies

Rush opened his show Monday with the announcement that Chris "Kit" Carson died at 8AM Monday morning at his home in New Jersey. Carson was Rush's chief of staff. He had been battling brain cancer for the past four years. Carson was 58 years old. Rush said Carson thought he beat the cancer about two years ago but the cancer came back last fall. The last time Rush saw him was in the hospital 10 days ago. "It's such a void because he loved this job. He loved being part of it every day. The last four years of his life, he would get up early to do his show prep and he was going to do it no matter what. It was just incredible. He loved everybody here and everybody loved him." Read the full transcript about Carson from Rush's Monday show HERE


WGN Releases Longtime Traffic Reporter

WGN Releases Longtime Traffic Reporter

The Chicagoland Radio and Media Blog has all the details about Leslie Keiling being let go from WGN. She had been a traffic reporter and co-host with the station since 2004 and one of the most respected traffic reporters on Chicago radio for 30 years. In 1988 Keiling was on the air WLS-AM with radio legend Larry Lujack. In the 80's, she was given the on-air radio name "Lane Closure" by Steve Dahl and from 1999-2003, she was the traffic reporter and co-host of John Landecker's popular morning show on WJMK-FM.


Clair Returns to WPGC/DC for Mornings

Clair Returns to WPGC/DC for Mornings

Joe Clair is headed back to WPGC as morning host for the CBS urban station. Clair began his radio career at WPGC as part of the Sunday Night Hip-Hop Show with veteran DJ Big Tigger. Clair also co-hosted the Russ Parr Morning Show on WKYS and was an on-air talent at WQHT-Hot 97 in New York. Most recently he was a part of the WHUR/DC PMD show with Frank Ski. More...


TV & Radio Legend Joe Franklin Dies

TV & Radio Legend Joe Franklin Dies

Often credited as the creator of the American TV talk show, Joe Franklin died on Saturday at the age of 88. Franklin began his career at the age of 14 working behind the scenes on the Kate Smith Hour and at 16 as a record picker on on Martin Block's Make Believe Ballroom. Franklin was listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running continuous on-air TV talk show host.More...


Roth Moves From Cumulus To Alpha

Roth Moves From Cumulus To Alpha

Alpha Media in Portland, Oregon says Indianapolis afternoon host and Q100 Atlanta midday talent, McKinzie Roth has joined Alpha Media's 98.7 The Bull as morning co-host. McKinzie was with Cumulus for two years while also hosting a weekly television program "Crowd Surfing" for Comcast. She's worked for CBS, FOX and has served as an official NBA emcee for the Indiana Pacers.


ESPN Audio Revamps Weekend Lineup

ESPN Audio Revamps Weekend Lineup

Eight new shows are being added to ESPN Audio weekends throughout the month of January. Included in the additions are espnW Presents: Spain & Prim, debuting January 24, and the Marty & McGee Podcast now becomes a weekly show. More...


Former Detroit Host Reilly Heads To Midland

Former Detroit Host Reilly Heads To Midland

Brazos Communications of West Texas has hired Gillian Reilly at Country outlet KHKX (KICKS FM 99.1) as a co-host for its morning show. Reilly replaces the retiring Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole. She most recently co-hosted mornings at WDZH-FM in Detroit. Brazos Market Manager John Moesch told WRT.com, "Gillian's a sensational talent who brings a tremendous amount of professionalism, passion, energy, and creativity to a big, locally programmed radio station. Her experience as a major market talent is a great fit for KICKS-99.1."


After 22 Years Nelkin Leaving NRG/Omaha

After 22 Years Nelkin Leaving NRG/Omaha

Effective February 1st, and after more than two decades on the job, Neil Nelkin Operations Manager-AM Radio NRG Media/Omaha is moving on. Neil says that "It's just time to rest a little, take it easy somewhat, and cut back from 80 hour weeks." No replacement has been named yet to fill Neil's big shoes.


Lopez New Political Reporter for NPR-WFPL/Louisville

Lopez New Political Reporter for NPR-WFPL/Louisville

Ashley Lopez heads to Louisville from NPR/WGCU in Southwest Florida where she reported on Florida politics for the past four years. She also logged time as a reporter for WLRN in Miami, written for the Miami Herald,The Florida Independent, and interned at Talking Points Memo.


KMOD Tulsa AM Host Biggie Shay Dies

KMOD Tulsa AM Host Biggie Shay Dies

Reported on the Fox 23/Tulsa web site, Shay "Biggie" Adams died Friday night at the age of 40. Biggie Shay's co-host Corbin said on a Facebook post that Biggie had taken leave of absence in November due to an undisclosed illness, despite weeks of treatment had passed away.


Syndicated Christian Radio Personality Minirth Dies

Syndicated Christian Radio Personality Minirth Dies

Psychiatrist, author, and radio personality Dr. Frank Minirth passed away on Saturday in Texas. Minirth co-hosted live nationwide call-in radio programs and television programs for many years.



DIGITAL

Digital Tidbits

Digital Tidbits


  • Pandora Ramping Up Ad Sales, Says Report

 

  • Pandora Shares Surge on Positive Market Research Report

 

  • Ford opens connected car research center in Silicon Valley

 

  • Ford's future paves way for smart connected cars

 

 

 

  • Apple's iTunes Radio, Beats, and Others Hit With Unpaid Royalty Suits Over Pre-1972 Music



FCC

FCC Fines Univision-WXNY-FM/NY $20K for EAS Misuse

FCC Fines Univision-WXNY-FM/NY $20K for EAS Misuse

The settlement resolves around a complaint against Spanish-language WXNY-FM for transmitting emergency warning tones in a comedy sketch. The talent broadcast portions of the EAS tones several times during an episode of the Luis Jimenez Show. The DJ's openly acknowledged during the on-air bit that transmitting EAS tones in the absence of an emergency is illegal. More...



COMMUNITY SERVICE

WSPA/Greenville Intros Cards for Kids

WSPA/Greenville Intros Cards for Kids

WSPA-FM, Magic 98.9 is gearing up for its first Annual Cards for Kids, bringing Valentine's Day cards to Greenville Health System's Children's Hospital. WSPA is asking that cards should be sent to the radio station where their team will distribute them into care packages, which will include games and station goodies. The day before Valentine's Day, WSPA staff and volunteers will deliver the care packages to the hospital.



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

How To Hook More Listeners

How To Hook More Listeners

(By Buzz Knight) My friend Fred Jacobs always finds a way to stir the pot and inspire my thinking and he's just done that again with the gift of a great new book. How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal (with Ryan Hoover) is a great read for any of us in the content and audio delivery business (otherwise known as a radio). The book is focused on analyzing the convergence of access and data in a world where speed is critical to success.


What You Can Learn From A Competitive Review

What You Can Learn From A Competitive Review

(By Jeff McHugh) When I was operations manager at Clear Channel (now iHeart Media) in St Louis, I really believed in Mason and Remy, the upstart young Country morning show on 937 The Bull. Mason and Remy were in an uphill battle against Cornbread, the funny and talented drive host with a long heritage of winning at WIL.



FRIDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(By Wayne Ens) You have no doubt heard about the KISS acronym: Keep It Simple Stupid. Simple sells! Digital is anything but simple, and I believe we're missing the boat by not presenting radio as the simple turnkey media alternative. I read this morning that thousands are leaving Facebook every day to migrate to the latest shiny new thing, Instagram.


(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(By Loyd Ford) You hear people talk about digital and social media, but many radio companies are having a difficult time moving the needle or getting a "movement" going to really capture real value. Why is that? It's easier to understand that you might think. Radio is still about the easiest money on the table.



SPORTS CONFERENCE

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

Sports Talk radio today is just about as competitive as the sports it covers. So what do you need to do to develop a winning lineup? Where can you go to seek tomorrow's top talent? What are the keys to building a strong bench and a super farm team? Find out March 4-5 in Dallas at Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference.



RADIO INK

Make Your Medallas de Cortez Nomination

Make Your Medallas de Cortez Nomination

Now is the time to get your nominations in for the 2015 Radio Ink Medallas de Cortez awards for excellence in Hispanic radio. HERE. The awards will be presented at Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference March 4-5 in Dallas.


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...


Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

The Group Heads Super Session that closes the annual Hispanic Radio Conference is always much anticipated, with attendees eager to hear the leadership of this key segment of the radio industry talk about their plans, hopes, and vision for the future.







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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