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They Did It. KPLU Is Saved.

It only took the Friends of KPLU five months but they did it. They raised $7 Million enabling the 501(c)(3) to purchase the license of the Seattle station from Pacific Lutheran University and prevent the station from being sold to the University of Washington. The last $1 million was raised through a $500K community challenge from listeners and business supporters. The money was raised five months ahead of the June 30 deadline.

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Twin Cities Radio Personality Ron Rosenbaum Dies

Mr. Rosenbaum died Sunday at his St. Paul home, due to complications from cancer. Rosenbaum, who was also an attorney, was a regular on The Dan Barreiro Show. He also hosted the Holding Court radio show from 1998 to 2006.
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Do You Want To Sell More Radio Or Not?

Our latest podcast features Paul Weyland. The topic is "How to Avoid Surprise Cancellations and Triple or Quadruple Your Local Direct Billings." Paul details how each sales rep can hit the streets with specific knowledge on how to calculate R.O.I. for every client you're selling radio to. Sales managers across the country will have enough information to fill 10 sales meetings. Listen to our podcast HERE.

Redstone Cool With CBS Radio Spinoff

Although he has many other things going on in his life now, Sumner Redstone is on board with the plan to spin off the CBS Radio stations. That's what CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves told shareholders Thursday, according to Variety.

NPR Expects Podcasting Revenue To Double

AdWeek has the details from Bryan Moffett, GM of National Public Media, NPR's corporate underwriting division, who says NPR will double its podcasting revenue in 2016. It tripled in 2015.

Goldstein: Podcasting Growth is Eye-Popping

In his latest blog post, Amplifi Media CEO Steve Goldstein, after reviewing the data presented in a webinar by Edison and Triton, says the growth of Podcasting is eye-popping. "In a relatively short period of time, Podcasting has gone from an arcane and difficult download to a computer followed by an upload to an iPod, to a mainstream media choice which 21% of Americans used last month."
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Advertisers Can Now Sponsor Spotify Playlists

The battle to woo advertisers to new forms of audio continues. On Thursday, Spotify announced that, for the first time ever, brands can now sponsor Spotify’s owned and operated playlists. Spotify has over 400 of them. To start, 25 will be open for sponsorships.

Black Diamond Buying Northern Star For $1.95 Million

One of radio's bigger deals in quite some time will come from Northern Michigan where Black Diamond Broadcast is purchasing eight stations from Northern Star Broadcasting for $1.95 million. Here are the details of the deal brokered by Jason James of Patrick Communications...
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The Fountain Of New Ideas

(By Roy Williams) Today we’re going to look at three different "art worlds." Places where play is the important thing, not targets and goals. After discussing the examples of art worlds, I'm also going to suggest that you create your own.

Why You Should Use Words That Sell

(by Wayne Ens)Our friends in digital media have been much more effective at harnessing the power of words than we have. While our statistics were expressed in ratings or demographics, they introduced “big data,” making our mere ratings seem pitifully small. While we sold video commercials viewed on a screen, they introduced a “window” through which we could view the world.

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Q102 Hosts Freska And Vidal Move To New Slots

Entercom Communications San Francisco has announced that Q102 mid-day host Freska will be making a move to the afternoon drive slot on 96.5 KOIT, while part-time Q102 weekend host, Billy Vidal, will move to mid-days. Freska will replace KOIT’s departing afternoon host Brent Carey.

Dimick Unretires And Joins Cumulus

Cumulus has hired 35-year radio vet John Dimick as VP of Programming Operations. Dimick officially joins Cumulus June 1 and reports to Senior VP of Content and Programming Mike McVay. Before retiring, Dimick was Senior VP of Programming and Operations for Lincoln Financial Media.

Cumulus Morning Man Arrested

ABC 8 has the details about 43-year old Amos Ayers, known on the air Ron James on Wild 102.9 in Reno. Police arrested Ayers Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulted an 18-year-old who had been drinking in 2015

President Bush Joins Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey hosted one of his EntreLeadership Summits recently in Dallas. The event featured a lineup of well-known speakers such as Seth Godin, Jim Collins, Pat Lencioni, Dr. Henry Cloud, Chris Hogan, and Christy Wright. Ramsey was also joined on stage by special guest, former President George W. Bush. The event provides attendees with knowledge on leadership, building company culture, communication, work/life balance, and organizational health.

Schneekloth Named GSM At MAGIC 106.7 In Boston

Greater Media's WMJX in Boston has a new General Sales Manager. Brian Schneekloth, who spent 12 years as the VP and Manager of the Katz Radio Group, replaces Tina Murley who was promoted to DOS at Greater Media Boston.

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Slacker Unveils New App Look

Slacker Radio unveiled a new version of its app that gives top billing to Slacker's exclusive original shows. With hundreds of episodes now available, Slacker is building an archive of content based on interactive storytelling from its hosts and top artists.

RNC To Spend $150 Million On Digital

Advertising Age has the details about the massive "buy with dozens of partners, the largest of which is Google." The campaign will include premium digital video, mobile video, and high-impact placements that show up in prominent spots on Web pages, some of which are in Spanish-language media.

NPR Tops New Podcast Rankings

A company called Podtrac is now releasing a monthly ranking of podcasts based on unique monthly audience in the United States and unique downloads globally. NPR's 32 podcasts topped the April ranker.

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