One day after settling a lawsuit with the CBC, police have arrested radio host Jian Ghomeshi. He's been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of what they called "overcome resistance — choking." Toronto police say Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of what they called "overcome resistance — choking." Police urged other women to come forward and opened an investigation after nine women contacted the media claiming assault and sexual assault involving Ghomeshi. The allegations first surfaced in October and this has been a major scandal in Canada. None of the allegations have been proven. CBC fired Ghomeshi due to "the emergence of graphic evidence that he had caused physical injury to a person." Ghomeshi had hosted "Q'', a CBC radio show on culture, since 2007. It was also on NPR and Public Radio International in the U.S. Ghomeshi surrendered to police Wednesday with bail set at $100,000. More coverage here at NBC.com
The disagreement over content between PodCast One and Stitcher is heating up. Late Monday PodCast One CEO Norm Pattiz sent out a press release stating Stitcher (now owned by Deezer) was stealing PodCast One content. Pattiz not only wants Stitcher to take Podcast One's content down, he wants an accounting of any revenue Stitcher generated selling that content. Pattiz told Radio Ink last night this is similar to what we're seeing on the TV side over content and there's finally someone big enough to stand up for these podcasters.
Todd Pringle (pictured) is the VP of Products at Stitcher. Last night Pringle told Radio Ink that all content PodCast One has asked Stitcher to remove has been taken down. "We have removed all the relevant content in question, and have proactively reached out to Podcast One as we have done so. There is a small amount of content where owners have asked us to keep it up and we are trying to honor that while we work to resolve with Podcast One. If any of our owners of record for these shows ask us to take it down, or PodcastOne provides evidence of ownership, we will take these down immediately." Pringle also addressed Pattiz' request to show PodCast One an accounting of any revnue generated by Stitcher.
In a brand-new Classic Hip Hop battle in Atlanta that is. On the same day Radio One launched BOOM 102.9 FM in the city of Atlanta, Cumulus does the same. And it was just last week that Steve Hegwood launched "Old School 99.3" on WTZA-AM and a translator. So in the span of one week, Atlanta has become a hotbed of Classic Hip Hop activity. Is there really enough room for three? We'll be keeping a close eye on the ratings.
When Beasley Broadcasting closes on its recent swap with CBS Radio (which is expected Monday, December 1), former Augusta Market Manager Kent Dunn will be heading to Tampa. After announcing Dunn was stepping down to pursue other opportunities, that other opportunity was to run a larger market for Beasley. As Vice President/Market Manager Dunn will run Beasley’s six stations in Tampa (94.1 WLLD-FM; 99.5 WQYK-FM; 104.7 WRBQ-FM; 92.5 WYUU-FM; and WHFS FM/AM).
Now that Kent Dunn will be running the Tampa cluster for Beasley, Carver appears to be out of a job, although there was no official word from CBS, who did not respond to the question before the Thanksgiving break. When we asked Carver if he was being moved to another market by CBS he said a statement would be coming from CBS. In August of 2013 Carver, who was CBS Radio's market manager in Los Angeles, approached the company about his desire to move east to be closer to his family. He'd worked in Cleveland and West Palm Beach for CBS in the past and when the Tampa job became available, CBS moved him to the Florida cluster.
Darla Thomas is the new PD at Greater Media's WLNK-FM in Charlotte, replacing Anthony Michaels who recently resigned to pursue other opportunities. Thomas most recently served as PD and Afternoon Driver at iHeartRadio’s Adult Hits “102.9 The Lake” WLKO-FM in Charlotte. Prior to that, Thomas spent five years as Operations Manager for Journal Broadcast Group’s Tucson cluster after programming Journal’s Hot AC “Star 104.5” KSRZ-FM in Omaha. Thomas begins January 5.
(By Jeff Schmidt) I'm going to make a bold prediction: First quarter is going to be lighter than the rest and it's going to be harder to get your fair share with all the competition out there. I'm confident in making that prediction because I've heard it every year. Salespeople make it a self-fulfilling prophecy. You could have the best first quarter and year you've ever had. Some will, some won't. The difference? Preparation. Let's start with a definition of preparedness:
(By Matt Sunshine) As we enter the final months of the year, there's a good chance you'll begin to observe a few signs of complacency, or even fatigue, settling in among your salespeople. They're already starting to look ahead, focused on hitting their annual goals, working with clients to secure next year's business, and seeking new prospects that will help them to hit their new business goals next year. Clients are feeling the pressure. It's common to hear them talk about how tough it is out there on Main Street. So, here are five things you can do this week to light a new fire under every seller sitting in that sales pit.
(By Sean Luce) What does it cost you if you fail to screen out the poor performer or the non-performer? We try to bury this hard cold fact every time we look for a new employee. Our wonderful optimism takes hold and we say to ourselves: "This time it will be different." Yet, we continue to use the same process don't we? First we either like or dislike their looks, their tone of voice, their smile, their sense of humor, their experience, their education, or who they know. So why doesn't it work?
It was the Alpha Media Louisville's 6th Annual Kosair Children's Hospital Radiothon which took place in the lobby of the Kosair Children’s Hospital. In the past 5 years, the stations have raised over $1 million dollars for the hospital. This year's goal was to raise over $300,000, but with huge listener and sponsor support, the total was nearly equal to that of the past 5 years combined.
The New Jersey student-run radio station at Seton Hall completed a food drive for donations of nonperishable food for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Spearheaded by station manager Erica Szczepaniak, hundreds of pounds of food and money was collected. Szczepaniak said, "We wanted to engage the campus community in a different way. Remotes in the University Center are great, but with food insecurity continuing to be a major societal issue, we felt it was important to use the power of radio to get people involved in helping others."
For the sixth consecutive year, many of SiriusXM's music, talk, and sports channels will participate in WhyHunger's annual Hungerthon campaign by helping to promote WhyHunger's online auction of rare memorabilia and experiences donated by popular musicians, athletes, and celebrities. WhyHunger is a non-profit organization founded by the late Harry Chapin and current executive director and radio host, Bill Ayres.
(By Roy Williams) Jerry Seinfeld is the richest actor on earth. Google it. He's worth $820 million. You don't make that kind of money working as a stand-up comedian in Atlantic City. You make it when companies pay to run ads during your hit TV show. Based on the advertising revenues it generated, Seinfeld (1989-1998) was the most successful show in the history of television. Fast-forward to October 2014: Jerry Seinfeld wins a CLIO, an award that's sort of like an Oscar in advertising.
(By Wayne Ens) Every medium, from newspapers to TV, from radio to direct mail and the Internet, began as "new media." And the magic formula to advertising success in each new media has never changed. Every new medium initially succeeds during the honeymoon period of new technology, solely based upon the magic of the technology itself. With the invention of the printing press, business owners were dazzled by technology that allowed them to reach larger audiences more efficiently than their previous marketing method, the door-to-door salesman.
(By Heather Cohen) There was a time when hiring a program director was as simple as promoting the very best talent on your staff. Today's level of sophistication and competition, combined with the fiscal responsibility and financial pressure that face all operators, have raised the criteria by which a programmer is judged. Given the need for this new skill set, I took the opportunity to talk with some of the leading programmers in our industry. Their responses provide insight as to where the content side of our business is going.
Last week Radio Ink held its annual reception to honor the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio. The annual event was held at the Harvard Club in New York City. Radio Ink publisher Eric Rhoads is pictured here with iHeartMedia CFO Richard Bressler and iBiquity CEO Bob Struble. Also in attendance were John Tesh, John Batchelor, Rita Cosby, Walter Sabo and many other dignitaries from the Radio industry. Go to our Facebook page HERE to see more pictures from the event.
We have pictures. Lots of pictures from Forecast 2015 at the Harvard Club in New York City. Take a look at who attended the packed finanicial event of the year HERE. You can also see some of radio's heavy hitters such as NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith and Charles Warfield who attended our annual 40 Most Powerful People in Radio reception held in the beautiful ballroom of the Harvard Club HERE.
Digital revenue is all the rage these days. And while the overall number in radio is still small, compared to over-the-air revenue, the potential is huge. Radio Ink would like to know what your game plan and philosophy is when it comes to digital. Are you hiring more digital experts? Do you have high revenue expectations for digital revenue in 2015? Do you have a plan for mobile? Please take our digital survey (all responses will remain confidential). Our plan is to share the overall results with the industry and use this information to create more digital content in Radio Ink that will help you achieve your digital goals. Take our Survey.
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...