After being a standout presenter for the radio session at last week's 32nd annual TV and Radio Finance Summit held by SNL Kagan in New York, Radio Ink spoke with OMD's U.S. Director of National Audio Investment, Natalie Swed Stone to hear some her thoughts on radio's revenue situation. Continue reading...
Cox Media Group in Georgia has revamped one of its stations and flipped another's format, combining them into one wide-reaching Country station covering much of northern Georgia called "Your Georgia Country." WNGC/Arcade-Athens changes from "North Georgia Country 106.1 WNGC." WTSH/Aragon-Atlanta and translator W296BB/Jonesboro flips from Alternative "X107.1." More...
Townsquare Media's new nightly program Ultimate Classic Rock has announced its host and national syndication partner. Zach Martin, best known for many years on NY radio, will serve as the nightly show’s host. In addition to being heard on 28 Townsquare Media radio stations, Ultimate Classic Rock is being made available to affiliates and national sponsors through Compass Media Networks.
Magnum.Media's WMKQ/Milwaukee recently flipped to the Adult Hits format known as 92.1 The Lake. It has changed once again. The format remains the same, but the station's call letters are now WVTY (for "variety"), the station is branded as 92.1 The Shore, and its domain name changes for the third time in a month, now found at 921TheShore.com. The reason behind the branding change has to do with lawyers from Scripps Company putting pressure on Magnum. Read on...
In April, Mary Lucia (pictured), a DJ with Minnesota Public Radio's KCMP, announced she was leaving the airwaves temporarily due to a stalker who was following her at work and at home. That individual was arrested a few days later and charged with felony stalking. He was released on bond, under the order he stay away from Lucia. According to the Pioneer Press, the stalker returned to her home this weekend. More...
KESN has signed a three-year agreement to become the Dallas radio home of Texas A&M football games, beginning with the upcoming 2015 season. The deal was put together by Cumulus Media and Texas A&M Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports. Texas A&M football was previously heard in the Dallas market on CBS Radio's KRLD.
Entercom Communications and Learfield Sports' Clemson Tiger Sports Properties have agreed to a two-year extension to the deal that has Clemson Tiger football broadcasts heard on WTPT/Forest City, NC. Additionally, the agreement calls for Clemson men's basketball and baseball on ESPN Upstate (WYRD-AM and W290BW in Greenville, SC, and WORD-AM and W246BU in Spartanburg, SC).
There is nothing like a celebration, and in the latest issue of Radio Ink, we celebrate the achievements of 100 incredibly talented and dedicated women who are making a difference every day in radio. Their hard work, determination, and passion not only set a wonderful example to others, but represent the ultimate payoff for those who have guided and led them over the years. Here are The 100 Most Influential Women in Radio for 2015.
Every year at the Radio Show, hosted by the RAB and NAB, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads pays tribute to Radio Wayne Cornils by discussing the tremendously positive impact he had on so many people and by awarding the over-achievers in our industry the awards created in his name. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Radio Wayne Awards which will be presented at the 2015 Radio Show being held this year in Atlanta, September 30 to October 2. Make your nominations HERE and take a look at the 2014 Radio Wayne winners HERE.
AdAge is reporting that Apple Music's new online radio station will not have traditional radio advertisements, but will instead feature spoken word sponsorships, delivered by DJs. According to AdAge, "Beats 1 will feature what Apple execs are describing in meetings with potential advertisers as 'audio mentions' that will be interspersed throughout the songs and segments that will air on Beats 1."
The New York Times has revealed the names of some of the musicians and celebrities who will be hosting programs on the new Apple Music service, Beats 1. Music superstar Elton John will host Elton John's Rocket Hour. Rap legend and founder of the original Beats company, Dr. Dre will host The Pharmacy. Other show hosts include Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Disclosure's Howard & Guy Lawrence, St. Vincent, and non-musician/teenage actor Jaden Smith. They will join the previously announced Drake and Pharrell Williams.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected former CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason as the Co-Vice Chairman and Treasurer of its Board of Directors. Mason has long sat on the BFA's Board and been a supporter of the organization.
Alpha Media Louisville announced the hiring of Otis Maher, who will take over as program director and afternoon drive host at WDJX. Maher comes from WNKS/Charlotte, where he served as APD/afternoon DJ. He replaces Ben Davis, who was upped to Alpha Media Louisville operations manager in April.
Veteran radio talk show host-turned-podcaster Ed Tyll is now CEO of Starcom Radio Network, which is heard on 26 LPFM stations in small/rural markets. In addition to Tyll's daily show, other hosts now heard on the Starcom network include Rob McConnell, Bruce Wayne, Don Lavasseur, Laurie Zoock and Ryan McCormick. Tyll is seeking new hosts and radio stations for the network.
Cumulus Media announced the hiring of Jason Courtemanche, who takes over as Vice President of Sales for Cumulus Los Angeles. In his new post, Courtemanche will oversee sales operations for KLOS-FM, KABC-AM and the radio broadcasts of the LA Kings. He most recently served as Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Chicago.
Jeff Schmidt is joining the RAB as Senior Vice President of Professional Development. He most recently served as EVP/Partner at Sparque, a sales training and management development company. In his new position, Schmidt will oversee the professional development group across all of RAB's training services. Additionally, he will lead the RAB's efforts on training the next generation of radio sales professionals.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago radio legend Lucky Cordell and his daughter are in the intensive care unit of a Chicago hospital, both in critical condition and both suffering burns covering much of their bodies after a fire broke out in their home Sunday night. Lucky Cordell, who turns 87 years old next month, and his daughter Pat Cordell, 60, are being treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Delta Media Corporation recently added Ben Love to the afternoon drive shift on KLWB-FM/Lafayette. Bumper to Bumper Sports with Ben Love is entering its second month on the station, having begun on May 26th. This past weekend, Love was awarded Best Website Feature, Best Website Column, and was second for Best Website Game Story by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The Lisa Wexler Show, which has been heard on WFAS/New York for the last few years, has moved to WGCH/Stamford-Norwalk, CT, airing at its usual time of 4:00pm-6:00pm. Said Wexler: "I am thrilled to be back in Connecticut, but still able to reach my Westchester audience. If you are thinking about it, I'm talking about it."
CEO Elizabeth Matthews makes the announcement that Lauren Iossa has been promoted to Executive VP/Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, starting July 1. Iossa will be based out of New York City and oversee all of ASCAP's global public relations and brand and corporate marketing activities, as well as communications and special events. She'll report directly to Mathews.
La Preciosa Network announced that Pepe Reyes and Velia Irene have been named the hosts of Levantate! with Pepe & Velia, a new morning drive program. The show will be heard weekdays from 6:00am-11:00am PST in Monterey/Salinas, Fresno, Bakersfield, Riverside, and Tuscon. Levantate! with Pepe & Velia replaces Los Patrones de la Manana.
According to FOX Sports, former NFL receiver Curtis Conway has been added to the San Diego Chargers' radio broadcast booth. Conway will be the color commentator for game broadcasts on KLSD/San Diego. He replaces Hank Bauer, whose contract was not renewed by KLSD last week.
Ralph Lockwood, a radio sports reporter and announcer in Williston, ND reached a pair of milestones in June. Earlier in the month he celebrated his 48th year of calling baseball games on the air. Even more impressive is that this month, he broadcast his 8,000th game. Asked when he thinks he might retire, Lockwood tells the Williston Herald that day is still at least two years away, saying: "In another couple of years, I'll be 70." When not calling games, Lockwood continues to be sports anchor for KEYZ/Williston.
Former University of Southern Mississippi quarterback and M-Club Sports Hall of Fame member, Lee Roberts will join the football radio broadcast crew on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network as color commentator beginning the upcoming football season. Roberts replaces long-time color commentator Vic Purvis who retired following the 2014 season after 41 years as a part of the Golden Eagle broadcasts.
A studio within WBBM-AM/Chicago has been dedicated to their late sports reporter/anchor Eric Brown on the one-year anniversary of his death. Chicagoland Radio & Media reports that the editing room now renamed "The Eric Brown Studio" features a plaque about Brown hanging in the center of the main wall. It marks the first time any studio at the newsradio station has been dedicated in a person's honor.
Cumulus Media Corporate Program Director of Rock Formats Troy Hanson will now move to Chicago and take on the additional duties of PD of WKQX. Hanson has been with Cumulus since 2013, based in Atlanta, where he also oversaw WNNX. He replaces PJ Kling, who is said to be exiting for a job opportunity outside of radio.
After 54 years working in radio in the New York City area, the last 30 of which were on WHUD, Ed Baer has decided to retire. Baer began his career in New York radio at WMCA in 1961. He retired from full-time radio work in 2000, exiting his WHUD morning show, but he kept his weekend program, Pop Rewind with Ed Baer. At 79 years old, he now fully retires from radio.
CBS Radio Miami announced that Bryan LaRoche will take over as afternoon drive host on its Country station, WKIS. LaRoche comes to the market from Alpha Media Portland, where he was on the air at KBFF and KUPL. LaRoche fills the vacancy created by the exit of PD/afternoon DJ Ken Boesen earlier in June.
Atlanta radio legend James "Alley Pat" Patrick has died at the age of 95, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His radio broadcasting career started in 1951 and lasted for nearly 50 years. In 2013, Patrick was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and given the Founders and Directors Award by the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.
Ted Williams, the once-homeless former DJ who became an Internet sensation in 2011 as the "Man with the Golden Voice," has announced he would like to become President. Appearing on an afternoon talk show on WWGH-LP in Marion, OH, Williams made the announcement to host Scott Spears. Williams returned to the low-wattage community station a few days later to talk about what he would do if elected. There does not appear to be any formal campaign effort beyond these radio appearances, however.
Thanks to Charlie Tuna for sending us this classic when he received a studio visit from Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. Happy Days was taped next to the KHJ studios back in 1977 which is where Charlie did his morning show at the time. Send your classic photos to email@example.com
Radio Ink's audio webinar called "How to Overcome Radio's Biggest Challenges, A Manager's Perspective" is now available to listen to any time on any device. Our specials guests (L-R) Connoisseur Media's Kristin Okesson, Saga's Jeff Delvaux and HeartMedia's Linda Byrd did an excellent job sharing their secrets and tips on how to be a great leader in radio. LISTEN TO THE REPLAY HERE