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September 1, 2014

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The Banzhaf Plan To Challenge Your License

The Banzhaf Plan To Challenge Your License

Yesterday we told you about an article in Broadcasting & Cable quoting George Washington University professor John Banzhaf (pictured) who says he's considering going after radio station licenses if the word "Redskins" is used repeatedly on the air by announcers. Banzhaf says the "R" word is to Indians much like the "N" word is to African Americans. His main beef is with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (who owns seven radio stations) and the fact that he will not change the name of his NFL football team. However, he's not opposed to making your life a little miserable if you repeatedly use that "R" word. And you know what a nuisance it is when someone, anyone, files a challenge when you try to renew your license. Thursday afternoon we spoke to Banzhaf to ask him why he's going after radio station operators. LISTEN HERE


INDUSTRY NEWS

Cox Drops Bubba In Tampa

Cox Drops Bubba In Tampa

After six years on 102.5 The Bone, Cox has dumped the Bubba The Love Sponge morning show. Cox Tampa Market Manager Keith Lawless said, The Bone will discontinue airing the Bubba the Love Sponge Show effective immediately. We appreciate everything the Bubba the Love Sponge Show has done for us over the past six years. We now are taking the station in a different direction. CMG periodically changes direction, talent, and format of its various media programs in order to provide our audiences with fresh perspectives and compelling content. The Bone has proven to be one of Americas most outspoken radio stations. Tampa Bay can expect The Bone to continue to deliver Real, Raw, Radio every day.


An Open Letter to Commissioner Pai

An Open Letter to Commissioner Pai

(by Eric Rhoads) Dear Commissioner Pai: As a child, I was thrilled with AM radio. The stations and air personalities in my hometown got me so excited about radio that I am now celebrating my 45th year in this great industry. I loved radio, and I loved that I could listen to distant signals at night to hear stations in faraway places. At the time, my radio stations were on the AM dial. But it wasn't long before I became enamored with FM, which could offer better audio fidelity (in stereo!). I soon discovered that it wasn't AM radio I had been in love with, nor was it FM radio. It was just great radio. But as my generation grew up, so did FM, and it eventually took over the majority of listening on the dial.


It's About Traffic Not HD Radio

It's About Traffic Not HD Radio

There's been a lot of buzz lately about GM removing HD radio from automobiles. Strategy Analytics Associate Director Robert Lanctot says the radio industry needs to calm down about the conspiracy theories because this is not a precursor to GM doing away with the AM/FM dial altogether. In his latest blog, Lanctot says, "The real news flash from the HD Radio end of the dial is that just as many new GM platforms are adding HD Radio as are dropping so the net is no change and the long-term outlook is for continued broad-based deployment. But the news of the tweak in availability for the Impala highlights a bigger issue playing out in increasingly digital dashboards: access to traffic information."


Hear From One Of Radio's Best Advertisers

Hear From One Of Radio's Best Advertisers

The RAB and NAB announced Thursday that representatives from Allstate and Leo Burnett will participate in a Q&A at the Radio Show Advertiser Luncheon, September 10. As many in radio know, Allstate is one of radio's best clients, so this will be a great opportunity to hear from an advertiser that believes using radio is a must in order to achieve success with consumers. RAB President and CEO Erica Farber will moderate a discussion with Allstate Senior Manager Amanda Polito (pictured) and Christopher Warmanen, who is the executive creative director at Leo Burnett, Allstates creative agency partner.


Who Are The Best Managers in Radio?

General Managers and Market Managers have a lot of responsibility at Radio stations across America these days. In addition to high revenue expectations, there's the constant challenge of selling radio in a world shifting to digital, managing multiple staffs and stations, finding and keeping good salespeople and keeping their stations strong in the community. Those that execute those tasks do it flawlessly and make it look easy. They are the best in the industry and it's time to recognize them. Radio Ink is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Best Radio Managers in America. MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE .


After Dog-Abuse Incident, Station Raises Funds

After Dog-Abuse Incident, Station Raises Funds

Sheila and Marconi from Alpha's 101.9 (KINK-FM) in Portland have opened a GoFundMe account to raise money for the Oregon Humane Society. Des Hague, the CEO for a company called Centerplate, was videotaped assaulting his own dog. Centerplates board fined him $100,000 and ordered a thousand hours of community service, but the morning team (pictured here) says that's basically sweeping this issue under the rug.


1010 WINS Reporter's Son Found Safe

16-year-old Joseph D'Auria has been found safe according to News 12 Long Island. D'Auria ia the son of 1010 WINS reporter Carol D'Auria who has sent out a tweet saying he suffers from depression, suicidal thoughts, and needed his medication. D'Auria took off from a Long Island drug rehab center on Friday, according to authorities, and was found with a friend.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Fox News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz Passes

Fox News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz Passes

Condolences to Fox News Radio and the family of Mike Majchrowitz. Majchrowitz passed away at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer. Fox News Radio Vice President Mitch Davis said, "Mike was an original -- a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor, and a good man. He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days, he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him."


Lynch To Run Monterey For Clear Channel

The Clear Channel Monterey/Salinas market will now be run by Bill Lynch. Lynch is a 15-year radio vet, joining Monterey from Momentum Broadcasting where he had been GM since 2012. Before that, Lynch was general manager at Buckley Broadcasting Fresno and Visalia. He's also worked for Susquehanna Broadcasting, Clear Channel, CBS Radio, and Entercom.


Diaz To Program KLIF-FM

Diaz To Program KLIF-FM

Cumulus Dallas is bringing in Louie Diaz as program director for Top 40 KLIF-FM (i93.3). Diaz was most recently PD at Alpha Broadcastings KBFF and KUPL in Portland, OR. A native of Queens, NY, he started his radio career at the age of 16 at WPLJ-FM in New York City, where he ultimately rose to APD of the station. Cumulus Dallas Market Manager Dan Bennett said, We are excited to have a great talent like Louie Diaz create the future vision of i93 and write the next chapter for our CHR station in Dallas.


Lucas Wins For Medium-Market DJ

Lucas Wins For Medium-Market DJ

Alex El Genio Lucas won the DJ of the Year award for Regional Mexican Music Format in a Medium Market from MonitorLATINO, which is the Spanish equivalent of Billboard magazine. The MonitorLATINO awards were held at the Pacific Palms Resort in Los Angeles where Lucas was honored for his achievements and contributions to Spanish radio. Other luminaries honored included legendary artists such as Original Banda El Limon and Yuri!



FRIDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> The Best 42 Cents Ive Ever Spent

(SALES) The Best 42 Cents Ive Ever Spent

(By Jeff Schmidt) In the highly competitive world of sales, differentiation is one of the keys to success. Product, service, or salesperson standouts enjoy more success. Every Saturday morning I used to make it a habit of reviewing my week and sending thank you notes or correspondence appropriate to the people I was in contact with that week. By designating this time, I could focus and make sure I completed the task.


<b>(SALES)</b> The Death Of The Station Manager

(SALES) The Death Of The Station Manager

(By Wayne Ens) As I travel across North America and visit countless radio stations, Ive come to understand that the stock market has killed station managers, and that not having fulltime station managers is slowly but surely dragging down our entire industry. Albert Einstein said, A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Business success guru Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying, If you cant measure it, you cant manage it. The number crunchers love to flaunt that quote, without capturing a deeper understanding of Druckers teachings.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Wanted: New, Courageous Owners

(TALENT) Wanted: New, Courageous Owners

(By Ron Robinson) Last year, one of the larger, Canadian, corporate-radio ownership outfits went on a search for a couple of PDs for stations they had acquired in Toronto (North Americas fourth-largest market) and Vancouver, the pride of the Wet Coast. The invitation to apply included the phrase, We want to talk to the best programming minds in the world. Note: They had just (accidentally?) confessed to not having a clue as to what they were doing.



DASH 2014

Connecting The Dots On  The Connected Car

Connecting The Dots On The Connected Car

(Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Perhaps you recall a moment when I leapt from my chair to challenge the panel of automotive experts at our Radio Ink Convergence conference, when they stated that AM/FM radio could potentially disappear from the auto dashboard. That was followed up by a blog with an urgent message indicating that automakers were considering dropping broadcast radio at some point in the future. Reaction to that blog was the strongest I've ever received.


CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."



FORECAST

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

MediaLink founder and Chairman/CEO Michael Kassan will serve as advertiser co-chair for Forecast 2015, set for November 19, 2014, in New York. Kassan joins co-chair Katz Media Group CEO Mark Rosenthal. "Advertisers have become a critical part of our annual Forecast conference, and we are pleased to continue our history of attracting the very finest in the industry," said Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads. "Michael Kassan has a brilliant mind."


Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development and growth of our industry and has shown true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."



RADIO INK

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

On July 28, Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list was released. Bob Pittman was crowned the most powerful for the 4th year in a row. The Clear Channel CEO was followed by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. There were some familiar faces that made the list and quite a few new entries this year. In case you missed it, here is the entire list of the Most Powerful for 2014.


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