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Pittman Named Radio's Most Powerful

Pittman Named Radio's Most Powerful

Bob Pittman, CEO of radio's largest company, holds steady at number one, for the fourth consecutive year. Clear Channel brings in over $2.6 billion in annual revenue, generated by over 800 stations in 150 markets, and has thousands of employees all across the country. In January, following the departure of John Hogan, Clear Channel extended Pittman's contract as CEO for an additional five years and Pittman (along with CFO Richard Bressler) took on some of Hogan's former responsibilities for the Media and Entertainment division. Radio Ink's 2014 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue is out now. To subscribe to our digital edition, which includes the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue, GO HERE.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Minihane Suspended Without Pay

Minihane Suspended Without Pay

You know you've crossed the line when the CEO has to step in and issue a public statement for the way you've been behaving. Entercom CEO David Field has had enough of the Kirk Minihane controversy at his Boston sports-talker WEEI-FM and the negative publicity. Minihane, the third wheel on the Dennis & Callahan show, has been suspended for a week without pay for the insults he's been hurling at Fox's Erin Andrews. Fox Sports has pulled all of its advertising with Entercom (see next story) so it remains to be seen if one week is all Minihane gets when this is all said and done. Minihane called Andrews a gutless b***h and said she should drop dead. He offered a half-hearted apology on the WEEI website and went on vacation. Upon is "triumphant return," he was right back at it standing by his original position.


What Changed Entercom's Mind on Minihane

What Changed Entercom's Mind on Minihane

Minihane's original Erin Andrews rant was, at first, embraced by Entercom's Boston cluster. Upon the hosts return from vacation, the WEEI-FM website read, "the triumphant return of Kirk Minihane." Minihane compounded the problem for Entercom by insulting Andrews again on his first day back instead of just letting the matter go. "I think if she weighed 15 pounds more, she'd be a waitress at Perkins." On Friday Entercom was no longer bragging about Minihane's triumphant return after Fox Sports president Eric Shanks (pictured) stepped in.


Will Minihane Make it Through This Ordeal?

Will Minihane Make it Through This Ordeal?

Forget whether or not calling someone a "gutless b***h" or saying they should drop dead without even giving them a chance to defend is entertaining radio or not, that's a debate for another day. So far the words used by WEEI's Kirk Minihane have only cost him one week. His future with WEEI may be determined by how this firestorm plays out day-by-day. What if other advertisers decide to follow Fox' lead and stop advertising with Entercom? There are always groups out there willing to put in the time to go after talk hosts when they see blood in the water.


Make it 19 Weeks For The Home Depot

Make it 19 Weeks For The Home Depot

Verizon was the biggest mover on the Media Monitor charts last week, skyrocketing up from number 77 to number 9 with just under 21,000 spots aired. The Home Depot kept its streak alive as radio's number one advertiser, running over 65,400 commercials on radio stations across the country. TrueCar was second with 34,569, McDonalds came in third with 26,574, GEICO at number four aired 22,998 and rounding out the top five was Walgreems with 21,281.


Nickerson Receives 100,00 Birthday Cards

Nickerson Receives 100,00 Birthday Cards

Last week we wrote about how Cumulus was rallying its stations and syndicated shows around Danny Nickerson, who celebrated his 6th birthday this past Friday. Nickerson is battling an inoperable brain tumor,known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, one of the most chemotherapy-resistant cancers. All he wanted for his birthday was boxes and boxes of birthday cards. According to a Facebook post from Danny's mother Carley Nickerson Danny received over 100,000 cards.



SPORTS TALK

Westwood One Coverage of NFL Begins Sunday

Westwood One Coverage of NFL Begins Sunday

A record 102 NFL games will be broadcast by Westwood One this season and it all begins Sunday with the 51st NFL Hall of Fame Game, featuring the New York Giants against the Buffalo Bills. The 2014 NFL regular season kicks off when the Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night, September 4th. The season concludes at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, February 1, 2015, with Super Bowl XLIX. Westwood One is the exclusive radio partner of the NFL


Big Ten Show Returns to FOX Sports Radio

On Monday FOX Sports Radio and the Big Ten Network jointly announced the fourth season of the daily Big Ten Football show BTN Live. BTN Live takes fans inside every Big Ten locker room as teams prepare for games. Beginning August 4, the exclusive radio simulcast of the program will be available Monday through Friday, 6 - 7 p.m. ET / 3 - 4 p.m. PT. 20 stations are already taking the show, including: WMGC-FM /Detroit, KFXN-FM/Minneapolis, WBGG-AM/Pittsburgh, WOKY-AM/Milwaukee and KXNO-AM/Des Moines.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Clark Signs Long-Term Deal With Clear Channel

Dennis Clark is Clear Channel's Vice President of Talent Development. About signing Clark to a new deal, President of National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman said, Dennis leads Clear Channel efforts to hire and nurture the best and most talented people in the industry. He's built a talent development division unmatched by any other company. We're excited to have him continue to lead the talent development charge for us."


Seattle Morning Man Bob Rivers Calls it Quits

Seattle Morning Man Bob Rivers Calls it Quits

After 33-years of doing morning radio, 95.7 KJR-FM's Bob Rivers announced he's discontinuing The Bob Rivers Morning Show. "I've been on the radio for 42 years; since I was 16. 33-years doing morning drive, 25 of them being here in Seattle. Our show signed on 8/8/89 and our last show will be 8/8/2014. I will be forever grateful to the best audience and radio family one could hope for: Spike, Joe, Jodi, Arik, Pedro and Luciana. I love y'all. This was not an easy decision for me, but you just know when it's right."


Maynard Joins Clear Channel as Sr. VP of Programming

Maynard Joins Clear Channel as Sr. VP of Programming

It's a newly created position for Maynard who joins Clear Channel from Hubbard in Seattle where since 2007 he was Operations Manager and PD. He's also worked in Spokane, and Omaha as well as with Clear Channel in Eugene and Portland. Maynard reports to President of National Programming Platforms and Tom Poleman and Executive Vice President and General Manager for National Programming Platforms Clay Hunnicutt.


Kensington-Lott Joins McGavren Guild Media

Kensington-Lott Joins McGavren Guild Media

McGavren Guild Media has hired Anne Kensington-Lott as vice president for its Hispanic platform, a newly created position at the company. McGavren Guild CEO Kevin Garrity said, "The Hispanic population is the fastest growing segment in the nation. Our Hispanic platform continues to grow and I wanted to hire someone with a keen understanding of the 'Total Market' concept, resulting in the ability to super-serve our client and agency partners. Anne will play a significant role in growing our already-robust Hispanic platform."


Former DG Exec Joins AdLarge Media

Jay Green is the new Vice President, Digital Sales and Content Partnerships at AdLarge Media. Green spent ten years at Dial Global, where he advanced to Vice President of Strategic Operations. He was also National Account Director at PodCastOne. Green said, I am passionate about digital audio advertising and dedicated to creating first-to-market campaigns for our advertisers. AdLarges reputation for innovation and excellence was a compelling reason for me to become an integral member of their team. Its an exciting time to join the company.


WRXQ In DC Launches New Morning

WRXQ In DC Launches New Morning

Starting Wednesday, it's The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show on Cumulus' WRQX's 107.3 in Washington, D.C. Cumulus Senior Vice President of Programming Mike McVay said, We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty, and Mel for mornings. There is a high level of competition in D.C. I believe in Gillette. He believes in the team. That makes me a big believer in this show."


Majic Adds Wright to Middays

Starting tomorrow Michael Wright will be the new midday host at Radio One's Majic 102.3 in Silver Springs, Maryland. Wright joins Radio One from WHUR 96.3 in DC, where she hosted weekends and filled in on the afternoon show. Wright has also worked at WPGC 95.5 where she also served as a midday host. Other radio work has included feature reporting and announcing with Premiere Radio Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET Networks, DC Cable Television, Colgate, Mercedes Benz, SHOWTIME Television and MHZ TV Networks.


Marconi is Back at Alpha's KINK-FM

Marconi is Back at Alpha's KINK-FM

On August 11, Marconi Bologna will join Shelia Hamilton on Alpha's KINK-FM in Portland, Oregon as the new co-host. The show will be called Sheila and Marconi in the Morning. Bologna said, I've worked in Portland radio for a long time. I recently lived in Denver for almost 4 years. That whole time I missed being on Portland radio, walkable neighborhoods, food carts and great restaurants, local music, and most of all, the people here. Portland is my heart. KINK is my station.


Jay Dixon Gets Permanent PD Gig At WQHT

Jay Dixon Gets Permanent PD Gig At WQHT

Emmis' Hip Hop N.Y. station HOT 97 FM will continue to be programmed by Jay Dixon. Dixon has served as interim PD since Ebro Darden vacated the position in March to focus on his morning show. GM Deon Levingston said, Jays extensive knowledge of radio broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT. Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the HOT 97 platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence HOT 97 has in Hip Hop and music. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family.



RECENT BLOGGERS

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

(By Buzz Knight) I found a cool new restaurant a couple of towns over from me called Il Casale in (Lexington, Mass). It's been open for about six weeks. It's the sister restaurant of another spot they own in Belmont, Mass. (They meaning chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers.) I grabbed a bite to eat there this past week after hearing a few friends rave about it and I heard a great story from a guy named Jeff who is one of the regular customers from the neighborhood.


<b>(SALES)</b> Can I Have Your Attention?

(SALES) Can I Have Your Attention?

(By Jeff Schmidt) Tracey McGrath was the new general manager at Seelye of South Haven. This was our third meeting. He had aggressive goals. Having just attended a Jim Williams seminar, I prepared an aggressive strategy that included dominating frequency on the radio stations. Twice an hour every hour every day on both stations. It was by far the biggest schedule ever presented on the stations. We were asking for $25,000 a month. In a small un-rated market, that amount is unheard of.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(SOCIAL) 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(By Loyd Ford) You always have the choice to be like everyone else. You can always fit in. You can always go along. But why not break out? Here are five (5) ways you can break out in your social media and find new fans, grow your influence, and enjoy more of your life in radio: 1. Focus your visuals on fun, entertainment, and a unique perspective. Giving a unique perspective on the entertaining side of your business will give listeners a happy-to-waste-time enjoyment of your content. This will pay dividends.



2014 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN RADIO

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

2014 marks the 15th year for whats become one of our most popular lists. The Most Influential Women in Radio issue began in 1999, when the list of names was much shorter and those who occupied the list less influential. Today, some of these influencers will also appear on our 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list (to be released on July 28). Read about the Most Influential Women HERE.



DASH 2014

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."



RADIO INK

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."


Digital Sales Success Stories

If you have one, we want to hear about it. Are you killing it in digital sales, bringing local clients results using all of your digital products? Do your clients look to you as the go-to digital expert in your market? You are a rare bird in our indusrty and we want to hear about you and your story today. Call or e-mail Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan at 239-247-3833 or edryantheeditor@gmail.com.


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TELL US ABOUT YOUR SALESPEOPLE

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