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Why CMG’s Keith Hastings Is One Of Radio’s Best

Keith Hastings is the Director of Branding & Programming for Cox Media Group's KISS-FM and KTKX-FM in San Antonio, and he's CMG's Rock and Classic Rock Format Leader. He's been in radio for 40 years and 31 as a programmer. On May 8, Hastings will be featured in Radio Ink Magazine as one of Radio’s Best Program Directors in America. Here's why...

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He Thought Radio Didn’t Work. Boy Was He Wrong.

David Ballinger is the founder of a 2-year-old company called AnalyticOwl, which helps advertisers evaluate just how much traffic is being delivered to an advertiser’s website when that advertiser runs an over-the-air radio campaign. Yesterday we reported that CBS Radio was rolling out a new product called Airtime Analytics which is powered by AnalyticOwl. What you probably didn't know was that Ballinger was a radio non-believer. He actually set out to prove radio didn't work. That didn't turn out too well. Here's our exclusive interview...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Supercharge ROI For Your Advertisers

Ryan Steelberg, President of Veritone, and one of the world’s foremost experts in online advertising, will co-host the first in a series of free Radio Ink and RBR-TVBR webinars starting May 23 at 1 p.m. ET. Ryan will reveal new tool sets that enable broadcasters and advertisers to increase ROI and campaign measurement. (REGISTER HERE).

The 2016 Most Influential Women in Radio

Once again, Radio Ink is proud to spotlight some of radio's Most Influential Women. It's especially gratifying to note that these women of accomplishment represent only some of the many outstanding women in radio today. Thanks to advancements over the past 17 years, what began as a list of 10 is now at 100. While there is certainly more to do to level the playing field, this list indicates significant progress.

The Axe Fell At ESPN Wednesday

The expected 100 layoffs at ESPN began on Wednesday as many long-time TV and radio hosts were dismissed. Many of them, including Ed Werder, Danny Kanell, Jayson Stark, and Trent Dilfer took to Twitter to post the news. Kanell tweeted, "Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years. Moved my wife and 3 kids to CT to go 'all in' 5 years ago. Bummed it ended in 3 minutes." Here's what company President John Skipper had to say...

Host Thought Man Was In His Car Before Assault

This dates back to our April 12 story when we reported that iHeart Hartford morning man Joseph Aguiar was accused of assaulting a man at a gas station. According to The Hartford Courant, the 41-year-old 105.9 The River host told police when he left the gas station he thought the man was in his 2006 Honda Accord. Turns out the victim was sitting in his own 2008 Toyota Avalon.

Smulyan Receives Yet Another Trophy

At the Broadcasters Foundation Breakfast, Wednesday, in Las Vegas, Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan accepted the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The award is given to a broadcaster whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.
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Why You Need Long-Term Local Direct Business

(By Paul Weyland) Provided that you are on the same page as your client demographically and provided the client’s business isn’t seasonal (Christmas trees), you should be asking for long-term (annual) business in every case. Here are four reasons why.

How To Keep Everyone On Your Team Happy

(By James Robinson) I asked a good friend who deals with high-performing teams how he keeps everyone on his team happy. His answer: “Keeping everyone on your team happy is as simple as ensuring that each individual knows you are there to help them achieve their personal goals. It’s the small gestures that prove you’re motivated for them to win.

Building & Communicating Organizational Culture

(By Heidi Raphael) Today, as multimedia broadcasters, we often compete with other tech companies for great content producers and storytellers. How do we create a workplace environment that not only attracts top talent but also retains the top talent we already have in place? Here are some thoughts as you begin to develop your workplace culture...

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Patrick, Five Others Honored For Career Contributions

Larry Patrick was the recipient of a Broadcasters Foundation's Ward L. Quall Leadership Award in recognition of his career contributions to the industry and community. Patrick and his wife Susan support two Native American orphanages and schools in South Dakota, among other support for youth and the needy. They have helped build schools in Kenya and the only orphanage in Swaziland for children of AIDS patients.

Delilah Headed To The Hall

No surprise here. Radio icon Delilah was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the Radio Luncheon at the 2017 NAB Show on April 25, in Las Vegas. Delilah’s induction marks the first time a woman has been chosen in the last 35 years.

Novosad Gets A Long-Term Deal With Cumulus

Bobby Novosad has a new deal as Brand Manager and morning show host at KSMB-FM in Lafayette, LA. Novosad joined KSMB in 1984. Market Manager Scott Chiasson said he's excited to be able to keep Novosad for years to come.

Bobby Blaze Getting HOT In Beantown

Rhythmic AC WBQT (HOT 96.9 FM) has landed the Blaze Man for afternoons. He joins the station Thursday, April 27, and will be heard weekdays 3-7 p.m. Born in Springfield, in Western Massachusetts, Blaze has been on the air in Boston for over 14 years.

After Four Decades Robert Siegel Calling It A Day

The host of NPR’s All Things Considered steps down in January. Siegel's been part of the public radio network since 1976, after getting his start in radio as a college freshamn. He joined NPR as a newscaster, became an editor, opened NPR's London bureau, and as chief of NPR News ran the newsroom, then took over at All Things Considered in 1987.

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Green Joins DGital Media

Jay Green has joined the company as Senior VP of Digital Strategy and Analytics. He'll lead analytics and audience development for the company. CEO Spencer Brown said, “The addition of Jay Green, one of the thought leaders in the podcast industry, is a further reflection of our commitment to leadership in on-demand audio."

 “In The Dark” Is In Peabody Spotlight

It’s a chilling story but one worth telling. In the Dark, an investigative podcast by APM Reports, has received a George Foster Peabody Award for its groundbreaking reporting on the 27-year investigation of the Jacob Wetterling kidnapping. 

Free Webinar Will Boost Your Social Media Results

You can’t beat free. And in an era when radio is searching for ways to grab the digital world by the horns, it would behoove all and sundry to check out Triton Digital’s free 30-minute webinar on social media, 2 p.m. ET, April 27. Those who join in will learn how to leverage social media to drive increased engagement with their brand.

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