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What Is The Perfect PPM Sample Size?

That's just one of the questions we asked Nielsen Audio Managing Director Brad Kelly in his May 22 Radio Ink cover story interview. A lot of industry revenue, and a lot of industry jobs, ride on the ratings. In the top 50 markets those ratings are determined by the Portable People Meter. What is Brad Kelly doing at Nielsen to make your radio life better?

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ESPN's Mike & Mike

Will Mike & Mike Last Until December?

That's when the ESPN Radio duo is expected to end their nearly two decade morning radio run with Greenberg heading to TV and Trey Wingo set to take to the lead radio role. Sports Illustrated is reporting that several ESPN staffers are saying the two hosts do not even talk to each other any longer once the mic is off.

Three More For Bustos

Bustos Media has purchased three stations from Casa Media in Eastern Washington. The calls are KMNA-FM, KLES-FM, and KZXR-AM. Bustos will not begin operating the stations until the Bankruptcy Court and FCC grant approval. This would bring Bustos Media up to 20 stations.

New Spanish Top 40 Station For iHeart Austin TX

TU 103.1 (KVET-FM HD2) is now a (Spanish and English language) Spanish Contemporary format, kicked off with commercial-free music. iHeart is flipping the format on the translator from Alternative Rock. A full programming lineup will be announced at a later date.

WGN Joins Alliance To Help Youth Of Chicago

Chicago has had its share of problems in recent times and there’s never been more of a need to give the city’s youth some hope. So WGN Radio is teaming up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the City of Chicago and over 30 radio stations to launch a citywide radio fundraising campaign for One Summer Chicago 2017

CMG Houston Acknowledged For Charity Work

The Texas Association of Broadcasters is handing out the awards and Cox Media Group is to receive the Bonner McLane Public Service Award for outstanding public service in the Large Market Radio Category. The award will be presented at the 2017 TAB Convention and Trade Show on August 10, in Austin.

The 2017 Best Program Directors in America

Program directors have enormous responsibilities these days. They must produce the best content in all of audio, because the competition for ears has never been greater. They have to find and teach and massage new local talent. And they surely must help produce a product the sales department can successfully sell, so that fire-breathing GM can be calm, cool, and collected while sending that nice big piece of the cash-flow action back to corporate. Putting together this list every year starts with a nomination, typically from someone who ranks higher in the company than the nominated PD — maybe even the CEO.

Who’s Taking Care of Your Currency

Brad Kelly of Nielsen is and he's on the cover of the latest issue of Radio Ink Magazine, out this week. Kelly is radio's point person at the ratings giant. He's also a radio guy trying his best to make sure your industry is a priority at his company. This issue also includes our annual report on the success of Independent Operators. SUBSCRIBE NOW

Are You Creating Great Radio Content?

Stop hiding it. Tell us all about it so we can brag about it to the entire industry. If your radio station is producing great radio content that's making a big impact on the community, we want to hear about it. Don't be shy. Let us shout about your great work from the industry's rooftop. Send all the details to Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan at [email protected].

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Beasley Elevates Four To Captain

As Beasley Media gets larger and integrates the Greater Media stations, the company has decided captains are needed to manage formats. PDs Bill Weston in Philadelphia, Cadillac Jack in Boston, John Candelaria in Vegas, and DJ Stout in Charlotte will all take on expanded roles, helping other Beasley stations in formats they have excelled in. Here are the specifics...

WABC Fires Ron Kuby

That's what Kuby (right) posted to Facebook, and he said his release was to save money. Curtis Sliwa will apparently continue middays solo on WABC. We reached out to Cumulus and received the standard, "the company does not comment on personnel matters." This was to be Kuby's final year, he says, and he informed management in December. Here's his full Facebook post.

The Very Distinguished Steve Fisher

Former long-time Entercom CFO Steve Fisher has been given the Distinguished CFO Award from the Media Financial Management Association. The award pays tribute to a CFO who has made outstanding contributions to the media industry. Fisher was Entercom's CFO from 1998 until his retirement last month.

Lang & Johnston Join Westwood One Sales Team

They’re both industry veteran sellers who've been named Director, National Partnerships at Westwood One. Delanne Lang (right) and Diane Johnston will work closely with national brands and agency partners to provide strategic marketing solutions.

Farneda New Music Director At WXRT Chicago 

The CBS RADIO station names John Farneda  to the position he has been working in on an interim basis since early April. This marks a return to the station for Farneda who previously held the MD position at XRT for more than 13 years, from 2001-2014.

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Madison Lands New Multi-Year Contract With SiriusXM

The national talker and human rights activist has signed a new multi-year contract with SiriusXM. Madison will continue to air daily on SiriusXM's Urban View channel 126, from 6 – 10 a.m. Details of the new deal were not disclosed.

Free Webinar. Today. Mobile 101

Did you know when your listeners are on their smartphones, they spend 86% of their time using mobile apps — and only 14% of their time on a mobile web browser? Find out more today. This webinar, presented in partnership with jācapps, provides the information that stations need to know about mobile apps. The webinar starts at 2 p.m.

Lupica Good For A Million

Recently nominated for a 2017 Webby Award for “Best Sports Podcast,” The Mike Lupica Podcast has surpassed its one millionth download. The podcast features Lupica talking with legendary sports stars, newsmakers, and entertainers.

Our Print Magazine: Radio Ink

In This Issue: May 22, 2017
Cover Story: Nielsen Audio Managing Director Brad Kelly
Special Report: Indies Sound Off
Leadership Roundtable