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March 3, 2015

Top Story

Q4 Flat at Radio's #2 Company

Q4 Flat at Radio's #2 Company

No big surprise here after hearing much of the same from many other companies in the radio sector. Cumulus reported an increase of $1 million in Q4 (.3 percent) over Q4 2013. For the year, Cumulus was up $17.7 million (1.4 percent) over 2013. In 2014 Cumulus took in $21 million in political revenue, $11 million of that was in Q4. Local revenue decreased 3.4 percent while digital revenue was up 30 percent. Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey announced that the cost for content at the company increased $8.3 million to $116.7 million mainly due to new format launches in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Dickey also said he believes WMAL in Baltimore is closing in on WTOP, the number-one billing station in the country the past several years.


INDUSTRY NEWS

The Dance Between Cumulus And CBS Continues

The Dance Between Cumulus And CBS Continues

Perhaps it's all a coincidence and CBS Radio and Cumulus will go on as two companies independent of each other for a very long time. Several items were announced yesterday that could add more speculation to the persistent rumor that these two companies might be getting together someday. The biggest announcement was Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey saying the company is no longer looking for an EVP of radio.


Radio Still Dominates The Dash

Radio Still Dominates The Dash

An iPsos study conducted on behalf of iHeartMedia confirms consumers continue to love the radio. Consumers want their radio offerings to remain mostly unchanged in their car dashboard. Although drivers are using streaming services, nine out of 10 say that they want the simplicity of radio operation unchanged and do not want radio relegated to an app. More...


Edison, Triton to Measure Podcasting

Edison, Triton to Measure Podcasting

Webcast Metrics On Demand (WCMOD) is a new joint venture from Edison Research and Triton Digital, aiming to help publishers scale their sales and monetize podcast content. Edison and Triton also announced the two companies will again partner on the annual Infinite Dial study. The WCMOD is expected to be released later in the year. More...


Targeting Hispanic's Growing 50-Plus Demo

Targeting Hispanic's Growing 50-Plus Demo

Mirroring the shifting demographics of the U.S., Hispanics in America are growing older: The median age has been steadily increasing over the past 15 years. By 2050, Hispanic will make up 20 percent of the elderly population, up from 7 percent in 2010. That means the number of Hispanics age 50 and older in the U.S. will grow from 9 million today to more than 35 million by 2050. It's not a trend much talked about, but it's something you can't afford to ignore. Continue reading...


WILV/Chicago Rebrands As 100.3 WSHE

WILV/Chicago Rebrands As 100.3 WSHE

Hubbard's Adult Contemporary WILV-FM/Chicago repositioned its branding on Monday with the launch of Chicago's 100.3, using the historic call letters WSHE-FM. Hubbard Radio Chicago VP/Market Manager John Gallagher said that the new call letters and SHE moniker will "make us more memorable in the minds of Chicago radio listeners and our advertisers."More...


ESPNLA/710 Goes Live & Local In Mornings

ESPNLA/710 Goes Live & Local In Mornings

ESPN Radio Los Angeles 710AM debuted its new morning show Monday, hosted by Kelvin Washington and Travis Rodgers, airing 5-7 a.m. PT. Mike & Mike move to KLAA 830 AM. Kelvin "K Dubb" Washington has been with the station since late 2014 and previously hosted The Travis Rodgers Morning Show on KLAA 830. Washington will continue his duties on Travis Rodgers Now on Yahoo! Sports Radio. More...


KIRO/Seattle Debuts New Lineup

KIRO/Seattle Debuts New Lineup

Chalk up another local Sports/Talk station adding more local programming. 710 ESPN Seattle revamps its weekday lineup with Justin Myers teaming with Gee Scott for the Justin & Gee Show at 10 a.m. Tom Wassell moves from nights to join Bob Stelton and Dave "The Groz" Grosby for middays. Scott will continue to host The Barbershop with former Seahawk Marcus Trufant and ex-Husky running back Terry Hollimon in its new timeslot at 7 p.m. More...


B93 Branding Returns To KOSO-FM/Modesto

B93 Branding Returns To KOSO-FM/Modesto

iHeartMedia Modesto announced Monday that the B93 moniker has returned to the airwaves in Modesto at KOSO-FM. The Hot/AC format remains intact. The lineup is: Valentine in The Morning, Angela Cortez for midday, and John Chimpo PMD. More...


Three New Senators Co-Sponsor LRFA

Three New Senators Co-Sponsor LRFA

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Tom Udall (D-NM) have all added their names to the list of co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act. The principal sponsors of the resolution are John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). The bill opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The companion resolution in the House has 109 co-sponsors.


NAB Opposes Political Treatment Petition

NAB Opposes Political Treatment Petition

The NAB submitted comments to the FCC Monday in opposition of a petition seeking preferential treatment for political candidates over other advertisers. The comments say that at its core, this petition by political ad time buyer Canal Partners Media, asks the Commission to require broadcast stations to give candidate advertisements more favorable treatment than equivalent commercial ads. More...


CRS Attendance Up 4 Percent

CRS Attendance Up 4 Percent

Another successful Country Radio Seminar is in the books and Executive Director Bill Mayne and his crew did another fabulous job with the event, which always includes a few surprises (like pulling in Garth brooks and Trisha Yearwood). Compared to 2014, the Country Radio Seminar saw a 4 percent increase in attendance this year. That's the sixth year in a row for attendance growth for the CRS. A total of 2,424 full registrants attended the CRS this year.


WHO ARE THE BEST PD's IN AMERICA?

WHO ARE THE BEST PD's IN AMERICA?

It's one of our most popular lists every year. And it's your chance to recognize the great men and women that make your stations sound great. Every format and every market is considered for this list. Who are the Best Program Directors in America? Make your nomination HERE .



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Lopez Jumps From CBS To Cumulus

Lopez Jumps From CBS To Cumulus

Chad Lopez has been appointed to the position of VP/market manager of Cumulus New York, filling the position left open since January's exit of Kim Bryant to executive VP for West Coast sales at Westwood One. Lopez heads to Cumulus following 14 years at CBS Radio, where he was general sales manager, 1010 WINS. He was previously director of sales for WCBS-AM/1010 WINS and WFAN/Yankees baseball, and senior media buyer for Dom Camera and Associates. More...


Baker Promoted To Regional VP At Cumulus

Baker Promoted To Regional VP At Cumulus

Donna Baker has been elevated to Midwest regional VP at Cumulus, from her previous role as vice president/market manager for Cumulus Chicago. Baker will be based in Kansas City and will oversee Cumulus' station operations in Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Des Moines. She has previously served Cumulus as vice president/market manager for the Houston and Kansas City stations. More...


Bowen Also Defects From CBS To Cumulus

Bowen Also Defects From CBS To Cumulus

Twenty-year Chicago radio vet Peter Bowen is the new vice president/market manager for Cumulus Chicago, replacing Donna Baker who was promoted to Midwest regional VP on Monday. Bowen moves from CBS Radio, where he was senior vice president/director of sales for CBS Radio's six-station cluster in Los Angeles. More...


Entravision Appoints Lopez-Knowles CMO

Entravision Appoints Lopez-Knowles CMO

Mara Lopez-Knowles has been promoted from chief marketing officer of its Pulpo Media business unit to the newly created position of CMO of Entravision. She will oversee Entravision's multimedia marketing among broadcast, radio, and digital properties. More...


Cosby Exits PMD At WABC/NY

Cosby Exits PMD At WABC/NY

Rita Cosby moves from afternoons to weekends on WABC, where she will now host the new Sunday talk show, The Rita Cosby Show. WABC PD Craig Schwalb says that the move was spurred because her "TV commitments and international speaking engagements require her to spend more time away from her daily show."


More Responsibility For Valkoun With iHeart

More Responsibility For Valkoun With iHeart

Colleen Valkoun has been named iHeartMedia's market president for Madison and Milwaukee, overseeing the 12 stations in the cluster. Valkoun has been serving as interim market president for both markets. She previously served as vice president of sales for Milwaukee and Madison. She joined iHeart in 2003 as national sales manager for Milwaukee's six-station cluster. More...


Indy's Rap Godfather Shirk Retires

Indy's Rap Godfather Shirk Retires

Bill Shirk, the man credited with bringing rap to radio in Indianapolis, is hanging up his headphones after 43 years on the air in Indy, reports indy.com. When no one else in Indy would play rap on the airwaves in the early '90s, the FCC granted him the 96.3 frequency, and despite low power, Shirk turned Hoosier Hot 96 into a ratings powerhouse forcing other urban players to cue up the hip hop. More...


Mike And Mike To Celebrate 15th Anniversary

Mike And Mike To Celebrate 15th Anniversary

Where else would sports guys go but to Disney? The team will reminisce about their 15 years together from the Downtown Disney stage at Walt Disney World in Orlando this Friday, March 6, from 6 to 10 a.m. ET. They will be joined by Cirque de Soleil, on-site guests, celebrities, and sports superstars. More...


Seylhouwer Guilty Of Negligent Assault

Seylhouwer Guilty Of Negligent Assault

Originally facing charges of felonious assault, former 55-KRC Cincinnati host Blake Seylhouwer, who was accused of intentionally shooting at his wife, was found guilty Friday on two lesser counts of negligent assault. Seylhouwer was also facing a charge of domestic violence, but a mistrial was declared when the jury couldn't come to a unanimous decision, WCPO reports. More...


Lurie Returns to Albuquerque As PD

Lurie Returns to Albuquerque As PD

Jon Lurie is the new program director of Cumulus AC 99.5 Magic FM-KMGA in Albuquerque. The appointment marks Lurie's return to the Southwest, where he spent a decade programming Cumulus' Tucson stations. Laurie also logged time at KMLE in Phoenix and WQIK in Jacksonville. More...


Flores Promoted To OM At Malkan/Corpus Christi

Flores Promoted To OM At Malkan/Corpus Christi

Current KZFM/KKBA program director Gino Flores has been promoted to operations manager and will now oversee all three stations in the cluster, including KEYS/ESPN 1440AM. Flores has logged his entire 15-year career at Malkan Interactive Communications. He will continue his morning show duties at KZFM. More...


Sylvester Gets Mornings In Janesville,WI

Sylvester Gets Mornings In Janesville,WI

John "Sly" Sylvester joins for mornings on 105.9 The Hog/Janesville, WI. Sylvester will still be handling afternoon Talk duties at The Big FM 93.7 and AM1380 WBEL, as well as his new morning shift on WWHG. More...


Former WMCA Host Indicted

Former WMCA Host Indicted

Former WMCA/NY host Alan "Dr. Al" Lupinacci was indicted by a grand jury in Hackensack last week. He faces charges of practicing medicine and conducting surgery without a license. The Cliff View Pilot reports, Lupinacci lost his medical credentials after being convicted of sexually assaulting female patients. He hosted the Learn To Be Healthy show that aired Saturday's on WMCA.


DJ Dan Burns, "Dr. Trance," Dies

DJ Dan Burns, "Dr. Trance," Dies

The Torontoist reports that Don Berns, better known to Toronto ravers as Dr. Trance, died Sunday. Berns worked in radio in several American markets, including: WYSL Buffalo, WHB Kansas City, WBRU Brown University, WTAE Pittsburgh, WTRY Troy, WICE Providence, and KLIF Dallas. More...


SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

Thanks to Robert Sobczak for sending us this Blast From the Past. This is Larry Anderson at WGR in Buffalo. As a teenager and president of his High School Radio Club, Robert set up tours of Buffalo Radio stations. He took this picture in 1979. Read More About This Blast From the Past...



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) Make Sure Advertisers Are Ready

(SALES) Make Sure Advertisers Are Ready

(By Jeff Schmidt) Jeff Bacon is a seller for Rich Broadcasting in Sun Valley, Idaho, who has many years of successful selling experience. He wrote about an experience he had this week. Here's what he had to say...


(SALES) 3 Ways To Sell More Radio

(SALES) 3 Ways To Sell More Radio

(By Wayne Ens) The lure of a multitude of shiny new media emerging daily is turning out to be a blessing in disguise for professional radio marketers. It wasn't that long ago that we were often approached by radio stations that wanted to sell their stations or clusters against other stations and clusters.


(TALENT) Super Spots

(TALENT) Super Spots

(By Ronald Robinson) My thanks to those who requested a demo of the first six cuts (of 26) of the ads produced specifically for auto dealerships. Some recipients would have freaked out because of the lack of "content" - the products, the deals, the financing options, etc. It can be argued that auto retailers' "deals" are, pretty much, all same-same, particularly to an unmotivated, so-far-disinterested radio audience.



DIGITAL

SoundCloud Pays Out $1 Million In 6 Months

SoundCloud Pays Out $1 Million In 6 Months

SoundCloud reported that they have paid $1 million in advertising revenue, to a little over 100 partners, in the last six months, Digital Music News reports. The partners include Fool's Gold Records, Fullscreen, and Maker Studios. Advertisers include Jaguar, Microsoft, and Grand Marnier.


Robotic Journalism Making Inroads

Robotic Journalism Making Inroads

Both the AP and the L.A. Times have reported that they are applying robotic journalism for breaking news and financial reports. What's New in Publishing reports the robo-journos helped the AP crank out 3,000 reports each quarter. Stories are going directly to the wire from AP, without any human intervention. Will robot libel will make it into the dictionary?


Lifestream Launches Broadcaster Mini

Lifestream Launches Broadcaster Mini

A pocket-sized live-stream encoder for just $295 is now available from Livestream. It offers 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi and a rechargeable Li-on battery that can provide two hours of live streaming. Streaming Media reports, the device streams video up to 1080p resolution at 4Mbps. It can be set up via the free Livestream app available for iOS and Android devices.



BUSINESS

Learfield Acquires ANC Sports Enterprises

Learfield Acquires ANC Sports Enterprises

Learfield Sports announced on Monday it has completed the acquisition of the controlling interest in ANC Sports Enterprises. ANC provides video displays, in-venue sponsorship platforms, digital signage, and other tech offerings for sports venues, transportation hubs, and retail facilities. More...



SPORTS CONFERENCE

Get Ready For The Majors At Sports Conference

Get Ready For The Majors At Sports Conference

You need to build your brand and your business, but the marketing environment is constantly changing. And that's especially true in the world of Sports radio, where teams' and stations' fortunes move with the passions of the fans -- and the advertisers. More...


What Sports Radio Advertisers Look For

What Sports Radio Advertisers Look For

Become a real partner and reap the rewards. Advertisers love sports. Some of the biggest advertisers out there rely on sports for awareness and that all-important brand loyalty. How can you make sure your Sports radio station gets its piece of the pie? Continue reading...


Here's What You'll Miss If You're Not There!

Here's What You'll Miss If You're Not There!

SPORTS RADIO CONFERENCE - HISPANIC RADIO CONFERENCE. One registration provides access to both conferences! Alberto Gonzales will keynote the Hispanic Radio Conference. Chad Morris head football coach at SMU, Eddie Gossage president and GM of Texas Motor Speedway, and Rick Scott president and CEO of Rick Scott & Associates all keynote the Sports Radio Conference. Continue reading...


Speedway Boss To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Speedway Boss To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

President and GM of Texas Motor Speedway and one of America's greatest racing promoters, Eddie Gossage will give the closing keynote at Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference, March 4-5 in Dallas. The famously innovative Gossage is perhaps the most successful speedway executive in motor sports today. It's a booming business, and he's played a huge part in making that happen. Continue reading...


SMU Head Coach To Speak About Success

SMU Head Coach To Speak About Success

Chad Morris, head football coach at Southern Methodist University, is set to keynote Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Dallas. Morris has made a meteoric rise from Texas high school football to his current post at SMU, and he'll talk about the core values that have helped bring him such remarkable success. Continue reading...


Become A Sports Sales Expert

Become A Sports Sales Expert

Sports radio is different. It can be a lot more complex to sell than other formats in a CPP/CPM world -- but it can also be much more rewarding. There's a reason Sports is one of the fastest-growing and most successful formats in radio. Click for more on the Sports Radio Conference...


How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

Sports Talk radio today is just about as competitive as the sports it covers. So what do you need to do to develop a winning lineup? Where can you go to seek tomorrow's top talent? What are the keys to building a strong bench and a super farm team? Find out March 4-5 in Dallas at Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference.



HISPANIC RADIO CONFERENCE

Juanes Is A Distinguished Leader

Juanes Is A Distinguished Leader

Radio Ink has announced that legendary recording artist and humanitarian Juanes will be this year's recipient of the Medallas de Cortez Distinguished Leadership Award, to be presented at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Dallas next month. This award honors Juanes not only for his long and successful music career, but for his social and humanitarian activism.


Agencies To Bust Myths At Hispanic Conference

Agencies To Bust Myths At Hispanic Conference

Here they are: The conversations you can't afford to miss if you work in Hispanic radio. Three major agencies will be present at the Hispanic Radio Conference, and you MUST hear what they have to say. These two sessions will be worth the price of admission all by themselves. More...


2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards Finalists

2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards Finalists

Radio Ink is proud to present the finalists for the 2015 Medallas de Cortez Awards. The awards are named in honor of Raoul Cortez, who founded KCOR, the first Spanish-language station in the United States, in 1946. They honor excellence in eight categories. The winners will be announced at the the Medallas de Cortez ceremony on March 4 at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Dallas. Continue reading for the finalists...:


Find & Grow Hispanic Radio Superstars

Find & Grow Hispanic Radio Superstars

Where do you look to find the stars of tomorrow? It's a huge question for all of radio, but perhaps most of all for Hispanic radio. After decades of importing great talent from outside the US, many believe the next generation of great personalities will be native-born. But how do you find them, and give them the opportunity to learn and grow? That's one of the many hot topics that will be on the table at Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Dallas.


Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Former A.G. To Keynote Radio Ink Conference

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will keynote the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference being held in Dallas on March 4-5. Gonzales holds the distinction of having held the highest post in U.S. government ever held by an individual of Hispanic heritage, having served from 2005-2007 as a Cabinet member under President George W. Bush. Continue reading...


What Attracts Investors To Hispanic Radio?

What Attracts Investors To Hispanic Radio?

As the growing U.S. Hispanic population continues to fuel consumer trends and spending how will that affect Hispanic radio? It sounds like the future is bright - but it's never safe to take anything for granted. At the Hispanic Radio Conference, a panel of bankers, brokers, radio executives, and investors will give some clear-eyed consideration to Hispanic radio as a business. Read More...


Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

The Group Heads Super Session that closes the annual Hispanic Radio Conference is always much anticipated, with attendees eager to hear the leadership of this key segment of the radio industry talk about their plans, hopes, and vision for the future.


Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Many sales managers will tell you that sales management is the hardest job in radio today. They have more people to manage, more things to sell, and less support than ever before. In Spanish-language radio, if sales managers are not Hispanic, they need to learn the nuances of Hispanic culture -- and fast! Hispanic Radio Conference...



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