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May 27, 2015

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Alpha Pays $38 Million For Morris/JMJ Stations

Alpha Pays $38 Million For Morris/JMJ Stations

According to documents filed with the FCC, Alpha Media will be paying over $38.25 million for 34 radio stations and an FM booster from Morris Communications and two stations from JMJ Broadcasting. Upon closing, Alpha Media will pay $18.25 million in cash (although that amount could be adjusted somewhat depending on various factors), plus $20 million worth of Alpha Holdings stock and $6,585 worth of Alpha Holdings II stock.

Denmark Radio Station Kills Rabbit On Air

Denmark Radio Station Kills Rabbit On Air

Danish public radio station Radio24syv has come under fire for killing a nine-month old rabbit live on the air by beating it repeatedly with a bicycle pump. The young rabbit was later skinned and cooked in a pot, the video of which was shown on the station's Facebook page. Worldwide protests over the animal's brutal treatment are pouring in. Many in Denmark have called for a boycott of the station. Continue reading....


Eight Is Great For Home Depot

Eight Is Great For Home Depot

For the eighth consecutive week, The Home Depot is radio's #1 advertiser, boosting its ads even more, airing 69,212 commercials on radio for the week of May 18-24, according to Media Monitors. Macy's begins a huge radio advertising campaign, becoming the #2 advertiser for the first time this year, with 35,897 ads played for the week. See the rest of the top 10 advertisers HERE.


Radio Show Offers Student Scholarships

Radio Show Offers Student Scholarships

One hundred and thirty undergraduate and graduate students will be awarded registration scholarships and special access to the 2015 Radio Show, being held September 30-October 2 in Atlanta. On Tuesday, the NAB, RAB, and Broadcast Education Association announced the first-ever Radio Show Student Scholars Program, which is designed to encourage and prepare students for successful careers in radio.


KEZK Loses Its Freshness

KEZK Loses Its Freshness

After stunting over the Memorial Day weekend with an all-80s format and teasing something new was coming on Tuesday morning, KEZK/St. Louis rebranded itself. Gone is the branding of Fresh 102.5, which the station has used since December 2010. The new branding is 102.5 KEZK. While still an AC-formatted station that plays current artists, the playlist has been boosted with more upbeat songs from the 1980s and 1990s. The station's staff remains the same and KEZK will continue its annual flip to all-Christmas music each November.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Media Broker Ralph Meador Passes Away At 95

Media Broker Ralph Meador Passes Away At 95

The National Association of Media Brokers (NAMB) announced the death of their friend and colleague Ralph Meador, who died Monday at age 95. Meador started his radio career in 1942 in Dayton, installing radio and radar systems for the military. After working for, and later owning, radio stations, he founded the brokerage firm R.E. Meador & Associates in 1970. More...


WMEX Adds Michele McPhee For Afternoons

WMEX Adds Michele McPhee For Afternoons

Author, television/newspaper investigative reporter, and television news producer Michele McPhee has been given her own afternoon talk show on WMEX-AM/Boston. Beginning next week, McPhee will be talking about the stories she breaks and topics of interest from 3-6 p.m. Her local show replaces The Howie Carr Show, which exited in March. Various syndicated programming had been airing in the interim.


Tim Richards Rises In Phoenix

Tim Richards Rises In Phoenix

CBS Radio Phoenix has promoted Tim Richards to VP of programming of the company's three-station cluster. He most recently had been operations manager and PD for KMLE and KZON, duties he will retain. After a long career working in radio nationwide, Richards joined CBS Radio Phoenix in 2013. KOOL PD Dave Shakes will continue in his role, working under Richards.


Don Kollins Named KGMX PD

Don Kollins Named KGMX PD

Entercom Communications announced the hiring of Don Kollins as program director for Sports Radio KGMZ-FM/San Francisco. Kollins comes to the station with 20 years of sports and news programming experience, primarily in Canada, where he was part of CJCL/Toronto and CHYM/Ontario. When he begins next month, Kollins will replace Jason Barrett, who announced in February he would be stepping down in June to relocate to New York to be closer to his son.


KLBC Morning Host/PD Bob McKinzie Dies

KLBC Morning Host/PD Bob McKinzie Dies

Longtime radio host for the Texoma area, Bob McKinzie passed away over the weekend unexpectedly. He was 66 years old. He is known for his many years hosting mornings Durant, OK/Dennison, TX area, including at stations such as KIKM, KLAK, and in recent years, at KLBC, where he also served as program director. McKinzie had been working in radio since he was in high school. The KLBC website has an online memorial set up for McKinzie which can be viewed HERE.



DIGITAL

Vox Media Purchases Re/code

Vox Media Purchases Re/code

Revere Digital, the parent company of tech website Re/code, has been acquired by digital media company Vox Media. Re/code will continue to be published by Co-CEOs and Co-Executive Editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Terms of the sale are not yet disclosed.



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) Increase Your Value

(SALES) Increase Your Value

(By Spike Santee) Are you tired of always competing solely on price? Are you frustrated when your customers demand your lowest price and then request some added value to "get on the buy"? "Added value" is not giving your client something extra for free in order to bring in the buy. Giving your client something extra for free is not selling; it is simply the act of lowering your price to the level the client will tolerate.


(SOCIAL) Welcome To The New Age

(SOCIAL) Welcome To The New Age

(By Loyd Ford) I hear the sound of the future and it sounds nothing like the past. Radio debt, recession, and industry change mushroomed at the same time that a new generation has risen into adulthood. We know that part of the story, right? I'm just not sure we all understand how much listening has changed while our industry has shifted into neutral and developed an appetite for cost cutting. These new "listeners" have radios in their cars. They just don't care. "Why should I?" they ask. "I have this."


Senior Wars - The Older Demos Awaken

Senior Wars - The Older Demos Awaken

(By Curt Krafft) If you think something isn't going to work, it won't. Rightly or wrongly, perception plays a huge role in the world of business. This is especially true in the business of broadcasting. If we truly believe that appealing to older demos will not translate into a significant amount of revenue, then it won't. And nothing is going to change our mind.



RADIO INK

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...


MIW Spotlight - Jill Kowalski

MIW Spotlight - Jill Kowalski

Jill Kowalski is the Director of Sports Sales and Marketing for Enterom Communications in Buffalo. In a male dominated business, sports sales, Jill Kowalsi is in charge of one the hottest sports station in America, WGR, and the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres Radio Network, which generates over $3,000,000 in revenue. Kowalski is one of The 100 Most Influential Women in Radio we will feature in our upcoming June issue of Radio Ink Magazine. Here is a more in-depth look at how Kowalski made it to the top of her profession and what she believes it will take to succeed in radio moving forward.







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