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January 24, 2015

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Radio One Files Lawsuit Against Flinn Broadcasting Over Boom

Radio One Files Lawsuit Against Flinn Broadcasting Over Boom

They believe they created the new "BOOM" (Classic Hip Hop) format and they are going to do everything in their power to protect it. Radio One has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the Western District of Tennessee against Flinn Broadcasting. Flinn is based in Memphis and owns 32 radio stations in 13 states. Two of those stations, WOXF-FM in Oxford, Mississippi, and WIVG-FM in Memphis/Tunica are now called "BOOMin 96" and, yes, the format is Throwback Hip Hop. Radio One says that's just a little too close and wants Flinn to shut it down. Here's the full story...


INDUSTRY NEWS

Alpha Buying Spree-4 More in VA

Alpha Buying Spree-4 More in VA

Earlier in the week Alpha announced it was picking up stations in the Bay Area, Friday morning Alpha entered into a definitive agreement to purchase four Virginia radio stations from Free Lance-Star Radio. Included are: WFLS-FM and WNTX-AM in Fredericksburg, VA; WVBX-FM in Spotsylvania, VA and WWUZ-FM in Bowling Green, VA. Continue Reading...


A Lesson for Radio from SkyMall's Fall

A Lesson for Radio from SkyMall's Fall

The parent company for SkyMall filed for bankruptcy last week, citing that it was a victim of the times. New rules on airlines and tech that allows smartphones and tablets during flights, just nibbled away at the mainstay of the seat-back pocket. Airline passengers once held captive during their flight, have new ways to pass their time. Sound familiar? The parallels between in-flight and in-dash draw some compelling comparisons. Continue Reading...


Google Hangouts As A Conduit To Listeners

Google Hangouts As A Conduit To Listeners

Earlier this week Radio Ink reported on the departure of the morning team of 20 years from 97.3 - The Eagle in Hampton Roads. But there was another story at The Eagle. Max Media Operations Manager John Shomby did something different -- he took to Google Hangouts to talk with The Eagle's listeners about why the changes were made to the station. We're not completely sure, but it might just be a first for radio. Listen here.


Radio's Digital Revenue Report Card

Radio's Digital Revenue Report Card

The January 2015 Borrell Research Local Digital Advertising report concludes that there are essentially four kinds of companies vying for local ad dollars in 2015: Traditional media stuck in an analog world, traditional media excited but only dabbling in digital, traditional media investing heavily in digital growth, and Internet pureplay advertisers. The big winners? The digital-only newcomers. Continue reading...


Stars Turn Out to Pay Respects To Paxson

Stars Turn Out to Pay Respects To Paxson

A service was held in West Palm Beach last night for Bud Paxson. The creator and co-founder of Home Shopping Network and PAX TV died at the age of 80 earlier this month. Actress Sharon Stone, singer Wayne Newton, Jack Hanna from TV's Hanna Into The Wild and former Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough were among those who attended. Between 500 and 600 people were in attendance to say goodbye to Paxson who began his career as an owner of WACK Radio, a 500-watt radio station in the village of Newark, New York. Paxson would later purchase AM station WWQT in Clearwater.


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.


CBS's Big Podcasting Push With Play.it

CBS's Big Podcasting Push With Play.it

Eight months ago, podcasting was yesterday's news... literally. Last May, The Guardian announced it was getting out of the podcasting business after eight years of podcasting from the Guardian website. Podcasting it seemed, was done. The Media Briefing ran the headline, "If you're in the podcast game to make money, you'd be better off focusing on video." Podcasting had fallen so far off the radar it wasn't even a blip. In less than a year, podcasting is back. CBS is solidly behind the new podcasting trend with play.it. Listen to an exclusive Radio Ink interview with Ezra Kucharz, president of CBS Local Digital Media HERE


Who Are Radio's Future African-American Leaders?

For the third consecutive year, Radio Ink magazine is spotlighting the African-American professionals leading the charge in radio today. This year, that issue will be released on March 16. Who's working at your station, in your cluster, or at your company who is certain to be a future leader? Send your nominations for our African-American Future Leaders in Radio issue to edryantheeditor@gmail.com


CRS Offering Day & Panel Passes

CRS Offering Day & Panel Passes

Day passes are back at the Country Radio Seminar as are the $99 unemployment rate. Single-day and panel passes will be available on-site. Single-day passes are $200 and panel passes are $40 per panel. Day passes include access to panels, speakers, luncheons and networking destinations for that day, with the exception of Friday's New Faces of Country Music show. More information is available at the CRS site.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Shoboy: Working "To Be There" for the NY Listener

Shoboy: Working "To Be There" for the NY Listener

Monday marks Edgar "Shoboy" Sotelo's second week on-air in NY at 92.3 Amp. After a couple of hours of airchecking Sotelo it sounds like he's acclimating well. One of the hardest things for a new host in a new market is not sounding like an outsider, sounding like you're plugged into the community. Sotelo talks to Radio Ink in an exclusive audio interview Here.


Chuck Named PD at Hot 99.5/D.C.

Chuck Named PD at Hot 99.5/D.C.

Tommy Chuck is the new Program Director at WIHT-FM HOT 99.5/D.C. Chuck spent the last eight years  as Program Director and Digital Director for WFLZ and WMTX in Tampa. Chuck's previous stints include WQEN/Birmingham and WXXL/Orlando. More...


KCMO/KC Brings In New Hosts

KCMO/KC Brings In New Hosts

Rob Carson takes over as morning host from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Chris Plante middays from 9 a.m. to Noon on KCMO/Kansas City. Current morning host Greg Knapp's show moves to afternoon drive. The New KCMO Lineup looks like this: Carson 5-9 a.m., Plante 9 a.m.-Noon, Michael Savage 2-4 p.m.., Greg Knap 4-7 p.m., Mark Levin 7-10 p.m., and Jon Batchelor from 10 p.m.-Midnight. Continue reading...


Floyd Jumps From Cromwell To Connoisseur

Floyd Jumps From Cromwell To Connoisseur

Carol Floyd is the new general manager of the Connoisseur Media three-station cluster in Bloomington, IL. Floyd previously spent over a decade as market manager for the Cromwell Group in East Central Illinois. Continue reading...


McConnell Logs Half A Century At WTOP

McConnell Logs Half A Century At WTOP

Just imagine how many PDs and news directors he's been through. On January 18, Dave McConnell marked his 50th anniversary at WTOP. McConnell has spent most of his career as WTOP's Capitol Hill correspondent, where he's still the only full-time Congressional correspondent for a local radio station in the United States. More...


Jim Sumpter Re-Signs With USA

Jim Sumpter Re-Signs With USA

The USA Radio Networks has announced the renewal of syndication of The Jim Sumpter Show. The program will continue to air Noon-3 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, and 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. More...


Peter Z Named PD 99.5 Nash/Birmingham

Peter Z Named PD 99.5 Nash/Birmingham

99.5 FM NASH icon in Birmingham has a new PD, Peter Z moves into the position from Cumulus Birmingham St. Augustine, FL where he was Director of Ops at WYRE-FM 105.5. Peter Z was previously at 98.7 KLUV in Dallas, WGRR-FM/Cincinnati and GM of WAQZ-FM, WSAI-AM, and WAOZ-AM in Cincinnati. More...


97.3 Milwaukee Revamps Lineup

97.3 Milwaukee Revamps Lineup

Beginning Monday Milwaukee CHR WRNW 97.3 Radio Now is making additions to its programming. Brett Andrews will be handling PMD from 4-7PM and Aaron Rogers 10PM-1AM. Elvis Duran still anchors the morning drive slot, but the new additions give the station an all local air-staff beyond AMD. More...


Rogers Returns to Louisville on 100.5 MYfm

Rogers Returns to Louisville on 100.5 MYfm

Longtime Louisville radio personality Vicki Rogers will join 100.5 MYfm for middays starting Monday, the 26th. Jonathan Shuford, Program Director, 100.5 MYfm notes, "Adding a wonderful, well-known personality like Vicki Rogers is an incredible asset. She's been a mainstay in the local media for nearly 15 years."


John Coogle Broadcast Software Engineer Dies

John Coogle Broadcast Software Engineer Dies

John Coogle, former software engineer for Donahue Research & Marketing, who also ran an independent business consulting for the broadcast software marketplace, has died in Fairmont, West Virginia. John was the lead programmer for Donahue in the early 90s.



DIGITAL

iHeartRadio Exceeds 60 Million Registered Users

iHeartRadio Exceeds 60 Million Registered Users

iHeartMedia announced Friday that they have surpassed 60 million registered users and 90 million uniques. The company points out that registered listening doesn't account for the users who listen to live radio without registering, suggesting that the app's total reach is greater. Continue reading...


Big Game Nets Big Digital Numbers For ESPN

Big Game Nets Big Digital Numbers For ESPN

The College Football Playoff National Championship audio broadcast gained a whopping 103 percent streaming growth over last year's game. The stream averaged 69,000 listeners in the average minute across network and affiliate streams. More...


Rdio Launches In 24 International Markets

Rdio Launches In 24 International Markets

Rdio is announcing the expansion of its streaming services into 24 new countries and territories across the Caribbean, Central America, and Asia Pacific, in partnership with Digicel. More...



SPORTS

CBS Sports Radio Expanded Super Bowl Coverage

CBS Sports Radio Expanded Super Bowl Coverage

CBS Sports Radio announced that their coverage of Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix will broadcast nearly 50 hours of analysis and commentary from Radio Row. Jim Rome will be live form the Phoenix Convention Center throughout the week at Noon EST, starting Monday the 26th. Continue Reading...


ESPN Audio Revamps Weekend Lineup

ESPN Audio Revamps Weekend Lineup

Eight new shows are being added to ESPN Audio weekends throughout the month of January. Included in the additions are; espnW Presents: Spain & Prim, debuting January 24th and the Marty & McGee Podcast now becomes a weekly show. More...



BUSINESS

KMIC-AM/Houston Sale Closes

KMIC-AM/Houston Sale Closes

Filed on Friday at the Commission, Radio Disney Group sells KMIC-AM Houston to DAIJ Media. Closing price was $3.2 Million.


SiriusXM Exceeds 15K Dealers in Pre-Owned Program

SiriusXM Exceeds 15K Dealers in Pre-Owned Program

SiriusXM today announced that it has surpassed 15,000 auto dealers enrolled in the SiriusXM Pre-Owned Program. Introduced in 2011, the program allows dealers to provide subscriptions to pre-owned vehicles with a factory-installed satellite radio. More...



FRIDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(By Wayne Ens) You have no doubt heard about the KISS acronym: Keep It Simple Stupid. Simple sells! Digital is anything but simple, and I believe we're missing the boat by not presenting radio as the simple turnkey media alternative. I read this morning that thousands are leaving Facebook every day to migrate to the latest shiny new thing, Instagram.


(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(By Loyd Ford) You hear people talk about digital and social media, but many radio companies are having a difficult time moving the needle or getting a "movement" going to really capture real value. Why is that? It's easier to understand that you might think. Radio is still about the easiest money on the table.



WEDNESDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(WIZARD) Magical Canadian Non-Ads

(WIZARD) Magical Canadian Non-Ads

(By Roy Williams) Contrary to popular belief, people don't hate advertising. They hate predictable advertising. If you want to engage the listener, you have to deliver something surprising. Anchor this in your mind, Ad Writer: Surprise is the foundation of delight. No surprise, no delight.


(SALES) Sign Here, Please

(SALES) Sign Here, Please

(By Gary Ratcliff) Here are two more sources of Radio Sales Magic: signing your name and getting your customers to sign theirs. It's not a mystery that both these signatures show interest, commitment, and ownership. Everyone who's ever bought a car is familiar with this concept.


(TALENT) Radio's Blind Spot

(TALENT) Radio's Blind Spot

(By Ron Robinson) I have always been impressed that humans and other mammals have some of the least efficient eyes of all the animals. Our visual acuity is such that we miss a ton of information that is actually available in the environment. We even have blind spots. We also have blind spots in our neurology, psychologies, and cultures. So it is with radio.



SPORTS 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.



RADIO INK

Make Your Medallas de Cortez Nomination

Make Your Medallas de Cortez Nomination

Now is the time to get your nominations in for the 2015 Radio Ink Medallas de Cortez awards for excellence in Hispanic radio. HERE. The awards will be presented at Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference March 4-5 in Dallas.


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...







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Radio stations from all over the country have sent in pictures of their mobile marketing machines. Here are some of the most creative vehicles being used in the industry today. Send your picture to edryantheditor@gmail.com.
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