It's become one of our most popular lists of the year. The 2015 Best PDs in America can now be seen between the pages of the latest Radio Ink magazine. And the number-one PD in America is iHeartMedia's Chris Conley. Conley programs WLTW in New York City. Every time a ratings book comes out, just like clockwork, WLTW sits on top of the pack. Not bad, in the number-one market in America. iHeartMedia New York SVP/Programming Thea Mitchem says, "Chris is a creative visionary who has the pulse on Adult Contemporary listeners' evolution of tastes and expectations. Chris has a great balance for the art and science of programming, and his passion and expertise continue to keep LTW at the top of its game."
The $600,000 deal between Connoisseur Media and Pandora for KXMZ in South Dakota had been stuck at the FCC for two years while the Commission tried to determine whether or not Pandora's investors owned more than 25 percent of the company. Broadcast licenses can not be owned by companies that have over 25 percent foreign ownership (a rule even broadcasters want changed). Pandora has been unable to determine the exact percentage of foreign ownership. Despite that fact, yesterday the commission finally approved the deal stating the public interest would be served.
That's what Entercom CEO David Field is hoping for, although it's always hard to predict what the government will do. Entercom spent $1.7 million on the deal in Q1 and expects to spend at least another $2 million on it in Q2. The company is putting together a lot of infomation for the Department of Justice, which is holding up the deal as it looks closer at the Denver market. This $105 million deal for 15 Lincoln stations was announced back in December. In Denver, Entercom already owned three FMs and one AM and announced it would be divesting one station to comply with FCC rules. Entercom was notified by D.O.J. in January that it was taking a closer look. Field says he hopes the deal is completed and Entercom is operating the stations by the middle of the summer.
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CEO David Field said the sluggish advertising environment continues when he reported Q2 revenue of $78.4 million which was flat when compared to one year ago. Field said there was some improvement during the back half of the quarter and local was slightly better than national. Entercom's five best-performing advertising categories were retail, financial services, insurance, TV/cable, and entertainment. Auto advertising was flat and the telecom category performed poorly in Q2. Boston, Portland, Buffalo, and Milwaukee were Entercom's best-performing markets.
Entercom CEO David Field is on the programmatic bandwagon, as most of the radio CEOs we've heard from are. Field says it needs to be implemented thoughtfully but the potential is great for radio. "It makes radio easier to buy, which hindered radio in the past. It elevates radio, and it elevates being an account executive in radio." Field believes when programmatic is implemented AEs will be able to focus more time on marketing as opposed to the processes.
Richard Harker continues his quest to expose PPM problems in his latest blog for Radio InSights. In his latest piece, he looks at a study Arbitron did in the last decade in Chicago, where participants would use both a PPM device and a diary. The diary reports showed more listening than the PPM devices' reports did. "So which was correct?" he asks. READ MORE...
For the fifth consecutive week, The Home Depot is radio's #1 advertiser, airing 62,603 commercials for the week of April 27-May 3, according to Media Monitors. The number of commercials played for The Home Depot was well over two times higher than the #2 advertiser for the week, AutoZone, which had 28,168 plays.
Chairman Don Benson has named five appointees to the NAB radio board, with the approval of the NAB Joint Board Chairman Charles Warfield. Filling five vacancies on the radio board and appointed to two-year board seats effective June 2015 are: Caroline Beasley, EVP and CFO Beasley Broadcast Group; John Dickey, EVP of Content & Programming for Cumulus Media; Steve Fisher, CFO and EVP of Operations for Entercom Communications; Scott Herman, EVP of Operations for CBS Radio; and Jeff Warshaw, CEO Connoisseur Media.
The NAB is accepting nominations for the 2015 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, recognizing overall excellence in radio. This window is open through May 29. To be considered for a 2015 NAB Marconi Radio Award, GMs may nominate their station in the categories of "Station of the Year by Market Size," "Station of the Year by Format," "Personality of the Year by Market Size," "Spanish Format Personality of the Year," "Legendary Station," and "Noncommercial Station of the Year." Stations may also submit nominations for the category of "Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year."
Cherry Creek Radio is selling its two Lake Tahoe radio stations -- KLRT-FM and KOWL-AM -- to D&H Broadcasting, which is owned by Steve Harness, the current general manager of both stations. Pending FCC approval, Harness' company will take ownership on July 1.
ABC Radio has announced a new daily radio report entitled Your Body. The segment will be hosted by ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton and will be geared towards helping women achieve better health and wellness. The segment can be heard on music- and talk-formatted radio stations.
Entercom Communications has announced the hiring of Stephanie Callihan as the new VP/general manager of the company's four-station cluster in Austin. She most recently served as regional market president for iHeartMedia in Wichita. Callihan replaces Alan Kirshbom, who exited in March after five years in Austin and 14 years with the company.
Salem Media Group Louisville has announced the hiring of Tom Hoyt as general manager for the company's three-station cluster: WFIA-AM/FM and WGTK-AM. Hoyt comes to the position with management experience at Emmis, Entercom, and Cox. He replaces Tim Hartlage, who exited the role in mid-April, but will continue to work with Salem Louisville leading its local ministry efforts.
iHeartMedia Seattle has announced the promotion of Russell Robertson to senior vice president of sales for the company's seven-station cluster. He most recently had been serving as GSM for iHM's San Diego cluster, and has been with the company since 2001. Robertson replaces Katerina Perez, who exits the company.
iHeartMedia Tampa has announced the hiring of Mary Gordon as that eight-station cluster's new sales manager, effective June 1. She most recently served as senior account executive for IMG Sports Marketing, focusing on the Georgia Tech campus. In her 25-year career, she has worked in sales and leadership roles for Cumulus, Citadel, and ABC Radio. Gordon replaces Shawn Winters, who was promoted to VP of sales for iHeartMedia's Inside Sales division.
Lincoln Financial Media announced the promotion of Brooks O'Brian to program director of KIFM-FM/San Diego. Along with her new duties, she will continue to serve as APD/MD of KSON-FM, but will leave her midday on-air slot. At KIFM, O'Brian replaces longtime station boss Mike Vasquez.
Sports broadcaster/prognosticator/analyst/host Hank Goldberg has made his return to radio. He is now heard from 3-6 p.m. on WMEN/Miami. Goldberg, aka "Hammerin' Hank" and "The Hammer," worked in South Florida radio for over 40 years, including being heard on stations WIOD and WQAM. He has not hosted a regular daily radio show since 2007.
One of Chicago radio's most famous names, Milt Rosenberg, was honored by the Chicago City Council recently. He received a proclamation recognizing his contributions to the city from his long radio and academic careers, and for his return to the local airwaves. The proclamation was sponsored by Alderman Ed Burke, and signed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Clerk Susana Mendoza. MORE
KUPL/Portland has announced the hiring of Chunky, who will join the 98.7 The Bull Morning Bull Ride show. Chunky most recently worked mornings at Wired 96.5 in Philadelphia, exiting in April when the station altered branding and formats. Chunky's radio career has also had him working in markets such as Charlotte, Boise, Detroit, New York City, and San Diego.
Advanced Media Partners has announced numerous changes at WPIA/Peoria, including a new night host in John Govia, a new afternoon show and music director with Liam McClusky, and a new promotions director in Amber Miller.
Country music star Dierks Bentley will host Westwood One's four-hour Memorial Day country special, which will also feature Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and others, who will provide music and share stories about their favorite summertime activities. Additionally, the special will pay tribute to America's military heroes who died while serving their country.
According to a CNBC report, music streaming service Spotify has been able to raise around $350 million in new funds. The report states that Goldman Sachs is one of the bigger investors and that more new investors may yet take part in the fundraising. Spotify's valuation is $8 billion, twice that of its closest rival Pandora.
(By Roy Williams) Sometimes I think we go through our lives trying to impress an invisible audience called "everyone." "What will everyone think?" Invisible would be bad enough, but I think "everyone" might also be imaginary. Emil Cioran was probably right when he said, "If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot."
In the latest Media Unplugged podcast by Mark Ramsey and Tom Asacker, the hosts look at a few subjects, including marketing movies like brands, and Vessel's prospects of overtaking YouTube. Additionally, the podcast looks at what a Vine superstar has in common with one of the Staples Singers, faulty statistics in determining that millennials are flooding back into movie theaters, Ben Affleck's slave cover-up, and a great co-promotion between HBO's Game of Thrones and UBER. MORE
(By Randy Lane) Flashback to 1995: I was the new program director at Star 98.7, which was the also-ran AC in Los Angeles behind KOST and KBIG. Female singer-songwriters like Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, and Melissa Etheridge were flourishing at that time. So we made the decision to switch to the Modern AC format.
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...