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July 31, 2014

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Happy 45th Joe Bilotta

Happy 45th Joe Bilotta

There aren't too many people who will not recognize the name in that headline. And if you're one of the few, you may want to make an effort to reach out and get to know Joe. Learn the radio trade. Learn how to be a strong leader. Learn how to put people first. Joe Bilotta is, without a doubt, one of the most well-respected and well-liked individuals in the radio industry today. On Friday, Bilotta will celebrate 45 years in the radio business...every last day of it with Buckley Broadcasting. It will, no doubt, be an emotional anniversary for Bilotta. Today is the third anniversaary of the death of Rick Buckley, the founder of Buckley Radio, and Bilotta's best friend. Buckley died from a brain embolism after falling ill while boating in Long Island Sound near his home in Quogue, N.Y. We spoke to Bilotta Wednesday about his 45th and the friend he misses dearly.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Are You Ready to Make Money Podcasting?

Are You Ready to Make Money Podcasting?

Many on-air hosts have wondered how to get their tribe - the local listeners they've cultivated for years - to follow them online. They've also wondered how, if they did follow, they could make money from their tribe without going broke trying. Andy Dean wondered those same thoughts and with a 3-year old talk show syndicated by Premiere he has quite the following. So Dean went out and built a company that makes it easy for anyone to start a Podcast and make money, if you have a following willing to pay for what you say. Dean is giving up his show with Premiere to focus on his new venture which is called ConnectPal. In our interview with Dean, he explains exactly how it works and how anyone can start making money. LISTEN HERE.


Journal, E.W. Scripps Merge, Spin Off Print

Journal, E.W. Scripps Merge, Spin Off Print

The E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications have agreed to merge their broadcast operations and spin off and then merge their newspapers, creating two separately traded public companies. The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Company name, and the Scripps family shareholders will continue to have voting control. The company will have approximately 4,000 employees across its television, radio and digital media operations and is expected to have annual revenue of more than $800 million. The companies project about $35 million in combined transaction synergies in the near term. Watch a videotaped message from Journal CEO Steven Smith HERE.


Cumulus News to be Powered by CNN

Cumulus News to be Powered by CNN

It's a new Westwood One news service that will be powered by CNNs newsgathering resources. This new service will offer stations access to broadcast, breaking news, wire service and digital content provided by CNN for use on the air and on websites. Westwood One has 10,000 radio affiliates in the United States, and owns STORQ technology that provides a local feel to syndicated content. The addition of this new service will enable local radio stations to broadcast the latest national and international news acquired by CNN but branded with their own call letters and station slogans.


Welcome to Radio Kids

Welcome to Radio Kids

The KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute has concluded and 70 new students are ready to infiltrate radio's farm system. Kentucky Broadcasters Association President Gary White said, The KBA determined this to be a very worthwhile cause. We know we need to find and attract young people who have a desire to be in our industry today who can be our leaders of tomorrow."


Fox and Entercom Back in Business

Fox and Entercom Back in Business

It appears the one-week suspension of Kirk Minihane and apology from CEO David Field were enough for Fox. The Boston Globe reports Fox plans to restore its advertising with the company, which the paper estimates at about $1 million. Fox Sports senior vice president of media relations Lou DErmilio said in a statement, We appreciate Entercoms recognition and response to the inappropriate comments made by the WEEI host. It is our sincere hope both organizations can now move forward. Entercom Boston Market Manager Phil Zachary said, On our end, we consider the matter 100 percent resolved.


Never Too Old to Learn Social Media

Never Too Old to Learn Social Media

Marc Orem's boss at D.C.'s 107.3 WRQX told him at age 37 he was too old to understand Social Media and its millennial users. Orem, known as "Marco" on the air writes on Medium.com that "it was my AH-HA moment". Orem revealed himself as the person who's spent the last seven weeks hiding envelopes containing $20 to $60 around the region and tweeting out clues. He financed the promotion with his own money, and has spent over $1,000 so far. His Twittr account increased to 9,000 followers, not bad for an old man who doesn't understand social media. The radio station wasn't involved and didn't know about it.


Le Batard Ad Rejected By Cleveland Paper

Le Batard Ad Rejected By Cleveland Paper

A failed attempt to mock LeBron James may actually get more attention than if it worked. ESPN's Dan Le Batard wanted to have a little fun with LeBron and the people of Cleveland. As silly as it sounds, it appears the fans in Miami are upset that LeBron hasn't thanked them. Forget the fact that he helped the team win two championships and went to the finals for two more attempts. That was an opening for Le Batard, and he took it.


Pittman Hit With $36,500 Fine

Not that Pittman. Pittman Broadcasting Services, owner of Louisiana stations KVOL-AM in Lafayette and WUUU-FM in Franklinton. The FCC hits KVOL with a Forfeiture Order of $14K for repeated violations of failing to maintain operational Emergency Alert System equipment and logs, and for operating outside its authorized power limits. And WUUU must pay $22,500 for EAS issues, failing to maintain its antenna structure, and antenna structure lighting. Pittman did not deny the facts and asked for a reduction in the fine because it operated at a net loss in 2009 and 2010 and had minimal net income in 2011. The Commission denied that request.


Five Previous Hosts Return For 2014 Marconis

Five Previous Hosts Return For 2014 Marconis

It could be a battle to see who can be the funniest. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the NAB Marconi Radio Awards, this year's celebration will feature five previous NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show hosts: Ron Chapman, Edgar "Shoboy" Sotelo, "Big Boy," and Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold of The Bob & Tom Show. Together the hosts will serve as emcees and presenters. The Marconis are being held September 11 at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis.


BMI And iBiquity Partner On New Music Initiative

BMI And iBiquity Partner On New Music Initiative

The new music initiative is called the HD Radio Artist Spotlight. It was created to help elevate up-and-coming artists and grow established acts with tour support out on the road, connecting them with local HD Radio stations, and creating new experiences for fans. The HD Radio Experience enables radio stations to create new broadcast channels, HD2/HD3, which can be utilized for new-music discovery. The initial artists involved in the programs rollout are Charlie Worsham, Jon Pardi, Ashley Monroe, Due West, and Muddy Magnolias. (Pictured: Jon Pardi and Muddy Magnolias sign HD Radio Artist Spotlight partnership with BMI's Mason Hunter).


Benztown And Radionomy To Partner

Benztown has entered into a promotional partnership with online radio platform Radionomy. The partnership includes the creation of a dedicated Benztown online radio station www.benztown.com/radionomy, promotional packages, and select Benztown imaging offerings and educational webinars to be made available to Radionomy broadcasters. Radionomy and Benztown will also offer the thousands of radio stations on the Radionomy platform, discounts, and special customization packages.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Magee Steps Down at Fox. No Replacement Announced.

Magee Steps Down at Fox. No Replacement Announced.

Fox Business Network confirmed to Radio Ink last night that Fox News Radio executive VP Kevin Magee (pictured) announced his departure Thursday in an email to staff. The position has not been filled at this time, we were only told that management is reviewing the situation. Magee has overseen the day-to-day operations of FBN since its inception and been with Fox since 2001. Magee has also worked for CNBC and Good Morning America. Here's the Magee note to the Fox staff:


Cook Takes Over at KLMX

Cook Takes Over at KLMX

Jeremy Cook has taken over full GM duties at KLMX in Clayton, New Mexico. He's been Co-Manager with Louanne Snedden since March 1. Due to health reasons Snedden will be stepping down from day to day management and will assume the role of Programing and News Director. She will also continue in her role as the News Announcer in the mornings on KLMX 1450 AM Crossroads Country. Cook started at KLMX in January 2014 and has taken on increased responsibility over the last few months.


Portland to Get Some Ice at Night

Portland to Get Some Ice at Night

Reality TV Star, ICE takes over Nights at Alpha's Live 95.5 (KBBF-FM) in Portland, OR. Amanda ICE Habrowski was given the nickname ICE by Public Enemys Flavor Flav during a stint on VH1s Flavor of Love 3. Alpha Media VP of Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, Ice is one of those rare personalities that captures your attention the moment you meet her, see her on camera or hear her open the mic. I am thrilled that she has chosen Portland as her home."


Ventua Launches Podcast

Ventua Launches Podcast

"We the People with Jesse Ventura" premiered Thursday on Adam Carolla's podcast network. Ventura is the latest addition to Carolla Digital, Adam Carolla's podcast network. "We the People with Jesse Ventura," will be available for download on Carolla Digital and iTunes every Thursday. Ventura's first guest was the number one podcast host himself, Adam Carolla.


New Morning Show For Journal's 106.9 K-HITS Tulsa

New Morning Show For Journal's 106.9 K-HITS Tulsa

Sid Kelly (pictured) joins the station beginning August 11. Kelly joins Journal in Tulsa after a three-year stint doing mornings in Toledo. He's also worked in Richmond, Mobile, and Wichita. PD Jet Black says, Sids talent really stuck out early in this process and his previous successes demonstrate the type of track record that will continue to grow K-HITS audience. Were very excited to get him started.


O'Connor Promoted At NuVoodoo

O'Connor Promoted At NuVoodoo

NuVoodoo Media Services has promoted Mike OConnor to executive vice president of marketing. OConnor, a co-founder of NuVoodoo Media Services, was previously vice president of marketing. He heads the companys marketing services for radio stations, and created NuVoodoos Social TV product with NuVoodoos Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Gilbert. OConnor will now lead the companys expansion across the social marketing, micro-targeted customized direct mail, and integrated digital media marketing spaces for radio, television, and newspaper.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(WIZARD)</b> The Advertisers Dilemma

(WIZARD) The Advertisers Dilemma

(By Roy Williams) Much has been written in recent months about our desperate need for better radio ads. I shall say only a little about this subject, for there is little left to be said. In his Creative Fundamentals That Get Results of May 25, Katz Media Groups Bob McCurdy wrote, Meticulous planning and strategy will not overcome weak creative, and, for too long, the effort to plan and place the radio commercial has overshadowed the effort to create the commercial.


<b>(SALES)</b> Are You Building Them Up Or Beating Them Up?

(SALES) Are You Building Them Up Or Beating Them Up?

(By Jeff Schmidt) Randy was my sons baseball coach this season. The team is made up of 13- and 14-year-old boys. They are in a critical phase of their baseball education. They have the fundamentals, they know the game. At this point its about refining skills and reducing mistakes. At the end of the day its still a game and they should be enjoying their time on the field.


<b>(PROGRAMMING)</b> 40 Secrets From Successful Morning Shows

(PROGRAMMING) 40 Secrets From Successful Morning Shows

(By Steve Reynolds) 1. The show has an overarching content strategy, or plot, that is unique to the show and certainly different from everything else in the market. 2. The cast is well-defined, and each member is different from the others. And the core cast is seen as likable. 3. The show has significant and meaningful points of differentiation from other, non-radio entertainment choices available.



2014 RADIO INK LISTS

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

2014 marks the 15th year for whats become one of our most popular lists. The Most Influential Women in Radio issue began in 1999, when the list of names was much shorter and those who occupied the list less influential. Today, some of these influencers will also appear on our 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list (to be released on July 28). Read about the Most Influential Women HERE.



DASH 2014

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."



RADIO INK

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development and growth of our industry and has shown true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."


Digital Sales Success Stories

If you have one, we want to hear about it. Are you killing it in digital sales, bringing local clients results using all of your digital products? Do your clients look to you as the go-to digital expert in your market? You are a rare bird in our indusrty and we want to hear about you and your story today. Call or e-mail Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan at 239-247-3833 or edryantheeditor@gmail.com.


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TELL US ABOUT YOUR SALESPEOPLE

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