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March 27, 2015

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Steve Goldstein Exits Saga

Steve Goldstein Exits Saga

Saga Communications announced on Thursday afternoon that Executive Vice President and Group Program Director Steve Goldstein has exited the company. Goldstein has held the EVP & Group PD position with Saga since 1988 and has been  with the company since its inception in 1986. Chairman, President and CEO of Saga Communications, Edward K. Christian, thanked Goldstein for his many contributions over his 28-year career with Saga. To assist with his transition from the company, Goldstein has agreed to serve as a consultant to Saga. Goldstein is foucusing his attention on his new company, Amplifi Media. Radio Ink exclusive audio interview...More...

How To Get A 40 Share

How To Get A 40 Share

Wheeler Broadcasting's WVBE in Roanoke is an incredibly successful radio station. In some demos, the VIBE pulls in 30 and 40 shares. How often do you see that anymore? Operations Manager Brett Sharp (pictured) has been with Wheeler for 15 years. He says he's never seen a more dominant radio station - and it's all about involvement. "As cliched as this may sound, we are big in heart and big on trying to deliver the absolute best, always. Our listeners deserve it. The Vibe is truly a great radio station, in every aspect. I wish I could take credit, but that should go to Leonard and Kianna."


Is iHeart Committed to Country in Boston?

Is iHeart Committed to Country in Boston?

That's the question The Boston Globe poses in a lengthy profile about the battle between Greater Media's WKLB, which has owned the country audience in that city for years, and upstart WBWL. iHeartMedia launched the younger sounding country signal back on June 13 and the article hints that perhaps iHeart launched WBWL as a way to protect the KISS 108 audience from being chipped away at by WKLB. KISS is a dominant station for iHeart in Boston. However WBWL PD Lance Houston tells the Globe, "I can tell you that were in this battle to win it. We want to beat WKLB."


Does Your Station Need a Revenue Boost?

Does Your Station Need a Revenue Boost?

Radio stations are facing more competition than ever. With constant demands from owners and headquarters to sell more, there's almost no time left to devote to training, brainstorming and development. Radio Ink magazine is now offering an affordable, effective way for you to attend training that will help you get more clients, increase sales, increase the size of your paycheck and stay motivated. It's called Radio Ink Live and we're kicking it off April 21 with Sean Luce.


Can A New Product Improve Ratings?

Can A New Product Improve Ratings?

You may want to at least hear the pitch from The Telos Alliance if your in Vegas at the NAB next month. Telos Alliance says Voltair is the first and only product that actively monitors and displays PPM encoding quality based on program material, "enabling programmers to simulate decoding quality in various listener environments and actively process the signal to optimize PPM encoding based on adjustable parameters." Check out their press release HERE


Yahoo Sports Radio Partners With STAA

Yahoo Sports Radio Partners With STAA

In an effort to help develop the next generation of sports broadcast talent, Yahoo Sports Radio announced a partnership with Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Yahoo and STAA are launching the STAA University, which will be led by veteran broadcasters and executives, with an 11-week online curriculum, broadcast tools, and mentorship. Registration runs through June 1 at http://www.becomeasportscaster.com/.


LFRA Adds Five More

LFRA Adds Five More

The NAB is reporting that three more Members of the House of Representatives and two Senators have signed on as co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act. Joining in support are: Charles Boustany (LA-3), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), and Scott Tipton (CO-3). In the Senate, Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS).


NJBA Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

NJBA Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

New Jersey Broadcasters Association President and CEO Paul S. Rotella has announced the newest inductees into the New Jersey Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame. Rosella noted, "The 2015 NJBA Hall of Fame Class of Inductees is comprised of true pioneers, innovators, and visionaries, with their accomplishments spanning the state and the region." More...


Radio-Canada & CBC Big Job Cuts

Radio-Canada & CBC Big Job Cuts

The Montreal Gazette is reporting that Radio-Canada is preparing to cut about 100 positions in a bid to save money and help stabilize finances. In a memo sent to employees, Radio-Canada said they are focused on delivering content strategically, while growing digital offerings. It's not the first shedding of personnel for Radio-Canada; they cut 123 positions last October. The CBC also announced they are slashing 144 jobs.


WPTS Awarded Best College Radio Station

WPTS Awarded Best College Radio Station

The University of Pittsburgh's student-run college radio station, WPTS, has been recognized as America's Best College Radio Station in the mtvU Woodie Awards. WPTS Station Manager Rachel Mauer notes, I'm really proud of our staff. We dedicate ourselves to providing unique, quality content for our listeners. Winning the Woodie for Best College Radio Station is a great validation of the hard work that we do."



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Spurgeon Promoted At Radio One

Spurgeon Promoted At Radio One

Gary Spurgeon has been promoted to vice president, general manager of Houston, and will maintain his role as general manager of Dallas for Radio One. He replaces the exiting Doug Abernathy. Tami Honesty will expand her role in Dallas to DOS/station manager and will oversee the day-to-day operations under Spurgeon's leadership. The move will involve Spurgeon's relocation to Houston. More...


Archer Named GSM For Advanced Media Partners

Archer Named GSM For Advanced Media Partners

Former co-op specialist at Multi-Ad, Derek Archer, has been named to the general sales manager position at Advanced Media Partners. Archer spent last two and a half years at Multi-Ad, working with media outlets and retail clients across the country, and notably, the RAB. President and general manager at Advanced Media, Michael Rea, noted, "I am extremely excited that Derek is joining our team. He has a breadth of knowledge in both marketing and building winning teams."


Lee Named PD at KFWB/LA

Lee Named PD at KFWB/LA

Tom Lee has been named program director for Los Angeles all-sports station The Beast 980. It's a return trip to LA for Lee, where he launched FOX Sports Radio in 2000. Lee has also programmed ESPN Radio in Dallas, as well as WIP in Philadelphia and KJR in Seattle. More...


Arizona Coyotes Radio Analyst Arrested

Arizona Coyotes Radio Analyst Arrested

Nick Boynton, the color analyst for the Arizona Coyotes, has been arrested following an incident at the Buffalo Creek Casino, in Buffalo, NY. The Republic is reporting that Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence after being involved in a disturbance at the casino. Boynton was in town for Thursday night's game against the Sabres. A police spokesman said that Boynton "was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger."


WSCR/Chicago Hosts Back-Peddling Over Remarks

WSCR/Chicago Hosts Back-Peddling Over Remarks

Chicago's 670 The Score hosts Matt Spiegel and Dan Bernstein (pictured) are running defense after making what many listeners and social media users believe were inappropriate remarks about CSN Chicago anchor Aiyana Cristal's breasts. Bernstein posted on Twitter, "I have no rooting interest in her work, but enjoy her giant boobs." Spiegel later wrote on his Twitter feed, "I missed an opportunity to keep the subject on point, & stay respectful. I'm sorry for that on many levels, & sad I offended Aiyana & others." More...


Big D Named APD At KPLV-FM

Big D Named APD At KPLV-FM

Big D has been named the new assistant program director and morning host for iHeartMedia's KPLV-FM/Las Vegas. Big D heads to Vegas from KDWB-FM/Twin Cities, where he will continue to serve as an evening personality until a replacement is named. He will also continue on-air duties at WZEE-FM/Madison, KAJA-FM/San Antonio, WQEN-FM/Birmingham, and others.


Stephan Joins Envision America Weekend Lineup

Stephan Joins Envision America Weekend Lineup

Envision announced Thursday that Doug Stephan is now part of the America Weekend lineup. Stephan will be handling Good Day Weekend as part of Envision Talk Network's America Weekend system. Envision notes that Stephan's addition brings over 15 hours of programming to America Weekend. The new lineup also includes hosts Rolland Smith, Carl Sabatino, Ed Kalegi, Mike Bennett, Valerie Smaldone, and Leslie Gold.


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...



DIGITAL

Triton Delivering Ad Insertion Into MLB

Triton Delivering Ad Insertion Into MLB

Triton Digital announced on Thursday that it will begin offering live insertion of audio ads into Major League Baseball for the 2015 season. This marks the first time targeted audio ads will be inserted into the Gameday Audio feeds for MLB.


iHeart Partners With Rock N Roll Marathon

iHeart Partners With Rock N Roll Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series will be powered by iHeartRadio and a Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series-branded iHeartRadio streaming station. Music throughout the event weekend will be provided by iHeartRadio, including live performances at the concert's in Nashville, Brooklyn, Savannah, Las Vegas, and San Antonio. More information about the Rock and Roll Marathon can be found here.



FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) The 5 Elements Of A Productive Question

(SALES) The 5 Elements Of A Productive Question

(By Jeff Schmidt) Everyone loves to buy. Shopping can be fun, but can also be frustrating. . . particularly when you sell for a living, and/or teach people to sell. Recently, I was tasked with the job of securing a new digital video camcorder for our company. When shopping for technology, I do an obsessive amount of research. When I get to the store, it's to get answers to the questions that I could not answer in my research.



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