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September 18, 2014

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Moonves Wants to Sell About 45 CBS Stations Over the Next Year

Moonves Wants to Sell About 45 CBS Stations Over the Next Year

CBS head honcho Les Moonves spends most of his time talking about television, whether that's on an earnings call or at an investor conference, like he did yesterday. The CEO spoke at the 2014 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, where he again let it be known he's ready to part with some of CBS's radio properties. The CEO said that CBS might sell some of its radio stations to help it focus on major markets. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker wrote in a CBS research report that Moonves even got specific and said he wanted to get the radio portfolio down to the mid 80s. Reuters reports Moonves he wants to move those stations within the next 12 months.


INDUSTRY NEWS

So What Might Be For Sale At CBS?

So What Might Be For Sale At CBS?

Back in 2012, CBS sold its West Palm Beach cluster to Dean Goodman for $50 million. West Palm is market number 48. Of course this not a perfect science, however, if Moonves wanted to get the CBS portfolio from 127 down to the 80s, about 40 to 50 stations would need to be sold off. Here's a look at all 27 markets in which CBS operates. Beside each city is the Nielsen rank and how many stations CBS has in each cluster. If Moonves wants CBS radio to focus on the biggest markets, it's not hard to figure out which markets he wants to keep and which might be for sale.


The Sports Beast in L.A. Announces Lineup

The Sports Beast in L.A. Announces Lineup

The live and local morning show will include Former L.A. Clippers and UCLA star Marques Johnson who's teaming up with Jeanne Zelasko. The show will feature the longtime Voice of the Clippers, Ralph Lawler, and others. The rest of the weekday lineup includes The Jim Rome Show from 9:00am Noon; Fred Roggin, from 12noon 3:00pm; the tandem of ex-NFL player George Wrighster and radio/TV host and journalist, Brett Winterble from 3:00pm 7:00pm; L.A. Sports Today, from 7:00pm 9:00pm; and Doug Gottlieb from 9:00pm 11:00pm. The Beast 980 is also the flagship station of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Francesa Stirs the Speculation

Francesa Stirs the Speculation

One day after WFAN afternoon driver publicly berated CBS Radio for telling him not to talk about his Fox Sports 1 simulcast woes, Francesa was not on the air, at least for a short time. Social Media was all abuzz after Newsday reporter Neil Best tweeted: " Mike Francesa will not be working his @WFAN660 shift today. Awaiting info on reason." Originally, Francesa producer Brian Monza tweeted only that "something had come up." Francesa then appeared on his show about 40 minutes late and gave his listeners the following explanation...


Fill Up Your Ideas Tank

Fill Up Your Ideas Tank

At the DASH conference, coming up next month in Detroit, three presenters with exciting new products will get a chance to make their pitch in front of a panel of automotive and radio leaders -- and the DASH crowd. You'll see new companies with fresh ideas and innovations, as well as familiar names sharing their newest product lines and developments.


Barry Young Retiring From KFYI Phoenix

Barry Young Retiring From KFYI Phoenix

After nearly three decades with Newstalk 550 KFYI Phoenix, morning man Barry Young (pictured left) will retire in November. Young started on KFYI on April 27, 1987 as an on-air talent and PD. He said, Being a part of KFYI's growth and development from a new renegade start-up talk radio station into one of America's great and mature heritage radio stations has been both a wonderful challenge and delight." Afternoon driver Mike Broomhead (pictured right) will take over mornings.


Hubbard Dumps Long-Time Rocker In Phoenix

Hubbard Dumps Long-Time Rocker In Phoenix

After 40 years, rock is out at KDKB in Phoenix. Alternative Rock is the new format and, according to Market Manager Trip Reeb, there was a desire in the market for this format and Hubbard Radio has obliged on a 100,000-watt stick. Reeb said, "Were excited to offer a new, powerful home for Alternative music on 93.3. Its time this music had a strong outlet in Phoenix, and it is the perfect complement for our other Rock mainstays, 98KUPD and 100.7 KSLX.


Golf Tourney Raises $250K

Golf Tourney Raises $250K

The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised $250,000 at the 2014 Celebrity Golf Tournament, a record for the annual fundraiser that supports the Foundations mission of providing aid to broadcasters in need. This years event was held this past Monday at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Tarrytown, New York. During the next year, the Foundation will grant over $850,000 in aid. This years Co-Chairs were Scott Herman, Executive VP, Operations, and N.Y. Manager, CBS Radio, and Leo MacCourtney, President and CEO, Katz Television Group.


Trouble In Sports Paradise?

Trouble In Sports Paradise?

In New York City, when it comes to sports, Mike Francesa is referred to as "The Pope." He's been in the afternoon drive chair at WFAN in New York for more than 25 years and is considered one of the best in the sports-talk business. He's been voted Radio Ink's top local sports-talk host since that list was created. But there appears to be a crack in the relationship between Francesa and his employer CBS Radio.


Lincoln Launches "Glow" On HD Channel

Lincoln Financial Media in San Diego has added another station to its HD Radio lineup with the launch of "GLOW." GLOW is a 24-hour Dance/Electronic Dance music station heard at 94.9.3, or at GLOWSanDiego.com. Operations Director Kevin Callahan said, "Through our extensive research to provide quality programming, we have uncovered this specific niche. We are happy and excited to provide GLOW to listeners eager to hear their favorite dance/edm artists in the San Diego market."


Who Are The Best Managers in Radio?

General Managers and Market Managers have a lot of responsibility at Radio stations across America these days. In addition to high revenue expectations, there's the constant challenge of selling radio in a world shifting to digital, managing multiple staffs and stations, finding and keeping good salespeople and keeping their stations strong in the community. Those that execute those tasks do it flawlessly and make it look easy. They are the best in the industry and it's time to recognize them. Radio Ink is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Best Radio Managers in America. MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE . YOUR DEADLINE IS FRIDAY



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Westwood Extends Partnership With Dr. Oz

The syndication network has extended its partnership with Harpo Studios and Dr. Mehmet Oz for the daily one-minute feature, Daily Dose with Dr. Oz. The feature airs on nearly 150 stations and in six of the top 10 markets. Dr. Oz said, Not a day goes by that I dont get positive feedback from listeners of Daily Dose. My goal is to spread the message of good health body, mind and spirit. Syndication with Westwood One helps to expand that message to an attentive and diverse audience."


Torrez to Pick The Music for New York

Torrez to Pick The Music for New York

Emmis New York Radio is bringing in TT Torrez as Music Director at WQHT HOT 97 FM. Torrez has worked in several markets throughout her 14-year tenure, including Charlotte, NC, Hartford, CT, Philadelphia, PA, and New York, where she was correspondent, writer, producer, and music programmer for Music Choice television. She has held both on-air and behind-the-scenes positions, most recently working as Afternoon Driver and Music Director for Radio Ones WCDX iPower 92.1 in Richmond, VA. Torrez starts her new gig at HOT 97 on October 1.


Levy to Run Sales For Alpha in Richmond

Levy to Run Sales For Alpha in Richmond

James Levy has been named Director of Sales for the Alpha Media Richmond cluster which includes stations 98.9 Liberty (WWLB-FM), Big Oldies 107.3 (WBBT-FM), 93.1 The Wolf (WLFV-FM), and WARV-FM. He'll begin October 20. The 20-year radio selling pro comes to Alpha most recently from Clear Channel. He started his radio career with EZ Communications and has held various positions including; Director of Retail Sales, Director of Research and Training, Regional Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager.


CBS Radio Promotes Fruge In Vegas

CBS Radio Promotes Fruge In Vegas

One of Radio Ink's Most Influential Women in Radio (2012, 2013), Charese Fruge has been named vice president, programming for CBS Radio's six-station cluster in Las Vegas. Fruge keeps her PD position at KMXB-FM, KXTE-FM, and takes on the additional responsibilities. Fruge has quite the 20-year radio resume which includes KYSR, Star 98.7 in L.A., KLLC, Alice in San Francisco, KSCF, Sophie @ 103.7 in San Diego, KALC, Alice in Denver, KKBQ, 93Q in Houston, and WEZB, B-97 in New Orleans. Shes been in Vegas with CBS for the last 10 years.


Joan Hamburg Returns To New York Radio

Joan Hamburg Returns To New York Radio

A little over three months ago, Joan Hamburg was fired from WOR in New York after 35 years with the station. On Wednesday, Cumulus announced Hamburg would be hosting her own 2-hour Saturday show on WABC-AM beginning this weekend. Hamburg said, How excited I am to join legendary WABC radio and work with Kim Bryant, Craig Schwalb, and the rest of the Cumulus family. And what a treat to join their roster of the best talk talent in the country. New York get ready -- the conversation is about to begin. Hamburg will also produce weekly features and exclusive programs available in digital formats.


Weber Out at BizTalkRadio

After 12 years at the helm of BizTalkRadio (formerly Business TalkRadio Network) and Lifestyle TalkRadio Network, Jeff Weber is leaving the company. Weber was Executive VP of the networks since 2002 and became acting CEO in October of 2012 and later president under the new ownership of Center Post Holdings in October of 2013. Weber is joining Synchronicity in a consulting role assisting in the day to day operations of the company. He has also signed an agreement to consult for Forte Family Broadcasting, a Connecticut based radio company.


iHeartMedia Promotes Cat Collins

iHeartMedia Promotes Cat Collins

Cat Collins is elevated to the company's National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services teams. He'll work with stations to strengthen and develop programming while also finding new ways to engage and reach listeners. Collins will continue in his roles as brand manager for Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), serving as iHeartMedia's in-house programming expert for the format, and as PD for Premium Choice. Collins most recently served as program director for KYLD Wild 94.9 and KIOI Star 101.3 in San Francisco.


The Beast In L.A. Gets A New Sales Manager

The Beast In L.A. Gets A New Sales Manager

KFWB, which recently flipped to all sports, has named Bob Koontz sports sales manager at The Beast 980 (KFWB-AM). Koontz has over 20 years of sports radio sales and management experience in Los Angeles. From 2006-08 he was the station manager for ESPN 710 and served as that stations first sales manager for six years. Koontz also served as sales manager for L.A. outlets KABC, KLOS, KSCA, KMPC, and K-LITE. Koontz has experience working with the Clippers, Trojans, Angels, Rams, and Bruins.


McMorris Succeeds The Late Sheila Stewart In DC

McMorris Succeeds The Late Sheila Stewart In DC

Ebony McMorris is the new news and community affairs director for Radio One's Majic 102.3, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WYCB 1340, and WOL 1450. She will also serve as a daily reporter for the Tom Joyner Morning Show. McMorris has worked with Radio One since 2007 as a national reporter for WOL-AM and most recently hosted the weekend Radio One Public Affairs Program on Praise 104.1 and Majic 102.3. She takes over for Sheila Stewart, who passed away last October.


Hageman Joins WAY-FM As Ops Director

Hageman Joins WAY-FM As Ops Director

Dallas Hageman is the new Operations director for WAY-FM in Denver and Wichita. Hageman had previously been regional operations manager for Appaloosa Broadcastings station clusters throughout Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, and Utah.


Cotto Joins The WBBM News Team

Cotto Joins The WBBM News Team

Cisco Cotto has been hired as a part-time/fill-in reporter and anchor for WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM. He had been a news reporter in the late 90s and early 2000s at the former all-news WMAQ and at WLS in Chicago. He later hosted talk shows at WIND, WLS, and most recently WMBI-FM in Chicago. WBBM Director of News and Programming Ron Gleason said, He will be a great addition to our veteran staff of reporters and anchors, covering the news that matters to Chicagoans.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(HIRING)</b> Where Are All The Young People?

(HIRING) Where Are All The Young People?

(By Laurie Kahn) I understand that is a loaded question as young can vary these days, with 60 being the new 40, however, after returning from another great NAB Radio Show where there were many beneficial seminars and speakers, entertainment and good networking events, the only thing missing were the superstars of tomorrow! I understand budgets are tight this year. I applaud those of you who spent money out of your own pocket and took vacation time to attend, that shows a lot of passion for what you do and where you want to go.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Slow Slicing

(TALENT) Slow Slicing

(By Ron Robinson) Hollered from the rooftops and from under buses for over two of decades, pundits and consultants, disgruntled former employees, and other generally smart people have been ranting and protesting about the critical need for radio to generate massive improvements in programming and commercial production. Response from the executive suites: SFX: Crickets chirping.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> Make Your Social Media Lethal

(SOCIAL) Make Your Social Media Lethal

(By Loyd Ford) When it comes right down to it, social media gets your focus only after all the hardcore things in the everyday life of a programmer, morning show talent, promotion director or others. Its because we are so crunched for time. But your social media can be both important and a critical connector to the ratings you want from the listeners you most crave to. How do we get there?



MONDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Where Is The Money?

(SALES) Where Is The Money?

(By Wayne Ens) In my last Radio Ink blog, I mentioned that radio is not a zero sum game and that its not other radio stations that are your competition, it is other media. Do you know who your competition is? Heres a test. Which of the following media capture the most local ad dollars? a.) TV, b.) Newspaper, c.) Radio, d.) Online/Digital, e.) Outdoor/Transit, f.) Magazines, g.) Direct Mail.


<b>(SALES)</b> Highlights From The Radio Show

(SALES) Highlights From The Radio Show

(By Sean Luce) Great leaders love what they do, and as often mentioned by many who work in media sales, it isnt really work if you love what you do. That was obvious when Bud Walters, president and founder of the Cromwell Group accepted the NAB 2014 National Radio Award from Gordon Smith, the president of the National Association of Broadcasters during Friday afternoons lunch at the Radio Show. I wont soon forget his acceptance speech, which was marked by moving words about the love he has for his people.


<b>(SALES)</b> This One Word Will Change Your Life

(SALES) This One Word Will Change Your Life

(By Jeff Schmidt) For pilots, the attitude of the plane, meaning the angle of the wing relative to the forward motion, determines whether you climb or descend. Attitude = altitude they teach in flight school. If your attitude (angle of attack) is positive, your plane will go up; and if your attitude (angle of attack) is negative, you will descend. When I started in sales I was told that my attitude and my ability to control my thoughts and feelings were going to largely determine my success.



DASH 2014

It's All About The Experience

It's All About The Experience

What's a typical in-car experience? Just driving along, maybe stuck in traffic, listening to the radio. Right? Nope, not anymore. Drivers still listen to music, but they're increasingly likely to be getting it from an Internet service like Pandora or Slacker. Maybe they're checking the weather report from a built-in app on the dashboard, or getting traffic information from that handy navigation app. And they're still hearing from advertisers, but it may well be by way of branded, dashboard-enabled content and services. For all consumers today -- not just in the car -- it's all about the experience.


Why We Created DASH

Why We Created DASH

(by Fred Jacobs) The fall season marks the start of football, the coming baseball playoffs, and our second DASH Conference. Living in Detroit, it's never easy anticipating how the Lions will perform or if the Tigers will fade, but we do know that on October 15-16, hundreds of leaders from the radio industry, automotive companies and their suppliers, advertising agencies, car dealers, and others with an interest in the "connected car" will converge on Detroit to collaborate and gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the dashboard.


Connecting The Dots On  The Connected Car

Connecting The Dots On The Connected Car

(Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Perhaps you recall a moment when I leapt from my chair to challenge the panel of automotive experts at our Radio Ink Convergence conference, when they stated that AM/FM radio could potentially disappear from the auto dashboard. That was followed up by a blog with an urgent message indicating that automakers were considering dropping broadcast radio at some point in the future. Reaction to that blog was the strongest I've ever received.


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."


How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

The DASH connected-car conference is coming up fast -- October 15-16 in Detroit -- and innovation, both on the dash and in radio, is certain to be a hot topic. So we're pleased to announce that Cary Tilds, chief innovation officer at GroupM, will deliver a keynote address with this intriguing theme: "What Got You Here Won't Get You There."


Is Radio A College Student's Friend?

Is Radio A College Student's Friend?

What role do cars play in the lives of today's college students, and what do young people expect from their personal transportation, today and in the future? Many students are accustomed to being constantly connected, and it's clear we can expect those habits to extend to the car as in-car Internet becomes more common (and ultimately ubiquitous). And as that happens, what role will broadcast radio play for millennials on the road?



FORECAST

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Kassan To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

MediaLink founder and Chairman/CEO Michael Kassan will serve as advertiser co-chair for Forecast 2015, set for November 19, 2014, in New York. Kassan joins co-chair Katz Media Group CEO Mark Rosenthal. "Advertisers have become a critical part of our annual Forecast conference, and we are pleased to continue our history of attracting the very finest in the industry," said Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads. "Michael Kassan has a brilliant mind."


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."



RADIO INK

The 2014 Radio Wayne Winners

The 2014 Radio Wayne Winners

Wednesday afternoon at the Radio Show in Indianapolis, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads presented the 2014 Radio Wayne Awards to radio's best and brightest in sales and management. These awards honor the radio superstars whose hard work, dedication, and creativity separate them from the pack. They recognize the people who make the industry work, every single day. Congratulations to the 2014 winners!


THE 2014 40 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN RADIO

THE 2014 40 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN RADIO

On July 28, Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list was released. Bob Pittman was crowned the most powerful for the 4th year in a row. The Clear Channel CEO was followed by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. There were some familiar faces that made the list and quite a few new entries this year. In case you missed it, here is the entire list of the Most Powerful for 2014.


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