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April 27, 2015

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Jacobs: Radio Still Dominates Car And Music Discovery

Jacobs: Radio Still Dominates Car And Music Discovery

Each year, Jacobs Media does a study on the country's changing media habits. The annual "Techsurvey" looks at how consumers are receiving their audio and video entertainment. The latest survey concludes that the car continues to be an important story for radio as a majority of the audience spends the lion's share of their listening in a moving vehicle. And among those who are in the market for a new vehicle in 2015, nearly nine in ten (89%) say an AM/FM radio is very important. Additionally, 74 percent of those surveyed claim they rarely or never change their car radio push-buttons or media settings. The survey also concluded that Radio constinues to be the first place consumers go to discover music, however, among Millennials, other options like Pandora and YouTube are growing in importance. READ MORE.

Are Your Digital Assets Paying Off?

Are Your Digital Assets Paying Off?

Streaming, mobile, social media, video, podcasts, websites -- radio today has more digital assets than ever. But are they really assets if you don’t know the best ways to sell them? At Radio Ink's Convergence, coming up next month in San Jose, a panel of top sales leaders and trainers will explain how to make the most of one's digital products. It's a big topic -- and a crucial one -- and these experts will cover everything from the very basics to the important details of choosing the best digital sales platforms. Keep reading...


Are You Hiring The Best People?

Are You Hiring The Best People?

In our next Radio Ink Live webinar, Tuesday, April 28 at 11AM (Eastern), Media Staffing Network Founder and President Laurie Kahn details exactly how you can and should hire high-quality employees. After successfully placing people since 1993, Kahn has become the go-to specialist in training radio station personnel on how to hire and retain the best people for your radio station. Stations lose too much money every year hiring the wrong people. Laurie Kahn will help you eliminate that problem during our April 28 webinar. REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT WEBINAR HERE.


Four Weeks At #1 For Home Depot

Four Weeks At #1 For Home Depot

For the fourth consecutive week, The Home Depot is radio's #1 advertiser, airing 62,235 commercials for the week of April 20-26, according to Media Monitors. The number of commercials played for The Home Depot was down somewhat from the week before, but still nearly 50 percent higher than the #2 advertiser for the week, Geico, which had 41,607 plays. See all of the top advertisers for last week HERE.


Public Radio Giants Partner For Podcast Upfront

Public Radio Giants Partner For Podcast Upfront

Three of the biggest names in public radio -- NPR, WBEZ, and WYNC -- will team up to present the industry's first-ever podcast upfront this week. The invitation-only event will be held Wednesday in New York City. The goal is to show potential sponsors the reach and influence of their podcasts, one of the fastest-growing platforms for audio.


Cumulus Media Sued Over WLUP Promo

Cumulus Media Sued Over WLUP Promo

Cumulus is being sued by a company called CMI Films, which is claiming copyright infringement. WLUP/Chicago created a promo for a vacation giveaway in 2014 that used the familiar elements of the "remarkable mouth" commercials, with the camera zooming in on the model's mouth while she lip-synchs the voices of the station personalities. CMI Films owns the rights to that style of advertisement and is now seeking financial damages and more.


Austin Radio Host Secures $2 Mill For App

Austin Radio Host Secures $2 Mill For App

J.B. Hager, morning show host of Classic 105.3 (K287FG/KTXX-HD4) in Austin, is part of a development group that has created the video-sharing app Ferris. Hager and his team have now secured $2 million in funding from Upfront Ventures and Allen DeBevoise, according to the Austin Business Journal. The app can be used to merge different videos from the same occasion into one video.


What Does Norwegian Shutdown Mean For U.S.?

What Does Norwegian Shutdown Mean For U.S.?

Last week, the Norwegian Ministry of Culture announced its plans to shut down the FM radio band in its country in 2017, choosing to instead only use the better-quality DAB+ digital broadcasts. The proposal is up for a vote soon. There is now growing opposition to the Norway FM shutdown, but even if it takes place, there are major differences between the situation there and the state of radio in America. Read more...


WKOS Flips From NASH To NASH Icon

WKOS Flips From NASH To NASH Icon

Cumulus Media has announced that WKOS in Tri-Cities, TN, (Johnson City/Bristol/Kingsport) has changed from the new-Country NASH to the classic-Country NASH Icon format. Although the station now has a new line-up, J.B. Stone remeains as WKOS program director.


WTMJ Raises Over $50,00 For Playground

WTMJ Raises Over $50,00 For Playground

After WTMJ/Milwaukee morning news anchor Jodi Becker told the story of Ben Nelson, an eight-year-old who has spinal muscular atrophy and couldn't use his school's playground due to his wheelchair, the station and its "WTMJ Cares" started a fundraising campaign to help create a playground that can also be enjoyed by special needs children. WTMJ and Ben Nelson's family had a goal of raising $38,000 to create this accessible playground. WTMJ listeners and station sponsors rallied by raising over $50,000 in donations.


98.9 Radio Now Connects Separated Siblings

98.9 Radio Now Connects Separated Siblings

WNRW/Louisville helped a local listener reconnect with her half-brother, who she had never met and had been searching after for 17 years. As part of the station's RAKE campaign (Random Acts of Kindness Everyday), the station aired the listener's story and pushed it via social media until the half-brother was found in another state and they were connected by phone. Next week, the half-brother will fly from San Diego to Louisville to meet his half-sister for the first time, live on the station's airwaves.



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) 9 Killer Tips To Improve Sales Today

(SALES) 9 Killer Tips To Improve Sales Today

(By Matt Sunshine) Sales acceleration is a new term, but it's being thrown around a lot these days, so you may have heard it. Here's what it means: Sales acceleration (or revenue acceleration — the terms are interchangeable) is the practice of increasing the speed of the overall sales process. Essentially, it is the space that exists between your sales process and your buyer's journey.


(PROGRAMMING) What I Learned Doing Stand-Up Comedy

(PROGRAMMING) What I Learned Doing Stand-Up Comedy

(By Jeff McHugh) Even as a young boy, I was fascinated by stand-up comedy. My dad and I would sit in front of our huge floor console Zenith color TV and howl with laughter at comics like George Carlin and Don Rickles. I've seen most of the big-name comics today. I recently saw Amy Schumer, and as I watch each performance I wonder, "How on earth do they do that?"


(TALENT) The Sensory Deprivation Medium

(TALENT) The Sensory Deprivation Medium

(By Ronald Robinson) Clear skies on a blistering, Africa-hot, summer afternoon – a perfect time for another six-hour remote at one of the local appliance stores. That the turntables and mic stand were squashed into a tilted, rickety corner of one of the front display windows guaranteed another sweltering shift of natural and panic sweat. Plus, melting in public can be such a gripping learning experience.



RESEARCH

Harker: Did Arbitron Mislead About PPM?

Harker: Did Arbitron Mislead About PPM?

Harker Research's Radio InSights blog has been frequently posting about issues with the PPM device reliability. In the latest blog released Monday morning, Harker asks if Arbitron purposely misled the RAB in 2004 when questions about PPM's ability to accurately capture the amount of radio listenership were posed.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

WAFS/WGKA To Launch Bryan Crabtree Show

WAFS/WGKA To Launch Bryan Crabtree Show

A weekend real estate show host has been given his own weekday talk show in Atlanta on Salem Media's WAFS-AM and WGKA-AM. The Bryan Crabtree Show will air Monday-Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm on WAFS/biz 1190, with a replay of the show airing from 9:00pm-11:00pm on sister-station WGKA/AM 920 The Answer. Crabtree, along with his wife Mackenzie, will continue to host the Housedog.com Real Estate Show on weekends for both stations.


ABC News Radio's Compton Honored

ABC News Radio's Compton Honored

At this past weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner, longtime ABC News Radio correspondent Ann Compton was saluted. These annual dinners often pay tribute to journalists assigned to covering the White House, who retired in the previous year. After a 41-year career with ABC News, Compton retired in September 2014.


Ben Davis Upped In Louisville

Ben Davis Upped In Louisville

Alpha Media Louisville has promoted Ben Davis to operations manager for the company's five-station cluster. He has been serving as program director and morning show co-host for WDJX. He will retain his morning show, but is now searching for his own replacement as PD. Davis replaces George Lindsey, who exited in March for a radio opportunity in Houston.


Shawn Reed Named WWHX PD

Shawn Reed Named WWHX PD

Connoisseur Media has named Shawn Reed (Shawn Kozlowski) as the new program director for WWHX/Bloomington, IL. Most recently, he served as APD and afternoon host at WXCL/Peoria. He also has programming and on-air experience from stations in Missoula and Fargo. Reed replaces Chris Ryan, who is now PD of sister-station WRTS/Erie, PA.


WERQ Baltimore Makes On-Air Changes

Longtime 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. host Konan moves to the 10-2 slot. And, the station is welcoming two Baltimore natives back home to take over "rush hour". DJ QuickSilva and TV ONE'S R & B Divas series star L'il Mo, a.k.a. "THE FAM" will now be heard from 2pm to 6pm.


Cornbread Exits WIL With Party & Proclamation

Cornbread Exits WIL With Party & Proclamation

Earlier this week, Hubbard Radio's WIL/St. Louis announced its longtime morning show host Cornbread was exiting the station as of Friday. His last day on the air was turned into a fun celebration and a live remote, called "Cornbread's World's Largest Farewell Pajama Party." Cornbread also received a proclamation designating Friday, April 24, 2015 as the official "Cornbread Day" in the City of St. Louis.


Who Are The Most Influential Women In Radio?

Who Are The Most Influential Women In Radio?

It's time to make your nominations for one of our most popular lists of the year. The 2015 Most Influential Women in Radio list will be released on June 16. Here's your chance to have your say. Go to our nominating form HERE and send us your nomination. YOUR DEADLINE IS MAY 1.



DIGITAL

Streema Streaming On Apple Watch

Streema Streaming On Apple Watch

International radio station streaming provider Streema has launched the Simple Radio app for the new Apple Watch. The free app allows users to stream one of 25,000 world-wide radio stations. The app also allows for recording and pausing of streams.


iHeartRadio Available On Apple Watch

iHeartRadio Available On Apple Watch

iHeartMedia announced that its streaming music service iHeartRadio is now an app available for the new Apple Watch. The iHeartRadio for Apple Watch integration will allow users access to all of the service's live radio streams, on-demand programming, and custom stations.



WEDNESDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(WIZARD) Did You Feel That?

(WIZARD) Did You Feel That?

(By Roy Williams) The ground moved beneath our feet. There. It did it again. That first tremor was the growing reality of gender equality. The second was the shrinking of mass media. These trends aren't connected, but they're both significant. READ ROY


(SALES) DWYSYWD -- Do you?

(SALES) DWYSYWD -- Do you?

(By Jeff Schmidt) Chris and I were recently on a conference call with an executive team that is considering purchasing our training. We asked the conference organizer what we had done to make it to the short list of people who were presenting. She said, "You followed through with information when you said you would, and you followed up when you said you would..." READ JEFF


(SOCIAL) 5 Secrets Of Social & Radio

(SOCIAL) 5 Secrets Of Social & Radio

By Loyd Ford) There is a secret that is most difficult for some to learn when it comes to social media. It relates to consistency and prolonged effort, strategy and a willingness to learn to connect like no one else with listeners you want to attract and influence. In fact, here is a list of secrets. READ LOYD



RADIO INK

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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