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What Are You Doing For Radio Nielsen?

In part three of our three-part preview of Brad Kelly's Radio Ink cover story interview, we ask Kelly what the giant ratings firm is doing to help radio succeed? after all the radio industry pays bucket loads of cash to Nielsen to produce a product it hopes will be accurate and produce a nice return on their investment.

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Radio Wayne Nominations Are Now Open

The Radio Wayne Awards were started by Radio Ink Chairman Eric Rhoads, 25 YEARS AGO, in honor of "Radio Wayne" Cornils, who set a great example for professionalism in radio. The Radio Wayne Awards are presented to 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. The awards will be presented at the 2017 Radio Show in Austin. Make your nominations HERE.

Veritone Signs 117 CBS Stations

The deal between Artificial Intelligence provider Veritone and CBS Radio gives CBS Radio a license to the Veritone Platform. That enables CBS to leverage artificial intelligence-based cognitive computing to process, transform, and analyze its audio data. CBS will now have near real-time ad and content tracking, comprehensive analytics, faster content extension, and smarter media management for their broadcasts from 117 radio stations in 26 markets.

My Life As A Millennial In Radio

(By Georgia Beasley) While I’m sure many general managers may think attracting Millennials is as simple as throwing a few beanbags on the floor and supporting a local non-profit, if our industry is serious about growing and retaining young, talented superstars, then keep reading...

Kicking The Radio Tires

(By Deborah Parenti) Over the years, David Benjamin (pictured here) has launched, operated, and sold two successful radio groups. Today, he presides over Benjamin Media Investments, which is focused on investing in radio deals. What criteria do investors look for in placing their money?

What To Say When There’s Nothing To Say!

(By Tom Zarecki) Show prep rule of thumb: It’s a fact — the more planned your next show is, the more casual, conversational, and spontaneous it will sound. Obviously, when there’s a one-time event in your market, you’ll talk about it (concert, flood, local bank robbery, etc.), but what do you do on the days when there’s not much going on?

iHeartRadio Goes On An Odyssey Ride

Because iHeartMedia wants consumers to be able to listen to its radio stations anywhere and everywhere, the company has announced that iHeartRadio is now available in the backseat of the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The vehicle has a ceiling mounted 10.2-inch high-resolution screen with built-in streaming apps in its rear entertainment system that now includes iHeartRadio.

iHeart Enters The Hip Hop Scene In Miami

The station is called "PK’s Throwback 105.5," and kicked off commercial-free for 105 days. Papa Keith is the driving force behind the station and has strong ties to South Florida and the hip hop community. Keith honed his skills in hip hop and reggae clubs. He was given a show on Miami's most notorious underground station, Mixx 96, which set off his career in radio after appearing regularly on the popular The Luke Show.

Local Radio Freedom Act Gains More Support

You can add another five Members of the House of Representatives to the list of cosponsors of the bipartisan resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act now has 185 cosponsors in the House and 22 in the Senate.

KLIF-FM Jocks Cycling For Kindness

Morning show hosts Scotty K and Bret Mega at The New Hot 93.3/Dallas-Fort Worth, will launch 93 Days of Kindness on June 1. It's a summer-long campaign, running through September 1, with the goal of spreading kindness in a world that has so much negative present.

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Layton Gets His Kix With SVP Promotion

Kix Layton has been named Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Greenville. The cluster includes My 102.5, Real Rock 104.9 – Man Up, WSSL 100.5, 92.5 WESC, and Sports Talk station FOX Sports 1440 Greenville. Layton will be responsible for all on-air and digital content and music programming.

Waddle & Silvy Go South Of The Border For 10th

It’s the ESPN Chicago 1000 duo’s 10th anniversary on the air and what better place to celebrate than Mexico? The pair will do two live shows from El Dorado Resort in Riviera Maya on Memorial Day (Monday), and Tuesday May 30, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET.

The Hits Keep Coming For Easton

Earlier this year, Shelly Easton was voted Radio Ink's #1 Country PD. In May, she made Radio Ink's Best Program Directors in America list. Next month, she'll be on Radio Ink's Most Influential Women in Radio list. And Thursday, CBS promoted Easton to VP of Music Programming in Philadelphia for WXTU-FM, WTDY-FM and WOGL-FM. She keeps her role as PD at WXTU.

Pete Sheppard Scores PM Drive In Fort Myers

WWCN-FM in Fort Myers is a Beasley sports station that mixes in ESPN with local shows. On Thursday, the company announced Pete Sheppard would take over afternoon drive with co-host Craig Shemon. Sheppard most recently worked at WEEI in Boston as a part-time fill-in host.

Hall Gets Senior VP Stripes

Brian Hall has been named Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Asheville, NC. iHeartMedia’s Ashville presence includes News Radio 570 WWNC, 880 The Revolution, 97.7 The Brew, 99.9 Kiss Country, Star 104.3, and Rock 105.1. Hall will be responsible for spearheading the programming, promotions, and digital strategies for all six stations in the market.

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“The Bachelor” Contestants To Host New Podcast

The folks at iHeartRadio have come up with a podcast that’s sure to be a hit: The Ben and Ashley Almost Famous Podcast with The Bachelor contestants Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti.

Madison Lands New Multi-Year Contract With SiriusXM

The national talker and human rights activist has signed a new multi-year contract with SiriusXM. Madison will continue to air daily on SiriusXM's Urban View channel 126, from 6 – 10 a.m. Details of the new deal were not disclosed.

Lupica Good For A Million

Recently nominated for a 2017 Webby Award for “Best Sports Podcast,” The Mike Lupica Podcast has surpassed its one millionth download. The podcast features Lupica talking with legendary sports stars, newsmakers, and entertainers.

Our Print Magazine: Radio Ink

In This Issue: May 22, 2017
Cover Story: Nielsen Audio Managing Director Brad Kelly
Special Report: Indies Sound Off
Leadership Roundtable