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October 20, 2014

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Red Zebra Defends Use of Redskins Name

Red Zebra Defends Use of Redskins Name

On Friday, Red Zebra Broadcasting, owned by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder filed its response to the objections to the renewal of WWXX 94.3 FM's broadcast license. It's a 39-page response (that you can read HERE). The filing says, the objections are a frivolous attempt to goad the Commission into banning the team name of Washington, D.C.s NFL franchise from the nations airwaves. "While there is, in fact, a public debate over the use of the name Redskins in association with the team, the Commission cannot appropriately serve as the arbiter of that dispute." Attorney Andrew McBride of the law firm Wiley Rein, is representing Red Zebra. "Our response makes clear that under the Communications Act and the First Amendment the FCC should not be in the business of censoring the content of radio stations."


INDUSTRY NEWS

Attorney Scoffs at Red Zebra Filing

Attorney Scoffs at Red Zebra Filing

George Washington University Law Professor John Banzhaf, who filed an objection to the license renewal of WWXX in Washington DC told Radio Ink the Red Zebra response to his objection is insulting to current and former FCC Commissioners. "First it suggests the FCC could be "goaded" (annoyed) into making an important ruling and/or that any intelligent person could believe the Commission was capable of being goaded. Second, it suggests the agency should decide these important issues without permitting any comment from the three former commissioners and their colleagues whose strongly worded letter inspired the WWXX filing, not to mention the Native American community, who have expressed such a strong interest in the issue."


Is WTIC-AM Hartford Being Investigated For Payola?

Is WTIC-AM Hartford Being Investigated For Payola?

Following the conviction of former Connecticut Governor John Rowland on campaign fraud charges, CTNOW is reporting that the station, CBS' WTIC-AM, where Rowland last worked, has had its license renewal delayed following a payola complaint. Rowland quit his show back in April when the fraud issues first surfaced. Attorney Ken Krayeske has filed the payola complaint with the FCC alleging Rowland and WTIC broke the law when Rowland used the radio show to promote a congressional candidate who was secretly paying him.


Guthrie to Talk With Farber, Smith

Guthrie to Talk With Farber, Smith

Cox Media Group EVP/Radio Kim Guthrie will be at Forecast 2015 -- and we hope you'll be there too! If you're at the Harvard Club on November 19, you'll have a chance to hear Guthrie talk with RAB President/CEO Erica Farber and NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith in a conversation onstage and off the record (Forecast has a no-press policy). These industry leaders are set to talk candidly about the state of the business, as well as their initiatives, objectives, and vision for the year ahead.


Dallas Host Dies On The Air

Dallas Host Dies On The Air

KAAM-AM in Dallas will memorialize Jaan McCoy Monday at 8:05 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. after he was found dead in the studio this past weekend. Station owner Don Crawford posted on Facebook, "We are in major shock and immensely grieving the loss of Jaan McCoy (Kalmes) today. He was found in the broadcast chair this afternoon, where he suffered a fatal heart attack. We loved him so very, very much and he was a true friend and warrior for God and Legends. Be praying for his wife, Becca, and his many children. A horrible day and loss for us all."


The Connected Car Lives On

The Connected Car Lives On

(Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Something unexpected can result in a sea change. That was the case when Radio Ink unintentionally focused on something that had been below the radar concerning the connected car. We had been monitoring the connected car, we knew it was coming, and we knew it would impact how people use audio in the car.


Walnut Radio Picks up Omaha AM

KOMJ-AM in Omaha is being sold by Cochise Broadcasting to Steve Seline's Walnut Radio, which is based in Nebraska. The Omaha AM is the fourth Nebraska station purchased by Walnut Radio this year (Country 97.3 KBLR-FM Blair, AC Mix 105.5 KFMT-FM Fremont, and News/Talk 1340 KHUB Fremont). Seline is the former Vice Chairman of Waitt Media. Ted Tucker's Cochise Broadcasting is out of Wyoming. KOMJ-AM operates at 1490 kHz, with 1.0 kW day and night. Kalil and Company brokered the deal. The price of the sale, which still needs FCC approval, was not announced.


Who Are The Best Local Sports Talkers In Radio?

Who Are The Best Local Sports Talkers In Radio?

We are now accepting nominations for our third annual Best Local Sports Talkers in America list. For the past two years, WFAN's Mike Francesa has occupied the top spot. Can he do it again? Can Boomer and Carton overtake Francesa? Is there a dark horse in another market that could steal that top spot away. The Sports format remains one of radio's hottest and there is tons of talent all across the country. Make your nomination for the 2014 Best Local Sports Talker HERE. See our 2013 list HERE.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Friends Defend Christian Talker

Friends Defend Christian Talker

Last week we reported on the arrest of 29-year-old Christian talk-show host Josh Kimbrell who was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 3-year-old boy in Greenville, SC. The Christian Post is reporting that Kimbrell's friends are coming to his defense, claiming this all stems from a bitter custody battle between Kimbrell and his ex-wife.


Staff Changes At CBS Chicago

Ashley Fields is the new marketing director for WBBM Newsradio and WSCR Sportsradio in Chicago. Fields will oversee Integrated Marketing (NTR) efforts for play-by-play sports, including the Bears, White Sox, and Cubs. Now reporting to Fields will be Sheri McDonnell, who will take on a larger role at Newsradio as promotions and events manager. McDonnell has worked in the department for more than six years. Angela Pargas joins the cluster from Disney Radio as the WSCR promotions and events manager at WSCR.


And Mariam Sobh Joins WBBM

The Chicagoland Radio and Media Blog reports that former WBEZ-FM midday news anchor Mariam Sobh has joined WBBM-AM/Newsradio in Chicago as a part-time news reporter and anchor. Sobh left WBEZ-FM, where she was the midday news anchor, reporter, and fill-in host, near the end of September. In between times at WBEZ-FM, she has worked for the Illinois Radio Network, NAVTEQ (where she was heard on WILV-FM and WCPT-AM/FM), and Nokia Traffic.


We Want Your Classic Radio Pictures!

We Want Your Classic Radio Pictures!

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...



MONDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> More Big Thinking From Small Markets

(SALES) More Big Thinking From Small Markets

(By Paul Weyland) There is no question now that broadcast radio and television stations are losing revenue share to search engines like Google. Local direct decision-makers are taking dollars previously spent in broadcast and plowing them into search-engine marketing companies. Leave it to a smart small-market manager like Bud Kitchens with East Texas Broadcasting, Inc. to come up with talking points we can all use to dissuade our clients from spending their budgets on search engines.


<b>(SALES MANAGEMENT)</b> Practice Makes Perfect

(SALES MANAGEMENT) Practice Makes Perfect

(By Jon Horton) The title alone should be sufficient. The phrase sounds like something you would hear from Mr. Obvious and I suspect some of my readers are sarcastically mimicking Homer Simpsons, Doh! Of course practice makes perfect everybody knows that! Yes, they do. Everybody knows it and yet almost nobody does it. How about you? How often do you actually practice your sales techniques?


<b>(SALES)</b> What's Working At The Coalface

(SALES) What's Working At The Coalface

(By Sean Luce) Whit Adamson, the president of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, calls it Pioneering. I call it getting out in the field and seeing sales reps on their turf. I recently followed up with some sales reps who attended one of my seminars to see what they actually took back with them and what they are applying in the field. I was kind of startled. Here are some of the results and maybe you and your staff can go over these points to see if you are using them in your sales department.



RECENT BLOGGERS

(SALES) The Secret to SuccessHire Right, Train Right

(SALES) The Secret to SuccessHire Right, Train Right

(Jeffrey Schmidt) Turnover for the year: 1 seller. Revenue results for the year so far: 37% over last year. Impossible, you say? Ive talked to market managers, general managers, and directors of sales over the past couple of weeks. Most are knee-deep in spreadsheets trying to craft a budget that their owner or corporation will accept for next year. One that shows growth, but is achievable.


<b>(SALES)</b> No Is A Good Word!

(SALES) No Is A Good Word!

(By Gary Ratcliff) Most sales reps make the following mistake at least until they get beaten up enough times to know better. They develop their well-oiled 9-minute, 17-second sales pitch, rehearse it till theyve got it down pat, then deliver it without letting the client say a word until theyre done. The problem? When the client finally speaks, and says No, the rep has no idea where he lost him, and finds it difficult or even impossible to retrace and find out.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> The Hidden Value Of Faith

(SOCIAL) The Hidden Value Of Faith

(By Loyd Ford) Its easy to look at social media as a time suck. Thats so true if you are consuming social media. Humans are great at wasting time, and products like Facebook make it e-a-s-y. But what if you are the content provider? Is it a waste of time then? If you have the right content strategy, are consistent and committed to being entertaining, informative, interested in the audience you would most like to engage and validating them, it is consistent for you to build value.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Thorns In The Paw

(TALENT) Thorns In The Paw

(By Ron Robinson) Like the traveler who found an enraged lion along the road and pulled the thorn from its paw, I, and others, have been diligent and eager to provide radio with a great service. Fortunately for the traveler, the lion had the good sense to keep still while the thorn was extracted. Radio, instead, continues to rip Dudley Do Rights thorax to abdomen and continue to suffer as a result.



FORECAST

Colmes to Question Top Execs At Forecast

Colmes to Question Top Execs At Forecast

It's the most anticipated session of Radio Ink's Forecast conference every year: the Group Head Leadership Super Session. For Forecast 2015, coming up November 19 in New York, we've once again invited radio's most powerful executives to give us a candid, rare view from the top. And for this year's event, we're delighted to announce that celebrated radio and TV personality Alan Colmes has agreed to moderate that discussion.


Steve Forbes Headlines Forecast 2015

Steve Forbes Headlines Forecast 2015

Respected author, journalist, and radio personality Rita Cosby will conduct an onstage interview iconic publisher and business leader Steve Forbes at Forecast 2015, November 19, 2014 at the Harvard Club in New York. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "This is Steve Forbes' second visit to Forecast. His last visit was memorable, and this visit comes at a time when everyone is curious about how the economy will shake out. Steve is the most well-connected man in the economic world and will share some powerful insights. It's not to be missed. We're honored to have such a business icon with us this year."


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."



DASH 2014 HIGHLIGHTS

<b>(VIDEO)</b> DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS FROM DASH

(VIDEO) DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS FROM DASH

Click here to watch! Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro kicked off the Radio Ink DASH Conference with a keynote address challenging the radio industry to be more innovative. Shapiro was followed by a panel that focused on what consumers want in the vehicle and a presentation by Vice President of Measurement Innovation at Nielsen Audio Dr. Ed Cohen who unveiled a new research study about Millennials. See the next two stories for coverage on day one and stay tuned for more coverage from day two from DASH in Detroit.


DASH DAY ONE - Millennials Want To Be Social

DASH DAY ONE - Millennials Want To Be Social

On the opening day of DASH in Detroit, Vice President of Measurement Innovation at Nielsen Audio Dr. Ed Cohen gave attendees the first look at new research that examined how college students have woven digital into their lives. It may also give radio managers a glimpse of the type of listener they will soon be dealing with: one with a much shorter attention span that wants more and more control. The study placed a special emphasis on the role of cars, the "connected car," and what personal transportation means in their lives today and their plans for the future. Cohen took part in a three-year study at the University of Florida called The Class of 2015. What the study uncovered was that these college students did consume radio and television, but they connected more strongly with forms of two-way communication, namely social media.


Consumers Want Seamless And Personal

Consumers Want Seamless And Personal

That was the theme from a panel called "It's All About the Experience" on Day 1 of DASH in Detroit, Wednesday. Slacker Radios Mike Kasparian said user experience is top priority, especially in the auto world. With laptops and mobile, the experience is clearly defined. In the automobile theres still work to be done on the dash. Keynoter Gary Shapiro spoke about driver distraction still being a major issue and looked more in the future toward the driverless vehicle. The opinion of this panel was that a lot more needs to be done to please the consumer who wants the experience to be much easier.


Day Two Video Highlights From DASH in Detroit

Day Two Video Highlights From DASH in Detroit

Our second day of DASH included a presentation from Edison Research President Larry Rosin about Radio's performance with consumers on traffic content and school closings. It also featured a collaboration panel between automotive dealers and radio executive, a keynote address by Carry Tilds and Valerie Geller discussed the importance of creating great content to stay ahead of the competition on the DASH. Watch the Video HERE.


Radio Still Matters to Auto Dealers

Radio Still Matters to Auto Dealers

On a panel that combined auto dealers with radio managers the theme was, "with great technology comes great responsibility." While connected cars have great tech capabilities, they also require a lot of knowledge to operate. An advantage for radio if it keeps its content strong is that, as the auto dealers on the panel explained, consumers simply do not want to wait around to learn how to properly use the technology, most car buyers absolutely want their phones paired.


Geller: Focus On Personal Connections

Geller: Focus On Personal Connections

Building a broadcast base has nothing to do with radio itself, according to Valerie Geller, who spoke at DASH in Detroit on Thursday. Instead, Geller said, "It has everything to do with human beings connecting with other human beings. To engage listeners, Geller's three-point plan for broadcasters is to tell the truth, make it matter, and never be boring. She stressed that it's essential for radio companies to target millennials by being on every available platform, and the content must be relevant to the audience. Geller detailed her criteria for keeping content interesting...


Car Only One Aspect Of Mobile Game

Car Only One Aspect Of Mobile Game

Day 2 of DASH included a panel called "The Future of Mobility" and featured Tim Ericson, the CEO of Zagster, Zipcar Vice President of New Markets Dan Curtin, and Ken Laberteaux, the Sr. Principal Scientist at the Toyota Research Institute North America. The panel was moderated by NextEnergy's Tim Johnson (pictured). The message to broadcasters was they must look beyond the traditional audio companies to reach the most consumers. It was suggested that many people are considering different modes of transportation every time theyre looking to travel, from Zipcars to Uber to bicycles, and not just their cars. Ericson said, The car is one of those components but its not the component anymore. And thats especially true of Millennials.



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