Talk about managing stressful situations. As Regional Vice President overseeing New Orleans (and other cities) for Clear Channel, back in 2005, Dick Lewis would have his managerial skills put to the test. Not only was he dealing with making sure his people were alive and safe, and his stations remained on the air, he would be the point person for URNO (United Radio of New Orleans). Everyone we've interviewed for our Hurricane Katrina series this week said Dick Lewis (pictured) was a big reason URNO was a smashing success. READ ON.
Milwaukee Radio Alliance VP/GM Bill Hurwitz is retiring after 40 years in Milwaukee radio. Hurwitz began his radio career in 1975 as an AE for Shamrock Communications, then moved over and sold for cross-town WOKY for several years before becoming the Director of Sales at Hearst Radio's WISN and WLTQ from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s. Hurwitz then joined All Pro Broadcasting as National Sales Manager prior to the formation of Milwaukee Radio Alliance. In 1996, All Pro Broadcasting and Shamrock Communications formed the Milwaukee Radio Alliance and Hurwitz was named Director of National Sales before ascending to his current position of Vice President/General Manager in 2003. Hurwitz was a 2014 Radio Ink Radio Wayne Market Manager finalist. We spoke to Hurwitz shortly after he announced he'd be retiring this fall. READ ON
The date the Dan Le Batard Show will move to the earlier slot has been set for September 8. The show will now be heard on the network from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, taking the spot previously occupied by Colin Cowherd. His one-hour local show in Miami will now be broadcast from 9-10 a.m. ESPN senior vice president, production business divisions, Traug Keller said, "Dan and Stugotz have cultivated a passionate following who expect cutting-edge and entertaining Sports Talk radio. They will not be disappointed with the time change and a new audience will now have the opportunity to experience this unique blend of make-you-think commentary and humor."
You've heard so much chatter about Programmatic and how it's going to change our industry. Now it's time you know everything you need to know about how Programmatic can help your radio station run more efficiently, and generate new revenue. Radio Ink is hosting a free webinar with Marketron CEO Jeff Haley called "Programmatic Buying For Sales Managers," Thursday, September 24, at 1 p.m. Eastern. The Digital Place Based Advertising Association recently did a survey of 310 media planners. Eighty-eight percent said they are already buying ads programmatically for all of their brands. Programmatic buying is here. Be a sales team that's ready! Register today. Space is limited.
CBS Sports radio is out, conservative talk is in. A Beasley press release from Charlotte states: "For several years, listeners have witnessed WBCN 1660 AM's formats evolve, from all-News Talk to an all-Sports format. Now, this station is proud to reinstate their conservative News Talk format, under the new moniker "AMERICA'S PULSE 1660 AM." WBCN-AM was part of the Beasley swap with CBS. Sports will continue to broadcast overnights and weekends. Here's the full lineup starting Monday...
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 2015 Best Radio Managers in America. MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE. YOUR DEADLINE IS TOMORROW.
James Harrington is the new General Manager for the Salem cluster of stations in Colorado Springs (KGFT-FM, KBIQ-FM, and KZNT-AM). Harrington noves to Salem from iHeartMedia Bryan/College Station, Texas, where he was Senior VP of Sales. Salem Regional VP Brian Taylor said, "Colorado Springs is a market we are passionate about and that distinctly complements our Salem core formats. A leader with Jim's enthusiasm, that matches his extensive background in sales management and development, is going to be a great addition to our team."
Chicago sportscaster David Kaplan gets a new noon to 2 p.m. show called Kap & Co. on ESPN1000 in Chicago. Kaplan is the host of CSN Chicago's Sports Talk Live and formerly co-hosted Kap and Haugh with the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh. Kaplan began his radio career at local station WMVP-AM, and then joined WGN-AM's sports staff as a reporter in 1995. He is the only person in Chicago media history to concurrently host a daily television show, a daily radio program, and write a regular column in a major newspaper.
News/Talk WRKO in Boston (market #10) is owned by Entercom. Michael Czarnecki has been named the new Operations Manager and APD for the station. Czarnecki joins WRKO from iHeartMedia's WRNX-FM where he was PD and APD for WHYN-FM/AM in Springfield. Czarnecki has also worked on the air and in production in Hartford and Manchester. WRKO had been without a programmer since the departure of Bill Cooksey in July.
Univision New York's La X 96.3 has launched a new late night show (7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET) called "ZONA X," with DJ Lobo. Prior to joining La X 96.3, DJ Lobo was a master-mixer at WSKQ-FM in New York and he's worked at clubs in New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Colombia, Paris, Amsterdam, and Italy.
Buzz Sports Radio in Raleigh is owned by Capitol Broadcasting. As of Tuesday listeners will wake up to The Morning Show with Mike, Lauren & Demetri. Mike Maniscalco from the previous morning show stays on and the locals Lauren Brownlow and Demetri Ravanos are added. Former morning host Mark Thomas is no longer with the station. Brownlow and Ravanos have been in the Raleigh-Durham market for several years, working in radio, digital, print, and podcasting.
New York Yankees broadcaster, and one of Radio Ink's Most Influential Women in Radio, will be one of 11 women honored by the Alliance for Women in Media. A breakfast and several panels are being held on October 19 at 10 on the Park at Time Warner Center in New York City. After the breakfast, attendees will join two educational panel discussions on how women can and will impact the future of media. Here's a full list of the women being honored...
Tom Brady, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the story of "deflategate" have been a gift to Sports Talk radio for seven months. Brady first learned he was being accused of deflating footballs on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show the morning after the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. Brady returns to the WEEI morning show Tuesday for what's expected to be his first one-on-one interview since winning Super Bowl XLIX.
(By Spike Santee) The high cost of employee turnover in your sales department is like an iceberg, the vast majority of the iceberg is hidden beneath the surface of the water. The cost of turnover in your sales department is so much more than just the money you spent hiring the salesperson. You have no idea about the total cost of turnover that is hidden from view. Isn't it about time you think about doing something different to improve your hiring and retention numbers?
(By Ronald Robinon) It's a well-known fable - Androcles and The Lion. A young slave comes upon a lion that has a thorn embedded in its paw. The lion's agonizing growls and roars touch the young man's heart and he gingerly approaches the lion, pulls out the thorn, and relieves the beast of its pain. Androcles and the lion become fast, lifelong friends. Radio works otherwise.
It's going to be a tumultuous 2016, and that's why we're so pleased to announce that Greater Media Chairman/CEO Peter Smyth and Sugarloaf Rock Capital Managing Partner Drew Marcus will be serving as co-chairs of Forecast 2016, set for November 20, 2015 in New York City. As Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads says, "With so many critical business and financial issues continuing to face the radio industry, we are extremely pleased to have Peter Smyth and Drew Marcus provide their guidance to this year's Forecast."
The awards are named after Detroit's own Bill Burton - the guy who tirelessly worked to promote the benefits of advertising on the radio to the automotive industry and whose famous mantra was "Be Fabulous." Bill passed away this past December. The "Be Fabulous" awards are a tribute to his incredible impact. HERE ARE THE DETAILS.
Radio Ink's third annual DASH conference in Detroit, held in conjunction with Jacobs Media, will take place November 4 and 5 at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport. If you were on the fence about attending, now's the time to jump off. Here's A LOOK at this year's agenda. The battle for audio space in the DASH continues to be one of the biggest issues facing broadcasters. This is a must-attend conference if you consider yourself a cutting-edge broadcaster.