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January 27, 2015

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Achieving The Dream. Managing Your Own Station

Achieving The Dream. Managing Your Own Station

Back in December Shane Sparks was named Market Manager for NRG's seven station cluster in Northwoods, Wisconsin. Sparks spent a decade in sales management for NRG in Fort Atkinson, also in Wisconsin. Since he was 15 years old Sparks has worked in radio, first on the air, then in sales. NRG COO Chuck DuCoty said, “Sparks understands all facets of the business with a successful track record in operations, sales management and on-air work, as a successful play-by-play announcer and sports show host.” What lit Sparks' fire for radio management? Let's find out...


INDUSTRY NEWS

Walgreens Takes "Spot 10" Top Spot

Walgreens Takes "Spot 10" Top Spot

Walgreens kicked Geico out of the number one position in this week's Media Monitors Spot 10 with just over 52,000 spots for January 19-25. Geico logged over 47,000 commercials and is number two in this week's count. Home Depot was number three last week and again this week with just under 38,000 spots. Rounding out the Top 5 are McDonald's and JCPenny with just under 25,000 spots for McDonalds and just over 22,000 commercials for JC Penny.


Univision Nailed With $20K EAS Fine

Univision Nailed With $20K EAS Fine

This is actually a settlement involving a complaint against Spanish-language WXNY-FM in New York for transmitting emergency warning tones in a comedy sketch. The talent broadcast portions of the EAS tones several times during an episode of the Luis Jimenez Show. The DJs openly acknowledged during the on-air bit that transmitting EAS tones in the absence of an emergency is illegal. The FCC has been crystal clear on toying with the tones -- don't do it. Surprisingly, we continue to see these violations continue to pop up. More...


Westwood Kicks-Off Super Bowl Sound Awards

Westwood Kicks-Off Super Bowl Sound Awards

Westwood One is launching its annual Super Bowl Sound Awards for Excellence in Audio Creativity. It's a consumer-driven index that aims to honor brand advertisers and audio creative. The awards will be showcasing the best radio spots within the Super Bowl. More...


Music Buying, Listening Patterns Are Different

Music Buying, Listening Patterns Are Different

Coleman Insights has released its second in a series of blog posts which examines how listeners engage with music across traditional and emerging platforms. The company analyzed 26 consecutive weeks of Billboard's Top 10 Digital Songs and Billboard’s Top 10 songs for Radio exposure and On-Demand streaming. Their conclusion? Making new music decisions based on sales data can lead your station astray. So why is that?


Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Making One Of Radio's Hardest Jobs Easier

Many sales managers will tell you that sales management is the hardest job in radio today. They have more people to manage, more things to sell, and less support than ever before. In Spanish-language radio, if sales managers are not Hispanic, they need to learn the nuances of Hispanic culture -- and fast! Hispanic Radio Conference...


Bonneville Expands Relationship With Marketron

Bonneville Expands Relationship With Marketron

Bonneville International is partnering with Marketron Digital to provide the broadcaster with SMS solutions. Tim Swift, Director of Business Systems, Analytics & Revenue Services at Bonneville International notes on the new relationship with Marketron, "Bonneville is recognized as an industry leader in the text messaging space, so the Marketron SMS Solution is a key asset for us. The platform's flexibility and ease-of-use allows our brands and personalities to engage in real time with our audiences and it gives our advertisers a powerful and measurable response channel."


Maryland AM Must Fork Over $5K

Maryland AM Must Fork Over $5K

On March 31, 2014, the FCC issued an NAL for $5,000 to WTRI Holding for going off the air "without timely requesting special temporary authority" from the Commission. If a station is unable to stay on the air for more than 30 days, the owner must ask the FCC for authorization to remain silent. The Commission says WTRI was off the air for over seven months and didn't even bother to provide the agency an explanation as to why so they'll have to pay the fine. Read the forfeiture order HERE


Who Are Radio's Future African-American Leaders?

For the third consecutive year, Radio Ink magazine is spotlighting the African-American professionals leading the charge in radio today. This year, that issue will be released on March 16. Who's working at your station, in your cluster, or at your company who is certain to be a future leader? Send your nominations for our African-American Future Leaders in Radio issue to edryantheeditor@gmail.com



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Rush Limbaugh's Chief Of Staff Dies

Rush Limbaugh's Chief Of Staff Dies

Rush opened his show Monday with the announcement that Chris "Kit" Carson died at 8 a.m. Monday morning at his home in New Jersey. Carson was Rush's chief of staff. He had been battling brain cancer for the past four years. Carson was 58 years old. Rush said Carson thought he beat the cancer about two years ago but the cancer came back last fall. The last time Rush saw him was in the hospital 10 days ago. "It's such a void because he loved this job. He loved being part of it every day. The last four years of his life, he would get up early to do his show prep and he was going to do it no matter what. It was just incredible. He loved everybody here and everybody loved him." Read the full transcript about Carson from Rush's Monday show HERE


Cipha Sounds Out at Hot 97 NY

Cipha Sounds Out at Hot 97 NY

In a short statement, Emmis/NY today announced. "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM.  We wish him well on his future endeavors." On Monday, Cipha was highlighted in a BET interview sharing his frustrations with the changes at Hot 97. More...


WGCI/Chicago Launch New Morning Show

WGCI/Chicago Launch New Morning Show

Kyle Santillian and Kendra G will join current morning host Leon Rogers on 107.5 WGCI/Chicago to fill out the hip-hop morning show in the Windy City. Kyle Santillian comes from mornings on 102 Jamz in Greensboro, N.C and Kendra G previously held morning duties as co-host at WPWX-FM/Chicago and WVEE-FM/Atlanta. The new team debuts Thursday the 29th. More...


Clair Returns To WPGC/DC For Mornings

Clair Returns To WPGC/DC For Mornings

Joe Clair is headed back to WPGC as morning host for the CBS urban station. Clair began his career at WPGC as part of the Sunday Night Hip-Hop Show with DJ Big Tigger. Clair also co-hosted the Russ Parr Morning Show on WKYS and worked at WQHT-Hot 97 in New York. Most recently he was a part of the WHUR/DC PMD show with Frank Ski. More...


Rickman Exits from URBan Radio

Rickman Exits from URBan Radio

Brian Rickman, Regional Director of Programming URBan Radio Broadcasting has left the company. Rickman says the departure is amicable, the position was eliminated from within the company. Rickman oversaw multiple formats in six markets. Rickman has held similar Regional, Operations and Brand Management positions for Cumulus, NextMedia, Cromwell Radio Group and Greater Media. Reach out to Rickman at: brian.c.rickman@gmail.com or 256-320-3473.


After 22 Years Nelkin Leaving NRG/Omaha

After 22 Years Nelkin Leaving NRG/Omaha

Effective February 1, and after more than two decades on the job, Neil Nelkin operations manager-AM Radio NRG Media/Omaha is moving on. Nelkin says that "It's just time to rest a little, take it easy somewhat, and cut back from 80 hour weeks." NRG has not named a replacement as of yet.


Lopez Leaves Florida For Louisville

Lopez Leaves Florida For Louisville

Ashley Lopez heads to Louisville from NPR/WGCU in Southwest Florida where she reported on Florida politics for the past four years. She also logged time as a reporter for WLRN in Miami, written for The Miami Herald, The Florida Independent, and interned at Talking Points Memo. She becomes the new political reporter for NPR affiliate WFPL.


KMOD Tulsa AM Host Biggie Shay Dies

KMOD Tulsa AM Host Biggie Shay Dies

Reported on the Fox 23/Tulsa website, Shay "Biggie" Adams died Friday night at the age of 40. Biggie Shay's co-host Corbin said on a Facebook post that Biggie had taken leave of absence in November due to an undisclosed illness, despite weeks of treatment had passed away.


Syndicated Christian Personality Minirth Dies

Syndicated Christian Personality Minirth Dies

Psychiatrist, author, and radio personality Dr. Frank Minirth passed away on Saturday in Texas. Minirth co-hosted live nationwide call-in radio programs and television programs for many years.



DIGITAL

Triton & eXelate Team for Streaming Data

Triton & eXelate Team for Streaming Data

Triton Digital announced an exclusive partnership with eXelate to deliver a new audio Data Management Platform, intended to enhance ad buyers ability to reach targeted audio campaigns on mobile or desktop. Triton will combine listener profiling (without cookies or unique device IDs) with eXelate's cross-platform data cloud infrastructure and consumers' online purchase intent, demographics, and behavioral leanings. More...


Gartner: Connected Cars Reach 250 Million in 5 Years

Gartner: Connected Cars Reach 250 Million in 5 Years

By 2020 the number of connected cars on the road will reach 250 million according to a study by Gartner and reported in eWeek. Connected cars will become the largest sector in the growing "Internet of Things" sector. Gartner says that approximately one in five cars will have wireless connectivity of some sort or another in five years. Continue Reading...


Digital Tidbits

Digital Tidbits


  • Pandora Ramping Up Ad Sales, Says Report

 

  • Pandora Shares Surge on Positive Market Research Report

 

  • Ford opens connected car research center in Silicon Valley

 

  • Ford's future paves way for smart connected cars

 

 

 

  • Apple's iTunes Radio, Beats, and Others Hit With Unpaid Royalty Suits Over Pre-1972 Music



BUSINESS

Westwood Relocating  Dallas Facilities

Westwood Relocating Dallas Facilities

Westwood One's lease on its Dallas offices and studios runs out in mid-2015, with sub-tenant Radio Disney's departure from the building, Westwood has elected to move their Dallas operations to other facilities. Westwood One has opted to build out broadcast facilities at its TM Studios location on Academy Lane in Dallas. Programming, production and affiliate sales will be based at that facility. Traffic and affiliate service/affidavit management will be relocated to an existing Cumulus facility in nearby Arlington, TX.



COMMUNITY SERVICE

The WOLF/Syracuse Readies St. Jude Radio-thon

The WOLF/Syracuse Readies St. Jude Radio-thon

WOLF 105.1/96.7 is readying their second Country Cares Radio-thon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event kicks off on February 5th. Skip Clark, WOLF Program Director notes, "WOLF is proud to be a partner of this amazing organization. St Jude Children's Research Hospital is truly one of a kind and holds such an incredible meaning both nationally and locally."


WSPA/Greenville Intros Cards For Kids

WSPA/Greenville Intros Cards For Kids

WSPA-FM, Magic 98.9 is gearing up for its first Annual Cards for Kids, bringing Valentine's Day cards to Greenville Health System's Children's Hospital. WSPA is asking that cards should be sent to the radio station where their team will distribute them into care packages, which will include games and station goodies. The day before Valentine's Day, WSPA staff and volunteers will deliver the care packages to the hospital.



MONDAY FEATURED WRITERS

How To Hook More Listeners

How To Hook More Listeners

(By Buzz Knight) My friend Fred Jacobs always finds a way to stir the pot and inspire my thinking and he's just done that again with the gift of a great new book. How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal (with Ryan Hoover) is a great read for any of us in the content and audio delivery business (otherwise known as a radio). The book is focused on analyzing the convergence of access and data in a world where speed is critical to success.


What You Can Learn From A Competitive Review

What You Can Learn From A Competitive Review

(By Jeff McHugh) When I was operations manager at Clear Channel (now iHeart Media) in St Louis, I really believed in Mason and Remy, the upstart young Country morning show on 937 The Bull. Mason and Remy were in an uphill battle against Cornbread, the funny and talented drive host with a long heritage of winning at WIL.



FRIDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(SALES) KISS Them With Radio

(By Wayne Ens) You have no doubt heard about the KISS acronym: Keep It Simple Stupid. Simple sells! Digital is anything but simple, and I believe we're missing the boat by not presenting radio as the simple turnkey media alternative. I read this morning that thousands are leaving Facebook every day to migrate to the latest shiny new thing, Instagram.


(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(SOCIAL) Managers Must Lead The Charge

(By Loyd Ford) You hear people talk about digital and social media, but many radio companies are having a difficult time moving the needle or getting a "movement" going to really capture real value. Why is that? It's easier to understand that you might think. Radio is still about the easiest money on the table.



SPORTS CONFERENCE

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

How to Coach Sports Talent to Success

Sports Talk radio today is just about as competitive as the sports it covers. So what do you need to do to develop a winning lineup? Where can you go to seek tomorrow's top talent? What are the keys to building a strong bench and a super farm team? Find out March 4-5 in Dallas at Radio Ink's Sports Radio Conference.



RADIO INK

Make Your Medallas de Cortez Nomination

Make Your Medallas de Cortez Nomination

Now is the time to get your nominations in for the 2015 Radio Ink Medallas de Cortez awards for excellence in Hispanic radio. HERE. The awards will be presented at Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference March 4-5 in Dallas.


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...


Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

Hispanic Leaders Gather With Radio Ink

The Group Heads Super Session that closes the annual Hispanic Radio Conference is always much anticipated, with attendees eager to hear the leadership of this key segment of the radio industry talk about their plans, hopes, and vision for the future.







Blast From The Past
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Station Vehicle Gallery
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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