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September 21, 2014

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eMarketer Report: Radio Does Not Get Its Fair Share

eMarketer Report: Radio Does Not Get Its Fair Share

Radio executives have been saying for years that radio does not get its fair share of advertising revenue, when compared to the amount of time people spend with the medium. A new study by eMarketer supports that theory. In 2014, adults over the age of 18, spent 12 percent of their time with radio and radio gets 9.3 percent of the ad share. Despite the fact that consumers are spending so little time with print these days, only 3.5 percent, print still gets a whopping 19 percent of the advertising pie. Consumers spend 37.3 percent of their media consumption watching TV which gets 41.2 percent of the ad pie. And, according to eMarketer, Americans are now spending 47.2 percent of their media consumption time with some type of digital device. That industry is already getting 30.5 percent of the ad pie, second to only television.


INDUSTRY NEWS

More Time Spent With Pandora Than Facebook

More Time Spent With Pandora Than Facebook

For the first time, eMarketer broke out time spent with Pandora and says in 2014 U.S. adults will spend 7.1 percent of their daily time listening to Pandora. The time spent daily with Facebook is 6 percent. And perhaps the folks at Pandora now know how radio feels. Advertisers will only allocate 1.4 percent of their digital ad dollars to Pandora, a fraction of what they devote to Facebook. Facebook will receive 10 percent of the U.S digital advertising dollars. eMarketer says the reason for the big difference is that Pandora is often on in the background, and users can tune out the ads or simply not hear them.


Former CT Gov, WTIC Personality Found Guilty Of Campaign Violations

Former CT Gov, WTIC Personality Found Guilty Of Campaign Violations

Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland, who also formerly hosted afternoons on CBS Radio's WTIC-AM in Hartford, has been convicted of violating federal campaign laws by hiding consulting fees he received from an unsuccessful Republican candidate.


Simmons Study Loses MRC Accreditation

Simmons Study Loses MRC Accreditation

In an unusual move, the Media Rating Council has withdrawn its accreditation for the Simmons National Consumer Study, including the Simmons National Hispanic Consumer Study. The accreditation had been in place since 2005; the MRC says its audit found "declines in service performance metrics," and that Simmons is taking steps to address the concerns.


Adams Buys Eight From Great Scott

Great Scott Broadcasting has agreed to sell eight of its stations in the Salisbury-Ocean City, MD market to Adams Radio of Delmarva Peninsula. The deal includes WGBG-FM and WJWK-AM (both licensed to Seaford, DE), WJWL-AM and WZBH-FM (both licensed to Georgetown, DE), WKHI-FM (licensed to Fruitland, MD), and WOCQ-FM (licensed to Berlin, MD), along with two FM translators. Kalil & Co. was the broker in the transaction.


Finger Lakes Radio Goes To Long Point

Finger Lakes Radio Group is selling its stations to Long Point Communications. The stations -- WNYR-FM, WLLW-FM, WFLK-FM, WGVA-AM, WCGR-AM, WFLR-AM, and WAUB-AM, and five FM translators -- cover most of the New York Finger Lakes region. Bob Mahlman Jr. of the Mahlman Co. represented Long Point in the deal.


Wisconsin Station Sold To Big Radio

Wisconsin Station Sold To Big Radio

Another in a flurry of Friday sales announcements: Alliance Communications' WGEZ-AM/Beloit, WI has been sold to Big Radio for $150,000. Big Radio is based in Monroe, WI, and has other stations in Wisconsin and Illinois. Kozacko Media Services was the exclusive broker for the transaction.


iHeart's X-107/Columbus Becomes 106.7 The Beat

And as the moniker change suggests, iHeartMedia's WCGX/Columbus has flipped from Alternative to Urban, playing "Columbus' Real Hip Hop & R&B."


Former WNIR Personality Files Sexual Harassment Suit

Former WNIR Personality Files Sexual Harassment Suit

Ohio.com reports that former WNIR personality Maggie Fuller has filed the lawsuit against owners Bill and Bob Klaus accusing them of "abetting unlawful discriminatory practices, causing Fuller to lose $38,000 a year in income plus benefits, suffer mental anguish, humiliation and loss of reputation." Fuller left WNIR a year ago alleging the Klaus' declined to discipline morning man John Denning who was reported to have referred to her using a crude anatomical reference at a public event. At a station party, Fuller alleges Denning was talking to listeners when he repeatedly called Fuller the C word. Bill Klaus told Ohio.com, The allegations are completely without merit and we intend to defend this frivolous lawsuit vigorously.


The Sports Beast In L.A. Announces Lineup

The Sports Beast In L.A. Announces Lineup

The live and local morning show will include Former L.A. Clippers and UCLA star Marques Johnson who's teaming up with Jeanne Zelasko. The show will feature the longtime voice of the Clippers, Ralph Lawler, and others. The rest of the weekday lineup includes The Jim Rome Show from 9:00 a.m. Noon; Fred Roggin, from 12 noon 3:00 p.m.; the tandem of ex-NFL player George Wrighster and radio/TV host and journalist, Brett Winterble from 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.; L.A. Sports Today from 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.; and Doug Gottlieb from 9:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. The Beast 980 is also the flagship station of the Los Angeles Clippers.


If You Say You'll Paint It, You Should Probably Paint It

Equity Communications in New Jersey, owner of WMID in Atlantic City, is on the hook for $20,000 after the Commission's enforcement bureau says the station's antenna structure was not properly painted and lit, reducing the structure's visibility. Agents also found an unlocked gate which is another no-no. After the original NAL the commission says it was told by management at the station that the problems would be taken care of. However, after two more inspections, the commission says nothing had changed so the fine of $20,000 is upheld. Read all the details HERE.


...And Tack On Another $10K For A Fence

Equity gets hammered with another $10,000, this one for not having a locked fence around WCMC-AM in Wildwood, New Jersey. Equity did not deny that a portion of its fencing was missing allowing unrestricted public access, but requested a fine reduction because it repaired the fence as quickly as practicable (it was destroyed by a hurricane) and it has a history of compliance with the Commissions rules. The Commission denied that request. After telling the station to shut down or install a temporary fence, the Commission followed up with another inspection and found the station still on the air, and no fence. That didn't sit well with the agent, of course, and the fine was upheld. A fence was constructed a few days after the second inspection. Read the forfeiture order HERE


Who Are The Best Managers in Radio?

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 2014 Best Radio Managers in America. MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE . YOUR DEADLINE IS TODAY



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Schaffer To Host Mornings On WWWM/Toledo

Schaffer To Host Mornings On WWWM/Toledo

Denny Schaffer will debut Monday in mornings on Cumulus Media's Hot AC WWWM (Star 105)/Toledo. He most recently did wakesups on WRNO-FM/New Orleans; the new gig marks a return to Toledo for Schaffer, who was previously on the air on WSPD and WVKS. He'll be joined by Tricia Courtney Tischler and Suzie Moser ("Susie the Board Op"), who were also on the Schaffer-hosted Breakfast Show on WVKS.


Former Radio Ink Rep Dale Tucker Passes

Radio Ink is saddened to report that Dale Tucker, a consultant at Tucker Broadcast and former director of technical sales for Radio Ink, has passed away. He was a broadcast veteran who also served at one time as regional sales manager at Radio World. Tucker was also a former chairman of the Sacramento chapter of the California Historical Radio Society.


Barry Young Retiring From KFYI Phoenix

Barry Young Retiring From KFYI Phoenix

After nearly three decades with Newstalk 550 KFYI Phoenix, morning man Barry Young (pictured left) will retire in November. Young started on KFYI on April 27, 1987 as an on-air talent and PD. He said, Being a part of KFYI's growth and development from a new renegade start-up Talk radio station into one of America's great and mature heritage radio stations has been both a wonderful challenge and delight." Afternoon driver Mike Broomhead (pictured right) will take over mornings.


Washington's Jerry Phillips Dead At 75

Washington's Jerry Phillips Dead At 75

The cause of death was multiple myeloma. Phillips worked the Washington airwaves for over 40 years, including mornings at WHUR-FM in the 70s and 80s, and as the host of Metro Talk on WBIG-FM and WTEM-AM. Phillips was let go from WBIG and WTEM in 2005 when the public affairs program was eliminated from the station. Check out the extended obit for Phillips in the Washington PostPicture Courtesy Washington Post


Torrez To Pick The Music For New York

Torrez To Pick The Music For New York

Emmis New York Radio is bringing in TT Torrez as music director at WQHT HOT 97 FM. Torrez has worked in several markets throughout her 14-year tenure, including Charlotte, NC, Hartford, CT, Philadelphia, PA, and New York, where she was correspondent, writer, producer, and music programmer for Music Choice television. She has held both on-air and behind-the-scenes positions, most recently working as afternoon driver and music director for Radio Ones WCDX iPower 92.1 in Richmond, VA. Torrez starts her new gig at HOT 97 on October 1.


Washington's Jerry Phillips Dead At 75

Washington's Jerry Phillips Dead At 75

The cause of death was multiple myeloma. Phillips worked the Washington airwaves for over 40 years, including mornings at WHUR-FM in the 70s and 80s, and as the host of Metro Talk on WBIG-FM and WTEM-AM. Phillips was let go from WBIG and WTEM in 2005 when the public affairs program was eliminated from the station. Check out the extended obit for Phillips in the Washington PostPicture Courtesy Washington Post


Westwood Extends Partnership With Dr. Oz

The syndication network has extended its partnership with Harpo Studios and Dr. Mehmet Oz for the daily one-minute feature, Daily Dose with Dr. Oz. The feature airs on nearly 150 stations and in six of the top 10 markets. Dr. Oz said, Not a day goes by that I dont get positive feedback from listeners of Daily Dose. My goal is to spread the message of good health body, mind, and spirit. Syndication with Westwood One helps to expand that message to an attentive and diverse audience."


GCN Takes Sanchez Show Daily

GCN Takes Sanchez Show Daily

Genesis Communications says Pastor of the Media Airwaves Steve Sanchez is taking his weekend show daily. He will be starting his daily program, Monday, September 22, 2014 and it will air from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. (CST).



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(HIRING)</b> Where Are All The Young People?

(HIRING) Where Are All The Young People?

(By Laurie Kahn) I understand that is a loaded question as young can vary these days, with 60 being the new 40, however, after returning from another great NAB Radio Show where there were many beneficial seminars and speakers, entertainment and good networking events, the only thing missing were the superstars of tomorrow! I understand budgets are tight this year. I applaud those of you who spent money out of your own pocket and took vacation time to attend, that shows a lot of passion for what you do and where you want to go.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Slow Slicing

(TALENT) Slow Slicing

(By Ron Robinson) Hollered from the rooftops and from under buses for over two of decades, pundits and consultants, disgruntled former employees, and other generally smart people have been ranting and protesting about the critical need for radio to generate massive improvements in programming and commercial production. Response from the executive suites: SFX: Crickets chirping.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> Make Your Social Media Lethal

(SOCIAL) Make Your Social Media Lethal

(By Loyd Ford) When it comes right down to it, social media gets your focus only after all the hardcore things in the everyday life of a programmer, morning show talent, promotion director or others. Its because we are so crunched for time. But your social media can be both important and a critical connector to the ratings you want from the listeners you most crave to. How do we get there?



MONDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Where Is The Money?

(SALES) Where Is The Money?

(By Wayne Ens) In my last Radio Ink blog, I mentioned that radio is not a zero sum game and that its not other radio stations that are your competition, it is other media. Do you know who your competition is? Heres a test. Which of the following media capture the most local ad dollars? a.) TV, b.) Newspaper, c.) Radio, d.) Online/Digital, e.) Outdoor/Transit, f.) Magazines, g.) Direct Mail.


<b>(SALES)</b> Highlights From The Radio Show

(SALES) Highlights From The Radio Show

(By Sean Luce) Great leaders love what they do, and as often mentioned by many who work in media sales, it isnt really work if you love what you do. That was obvious when Bud Walters, president and founder of the Cromwell Group accepted the NAB 2014 National Radio Award from Gordon Smith, the president of the National Association of Broadcasters during Friday afternoons lunch at the Radio Show. I wont soon forget his acceptance speech, which was marked by moving words about the love he has for his people.


<b>(SALES)</b> This One Word Will Change Your Life

(SALES) This One Word Will Change Your Life

(By Jeff Schmidt) For pilots, the attitude of the plane, meaning the angle of the wing relative to the forward motion, determines whether you climb or descend. Attitude = altitude they teach in flight school. If your attitude (angle of attack) is positive, your plane will go up; and if your attitude (angle of attack) is negative, you will descend. When I started in sales I was told that my attitude and my ability to control my thoughts and feelings were going to largely determine my success.



DASH 2014

Fill Up Your Ideas Tank

Fill Up Your Ideas Tank

At the DASH conference, coming up next month in Detroit, three presenters with exciting new products will get a chance to make their pitch in front of a panel of automotive and radio leaders -- and the DASH crowd. You'll see new companies with fresh ideas and innovations, as well as familiar names sharing their newest product lines and developments.


It's All About The Experience

It's All About The Experience

What's a typical in-car experience? Just driving along, maybe stuck in traffic, listening to the radio. Right? Nope, not anymore. Drivers still listen to music, but they're increasingly likely to be getting it from an Internet service like Pandora or Slacker. Maybe they're checking the weather report from a built-in app on the dashboard, or getting traffic information from that handy navigation app. And they're still hearing from advertisers, but it may well be by way of branded, dashboard-enabled content and services. For all consumers today -- not just in the car -- it's all about the experience.


Why We Created DASH

Why We Created DASH

(by Fred Jacobs) The fall season marks the start of football, the coming baseball playoffs, and our second DASH Conference. Living in Detroit, it's never easy anticipating how the Lions will perform or if the Tigers will fade, but we do know that on October 15-16, hundreds of leaders from the radio industry, automotive companies and their suppliers, advertising agencies, car dealers, and others with an interest in the "connected car" will converge on Detroit to collaborate and gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the dashboard.


Connecting The Dots On  The Connected Car

Connecting The Dots On The Connected Car

(Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Perhaps you recall a moment when I leapt from my chair to challenge the panel of automotive experts at our Radio Ink Convergence conference, when they stated that AM/FM radio could potentially disappear from the auto dashboard. That was followed up by a blog with an urgent message indicating that automakers were considering dropping broadcast radio at some point in the future. Reaction to that blog was the strongest I've ever received.


CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."


How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

How Do You Get Where You Need To Go?

The DASH connected-car conference is coming up fast -- October 15-16 in Detroit -- and innovation, both on the dash and in radio, is certain to be a hot topic. So we're pleased to announce that Cary Tilds, chief innovation officer at GroupM, will deliver a keynote address with this intriguing theme: "What Got You Here Won't Get You There."


Is Radio A College Student's Friend?

Is Radio A College Student's Friend?

What role do cars play in the lives of today's college students, and what do young people expect from their personal transportation, today and in the future? Many students are accustomed to being constantly connected, and it's clear we can expect those habits to extend to the car as in-car Internet becomes more common (and ultimately ubiquitous). And as that happens, what role will broadcast radio play for millennials on the road?



FORECAST

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."



RADIO INK

The 2014 Radio Wayne Winners

The 2014 Radio Wayne Winners

Wednesday afternoon at the Radio Show in Indianapolis, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads presented the 2014 Radio Wayne Awards to radio's best and brightest in sales and management. These awards honor 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. Congratulations to the 2014 winners!


THE 2014 40 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN RADIO

THE 2014 40 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN RADIO

On July 28, Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list was released. Bob Pittman was crowned the most powerful for the 4th year in a row. The Clear Channel CEO was followed by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. There were some familiar faces that made the list and quite a few new entries this year. In case you missed it, here is the entire list of the Most Powerful for 2014.


SEND US YOUR BLAST FROM THE PAST

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