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Westwood One All Over Both Conventions

In our continued coverage of how radio is covering the two political conventions, today we check in with our friends at Westwood One. In Cleveland, the Westwood team included correspondents Bob Costantini, Jim Roope, Alan Scaia, and Karin Caifa. Chas Henry anchored longform coverage and Michael Toscano anchored evening short form special reports.

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Walgreens Jumps Into Top Three

The Home Depot and GEICO held onto their top spots, 1st and 2nd respectively, in the weekly Media Monitors chart. Walgreens moved up from 10th to 3rd by airing 28,439 commercials last week.
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Throwback Station For Savannah-Hilton Head

Alpha Media’s G100 Savannah-Hilton Head has launched as “The Throwback Station!” and playing favorite throwbacks like the Notorious B.I.G., Snoop, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and many more. Savannah favorites Mia Amini will host middays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Mark “Shark” Ediss takes afternoons from 2 to 7 p.m. The station was previously Rhythmic CHR WXYY (Y100).
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WFNZ Charlotte Taking Sports To FM Dial

Beasley Media Group’s Sports Radio WFNZ The Fan in Charlotte, NC, is broadening its reach with the move to the FM dial, simulcasting on 102.5 FM. WFNZ was initially only found on 610AM and HD Radio frequency 1037-2. The station is the official home of the Charlotte Hornets and Charlotte 49ers football, as well as the Davidson Wildcats and ECU Pirates.

KKSF San Francisco Flips to ESPN Deportes

iHeart pulls the plug on the news-talker for Spanish Sports in San Francisco. Gil Gross joked on his Facebook page that listeners may have been confused by his decision to do the show in Spanish. "It was the only way I could think of to show up Trump's speech. Or it could be that ESPN came by with a big check and Talk910 is now ESPN Deportes."

Another Stellar Endorsement For Radio

For years radio has been dodging daggers from companies claiming they are the new shiny delivery system and radio is an old and dead medium. Tell that to Brandon Lancaster of the new Country band called LANco. Lancaster tells Sounds Like Nashville he couldn't believe it when he heard the band's new single being played on Country radio.
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Teach Your Advertisers Why They Should Buy Radio

(By Bob McCurdy) I had the good fortune of spending a considerable amount of time over the years with a giant in the advertising business, Erwin Ephron. You don’t get named by American Demographics magazine as one of the five most influential media people in the past 25 years (2003) by not being pretty good. Erwin’s gifts were many but one of his most notable was being able to make the complicated, simple.
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Your Listener Is In A Silo

(By Jeff McHugh) Benchmarks are an essential component for a successful radio show or podcast. Packaged features like “Carpool Karaoke” on The Late Show with James Cordon or “Can’t Beat Kelly” on Fresh FM’s The Tommy Show in Washington, D.C., get listeners familiar with content and characters fast.
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Take Advantage Of A Negative Social Media Environment

(By Loyd Ford) With all the politics and violence that is occupying social media, don’t you think people are looking for fun and entertainment? Of course they are! How will you respond? By taking advantage of this opportunity. You’re in radio!
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Indifference Makes A Difference

(By Ronald Robinson) “People tend to get accustomed to their circumstances.” This was a general observation provided by my H/R trainer. He added, “Even when some situations become extremely uncomfortable or even intolerable, we are likely to accept those, as well.” Radio is in one of those very states – and radio tolerates it. Radio also does so without much internal awareness, grumbling, or angst.

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Lafayette Sports Talker Arrested

The Advocate has the details about Jordy Hultberg who police say pushed his wife into a dresser when she caught him with another woman. Hultberg was booked for domestic abuse battery and simple battery. He was released Saturday on $4,000 bail. Hultberg hosts the 2-4 shift on 103.7 FM "The Game" in Lafayette. Delta Media Corporation owns the station.
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Beckles Joins The Bone

Tampa’s 102.5 The Bone is adding long-time Tampa talk personality Ian Beckles as of August 7. Beckles previously worked for sports talker WDAE, but he's been off the in Tampa since 2015. The Ian Beckles Show will air Sunday's from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

John Belitsos Joins iHeart Board

Belitsos is a Principal at Bain Capital. Prior to joining Bain in 2005, Belitsos worked at Goldman Sachs where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions for companies in the technology, media, and telecommunications industries.

The Fan Denver Moves Clough Up In Lineup

Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan (KKFN-FM) is moving 37-year radio veteran Sandy Clough to the 10 a.m.-12 p.m. timeslot.
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B98.5 Plays Gender Game, Raises Serious Questions

Ever heard a guy say to one of his buddies something like: “You run like a girl”? Well, that whole gender put-down has become big radio in Atlanta. Melissa Carter of B98.5 (WSB-FM/Atlanta) was featured on HLN’s The Daily Share on July 20 regarding the Tad & Melissa Show’s segment “Your Man ____ Like a Girl” discussing the phrase “’Like a girl’…is it hurtful or harmless?”

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It’s Official. NPR Moving to Triton

As we reported yesterday, Triton Digital will now provide the streaming technology for NPR. It was made official in a press release Monday. The deal deepens the relationship between the two companies.

DGital Media, Fortune Unveil New Podcast

DGital Media is partnering with Fortune to launch “Fortune Unfiltered,” which will feature CEOs, thought leaders, executives and other influencers in business today. The first podcast launched Monday.

AdLarge Picks Up Unnecessary Podcast

It's a national ad sales agreement for the Completely Unnecessary Podcast which has over 30,000 downloads per episode and 200,00 YouTube subscribers. The show covers pop culture topics such as games, movies and comics. It's hosted by writer and gamer Punk Pat Contri, along with fellow gamer, Ian Ferguson. The show is produced every other week.

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