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Former Broadcaster Becomes Digital Revenue Star

In every 2017 issue of Radio Ink we’ll be spotlighting companies that are generating real digital revenue for radio stations across the country. Gary Rozynek spent 33 years in radio, the first 15 working for large public companies and the last 18 with Jeff Warshaw in the first iteration of Connoisseur, back in the ’90s.

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Who Has Radio’s Best New Facilities?

Radio Ink is on the hunt for the best radio facilities in America. We will be featuring radio's best-built and best-looking, newly created studios in the March 6 issue of Radio Ink. What a great way to recognize all the hard work of your engineering team and others who put in the time and effort to construct radio's state-of-the-art workplaces. If you've built new studios, or an entirely new facility, send all the details to [email protected]. The deadline to submit is February 10.

It’s Officially Official. Pai’s Trump’s Pick

Ajit Pai is the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The White House made it official on Monday. Pai said he was deeply grateful to the President of the United States for designating him the 34th Chairman of the FCC.

Another Extension For iHeart Bond Investors

On the heels of the extension that was set to expire Monday, iHeart extended the deadline again, this time until February 3, for bondholders to exchange 2018 senior-note debt for new debt maturing in 2021.

Even More Ad Dollars Heading To Mobile

According to a new report released by BIA/Kelsey, U.S. mobile ad spending will grow from $33 billion in 2016 to $72 billion by 2021, a 17 percent compound annual growth rate. The location-targeted portion of that overall mobile ad spend is projected to grow from $12.4 billion in 2016 to $32.4 billion in 2021.

Weekly Chart Leaders Remain The Same

The Home Depot remained on top of the weekly Media Monitors chart airing just over 57,000 commercials on radio stations all over the country last week. GEICO held on to the second spot by running 48,114 spots.

A New Generation Of Radio Consumers

The U.S. Census Bureau confirms it: Millennials are now the nation’s largest generation, and nowhere is that more obvious than among the nation’s Hispanic population. Nearly six in 10 U.S. Hispanics are millennial-age or younger. That population is also growing the fastest, as one out of every four babies born in the United States today is of Hispanic descent. 

iHeartMedia Brings Capitals To FM Dial

iHeartMedia Washington, DC’s 104.7 FM, is bringing the NHL's Washington Capitals to the FM dial. The station will air every Capitals game for the remainder of the NHL season. Caps games were being heard on Hubbard's Federal News Radio in DC and some games will still be heard there.

Beasley Refreshes Hispanic Format In Tampa

Beasley's new HD-2 format in Tampa is called Playa 106.9, which will also be simulcast on 92.5 (WYUU-HD2). It will feature Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata, with artists including Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Luis Enrique.

Research Director Launches New Product

It's called Format Tracker, which the company says will provide PDs with greater insight into their station’s ratings results. The report provides a customized selection from 118 different gender/ethnic/age groups, and gives the user the information in an organized, graphical, layout.

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Switzer Comes Back To Radio

Two years after leaving Westwood One to work at a chemical solutions company, Brian Switzer is back with Westwood One. Switzer joins the company as VP/GM for Music & Entertainment -- Country, overseeing the marketing and operations of all owned and represented Country shows.

Michigan’s Morning Glory 

101.3 The Brew – “The Brew Rocks Grand Rapids” – has picked up the popular Rover’s Morning Glory show, 6-10 a.m. effective January 23. The show will continue to broadcast from its flagship station, WMMS in Cleveland.

St. Louis Welcomes Proctor To The Neighborhood

Cassiday Proctor will join the Spencer’s Neighborhood morning show on 106.5 The Arch on January 30. Proctor joins the show from WSTR-FM Atlanta’s morning show. She was also an on-air personality at CBS Radio in Charlotte, North Carolina and for Entercom in Austin.

Emmis GM To Manage Network Indiana

James Conner, the longtime GM of Emmis' Terre Haute cluster, has been named General Manager of Network Indiana. Network Indiana is a statewide news network providing news, sports, and business programming to affiliated radio stations in the state. It's owned by Emmis, which sold its five stations in Terre Haute back in October for $5.2 million.

Mark Mason Returns

iHeartMedia's News Radio 1190 KEX in Portland has launched the Mark Mason Show in the noon to 3 p.m. slot. Mason, who returns after a three-year hiatus, said, "After I lost my good friend and co-host Dave Anderson, my perspective on life changed and I wanted to return the Portland community that embraced me. I’m excited to return to the KEX family and bring my 100% hate-free brand of talk radio back to Portland.”

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SoundCloud Chooses Triton Digital In U.S.

The audio and music platform will use Triton Digital's programmatic audio advertising exchange a2x. SoundCloud’s digital audio advertising inventory in the United States will now be part of Triton’s exchange. The addition of the U.S. market expands Triton and SoundCloud’s existing partnership, which covers Australia and Canada.

DGital Media Teams With Players’ Tribune

The Players’ Tribune is launching a podcast network, in partnership with DGital Media. The network will feature oral histories, athlete-hosted podcasts, a flagship show and other series. The network debuts January 26 with Giant Steps, an oral history that chronicles the rise of the Giants’ first Super Bowl championship in 1986.

Three New Leaders At Futuri

The company announced three appointments to newly created leadership roles, Friday. All three are based in the company’s Cleveland headquarters and report directly to CEO Daniel Anstandig.

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