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August 1, 2015

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Radio Has Lost $150 Million To Digital In 9 Months

Radio Has Lost $150 Million To Digital In 9 Months

Radio revenue has been, at best, flat over the last several years. Everyone knows that. What has executives scratching their head is whether or not it's just the anemic economy or if big dollars are moving to digital. According to Standard Media Index, over the past nine months, $150 million has gone directly from radio to digital. But don't feel too bad, that number is far higher for television. READ ON.

Dickey Calls Out iHeart On National Business

Dickey Calls Out iHeart On National Business

He calls it a tale of two cities with respect to national performance. What Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey is referring to is how iHeartMedia is reporting their national business is up and the rest of the industry reports natoinal down, in some cases down big. The largest national rep firm, Katz, is owned by iHeartmedia. Dickey did give iHeart credit for building their scale and investment in national infrastructure. Cumulus is building a similar large-scale company but trying to catch up, building out Westwood and NASH. Dickey says the national business problem is systemic and he aimed his comments directly at iHeartmedia. HERE'S THE FULL STORY.


iHeartMedia Q2 Revenue Increases 4%

iHeartMedia Q2 Revenue Increases 4%

On his second anniversary with the company, CFO Richard Bressler told investors automotive, medical, and healthcare and financial services were the strongest categories for the company as revenue grew from $806 million in the second quarter of 2014 to $841 million this year. Expenses for the quarter were up 5% due to event production costs and higher sales compensation expenses on the national side. iHeartRadio went over the 71 million registered-user mark and total listening hours on the app were up 23% in Q2. Sixty percent of iHeartRadio's listening in Q2 was done on a mobile device. The company continues to have $20 billion in debt with $196 million in maturities coming due in 2016 and $934 million in 2018.


Cumulus Q2 Revenue Down 8%

Cumulus Q2 Revenue Down 8%

Another big quarterly revenue drop for Cumulus, down $28.9 million for the second quarter, compared to 2014. Revenue dropped to $299.3 million from $328.2 million. More specifically, national revenue was down 10 percent while revenue across Cumulus stations was down 5 percent. Westwood One also had a tough quarter, down 17 percent. Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey says Q3 is pacing down 6 percent with national the biggest drag pacing down in the low double-digits. Westwood One is also pacing down 6 percent. Dickey said, "This has been a building year for us, to pull all these pieces together. These assets have helped us recruit top talent into the company that will help us compete moving forward."


Cumulus Could Get $95 Million For Property

Luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers is conducting due diligence on the property, which should take about 60 days. Cumulus is hoping to net between $85 and $95 million on the 75 acres in Bethesda, home to WMAL-AM. Cumulus says a deal with Toll Brothers was struck on July 8 and the plan needs to be approved by the local planning commission. Cumulus has a $10 million kicker if Toll Brothers is able to build a certain number of units in 2017.


<b>(AUDIO)</b> Greenspan: Voltair Is Increasing Ratings

(AUDIO) Greenspan: Voltair Is Increasing Ratings

Admittedly, the Research Director's Marc Greenspan says he used a small sample, however he says that after looking at pre- and post-Voltair meter exposure for several stations, he has seen more, sometimes considerably more, exposure by meter keepers after Voltair was installed. Greenspan says, "This has resulted in significant ratings increases." We wanted to dig a little deeper with Greenspan about his claims and the latest blog he circulated to the industry yesterday. LISTEN HERE.


How To Conduct Your Own Voltair Test

How To Conduct Your Own Voltair Test

(by Barry Blesser, Director of Research, Telos Alliance) Telos designed the Voltair to empower and enfranchise its owners. Aside from the detailed front panel display and remote browser interface, version 2.0 of an upcoming software upgrade (now in Beta), will provide back door access to all of the internal history data in a form that can be connected to the stations analytics tools. But there is also a very powerful tool built into the Voltair from the beginning: control of enhancement using a rear panel connector, called General Purpose Input Output (GPIO).


Mortenson Bails On WEEI Interview

Mortenson Bails On WEEI Interview

The Tom Brady deflategate saga is the gift that keeps on giving to Sports Talk Radio. So much for a reporter/journalist having a thick skin. ESPN's NFL expert Chris Mortenson canceled an interview with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan morning show. Mortenson's early reporting on the Tom Brady football deflation story turned out to be false and Mortenson has become part of the story. So, he decided he didn't want to field any questions from Dennis and Callahan, who of course, are all over the story being based in Boston. WEEI Brand Manager Kevin Graham explains what happened ...



POPULAR ON INK

Are The 40 Most Powerful Being Lulled To Sleep

Are The 40 Most Powerful Being Lulled To Sleep

(By Steve Goldstein) This week, radio executives will get their much-anticipated 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue of Radio Ink. Hate to say it, but the team at Radio Ink, while diligently assembling a list of the top radio executives, has missed several of the biggest names and biggest companies in the business. Tim Cook, Daniel Ek, and Tim Westergren arguably are doing more to change radio than just about anyone else. Big companies including Apple, Spotify, and Pandora clearly want in on the business of audio. That is an affirmation that radio is alive, and attractive. HERE'S WHY



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

McCausland Takes Over Wichita For iHeart

McCausland Takes Over Wichita For iHeart

Jeff McCausland becomes the Market President for iHeartMedia's four stations (KZCH-FM, KRBB-FM, KZSN-FM and KTHR-FM). McCausland began his career at iHeartMedia Wichita's KRBB-FM in 1990 as a seller. He went on to join KSAS-TV as LSM and then took on roles as NSM, GSM and D.O.S. He most recently served as the GM for Sinclair's KSAS-TV and KMTW-TV.


KTAR's Ned Foster Retiring

KTAR's Ned Foster Retiring

One of Arizonas most recognizable morning news, who's spent more than four decades on the radio, Ned Foster, is retiring. Fosters career has included stints at heritage stations across the country; including WBOS-FM and WBZ-AM in Boston, WOWO in Fort Wayne and KFWB-AM in Los Angeles. In Phoenix Foster has cracked the mic at KOY-AM and KTAR-AM and FM. Upon his announcement, Foster said, Its hard for me to believe how fortunate Ive been and how much fun Ive had. I am humbled and gratified beyond words that so many people over so many years found it worth their while to tune in. Thank you!


Amber Stone Takes Mid-Days at WJFX

Amber Stone Takes Mid-Days at WJFX

The station is located in Fort Wayne and owned by The Adams Radio Group. Stone joins the CHR/Top 40 station from WZRT in Rutland, VT where she held the same position. "I'm extremely excited to start the next phase in my career. Big thank you to Robbie Mack and Chris Monk for giving me this amazing opportunity to join HOT 107.9." Stone has also worked in Detroit at WDVD.



WEDNESDAY FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) The Dangers Of Discounting

(SALES) The Dangers Of Discounting

(By Spike Santee) When a local business owner sets out to learn about advertising, they often imitate or mimic what they perceive to be successful advertising. They often try to do Call to Action advertising. That's when you see or hear an advertisement for a product or service with a big discount. The advertisement says that the offer is only available for a short period of time so you "must act now," "you must call before midnight tonight," "sale ends Saturday." Make no mistake about it, Call to Action advertising can be very successful if you have enough money to do it properly.


(SOCIAL) Be Yourself & They Will Follow

(SOCIAL) Be Yourself & They Will Follow

(By Loyd Ford) Everyone is always searching for the best angle for building a perfect social media "plan." People constantly want to "game the system" and I don't blame them. After all, there is so much to do in the average day of a radio personality, radio program director, radio promotions director and all other jobs inside a radio cluster. Who has time to do everything? Who has time to dedicate to building a whole persona on social media? Perhaps that's a good place to start to make things easier, more authentic, and more successful for you and your team.


(MUSIC) I Was "Scagged" In Milwaukee

(MUSIC) I Was "Scagged" In Milwaukee

(By Lisa Miller) Please let me begin by telling you that I have been very fortunate to have been married to a radio/TV personality for over 40 years and have enjoyed going to hundreds of rock/CHR/AC/country/urban concerts, many of which I attended with my husband on behalf of the radio station he was working for at the time. I have seen everyone from the Beatles to Elvis to RHCP to Michael Jackson, Muse and Marvin Gaye.



VOLATAIR COVERAGE

A New Voltair Revelation

A New Voltair Revelation

(A message from Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) By now, everyone in the radio industry is probably sick of hearing about the controversy surrounding the Voltair unit, which supposedly boosts PPM recognition in Nielsen's ratings technology. I'm a little sick of it myself, frankly, yet since Radio Ink raised awareness of this issue, I feel we need to help bring it to a conclusion.


Albright Enters Voltair Debate

Albright Enters Voltair Debate

The raging debate as to whether Voltair is actually helping stations with ratings or not continues. Since consultant Randy Kabrich began analyzing real ratings data, going back years, and basically concluded that Voltair is not increasing ratings, the debate has gotten even more interesting. The latest to offer up an opinion is respected consultant Jaye Albright who says after a while all you start to see is contradicting and conflicting assertions. And that is certainly true. Read Jaye's full blog HERE.


The Voltair Call: Anti-Climactic

The Voltair Call: Anti-Climactic

(By Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) Nielsen clients got on a conference call today with the company to address the Voltair controversy and Nielsen addressed it by saying it doesn't support the Voltair unit. Company reps even went so far as to say they think it may introduce artifacts and noise into your audio stream. They also said they're making enhancements to the PPM service, to be introduced in the near future, and the Voltair is unnecessary. READ ON.


Now It's Telos' Turn to Explain

Now It's Telos' Turn to Explain

Many of you have spent a lot of money on a Voltair unit. Now you've been told by the ratings firm that impacts millions of dollars of revenue that comes into your industry that it does not support what the the Voltair may be doing to the ratings that control those dollars. If you take Nielsen at its word, that in some of its Voltair testing the PPM Watermark is being manipulated and, in some cases listeners can hear it, the folks at Telos Alliance should have to rebut what Nielsen representatives have said or explain why this is happening. READ ON.


Why Did Nielsen Come Out Against Voltair?

Why Did Nielsen Come Out Against Voltair?

On their special Tuesday afternoon webinar for clients when they were to reveal their Voltair testing results, Nielsen announced that they are not in support of Voltair. Nielsen stopped short of telling clients who have purchased Voltair to remove it. They also did not say that nobody is allowed to purchase the devices. Nielsen simply reiterated its "non-support for Voltair." Keep reading...


A Tense Moment For Radio, Telos Voltair, and Nielsen

A Tense Moment For Radio, Telos Voltair, and Nielsen

One of the biggest stories of the year is the discovery of an audio processor that, when placed in the audio chain of a radio station, allegedly makes radio stations more likely to get noticed by the PPM's detectors. In case you've not kept up, when PPM was launched, there was a lot of disruption in listening levels for certain formats and dayparts, and it changed the balance of audience power, market by market. READ MORE.



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SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

SEND US YOUR CLASSIC PHOTOS

Thanks to Charlie Tuna for sending us this classic when he received a studio visit from Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. Happy Days was taped next to the KHJ studios back in 1977 which is where Charlie did his morning show at the time. Send your classic photos to edryantheeditor@gmail.com


Pittman Is Radio's Most Powerful

Pittman Is Radio's Most Powerful

This week Radio Ink's most popular issue of the year will arrive in your inbox (if you're a digital subscriber) or in your mailbox (if you're a print subscriber). It will not be available online, it's for subscribers only. The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue has been published since 1996. Since 1996 only 164 people have even appeared on our list. In 2015 there remains only one executive who's been on the list since 1996. A few years ago, Bob Pittman made a $5 million bet on radio with his personal investment in Clear Channel, and, for the fifth consecutive year, Pittman is radio's most powerful person. READ ON


Do You Remember Mel?

Do You Remember Mel?

Nearly 20 years ago it was announced that GroupW/CBS Radio would be merging with Infinity Broadcasting. That would give Mel Karmazin control of 83 stations, a roster of stars including Howard Stern and Don Imus, Infinity Radio Sales, Westwood One Radio Networks and Shadow Broadcast Services. Enough power to put him on top of our power list in year one. He would remain in the top three for 8 consecutive years before leaving radio. Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays was a close second, followed by Jacor CEO Randy Michaels. At the time Clear Channel had 104 stations and Jacor owned 53. Of course, eventually those two would merge. Here's a look back at the entire 1996 list of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio.






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