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January 26, 2015

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A Lesson For Radio From SkyMall's Fall

A Lesson For Radio From SkyMall's Fall

The parent company for SkyMall filed for bankruptcy last week, citing that it was a victim of the times. New rules on airlines and tech that allows smartphones and tablets during flights, just nibbled away at the mainstay of the seat-back pocket. Airline passengers once held captive during their flight, have new ways to pass their time. Sound familiar? The parallels between in-flight and in-dash draw some compelling comparisons. Continue Reading...


INDUSTRY NEWS

(AUDIO) How I Cracked Market Number One

(AUDIO) How I Cracked Market Number One

Monday marks Edgar "Shoboy" Sotelo's second week on-air in New York at 92.3 Amp. After a couple of hours of airchecking Sotelo it sounds like he's acclimating well. One of the hardest things for a new host in a new market is not sounding like an outsider, sounding like you're plugged into the community. Sotelo talks to Radio Ink in an exclusive audio interview Here.


Alpha Snags Four In Virginia

Alpha Snags Four In Virginia

Last week, Alpha announced it was picking up stations in the Bay Area. Friday morning Alpha entered into a definitive agreement to purchase four Virginia radio stations from Free Lance-Star Radio. Included are WFLS-FM and WNTX-AM in Fredericksburg, VA, WVBX-FM in Spotsylvania, VA, and WWUZ-FM in Bowling Green, VA. Continue reading...


iHeartRadio Goes Over 60 Million User Mark

iHeartRadio Goes Over 60 Million User Mark

iHeartMedia announced Friday that they have surpassed 60 million registered users and 90 million uniques. The company points out that registered listening doesn't account for the users who listen to live radio without registering, suggesting that the app's total reach is greater. Continue reading...


Nielsen: The Holidays Were A Hit On AC Radio

Nielsen: The Holidays Were A Hit On AC Radio

Nielsen reports that after two years of declining holiday listening, AC posted gains in all demographics. AC traditionally leads the pack with holiday formats and 2014 was no exception, coming in #1 across PPM markets in the holiday book for 6+ and 25-54 listeners, and second behind CHR in the 18-34. More...


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


SiriusXM's Pre-Owned Dealer Program A Big Hit

SiriusXM's Pre-Owned Dealer Program A Big Hit

The program now has over 15,000 auto dealers enrolled in it. Introduced in 2011, the program allows dealers to provide subscriptions to pre-owned vehicles with a factory-installed satellite radio. More...


KNX Wins Seven Golden Mikes

KNX Wins Seven Golden Mikes

Saturday, at the 65th annual Golden Mike Awards, KNX took home seven awards, including the Best News honors. The awards are presented annually for excellence in radio, TV, and Internet broadcast journalism by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. More...


CRS Offering Day & Panel Passes

CRS Offering Day & Panel Passes

Day passes are back at the Country Radio Seminar as is the $99 unemployment rate. Single-day and panel passes will be available on-site. Single-day passes are $200 and panel passes are $40 per panel. Day passes include access to panels, speakers, luncheons, and networking destinations for that day, with the exception of Friday's New Faces of Country Music show. More information is available at the CRS site.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

WGN Releases Longtime Traffic Reporter

WGN Releases Longtime Traffic Reporter

The Chicagoland Radio and Media Blog has all the details about Leslie Keiling being let go from WGN. She had been a traffic reporter and co-host with the station since 2004 and one of the most respected traffic reporters on Chicago radio for 30 years. In 1988 Keiling was on the air WLS-AM with radio legend Larry Lujack. In the 80's, she was given the on-air radio name "Lane Closure" by Steve Dahl and from 1999-2003, she was the traffic reporter and co-host of John Landecker's popular morning show on WJMK-FM.


Chuck Moves From Florida To D.C.

Chuck Moves From Florida To D.C.

Tommy Chuck is the new program director at WIHT-FM HOT 99.5/D.C. Chuck spent the last eight years as program director and digital director for WFLZ and WMTX in Tampa. Chuck's previous stints include WQEN/Birmingham and WXXL/Orlando. More...


TV & Radio Legend Joe Franklin Dies

TV & Radio Legend Joe Franklin Dies

Often credited as the creator of the American TV talk show, Joe Franklin died on Saturday at the age of 88. Franklin began his career at the age of 14 working behind the scenes on the Kate Smith Hour and at 16 as a record picker on on Martin Block's Make Believe Ballroom. Franklin was listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running continuous on-air TV talk show host.More...


Roth Moves From Cumulus To Alpha

Roth Moves From Cumulus To Alpha

Alpha Media in Portland, Oregon says Indianapolis afternoon host and Q100 Atlanta midday talent, McKinzie Roth has joined Alpha Media's 98.7 The Bull as morning co-host. McKinzie was with Cumulus for two years while also hosting a weekly television program "Crowd Surfing" for Comcast. She's worked for CBS, FOX and has served as an official NBA emcee for the Indiana Pacers.


ESPN Audio Revamps Weekend Lineup

ESPN Audio Revamps Weekend Lineup

Eight new shows are being added to ESPN Audio weekends throughout the month of January. Included in the additions are espnW Presents: Spain & Prim, debuting January 24, and the Marty & McGee Podcast now becomes a weekly show. More...


Former Detroit Host Reilly Heads To Midland

Former Detroit Host Reilly Heads To Midland

Brazos Communications of West Texas has hired Gillian Reilly at Country outlet KHKX (KICKS FM 99.1) as a co-host for its morning show. Reilly replaces the retiring Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole. She most recently co-hosted mornings at WDZH-FM in Detroit. Brazos Market Manager John Moesch told WRT.com, "Gillian's a sensational talent who brings a tremendous amount of professionalism, passion, energy, and creativity to a big, locally programmed radio station. Her experience as a major market talent is a great fit for KICKS-99.1."


Peter Z Named PD 99.5 Nash/Birmingham

Peter Z Named PD 99.5 Nash/Birmingham

99.5 FM NASH Icon in Birmingham has a new PD. Peter Z moves into the position from Cumulus St. Augustine, FL, where he was director of ops at WYRE-FM 105.5. Peter Z was previously at 98.7 KLUV in Dallas, WGRR-FM/Cincinnati, and GM of WAQZ-FM, WSAI-AM, and WAOZ-AM in Cincinnati. More...


97.3 Milwaukee Revamps Lineup

97.3 Milwaukee Revamps Lineup

Beginning Monday, Milwaukee CHR WRNW 97.3 Radio Now is making additions to its programming. Brett Andrews will be handling PMD from 4-7 p.m. and Aaron Rogers 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Elvis Duran still anchors the morning drive slot, but the new additions give the station an all-local air-staff beyond AMD. More...


Rogers Returns To Louisville On 100.5 MYfm

Rogers Returns To Louisville On 100.5 MYfm

Longtime Louisville radio personality Vicki Rogers will join 100.5 MYfm for middays starting Monday 26. Jonathan Shuford, program director 100.5 MYfm, says, "Adding a wonderful, well-known personality like Vicki Rogers is an incredible asset. She's been a mainstay in the local media for nearly 15 years."


KMIC-AM/Houston Sale Closes

KMIC-AM/Houston Sale Closes

Filed on Friday at the Commission, Radio Disney Group sells KMIC-AM Houston to DAIJ Media. Closing price was $3.2 million.



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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