Radio always benefits when it hears from the buy side. An honest assessment of how radio is doing can help improve how the industry calls on and sells to agencies and advertisers. Natalie Swed Stone is US Director, National Audio Investment at OMD. She's already using programmatic to buy digital and working with Jelli to buy radio programmatically, Well, sort of. According to Swed Stone (pictured) radio needs to get up to speed on programmatic soon, and if it does it could be getting a bigger share of the advertising pie. She believes radio is still about eight months to a year away from being able to transact buys programmatically. Is radio losing business because it's dragging its feet on programmatic? Here's what Swed Stone had to say about that...
With radio revenue of $24.7 million for the first quarter of 2015, Saga communications generated about $400,000 more than it did for the same three months one year ago. On his company earnings call Tuesday, Saga CEO Ed Christian said, "Most probably, nobody in the broadcast industry is happy with Q1. It would be an overstatement to call it dismal, but there is no joy and no real spin, and most importantly, there can't be any finger-pointing." Saga's second quarter revenue is currently pacing up in the low single digits
Saga CEO Ed Christian says that's what his company's about, because that's where he feels the company is more in control of the ad dollars. Christian also wanted everyone to know what his company is not about. "We love to dominate markets. And while there are people who go around just aggregating anything they can when something comes for sale with a philosophy of we'll add it because the more we have, the more we can bulk up and struggle, and appear to be a strong radio company, that's not our philosophy and it's not our criteria." READ MORE
Tidewater Communications, a subsidiary of Saga Communications, has entered into a contract to purchase two Virginia radio stations from Gamma Broadcasting. The stations being sold are WSIG-FM/Mount Jackson and WBOP-FM/Buffalo Gap. The transaction will close later this year, pending FCC approval. Kalil & Co. acted as the exclusive broker for this transaction.
Entercom Communications announced the promotion of Louise (Weezie) Kramer to chief operating officer. Kramer has been with Entercom since 2000, serving as station group president for the past two years. Kramer is a member of Entercom's operating committee, and has been its chairperson since 2013.
If you were one of the lucky few who had the privilege of being selected for the private Google tour last year before the Convergence conference, then you know how exciting this opportunity is. We are thrilled to bring back this opportunity for 20 very lucky people, prior to Convergence 2015. Read the message from Eric Rhoads, publisher of Radio Ink right here!
Charles (Chuck) Nilosek, the co-host of a WBZ-AM/Boston-brokered show, has been charged by the Massachusetts Secretary of State of selling unregistered securities to well over 100 Massachusetts residents since 2012. Nilosek and his firm, Position Benefits, are also charged with acting as unregistered investment advisers. The Secretary of State's charges claim Nilosek used his radio show to promote his business and defraud elderly investors. More...
In our next Radio Ink Live webinar on Tuesday May 12, sales expert Paul Weyland shows you how to take control of the front end of the local direct sale -- the creative idea -- and the back end, asking for and getting an annual commitment. Paul will cover how to come up with million-dollar ideas your clients will want to buy, at rate card, then he'll show you how to do a simple ROI calculation that motivates clients to want to triple or quadruple their investment on your station, regardless of your rates, ratings, market size, or format. Be part of our Paul Weyland webinar Tuesday May 12 at 11AM Eastern. REGISTER HERE.
Alpha Media has closed on its purchase of Coast Radio Company's San Francisco Bay Area radio properties. The three California stations now officially owned by Alpha are: KUIC-FM/Vacaville, KKIQ-FM/Livermore, and KKDV-FM/Walnut Creek. The purchase price was $11,150,000. Alpha Media has been operating these stations under an LMA since February 1. Media Venture Partners brokered the deal.
Former CBS Radio President Dan Mason has established the Dan Mason Family Audio Scholarship at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The endowed scholarship will provide financial assistance to a Newhouse senior majoring in television, radio and film, with an audio concentration. The first recipient will be chosen for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Emmis Communications' Tag Station is reporting that the NextRadio app, which is available in a handful of phones for some cellular providers, is now ranked at #9 for free music apps on Android's Google Play store. The app has been downloaded a total of over 2,335,000 times.
It's become one of our most popular lists of the year. The 2015 Best PDs in America can now be seen between the pages of the latest Radio Ink magazine. And the number-one PD in America is iHeartMedia's Chris Conley. Conley programs WLTW in New York City. Every time a ratings book comes out, just like clockwork, WLTW sits on top of the pack. Not bad, in the number-one market in America.
Cumulus Media announced that it has appointed digital and social media strategist and 25-year radio veteran Lori Lewis to the newly created position of vice president of social media. Lewis comes to Cumulus from media consulting firm Jacobs Media, where she served as director of digital and social strategy for the past four years.
Cox Media Group Miami has announced that Jill Strada, director of branding and programming for WFLC/Miami, will now add the same duties for Miami sister-station WEDR. Strada joined CMG Miami in April 2014, after being APD and digital media brand manager for WBQT in Boston. Strada replaces Derrick Baker, who exited the company on Monday.
iHeartMedia, announced that syndicated talk radio host Michael Berry has signed a long-term renewal, keeping him partnered with the company through 2020. The Michael Berry Show originates from KTRH/Houston and can be heard on 13 iHeartMedia stations nationwide.
Dan Williams, WAQY/Springfield (MA) midday DJ, was struck by a truck while cycling in Ellington, CT, on Monday. According to MassLive.com, Williams suffered a broken fibula and tibia, along with severe road rash and cuts. Williams, an avid bicyclist, was preparing for an upcoming charity bike ride to raise funds for children in need.
Alpha Media announced that KINK/Portland's current afternoon host, Jared Aman, will take on the added duties of music director of the station. Aman has been with the station since June 2011 and hosting afternoons since August 2014. He replaces Brad Dolbeer, who exits the company.
According to the website Mac Rumors, Apple's new streaming service will launch in late June, along with a revised version of iTunes Radio. It is still expected that Apple will announce full details about the new service at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8.
(By Roy Williams) Sometimes I think we go through our lives trying to impress an invisible audience called "everyone." "What will everyone think?" Invisible would be bad enough, but I think "everyone" might also be imaginary. Emil Cioran was probably right when he said, "If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot."
In the latest Media Unplugged podcast by Mark Ramsey and Tom Asacker, the hosts look at a few subjects, including marketing movies like brands, and Vessel's prospects of overtaking YouTube. Additionally, the podcast looks at what a Vine superstar has in common with one of the Staples Singers, faulty statistics in determining that millennials are flooding back into movie theaters, Ben Affleck's slave cover-up, and a great co-promotion between HBO's Game of Thrones and UBER. MORE
(By Randy Lane) Flashback to 1995: I was the new program director at Star 98.7, which was the also-ran AC in Los Angeles behind KOST and KBIG. Female singer-songwriters like Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, and Melissa Etheridge were flourishing at that time. So we made the decision to switch to the Modern AC format.
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...