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August 21, 2014

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Radio Needs to be Cool Again

Radio Needs to be Cool Again

This may be a theme we hear a lot at the Radio Show next month, especially with the show in Indianapolis...HQ for Emmis...the creator of NextRadio. Many Radio CEO's and managers believe NextRadio is the solution to making radio cool again. They say the digital interaction NextRadio provides listeners with their favorite local station, without sucking up data, will bring young listeners back into the radio tent and make radio cool again. Digity President and CEO Dean Goodman, who has been on a radio station buying tear of late, and who appears on the cover of Radio Ink magazine this week agrees with the assessment that radio has lost its cool factor.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Study: Radio Satisfies Listeners More Than Pandora

That's the conclusion the team and NuVoodoo comes to after surveying about 1100 people and asking them which service they desire more when listening to ten songs in a row. NuVoodoo VP of Research Leigh Jacobs said: What we wanted to learn was whether Pandoras algorithms do a better job creating an enjoyable playlist for consumers than the researched and carefully curated playlists that Broadcast programmers sweat over day in, day out. Its Pandoras technology against radios research and decades of experience." So what were the results?


CBS Promotes Mike Thomas

CBS Promotes Mike Thomas

CBS radio has named Mike Thomas Vice President of sports programming. Thomas joins Mark Chernoff in overseeing CBS radio's nearly 30 sports formatted stations and CBS Sports Radio. Thomas has been PD for CBS radio Bostons WZLX-FM since 2006 and 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) since 2009. Prior to joining CBS, Thomas was PD/midday host at KGB in San Diego. He also programmed WFBQ in Indianapolis, WTUE and WXEG in Dayton, and WYMG in Springfield, Ill. Thomas will continue to serve as CBS radio's head of programming in Boston while also guiding the on-air presentation and strategic planning for 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) and 100.7 Classic Rock (WZLX-FM).


Video Ads More Powerful Than Radio, TV.

Radio sellers hear it all the time, many advertisers consider Television their first choice before considering a buy on radio. Even Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan in an upcoming cover story in Radio Ink magazine admits Television is perceived as cooler than radio. "Our problem is their perception is as a primary medium. You have to buy TV. Our perception is secondary or tertiary. The perception is what really kills us. We have to change that perception. If we could be cool again, it would change everything." A new study released by Rocket Fuel concludes, at least for the competitive Insurance category, video ads have become the coolest of them all.


Cincinnati Talker Indicted for Shooting Wife

Cincinnati Talker Indicted for Shooting Wife

Cincinnati.com reports Blake Seylhouwer was indicted by a grand jury yesterday. He's charged with domestic violence and felonious assault and faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in jail. The 37-year old WKRC-AM (550) talker is accused of arguing with his wife and firing a hunting rifle in her direction. The shot hit the driveway sending concrete pieces toward her, wounding her leg, stomach and forehead. She was released from the hospital the same day. Seylhouwer hosts "Small Business Sunday" on WKRC-AM. A quick scan of the station website shows Seylhouwer is no longer listed anywhere.


Storm Destroys KNIX Host Matt McAllister's Home

Storm Destroys KNIX Host Matt McAllister's Home

Lightning struck McAllister's Pheonix house Tuesday afternoon creating a 10-foot hole in the roof forcing McAllister and his family to find somewhere else to live for now. He tells The Arizona Republic he spent the day crying and laughing. "First you're trying to get your head around what's just happened to your home and the fact that you can't live there anymore. Then you're laughing, like, is this really happening to us?" McAllister, his fiancee and her two kids moved into the home three months ago, which was just remodeled. His fiancee was home alone when the storm hit. (Picture courtesy Arizona Republic.)


Benztown Makes the Inc. Magazine List

Benztown Makes the Inc. Magazine List

Inc. Magazine has named Benztown one of Americas Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the second consecutive year. Benztown increased sales 796% since the start of 2010, placing it at number 596 on this years list of 5,000 companies. Benztown ranks as the 8th fastest-growing private company in America out of the 60 companies in the Media sector. Last year, the company debuted on the list at number 983. Benztown CEO Andreas Sannemann said, I'm super excited we made the list two times in a row and improved our rank compared to last year. This is a pure team success and a milestone for the company. I am proud to work amongst and with the most talented people in the business.


Sun Growing Fast

Sun Growing Fast

Inc. Magazine announced today that Sun Broadcast Group has made its annual list. The Inc. 5000 list, released today, ranks the countrys fastest-growing private companies according to percentage of revenue growth over three years. During the period measured to make this year's list, Suns revenue jumped more 520%. In that time the company also added 15 full time positions between its New York City and Boca Raton offices.


Greater Media Becomes Part Of Jeter Corn Maze

Greater Media Becomes Part Of Jeter Corn Maze

This picture comes from VonThun Farms in South Brunswick, New Jersey, about 55 miles south of Yankee Stadium. The corn maze, with the retiring Derek Jeter's face, will be open from September 20 through Halloween as part of VonThun Farms' fall activities. As media partner, Greater Media's Magic 98.3 received a logo inclusion (on the bottom) and gave input on the final design of the maze. The maze is receiving tons of national exposure and so are the Greater Media call letters.


KYW's Donahue Retiring After Five Decades In Philly

KYW's Donahue Retiring After Five Decades In Philly

KYW Newsradio's morning co-anchor Harry Donahue will be retiring from the station tomorrow, after a career spanning five decades in Philadelphia. Donahue joined KYW in 1973 after starting his career as an announcer for the former WPBS-FM radio (now WUSL-FM), and as a manager of media relations for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He says he couldn't believe he was hired by the station. It was, and remains, the preeminent radio station in Philadelphia. Ive done what I always wanted to do. To work in my hometown and having been part of this iconic radio station it just doesnt get any better.



SPORTS TALK

Gottlieb Simulcast Starts Monday

Gottlieb Simulcast Starts Monday

The Doug Gottlieb Show will debut its Television simulcast on Monday from a new set located at the CBS sports radio studios in New York City. Gottlieb is heard live Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00 PM, ET. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158


KFWB In L.A. To Carry NFL And NCAA

As part of its all-sports format set to launch in early September, KFWB 980 in Los Angeles will carry a full schedule of NFL and NCAA play-by-play, and the USC sports spotlight, Trojans Live, will return for another season. KFWB will be the exclusive L.A. radio home for Westwood Ones coverage of all NFL Sunday night, Monday night, and Thursday night games beginning September 4 when Green Bay takes on Seattle. KFWB will also offer a full slate of Westwood Ones coverage of NCAA football, starting September 6 when Michigan State visits Oregon.


CBS Sports Launches Weekend Football Programming

Beginning Saturday, August 30, CBS Sports Radio anchor Rich Ackerman will host Eye on College Football from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. ET. The show includes reports from college football games, and interviews with coaches, players, broadcasters, and writers. On Sunday mornings, beginning September 7, Mike Francesas Football Sunday, featuring the WFAN-AM/FM host, will be broadcast on the local NY station as well as the network from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Also starting September 7, CBS Sports Radio will simulcast CBSSports.coms Fantasy Football Today from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon ET. The show will provide late-breaking fantasy football news and updates. And from 12 Noon-8 p.m. ET, Eye on Football will offer a national perspective on all of the day's NFL games.


The Game Names Ragozino PD/Afternoon Host

The Game Names Ragozino PD/Afternoon Host

Alpha Media in Portland, Oregon announced that 750 The Game (KXTG-AM) has named Mike Ragozino PD and Afternoon Host. Ragozino was born and raised in the shadows of Shea Stadium in Queens and became obsessed with Sports Talk Radio and the birth of WFAN in New York. After programming classic rock for 12 years he became PD and hosted AM Drive at an all sports station in South Bend when it flipped from rock to sports



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Cox Picks Up Dana Loesch On Six Stations

Cox Picks Up Dana Loesch On Six Stations

Radio America announced Cox has added The Dana Show on the talker's WSB-Atlanta, WGAU-FM/AM Athens, WOKV-FM/AM Jacksonville, WDBO-FM Orlando, KRMG-FM/AM Tulsa, and WHIO-FM/AM in Dayton. CMG VP of Marketing and News-Talk-Sports Format Leader Nick Roberts said, "Cox Media Group strongly believes in growing new talk talent -- people who can be the next superstars. We believe Dana has the ability to reach the next generation of listeners."


Mason Leaves CBS Boston For Cox Tampa

Mason Leaves CBS Boston For Cox Tampa

Dan Mason (pictured) is the new operations manager for WSUN-FM 97X, WPOI-FM HOT 101.5, and 102.5 The Bone WHPT-FM. Mason will also serve as HOT 101.5 WPOI-FM's director of branding and programming. Previously, Mason served as PD at CBS Boston's 103.3 Amp Radio. He's also worked as PD at 107.9 (KDND) and Star 106.5 (KBZC) in Sacramento, Y100 in Miami, and 96.5 Kiss FM (WAKS) in Cleveland.


Ebright Lights Up Afternoons In D.C.

Ebright Lights Up Afternoons In D.C.

WBIG/BIG 100.3, Washingtons Classic Rock, announced today that Brent Ebright has been named afternoon host and assistant program director. Ebright has been working at WRKZ in Columbus, Ohio for the past two years. Prior to that he was the program director of Squizz and Boneyard at Sirius XM Radio. Ebright said, I'm beyond excited for the huge opportunity to be joining the staff at the station that rocks the nation's capital, WBIG! James Howard is a talented and creative programmer and I look forward to working alongside him."


Logan To Host Mornings And Program WNCV

Logan To Host Mornings And Program WNCV

The Cumulus AC station is located in Fort Walton Beach and Logan heads south from Clear Channel Philadelphia where he was for 14 years, the last eight as Morning Host/APD and Music Director for WISX/Mix106.1. Cumulus Regional VP Pete De Simone says Logan fills a newly created position for the station and cluster a dedicated PD for Coast 93.3. The position was previously a shared PD position and held by our CHR PD. Adding Logan creates individual focus for both our AC and CHR brands and adds a major market morning talent to our programming line-up.


Horn Leaves Clear Channel For Cumulus In Florida

Horn Leaves Clear Channel For Cumulus In Florida

Cumulus names Jeff Horn PD and afternoon drive host for NASH FM 105.5 WYZB in Fort Walton Beach/Destin. Horn replaces Skip Davis who has taken a newly created position as production director for the Fort Walton Beach/Destin cluster. Horn joins Cumulus after nine years with Clear Channel as operations manager for five stations in Tallahassee, and PD at Country station 94.9 WTNT-FM. He also spent seven years in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, where he worked for WHYI/Y-100, as well as K102 and 96X.


Stephan Does Ice Bucket OF MILK Challenge

Stephan Does Ice Bucket OF MILK Challenge

To highlight the drought in California and promote water conservation, radio host and dairy farmer Doug Stephan accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge using iced milk instead of water. He challenges Mancow Muller, Don Imus, Bill Bennett and Uri Geller. Watch the scene take place on Stephans Eastleigh Farm while live on the air in Framingham, Mass. HERE.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(WIZARD)</b> The Electricity Of Opposites

(WIZARD) The Electricity Of Opposites

(By Roy Williams) Its in our nature to seek reinforcement of our preferences. We cling to the familiar and want more of the same. Until we grow tired of it. Repetition deepens perception, but with it comes predictability and cliche. Do you want to elevate interest? Capture attention? Never grow old? Would you like to create radio formats and ad campaigns and characters in fiction that sparkle and dance and live?


<b>(SALES)</b> To Sell the Truth

(SALES) To Sell the Truth

(By Paul Weyland) This article is about teaching clients a much better way to reach out and turn consumers into their loyal customers. Its about how clients can attract new customers without ever having to put their product or service on sale. Have you ever had a revelation so powerful that you just clasped your hand to your forehead and went, Wow! And its so simple and easy! Well, that happened to me a couple of years ago when I discovered something about my local direct clients that I had failed to recognize for nearly 40 years.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> Social Media With Purpose For Local Radio

(SOCIAL) Social Media With Purpose For Local Radio

(By Loyd Ford) Great radio has always been about engaging the local community at a high level and being a part of exciting things happening locally, so that you amplify those things important to the community and your listeners. I know, youre thinking it has always been about money. My feeling has always been that if you do the right things, ratings and revenue will appear and then grow. So, why isnt social media like that for radio?



RECENT STORIES

Disney's Devastating Signal About Radio

Disney's Devastating Signal About Radio

(By Eric Rhoads) Way way back, I think it was about 1998, I made a prediction in Radio Ink that talked about how one day all of radio would be digital and online and we would see a time when AM and FM stations were no longer the primary means of distributing our programming. I went so far as to say that some would sell off their properties because they were no longer needed. I got lots of hate mail on that one.



FRIDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> 40 Ways To Improve Sales Performance

(SALES) 40 Ways To Improve Sales Performance

(By Matt Sunshine) Sticking with the Top 40 issues theme, Ive put together a list of 40 ways you can improve sales performance. 1. Make sure you have a highly talented sales team. After all, its the people that make the biggest difference. 2. Align the right people with the right assignments. Not everyone is great at doing everything. The better you can match talent to task, the better the results will be.


<b>(SALES MANAGEMENT)</b> High Times

(SALES MANAGEMENT) High Times

(By Jon Horton) It doesnt take much to get me going. Because I believe that the ability to price aggressively will elevate sellers from good to great, Im ready to discuss this topic at the drop of a hat. In this case, my motivation came from recent articles by two sales trainers for whom I have profound respect. With apologies to them, Ill paraphrase a few of their words.


<b>(TALENT)</b> No Radio For Rocky

(TALENT) No Radio For Rocky

(By Ron Robinson) As a younger jock pulling afternoon drive and playing in a band on weekends, I had enough coin in my jeans to drive around and hit all the fast-food outlets. I was doing the spots for an independent outfit that sold tons of burgers at way under market price (and quality). So, easy access to a lousy diet was never an issue. This foodys radio expenses, like his burgers, would choke a horse. Our station was Top 40 budget locked in.



DASH 2014

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."



FORECAST

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Katz's Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development and growth of our industry and has shown true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."



RADIO INK

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

40 Most Powerful People In Radio

On July 28, Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list was released. Bob Pittman was crowned the most powerful for the 4th year in a row. The Clear Channel CEO was followed by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey and CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason. There were some familiar faces that made the list and quite a few new entries this year. In case you missed it, here is the entire list of the Most Powerful for 2014.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR SALESPEOPLE

The Programming Department at your radio station is very good at telling us when they hire a new PD, morning show or afternoon drive jock. And we love to write about them. We also know how important salespeople and sales managers are. They are grinding it out on the streets with more competition than ever in an economy without a Mustang engine. We also want to brag about your sellers. Tell us all about your new sales hires, Sales Manager promotions or company award winners. Everyone loves to see their name in lights...some like the extra pat on the back more than money in their pocket. Send all the details - and a photo - to edryantheeditor@gmail.com


Digital Sales Success Stories

If you have one, we want to hear about it. Are you killing it in digital sales, bringing local clients results using all of your digital products? Do your clients look to you as the go-to digital expert in your market? You are a rare bird in our indusrty and we want to hear about you and your story today. Call or e-mail Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan at 239-247-3833 or edryantheeditor@gmail.com.


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