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April 23, 2014

Top Story

Boston Pirates Worse Than First Thought

Boston Pirates Worse Than First Thought

The plight of Boston Pirate radio station Touch 106 has generated a lot of interest from broadcasters. One Boston GM tells Radio Ink the situation in Boston is a lot worse than anyone knows. There's even a website that keeps track of the Pirate stations, what happens to them, and what doesn't (CLICK HERE). The Governor defended Touch 106, even though he knows it's illegal, after the feds shut the station down. The Boston GM Radio Ink spoke to says, "It's odd that Patrick has praised an illegal station operator who, for years, has been outwardly defiant towards towards a major government agency."


INDUSTRY NEWS

Smulyan Pushes Chip on Wall Street

Smulyan Pushes Chip on Wall Street

In an interview the day his company was at the NASDAQ, where the Emmis stock trades, CEO Jeff Smulyan sat down for an interview where he continued to push the FM Chip as the future of radio, touting the 30 million Sprint phones now FM-enabled. Smulyan also touched on NextRadio, SiriusXM, Pandora, the culture at Emmis and his first quarter earnings. And he answers the question, should investors be looking at radio again? Watch the Smulyan interview HERE


Big Earnings Day Today

We won't hear from any radio companies, however, the three companies reporting earnings are certainly of interest to the radio industry. At 8AM SiriusXM will host a conference call regarding first quarter 2014 earnings. report 1st quarter earnings. In January the company reported it had ended 2013 with 25.56 million subscribers. At 8:30AM, Nielsen will hold its first quarter conference call. And, at 5PM, Pandora checks in with Wall Street. Analysts surveyed by FactSet have expect Pandora to report sales of about $178.2 million and report a loss of 14 cents a share.


Four More Years For Matt Siegel

Four More Years For Matt Siegel

He's been entertaining Boston for more than 30 years and that run will continue. Clear Channel Boston has extended its contract with Matt Siegel through 2018. Siegel is the host of the "Matty in the Morning" show on Kiss 108 in Boston and a two-time NAB Marconi winner (2001 and 2009) for Major Market Personality of the Year. Siegel kept his comments shorts and sweet. "My wonderful love story with the city of Boston continues," said Siegel.


<b>(AUDIO) </b>How Will The iHeartRadio Network Work?

(AUDIO) How Will The iHeartRadio Network Work?

They built it, now it's time to sell it. After creating a digital delivery platform, loading it with content, building a brand out of it, and creating ancillary products - such as festivals - on the back of that brand, the time has come to generate revenue. By announcing iHeartRadio is available as a network to advertisers, Clear Channel is hoping to generate new revenue, from big and small advertisers. The network was rolled out to Clear Channel salespeople this week.


Running Boston For A Cause

Running Boston For A Cause

Greater Media Market Manager Rob Williams trained for the 2014 Boston Marathon as best he could. The brutally cold winter the Northeast experienced was not exactly ideal for outdoor running. However Williams, and several other Greater Media Boston employees finished the race and raised quite a bit of money for a Boston-based charity called Cradles to Crayons. We had a chance to speak to Williams about Monday, which was a very emotional day for the City of Boston.


WEEI's Minihane: "Best Marathon Ever"

WEEI's Minihane: "Best Marathon Ever"

Kirk Minihane is part of the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show on Boston Sports Talker WEEI-FM. Minihane also ran the Boston Marathon Monday and finished with a respectable time of 4:08:59. Minihane has run 11 marathons, this was his second Boston event and he said the experience was unbelievable. "There were so many people on the course, you felt like a rock star for the day." Minihane says he just wanted to be part of the event and he had tears in his eyes, especially coming down Boylston street. You can watch an interview with Minihane about the run HERE.


Emmis Makes Investment In Funkmaster Flex

Emmis Makes Investment In Funkmaster Flex

It's a joint venture between Emmis and Flexco, owned by HOT 97 personality Funkmaster Flex, and gives Emmis a 40 percent stake in the company. The plan is to build a network of owned-and-operated digital platforms for Emmis biggest personalities. Flex has built a large online and mobile audience with InFlexWeTrust.com and the DJ Funk Flex mobile app and will be working with other Emmis personalities to develop similar digital footprints. Emmis plans to develop a network of sites, apps, and social networks with the unique entertainment and news content young audiences and advertisers desire.


Festival Delayed Due to Debris

The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that Clear Channel's annual Powerfest urban music festival scheduled for Saturday will be delayed until late Summer because the Augusta fairgrounds are still cluttered by debris from a February Ice Storm. The City claims heavy rain has prevented cleanup of the fairgrounds in time for the concert. All tickets sold will be honored for the later date.


SEND US YOUR BLAST FROM THE PAST

SEND US YOUR BLAST FROM THE PAST

Our "Blast From The Past" page in Radio Ink is our most popular page. We love your old pictures, ancient studio equipment, classic station vehicles and other great radio memories. Send pictures edryantheeditor@gmail.com. Here we have a young Steve Wexler, now Executive Vice President for Journal Broadcast Group.



TRENDING STORY

The Benevolent Pirate

The Benevolent Pirate

(by Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads) By now you've heard about "Touch 106," a pirate radio station that was recently raided by the FCC in Boston. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is reportedly unhappy that Touch 106 was shut down after eight years of operation, saying it has been an important voice for the black community and that he has been interviewed on the station multiple times. There are so many issues raised by this story.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Maisano Joins Clear Channel To Run Greensboro

Maisano Joins Clear Channel To Run Greensboro

Adam Maisano is the new VP/MM for the Clear Channel Greensboro cluster. Maisano spent 12 years with the Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, before stepping down to help a family member deal with an illness this past December. Maisano, who starts immediately, said, "Returning to Clear Channel in the Triad is essentially coming full circle in my career. To manage these heritage radio brands in the same market where I first cut my teeth in local sales is something I couldnt have envisioned 20 years ago. Its great to be home!"


Bustell Named Hubbard's VP/Market Research

Bustell Named Hubbard's VP/Market Research

Mike Bustell joins Hubbard, from The Media Audit, as VP of Market Research. Hubbard Executive VP/COO Drew Horowitz said, "I am thrilled to have someone of Mikes caliber joining Hubbard Radio to create an entirely new revenue stream for the company. In a slow-growth or no-growth environment it is incumbent on us to develop new revenue models to keep our business on a growth trajectory. Mike will bring an innovative approach to our sales teams helping them develop new revenue categories and expand our current account expenditures with programs that deliver results.


Harrington Named GSM At WPLM

Joe Harrington joins WPLM Plymouth, MA, from CBS Outdoor and GoLocal24.com. He also served 8 years as VP/GM at WEEI-FM in Providence and held sales management positions at Infinity Promotions Group, WZLX/Classic Rock 100.7, Bloomberg Business Radio, and WHDH Radio in Boston. Harrington began his radio sales career as an AE at WTTP, WRKO, and WSSH in Boston.


Cape Cod Hires Wilson As Promotion Manager

Cape Cod Hires Wilson As Promotion Manager

Cat Wilson joins Cape Cod Broadcasting from Cape Cod Harley-Davidson where she was marketing manager. Wilson will also host The Cheap Seats on Ocean 104.7 on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. Wilson won her first broadcasting award for The Cheap Seats in 1997 from the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. In 2012, she won several more awards for her dedication to independent music from Limelight Magazine as well as The New England Music Awards.


Ladao Moves To KQMQ In Hawaii

Ladao Moves To KQMQ In Hawaii

Jovan Ladao (aka Phat Joe) is joining 931 Da Paina (KQMQ-FM) in Honolulu as Music Director and mid-day host. Ladao began his radio career in the Hawaii market, as an intern in 1998, as an event coordinator. For the past 8 years, he was the Music Director and Afternoon Drive On-Air Personality at Island 985 (KDNN-FM).


Who Are the Most Influential Women in Radio?

Who Are the Most Influential Women in Radio?

Every June, Radio Ink magazine highlights the tremendous accomplishments of radio's most successful women. For the past 15 years, our Most Influential Women in Radio issue has been one of our most popular, as every woman we profile gives specific details on how she got into radio and climbed up the ladder of success. Also in this issue, we highlight a radio legend, someone who has, year after year, had tremendous success in radio and has also moved the industry forward in a positive way. Send your nominations to edryantheeditor@gmail.com.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SOCIAL)</b> Your Social Media Content Plan

(SOCIAL) Your Social Media Content Plan

(By Loyd Ford) When it comes right down to it, many radio clusters and individual radio stations dont have an effective social media plan designed to help them get results for goals they have for engaging actual local audience and for growing higher participation with their brand or brands. Thats a shame. With a little focus, effort and consistency, you could actually turn your social media into a powerful set of tools for growing social media presence, ratings, and even local-direct revenue for your cluster.


<b>(TALENT)</b> Green Side Up

(TALENT) Green Side Up

(By Ron Robinson) In a recent article, the writer singled out radio station copywriters whether they were actual members of an actual creative department or the forlorn and reluctant salespeople who also got saddled with the job of typing the hype. They were noted for being compelled by management to write copy that was, at best, "not offensive." Now, theres a strategy for producing wildly successful advertising!


<b>(COPYWRITING)</b> Hold the Phone

(COPYWRITING) Hold the Phone

(By Jeffrey Hedquist) When was the last time you wrote down a phone number you heard on a radio commercial? I thought so. Do you really expect any other listener to do it, especially while theyre driving? Millions of dollars in radio time are wasted each year promoting phone numbers no one responds to, and yet clients keep asking to have their numbers put in radio commercials, thinking that radio works like print. It doesnt.



MONDAY BLOGGERS

<b>(SALES)</b> Do What You Fear

(SALES) Do What You Fear

(By Sean Luce) Doing what you fear is easier said than done, I promise you. How many of us really take on the thing we fear the most and conquer it or continually challenge it until we overcome that fear? The sales profession has a graveyard of people who couldnt overcome their fear of call reluctance and settled for something lesser than taking on their fears and reaching their true potential.


<b>(SALES)</b> Does Social Media Sell?

(SALES) Does Social Media Sell?

(By Jeff Schmidt) P.T. Barnum said, There is no such thing as bad publicity, as long as they spell my name correctly. I wonder if US Airways feels that way this week. I consider myself pretty plugged in and aware when it comes to social media, but I freely admit I learned a new acronym today. NSFW: Not Safe For Work. I learned this over the fracas caused by a US Airways (@USAIRWAYS) tweet. In case you missed it, US Airways had a tweet go viral in an historic way.


<b>(PROGRAMMING)</b> Who Are You Programming To?

(PROGRAMMING) Who Are You Programming To?

(By Tom Watson) Digital, Internet, terrestrial no matter what the platform may be for your programming, there is one rule that still applies: Local content is king. Live and local wins every time. Ive said this many times over the years: Music alone is not a strong enough benchmark to make and keep your station number one. Im addressing the money demographics, the 30-plus adults, not the millennials of 12 to 30.



RADIO INK CONFERENCES

CONVERGENCE SPEAKERS WANTED

CONVERGENCE SPEAKERS WANTED

Are you leading the charge to grow digital revenue at your station or company? Are you one of those on the cutting edge of digital technology? Are you willing to share your knowledge, experience, and success with the entire radio industry? Radio Ink is looking for speakers and presenters for Convergence 2014, the longest-running conference where great radio and digital minds merge. Take a look at our 2014 Agenda and contact Deborah Parenti at parenti@aol.com or fill out this form if you'd like to be part of this year's event.


Are You Banking Enough Digital Revenue?

Many believe radio's big growth spurts will come from the digital side of the business. Quarter after quarter, the Radio Advertising Bureau reports how digital revenue for radio is exploding as over-the-air revenue remains mostly flat until another political ad bonanza comes along to give it a jolt. If you want to learn how to increase your digital revenue, consider attending Radio Ink's Digital Audio Conference, Convergence, June 4 and 5 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our 2014 agenda has been posted HERE. If you would like to be considered to speak on a panel and help radio generate digital revenue GO HERE. REGISTER HERE.



RADIO INK

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