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March 26, 2015

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Steve Goldstein Exits Saga

Steve Goldstein Exits Saga

Saga Communications announced on Thursday afternoon that Executive Vice President and Group Program Director Steve Goldstein has exited the company. Goldstein has held the EVP & Group PD position with Saga since 1988 and has been  with the company since its inception in 1986. Chairman, President and CEO of Saga Communications, Edward K. Christian, thanked Goldstein for his many contributions over his 28 year career with Saga.  To assist with his transition from the company, Goldstein has agreed to serve as a consultant to Saga. More...

Goldstein Forms Amplifi Media

Goldstein Forms Amplifi Media

Fresh on the heels of his exit from Saga Communications, Steve Goldstein has announced he is entering the podcast sector with the formation of Amplifi Media. The company will be focused on the development of digital audio-on-demand podcast content. Goldstein noted on the new company, "The top of the iTunes podcast chart is dominated by NPR and affiliates. They have done a tremendous job but there is a world of mainstream topics yet to be explored for on-demand-audio. That's where Amplifi will live." More...


You're Playing God With The Internet

You're Playing God With The Internet

Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee panel saw the FCC's Tom Wheeler under the microscope again and defending Net Neutrality. Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert chastised the FCC Chairman for "playing God with the Internet." Gohmert accused the ruling of cutting off ISPs' ability to create new ways to make money. Gohmert said, "Before the FCC came in, everybody could explore new business models. You're playing God with the Internet ... That's not your job." Referring to the Congressional Charter, Gohmert continued, "Congress wasn't asking you to take over the Internet." More...


Mel Making Rare Public Appearance

Mel Making Rare Public Appearance

The former head of SiriusXM, CBS, and Viacom will share his insights with Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Flint April 14 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Mel Karmazin Totally Unplugged: Cocktails and Conversation, will be open to all NAB Show attendees. NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said, "Mel Karmazin is a legend in the media business who helped build multiple media empires throughout his extraordinary career. We are thrilled to have him speak at our show."


Is iHeart Committed to Country in Boston?

Is iHeart Committed to Country in Boston?

That's the question The Boston Globe poses in a lengthy profile about the battle between Greater Media's WKLB, which has owned the country audience in that city for years, and upstart WBWL. iHeartMedia launched the younger sounding country signal back on June 13 and the article hints that perhaps iHeart launched WBWL as a way to protect the KISS 108 audience from being chipped away at by WKLB. KISS is a dominant station for iHeart in Boston. However WBWL PD Lance Houston tells the Globe, "I can tell you that were in this battle to win it. We want to beat WKLB."


Does Your Station Need a Revenue Boost?

Does Your Station Need a Revenue Boost?

Radio stations are facing more competition than ever. With constant demands from owners and headquarters to sell more, there's almost no time left to devote to training, brainstorming and development. Radio Ink magazine is now offering an affordable, effective way for you to attend training that will help you get more clients, increase sales, increase the size of your paycheck and stay motivated. It's called Radio Ink Live and we're kicking it off April 21 with Sean Luce.


Over 50 Percent Rise In NextRadio Downloads

Over 50 Percent Rise In NextRadio Downloads

The NextRadio smartphone app has seen a rise in downloads of 53 percent since its initial launch. NextRadio joined with the NAB last month to launch a nationwide radio campaign promoting smartphone FM chip activation. The reported success of the campaign has led to stations continuing to run the commercials, and fresh spots are being produced based on station feedback. More...


Rosin: Podcasting Maturity & Growth

Rosin: Podcasting Maturity & Growth

The most high-profile of podcasts is undoubtedly the Serial podcast, and data posted to Edison Research President Larry Rosin's blog shows the podcasting arena is maturing, but still has a lot of room for growth. The Infinite Dial notes that only 10 percent of the population has heard of Serial, and just under 30 percent of those who were aware of Serial, have listened to a podcast in the last week. It's a good news/bad news story. Only 10 percent of the population has heard of the most successful podcast, on the other hand, 10 percent of the population is aware of just one podcast.


Can A New Product Improve Ratings?

Can A New Product Improve Ratings?

You may want to at least hear the pitch from The Telos Alliance if your in Vegas at the NAB next month. Telos Alliance says Voltair is the first and only product that actively monitors and displays PPM encoding quality based on program material, "enabling programmers to simulate decoding quality in various listener environments and actively process the signal to optimize PPM encoding based on adjustable parameters." Check out their press release HERE


Apple's Plan To Dominate Streaming

Apple's Plan To Dominate Streaming

The New York Times has released an expanded expose of the plans Apple has for its much-talked-about upcoming streaming venture. The Times repots that Apple is not only working on the Beats streaming service with engineers from Cupertino and Beats, but plans to introduce iTunes Radio tailored to listeners in regional markets. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor has been tapped to redesign the music app and the rumored $8 price point has hit a roadblock with labels. More...


At SXSW Dickey Promotes Radio's Strength

At SXSW Dickey Promotes Radio's Strength

President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus, Lew Dickey, appeared at the SXSW Music and Media Conference on the 19th, addressing the benefits of the symbiosis of radio and online listening. Dickey discusses the strength of radio, the future of streaming, and more. Listen to what he said here.


Yahoo Sports Radio Partners with STAA

Yahoo Sports Radio Partners with STAA

In an effort to help develop the next generation of sports broadcast talent, Yahoo Sports Radio announced a partnership with Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Yahoo and STAA are launching the STAA University, which will be led by veteran broadcasters and executives, and an 11-week online curriculum, broadcast tools and mentorship. Registration runs through June 1 at http://www.becomeasportscaster.com/.


LFRA Adds Five More

LFRA Adds Five More

The NAB is reporting that three more Members of House of Representatives and two Senators have signed on as co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act. Joining in support are: Charles Boustany (LA-3), Doug Lamborn (CO-5) and Scott Tipton (CO-3). In the Senate, Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS).


NJBA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

NJBA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

New Jersey Broadcasters Association President & CEO Paul  S. Rotella has announced the newest inductees into the New Jersey Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame. Rosella noted, "The 2015 NJBA Hall of Fame Class of Inductees is comprised of true pioneers, innovators, and visionaries, with their accomplishments spanning the state and the region." More...


CBS/Pittsburgh Earns Six EIB Awards

CBS/Pittsburgh Earns Six EIB Awards

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters has awarded CBS Radio Pittsburgh stations six of the associations 2015 Excellence In Broadcasting Awards. KDKA-AM received awards for Outstanding Radio Commercial and for Outstanding Public Service Announcement/Campaign. WBZZ-FM received two awards: for Outstanding Station Sponsored Event and Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team for Bubba Show. More...


Radio-Canada & CBC Cut 244 Jobs

Radio-Canada & CBC Cut 244 Jobs

The Montreal Gazette is reporting that Radio-Canada is preparing to cut about 100 positions in a bid to save money and help stabilize finances. In a memo sent to employees, Radio-Canada said they are focused on delivering content strategically, while growing digital offerings. It's not the first shedding of personal for Radio-Canada; they cut 123 positions last October. The CBC also announced they are slashing 144 jobs.


WPTS Awarded Best College Radio Station

WPTS Awarded Best College Radio Station

The University of Pittsburgh's student-run college radio station, WPTS, has been recognized as America's Best College Radio Station in the MTVu Woodie Awards. WPTS Station Manager Rachel Mauer notes, I'm really proud of our staff. We dedicate ourselves to providing unique, quality content for our listeners. Winning the Woodie for Best College Radio Station is a great validation of the hard work that we do."



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Spurgeon Promoted at Radio One

Spurgeon Promoted at Radio One

Gary Spurgeon has been promoted to Vice President, General Manager of Houston, and will maintain his role as General Manager of Dallas for Radio One. He replaces the exiting Doug Abernathy. Tami Honesty will expand her role in  Dallas to DOS/Station Manager and will oversee the day to day operations under Spurgeon's leadership. The move will involve Spurgeon's relocation to Houston. More...


Archer Named GSM for Advanced Media Partners

Archer Named GSM for Advanced Media Partners

Former Co-op Specialist at Multi-Ad, Derek Archer, has been named the General Sales Manager position at Advanced Media Partners. Archer spent last two and a half years at Multi-Ad, working with media outlets and retail clients across the country, and notably, the RAB. President and General Manager at Advanced Media, Michael Rea, noted, "I am extremely excited that Derek is joining our team. He has a breadth of knowledge in both marketing and building winning teams."


Arizona Coyotes Radio Analyst Arrested

Arizona Coyotes Radio Analyst Arrested

Nick Boynton, the color analyst for the Arizona Coyotes, has been arrested following an incident at the Buffalo Creek Casino, in Buffalo, NY. The Republic is reporting that Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence after being involved in a disturbance at the Casino. Boynton was in town for Thursday night's game against the Sabres. A police spokesman said that Boynton, "was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger."


WSCR/Chicago Hosts Back-Peddling Over Remarks

WSCR/Chicago Hosts Back-Peddling Over Remarks

Chicago's 670 The Score hosts Matt Spiegel and Dan Bernstein (pictured) are running defense after making what many listeners and social media users believe are inappropriate remarks about CSN Chicago anchor Aiyana Cristal's breasts. Bernstein posted on Twitter, "I have no rooting interest in her work, but enjoy her giant boobs." Spiegel later wrote on his Twitter feed, "I missed an opportunity to keep the subject on point, & stay respectful. I'm sorry for that on many levels,& sad I offended Aiyana & others." More...


Seylhouwer Sentenced To Time Served

Seylhouwer Sentenced To Time Served

Blake Seylhouwer, the former WKRC-AM host who earlier this year was found guilty of negligent assault for shooting his wife, will not serve any more time in jail. Seylhouwer was facing the possibility of 60 more days in jail, on top of the six months he has already served. The judge ordered Seylhouwer to turn over his rifle to police and pay the $3,000 court fees, reports Cincinnati.com.


Wynn Becomes A Bennett Regular

Wynn Becomes A Bennett Regular

Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts Steve Wynn is joining Bill Bennett's Morning in America as a regular contributor. Wynn will focus on the American business culture, developing customer-focused employees, and how employers and employees can team up to generate higher profits and better job security. He'll appear twice every month. More...


Big D Named APD at KPLV-FM

Big D Named APD at KPLV-FM

Big D has been named the new Assistant Program Director and Morning Host for iHeartMedia's KPLV-FM/Las Vegas. Big D heads to Vegas from KDWB-FM/Twin Cities, where he will continue to serve as an evening personality until a replacement is named. He will also continue on-air duties at WZEE-FM/Madison, KAJA-FM/San Antonio, WQEN-FM/Birmingham and others.


Jones Added To ESPN Nighttime Lineup

Jones Added To ESPN Nighttime Lineup

Bomani Jones has been added to ESPN's evening lineup with the addition of The Right Time with Bomani Jones at 9 p.m. ET. The move leads to a restructuring of ESPN night offerings, with The Sedano Show at 7 p.m. ET, followed by The Right Time with Bomani Jones at 9 p.m., and the three-hour The Freddie Coleman Show at 11 p.m. More...


Stephan Joins Envision America Weekend Lineup

Stephan Joins Envision America Weekend Lineup

Envision announced Thursday that Doug Stephan is now part of the America Weekend lineup. Stephan will be handling Good Day Weekend as part of Envision Talk Network's America Weekend System. Envision notes that Stephan's addition brings over 15 hours of programming to America Weekend. The new lineup also includes hosts Rolland Smith, Carl Sabatino, Ed Kalegi, Mike Bennett, Valerie Smaldone and Leslie Gold.


Cory Calhoun Replaces Coyote Calhoun

Cory Calhoun Replaces Coyote Calhoun

The recently retired Coyote Calhoun is being replaced by Cory Calhoun (no relation) in the afternoon drive slot on WMAZ in Louisville. Cory has worked in Atlanta, Ithaca, Brunswick, and Lexington.


Kannon Takes Mornings At KVIL In Dallas

Kannon Takes Mornings At KVIL In Dallas

Mike Kannon is the new morning host at CBS' KVIL-FM in Dallas. Kannon was handling mornings at KLIF-FM, which is also in Dallas. He's also been PD at WRDW-FM in Philadelphia, MD and nighttime host at WBTS-FM in Atlanta, and Music Director and evening host at WJBQ-FM in Portland. More...


Birmingham Host Willoughby Dies

Birmingham Host Willoughby Dies

AL.com reports that Birmingham radio icon, John Ed Willoughby, with a career that spanned nearly five decades, died on Wednesday. Willoughby began his radio career at Top 40 WSGN-AM in the mid-70s and spent three decades at the station. He continued to host a Saturday morning Sport-Talk show until 2012. Willoughby was 80.


WLAV/Grand Rapids Host Honored By Mayor

WLAV/Grand Rapids Host Honored By Mayor

Grand Rapids, MI, Mayor George Heartwell recognized the contributions of WLAV-FM morning show host Tony Gates for the success of the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger Food Drive, now in its 15th year. Volunteers from area sportsmen's clubs collected several tons of food this year from thousands of donors. (Pictured are Mayor George Heartwell and WLAV host Tony Gates)


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...



DIGITAL

Triton Delivering Ad Insertion into MLB

Triton Delivering Ad Insertion into MLB

Triton Digital announced on Thursday that it will begin offering live insertion of audio ads into Major League Baseball for the 2015 season. This marks the first time targeted audio ads will be inserted into the Gameday Audio feeds for MLB.


iHeart Partners with Rock N Roll Marathon

iHeart Partners with Rock N Roll Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series will be powered by iHeartRadio and a Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series branded iHeartRadio streaming station. Music throughout the event weekend will be provided by iHeartRadio, including live performances at the Concert's in Nashville, Brooklyn, Savannah, Las Vegas and San Antonio. More information about the Rock and Roll Marathon can be found here.


Silicon Labs Intros Scalable Car Radio Chip

Silicon Labs Intros Scalable Car Radio Chip

The new AM/FM and digital radio Si46xx-chip family, includes single-chip digital-radio coprocessors and data receivers. Silicon Labs say this new offering provides advanced digital radio audio decoding and data reception solutions for analogue and digital radio, New Electronics reports.


BMW & Apple Team For Connected Car Tech

BMW & Apple Team For Connected Car Tech

Apple is reportedly working with BMW to incorporate iOS into its i3, offering connected car services, including the ability to lock and unlock the vehicle with the Apple Watch. Bidness Etc reports that users will also be able to monitor the electric vehicle's charging status, and manage fuel and movement.



FEATURED WRITERS

(SALES) The 5 Elements Of A Productive Question

(SALES) The 5 Elements Of A Productive Question

(By Jeff Schmidt) Everyone loves to buy. Shopping can be fun, but can also be frustrating. . . particularly when you sell for a living, and/or teach people to sell. Recently, I was tasked with the job of securing a new digital video camcorder for our company. When shopping for technology, I do an obsessive amount of research. When I get to the store, it's to get answers to the questions that I could not answer in my research.



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