With overall net revenue (including TV) of $105.8 million, Radio One was the second major radio company in two days that reported a big drop in the first quarter. The 9.4 percent decline in Radio One's radio division was blamed on the company's four largest markets, Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, and Washington D.C. Station operating income for the quarter was $36.6 million, up 4.0 percent. Net loss was approximately $18.5 million or $0.39 per share, compared to net loss of $25.2 million or $0.53 per share, for the same period in 2014.
In his latest blog, Edison Research President Larry Rosin lists the reasons radio is not really competing with Pandora, Spotify and others when it comes to mobile listening. Number one on the list is too many commercials, a problem most of you have heard about, and deal with on a daily basis on your over-the-air signal as well. But that's not the only reason you're losing the moble listening battle. READ ON .
At the end of March, an EF-1 tornado ripped through Moore, OK. This violent storm tore down two of the three radio towers of Tyler Media's KOKC-AM 1520, and broke the third tower in half. Efforts continue to bring the towers back, but in the meantime KOKC is still heard in a few different ways throughout Oklahoma City. Continue reading...
Chris "Lucky" Stewart and Scotty, a pair of personalities from Alpha Media's WNGY/Peoria, aka Energy 102.3, broke a record for longest radio broadcast by a disc jockey duo, staying on the air for 102 hours. According to RecordSetter.com, the previous longest broadcast was for 80 hours. The marathon was done to bring attention to Child Abuse Awareness Month.
In our next Radio Ink Live webinar, Tuesday at 11AM (Eastern), Imagine what it would be like to pursue only the most ideal prospects and schedule appointments knowing they are already qualified and interested. So much money is wasted on chasing leads that aren't going to pan out and we all know that just because an appointment gets scheduled does not mean a deal will be closed. Matt Sunshine, Managing Partner at The Center for Sales Strategy and LeadG2 is our guest. Matt will explain the new sales reality we live with and detail how you can be one of the best on the street today. REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT WEBINAR HERE.
Alpha Media announced Friday that they have closed on the purchases of seven radio stations, three from Coast Radio Company and four from Free Lance-Star Radio. The Coast Radio stations sold are KUIC-FM/Vacaville, CA, KKIQ-FM/Livermore, CA, and KKDV-FM/Walnut Creek, CA. The Free Lance-Star stations purchased are WFLS-FM and WNTX-AM/Fredericksburg, VA, WVBX-FM/Spotsylvania, VA, and WWUZ-FM in Bowling Green, VA.
Today's new cars are connected, capable of keeping consumers constantly in touch with their audio entertainment, services, and contacts. Almost since its inception, radio has owned the dash, but today's tech toys and digital platforms are changing the landscape. Everything is moving crazy fast -- but it doesn't have to be scary. Radio can continue to hold a primary spot in this ever-more-crowded space and stay engaged with the new opportunities of the connected car. And at Radio Ink's Convergence, coming up May 27-28 in San Jose, you can find out how in a panel dedicated to radio's place on the digital dashboard. READ MORE!
KUPL/Portland has announced the hiring of Chunky, who will join the 98.7 The Bull Morning Bull Ride show. Chunky most recently worked mornings at Wired 96.5 in Philadelphia, exiting in April when the station altered branding and formats. Chunky's radio career has also had him working in markets such as Charlotte, Boise, Detroit, New York City, and San Diego.
iHeartMedia has appointed Kavi Halemane as VP/digital media for Premiere Networks. He will be based in New York, working closely with iHeartRadio's product and editorial teams. Halemane previously served as executive VP/digital for The Collective, a California-based artist/talent management and media firm, as well as being an advisor to the board of Turnstile Live, a live event app.
Cumulus Media has announced that Scott Lindy has been named as program director for Country-formatted WFMS/Indianapolis. Lindy most recently served as director of operations/program director for Lincoln Financial Media in Atlanta. He replaces Mark Hamlin, who exited earlier in April after four years in that role.
A longtime Altoona, PA, radio voice has passed away at the age of 65. Charlie Weston hosted shows on WRTA and WFBG for over 30 years. He also served as the voice of the local high school Altoona Mountain Lions. Less than a month ago, he was diagnosed with cancer.
Noalmark Broadcasting's KLAZ/Hot Springs, AR, has announced a revamped linup. Taking over mornings will be the all-new live and local morning show, Kramer and Tiffany. It will star Doug Kramer, the station's OM and afternoon host, along with Tiffany Thorton, a new addition to the station. Thornton is an actress/singer best known for her role as Tawni Hart on the Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance and So Random. Kramer and Tiffany replaces the syndicated Kidd Kraddick Show. Read more...
Pastor Roy Patterson, who has been Moody Radio Chicago's station manager since January 2011, will be exiting that role this summer. President of Moody Global Ministries, Dr. Paul Nyquist, announced Friday that Patterson will serve as the president's special assistant for community relations, effective July 1. Although stepping away from the daily duties of WMBI-FM and WMBI-AM, Patterson will maintain his hosting roles for Moody's syndicated weekend shows Celebration of Praise and Music For Sunday.
Pulpo Media, a business unit of Entravision Communications, has promoted Oscar Padilla to senior vice president of marketing, digital media and insights. Padilla was previously the VP of strategy for Entravision's Luminar Insights, an analytics and modeling provider focusing on U.S. Latino consumers data. Padilla succeeds Maria Lopez-Knowles, who was recently promoted to chief marketing officer of Entravision.
Spencer Graves, the morning show co-host from WSTW/Wilmington, is being credited for helping to catch a thief who was stealing items from unlocked cars. According to sister news radio station WDEL/Wilmington, Graves was walking his dog at 3:30 a.m. before going to work, when he observed a woman trying car handles of parked cars to see which ones were open. She would then enter the cars, looking for items to steal. Graves called the Wilmington police who arrested the 28-year-old woman.
Music-streaming service Grooveshark has been permanently shut down. The service began in 2006, having users upload whatever song they wished, allowing its 35 million users to stream the tracks for free. In 2011, music industry giants Universal, Warner, and Sony began legal actions to have the website stopped. According to re/code, a settlement was reached where no penalties would be paid, but the service would be shut down, the servers would be wiped clean of all music, and Grooveshark would urge music lovers to utilize legitimate, subscription services. READ MORE
(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...