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This Industry Needs To Give HD Radio A Chance

Jim Leven (pictured) and Bruce Mittman started Community Broadcasters back in 2006. Today their growing company owns 15 stations in 4 small upstate New York markets and three South Carolina markets. Both are featured in our upcoming May 23rd issue that focuses on independent operators. And boy does Leven have an opinion on HD Radio.

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Red Sox Renew With WEEI

Boston Red Sox baseball has been heard on WEEI since 1995 and it will continue until at least 2023. The deal was announced Thursday between the Red Sox and Entercom's sports station in Boston, WEEI.

$1 Billion in Revenue For ASCAP in 2015

It's the second year in a row, the performing rights organization has topped the $1 Billion mark in revenue. Domestic revenue was $716.8 million, up $61 million over 2014. Domestic distribution of that revenue was $573.5 million, up 6.2 percent over 2014. ASCAP, which is a non-profit, delivered $867.4 million in total royalty distributions to its 560,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members in 2015.

Trump on Savage

As outsider Donald Trump closes in on the Republican nomination for President of The United States he's agreed to be a guest on The Savage Nation with Michael Savage. Trump will appear on the program Friday at approximately 4:30PM. The Savage Nation airs from 3 -6 pm ET.

Record Revenue For SiriusXM in Q1

Thursday morning CEO Jim Meyer told investors, "We had a fantastic first quarter. It was a quarter to be proud of." SiriusXM reported record Q1 revenue of $1.2 Billion, up 11% over Q1 2015.

Meyer: Radio is Like an Ice Cube Melting in Alaska

After quoting from a recent Jacobs Media study that showed how much time consumers spent listening to radio in their vehicles - and how often they listened to SiriusXM - CEO Jim Meyer wanted to remind investors that the Satellite company's main competitor is radio, not pure-play streamers. He said, "terrestrial radio is still the 800 pound gorilla in the room." But he said a lot more.

Is Your Radio Station Interactive?

Nextradio's Paul Brenner and Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan have been saying from day one that the more interactive a radio station was in the NextRadio app, the more involved listeners would be with their stations on the app. And now NextRadio says it has the data to prove that philosophy.

iHeart Signs New Deal With University of Louisville

WHAS-AM (Louisville), WWRW-FM (Lexington), WCKY-AM (Cincinnati) and WSFE-AM (Somerset) will carry the live football and men’s basketball games, including pre-game and post-game programming, as well as the coaches’ shows for each. Specific conflicts with WHAS-AM will be moved to WKRD-AM. Women’s basketball games will air on WKRD-AM.

Another Big Name Leaving CBS Radio

The big changes continue at CBS. The person who spearheaded CBS Radio's digital strategy is leaving the company. After six years in the position of President of CBS Local Digital Media, Ezra Kucharz is leaving that position May 6. Last week, after 13 years with the company, Senior VP of Communications for CBS Radio, Karen Mateo also announced she was departing.

WPRO Shuffles On-Air Line-up

News Talk 630 AM and 99.7 FM WPRO in Providence will debut a new live and local line-up Monday. Veteran talk host Dan Yorke returns to afternoon drive, the position held by former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci for over seven years until he passed away earlier this year.

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Reed Joins Cox in Tulsa

CMG Tulsa names Nathan Reed as Director of Branding and Programming for Mix 96 (KRAV-FM). Reed was most recently Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia’s seven station cluster in Toledo. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a Program Director and on-air host for Regent Broadcasting in Flint.

Kansy Adds To Duties in Shreveport

Julie Kansy adds PD stripes at Cumulus' Shreveport Top 40 station, KQHN-FM/i97.3. Kansy joined Cumulus Shreveport in 2014 as afternoon drive host and APD at KRMD/NASH FM 101.1. In 2015 she was named Operations Manager over the entire market. She's also served as PD at Sports/KRMD 100.7 FM/1340AM The Ticket.

Ramsey Invades Raleigh

Dave Ramsey presented his Smart Money event in Raleigh this week at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Ramsey teamed up with local affiliate 106.1 FM WTKK to promote the event.

Jack Gets A New Producer

Blaire Galaton-Kelleher is the new Executive Morning Show Producer for “The Jack Diamond Morning Show” which airs on Cumulus owned MIX 107.3/WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C.

New PD For KFAB Omaha

iHeartMedia Omaha has named Jim Rose PD at NewsRadio 1110 KFAB. He takes over for long-time KFAB on-air host Gary Sadlemyer, who stepped down. Both Sadlemyer and Rose will continue hosting “Gary Sadlemyer and the Good Morning Show.”

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Spotify Purchases Photo Aggregator

It's a purchase Spotify says will help build out the tools it provides to artists who use Spotify to grow their listeners and overall business. The company is called CrowdAlbum.

TuneIn To Use Radio in New Branding Campaign

TuneIn is launching a new advertising campaign created by its first-ever agency, Durham, NC-based McKinney. The campaign will launch in radio, digital and social and be followed with out-of-home in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston and Los Angeles. The campaign is called "Listen Like You Mean It," and it begins Thursday in Chicago and Boston.

SiriusXM Creates “Convention Radio” For RNC

SiriusXM announced Wednesday that P.O.T.U.S. channel 124 will transform into "Convention Radio" during the Republican National Convention. With attention focused on Cleveland, Ohio, SiriusXM will be live from the convention floor – including uninterrupted reporting of convention business beginning Monday, July 18.

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