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July 6, 2015

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Emmis Wins Preferred Shareholders Appeal

Emmis Wins Preferred Shareholders Appeal

It was a 3-0 decision, handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which affirms the U.S. District Court's decision in Emmis' favor in a lawsuit filed by preferred shareholders. It's a case that's been going on for years. In a nutshell, when the financial crisis hit, Emmis restructured and stripped preferred shareholders of their right to collect millions of dollars in past dividends, a plan the preferred shareholders fought -- and have now lost. The court decided that, under Indiana law, what Emmis did was legal. Read the full 10-page decision HERE

Radio Silence For Glenn Beck

Radio Silence For Glenn Beck

Premiere Networks' syndicated radio host Glenn Beck has been asked by doctors to take time off from speaking to rest his severely strained vocal chords. He hopes to return to his radio work in about a month, with August 3 being the target date.


AutoZone Is Back In The Zone

AutoZone Is Back In The Zone

In the first week of June, AutoZone was radio's #2 advertiser, but over the course of the month, it slowly slipped down the rankings, falling to #43 by the end of June. According to Media Monitors, for the week of June 29-July 5, AutoZone moved up 41 places and is once again at #2. 41,028 commercials for AutoZone aired during last week. See the rest of the Top 10 advertisers HERE.


200 Leading National Advertisers Revealed

200 Leading National Advertisers Revealed

AdAge published online its 60th annual Leading National Advertisers (200 LNA) report on Monday. The report shows that the top 200 advertisers accounted for over half of all measured media advertising done in 2014. Their overall media spending rose two percent last year, as well. Proctor & Gamble was the top spender of 2014. More information on this report can be found here.


iHM Names Hispanic Brand Management Team

iHM Names Hispanic Brand Management Team

iHeartMedia announced its newly-created Hispanic Brand Management team. Ricardo "Gonzo" Otero will serve as the Hispanic Brand Manager, adding on to his duties as Operations Manager for the La Preciosa Network and PD for KFSO/Fresno. Also part of the team will be Brand Coordinators Ray Hernandez and Raymond Torres. Hernandez will maintain his role as WMGE/Miami PD, while Torres will continue as WRUM/Orlando PD. Read on...


Virtual News Center Adds Spanish Service

Virtual News Center Adds Spanish Service

Radio remote news service Virtual News Center had launched Agencia Virtual de Noticias. The new service is designed to assist the growing Latino radio audience and management of Spanish language stations by offering local news in Spanish. KSLO/Lafayette and KPZE/Roswell are the first to use the new service.


KGO's South Bay Bureau Shut Down

KGO's South Bay Bureau Shut Down

The San Jose Mercury News' blog Internal Affairs reports that Cumulus Media has shuttered KGO/San Francisco's South Bay Bureau, located in San Jose. The move releases KGO reporters Jennifer Hodges and Jeanne Lynch. KGO's South Bay Bureau covered the areas of Silicon Valley and San Jose.


SAG-AFTRA Angry At Cumulus SF

SAG-AFTRA Angry At Cumulus SF

Calling it "another blow to quality local news coverage," SAG-AFTRA has issued a strong statement directed at Cumulus Media San Francisco over their closing of the KGO-AM South Bay Bureau in San Jose. "Once again, Cumulus Media has demonstrated its lack of support for local Bay Area communities," said Len Egert, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local. "We believe that there is a connection between good local jobs and good local media, and our communities would be better served if Cumulus invested more in its local employees."


NPR & SAG-AFTRA Handshake On Deal

NPR & SAG-AFTRA Handshake On Deal

Although it still has to be voted upon, NPR and SAG-AFTRA have agreed on terms for a new contract. NPR employees represented by SAG-AFTRA will soon vote on ratifying the agreement, which the union will be recommending to its members. More...


2015 Texas Radio HoF Inductees

2015 Texas Radio HoF Inductees

The Texas Radio Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2015 inductees. In all, 27 more Texas radio names will be added to the Hall. The list includes 15 active or retired talents, as well as 12 posthumous inductees, who will be branded as trailblazers, news makers, and/or risk takers. The Texas Radio Hall of Fame's 2015 Induction Celebration will be held on November 14th in Round Rock, TX. The full list of 2015 inductees can be seen TRHOF.net.


2nd Annual Confer Radio Talent Institute Begins

2nd Annual Confer Radio Talent Institute Begins

The 10-day program for young broadcasters is being held at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. College students will be taught on almost all aspects of radio, including on-air, sports, news, production, promotions, digital, and all will complete the RAB radio sales course to become certified as Radio Marketing Professionals.


Nielsen: Streaming Up Over 92%

Nielsen: Streaming Up Over 92%

Nielsen released its mid-year music report for audio sales covering the 6-month period of December 29, 2014 through June 28, 2015. On-demand streaming of songs has increased by 92.4 percent, with over 135 billion songs streamed through audio and video platforms. Overall digital consumption (sales and streams combined) is up 23 percent. Read on...


Univision Files IPO Registration

Univision Files IPO Registration

After many months of speculation and rumors, Spanish language media giant Univision has indeed taken the first step towards going public. The company has filed a Form S-1 with the SEC, with the goal of offering Class A common shares of stock for sale, most likely in this year's fourth quarter. More HERE...


<b>MAKE YOUR RADIO WAYNE NOMINATION</b>

MAKE YOUR RADIO WAYNE NOMINATION

Every year at the Radio Show, hosted by the RAB and NAB, Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads pays tribute to Radio Wayne Cornils by discussing the tremendously positive impact he had on so many people and by awarding the over-achievers in our industry the awards created in his name. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Radio Wayne Awards which will be presented at the 2015 Radio Show being held this year in Atlanta, September 30 to October 2. Make your nominations HERE and take a look at the 2014 Radio Wayne winners HERE.



DIGITAL

Salem Acquires DividendInvestor.com

Salem Acquires DividendInvestor.com

Salem Media Group has announced the acquisition of the dividend stock data website DividendInvestor.com. Dividend Investor will be added to the Eagle Financial Publications' portfolio of investment newsletters and trading services, which Salem purchased in 2014. This will be Salem's third financial website, including EagleDailyInvestor.com and ETFU.com.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Tim Huston Named Beasley GSM

Tim Huston Named Beasley GSM

Beasley Media Group has hired Tim Huston to the position of General Sales Manager for the company's six-station cluster in the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC market. Huston most recently had been working in Chicago as Merlin Media's LSM. He replaces Lisa McHugh, who exited in March.


Jodi Phillips Digitally Leads iHM Charlotte

Jodi Phillips Digitally Leads iHM Charlotte

iHeartMedia announced the hiring of Jodi Phillips as Digital Program Director for its six-station cluster in Charlotte. Phillips joins iHM from CBS Radio in Washington, DC, where she served as the Digital Marketing Manager.


Randy Engmann Joins iHM

Randy Engmann Joins iHM

iHeartMedia Milwaukee announced the hiring of Randy Engmann, who has taken over as General Sales Manager for company's six-station cluster. Engmann joins iHeartMedia from Nielsen Audio where he served as Midwestern senior account manager since May 2006. He replaces Nathan Tonarelli, who was promoted to iHM Milwaukee SVP of Sales in April.


Barry Warner To Be Inducted Into TX Radio HoF

Barry Warner To Be Inducted Into TX Radio HoF

KGOW-AM/Houston host and contributor to KFNC-FM/Houston and Yahoo Sports Radio, Barry Warner was among the 27 names announced as the 2015 Class of inductees into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Warner has been actively involved in both media and marketing for seven decades. Said Warner: "Humility has never been my trademark -- but I am truly humbled!"


Flint Radio Personality Dave Barber Dies

Flint Radio Personality Dave Barber Dies

Former Flint, MI radio talk show host Dave Barber passed away Saturday at the age of 60. He had suffered a heart attack and stroke on June 25, caused by choking on food, and was then placed in a medically-induced coma. Barber had been heard for many years on Flint stations WTRX, WTAC, and WFDF. He also worked for one year on WPRO/Providence, RI.


South FL's LGBT Show Expands

South FL's LGBT Show Expands

WBZT/West Palm Beach's weekly program targeting the LGBT communities, Get Out! South Florida, has doubled in size, expanding to two-hours. The show will now air Tuesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Get Out! South Florida continues to be hosted by Tom Hantzarides and Kendall Rumsey.


CBS Radio Reporter David Jackson Passes

David Jackson, a longtime newsman with CBS Radio, passed away from cancer at the age of 70. He had joined CBS Radio in 1972 as a news writer, becoming a reporter and correspondent in 1976. Jackson exited CBS Radio in 1999. A second generation radio news reporter, his father Allan Jackson worked for CBS News as an anchor/reporter from the 1940s through the 1970s.


WOR's Howie Rose Takes Ill

WOR's Howie Rose Takes Ill

Howie Rose, who has been an announcer for New York Mets games on WOR-AM since 2004, is missing the team's current California road trip. On a flight to Los Angeles on Thursday, Rose passed out, causing the plane to divert to Detroit, where Carr was treated for dehydration at a local hospital. Carr will rejoin the team when they return to New York on July 10. WOR Mets pre-game/post-game host Wayne Randazzo fills-in for the recovering Rose.


ABA Announces 2015 HoF Inductees

ABA Announces 2015 HoF Inductees

The Arizona Broadcasters Association announced the 2015 inductee class for its ABA Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Among those being inducted this year are: KVOI/Tucson host Bill Buckmaster, who has been in radio and TV for 49 years; former Arizona Cardinals radio announcer and KTAR/Phoenix sports anchor Tom Dillon; and radio syndication company WestStar owner Barry Young. The ABA's 26th annual Broadcasters Hall Of Fame Luncheon will take place on October 15.


Milwaukee Loses Two Personalities

Milwaukee Loses Two Personalities

A pair of high-rated, high-profile morning radio personalities exited the Milwaukee airwaves within days of each other. Carole Caine left WKLH after Lakefront Communications (Saga Communications) announced they would not be renewing her contract. She had been with the station since 1983. WMYX morning host Kidd O'Shea (pictured) announced his exit. He has been hired as social media morning anchor for WJLA-TV/Washington, DC. O'Shea has been with the station since 2004.


Savage Announces Scholarship Winners

Savage Announces Scholarship Winners

Westwood One syndicated host Michael Savage launched an essay contest and $100,000 scholarship fund in early 2015 to support conservative college students. Savage received approximately 1,700 entries, with their essays on "What Does It Mean to Be an American?" Savage announced the names of the five winners Thursday, with each earning a $20,000 scholarship over a two-year period.


Howard Stern Is Historical

Howard Stern Is Historical

SiriusXM announced it would be broadcasting a two-week, in-depth audio biography which will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the life, career, and achievements of Howard Stern. The History of Howard Stern will air on SiriusXM channels Howard 100 and Howard 101 beginning July 6. The entire special will be available on-demand starting on July 4.


CoCo Brother Returns To Atlanta's Airwaves

CoCo Brother Returns To Atlanta's Airwaves

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Rodney Ho reports that CoCo Brother (aka Cory Condrey) is returning to Atlanta radio after two years away. He will be hosting an inspirational gospel show entitled CoCo Brother Live: The Weekend, heard Sunday mornings on WSTR-HD3 and FM translator W233BF (Streetz 94.5).


Chris K Heads To Steel City

Chris K Heads To Steel City

Steel City Media announced the hiring of Chris K for middays on WLTJ/Pittsburgh. He comes from WDHZ/Detroit, where he worked weekends/fill-ins. Chris K replaces Debbie Wilde, who has joined the station's new morning show.


Bob & Sheri Hit The Road

Bob & Sheri Hit The Road

The syndicated Bob & Sheri Show is going on a road trip. Bob Lacey, Sheri Lynch, and their morning show team are loading up an RV and traveling for a week, driving from their home base in North Carolina to Maine. Calling it the RV Crazy Tour, the show will stop at affiliate stations in Zanesville, OH; Hudson, NY, and Bangor, ME. The 10-day trip begins July 3.


FCC Names Congressional Liaison

FCC Names Congressional Liaison

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Mike Dabbs as Director of the FCC Office of Legislative Affairs. Dabbs and his team will lead the Commission's communications with the U.S. House and Senate. He replaces Sara Morris who exited in April to join iHeartMedia's Government Affairs team. Dabbs will work alongside Deputy Director Andrew Woelfling, who has served as acting director since Morris' departure.



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