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iHeart Leads Race To Stay Relevant In The Dash

If you attended the Radio Show in Nashville last month and sat in on any of the sessions on the dash, the takeaway was that radio needed to find a way to stay relevant as the automobile industry transforms what used to be radio-owned real estate into a computerized extension of the consumer's cellphone. It seems at least one radio company is well connected when it comes to knowing where that technology is headed, and that's iHeartmedia.

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FanDuel, DraftKings Settle Advertising Lawsuits

They are both big radio advertisers, and they were very big last year. On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported the two fantasy-sports websites will each pay $6 million to resolve lawsuits in New York regarding their advertising practices.

CRS Accepting Rusty Wallace Scholarship Applications

Country Radio Broadcasters is now accepting applications for the Rusty Walker Scholarship program, which provides an all-expenses-paid trip to, and attendance at, CRS 2017 in February. Applicants must be full-time radio station employees and a first-time CRS attendees. Three scholarships will be awarded. Apply at Deadline is November 7.

Binnie Media Adds “Financial Exchange”

The Financial Exchange with Barry Armstrong and Chuck Zodda will be added to NH1 News Radio WNNH FM 99.1 in Concord, and WEMJ FM 107.3 & AM 1490 in Laconia, both in New Hampshire.

Buzz Knight To Join Beasley As VP/Programming

Buzz Knight, the longtime SVP/program development for Greater Media, will be joining Beasley as VP/programming on the close of Beasley's purchase of Greater Media. He takes over from Justin Chase, who, as reported earlier, has been promoted to EVP/programming for Beasley Media Group. Chase called Knight "incredibly strategic and well suited for the Beasley company culture."

Pandora Revenue Disappoints

Whatever the reason or reasons, Pandora's revenue did not meet expectations and the stock price was reflecting that late Tuesday. Revenue was approximately $352 million, $8 million below the low end of Pandora's own guidance range. CFO Mike Herring blamed the miss on a soft advertising market, especially in national business, and overall softness in digital advertising.

I’ve Been on 500 Local Sales Calls

That's what Pandora CEO Tim Westergren told investors Tuesday when the topic of local ad sales came up. And that includes at least one local mattress store in Dallas. Westergren, who has 154 local sales reps on his payroll, said when sellers come over from iHeartMedia or Cumulus they say it's like they received Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket. And, he still believes Pandora has 10% of all radio listening in the United States.

What if A Political Candidate Comes After You?

Yesterday, we told you about state Senator Chris Walters (pictured) who sent a “cease and desist” letter to several Charleston radio companies, demanding they stop running ads that he says falsely claim he testified on behalf of a convicted child molester. While none of those radio companies responded to our request to discuss the issue, broadcast attorney John Garziglia helped us out with an explanation on what managers facing the same issue might be up against.

BIA/Kelsey Says Local Ad Revenue to Hit $148.8B in 2017

In its new U.S. Local Advertising Forecast 2017, BIA/Kelsey, projects total local advertising revenues in the U.S. to reach $148.8 billion in 2017, up from $145.2 billion this year, representing a growth rate of 2.4 percent.

Independents Can Teach You Lessons About Radio

At Forecast 2017, the “Independent and Optimistic: Why Smaller Can Be Better — And More Profitable” panel of experts will answer questions and share practical lessons that apply to both independents and owners with standalone stations in any market. 

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Chris Carlin Headed to Afternoons on WIP

Although the station had nothing to announce at this time, several reports in New York have Chris Carlin joining Ike Reese for afternoon drive on CBS's WIP in Philadelphia. Carlin has co-hosted SportsNet New York’s Loud Mouths since 2008. Carlin has worked at SiriusXM and did fill-in work at FAN. Early in his radio career Carlin was Mike Francesa’s producer for six years. Picture courtesy

Is Contest Winner O’Neill The Next Country Star?

Country Singer Todd O’Neill has won the NASH Next 2016 Challenge artist development competition. O’Neill, who hails from Hammond, LA, will receive national radio airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations, a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group, and will have an original song produced by Jay DeMarcus...

Beasley Promotes Justin Chase

As Beasley gets ready to close on its purchase of Greater Media, Justin Chase takes on a bigger role as Executive Vice President of Programming. Chase was VP of Programming since 2013, after four years of service as Operations Manager for Beasley's cluster in Vegas.

Former McGavern-Guild CEO Joins Connoisseur

Jeff Warshaw's Connoisseur Media has hired Lisa Sonnenklar as COO of Connoisseur's Integrated Solutions Division. Warshaw said, "Using our potent mix of radio, digital, and event marketing assets, we have been able to get tremendous ROI and visibility for many of our clients. We are now putting even more firepower into these efforts. We are delighted to welcome Lisa into the Connoisseur family.”

CBS Radio Names Brian McHale Sr. VP For IT

It's a newly created position for McHale who comes to CBS Radio from American Apparel, where he was SVP and Chief Information Officer and responsible for rebuilding the entire IT organization from the ground up.

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Writers And Editors Discuss Their Work

CBS Radio and Simon & Schuster have launched a new podcast called “The Paper Donkey Podcast” on the network. The 45-minute podcast is a conversation between writers and editors about their work and will be posted every other Wednesday. It's the second podcast created by CBS Radio and Simon & Schuster.

Triton Digital: Sports Sees Biggest Increase

Triton Digital released its ranker for August 2016 and the company says, when compared to July 2016, the Sports format showed the largest listening gain with a 12.9 percent increase in Average Active Sessions, followed by Adult Contemporary (12.7%), Country (10.5%), Classic Rock (9.9%), and Top 40 (CHR) (7.6%). Check out the full August 2016 Triton Digital ranker HERE.

Radiotopia Adds Two New Podcast Shows

The shows are The West Wing Weekly, co-hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway (of Radiotopia’s Song Exploder) and acclaimed actor Joshua Malina; and The Bugle, a satirical comedy podcast, founded by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. 

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