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December 17, 2014

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Radio Still Using Traditional Salespeople For Digital Dollars

Radio Still Using Traditional Salespeople For Digital Dollars

The jury is still out on whether this approach is right or wrong. Some will say the reason radio does not generate more revenue from digital is because it doesn't focus enough dedicated resources to it. Others will say there just isn't enough digital revenue in the marketplace to spend the money on those additional resources. Radio Ink recently completed a detailed survey of managers that included owners, CEOs, corporate executives, market managers, general managers, sales managers, and program directors. Our goal was to take the pulse of the industry as we head into 2015 and find out where you believe radio sits in the digital marketplace. Our survey discovered that a large majority of stations continue to sell digital products using their traditional sales force. Here are the numbers...


INDUSTRY NEWS

Even The Band On The Titanic Kept Playing

Even The Band On The Titanic Kept Playing

(by Jeffrey Schmidt) Her name came from Greek mythology - it meant gigantic. 882 feet long, 92 feet wide, 104 feet tall and a weight of 52,000 tons. When Thomas Andrew built this massive ship in 1912, she was called the world's first "unsinkable ship." On April 10th she set out on her maiden voyage from the UK to New York City. On April 14th, four days into the maiden voyage, she hit an iceberg. There were 2,224 people on board. The Titanic split apart and sank to a depth of 12,415 feet. So what does The Titanic have to do with a headline on Radio Ink's website Tuesday?


Foundation Guardian Campaign Underway

Foundation Guardian Campaign Underway

Over the next few weeks, during the Guardian campaign, over 50 percent of the Broadcasters Foundation annual total will be raised. Foundation President James Thompson says this year more than $850,000 will be given out to broadcasters in need, a total the organization has been able to grow over the years. "Ten years ago we gave out about $200,000," he says. "Now we will give over $850,000. We have helped thousands of broadcasters with millions of dollars over the past five to 10 years."


Compass Announces New Reports

Compass Announces New Reports

Compass Media Networks says beginning January 5 it will start delivering business and money-news reports, twice-hourly at :20 & :50, each weekday. Jennifer Kushinka will anchor reports during morning drive. Kushinka was morning drive news-anchor for The Wall Street Journal Reports. Ray Hoffman will anchor from 12 Noon-3 PM ET. Hoffman was anchoring short form reports for WCBS-AM, New York. Previously, Hoffman was an afternoon drive anchor for Wall Street Journal Radio Network and the lead talent for BusinessWeek Radio. Frank Miller will be the afternoon drive host. For the past six years, Miller has worked with Compass, providing custom reports to top all-news and news-talk stations.


Omaha AM Fine Reduced to $7,000

Cochise Broadcasting, owner of KOMJ-AM in Omaha, must pay the $7,000 fine for failing to maintain a fully equipped and staffed main studio. The original NAL was $17,000. Cochise admitted it violated the rule and has since established a new, compliant main studio that is fully staffed, with both a full-time receptionist and a GM based at that location. The new main studio for the station also contains equipment to originate programming and the public file. Despite the explanation that it is now compliant , the FCC has ordered Cochise to pay the fine for previous violations.


Who is Your Manager of The Week?

On January 5 Radioink.com begins a new feature called Manager of the Week. Every week we will profile a different manager about why that manager has been successful in the radio industry, how he or she leads others, what it takes to compete and win in a fragmented media world and how the current crop of managers can take radio in the right direction, more specifically to get back to increasing ad revenue. We're encouraging all readers to make nominations HERE which can include market managers, general managers, D.O.S.'s, sales managers, brand managers and Internet sales managers.


Curtis Closes North Carolina Translator Swap

Eastern Airwaves, which is a division of Curtis Media in Raleigh, has closed its exchange of FM Translator W262BM in Charlotte for the construction permits for FM Translator W284CP Durham and W284CD Rolesville. Both were previously owned by Educational Media Foundation. No cash changed hands in the deal. Bob Heymann at Media Services Group was the broker for Curtis in the transaction.



DIGITAL

Shazam CEO to Speak at CRS

Shazam CEO to Speak at CRS

Shazam CEO Rich Riley and leadership coach Lori Addicks are the latest featured speakers added to the CRS 2015 agenda. Addicks' presentation is called Increasing Your Resilience & Performance with EQ (Emotional Intelligence). Riley will give a presentation on the power of Shazam for programming and promotions. Shazam is the top sales referral app for iTunes and has over 100 million users. Riley will discuss how radio can integrate Shazam into programming and promotions, and what insights and analytics can be drawn from to enhance decision-making.


Personal Radio by Aupeo Set for Launch

After last years purchase of the Aupeo Radio Service, Panasonic has re-branded and reimagined the interface on the Aupeo. Heavily targeting the in-car system, Panasonic is betting this farm on Aupreo becoming an automotive standard. Panasonic does have a bit of a jump-start, with the company already providing audio technology for Chevrolet, Acura, Toyota and Volkswagen. Read more about the Aupeo Radio Service at GIGAOM.



COMMUNITY SERVICE

WUSN-FM Raises $1.2 Million For St. Jude

WUSN-FM Raises $1.2 Million For St. Jude

WUSN-FM in Chicago recently held its 24th Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon and raised $1,187,273. During the two-day radiothon, US99.5 personalities Lisa Dent, Ramblin' Ray, Drew Walker, Shila, Jax, Marci Braun and Trish Biondo broadcast live from a Best Buy for 23 hours, encouraging listeners to donate to St. Jude. To date, US99.5 has raised over $23.5 million through their annual radiothons.


Fox News Radio to Air Christmas Special

Fox News Radio to Air Christmas Special

"The Todd Starnes All-American Christmas" will air on Fox News Radio Christmas Eve at 7PM/ET and Christmas Day at 7AM and 7PM/ET. Hosted by FOX News Channel contributor Todd Starnes, the two-hour Christmas special will feature Mike Huckabee, Duck Dynasty star Al Robertson, GRAMMY winner Chris Tomlin, New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, Gov. Sarah Palin and musical artists Ellie Holcomb and Kyle Kupecky. Starnes will also be joined by a 300-voice choir and orchestra. The program it will air on FNR affiliate stations along with American Family Radio, Bott Radio Network and KCBI in Dallas.


"Christmas Across The Lands" Celebrates 15 Years

Randy Sherwyn, the PD for Beasley Sunny 106.3 WJPT-FM and 106.3 HD2 Solid Gold 106 in Southwest Florida, will host the 15th annual "Christmas Across the Lands," a 12-hour program that airs on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in markets across the globe. Originating 14 years ago as a tribute to our troops stationed overseas, "Christmas Across the Lands" is written, produced, and hosted by Sherwyn, who's been with Beasley since 1991. The show is updated with new content every year.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Mahaffey to Co-Host Mornings at The Wolf in Dallas

Mahaffey to Co-Host Mornings at The Wolf in Dallas

Skip Mahaffey will replace Ken Buckner as morning show co-host with Lisa Taylor on Cumulus' KPLX in Dallas-Fort Worth. Market Manager Dan Bennett said, "Skip is a tremendous talent with a great track record of success in ratings and industry awards and truly understands the air talent’s role on a great music station.” Mahaffey moves to Dallas from WWJB/WXJB in Hernando County, FL, where he was Midday Talk Show Host.


Sparks Earns Market Manager Stripes

Sparks Earns Market Manager Stripes

Shane Sparks has been named the new Market Manager of NRG's Northwood's cluster, which has six FMs and one AM. Sparks moves to Northwoods after a decade of sales management at NRG's AM 940 WFAW, KOOL 106.5, and LITE-FM 107.3 WSJY in Fort Atkinson, WI. Since he was 15, Sparks has worked in radio, earning his degree in Broadcast Radio from the Madison Media Institute. He's been providing play-by-play coverage of Fort Atkinson Blackhawks football and basketball and hosts Sportsline, a Saturday-morning sports show.


Huckabee Finds New Distributor

Huckabee Finds New Distributor

With his syndication deal set to expire with WestWood One/Cumulus at the end of 2014, Mike Huckabee has found a new distributor for his daily short-form feature, The Huckabee Report. Beginning January 5, it will be distributed by WYM Media Management and represented nationally for ad sales by WYD Media Ad Sales. The feature, which focuses on news, pop culture, and politics of the day, will retain its current format with morning, midday, and afternoon delivery of three unique reports that allow stations to carry one or three minutes of content per report.


Haupert Moves to Hubbard From iHeartMedia

Haupert Moves to Hubbard From iHeartMedia

Leyla Haupert has been named the new GSM at Hubbard's ALT AZ 93-3 in Phoenix. Haupert comes to Hubbard from iHeart Media in Phoenix, where she was Director of Integrated Marketing. She's also worked for Clear Channel San Francisco.


Beasley Sending Cadillac Jack to Tampa

Beasley Sending Cadillac Jack to Tampa

On January 5, Cadillac Jack will be the new APD and afternoon drive host for WQYK-FM in Tampa. Jack was APD, music director and afternoon host on Beasley's Coyote Country KCYE-FM in Las Vegas. His career with Beasley Broadcast began in 1999 when he joined WXTU-FM in Philadelphia in that same capacity of APD, MD and afternoon host. He moved to Las Vegas Beasley's KYCE in 2006.


WHO ARE THE BEST COUNTRY PDS IN RADIO?

Every year, Radio Ink magazine and SONY present the Best Country Program Directors at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville (Feb 25-27). Each PD is honored with a profile in Radio Ink magazine and special pullout issues of those profiles are put on display at CRS. Can CMG's Johnny Chiang (pictured) retain his title? What about Greater Media's Mike Brophy or CBS' Tim Roberts? We'll find out soon. We are now accepting nominations for those awards. Deadline to submit is January 8. To nominate your PD GO HERE. Deadline to submit is January 8.



TOP SPORTS TALKERS

Francesa Retains Title

Francesa Retains Title

For the third year in a row WFAN's Mike Francesa has been chosen the number one local sports talker in America by Radio Ink's panel of sports experts. That panel includes program directors, sports hosts, managers of sports stations, and consultants. Mike Francesa has over 27 years of sports talk on the books already, having started out when the format was hardly as cool or lucrative as it is today.



FEATURED WRITERS

(PROGRAMMING) A  GM's Yearly Review

(PROGRAMMING) A GM's Yearly Review

(By Tom Watson) As we close another year in broadcasting it's a good time to reflect on your successes and failures in 2014, set goals for 2015, and move forward. Where do you want to be next year at this time? Are your programming, promotions, marketing, and sales, all contributing to the bottom line Are they reaching their preset goals?


(TALENT) Radio's Choke Point

(TALENT) Radio's Choke Point

(By Ron Robinson) I don't know how much longer contemporary radio owners are going to hang in - what with their looking away or holding their breath until the bad people go away. Qualifying as the "bad people" are any who would, with the courage of Lassie, state that most broadcasters are running second-rate operations. Some owners are blissfully unaware they run clunkers. They have no intention of improving anything.


(SOCIAL) Are You Relevant?

(SOCIAL) Are You Relevant?

(By Loyd Ford) How relevant are you? This can be a difficult question if you are truly looking deep to see the authentic answer. Worse yet is if you are actively seeking to see if your work to remain relevant is working. Broadcasters have a more limited field than they did in past decades. This is in spite of the fact that we now have a digital side. Most companies are working now only to establish themselves as powerbrokers of big national products. Radio gets its power from being local. I understand the temptation of the national platform, but radio is local. The less local you get, the less authentically powerful you are.



RADIO INK

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...


Majority of Managers Confident About Radio

Majority of Managers Confident About Radio

The future of radio looks bright, according to the current crop of managers running the radio industry. Radio Ink recently completed a detailed survey of managers that included owners, CEOs, corporate executives, market managers, general managers, sales managers, and program directors. Our goal was to take the pulse of the industry as we head into 2015, and find out where you believe radio sits in the digital marketplace. With a new year a few weeks away, radio managers are feeling pretty good about things.







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Radio stations from all over the country have sent in pictures of their mobile marketing machines. Here are some of the most creative vehicles being used in the industry today. Send your picture to edryantheditor@gmail.com.
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