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July 23, 2014

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Bressler: "We Significantly Outperformed Our Markets"

Bressler: "We Significantly Outperformed Our Markets"

Even though Q2 radio revenue was flat for Clear Channel, CFO Richard Bressler (pictured) said the company, according to Miller/Kaplan, outperformed the markets in which it operates. With 840 plus radio stations, that could be bad news as we hear from others who report in the coming weeks. Bressler said April and May were weak months with June showing some better signs. Radio has been in a flat to slow growth period for years now, compared to TV and Digital which are experiencing growth quarter after quarter. CCM+E generated $806.3 Million in revenue in Q2, compared to $805.6 in Q2 of 2013


INDUSTRY NEWS

Dean Leaving America Now Show

Dean Leaving America Now Show

On Wednesday night Premiere Networks announced Andy Dean is stepping down as host of his nationally syndicated show America Now on August 8. Dean says the reason he's leaving is to run the technology company he started, ConnectPal, full-time. Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott stated, Andy is a tremendous talent and were proud of what weve accomplished together over the past three years with America Now. We wish him all the best as he starts this new chapter of his career. A new host will be announced after Labor Day. Starting August 11, host of "The Weekend," Joe Pags will guest host.


CBS Local Media Purchases Eventful

CBS Local Media Purchases Eventful

CBS is taking another step into the digital world with the purchase of Eventful, a company that connects consumers with entertainment, movies and local events. It would seem a perfect match to mesh Eventful with the CBS Local websites the company has created that include not only a connection to the local radio stations but local news, sports and other content. Over 21 million people now use Eventful with millions of local events for those users to choose from. Eventful serves users across multiple platforms including online, mobile and email, and delivers personalized content and recommendations to users.


Katz' Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Katz' Mark Rosenthal To Co-Chair Forecast 2015

Radio Ink is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Katz Media Group, has agreed to serve as co-chair of Forecast 2015, November 19, in New York City. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads said, "Since taking over Katz, Mark has been heavily involved in the development of and growth of our industry and has showed true leadership. Having his guidance on Forecast will help shape this year's program, which will have a strong advertiser focus."


World Cup a Big Win for ESPN Audio

World Cup a Big Win for ESPN Audio

ESPN Audio streamed coverage of all 64 FIFA World Cup games from Brazil and the network has relased listening numbers from the month-long tournament. On average 23,503 listeners tuned in every quarter hour with the USA vs. Germany game on June 26 setting an ESPN Audio record of 147,880 listeners on average, according to Ando Media. Senior VP of production and business divisions for ESPN Traug Keller tells Radio Ink, "The World Cup was a terrific success for ESPN Audio. The streaming results are the latest example or what we have been espousing for a long time compelling content offered across audio platforms serves sports fans and listeners responded in record numbers.


United Stations Celebrates CSNY Anniversary

United Stations Celebrates CSNY Anniversary

USRN will be airing a three-hour special in honor of the 40th anniversary boxed set of 1974 concert material from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The release, simply titled CSNY 1974, will provide the central material for the radio special will which also include brand new, exclusive interviews with key members of the band as well as with the co-producers of the boxed set. The special will be hosted by Derek Madden of KLOS-FM, Los Angeles, and will be broadcast nationally on Labor Day weekend. To get your hands on this special for your station contact Contact Andy Denemark at andyd@unitedstations.com.


Field: "We Must Embrace Change."

Field: "We Must Embrace Change."

How often do you send out notes to the people working the clients and building the ratings? Entercom CEO David Field does it twice every year. In Field's mid-year pep-talk to employees, he tells his team, "we are living in a world of unprecedented and rapid change that is impacting virtually every part of our lives. To compete effectively in this environment, all businesses must embrace change and innovate." Field also laid out Entercom's core beliefs and principles which, he says, will help the company navigate those choppy waters of change.


World Cup Fever Has Univision Radio Reaching For Aspirin

For the second quarter ending June 30, net revenue at Univision's radio stations decreased 15.7 percent to $75.6 million compared to $89.7 million in 2013. The reasons the company gave for the decline were lower ratings, market revenue declines, and $5.6 million in advertising revenue that shifted from radio to television for the World Cup.


SBS' Salas Heads for Mediation

SBS' Salas Heads for Mediation

Billboard has the update on the lawsuit filed by Latin star Katherine Alexander against SBS executive Jesus Salas. The attorneys will meet tomorrow hoping to settle a suit which claims the singer unknowingly signed a contract that forced her to give up most of her earnings. Alexander also claims she was sexually assaulted when she wanted out of her contract. She's asking for $1 Million.


The Case For The C4 Classification

(by by Matthew Wesolowski) There's good news for hundreds of Class A FM stations. From now until August 18, the FCC will be soliciting comments regarding the creation of a new classification of radio station. The new "Class C4" allocation would give a little over 30 percent of Zone II Class A FM radio stations a potential opportunity to increase their maximum effective radiated power levels from 6,000 watts to 12,000 watts. The proposal would also expand conditions upon which 73.215 of the Commission's Rules could be employed.


Clear Channel To Target Ads On iHeartRadio

Clear Channel To Target Ads On iHeartRadio

Up until now, Clear Channel stations on iHeartradio have been inserting local and national commercials. The company announced on Tuesday it will be working with AdsWizz to insert more targeted ads on its 840-plus stations. It certainly has the scale to score some very big advertisers on iHeartradio. The app reaches over 245 million monthly users.


Cumulus Rallies Troops For Boy With Cancer

Cumulus Rallies Troops For Boy With Cancer

The Bert Show, Night Live with Adam Bomb, NASH Nights Live, and America's Morning Show are rallying around 5-year old Danny Nickerson who's battling a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. Danny has stopped going to kindergarten and undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks. Danny's 6th birthday is Friday and all he wants is a "big box of birthday cards."



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Jacobs Releases Public Radio Tech Survey

Jacobs Releases Public Radio Tech Survey

It's the 6th year for the survey published by Jacobs Media, which includes a partnership with the Public Radio Program Directors Association and includes over 26,000 public radio listeners. Here are some of the highlights from the survey: 71% of the respondents own a smartphone, 56% carry a tablet, On a weekly basis, 61% access online video, 49% stream audio, and 58% are able to pair a phone or mp3 player in the vehicle they drive.


Clear Channel Unveils 2014 iHeartRadio Lineup

Clear Channel Unveils 2014 iHeartRadio Lineup

The September 19 and 20 show in Las Vegas will feature Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mtley Cre, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki. The iHeartRadio Music Festival Village will also return to The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon.


WideOrbit Buys Programmatic Platform Company

Advertising Management Software company WideOrbit has purchased a digital programmatic sell-side platform company called Admeta. The company provides yield optimization solutions that help publishers drive digital revenue. Admeta is the third digital company WideOrbit has acquired recently. In April WideOrbit acquired Fivia, a company that provides a digital sales and operations platform for media. And in June the company bought streaming company Abacast.



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Cumulus Gets a New VP of Sales in DC

Cumulus Gets a New VP of Sales in DC

Cumulus has appointed Jake McCann as VP of Sales for WRQX and WMAL in Washington, DC. McCann is the former Director of Sales for Greater Media stations WRIF, WCSX and Sports 105.1 in Detroit. Prior to that, Jake spent seven years in Philadelphia as the General Sales Manager for 97.5 Fanatic in Philadelphia.


Mendte Gets Sunday Night Show on WABC

Mendte Gets Sunday Night Show on WABC

Larry Mendte (pictured) is a familiar voice to New York City listeners. Most recently he was a contributor to WPIX-TVs nightly newscast, where he produced opinionated commentaries. Mendtes commentaries at WPIX-TV are credited with helping to pass the 9/11 First Responders Health and Compensation Bill. Mendte won four New York Emmy awards for his PIX commentaries, giving him a total of 90 regional Emmy awards for his 30 years in broadcasting. He also has 6 Edward R. Murrow Awards.


Pandora Hires Music Industry Executive

Pandora Hires Music Industry Executive

Pandora has hired Lars Murray as vice president of industry relations. Murray comes to Pandora with more than 20 years of experience in the music industry, most recently as VP of digital media at Columbia Records where he led a digital marketing operation focused on helping artists leverage digital platforms to grow their audiences. Murray will lead Pandora's collaboration with the music industry. Pandora says the company is looking at leveraging its scale and technology to create opportunity and value for artists, labels, and the entire music ecosystem.


Dibiase Promoted To GM Of Clark Howard Brands

Dibiase Promoted To GM Of Clark Howard Brands

Christa Dibiase will be responsible for overseeing Clark Howard's syndicated radio show, TV products, and all digital products, including ClarkHoward.com. In addition, she will continue to oversee the operation of the Consumer Action Center, a national service outreach that advises the public on money, and financial and consumer questions via phone and the Internet. Dibiase was the executive producer of the radio show which is based at WSB in Atlanta and syndicated by Westwood One. The show is on in over 200 markets.



WEDNESDAY BLOGGERS

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

Do You Listen to Your Listeners?

(By Buzz Knight) I found a cool new restaurant a couple of towns over from me called Il Casale in (Lexington, Mass). It's been open for about six weeks. It's the sister restaurant of another spot they own in Belmont, Mass. (They meaning chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers.) I grabbed a bite to eat there this past week after hearing a few friends rave about it and I heard a great story from a guy named Jeff who is one of the regular customers from the neighborhood.


<b>(SALES)</b> Can I Have Your Attention?

(SALES) Can I Have Your Attention?

(By Jeff Schmidt) Tracey McGrath was the new general manager at Seelye of South Haven. This was our third meeting. He had aggressive goals. Having just attended a Jim Williams seminar, I prepared an aggressive strategy that included dominating frequency on the radio stations. Twice an hour every hour every day on both stations. It was by far the biggest schedule ever presented on the stations. We were asking for $25,000 a month. In a small un-rated market, that amount is unheard of.


<b>(SOCIAL)</b> 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(SOCIAL) 5 Ways To Break Out In Social Media

(By Loyd Ford) You always have the choice to be like everyone else. You can always fit in. You can always go along. But why not break out? Here are five (5) ways you can break out in your social media and find new fans, grow your influence, and enjoy more of your life in radio: 1. Focus your visuals on fun, entertainment, and a unique perspective. Giving a unique perspective on the entertaining side of your business will give listeners a happy-to-waste-time enjoyment of your content. This will pay dividends.



AUDIO INK

Digital Sales Success Stories

If you have one, we want to hear about it. Are you killing it in digital sales, bringing local clients results using all of your digital products? Do your clients look to you as the go-to digital expert in your market? You are a rare bird in our indusrty and we want to hear about you and your story today. Call or e-mail Radio Ink Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan at 239-247-3833 or edryantheeditor@gmail.com.



2014 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN RADIO

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

Here Are The Most Influential Women In Radio

2014 marks the 15th year for whats become one of our most popular lists. The Most Influential Women in Radio issue began in 1999, when the list of names was much shorter and those who occupied the list less influential. Today, some of these influencers will also appear on our 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list (to be released on July 28). Read about the Most Influential Women HERE.



DASH 2014

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

CEA's Gary Shapiro To Keynote DASH Conference

Gary Shapiro is the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the second DASH Connected Car Conference, to be held in Detroit, October 15-16. Shapiro said, "I'm excited to deliver the keynote address at the DASH Conference, a great mashup of broadcast radio, the automobile industry, and consumer electronics. As the home of global auto industry and an emerging hotbed of startups and technological innovation, Detroit is the perfect location for this meeting of the minds."



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