Getting pirate radio broadcasters off the air has been a pet peeve of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly for a very long time. At Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference in Fort Lauderdale, O'Rielly's tune didn't change on the issue. In fact, he said it's still a huge problem in South Florida and has a disproportionate impact on the Hispanic radio community. But he went even further.
Things might be different today, according to a panel at the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference on Tuesday. The panel was entitled, "What We Learned From the Election & Where We Go From Here." The NAB's Dennis Wharton pointed out that Donald Trump won a higher percentage (29%) of the Hispanic vote in 2016 than Mitt Romney (27%) did when he ran for President.
During our panel on the 2016 political election, former CBS Radio VP Harvey Nagler said the mood of the country is polarized and there is no leadership to bring it together. "It's a sad situation," he said, adding he's never seen people so mad at the state of the country. He also had an opinion about the President saying the media was the enemy.
The winners of the annual Medallas de Cortez (sponsored by vCreative) awards for excellence in Hispanic Radio were announced Tuesday at the Hispanic Radio Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Prestigious Broadcaster of the Year ho nors went to SBS EVP/Programming and Multi-Platform Coordinator Jesus Salas, while, as previously announced, Frank Montero of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth received the Distinguished Leadership Award.
Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference continues today with a 9AM panel called "Old School/New School: Bridging the Gap Between Gen X Managers and Millennial Sellers." That will be followed by a panel moderated by Gary Rozynek that focuses on Sales Strategies for Automotive Dealers. Follow all the live action on Twitter using the hashtag #HISPRADIO17 and we'll have full coverage in our Thursday headlines.
The 7th Annual Meggan Morency Wild West Night, recently held at Alligator Ron Bergeron’s Green Glades Ranch in Weston, Florida, was attended by over 700 people; $80,000 was raised, which will go to equine-assisted activities and therapy programs at Bit-By-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center.
And it's just in time for our Hispanic Radio Conference taking place today in Fort Lauderdale. The issue features our cover story interview with Entravision’s “Erazno y la Chokolata," a profile on broadcast attorney Frank Montero, some of the greatest-looking radio facilities in the country, and much more. To subscribe to Radio Ink go HERE. And check out our Hispanic Radio conference agenda HERE.