Total and retail new light-vehicle sales in November are expected to increase 7% on a selling-day-adjusted basis, according to a monthly sales forecast by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Radio's biggest advertising category continues to show strength, with retail light-vehicle sales approaching 1.1 million units and total light-vehicle sales nearing 1.3 million units this month. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate for retail sales in November 2015 is expected to reach 14.2 million units, up from a selling rate of 13.7 million units a year ago and the highest for the month since November 2003 (14.2 million units).
Despite the 200 people in attendance who cheered the board for voting to oppose the sale, KPLU council president Stephen Tan reminded the crowd that the advisory board cannot stop the sale. Earlier this month it was announced that KPLU (owned by Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma) would be sold to KUOW (owned by University of Washington in Seattle) for $7 million and $1 million in underwriting with all the news coverage being moved to KUOW. KPLU will become a jazz and blues station. KPLU employees were caught off guard by the announced sale, which still needs FCC approval, and the GM of the station says the station is financially stable. The board plans to send a letter to the University in opposition to the deal. More at The Seattle Times
Broadcast attorney David Oxenford wants to remind broadcasters that it's not a good idea to copy anything you want from the Internet and post to your station's website. You need permission because, he says, everything on the Internet is not free to exploit on your own site. READ ON
This is all part of the 2010 ownership review, which the FCC was mandated to complete but never did. It may not be done until 2016. The main issue is JSA's over on the TV side. Broadcasting & Cable has the details about the federal court canceling oral arguments which were set for Wednesday after numerous delays. The NAB has argued that the Commission had a statutory responsibility to make a decision on whether existing rules limiting station ownership were still necessary. The NAB says the FCC evaded its obligation by rolling the the review into a 2014 proceeding. The reason the courts are involved is the group Prometheus challenged deregulation over a decade ago.
Alpha's KCLB-FM in Palm Springs becomes the first Southern California affiliate of the Mark in the Morning program. The show originates from Entercom's KSWD-FM The Sound in Los Angeles. This is Thompson's second time on the air at KCLB; the Mark and Brian Show aired on KCLB from 1998 to 2006. The show then aired on KCLB's sister station, KDGL The Eagle, from 2006 to 2012.
Brokers Greg Guy and Jason James of Patrick Communications let us know that the sale of WFSS-FM in Fayetteville, NC, which is a 100,000-watt NPR station playing Jazz and News, has closed. The station was sold by Fayetteville State University to WUNC Public Radio for $1.75 million.
And the folks at The Verge are giving Pandora and others unsolicited advice on what they should steal as the service shuts down. The Verge says, despite its small user base, "Rdio did have tons of great ideas around design and user experience, and its competitors should absolutely steal them. Nothing else on the market shares its belief in the primacy of the album, or the cleverness with which it integrated recommendations from friends, trusted labels, and music publications into every corner of the app." Here are the five things The Verge is recommending other streaming services steal.
Yesterday it was Pandora, today it's iHeartRadio's turn to release a list of the most-thumbed songs of 2015. Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" came in at number one, beating out three of Taylor Swift's songs and two by newcomer Meghan Trainor. Here's iHeart's top 10 thumbed-up songs for 2015...
Everyone loves a list and these selections were made by members of the SiriusXM music curation team and are driven by subscriber feedback. Adele was named Artist of the Year with her song "Hello" named song of the year. Also named were "Breakthrough Artists of the Year", "'Welcome Back' Artists of the Year", "Breakthrough Artists You've Probably Never Heard Of" and "Artists to Watch in 2016" Here's the full SiriusXM list...
Alpha Media East Texas has announced that, for the third year in a row, KOYE La Invasora has helped raise over $100,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. The annual two-day radiothon was held October 22-23, and the proceeds will help local East Texas families needing medial help from the Children's Miracle Network at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.
The Benztown Brigade volunteered Monday night at the E.J. Jackson Foundation Turkey Giveaway in Los Angeles, which feeds over 12,000 hungry Angelenos in need every Thanksgiving. The 33-year annual charitable event served long lines of people, stretching for blocks. (Pictured are some of the Benztown Brigade at Monday night's Jackson Turkey Giveaway)
HOT 95-7, Houston, partnered with Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union (GCEFCU) to surprise Ridgecrest Elementary teacher, Rafael Carballo with a cash prize on November 19. Morning show host Sarah Pepper went to the school with GCEFCU to present $500 to Carballo through the Sarah Pepper Cares Initiative.
Cox Media Group in Tampa has named John Kage Director of Branding for Hot 101.5 FM WPOI. Additionally, the Director of Branding and Programming for 97X WSUN FM will report to Kage. Before joining CMG Tampa, Kage was PD and Digital Content Director for Entercom's KQKS/KS1075 in Denver.
For over 30 years, Bob Davis has been the play-by-play voice of Kansas Jayhawk football and men's basketball. He'll be retiring at the end of the basketball season, making Saturday's game against Kansas State his final football broadcast. Davis was morning sports anchor at KMBZ Radio in Kansas City for two decades. He also hosted weekly call-in shows at KMBZ with Royals managers, and hosted Royals pre- and post-game shows. Davis started his broadcast career in 1968 at KAYS Radio and TV. He became KAYS sports director and play-by-play announcer during the 1968 football season. Photo courtesy Kansas City Star
Our "Blast From The Past" page in Radio Ink Magazine is one of our most popular features and has been around for 20 years. Thanks to Dave Adair at Cumulus for sending in this classic from the 1960s. It's the WIS-AM studeio (went on air 1930) in Columbia SC. Pictured standing is the late Gene McKay. Seated is John Wrisley (still with us). Both had legendary careers in Columbia radio. This studio was turned into "The Bomb Shelter" designed to broadcast from in the event of nuclear war or other disaster. It had a geiger counter, jugs of water, and boxes of Civil Defense rations of food. We'd love to see yours. Send your classic photos to email@example.com