Chris Leonard is President of The Hawaii Association of Broadcasters. He also owns radio stations in Hawaii and was part of an NAB panel Thursday about the role broadcasters play in times of emergency. Leonard was just waking up when the alert that Hawaii was about to be hit by an incoming ballistic missile came in on his phone. Minutes later Leonard was in his car headed to his station when he heard his station air the chilling alert that "this is not a drill."
Broadcasting visionary Edward McLaughlin passed away Thursday night, January 18, at a hospice in Palm Beach, FL. He was 92. McLaughlin -- who was to be honored with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner, March 5, in New York City -- was the man who launched Rush Limbaugh into syndication. In 2010 McLaughlin was the recipient of Radio Ink's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Houston was hit hard in 2017. Hurricane Harvey, and the flooding that followed, wreaked havoc on that city. CMG has three stations in Houston, and they remained on the air the entire time, providing vital information to listeners. And that's because CMG Houston Market Manager Mark Krieschen has a detailed plan that his team practices every year.
As last year’s horrific disasters, from hurricanes to earthquakes, demonstrated all too acutely, the importance of radio in providing lifesaving information and communications cannot be denied or compromised. Is your station ready?
As part of its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cumulus has asked for court approval to dump several contracts in Chicago, including those with the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls and the Merlin stations it has been LMAing since 2014, WKQX-FM and WLUP-FM.
According to Cumulus, the company operating the stations formerly owned by Randy Michaels, WLUP-FM and WKQX-FM in Chicago, have lost $8.4 Million since 2014. Cumulus says the stations, net of LMA fees, lost $1.5 million in 2014, $800,000 in 2015, $1.1 million in 2016 and $5.1 million in 2017. The LMA fee Cumulus was paying to Merlin was $600,000 per month.
In a perfect world there would be one simple, credible measurement system where all audio listening, whether over-the-air, on a device, via third-party apps or podcasts, could be neatly packaged for an advertiser to see exactly how many listeners a radio station has. The reality is that technology does not exist, and who knows if it ever will. On Thursday, the MRC released new standards it's hoping will lead to more credibility on the digital measurement side.
Triton Digital, and many broadcast companies, are very happy with the new MRC standards for audio measurement that were released Thursday (Nielsen tells Radio Ink they will not be commenting). Here's what Triton CEO Neal Schore had to say about the new standards, along with several broadcasters.
That's according to a new blog from BIA/Kelsey Chief Economist Mark Fratrik, who says those 755 stations had a total value of over $3.3 billion. The number of radio stations sold increased by 179 and the total value of those stations increased by over $2.8 billion.
Earlier this week it was announced that Marketron, the software company used by thousands of radio stations, was sold to private equity firm Diversis Capital. The company named Michael Collins (pictured) as its new CEO, replacing Jeff Haley. What does the sale mean for your station if you use any of Marketron's products? Let's find out from the CEO himself.
NewsWTVN-AM afternoon host John Corby died unexpectedly Saturday morning at the age of 61. Corby was a radio staple in Columbus for over 30 years. He had two tours with WTVN. He started as WNCI’s News Director and morning show co-host and then was a personality on 610 WTVN from 1984-1994 before he left for KDKA in Pittsburgh. He returned to 610 WTVN in 1997 in his current position as afternoon host.
Peter Doyle (pictured) has been Audio Division Chief at The FCC for nearly 17 years. He'll turn over the reigns to Albert Shuldiner and become a Senior Advisor in the Division during the transition. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, "Peter’s sixteen-and-a-half year run as Division Chief has been truly outstanding. Peter worked tirelessly to ensure fair and efficient licensing of the radio service."
Alex Silverman has been promoted to Assistant Director of News and Programming for WCBS 880 Newsradio in New York. Silverman will help manage the day-to-day news coverage for the station, and its website and social media channels, in addition to his current reporting and anchoring responsibilities.
Dave Levora has been named morning host for Davenport, Iowa’s WOC 1420, “The Quad Cities Place To Talk,” effective January 29. Levora will serve as morning host on WOC’s AM Quad Cities, weekdays 5:30 – 9 a.m. with the station’s Program Director Dan Kennedy.
Cumulus Media-Syracuse’s WSKO (The Score 1260) is adding a new daily local sports show to its lineup. Drive Time Sports will broadcast weekday afternoons, 3-6 p.m. Host Paul Esden has served as executive producer and sports update reporter for the Bud & The Manchild show, also heard on WSKO 10 a.m.-noon every weekday.
According to Bloomberg, Spotify will begin offering news and political coverage with a goal of pulling listeners, and revenue from radio. Eight companies, including BuzzFeed and Refinery29, will produce new programming for a Spotify program called Spotlight. BuzzFeed is producing a four- to seven-minute daily newscast.
Major film roles, FOX Sports NFL predictions, and television appearances haven’t stopped comedic personality Rob Riggle from embarking on a new journey that gives fans access to his daily life and inner thoughts – a podcast. Sarah Tiana will be Riggle's co-host.
Chris Jericho launched Talk is Jericho, in 2013 with PodcastOne. This month, Jericho decided to move his show over to Westwood One where he'll produce two shows every week (Wednesday and Friday). Jericho is a six-time WWE champion, a musician, and New York Times bestselling author.