Why Bob Pittman Was Right

For years, and as far back as 2011, when Pandora was the shiny new toy for consumers, iHeartmedia CEO Bob Pittman was saying the Internet pure-play company was not a sustainable business model on its own. Pittman said Pandora was more like AOL's Instant Messenger, a feature to be offered by a larger company. Monday morning, Sirius XM announced it was buying Pandora for $3.5 billion. 

“Looser Ownership Rules Would Be ‘Disastrous'” Say Coalitions

In a filing related to the FCC's Communications Marketplace report and the Commission's upcoming quadrennial review of the local ownership rules, the MusicFirst Coalition and the Future of Music Coalition claim that large AM/FM clusters "already have substantial competitive advantages" in the marketplace, and that if the FCC were to loosen local radio ownership caps, "history has made clear that such action would substantially reduce competition among AM/FM radio stations and profoundly harm the public interest in allowing radio entities with smaller market shares to effectively compete with their larger counterparts."

Can Podcasting Increase Your Ratings?

Beasley’s Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase says that’s exactly what’s happening at his company. Chase was on a panel at Kurt Hanson’s RAIN Conference in Orlando. He used WMMR’s Preston & Steve as an example.

iHeart Partners Up To Launch Opioid Action Initiative

iHeartMedia and Fors Marsh Group have announced the launch of the National Opioid Action Coalition, an initiative focused on reducing stigma as a barrier to addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. NOAC will hold a debut event during the annual New York City Advertising Week on October 3, 2018 which will be moderated by Bobby Bones.

Nielsen Increases Diary Reporting

On Monday Nielsen announced it will be increasing its diary market reports, that are now being done quarterly or twice per year, to monthly.

Coming Up Friday On Our Podcast

Our guests this Friday on Episode 8 of Podcasting for Radio Dummies will be Emily Prokop from E Podcast Productions and host of The Audacity to Podcast Daniel J. Lewis. We are live every Friday morning at 9 on Spreaker, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and the audio is immediately posted to Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spreaker, and Radioink.com.

New Group Picks Up For in Arizona

John Beck, who was GM for Emmis in St. Louis before the stations were sold back in February, is part of a group set to purchase four stations in Flagstaff, Arizona. Beck's new group is called Stone Canyon Radio & Marketing.

Radio Show To Stream Select Sessions

Maybe you can't make the Radio Show this year. Or maybe you'd like to recap a session later or use it as a training tool. You're in luck! The following sessions at the 2018 Radio Show will be streamed live and archived at www.radioshowweb.com for viewing anytime, anywhere...

The Home Depot Takes A Breather

The Home Depot dropped down to fourth on the Media Monitors weekly chart after airing only 26,334 commercials on radio stations across America last week. GEICO took the top spot with 48,279 commercials, while Indeed.com was next with just under 39,000 spots. JC Penney was third (26,763) followed by The Home Depot and ZipRecuiter (22,182).

Radio And TV To Collaborate In Houston

Entercom and Telemundo Houston (KTMD) announced a multi-platform media partnership on Monday that includes distribution of content across all partner channels.

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SNL Podcast Should Lasso The Listeners

James Andrew Miller, in partnership with Cadence13, has released a new chapter of his popularly acclaimed Origins podcast titled, “Origins Chapter 4: Saturday Night Live: Behind the Scenes of Season 44.”

Discussing Lincoln’s Leadership

Beasley Media Group Vice President of Programming Buzz Knight, who has his own blog on RadioInk.com, speaks with Award-Winning Author Doris Kearns Goodwin on the key messages in her new book, entitled Leadership in Turbulent Times.

“Serial” Season 3 Digs Into Crime In Cleveland

Serial Season 3 is now available to all Pandora listeners. From the creators of This American Life, the new season of the Peabody Award-winning show takes place in Cleveland and goes behind the scenes on multiple cases.

Popular Urban Pair Returning To The Fray

Westwood One is launching a new weekday morning show pairing the popular Urban voices of former Hot 105 FM/Miami personality Rick Party and former Kiss 104.1 FM/Atlanta personality Sasha the Diva.

New Multi-Year Deal For Hess

Bill Hess has signed a multi-year contract extension as Vice President, News/Talk, Cumulus Media and PD, WMAL-AM/FM.

Knight’s Promotion Is All The Buzz

Buzz Knight has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at Beasley. Knight joined the company in November of 2016.

iHeart, Jelli, Foursquare Collaborating

The three companies are launching a new attribution product for radio that will offer marketers a combination of iHeartMedia’s reach and Jelli’s programmatic buying capabilities, with the attribution and insights tools from location technology company Foursquare.

USRN, SoCast Pushing Smart Speakers

United Stations Radio Networks and SoCast are teaming up to introduce a service for stations called SMART SPEAKER V.A.L.E.T.

Our Print Magazine: Radio Ink

September 17, 2018

Cover Q&A: Mary Berner

The 2018 Radio Wayne Finalists