Now that we've heard from Cumulus CEO Mary Berner that, operationally, the company has turned the corner, what about the debt issue? That was another topic we discussed with the two-year Cumulus CEO in our interview that will appear in the October 9 issue of Radio Ink Magazine.
(By Gary Berkowitz) By now, everybody knows the pain and devastation that was caused by Hurricane Irma. Since the beginning, coverage of storms like this have been radio’s strength. Radio people love emergency coverage and, if I must say so myself, nobody does it better.
(By Bob McCurdy) The owner of ad agency Coming of Age, Jim Gilmartin, wrote a blog titled, “Don’t Put Ten Pounds Of Copy Into A Five Pound Bag,” and as the title implies, he believes when it comes to copy that “less is more.” But he also touched on another concept, “conditional positioning,” which plays to a unique strength of radio.
We want to know who the 25 people that have had the biggest impact (good or bad) on the radio industry over the past 25 years are. And we want you to tell us. The results of our poll will be published in the November 13 issue of Radio Ink -- celebrating the 25th year of the magazine.
The AP is reporting that Chuck Brennan has taken KBAD-FM off the air after a ruling from state banking regulators. A note on the station website says the station is now for sale.
In a fantastic effort, Spanish media in the city organized a fundraiser for earthquake-stricken Mexico City in one day – and $11,400 was raised in a single afternoon on Friday. The radio groups involved were Lotus Broadcasting, Lazer Broadcasting, and Entravision. Donations can still be made.
It almost feels like Puerto Rico got lost in the maelstrom of hurricane relief. But Spanish Broadcasting System is doing its bit to fix that. Over the weekend, SBS sponsored an airlift and participated in a cruise shipment, sending 100,000 pounds of food and supplies raised by the company and its South Florida audiences, to U.S. territory this weekend.
Latin music station 92.5 MAXIMA (WYUU-FM/Safety Harbor, Florida) and Walmart have teamed up for a Hurricane Relief Drive in Tampa, Florida, to help the people of Puerto Rico. There will be two locations for the drive, which will be held this weekend, September 24-25.
...On Curt Crafts recent blog about crappy remotes. He's clearly struck a nerve. What are your thoughts? Do they make the industry look unprofessional? Is it time to ban the dreaded remote broadcast? If you've pulled off a successful remote recently, send us pictures so we can share what remotes SHOULD look like.
The radio industry might be smart to re-activate a lobbying effort to get the government to mandate FM Chips in all cell-phones using the natural disaster angle. This year has been especially strong when it comes to Hurricanes (See Puerto Rico. See Southwest Florida. See Houston) and talk about activating the FM Chip, which is already in all cell-phones, has never been higher.
Scripps' 94.5 KTI-FM has hired Milwaukee radio icon and Country Music Hall of Famer Karen Dalessandro to host PM Drive and serve as music director. Dalessandro is a two-time CMA Personality of the Year and the former morning show host of crosstown iHeart Media Country station FM106. After 19 years on-air in Milwaukee, Dalessandro “retired” from FM106 in March.
Former RAB CEO Gary Fries had been battling cancer since his retirement. He died Friday morning at the age of 76. Here's what radio executives are saying about the man who did so much for the radio industry.
The Dayton area Broadcasters Hall of Fame induction ceremony was recently held. Pictured here with Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti are the 2017 inductees Christopher Geisen, WTUE-FM, Jeff Stevens, SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia and John King, the recently retired SVP/Market Manager for Alpha Media.
Drew Steele is returning to Fort Myers, and to his seat as morning show host on WFSX. Steele hosted mornings from 2012 to 2016 before taking a job at KSL in Salt Lake City. Tray Radal (pictured) will move to afternoons (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
John Linder, who grew up with and led the Radio Mankato group in Minnesota, as well as other broadcasting stations, died Friday morning after a nine-month battle with cancer, reports the Mankato Free Press.
ABC News Nightline will look at an unsolved murder in the new multiplatform docu-series A Murder on Orchard Street, premiering Tuesday, October 3. The seven-part narrative will be available across all ABC News digital platforms, select streaming platforms, and adapted into a podcast produced by ABC Radio.
The company is calling it a new and improved version of its free streaming mobile app. It includes a new look and logo, and CBS Radio says it's easier to navigate with higher streaming quality. The new app now also includes customizable sections for a user’s stations and subscribed-to podcasts.
Hospitality technology company KEYPR, whose cloud-based platform integrates an end-to-end hospitality experience for guests and staff through embedded and mobile devices, announced Wednesday it has joined forces with iHeartRadio.