Entercom-CBS Radio Merger Is Complete

The deal is done: The merger of Entercom and CBS Radio has closed. The merger was announced in February, and the companies got DOJ approval after agreeing to divest stations in Boston, San Francisco, and Sacramento. The FCC gave its go-ahead on November 10. "We are thrilled to officially close our transformational merger with CBS Radio and welcome their talented employees and iconic brands to Entercom," Entercom President/CEO David Field said.

DC Gets The Holiday Radio Spirit

iHeartMedia Washington, DC has flipped Variety station 97.1 WASH-FM to holiday music and will broadcast around-the-clock traditional festive favorites by Mariah Carey, Burl Ives, and Johnny Mathis as well as new holiday music from artists like Sia and Train.

Entercom Jams In Chicago

WJMK-FM is now "The New 104.3 JAMS, Chicago’s #1 for Throwbacks." The previous format was Classic Hits. The station is airing 10,000 songs in a row. Entercom President of Programming Pat Paxton said, "The time has come to usher in a brand new chapter in Chicago radio -- a station that is designed by Chicagoans exclusively for Chicago. Hip-hop and R&B always makes you feel a certain way. The memories will come back to you immediately.”

Entercom Flips AMP to Alt in New York

Entercom makes a big move in a big market as its merger with CBS Radio closes, flipping Top 40 92.3 AMP Radio to Alternative as ALT 92.3. ALT debuted at 10 a.m. with 10,000 songs commercial-free; the station is also streaming at alt923radio.com.

And Another, This One in Dallas

Entercom is on an Alternative Rock kick today. First a flip to Alternative in New York City, now in Dallas with, "ALT 103.7, DFW’s New Alternative." Listeners will first hear 10,000 songs in a row, back-to-back, 100% commercial-free. The previous format was Top 40 under CBS's AMP moniker.

Twins Return To Entercom’s WCCO

More Entercom news, this time focusing on Minnesota. The company has announced a fully integrated radio partnership with MLB’s Minnesota Twins. This represents the team’s return to its original broadcast partner, WCCO-AM 830, which aired games for the club’s first 46 seasons through 2006.

Who Attended Radio Ink’s Forecast 2018 Event?

From superstar speakers to informative panelists to keynoter Daymond John from ABC's Shark Tank, Radio Ink's Forecast 2018 event in New York City this week was a smashing success. We had a great mix of radio's power, analysts, brokers, vendors, advertisers, and  radio managers looking to take home their unfair share of advertising dollars next year.

FCC Eliminates Cross-Ownership Rules

On a 3-2 party-line vote, the FCC eliminated its cross-ownership rules for newspaper and broadcast media and for radio and TV, respectively. The order eliminates the radio/television cross-ownership rule and newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule, while on the TV side, the "Eight-Voices Test" for independent media sources is going away, along with other changes.

NAB Applauds

Following the FCC's ruling to eliminate the cross-ownership rule, NAB CEO Gordon Smith thanked the Commission. "These rules are not only irrational in today’s media environment, but they have also weakened the newspaper industry, cost journalism jobs, and forced local broadcast stations onto unequal footing with our national pay-TV and radio competitors."

Warshaw Wins His Fight

Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw called the FCC's embedded rule dumb and said it needed fixing...so the FCC fixed it. The embedded rule only affects New York and Washington, DC, however it’s important enough to Warshaw that he’s been providing the FCC with data and meeting with staff to get the rule changed. And, he operates on Long Island. The embedded market rule lumps stations in a market like Long Island in with New York City.

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ESPN Reveals New Post-Mike & Mike Lineup

With the end of the Mike and Mike morning show after 18 years, ESPN Radio will debut a new lineup January 2, 2018 and feature a national broadcast of The Stephen A. Smith Show on terrestrial radio stations across the country. Three new shows have been announced.

Bonnerville Promotes “Jazzy”

Bonneville International Corporation has promoted “Jazzy” Jim Archer as Program Director for 99.7 Now KMVQ-FM/San Francisco.  Archer has served as KMVQ's APD and Music Director since 2011. He was also PD of KYLD/San Francisco from 2005 to 2008.

Richards And Graham Moving On Up In Indy

Bob Richards has been named VP/Market Manager of Emmis Indianapolis, which includes 1070 The Fan, B105.7, 93 WIBC, and 97.1 Hank FM. Meanwhile, Taja Graham, currently DOS for Music for the Emmis Indianapolis cluster, has been promoted to VP/Director of Sales for the cluster.

Preston & Steve Calendar Unveiling

Beasley Broadcast Group’s  93.3 WMMR-FM will officially unveil Preston & Steve’s Totally Office Calendar 2018, featuring 12 of Preston & Steve’s most beautiful listeners, on Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at Chickie's and Pete's, 1526 Packer Avenue, (South) Philadelphia

 DeBella Racks Up 35 Years In Philly

WMGK-FM morning personality John DeBella celebrated his 35th Anniversary on the Philadelphia airwaves on Thursday, November 16. During that time, DeBella has dedicated himself to serving the community.

Florida Station’s “Win A Baby” Contest

Well, that’s not literally true, but it’s still a unique prize. ABC 15 in Arizona is reporting that radio station B1039 in Fort Myers...

Pandora, Sonos Present Home-Listening System

Music streamers Pandora have partnered with Sonos, the wireless home sound system, to develop a home listening system. Listeners can now control Sonos directly through the Pandora mobile app and command Pandora stations with voice commands via Alexa.

Triton: Sports Had A Big Month

According to the August Triton ranker, the sports format jumped 16% over July in Average Active Sessions, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Detroit, Phoenix and San Francisco showed the largest online listening increases. Which companies have the most listeners? Let's find out...

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In This Issue: November 13, 2017
25th Anniversary Special
Q&A: Radio Ink Chairman Eric Rhoads