The CBS Radio Stations Are 100% Fixable

That's the conclusion Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker came to after meeting with Entercom CEO David Field and CFO Rich Schmaeling this week. The CBS stations have taken a beating in the press over the past 18 months, since the merger was announced. Ryvicker tells investors not to worry...Field and Schmaeling have a plan.

CRB Jacks Up Rates on SiriusXM

The Copyright Royalty Board has announced new rates for satellite-delivered services, which includes SiriusXM, for 2018 to 2022. The 2018 rate will jump to 15.5% of gross revenue, that's up from the current rate of 11%. That will certainly have an impact on SiriusXM's expenses and will most likely be passed on to its customers and result in a higher subscription cost.

Now That’s A Radio All-Star Board of Directors

In what is clearly one of the most impressive groups of broadcasters to ever join forces to buy a radio station, Larry Fuss (pictured here with John Tesh) has put together a team of rock stars to purchase KZZV-FM in Hanapepe Hawai’i, on the island of Kaua’i.

What Should You Do About The New Blue Alert?

(By Rebecca Jacobs Goldman) You have likely heard of the FCC’s Emergency Alert System (EAS) Amber Alert, but what you may not know is that a new hue of EAS alert will now be implemented – the Blue Alert (code BLU). As the keeper of the Emergency Alert System at your station, do you know what you need to do about the new Blue Alert system?

One More to Go For The Sports Pope

Thursday was Mike Francesa's second to last show on WFAN in New York City, after spending 30 years on the air there. Francesa did his show in front of a live audience from The Paley Center. He'll broadcast his final show today from the studio, which it looks like from this picture with Entercom Sports Format Captain Mark Chernoff, has been named after him.

FREE WEBINAR: The Future Of Voice Control For Radio

Join Veritone’s Michael Kennedy, Sr. Product Manager; Steve Shaffer, Apps Engineering Manager; and Ed Ryan, Editor of Radio Ink, in a live webinar on Tuesday, December 19 at 1 p.m. EST as they provide a video demonstration glimpse into the future of voice control in radio and TV. 

Advertiser Success Stories

Beginning in 2018, RadioInk.com will be publishing weekly advertiser success stories. Advertisers that use radio to drive customers to their stores and dollars to their cash registers. We need your help. Here are all the details...

XAPPMedia Signs 300 Cumulus Stations

Thanks to XAPPMedia's voice technology, 300 Cumulus radio stations are rolling out Amazon Alexa skills. The company has started a consumer marketing campaign to educate listeners on how to find and enable the technology. Markets launching the Alexa skills include New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Dallas.

Who Are The Best PDs In Country Radio?

Radio Ink is now accepting nominations for The Best Country Program Directors in America. In 2018, Radio Ink's Best Country PDs will be honored at a special music event during the Country Radio Seminar Monday night, February 5, in Nashville. Make your nomination HERE. YOUR DEADLINE TO NOMINATE IS JANUARY 5.

Is Your Station Helping The Community?

Radio Ink loves to brag about radio stations doing great things around the holidays. Are you helping the community with a toy drive? Is your team hosting a radiothon? Are you collecting food for the local food bank? We want the details and the pictures and we promise you we will show the world how awesome you are. Send everything you have to [email protected].

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Hubbard Makes Changes In Digital Leadership

Hubbard Radio EVP/Chief Financial Officer Dave Bestler announced Friday that Jeremy Sinon was elevated to VP/Digital Strategy and Steve Goldstein was named Senior Director of Digital Sales Strategy for Hubbard Radio.

Tony And Jake Add A Jenn At The Bull

98.7 The Bull (KUPL) is bringing Jenn Hays to Portland to join Tony and Jake for mornings. The new show, Bull Mornings with Tony, Jake and Jenn, launches Monday, January 8. Jenn is originally from Oregon, having spent the past couple of years working in Billings, Montana.

Hernandez Joins El Patron In Dual Role

Rico Hernandez has joined iHeart's Regional Mexican station El Patron (Phoenix) as morning show on-air talent and Executive Station Producer, effective January 2, 2018. He will also continue to serve as midday talent on Tejano 1600 in Tucson. Hernandez has been an on-air host for Tejano 1600 in Tucson for iHeartMedia since 2013.

Big Apple Homecoming For Ken Johnson

Urban programming executive Ken Johnson will return to Cumulus Urban AC station WNBM-FM/Radio 103.9 in New York City as Program Director. Johnson successfully launched WNBM in July 2014, and left the station in April 2015 to become Operations Manager for Cumulus Media’s Urban AC-formatted WUHT-FM/Hot 107.7 in Birmingham, AL.

Friedlander Joins RAB

The Radio Advertising Bureau has hired Sharon Friedlander as its new VP of Insights, effective January 2. She'll be replacing Annette Malave who's leaving to pursue other interests on January 11. Most recently, Friedlander served as partner/director at media planning agency MEC, with previous roles at Group M and OMD.  

Kevin Hart Featured On New SiriusXM Comedy Channel

Laugh Out Loud, the comedy brand and multi-platform network created by Kevin Hart and Lionsgate, and SiriusXM announced, Wednesday, an agreement to launch a new full-time comedy channel with Hart. The new channel will launch in early 2018.

Pandora Gets a New CMO

Pandora has hired former Gap Executive Aimée Lapic as its new CMO. Lapic spent 13 years at The Gap where she served most recently as CMO for Banana Republic. Lapic replaces Nick Bartle who left earlier this year on the same day Founder Tim Westergren resigned. 

Report: Apple Buying Shazam

TechCrunch is reporting that Apple may announce as early as today that it is acquiring Shazam, the app that identifies songs by listening to an audio clip. TechCrunch reports it has a source that says the price tag for Shazam could be as high as $400 million. Shazam launched way back in 1999.

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