Jim Watkins is the General Manager at WHUR at Howard University in Washington DC. He’s also one of Radio Ink’s Best Managers of 2017. Watkins is credited with building WHUR, 46 years ago. He's not only the General Manager of this top tier heritage radio station, he's also a mentor to some of the industry's most notable radio personalities and executives.
Beasley Media CEO Caroline Beasley has written a letter thanking company employees who worked through Hurricane Irma, which left a path of incredible destruction in Southwest Florida. Beasley not only has stations in Southwest Florida, Naples is also where the company has its headquarters. Naples was also hit hard by the storm and communities, even today, are without power or still underwater.
If the trend continues, 2017 will be the third straight year of growth for the music industry. It's still a far cry from the glory days of the 90's when CD sales were booming. This new growth spurt can be attributed to streaming and to specific services like Spotify and Apple Music.
Media Services Group Managing Director Eddie Esserman will be on a panel at Radio Ink's Forecast 2018 (11/15) in New York City called "Prospects for Radio as an Investment in 2018: The Real Street Talk." As a preview, we asked Esserman to tell us why he encourages executives to attend Forecast and what attendees can expect from the panel he's sitting on.
(by Deborah Parenti) As a promotion director, I helped marry two cardboard boxes, which resulted in some national press for our station. Later, when I was a sales manager, we commandeered time on the 6 o’clock news by sending reps dressed as Mideast oil titans in a stunt to get attention of area car dealers struggling with sluggish sales and excess inventory during the early ’90s oil crisis. It worked!
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.
(By Eric Rhoads) I’d never be one to predict the death of radio, or any medium, but if this trend were to occur everywhere, the current revenue model would need to be replaced with a new one. What’s my point? Change in the media world is happening at the fastest pace in history, and fighting change is a fool’s game.
Radio legend Art Laboe will begin his 75th consecutive year on the radio this Sunday, September 24, on 93.5 KDAY-FM, and in the process break the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a radio presenter/DJ. Laboe’ s professional career began at KSAN/San Francisco on September 23, 1943.
Westwood One and 1-800-Flowers.com are launching a nationwide initiative to educate, engage, and connect individuals on the subject of expressing sympathy. The national dialogue will be anchored by Westwood One syndicated radio talent John Tesh and Lia Knight each week on their programs.
According to SNL Kagan's latest annual outlook, radio revenue will decline 0.3% in 2017 to $17.65 billion, down from $17.7 billion in 2016. Kagan says increases in digital and off-air sales will help offset declines in national and local advertising. And even with the return of political in 2018 the firm is only projecting an increase of 1.3% for radio, to $17.89 billion.
Cheryl Salomone is the new VP/Market Manager for Cumulus' four stations in Fayetteville, NC. Salomone joins Cumulus from Pamal Broadcasting in White Plains, NY, where she was Director of Non-Traditional Revenue and LSM for WXPK. Before that she was Market Manager for Adams Radio Group in Salisbury/Ocean City, MD.
620 WTMJ and 94.5 KTI COUNTRY has hired Frank Monroe as Production Director of the commercial production department. Monroe joins Scripps from Crystal Lake, Illinois where he served as the Production Director for Matrix Broadcasting and midday host for WZSR.
New Country 92.3 WIL has promoted Josh “JT” Holleman to middays. Holleman joined the station last year from AMP/CBS Detroit, to host nights on WIL. With this move, Assistant Program Director and Music Director Danny Montana moves to the evening time slot.
CBS' ENERGY 103.7 in San Diego has launched its new morning show with Tonya Gonzalez and Sean “Sonic” Leckie co-hosting. PD Chris Patyk said, “There’s no mistaking the drive and passion Tonya and Sonic have for winning. Their chemistry together is undeniable and they know this city and the ENERGY listeners. We’re excited to bring everyone along for the ride.”
David Dean has been named Program Director for 95.5 The Bull. Dean will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee the station brand’s on-air and digital programming, as well as local events and partnerships. He will report to Tony Matteo.
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.