Florida Senator Wants FM Chip Activated

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.

Former RAB CEO Gary Fries Passes

The message about the death of former RAB CEO Gary Fries was passed along this morning by his son Todd. "I want to thank everyone for there support and prayers. This morning at 12:13am Arizona time my father peacefully passed away. In leaving this world for a better place, he did it in typical Gary fashion. His determination and heart astounded the entire hospice staff. In their process they would most likely had notified the family on Saturday that it would be soon, but in typical Gary mentality he proved them all wrong going until Friday....

Maria Demolishes Communications In Puerto Rico

It's not easy to reach a broadcaster in Puerto Rico right now, or any resident for that matter. The island was slammed by Hurricane Maria and 100% of the residents on the island lost power. Broadcast attorney Frank Montero, who represents the Puerto Rico Broadcasters Association, has been working with the FCC's Lisa Fowlkes to get the Commission in touch with broadcasters on the Island to assist with emergency alert activations.

For CBS Radio — Houston Does Not Have A Problem

Sarah Frazier is the Market Manager for CBS Radio in Houston. She's also one of Radio Ink’s Best Managers of 2017. And that should come as no surprise, Frazier is consistently one of The Most Influential Women in Radio and on our Best Managers list. Frazier has been in radio since college, when she worked as the sales manager, traffic manager, and operations manager at KJHK at the University of Kansas.

Do Investors Still Believe in Radio?

If the radio industry were a poker game, some of its players would be running out of chips. Will a major player pull out an ace? Or toss in the cards? Who is willing to join the game? Who is willing — and able — to bankroll players, and what’s in it for them? “Prospects for Radio as an Investment in 2018: The Real Street Talk” will answer many of your questions.

CEO Thanks Employees For Hurricane Coverage

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.

Who’s Made The Biggest Impact Over The Last 25 Years?

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.

Hot Hip Hop In Tokyo

Hip Hop station WQHT HOT 97 FM, is bringing HOT 97’s Summer Jam festival back to Tokyo on November 11, 2017. HOT 97 Summer Jam Tokyo sold out in minutes last year and tickets were difficult to find. New this year will be the addition of the Festival Stage

Your Comments Are Still Flying In….

...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.


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Radio Legend John Linder Dead At 63

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.

Dave Ramsey Event Another Full House

It was another sold out Smart Money event for nationally syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author, Dave Ramsey. This time he was represented by one of his team, Chris Hogan, in Indianapolis on Thursday, September 21, at the Old National Centre.

Salamone Joins Cumulus In Fayetteville

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.

JT Moves To Middays In St. Louis

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.

La Crosse Brings PD Skills To Portland

Michael La Crosse has been named Program Director for Portland’s KKCW and KLTH. The appointment, announced by Tim Herbster, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Pacific Northwest Region, is effective October 9, 2017.

Cold Case Series Comes To ABC Radio 

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.

CBS Radio Re-Launches Radio.com

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.

iHeartRadio & KEYPR Bring New Music To Hotels

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.

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