In 2011 a devastating fire on Main Street in Hutchinson, Kansas destroyed the offices of Ad Astra per Aspera Broadcasting. The station had been in that location for 25 years. 18 hours later, the building was bulldozed, the debris gone. Six months later the station had rebuilt in a new location. GM Cliff Shank got to thinking about that empty downtown 3,750 square foot lot and that lead to a very unique NTR business for the company.
(By Paul Weyland) When it comes to sales, we can be our own worst enemies. Sometimes it’s like there is a little devil sitting on your shoulder telling you that you will fail, that you are wrong, trying to convince you that you have less value as a person. I’m referring to the constant voice inside your head, the one that fires off repeatedly during waking hours.
It's a $15,000 fine for Wilner Lundi for operating an unlicensed station on 91.5 and 104.7 MHz in Lake Worth, Florida. The Commission says Lundi operated unauthorized stations three times in 2015. Vilnord Simon also gets nailed with a $15,000 penalty for his pirate station at 103.1 in North Miami. Simon was also caught three times in 2015 and 2016. Read more about the Lundi fine HERE and the Simon fine HERE.
One of the biggest criticisms of the two performing rights organizations is that it's nearly impossible to know exactly who wrote, co-wrote, or has ownership of specific works. This joint announcement is another step toward more transparency, which both ASCAP and BMI have declared is one of their goals.
And the for-profit FM is now asking the community for donations. According to The Santa Cruz Sentinel the 70-year-old station is turning to its listeners for support. In a station promo, owner Michael Zweling says, “KSCO has been my primary philanthropic project for over two decades and I could use some help. If you like KSCO and want to help it survive and thrive, send money. Anything at all will help.”
Thanks to Community Broadcasters co-founder Bruce Mittman for introducing us to Ernie Boch Jr. Boch does the marketing for 12 retail auto dealerships, all in New England, and for Subaru of New England — 64 dealers in six states. Here's our special interview with Ernie Boch, which will appear in Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio issue, out this week.
The NAB Education Foundation, in partnership with the Broadcast Education Association, will host its annual Career Fair September 7 at the Radio Show in Austin. The fair is intended to provide experienced professionals and entry-level job seekers an opportunity to network with radio companies.
(By Ronald Robinson) Recently, the astute chairman of Radio Ink, Eric Rhoads, wrote an article in the magazine appealing to radio’s ownership, management, and working staffs. While no cheerleader for Great Big Bloated Corporate Radio, he also cautions those who would eagerly rip into the larger corporations for all the known and (mostly) accepted rationales.
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Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM has hired Chris Wittyngham as the pre-game co-host for Dolphins broadcasts. Wittyngham will work with former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder as host of Dolphins Gameday on WQAM, KISS 99.9 and the Dolphins Radio Network. Wittyngham currently works for CBSSports.com as a host on their digital channels.
20-year sports talk veteran Charlie Pallilo has been hired by Gow Media in Houston. Starting August 21, Pallilo will host a weekday show on SB Nation 1560-AM from 11 am-1 pm. Pallilo was hired by iHeart's sports-talker KBME-AM in 2004. He was fired last October when iHeart brought in former KILT-AM Houston host Josh Innes when he was let go in Philadelphia.
Kevin Weatherly will drop his PD duties at 97.1 AMP as Chris Ebbott (pictured) takes over that role. Ebbott is also PD of K-EARTH. CBS Radio says this will allow Weatherly to focus more on the strategic direction of the market’s music formats.
Both promotions are at Hip Hop station Power 105.1 FM. Eddie Fennel (left) is promoted to APD after serving as executive producer of The Breakfast Club. DJ Prostyle moves into the music director's chair and will continue as the midday host. Prostyle has been on the air at Power for more than six years. He also worked as resident DJ on BET’s 106 & Park.
Dahn Burke is the new Digital Sales and Operations Director for WRQX-FM and WMAL-AM/FM in Washington, DC. It's a newly created position for Burke and she will now work with local businesses to create fully integrated marketing solutions across e-mail, social, Web, mobile, radio, streaming radio, and podcasts.
Chris Firmage will be joining the company’s consulting team in the role of Associate Consultant. He will provide support in several different areas, ranging from promotion development, music analysis, to research and more. Firmage moves to Jacobs after a long run at KFMA in Tucson.
It’s called This Pod Is Your Pod and it's the product of a collaboration between Pantsuit Nation and DGital Media. This Pod is Your Pod is a community-based podcast that supports Pantsuit Nation, a non-profit organization dedicated to political advocacy, civic engagement, and a more equitable democracy.
The new app offers listeners a destination where they can have conversations around shows, access behind-the-scenes photos, message one another, read articles, and take polls.