Nielsen: On-Demand Streaming Grows by 93%

Nielsen has released its 2015 music year-end report. Total consumption for 2015, album sales plus track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums, increased more than 15% over 2014, led by the continued surge in streaming. More than 317 billion songs were streamed on-demand in 2015 through audio and video platforms, an increase of 92.8% from 2014

iHeart, UMG In Virtual Reality Partnership

Universal Music Group and iHeartMedia announced a partnership focused on virtual reality, which the two companies say will enable them to connect artists, music fans, and brands and sponsors in a series of entertainment experiences. The two companies say they will create entertainment experiences that leverage cutting-edge technology, making immersive VR performances and experiences accessible to U.S. audiences for the first time at scale.

Salem Launching Wellness Radio In The Twin Cities

It's the first-of-its-kind format set to go live on Monday. Salem is launching Wellness Radio on 1570 KDIZ AM in the Twin Cities. The format will be completely dedicated to health and wellness programming. The station is currently airing a business format.

AP Offers Stations Presidential Campaign Kits

The kit gives radio members election returns and AP journalists’ digital and on-air reporting on the presidential campaign in the months leading to election day. Subscribers will receive verified vote counts in their home state and surrounding areas in primaries and the Nov. 8 general election up to 12 times an hour via online maps and other modules.

Westwood One, Benztown Strike A Deal

It's a multi-year extension between the two companies who first formed a partnership in 2011. Benztown will provide radio imaging, production, voiceover, programming, and jingles to Westwood One and to Cumulus stations. And Westwood One will continue to manage affiliation and advertising sales for Benztown.

Intercambio Media Teams With Sun

Sun Broadcast Group and Intercambio Media announced they have entered into a network partnership that will bring Intercambio’s En Al Aire prep service and Fuxion audio imaging service to Sun’s Hispanic lineup. Sun’s Hispanic division, Sun Latino, will handle ad sales and affiliate relations for both services.

Radio’s Number One Ad Category Has Record Year.

Last year the auto industry sold more vehicles than any year in the history of the industry. Automotive has consistently been one of radio's biggest and best advertiser. The final number of vehicles sold in the United States was 17.47 million, surpassing the prior record of 17.35 million from 2000.
Buzz Knight 2016

Innovation Begins Today in Las Vegas

All tech eyes will be on Las Vegas today as the annual Consumer Electronics Show opens. The event has become known for hatching new technologies and tech products. Jim Barry is the Media Spokesman for the Consumer Technology Association, which represents more than 2000 consumer technology companies and owns and produces CES. Greater Media's Buzz Knight, who's covering CES for Radio Ink spoke with Barry about what he expects to see from the floor this year.

KFWB-AM in Los Angeles Sold

The L.A. Daily News reports all-sports KFWB-AM will end operations as an all-sports station in mid-February after the station’s asset trust sold the business to a group that runs foreign-language programming. The staff was told about the sale at a meeting Tuesday.
Home Depot

Who Were The Top Ten Advertisers of 2015

Media Monitors has released its 2015 list of radio's top advertisers and The Home Depot is number one for the second year in a row. The big box home improvement store aired over 2.3 million commercials on radio stations across America in 2015. The only other company to air over 2 million spots was second placed GEICO. Here's the Media Monitors top 10 list from 2015.

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