The Ohio River Network, a regional journalism collaboration led by Louisville Public Media, has hired veteran journalist Jeff Young as its managing editor. Young will lead hiring efforts to establish the new, three-state newsroom, which includes seven public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.
A new "comprehensive study" by Borrell Associates projects that digital sales for radio will outpace last year's 11.4 percent growth and grow by 14 percent in 2016. The report, "Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations' Online Revenues," found that an average market cluster made $951,756 in digital sales in 2015, with the average station making $231,310. If the forecast of 14 percent growth holds true, digital advertising will account for 6.5 percent of station revenue this year, a full percentage point above the figure for 2015. The report was released by the Radio Advertising Bureau.
The new-look Country Radio Seminar began Monday afternoon in Nashville. The event, held at the Omni Hotel for the first time, kicked off with Keith Urban receiving the Artist Humanitarian Award for all his fundraising for charities and his efforts to spread the joy of music to kids all around the world. The award was presented to Urban by the 2015 winners, Lady Antebellum.
Envision Networks has unveiled the newly updated AmeriCountry, a multi-tasking content resource exclusively for country morning shows available 24/7 at AmeriCountry.com. The website retains...
The NAB Education Foundation is currently accepting applications for two leadership development programs: Broadcast Leadership Training and the Executive Development Seminar. The BLT program is designed to prepare senior-level broadcasters to advance into ownership or executive positions. EDS provides broadcast managers and professionals with tools to increase managerial effectiveness and advance career opportunities.
Salem Media Group, announced Monday that Bill Bennett will step back from the microphone in hosting Bill Bennett's Morning in America program starting Monday, April 4. Bennett will maintain his presence in the morning by shifting to Senior Correspondent, producing a daily Making America Work series.
Alan Furst is the new program director at Entercom's News 98.1fm KMBZ and KMBZ-AM (Talk 980); he'll be taking the reins on Monday, February 15.
The winners of the third annual Westwood One Super Bowl Sound Awards were Motel 6 and Service King. Westwood asked listeners to vote on their favorite audio commercials airing in the Westwood One Super Bowl 50 broadcast. In addition, Westwood One commissioned a Nielsen study of 3,030 consumers who rated all 45 commercials on a series of key attributes.
Beasley Media Group has appointed Steve Griesbach as Director of Engineering for its Las Vegas cluster. Griesbach is a Wisconsin native, who brings nearly three decades of radio engineering experience to Beasley’s five Las Vegas stations.
iHeartMedia announced Monday that Travis Moon has been named Director of Country Operations for Austin-San Antonio Region, effective February 22, 2016. In his new role, Moon will oversee KASE 101 and 98.1 KVET-FM in Austin and KJ 97 and KPRT in San Antonio.