On Tuesday, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation handed out the 41st Annual Gracie Awards at Cipriani's in New York City. Lifetime Achievement Honoree (and 2016 Radio Ink MIW Legend) Joan Hamburg was presented her award by Alan Alda. Hamburg said, “To all the people in the radio industry, including my new WABC Family who stood by me, it’s about community.
The National Association of Broadcasters PILOT program is now accepting submissions for its first-ever Innovation Challenge. This year’s challenge question is, “How can local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next-generation content on any device, whether big, small, or moving?”
On Tuesday, ABC Radio VP/GM Steve Jones notified his team they have been recognized with Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence both in radio and television by the Radio Television Digital News Association. ABC News Radio also won Murrow awards in the Breaking News category for coverage of the San Bernardino terror attack and in the Hard News category for coverage of the Paris terror attacks.
In the network radio division, National Public Radio took home awards for Investigative Reporting, Series, and Writing. This American Life won for Continuing Coverage (with WBEZ) and Documentary. CBS Radio News won for Newscast. ESPN won for Feature Reporting, and KQED and the Food & Environment Reporting Network won for Use of Sound.
As part of the just-announced multi-year deal, ESPN Chicago 1000 will broadcast every Notre Dame football and men’s basketball game beginning with the 2016-17 seasons. The station previously carried the games from 1999-2005. WLS carried the games up until this new deal.
The Chicago station was named the 2016 Station of the Year by the Illinois Broadcasters Association at the Silver Dome Awards held earlier this month. It was the ninth year in a row WGN Radio was named the Chicago Market Station of the Year. WGN Radio also earned first-place awards in six additional categories.
According to a post on the station website, WMOH-AM in Hamilton, Ohio, was knocked off the air due to a lightning strike Tuesday and only able to broadcast online. GM Chris Theiss says both the main transmitter and the backup were damaged by the strike. Engineers were working to get the signal back on the air Tuesday. The station continued to broadcast online
We asked Radio's 100 Most Influential Women in Radio their thoughts on that question. We asked them all two questions: 1) Do you believe the playing field is 100% fair for both women and men to advance in radio? 2) Has radio done a good job of promoting women into management and leadership positions? We kept their answers anonymous. Here's what some of them had to say.
The Chicago Tribune takes a long hard look at that question and comes to the conclusion that radio does not do a good job bringing women into that part of the business. CBS Sports Radio's Amy Lawrence (pictured) is the only women in radio with a show 5 nights per week.
American General Media is bringing on Josh Riley as Director of Sales for their cluster in Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico. Riley has been in the radio industry for over 11 years, the past seven of which were spent with El Dorado Broadcasters in California.