As part of its December ranker, Triton also released some statistics from 2015 which said overall streaming reached an all-time high in 2015. Average Active Sessions increased by 13.3 percent for the Monday-Friday 6:00AM-8:00PM daypart and by 13.6 percent for the Monday-Sunday 6:00AM-Midnight daypart.
The Report and Order adopted Thursday calls for public files to be moved online immediately by stations in the top 50 markets with five or more employees. All other stations will have two years before they are required to move their public file online. The deadline to move online for stations outside the top 50 is March 1, 2018.
The FCC says the rule change adopted Thursday includes a number of measures to minimize the effort and cost associated with moving the public files online. The Commission says the online database makes these files easier to access, reducing consumer time and expense as well as the long-term costs for government and the private sector, which is you.
A big congratulations to Nicky Sparrow for her promotion to Market President for the iHeartMedia Jacksonville cluster where she'll be in charge of seven stations. Sparrow has been a Radio Ink Radio Wayne finalist and identified by Radio Ink as one of Radio's Future African American Leaders.
O'Grady was the radio industry's point of contact with the ratings firm up until now as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of local media. Nielsen Catalina Solutions is an analytics company that helps marketers and media companies measure advertising performance by linking what consumers watch, see, or hear (whether on television, the Web, in print, or on the radio) with what they buy. Brad Kelly will now be radio's main contact at Nielsen.
Kelly is radio's point person at Nielsen after the O'Grady departure. Kelly came over to Nielsen when the company purchased Arbitron. He was the VP of National Group Sales at Arbitron from 2005 to 2007. One of his major career highlights, according to his LinkdIn page, is the negotiation of PPM contracts with radio's largest groups.
The WPRO Providence website carried the following statement about the death of Buddy Cianci. “It is with profound sadness that the WPRO-AM and Cumulus Providence family acknowledges the passing of Buddy Cianci, a dynamic force on our airwaves all over Southern New England for the past nearly nine years."
Curtis Media has been one of the most active buyers on the translator market. The latest purchase by the company involves three translators for $210,000 from non-profit Positive Alternative Radio.
The station is W251BF-FX in Punta Gorda (98.1) which Jim Schwartzel grabs for $35,000 from Reach Communications. Sun owns three other stations and is based out of Fort Myers. The broker on this translator deal was Greg Guy of Patrick Communications