Instagram’s New Algorithm: Upping Your Instagame

(By Stephanie Winans) Remember when (cue Alan Jackson for you country fans) Facebook was the only social network whose algorithm changes could get your panties or whitie-tighties in a bunch? Instagram recently announced that their feed will change from a chronological feed to an algorithm-based feed.
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They Can’t Help It

(By Ronald Robinson) A startling revelation for me during the last few years of providing these articles has been the intensity of so many radio people who come barging in outraged, spitting cobra-venom, and hurling flaming defenses for music-radio’s status quo.

Goldstein: Is Radio Focused Enough on The Smartphone?

In his latest blog, Steve Goldstein details how new data shows that one in every five minutes of total audio time is now from a smartphone. But, he says, "less than 10% of streamed audio comes from commercial radio and a pitiful 1% of podcast listening comes from commercial radio content." Goldstein's point: "If you aren't where the listeners are going ... well .... you pretty much know how that is going to turn out." READ THE FULL BLOG HERE.

Fleming Retiring After 59 Years In Radio

KWAX host Jack Fleming is calling it a day after nearly six decades in radio, the last 31 years with his current station. KVAL Channel 13 in Eugene, OR, is reporting that Fleming, 81, had worked in Connecticut and Los Angeles before moving to Eugene.

Cumulus Rebrands Louisiana Country Station

WRKN-FM was “NASH FM 92.3 New Orleans’ New Country Leader." It is now “The Gulf South’s Country Giant, New Orleans, Baton Rouge… NASH FM 92.3.” Scott Innes (pictured) joined the new on-air line-up as midday host, which includes Blair Garner in the morning, Shawn Williams in afternoon drive, and NASH Nights Live from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Radio Ramps Up Prince Music After His Death

Great stats from Mediabase about how radio paid tribute to the music icon. According to Mediabase, radio stations played Prince music about 1,200 times prior to his death. That ramped up to over 20,000 spins after his passing.

Sinon Upped To Director Of Digital Strategy At Hubbard

Jeremy Sinon has been named Director of Digital Strategy for Hubbard Radio. Sinon was most recently splitting duties as Corporate Digital Director and local Digital Director for Hubbard Radio’s Minneapolis-Saint Paul radio stations.

Cruze To Lead Programming For iHeart Kentucky-Indiana

iHeartMedia announced Friday that Jay Cruze has been named Director of Country Programming for the Kentucky-Indiana region as well as overseeing WAMZ-FM in Louisville, WBUL-FM in Lexington, and WUBG-FM in Indianapolis.

Radio Reacts Quickly To Death Of Prince

Once the news started spreading that the 57-year-old musical genius had passed away, radio stations all over the country went into tribute mode. Cox Media Group was paying tribute on stations all over the country. Atlanta Manager of Radio Ratings & Research Paul Douglas told us Cox Media Group’s AC WSB-FM had billboards up across the metro by mid-afternoon. Here are a few other examples of radio's quick reaction.

What is Minnesota Doing?

Prince's hometown was Minnesota so, as expected, radio stations in that city are honoring their hometown superstar, perhaps even more than stations outside that city. Market Manager Dan Seeman tells Radio Ink Hubbard's KS95 played non-stop Prince music from 2pm-7pm Thursday from 5:30am -9:00am Friday morning. Billboards were quickly installed to promote Prince's music and remember him.

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