After dumping Bubba The Love Sponge in Tampa, Beasley's former "No Rules Rock" website is now being branded "Donald 98.7 FM." The station is also running promos promising to "Make Radio great Again." For now the station appears to be playing all music about money.
Joey Boots, a frequent caller to Howard Stern's radio show, died at the age of 49 over the holidays. No cause of death was immediately released. Boots, whose real name was Joseph Bassolino, was found unconscious and unresponsive with no apparent trauma. Boots popularized "Baba Booey" by shouting it behind reporters during live news broadcasts in New York City.
Longtime KRNA-FM/Cedar Rapids Brand Manager Gregg "Shark" Scharnau lost his 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer last week. He was only 49. Scharnau began his career at KDTH-AM/KATF-FM in his hometown of Dubuque and spent time on air in Princeton, Illinois before settling in at KRNA in the late 90s. A celebration of Scharnau's life will be held Wednesday.
Radio Music License Committee Chairman Ed Christian has written a letter to radio stations about a deal the RMLC has put together with Irving Azoff's Global Music Rights organization. In November, the RMLC filed an antitrust complaint against GMR for what it called anticompetitive behavior. GMR then filed its own lawsuit against the radio industry, calling it a “cartel” and alleging that more than 10,000 U.S. radio stations wrongfully colluded to underpay songwriters to play songs on the radio.
In a Facebook post last night the iHeart Tucson Market President says in January he'll become the COO of Premier Auto Center and justtrucks.com. Anderson said his time in media, specifically iHeartMedia, has been nothing short of amazing and rewarding for him and his family.
The road has been especially rocky between the radio industry and its primary ratings firm over the past several months. Wednesday's announcement that Nielsen would increase PPM panel sizes may have filled in a few potholes. It's no secret industry executives are quite upset to have Portable People Meters malfunction the way they did in November, especially with the amount of money radio doles out to Nielsen.
That was one of the questions we asked Chris Kampmeier, iHeartMedia's veteran programmer who's retiring New Year's Eve. In the final installment of our interview with Chris, we asked him for his thoughts on the Portable People Meter technology, whether programming a radio station is easier today than it was decades ago when he started, and the skills the program director of 2017 will need to win. Here's what he had to say...
According to a fourth-quarter survey of advertising agencies, STRATA reports that confidence among agencies heading into 2017 is high. Forty-three percent of agencies report their business will increase in the first quarter, while only 11% expect a decrease.
Who says Millenials have no interest in the radio industry? How about this great story. Andrew Adams and Matthew Glaser are the proud owners of WELJ-FM on Long Island. The two friends purchased the East Hampton station from Cumulus and they are calling themselves Bold Broadcasting. It's the first step in what the two hope to turn into a media empire.
(by Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti) In November, many of radio's leaders and other key executives gathered at Forecast to debate, discuss, and deliberate what might be in store next year for the industry. As always, it was a lively exchange. Coming on the heels of a tumultuous election and a new set of dynamics heading into the new year, this year's Forecast was also one of the most thought-provoking ever.