Tuesday, Spotify announced the launch of the Music Matchmaker app, to help users in media agencies find love and friendship this Valentine’s Day.
Alejandro Nieto Molina, who was just appointed SVP and GM of Univision Radio in late January, died suddenly of a heart attack at age 48. Univision EVP/Technology, Operations, and Engineering John Eck, who is also the company's chief local media officer, said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden loss of our colleague. He was new to the Univision family, but many of us knew and respected him. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."
The 2016 elections will generate record spending on Hispanic radio — that's something everyone agrees on. So, what's YOUR campaign line? Latino voters have never been more crucial in winning an election. Population growth trends, immigration and citizenship issues, and the presence of Hispanic candidates make it clear that targeting this major voting bloc could be the key to victory. The candidates and their political strategists know this, and that’s why projections are calling for record spending on Hispanic radio. Will YOU be ready?
There's a new classic rocker in California's capital as iHeartMedia debuts "107.1 The Brew." The station is heard on FM, on the HD2 channel for adult hits 93.7 Jack FM, and via iHeartRadio. The Brew will play music nonstop and commercial-free for at least 10,000 songs in a row, featuring classic rock pillars like Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, and Motley Crue.
Shaq Fu Radio, the 24/7 streaming hip-hop radio station from legendary NBA all-star, actor, rapper, and DJ, Shaquille O’Neal, has chosen AdLarge Media as its exclusive ad sales partner.
NextRadio saw "tremendous" growth in downloads, listening, viewing, and interactions in 2015. Some stats for the app, which enhances FM listening on cell phones: Overall listening more than quadrupled, rising 334 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. Average session length went up 25 percent, to 57 minutes, while average time spent listening via NextRadio went from 21 minutes to 26 minutes (compared to 13 minutes for traditional radio).
Former CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason says Peter Smyth is one of the great broadcasters of our generation. "He knows and takes to heart what serving the community means. His radio stations are always leaders in their markets and have been for many years.” Greater Media turns 60 this year and CEO Peter Smyth is behind the wheel steering that company. Smyth is also on the February 8 cover of Radio Ink magazine. We spoke to Smyth about the anniversary, radio, and his philosophy on leading people. Here's an excerpt from that interview
Sun Broadcast Group says with the addition of eight new iHeartMedia stations, The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver is now broadcasting his Country music dance party on more than 60 stations.
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.