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Radio is only one piece of the Rickey Smiley brand. His television show, Rickey Smiley for Real, syndicated by Urban One's TV One cable channel, has been renewed for a 5th season. He still does 50 stand-up comedy dates every year. He created the Rickey Smiley Foundation with a goal to help children, teens, and seniors. And he just wrote a new book, Stand by Your Truth and Then Run for Your Life (published by Simon & Schuster), which he launched in 2017 with an 18-city tour. Here's our interview with the radio superstar.
In January 2017, Jesus Lara was named president of Univision Radio. With his long and successful career in music and media — with a specific emphasis on digital — Lara is definitely the right person to lead Univision at this time.
We're hearing every week about companies and stations becoming "Alexa-enabled," making listening to radio as simple as walking through your front door and asking Alexa to play Z100 in New York. We spoke to Amazon's Ryan Reddington and Alex Luke to see if they believe there is a way for us to work together.
2017 was quite a year for David Field. He's wanted to grow Entercom into one of radio's biggest companies for nearly a decade. Field's patience paid off when he put together a deal to reel in the big fish last year, CBS Radio. As a result, Radio Ink named Field Radio's Executive of the year. This is the second time Field has been chosen as Radio Executive of the Year (2006). Here's our full cover story interview with the Entercom CEO.
Skyview Networks was launched by Ken Thiele and Dave Chamberlain during the 1995-1996 NBA season. The goal was to get the games broadcast to markets outside Phoenix. They've come a long way since that idea was launched over 20 years ago.
Radio Ink's Editor-in-Chief Ed Ryan sat down with Daymond John, of ABC’s Shark Tank, to find out what this world-famous branding expert has to say about radio’s branding? John will also be a key part of Radio Ink’s Forecast 2018 on November 15 in New York City, where he’ll be taking part in a special one-on-one conversation with Jay Abraham, CEO of the Abraham Group.
Lew Dickey created Cumulus Media 20 years ago, in 1997. In 2015 he was pushed out of the company by its board of directors. So what is Lew Dickey up to, and what is he really interested in purchasing? What are his views of radio from the outside — outside for the first time in 32 years — and what are his thoughts on the company he launched in 1997? Let's find out.
Bill Hendrich didn’t plan to be in radio when he started his career. In his early 20s, he was running a travel agency in Mobile, AL, and the local radio stations would call on him to sell him advertising. He got to know the program director at WKSJ in Mobile, which led to Hendrich’s working with the station on listener trips. He would accompany the morning show host, the GM, and listeners and act as the tour guide in places like Las Vegas and Mexico.
Heather Cohen started radio classes in high school, at age 14. Later, at Hofstra University, she joined the radio program as a freshman and quickly realized she didn’t want to be on the air — while she was on the air. “I was afraid,” she says. “I was nervous every single time I would hit that button. I was one of those ‘Please, God, don’t let me screw this shift up’ people. I was very nervous.”
Let’s find out exactly where the radio ratings game is headed with Brad Kelly, Managing Director of Nielsen Audio, as your point man, the person who controls the currency that generates revenue from your ratings.