The debate rages on to this day. There are those that believe deregulation and consolidation ruined radio, homogenized its sound and killed jobs. Others still argue that more deregulation is needed and national scale is important for radio to do battle with more competition for the eyes and ears of the consumer than ever before. There is one important point that seems to get overlooked when debating 1996. That is that there were a great many radio stations in financial peril. They were all over America and they were barely surviving. The Telecom Act enabled a lot of those stations to be sold and bundled into clusters where expenses could be reduced and signals saved. READ MORE
CBS Radio President Andre Fernandez has named Michael Simon Senior Advisor for Data Analytics and Political Advocacy. Simon led the Obama presidential campaign's analytics team. CBS says Simon will work closely with senior management to enhance CBS Radio's overall data analytics capabilities, as well as create new data-driven ad products and strategies for political campaigns, candidates, and related committees and organizations.
This is a pretty big deal here due to the confrontational relationships Pandora has had with the world's leading Performance Rights Organizations, especially BMI. And as a result of this deal, Pandora is dropping its appeal of the recent BMI rate court decision. ASCAP and BMI have a combined catalogue of over 20 million musical works. Before this new deal, Pandora paid BMI members 2.5 percent of its revenue and ASCAP members 1.75 percent. Terms of the deal, how much songwriters will be paid each time their song is played, were not revealed. READ MORE
CBS Chicago's Jeff Kapugi (pictured here with Luke Bryan), CMG's Johnny Chiang in Houston, and Greater Media Boston's Mike Brophey were the top three Country PD's in 2015. Did they have a strong enough year to retain their positions or did other Country PD's have a better year? It's time to find out. We are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Best Country PD's in America. Make your nominations HERE. The deadline to make your nomination is December 31.
The Commission slaps a $1,500 fine on Good Christian Radio Broadcasting's WLIH-FM in Whitneyville, Pennsylvania for not filing a timely license renewal application. The Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability back in October of 2015 after the station did not file for renewal, which was due in April of 2014. The station filed four months late. The Commission upheld the fine this week after the station did not respond to the NAL.
The entire staff of Radio Ink would like to wish our subscribers a very Merry Christmas. We hope you'll enjoy a very relaxing long weekend break with family and friends. Your fresh daily headlines will return Monday morning, December 28. If big news breaks we'll notify you by e-mail and on Facebook and Twitter. And be on the lookout for the launch of our brand new website the first of the year. You'll see a new look in both our website and daily newsletter.
The new partnership will bring live play-by-play of NHL home, away, and foreign-language feeds to TuneIn for free. The partnership gives TuneIn users access to home, away, and select foreign-language feeds for every game – from exhibitions, 1,230 regular season games, and every playoff game including the Stanley Cup Final. TuneIn will drop the puck for its NHL events coverage on January 1 with the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.
Stacey Kauffman is promoted from GSM to Director of Sales for Entercom in Sacramento. Before joining Entercom, Kauffman held various management and sales positions with Hubbard in Chicago, Emmis and Merck (formerly Schering-Plough). Kauffman has an MBA from Indiana University Northwest and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Ball State University.
Tim "DJ Timbuck2" Jones passed away Sunday, after a battle with cancer. He was only 34. WGCI Program Director Derrick Brown posted the following on the station website. "Timbuck2 was a premier turntable technician. His creativity and ear for music was unparalleled. Tim loved Chicago and was an ambassador around the world for our music. He leaves a huge void that will be extremely difficult to fill."
Long-time WGKX-FM host Mark Billingsley died Tuesday afternoon following several weeks of illness. Billingsley suffered a medical emergency while doing his afternoon show at the station in late November. He was taken to the hospital and underwent brain surgery. He never regained consciousness. Billingsley was only 53 years old. A gofundme page has been set up by his friends and family. (An earlier version of this story stated Billingsley worked in Nashville which was incorrect.)
Steve Harvey will replace John Candelaria and Zenja -- Candy and Zenja in the Morning, on Beasley's KOAS-FM, Old School 105.7 in Las Vegas. Harvey is nationally syndicated by Premiere and his show is now heard on about 80 stations across the nation, reaching approximately six million weekly listeners.
(By Wayne Ens) Is your race for efficiency impairing the race to productivity? Before you hire your next salesperson, decide what kind of sales culture you want in 2016: a productive culture or an efficient culture. To be efficient is to utilize a particular commodity or product with the least amount of resources or effort possible, as in a fuel-efficient engine.
(By Loyd Ford) Anyone can post on Facebook or other social media. Great, right? The real question is how to UP your impact and create more engagement related to improving the engagement of your product. Let's look at these opportunities.
By Ronald Robinson Q: How easy is it for owners and managers of radio stations to completely disregard how truly shabby their locally produced commercials are? A: Nuthin' to it, at all. Accepting this shoddy circumstance is, apparently, natural and easy. Every local station – few exceptions – produces lousy spots. Advertisers accept them. Audiences hate them.
106.1 KISS FM (KBKS), Seattle, raised $804,236 in just 13 hours on Thursday, December 17, to bring its 14-year radiothon total to over $14 million dollars. Bender's One Big KISS for Seattle Children's Hospital Radiothon brought the stories of child patients, families, staff, and volunteers to KISS listeners across the region (and the U.S. via iHeartRadio), who responded with generous donations.
WNBM/Radio 103.9 in New York City is pulling out all the stops to make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers who need it the most, through a special holiday promotion, "Radio 103.9 Brings the Holidays To You!" In the spirit of the season, Radio 103.9 representatives are hitting the streets of New York City and neighboring communities and extending cheer to schools, churches, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and families in need.
Tony Zazza, host of Zazza Mornings with Cheree on 107.1 WA1A (WAOA-FM, Cumulus Media, Melbourne, FL), and founder and President of the Board of Directors for The Zazza Community Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit), partnered with Elite Airways, 107.1 WA1A and Orlando Melbourne International Airport to launch Jingle Jet 2015 to the North Pole last Monday, December 14. Jingle Jet helps bring holiday cheer to local families who have been met with undue hardships throughout the year.
98.7 The BULL (KUPL-FM) helped raise over $211,438 for the Country Cares for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during their radiothon, December 15 and 16, held at the Skype Live Studio in Portland, Oregon. It was the 2nd radiothon of 2015 for The Bull and now brings the total to $389,705 this year for the kids at St. Jude.
As part of their annual Christmas Wish program, The Johnjay & Rich Show helped nine families in need this holiday season, including one special family in Buckeye, Ariz. C.Y. and her husband Kyle, who have four of their own children, recently adopted Kyle's 9-year-old second cousin Alexa, whose parents had passed away.
Forty-three years after it began, We Care will celebrate a milestone year of fundraising. The organization announced Wednesday morning – on Hit Country 100.5 KI, Indiana – We Care raised a total of $411,820.16 for 2015 for the Kokomo, Indiana, community.
NASH FM 102.5 Muncie joined forces with Toyota & Scion of Muncie to provide Christmas cheer on December 5 – "Secret Families Day" – to 247 area families in need through the annual "Secret Families" Christmas Charity. "Secret Families" provides a complete Christmas (tree, stand, decorations, food, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, and wrapped gifts for each family member) to families needing a hand up in Delaware County during the holidays.
The agenda for the 7th annual Hispanic Radio Conference is posted at our conference web site. The conference will be held on March 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six in Fort Lauderdale. Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti says, "We are extremely excited about this year's agenda. Our advisory board has targeted a comprehensive range of important and timely issues facing Hispanic radio broadcasters. today. They will be covering everything from the economy and the election and its impact on revenues and governance, to programming, advertiser expectations, legal affairs and the huge influence of digital on Hispanic consumers.
Our "Blast From The Past" page in Radio Ink Magazine is one of our most popular features and has been around for 20 years. Thanks to Dave Adair at Cumulus for sending in this classic from the 1960s. It's the WIS-AM studeio (went on air 1930) in Columbia SC. Pictured standing is the late Gene McKay. Seated is John Wrisley (still with us). Both had legendary careers in Columbia radio. This studio was turned into "The Bomb Shelter" designed to broadcast from in the event of nuclear war or other disaster. It had a geiger counter, jugs of water, and boxes of Civil Defense rations of food. We'd love to see yours. Send your classic photos to firstname.lastname@example.org