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RAB: Radio Digital Revenue Climbs 11% in Q3
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 2:11pm CT

The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) reported Friday that the radio industry continues to build its digital profile as Digital revenue in Q3 showed growth of 11% over last year. In addition, despite a flat national ad market across media, total radio ad revenues showed signs of rebounding with improving trends over Q2 performance (-2% vs. -3%) and Off-Air revenue posted a 14% gain, for its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth.

Year-to-date through September changes for Spot revenue and Network were identical to their third quarter showings (-3% and -4%, respectively).

"The increasing strength of Radio's digital platforms becomes more evident every quarter as advertisers recognize the unparalleled benefits of reaching Radio's dedicated audiences on every device and platform they are using," said RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. "In addition, the growth in off-air opportunities for advertisers is a clear indication that Radio is focused on continuing to deliver more innovative solutions to help them reach their consumers."

"As radio broadcasters continue their focus on reaching consumers and enhancing advertiser ROI through broadcast, digital platforms and new off-air opportunities, advertisers are recognizing that the best way to communicate with consumers and build brands has evolved far beyond simply running a Spot schedule on-air," Farber continued. "On-air personality involvements, events, station websites and other digital options continue to generate support, use and results among major brand marketers as well as local businesses.

There were upticks from Health Care (+4%), Professional Services (+5%) and Insurance Companies (+1%)during Q3. These industries also showed increases in year-to-date spending, up 6%, 6% and 7%, respectively. Nice growth signs while several of Spot Radio's top tier revenue categories registered dips while facing very strong Q3 delivery last year. Additionally, there was upward momentum from many categories in the next tier that helped improve radio's bottom line this quarter, many of which reflect the impact of increased consumer optimism and spending in the housing, travel and personal entertainment areas.

Jaysson Reno Named VP/Sales for KGO and KSFO
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 2:32pm CT

Cumulus announces that Jaysson Reno has been appointed Vice President, Sales for San Francisco's legendary stations KGO-AM and KSFO-AM. Reno has 10 years experience in the San Francisco radio, digital and event space, and has led sales for Cumulus San Francisco's KSAN-FM and KFOG-FM since 2012. The appointment is effective immediately.

Justin Wittmayer, Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus San Francisco said, "Jaysson brings strong leadership, a keen business sense and the market equity needed to drive advertiser performance and grow revenues. KGO and KSFO are legacy brands in which we will continue to invest to benefit our community, to enhance the user experience and to deliver superior advertiser results."

"I am proud to have the opportunity to lead the KGO/KSFO team in San Francisco," said Reno. I grew up with these brands and they continue to be my primary resource for information and talk. We've developed an impressive plan and are ready and excited to execute."

FCC to Modernize Contest Rule for Online Access
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 2:27pm CT

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would update its broadcast contest rule to reflect how consumers obtain information in the 21st Century. Today, the contest rule requires broadcasters to disclose important contest information fully and accurately, and to conduct contests substantially as announced. The proposed change would allow broadcast stations to meet their disclosure obligation by providing contest information over the air, as they do today, or by posting that information on a website.

The Notice also proposes to adopt rules defining the disclosure requirements for broadcasters who choose to satisfy their obligation through a website. Among other things, they would be required to announce the website address where their contest information can be found each time they mention a contest over the air.

The FCC says it's initiating this proceeding to respond to the "dramatic changes that have occurred in the way Americans obtain information since the contest rule was adopted almost four decades ago." The proposed changes would give broadcast stations more flexibility to comply. The changes would also give consumers a more convenient way to access and understand important contest rules normally aired through television and radio advertisements.

Westwood One Announces the End of ''Rockline''
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 2:47pm CT

Bob Coburn announced through Westwood One that he is ending syndication of the long-running radio show "Rockline" after 33 1/2 years. "Rockline" offered fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite rock and roll stars live on the air. Committed to breaking new artists and saluting classic rockers, the show was available in both Active Rock and Classic Rock formats. The final programs will air on Wednesday, December 17 (Rockline Classic) and Monday December 22 (Rockline Active). Rockline will continue to run encores of its best shows until the broadcasts conclude.

Coburn, longtime Rockline host as well as owner of the show, stated "The world has changed from an innovative, unique idea back in 1981 to a one of near constant exposure for artists in 2014. With the Internet, Twitter accounts, hundreds of television channels and a more sophisticated press, artists are now literally at the fingertips of their fans. Rockline is no longer the invaluable tool to connect fans with their Rock & Roll heroes, it has become but one of many."

"We have had the honor to present the history of Rock as told by the artists who created it for the past three decades plus, but now is the time to pass the mantle. We will proudly present the very best of Rockline until the end of the year when our mics will fall silent forever. Thanks for listening and long live Rock & Roll," he added.

Report: Hosts Learn On-Air of Demise from Twitter
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 3:04pm CT

Ben Finfer of WGWG-FM (87.7 The Game)/Chicago's "Quigs & Finfer" show learned in the middle of their program on Thursday that Tribune Media would end its Sports format, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. They received the news, not from management, but from Chicago media reporter Robert Feder, who tweeted the story during their show.

"We're doing a live show here," said Finfer on-air. "And to be told this way, it's really a letdown. We're getting screwed on this one... We just found out on Twitter a half hour ago that the station is being taken off the air. We were not told about this ahead of time."

"We didn't know anything about it. We were coming back from a break and saw on Twitter from Robert Feder that the station is being taken off the air. Can you believe that? A lot of really talented people were hired to work at this station and found out through Twitter that they were fired. Nothing from the bosses," he said.

According to Feder, David Kaplan and David Haugh, who host 9am-noon, are expected to continue on Comcast Sports Net after radio operations cease. But few of the station's other sports/talk hosts are expected to remain with the company. The weekday lineup includes Finfer, Alex Quigley, Jarrett Payton, Harry Teinowitz, Spike Manton, Mark Carman and Connor McKnight.

Fiat to Offer HD Radio Receivers in 2016 500X
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 2:38pm CT

iBiquity Digital, the developer of HD Radio, has announced that Fiat will introduce HD Radio receivers in the upcoming 500X model. With this announcement from Fiat during the LA Auto Show, all Chrysler Group brands will now offer HD Radio to their drivers. Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Ram brands all already have vehicles with HD Radio receivers in the market. The 2016 Fiat 500X will be available at dealers in the first half of 2015.

iBiquity Digital COO Jeff Jury said, "The Fiat announcement is important to us as it marks the final Chrysler Group brand to make HD Radio receivers available. Now, all major automakers offer the HD Radio Experience to their drivers. A record number of HD Radio equipped vehicles have been sold this year and this announcement is another step toward complete standardization of digital radio across North America."

Currently, all major auto manufactures incorporate HD Radio receivers in 185+ models with more than 90 models featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment. Five automakers utilize the HD Radio system to deliver subscription-free Traffic & Data information to their vehicles.

iHeartRadio Goes Live on YO App Index Service
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 2:21pm CT

iHeartRadio went live Friday on the YO App Index and is the first streaming music platform to hit the simple messaging service. This is yet another way for iHeartRadio to entertain and engage fans of music and radio. With the integration, iHeartRadio will have multiple Yo notifications available covering the music genres Pop, Country, Hip-Hop, Alternative and Rock.

In addition, users can subscribe to the iHeartRadio notification for contesting as well as an iHeartRadio News notification to keep connected to iHeartRadio's 24/7 breaking news feed. Fans can also subscribe for these YO notifications and then get YOed with news, artist and station recommendations or receive a Yo for the chance to win concert and artist opportunities/meet and greets.

Greater Media Stations Recognized by Norbella
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 4:10pm CT

Greater Media/Boston was recently recognized when agency partner, Norbella Media was named among the winners of the Ad Club Boston's 2014 Maven Awards. The annual event took place last Monday at the State Room in Boston. Norbella Media took top honors in "Best Use of Radio" category for its work on the Bertucci Share the Love campaign. Greater Media Boston's five station cluster was recognized on screen as well thanked on stage during remarks made by Norbella Media Director Bob Deininger during his acceptance speech.

"We could not have won the Media Maven Award for "Best Use of Radio" without the partnership of Greater Media Boston," said Norbella Media Director Bob Deininger. "The Pay it Forward concept was developed and supported with the help of Greater Media Boston's resources, including their on-air talent, video crews, websites, and social channels."

"This is a perfect example of how Greater Media Boston distinguishes itself from the competition," added VP/Market Manager Rob Williams. "From concept to development, to collaboration across departments, execution and results, this campaign is an A+. Our agency partner, Norbella agrees, the client Bertucci's agrees, as did the judges for the prestigious Ad Club Maven Awards. We are very proud of our entire Greater Media Boston team."

KOSI 101 Decks The Halls with Christmas Music
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 3:11pm CT

KOSI-FM/Denver gets into the holiday spirit for the 12th straight year with Continuous Christmas Music now through Christmas Day. KOSI will also offer Winning Weekends and Christmas Wishes along with Christmas Music commercial free from 3pm Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. Additionally, on the station's website, listeners will find everything necessary to have a stress free holiday, including holiday recipes and holiday events.

"KOSI 101.1 continues the 12 year tradition we've established as Denver's Home for Continuous Christmas Music," said Program Director Mike Peterson. "KOSI is happy to spread holiday cheer and good feelings along the Front Range."

KOSI 101.1 will continue the holiday tradition of supporting the Ronald McDonald House "Light the House" Radiothon on Thursday, December 4 between 6am and 6pm. Listeners can become a "Ray of Hope" to families staying at The Ronald McDonald House and to the children receiving treatment at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and Children's Hospital through pledges and donations at the 7th Annual "Light the House Radiothon."

Hubbard Radio Announces 2060 Digital Division
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 2:26pm CT

Hubbard Radio has announced that Cincinnati radio veteran James Bryant will lead the formation of a new in-house digital company called 2060 Digital, LLC. A digital media services company built by Hubbard Interactive in Cincinnati, 2060 Digital will begin serving Hubbard Radio in seven markets, including Chicago, Washington DC, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Phoenix and Cincinnati. 2060 Digital will provide digital solutions for clients, including website and mobile site build out, SEO, SEM, retargeting, social media management, content and video.

Bryant previously led the Hubbard Radio group in Cincinnati as VP/Market Manager and was instrumental in the development and launch of 2060 Digital in 2012. Prior to working for Hubbard Radio, Bryant held leadership posts for a number of broadcast companies, including Bonneville, Entercom and CBS.

Hubbard Radio Chair/CEO Ginny Morris commented, "We have long looked to Jim for leadership in this space and we feel fortunate that his full attention will be focused on helping us find comprehensive solutions for our advertising partners. We look forward to bringing Jim's entrepreneurial approach to 2060 Digital to the rest of our company."

"I'm excited about expanding the success of 2060 Digital Cincinnati across Hubbard Radio's six other markets," added Bryant. "I look forward to working closely with our corporate leadership and our strong market teams to deliver custom digital solutions to our valued clients."

Hubbard Radio also announced that Mike Fredrick, currently the VP/General Manger/DOS for Hubbard Radio in Cincinnati, will replace Bryant as VP/Market Manager for Hubbard Radio in Cincinnati.

Hubbard/Cincinnati Ups Fredrick to VP/Market Mgr.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 4:57pm CT

Hubbard Radio names Mike Fredrick as VP/Market Manager for the company's cluster in Cincinnati, including WUBE-FM (B105.1), WKRQ-FM (Q102), WYGY-FM (97.3 The Wolf) and WREW-FM (The New 94.9). He replaces James Bryant. Fredrick is a 30-year veteran of Cincinnati broadcasting and most recently served as VP/General Manager and Director of Sales for the local Cincinnati group. During his long career in radio, Fredrick has worked as an intern, AE, General Sales Manager, DOS and General Manager.

"Mike has been an extraordinary leader at the Cincinnati cluster for a significant portion of his broadcast career and I can't think of anyone more prepared for this exciting next chapter," said Hubbard Radio President/COO Drew Horowitz. "I am thrilled to add Mike as a market manager to our team of outstanding broadcast professionals."

"It is an honor to have this opportunity in my hometown and work side-by-side with such a dynamic and talented group of people," added Fredrick. "In my new position I look forward to continuing to serve our listeners, advertisers, community, and most importantly, our employees."

Fredrick is currently on the board of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters and is a youth mentor thru Cincinnati Youth Collaborative where he was named a 2012 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.

Cumulus Ups Jeff Davis to Nat. Dir./Stratus Music
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 2:10pm CT

Cumulus announces that 26-year radio veteran Jeff Davis has been promoted to the newly created position of National Director of Stratus Music Scheduling. Davis has been with Cumulus for over eight years as Program Director of heritage Hot AC/CHR hybrid WQSM in Fayetteville, NC. Jeff has also been Music Director for Cumulus' Hot AC station KBBY in Ventura, CA. Davis has extensive knowledge of Cumulus' proprietary Stratus Music Scheduling System, used at more than 450 radio stations across the U.S. He will continue to program WQSM for Cumulus.

Since joining Cumulus in 2006, Davis has worked with Emily Boldon, Corporate Program Director and Vice President, Stratus Music Programming, to develop and improve each Stratus upgrade as a Beta tester before they were rolled out to the company's stations nationwide.

"Jeff Davis is a consummate programmer and professional," said Boldon. "He is a progressive and innovative thinker and he asks incisive questions that allow us to continually improve our music scheduling platform for the benefit of our stations and listeners. In this new role, Jeff will be a huge asset to our Stratus Music team."

"I am thrilled to work even closer with Emily Boldon, Senior Vice President of Programming, Mike McVay, and Chief Technology Officer, Alfred Lutter at Cumulus Corporate to continue developing this national platform, while staying embedded in my local market at WQSM," said Davis. "Cumulus is a great company that values and rewards hard work, a proven track record and loyalty, and helps drive the passion for great radio."

Cumulus, WO Partner to Offer Backstage at the AMAs
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 5:16pm CT

Cumulus and Westwood One provide audio coverage from the Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, leading up to the 2014 American Music Awards. The event is being held on Sunday, November 23 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and broadcast live at 8pm ET/PT on ABC. The 2014 AMAs, hosted by Pitbull, will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Fergie, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and One Direction.

During this special backstage event, Westwood One will debut its Red Carpet Radio brand. "Red Carpet Radio" is the umbrella platform for the company's behind-the-scenes coverage of year-round entertainment award shows. Red Carpet Radio brings red carpet moments to life, offering broadcast partners and advertisers access to live broadcasts, exclusive content, celebrities, backstage performances, social media buzz & parties and events.

"We're pleased to continue our partnership with the AMAs, one of the country's premiere music events," said Westwood One President Steve Shaw. "It's the perfect opportunity to unveil the Red Carpet Radio brand, offering unrivaled access and coverage of the hottest entertainment events. These prestigious events provide more ways to deliver experiential marketing to our advertisers, who can sponsor the event on-site, on-air, and through our digital extensions. It's like having a coveted backstage pass."

Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row is two days of live broadcasts with 25 radio stations from across the country representing multiple formats, with an array of hosts, presenters, and performers mingling backstage. In addition to affiliated stations Backstage at the AMAs, several Cumulus and Westwood One programs and personalities will be broadcasting Live from Radio Row, including NASH Nights Live, Zach Sang & The Gang, The Bert Show, NASH/America's Morning Show, and Nights Live with Adam Bomb.

Cumulus Names Brian Egan ''NASH Nights Live'' EP
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 2:56pm CT

Cumulus appoints Brian Egan as Executive Producer for the syndicated Country show "NASH Nights Live," effective immediately. Egan moves to Nashville from Charleston, WV, where he was Program Director and morning personality for Country WKWS-FM (96.1 The Wolf). He's also served as co-host of the CMA Award-winning morning program, Ben & Brian, at KMLE-FM/Phoenix and at WMZQ-FM/Washington, DC.

Senior VP/Programming Mike McVay said, "This is a rare opportunity for us to have a great talent in his own right who can program and produce one of radio's fastest growing shows."

Egan added, "My family and I couldn't be more excited to return to Tennessee. Joining the NASH Nights Live team and getting the chance to work with Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith, Ryan Kershner and everyone involved with the NASH brand is an amazing opportunity. I'm grateful to John Dickey and Mike McVay for making this happen."

Sunny 99.1 Brings Back Christmas Music to Houston
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 2:14pm CT

Sunny 99.1 announced today it will flip to non-stop Christmas music, an annual tradition, starting tomorrow, Friday, November 21, 2014. To get in the holiday spirit, Sunny 99.1 will play nothing but familiar holiday favorites through Christmas. This will be the 15th holiday season Sunny has launched the all-Christmas music format.

"We are proud and excited to spread the holiday cheer again this year on Sunny. It's been so well received over the years-families have made our radio station part of their holiday traditions. To be an extension of family is truly a privilege," said Marc Sherman, Program Director, Sunny 99.1

Veteran Media Broker Joins Media Services Group
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 4:39pm CT

Media brokerage firm Media Services Group has adds another long time broadcaster and broker, Sunbelt Media's Bill Cate. MSG Managing Director George Reed said, "We are extremely pleased to add Cate to our roster of media specialists. He brings with him a background of station ownership, as well as 36 years of media brokerage. Bill is the former co-owner and president of Chapman Associates, and brings a wealth of knowledge to our group." Cate will continue to work out of the Little Rock area.

"I am extremely pleased to be joining Media Services Group. Many of the partners go back to my days with Chapman Associates, and it'll be great to be back working with them," added Cate. "I believe there is strength in numbers, and Media Services Group offers the widest diversity of brokerage services to our industry. I look forward to the affiliation and believe it will enable me to better serve my clients with greatly expanded resources, much more than operating as a standalone media broker."

USRN Expands Phantom Producer With More Country
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 2:17pm CT

United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) is diversifying its radio imaging service called Phantom Producer by introducing a second version of the service geared toward the Country format. The expansion will result in a service for the Mainstream Country format and at the same time, the existing service for Country stations will be re-branded as the Hot Country service.

Phantom Producer also serves the CHR, AC, Hot AC, Rock, Classic Rock and Classic Hits formats. The expansion to two Country formats is effective immediately, and several "early adapters" are already using the service. This announcement comes from USRN's EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark along with Phantom Producer's creator and Executive Producer, Jeff Thomas.

In an era when programmers and production talent are wearing more hats than ever, Phantom Producer has completely altered the way customized imaging can be created. The service gives users the ability to audition and download major market station imaging with their station name, frequency and positioning statement embedded in the audio via a password-protected website. Recently, "music hooks" were added to the service which expanded the creative options for affiliates tremendously and has proven to be another time-saver for PD's.

Phantom Producer works via an exclusive online user interface (app) that accesses client station elements along with regularly updated imaging material that can be downloaded immediately.

To create the new Mainstream Country content for Phantom Producer, the team has turned to Ben LuMaye who already handles the existing Country service for Phantom affiliates. Regarding this newly expanded Country offerings, Phantom Producer's creator Jeff Thomas said, "The country format is clearly bigger now than ever before and a one-size fits all approach is no longer appropriate. With our new service we can focus on what modern mainstream country stations want, without interrupting our hot country service. We've had radio stations asking for this delineation of service for some time, so we're happy now to be able to deliver what they need."

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