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Report: Smith Buys Chicago Translator for $4.6M
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 2:48pm CT

Calvary Radio Network has agreed to sell Religious 2-watt translator W264BF-FM for a whopping $4.6 million to Integrity Radio Communications, owned by former veteran radio programmer Elroy Smith, reports Chicagoland Radio and Media. W264BF was originally owned by CSN International, who built the translator in June 2004, and then moved it to the Sears/Willis Tower in June, 2007. Calvary then acquired W264BF in July, 2008, as part of a deal for $1.8 million, including 50 stations and translators.

The FCC says that W264BF, which also has a CP to increase to 10 watts on 100.7, will not will not interfere with WRXQ-FM (QRock 100.7) in the southern suburbs, WBYT-FM (B100) in northwest Indiana or WKKV-FM (V100.7)/Milwaukee.

According to documents filed with the FCC, Integrity Radio Communications plans on simulcasting WILV-FM/Chicago's or one of its HD Radio channels, on on W264BF.

Smith most recently served as Radio One's Director of Inspirational Programming and Operations Manager of its cluster in Philadelphia. The veteran programmer added the format director duties in July, 2009. Previously, he programmed the cluster's Urban WPHI-FM (100.3 The Beat). Prior to his move to Philadelphia in 2007, Smith was OM of Clear Channel's Urban WGCI-FM and OM/PD of Urban AC WVAZ-FM (V103)/Chicago.

Smith joined WGCI as PD in 1992, adding similar duties at WVAZ in October, 2000. He's also programmed the company's Black Gospel WPZE-FM/Charlotte and Gospel WPPZ-FM (Praise 103.9) and Urban AC WRNB-FM/Philadelphia.


Joel Kelly Named Clear Channel/Chicago GSM
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 2:27pm CT

Clear Channel/Chicago appoints Joel Kelly as its new General Sales Manager for CHR WKSC-FM (103.5 KISS FM) and Hot AC WLIT-FM (93.9 My FM), effective immediately. Kelly is a ten-year media sales veteran and joins the company from crosstown CBS Radio, where he most recently served as Local Sales Manager of News WBBM-AM. Prior to his time at CBS Radio, he spent nearly seven years as an account executive at CCME/San Diego.

"I am very pleased to announce the addition of Joel Kelly to the KISS and MYfm team. I look forward to Joel leading the sales efforts to take each station to new heights," said CCME/Chicago VP/Sales Jason Courtemanche.

Prior to his career in media, Kelly worked as an Athlete Manager at Imani Sports representing professional athletes with an emphasis on basketball and football. He's a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


SiriusXM Reports Q2 Revenue Up 10%, Earnings Down
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 3:27pm CT

SiriusXM announced second quarter revenue grew 10% to $1.035 billion from $940 million in 2013. Net income fell to $119.9 million (2 cents per diluted share) from $125.4 million (2 cents) in the year-ago period. Adjusted net income climbed 60% to $131 million from $82 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014 reached a record $370 million, up 31% from $283 million in 2013.

Net subscriber additions in Q2 were 475,472. The total paid subscriber base reached a record 26.3 million, up 5% from a year earlier. Self-pay net subscriber additions were 379,711, and the self-pay subscriber base reached a record high of 21.6 million, up 7% from 2013. Paid and unpaid trials combined to produce a total trial funnel of 7.3 million at the end of the second quarter of 2014, the largest in its history.

"SiriusXM once again posted outstanding results in the second quarter by adding 475,000 total net new subscribers, including 380,000 net new self-pay subscribers. We set new records for trial conversions to self-pay, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin in the quarter, and we are raising our 2014 guidance for revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow," stated CEO Jim Meyer.

"Our extraordinary operating performance supported the buyback of over 350 million shares in the quarter, or approximately 6% of our outstanding stock. Perhaps more importantly, we improved our superior content by adding even more channels and shows created with major brands and personalities, such as Joel Osteen, NBC's TODAY Show, and YouTube, and we expanded the range and depth of our commercial-free music programming with the introduction of three new channels in the categories of country, women's pop, and dance," added Meyer.


ESPN Radio Suspends Stephen A. Smith for Week
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 5:55pm CT

Sports WEPN-FM (ESPN New York 98.7 FM)/New York suspend Stephen A. Smith for one week from hosting duties that also include and ESPN2's "First Take," reports Sports Illustrated media columnist Richard Deitsch. Smith came under fire for his comments on "First Take" last Friday over the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice suspension, when he reportedly suggested women should consider how they can provoke violence against themselves.

In a staff memo on Tuesday, ESPN President John Skipper said, "ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on 'First Take' or ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return to ESPN next Wednesday. As many of you know, there has been substantial news coverage in the past few days related to comments Stephen A. made last Friday in the wake of the NFL's decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following charges of assaulting his then fiancee, now wife, a few months ago.

"We've said publicly and in this space that those remarks did not reflect our company's point of view, or our values. They certainly don't reflect my personal beliefs. We have been engaged in thoughtful discussion about appropriate next steps. Those conversations have involved a diverse group of women and men in our company. Our women's ERG has added to the conversation and going forward, I know they will help us continue constructive discussion on this and related issues.

"Stephen has called what took place 'the most egregious mistake' of his career. I believe his apology was sincere and that he and we have learned from what we've collectively experienced. I'm confident we will all move forward with a greater sense of enlightenment and perspective as the lasting impact of these last few days. I want to thank all those whose thoughts have contributed along the way."


Nielsen Q2 Revenues Increase 15% to $1.59 Billion
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 3:33pm CT

Nielsen reported second quarter revenues increased 15% to $1.59 billion, or 15.9% on a constant currency basis when compared to 2013. Revenues, excluding the impact of the Arbitron and Harris acquisitions, increased 4.4%, or 5.2% on a constant currency basis. Revenues within the Buy segment grew 6.6%, or 7.9% on a constant currency basis, to $900 million. On a constant currency basis, Information services revenue grew 5%, while Insights revenue grew 17.9%, or 4.2% excluding Harris.

Revenues within the Watch segment increased 28%, or 28.3% on a constant currency basis, to $694 million. Excluding the Arbitron acquisition, Watch revenues increased 5.7%, or 5.9% on a constant currency basis, driven by continued strength in Audience Measurement, including accelerating demand in Digital and Advertiser Solutions.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter increased 16.2% to $460 million, or 17.9% on a constant currency basis compared. Income from continuing operations declined 36.1% to $76 million, or 33.9% on a constant currency basis. Income from continuing operations per share, on a diluted basis, was $0.19 compared to $0.31 in the year-ago period.

"Our second quarter results reflect the underlying strength of our Buy and Watch businesses, the successful integration of Arbitron and our steady and consistent business model. We continue to extend our leadership positions in both retail and audience measurement with meaningful innovation and great execution. Our focus on measuring and improving performance for our clients continues to be a powerful combination and positions us well to deliver long-term value to our shareholders," commented CEO Mitch Barns.


AWM Appoints Valerie Blackburn as Interim CEO
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 3:14pm CT

The Alliance for Women in Media names former News/Talk KFWB-AM/Los Angeles GM Valerie Blackburn as interim CEO. Blackburn is a past chair for AWM and she will oversee the organization's day-to-day operations, while the board searches for a new CEO. Blackburn previously served as Market Controller for CBS Radio/Los Angeles and left after eight years in February. She joined CBS Radio in 2006 and previously served as Director/Business Operations for Susquehanna Radio/San Francisco for six years.

"We are delighted to welcome Valerie as AWM's Interim CEO," said Chair Kay Olin. "Valerie's long-term commitment to AWM, including serving as Chair from 2010 to 2012, enables her to strategically lead the organization to advance the influence and impact of women in all forms of media."


Nikki Landry Resigns as WWWM/Toledo PD/PM Drive
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 3:45pm CT

Nikki Landry resigns as Program Director and afternoon host of WWWM-FM (Star 105)/Toledo. OM Mark Elliott assumes interim PD duties. Prior to joining the Cumulus CHR two years ago, Landry was in New Orleans as the PM drive host on Adult Hits KVDU-FM (Voodoo 104). Before that, she held the same gig in Washington, DC, on Fresh-FM. She's also a 12-year military veteran with the Air Force where she was a Generals' Aide at the Pentagon.


Cumulus Youngstown Earns President's Cup Award
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 3:03pm CT

Cumulus announces that it has awarded its President's Cup to the company's eight-station group in Youngstown, OH. The award is in recognition for the stations' achieving best overall performance for the second quarter of 2014 across all 90 Cumulus radio markets. Each quarter, the highest-performing Cumulus market is honored with the traveling President's Cup trophy, along with a cash prize of $10,000 that is distributed across the stations' staff.

VP/Market Manager Rick Parrish said, "I am very proud of the success our Youngstown sales team, programming team and support staff have achieved with our eight radio stations that serve northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our team set the goal to bring the Cumulus President's Cup to Youngstown, and through hustle and hard work, we did it!"

Executive VP/Co-COO Jon Pinch added, "The team in Youngtown has performed at record levels this year and is well deserving of this award. To win the President's Cup requires contribution from every person at every level in the cluster. Congratulations, Cumulus Youngtown."


Veteran Air Personality Samantha Stevens Dies
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 5:13pm CT

Sad to report that veteran air talent Samantha Stevens (aka Nicole Luciani Loban) died Sunday after a battle with cancer. Most recently, she hosted the "Super 80's with Samantha Stevens" on LiteFavorites.com. Prior to that, Stevens handled parttime on-air duties at AC WEBE-FM/Bridgeport, CT, following five years at crosstown AC WEZN-FM (Star 99.9) where she spent five years, as PD. She previously spent 13 years at CHR WKCI-FM (KC101)/New Haven, CT, until 2004.


CCME's KPRC to Air University of Houston Football
RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 5:00pm CT

The University of Houston has announced that its football and men's basketball will air on Clear Channel's News/Talk KPRC-AM/Houston during the 2014-15 season. Kevin Eschenfelder returns for a second season to call Cougars football action with Ted Pardee in his ninth season as game analyst and Jeremy Branham as sideline reporter. Matt Thomas will handle the pre-game show. Cougars' men's basketball aired on KPRC last season, while its football games were broadcast of co-owned Sports KBME-AM (Sportstalk 790).

University of Houston VP/Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades said, "Both the University of Houston and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment had a goal of a consistent radio home for Houston football and men's basketball. With KPRC 950 AM, we have a home Houston fans know they can turn to when the Cougars are in action without being affected by the schedules of any other organization."

Clear Channel/Houston Director of AM Programming Bryan Erickson added, "We wanted Houston fans to have a consistent station for every single game. We look forward to another exciting season of Houston men's basketball on KPRC 950 AM, and we look forward to Houston football joining the station's roster."


Legendary Bob Rivers Retires After 33 Years
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, July 28, 2014 | 2:17pm CT

After 33 years of doing morning radio, KJR-FM/Seattle's Bob Rivers announced his heart-felt decision to step away and discontinue The Bob Rivers Morning Show. Leading up to his final show on Friday, August 8, 2014, the iconic Seattle personality will host 9 farewell shows to say goodbye to listeners, advertisers and co-workers. For over 25 years, Bob Rivers has been entertaining audiences in the Pacific Northwest and has appeared on some of Seattle's biggest radio stations.

"Bob is a world-class talent, a true professional and radio genius, and it's been our pleasure working with such a radio legend that inspired many in the industry to get into the business in their early years," said Keith Cunningham, Vice President of Programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Seattle.

"I've been on the radio for 42 years; since I was 16. 33-years doing morning drive, 25 of them being here in Seattle. Our show signed on 8/8/89 and our last show will be 8/8/2014. I will be forever grateful to the best audience and radio family one could hope for: Spike, Joe, Jodi, Arik, Pedro and Luciana. I love y'all. This was not an easy decision for me, but you just know when it's right. Hopefully we satisfy the old adage-leave them wanting more," said Rivers.

He continued, "I'm the luckiest radio host in the world. Not only have I been surrounded by iconic talent and given free-reign to create a unique morning show, we've amassed an audience so loyal and loving that they have raised millions and saved children's lives all over the world. We enjoyed great ratings over the years, but they only tell part of the story-the bond we've had as a cast and with our audience and trusted advertisers trumps all the No. 1's we achieved."

"I'm about to be a grandfather, I don't want to miss a minute of that. It's time for my lovely wife, Lisa, to get The Bob Rivers Show live and in person every morning. There are projects waiting, like World Vision, touring with Heart by Heart, maybe popping up on radio from time-to-time," he said.


CCME Names Maynard SVP of Programming
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, July 28, 2014 | 1:54pm CT

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today that Maynard will join the company as Senior Vice President of Programming, effective immediately. He will report to Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms and Clay Hunnicutt, Executive Vice President and General Manager for National Programming Platforms.

In this newly created position Maynard will work closely with Clear Channel's National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services teams as well as work with select local stations. He will have a special focus on programming products while continuing to elevate Clear Channel's brands and developing new innovative ways to reach listeners. Maynard will join Clear Channel from Hubbard Radio in Seattle where since 2007 he served as Operations Manager and Program Director. Under his leadership, Hubbard's stations in Seattle were highly successful with KQMV rising to No. 1 ratings in the market. Maynard is one of the most highly regarded Program Directors in the industry, with prior roles in Spokane, and Omaha as well as with Clear Channel in Eugene and Portland.

"Great programming is a cornerstone of Clear Channel's strategy so we're constantly looking to increase our programming bench with the brightest and most innovative minds,'' said Tom Poleman. "Maynard has an outstanding track record and he'll be a great addition to our brain trust." "Maynard's programming expertise and knowledge of the industry has made him one of the most successful and respected programmers in radio -- he has been on our 'wish-list' for a long time," said Hunnicutt. "Maynard's return to Clear Channel further demonstrates our ability to attract the greatest minds and programmers in the business."


Crawford Broadcasting Closes on KNSN/San Diego
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, July 28, 2014 | 2:29pm CT

Crawford Broadcasting has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 0.55kw Spanish KNSN-AM (1240)/San Diego from Multicultural Broadcasting for $1.5 million. Multicultural is led by Arthur Liu, while Crawford Broadcasting is headed by Don Crawford. Crawford also owns five outlets in Birmingham and three stations in Buffalo. Michael J. Bergner of Bergner & Co. was the exclusive broker in the transaction.


CCME Inks VP/Talent Development Clark to New Deal
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, July 28, 2014 | 5:31pm CT

Clear Channel VP/Talent Development Dennis Clark inks a new long-term contract with the company. He moved into his current post in October, 2011. Clark previously served as Executive Producer for the "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," morning show at KIIS-FM Los Angeles beginning in 2005. In 2008, the show 2008 became a syndicated daily radio show that airs in the U.S. and internationally.

President of National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman said, "Dennis leads Clear Channel efforts to hire and nurture the best and most talented people in the industry -- he has built a talent development division unmatched by any other company. Dennis coaches some of our biggest personalities, from Ryan Seacrest to Kane, JohnJay and Rich, Elvis Duran, Bobby Bones, The Breakfast Club, Nikki Sixx and other market-leading talent. We're excited to have him continue to lead the talent development charge for us."

Clark started his radio career at KIIS-FM/Los Angeles in 1986 as a staff producer for "Rick Dees in the Morning" and "Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40." In 1995, he joined The Research Group where he became a Strategic Research Consultant based in Europe. In 1999, he launched Dennis Clark Consulting, specializing in talent development and personality training within the U.S., as well as broadcast groups in Europe, Asia and Australia.


Westwood One NFL Coverage Features 102 Games
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, July 28, 2014 | 5:14pm CT

Westwood One, the official network radio partner for the NFL, announces its 2014 NFL season package featuring an unprecedented 102 games -- a record number of games for a radio network. The season kicks off with live coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, August 3. The 51st NFL Hall of Fame Game, featuring the New York Giants against the Buffalo Bills, will take place at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, OH.

This season's NFL package consists of the following 102 nationally-featured games:

  • Hall of Fame Game
  • Opening Night game
  • 17 Monday Night games (including one doubleheader)
  • 17 Sunday Night games
  • 15 Thursday Night games (including Thanksgiving night)
  • Thanksgiving Day doubleheader
  • Saturday doubleheader
  • Sunday Morning International Series Game
  • 17 Sunday Afternoon doubleheaders
  • 12 Postseason games, including the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX
The 2014 NFL regular season kicks off when the Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night, September 4. The season concludes at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, February 1, with Super Bowl XLIX. For the complete schedule of games, visit www.westwoodonesports.com.

"The expansion of the NFL primetime schedule allows us to engage our listeners more often than ever and we're excited to deliver all the action and excitement to football fans and to our advertisers," said Westwood One Sports Executive VP/Executive Producer Howard Deneroff. "With more than 100 national broadcasts, Westwood One is the home for wall-to-wall football action each week during the season."


iHeartRadio Hispanic Network Adds Grupo ACIR
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, July 28, 2014 | 2:38pm CT

Clear Channel has announced the expansion of its iHeartRadio Hispanic Network with the introduction of Mexico's Grupo ACIR, which owns and/or operates more than 55 stations across Mexico. Most of these stations will be available on iHeartRadio everywhere it is offered. The addition of ACIR's stations to iHeartRadio will provide listeners with instant access to some of the most recognized Mexican national radio brands.

Listeners will also have access to top Hispanic personalities like Alejandro Villalvazo, Antonio de Valdes, Charo Fernandez, Sofia Sanchez Navarro, Inaki Manero, Rocio Cordova, Carlos "Chicken" Munoz, Carlos Martin Huerta, Jose Martin Samano, Alex Montiel, Pepe Segarra, Arturo "Rudo" Rivera and more. In addition, iHeartRadio will stream select local ACIR stations such as "Siempre," Mexico City's music, news and sports station and "La 1260," Mexico City's AM News/Talk station.

Clear Channel will also become the digital ad sales provider for these Mexican stations replacing all local Mexican station ads with consumer-targeted U.S. ads. Serving Hispanics across the U.S., the iHeartRadio Hispanic Network includes a unique collection of assets providing advertising partners large-scale reach to nearly 93 percent of the U.S. Spanish and English-speaking Hispanic population.

"We are excited to offer our listeners and advertising partners more availability to high quality Hispanic programming through iHeartRadio," said Clear Channel Networks Group President Darren Davis. "We look forward to expanding the reach of ACIR's stations and providing listeners seamless access to them anytime and anywhere they are across the U.S."

"We are very happy that our stations will be available on the iHeartRadio platform and that we can reach the growing Hispanic community in the U.S.," said ACIR VP/General Manager Antonio Ibarra. "We are sure that listeners will enjoy our content and look forward to a successful partnership."


Daily Big 10 Football Back on FOX Sports Radio
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, July 28, 2014 | 1:56pm CT

FOX Sports Radio in conjunction with Big Ten Network is excited to announce the fourth season of BTN Live, a daily Big Ten football show. Beginning August 4, the exclusive radio simulcast of the program will be available for air Monday through Friday, 6 - 7 p.m. ET / 3 - 4 p.m. PT on more than 20 affiliates, including: WMGC-FM /Detroit, KFXN-FM/Minneapolis, WBGG-AM/Pittsburgh, WOKY-AM/Milwaukee and KXNO-AM/Des Moines.

Throughout football season, BTN Live will take fans inside every Big Ten locker room as teams prepare for games, and provide the latest news, expert analysis, and interviews with players and coaches. The nightly show will be hosted by Big Ten Network personalities Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo, with Big Ten Network analysts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and other special guests.

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