Randi Rhodes to Exit Premiere Networks on May 16
Premiere Networks syndicated talk host Randi Rhodes will end her show on May 16. The news comes after she and the network almost parted ways last December. She joined Premiere to host the program in May, 2009, airing from 3-6pm ET. Before that, Rhodes was heard on the Nova M Radio Network until February, 2009. Previously, she spent four years with the now defunct Liberal Talk radio network Air America in afternoons.
In a statement, Premiere said that Rhodes "has decided to end her national radio program. We've had a successful partnership with Randi for several years, and we wish her all the best for the future. Premiere Networks will conclude syndication and production of Randi Rhodes on May 16."
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 18, 2014 | 2:56pm CT
Michael Graham Takes Late Mornings at WYAY/Atlanta
Cumulus Media announces that talk radio personality Michael Graham will host a new radio talk show on WYAY, Atlanta "All News 106.7." The show will air weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Graham moves to Atlanta from Boston, where he hosted shows on the New England Talk Network and on the BostonHeraldRadio.com, and was a columnist for the Boston Herald.
Graham has spent most of his life in front of a microphone, starting his career in college as a stand-up comic and spending six years on the national circuit performing with stars including Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy and Robin Williams. He then worked as a GOP political consultant on campaigns from Chicago to the Carolinas. As a result, he was a frequent guest on FOX News, CNN, and MSNBC, and made several guest appearances on Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" and "Real Time" television shows. Graham began his talk radio career at WBT-AM in Charlotte, followed by stints in Richmond and Washington, D.C. He then moved to Boston, where he became a fixture in talk radio and started his own network, New England Talk Radio Network, and formed a partnership with BostonHeraldRadio.com.
Graham is a popular public speaker and the author of four books, including the first major publisher book on the Tea Party movement in America, "That's No Angry Mob, That's My Mom!" (Regnery, 2010).
Randall Bloomquist, Corporate Programmer-News/Talk for Cumulus Media said: "Michael Graham is a next-generation talk radio talent -- smart, opinionated and very funny. His show will be an entertaining and inclusive conversation about the things that are truly important and interesting to his Atlanta area audience."
Graham said: "I'm not a radio host -- I'm a radio FAN. I love being part of exciting, entertaining conversations and Cumulus is going to bring those conversations to fans like me. The fact that I get to be on the other side of the mic just lets me enjoy it even more." He added, "Growing up in rural South Carolina, I was taught 'If you can't say something nice... drink!' Having never learned to hold my tongue or my liquor, radio in Atlanta is likely to get interesting very quickly."
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 18, 2014 | 12:49pm CT
The Media Audit Names Tracy Austin as VP/GSM
The Media Audit appoints Tracy Austin as VP/General Sales Manager. Most recently, Austin served as East Coast Regional Manager. She replaces Mike Bustell, who exits the research firm after 21 years with the company for an undisclosed position.
CEO Phillip Beswick commented, "Tracy is a natural leader. She has taken over territories and built a solid business helping clients grow their business. Tracy's peers have watched her do this and have naturally gravitated to her. Tracy could have been a doctor. Aside from being very smart and personable, she is very client focused, and works tirelessly to help her clients achieve their goals."
He continued, "It is bitter-sweet to lose Bustell. Mike's clients loved him and he helped a lot of media earn a lot of money by helping them understand their strengths and selling those strengths. Mike made research interesting with his entertaining style. Everyone loved his quick and quirky sense of humor and looked forward to his regular training sessions. On the sweet side I am very happy for Mike. He has been with The Media Audit for more than half his business career and now is a great time to spread his wings with a new experience."
Austin added, "As Mike has proven after his 21 years with The Media Audit this is a rare opportunity. And I couldn't be happier. I feel we have the right product at the right time. More than ever consumers live in a multi-media world of legacy media and the new digital age. We have a great sales team and I looking forward to working with them to ensure our clients are getting their optimal advantage out of our service."
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:12pm CT
Mark Veau Promoted to PD of 98.9 WORC
Cumulus Media has promoted Mark Veau to Program Director of 98.9 WORC-FM in Worcester, MA. WORC is a Greatest Hits format with heritage call letters dating back to WORC-AM that was one of the first stations in the U.S. to play the Beatles.
2014 marks Veau's 12th year with 98.9 WORC-FM/100.1 WWFX/104.5 WXLO. He has been on the air as WORC-FM's afternoon drive personality, hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program for all three stations in the cluster, produces imaging and commercials, and has deep knowledge of and experience with the community WORC FM serves. Veau also serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters.
Veau began his broadcasting career in Worcester in 1982 at WSCW 640AM on the campus at Worcester State College (now University). Aside from pulling regular airshifts, he also doubled up as program director, then general manager his final two years at the school. After interning at New City's WFTQ 1440 AM and its sister station 107.3 WAAF, he was hired full-time as the overnight on-air personality at WFTQ and as part of the promotions street team at WAAF, a position he held into the late '90's.
Veau said: "I look forward to this new opportunity working on a radio station that I know so well and enjoy so much."
Cumulus Vice President and Market Manager Bob Goodell said: "In my six years here, Mark has always been a go-to guy to get things done with his specialized knowledge of the audience and promotional history of WORC-FM. There is no person with more passion and experience that could assume the duties of PD than Mark Veau."
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 18, 2014 | 12:49pm CT
Brooke Taylor Joins Radio Disney
Brooke Taylor has been named on-air anchor of nights and weekends at Radio Disney, effective April 28. Taylor will relocate to Radio Disney's Burbank headquarters from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where for the past two years she's covered the midday shift and was content director at CHR "Hot 107.9" WJFX-FM.
Ernest "Ernie D" Martinez, Director, On Air Programming, Radio Disney, and a popular on-air personality at Radio Disney himself, said, "We chose Brooke to round out our staff because it is clear that she puts the audience first, she cares about them and their interests, and she has the charisma that is geared specifically towards entertaining them in a fun, significant way."
Taylor started her career as a nighttime personality at WYKS-FM in Gainesville, Florida. She received a degree in Mass Communications from Lander University.
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, April 18, 2014 | 12:50pm CT
L&L Broadcasting, Alpha to Merge Into Alpha Media
Alpha Broadcasting & L&L Broadcasting have agreed to merge the companies, with plans to become Alpha Media when completed. The current corporate team for Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting will remain and operate the company from corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Concurrently, L&L has agreed to acquire to acquire 19 radio stations from Main Line Broadcasting for $57 million.
Chairman Larry Wilson, an investor in each company, said that "the merger will be the culmination of a long term plan to ultimately combine the two companies and will allow us to streamline our oversight of all 49 stations to take advantage of the many synergies."
"We are proud to have partnered with Alpha Broadcasting over the past five years in the Portland market. This merger is the result of the Alpha team executing on its original disciplined growth plan, and we are excited to be a part of the new Alpha Media going forward," added Managing Director of Endeavour Capital Mark Dorman.
L&L Broadcasting President/CEO Bob Proffitt remarked, "We've worked hard to maintain strong community involvement and an intimate connection with our listeners and advertisers in all of our markets, I'm confident that we'll be able to implement our mission of live and local radio in the Main Line markets."
"I am extremely proud of all of Main Line Broadcasting's employees who have done a phenomenal job over the years. I am pleased to have these great broadcasters now under the leadership and vision of Larry Wilson and Bob Proffitt. There's not a better company than L&L Broadcasting to ensure this continued success," noted Main Line Broadcasting CEO Marc Guralnick.
Alpha Broadcasting is headquartered in Portland, OR, where it operates six stations. L&L Broadcasting is also headquartered in Portland and operates 43 stations in seven markets. L&L has been overseeing the operation of the Portland stations for the last year pursuant to a management agreement with Alpha. Main Line Broadcasting is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and operates 19 stations in four markets including Louisville, Richmond, Dayton and Hagerstown, MD-Chambersburg, PA.
Media Venture Partners represented Main Line Broadcasting in this trasaction.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 8:17pm CT
Dierdorf Joins Brandstatter for Wolverines Football
The University of Michigan Athletic Department and IMG College tap NFL Hall of Famer and veteran broadcaster Dan Dierdorf to join Jim Brandstatter in the radio booth for Wolverines football broadcasts on the Michigan IMG Radio Network beginning this fall. Brandstatter, who has handled color commentatory on flagship WWJ-AM/Detroit for the past 34 years, will shift to play-by-play duties, and Dierdorf will provide color commentary.
"Jim and Dan are hall of fame broadcasters and great Michigan men," said Brady Hoke, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. "They will provide a unique perspective to the broadcasting booth that I'm sure our fans will enjoy on football Saturdays, and you can guarantee they will have a keen analysis of Michigan Football on each broadcast."
"I'm so excited to be able to come back to my alma mater and contribute in this manner," added Dierdorf. "This is the only broadcasting job that I would have considered after retiring from network television. It's a chance to return to the city where Bump (Elliott) gave me an opportunity to play for the greatest program in the world and Bo (Schembechler) made me a man.
"I was always jealous of Jim calling games at Michigan and often said that one of my goals was to come back and call a couple of series with him," said Dierdorf. "To work with one of my best friends, someone that I've known my entire adult life, is really special, and I'm looking forward to getting in the booth with Jim this fall."
"I'm really excited about the challenge of moving to play-by-play," commented Brandstatter. "I have huge shoes to fill, but I have learned so much from the great ones I've worked with and I can't wait to get started. And, it's Michigan Football... it doesn't get any better than that!
Brandstatter and Dierdorf were teammates at Michigan during the 1969 and 1970 seasons, with Brandstatter being Dierdorf's backup for those two seasons at the strong tackle position. Brandstatter joined Dierdorf (2001) as a member of the state of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame this winter (2014).
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 5:05pm CT
Research Finds Over 65% See Radio as Local
New research from Mark Kassof & Co. reveals that a solid majority of 18-64's see radio as a local medium, and most of those who do say they would listen less to a station that shifted to more national programming.
Overall, 65% see radio as a "mainly local," while half as many (32%) see it as "mainly national." The survey found essentially no variation among demographic groups in this perception. And among those who see radio as mainly local, 51% say they would "listen less" to a local station if it switched to focusing more on national programming, versus 31% who would "listen more." "This research confirms the contention that nationalization of programming is bad for the radio industry," said Kassof & Co. President Mark Kassof.
Demographically, 18-24 year olds are the sole exception... 43% would listen more to a station that focused more on national programming versus 36% who would listen less. These research findings are based on 718 telephone interviews conducted from April 2-6, 2014. The maximum total sample margin of error is +/-4%. More details can be found at kassof.com. This research is the latest in a series of ListenerThinkTM surveys conducted by Mark Kassof & Co.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 11:55am CT
iHeartRadio Connects to New Subaru Dashboards
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment today announced that iHeartRadio will be available in Subaru's new STARLINK infotainment systems available for demo beginning Friday at the New York Auto Show. This newest addition to iHeartRadio's portfolio of connected car apps further emphasizes Clear Channel's focus on extending the car radio experience to even more listeners across the country.
Through the integration, Subaru drivers will be able to listen to iHeartRadio's library of 1,500+ live radio stations, catalog of 450,000+ artists and 18 million songs to create Custom Stations right from the dashboard. iHeartRadio for Subaru will include safety-minded features to help minimize driver distraction with a simple interface designed to provide seamless access to the iHeartRadio digital service in-vehicle. Additional features for Subaru drivers include access to their saved Favorites, the ability to Thumbs up/Thumbs down songs to create a more personalized experience, scan Live Radio stations to foster music discovery and tune into iHeartRadio's Shows & Personalities feature which offers on-demand news, celebrity and entertainment talk show content. As with all device integrations, iHeartRadio's app is completely free, with no subscription required.
"Driving and listening to the radio go hand-in-hand. Radio is America's companion, a trusted friend that keeps you company every time you turn the car on," said Brian Lakamp, President of Digital, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. "New technologies like Subaru's STARLINK enables us to extend the iHeartRadio experience beyond just towers and transmitters allowing listeners to access all their favorite radio stations across the country, regardless of where they drive."
"We are thrilled to have iHeartRadio as our first content partner for the STARLINK cloud service application," said David Sullivan, Marketing Strategy & Launch Manager, Subaru of America. "The award winning service brings a huge amount of programming and custom content to Subaru vehicles with a great easy-to-use interface."
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 11:46am CT
Nielsen Audio Settles Infringement Suit Against LM
The suit filed by Arbitron in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky last August accusing LM Communications of copyright infringement has been settled. The ratings firm alleged that LM violated Arbitron's copyrights when LM's local group in Charleston, SC, "illicitly obtained" copies of Arbitron reports, databases, and estimates. LM also owns stations in Kentucky, West Virginia and South Carolina.
U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell dismissed the suit on Wednesday with prejudice. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but a stipulation noted that the dismissal was "without any cost by any party against the other."
Arbitron had claimed that the alleged activity occurred from 2009-2013 at LM's cluster of stations in Charleston, SC.
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 1:28pm CT
Internet Radio Changing Listening Habits
A new report by BIA/Kelsey shows that Internet Radio is changing consumer listening habits and the industry economics are starting to follow. Recognizing new opportunities to reach and engage with these audiences, national and local advertisers are shifting budget into Internet radio services. At the same time, new technologies such as Interactive Audio Ads are also emerging to take advantage of voice-activated consumer engagement and conversion opportunities. "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived" outlines how a combination of changes driven by platforms, services, audiences and advertisers is reinventing audio.
"Listening hours are moving quickly to Internet Radio and audio consumption as mobile opens up new possibilities for consumer engagement," said Rick Ducey, managing director of BIA/Kelsey. "Shifts in consumer behavior are causing advertisers to set aside spending specifically for this channel. To take advantage of these new opportunities, Internet Radio is also leveraging new tools such as voice-activated, interactive audio ads that enable convenient in-ad conversions."
For purposes of this report, BIA/Kelsey defines the Internet steaming audio market as streaming radio services such as Pandora or Spotify, and Broadcast Radio Station Streaming, whether simulcast or not. Either type of audio service may provide advertising supported audio services that may be linear.
BIA/Kelsey's U.S. Consumer Commerce Monitor (CCM) research measures the advertising effectiveness of radio. The most recent survey shows that almost 30 percent of Americans cite broadcast radio as one of their top sources for making local shopping decisions. This choice paces ahead of digital channels like mobile deals, display, or social media.
XAPPmedia Chief Marketing Officer Bret Kinsella added, "At over $16 billion in revenue, radio is a large advertising market. As consumers migrate to Internet radio, billions of ad dollars are shifting to new audio platforms. Internet radio also presents new opportunities for two-way engagement and direct consumer conversion creating more value than traditional radio advertising. BIA/Kelsey's analysis highlights the dramatic shift that is gaining momentum today."
A free copy of this report can be downloaded here.
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 1:18pm CT
FCC Says Ownership Rules Should Not Be Changed
In a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Report and Order (NPRM) issued Wednesday, the FCC has tentatively found that based on the 2010 Quadrennial Review record, current local radio ownership rules remain necessary in the public interest and should be retained without modification. The Commission believes that the rules are necessary to "promote competition."
In addition, the agency said that current radio ownership limits promote viewpoint diversity "by ensuring a sufficient number of independent radio voices and by preserving a market structure that facilitates and encourages new entry into the local media market." Similarly, the FCC tentatively found that a competitive local radio market helps to promote localism, as a competitive marketplace will lead to the selection of programming that is responsive to the needs and interests of the local community.
The Commission also tentatively found that the local radio ownership rule is consistent with its goal of promoting minority and female ownership of broadcast stations. It also believes that these benefits outweigh any burdens that may result from our proposal to retain the rule without modification. The Commission is now seeking comment on these tentative conclusions.
In accordance with these tentative conclusions, The FCC proposes that an entity may continue to own: (1) up to eight commercial radio stations in radio markets with 45 or more radio stations, no more than five of which can be in the same service (AM or FM). (2) Up to seven commercial radio stations in radio markets with 30-44 radio stations, no more than four of which can be in the same service (AM or FM). (3) Up to six commercial radio stations in radio markets with 15-29 radio stations, no more than four of which can be in the same service (AM or FM). And (4) up to five commercial radio stations in radio markets with 14 or fewer radio stations, no more than three of which can be in the same service (AM or FM), provided that an entity may not own more than 50 percent of the stations in such a market.
In the NPRM, the Commission tentatively concluded that the relevant market for review of the local radio ownership rule is the radio listening market and that it is not appropriate, at this time, to expand that market to include non-broadcast sources of audio programming. Based on its review of the 2010 Quadrennial Review record, the agency believed this approach is appropriate, and it's seekinh comment on whether it should maintain this market definition.
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 3:07pm CT
InStore Audio Network Reaches 39 Million Daily
InStore Audio Network reaches 39 million shoppers on an average day, according to new audience study by Edison Research. InStore Audio Network is the leading provider of in-store audio advertising in Drug, Grocery and Mass Merchandiser stores.
The research was conducted at a national sample of stores in the InStore Audio Network where the number of shoppers exposed to in-store audio were counted and a sample of shoppers were interviewed in order to measure how much time was spent in each store, how many visits were made to each store each week. The surveys were also used to measure the basic demographics of the InStore Audio Network audience.
The major findings of the study are:
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 1:42pm CT
The stores in the entire InStore Audio Network (including drug, grocery and mass merchandiser stores) have an average of 39 million daily visits from shoppers ages 12 and older. The total number of weekly impressions for a commercial that runs once per hour on the InStore Audio Grocery and Mass Merchandiser Networks and twice per hour on the InStore Audio Drug Store Network is 140 million. This is equivalent to a national daily rating of 7.6. The total number of shoppers who visit at least one of the stores in the InStore Audio Network during a typical week is estimated to be 104.6 million or nearly 40% of the national population of ages 12 and older. The average number of shopping visits per week is 2.46 times for the Drug store, 2.73 times for the Grocery stores and is 2.24 times per week for the Mass Merchandiser stores. InStore Audio Network Press Release 2 Edison Research 2014 The average length of a shopping trip in Drug stores is, on average, 19 minutes; it is 26 minutes in Grocery stores and 32 minutes in Mass Merchandiser stores.
"Our research demonstrates that InStore Audio Network reaches an extremely large number of shoppers each day in a captive audio environment. A commercial played once per hour in the InStore Audio Network reaches in one day more than double the average primetime audience of a commercial on one of the four major broadcast networks," said Joe Lenski, Executive Vice President of Edison Research. "Our research over the past seven years also shows that both the number of visits per week and the amount of time that shoppers spend in drug and grocery stores has remained steady."
In addition to physically counting shoppers in both Grocery and Mass Merchandiser locations, Edison Research interviewed shoppers about their shopping habits to determine frequency and length of shopping trips. The survey sample represented a cross
Spanish Broadcasting Reports Q4 Revenues Up 2%
Spanish Broadcasting System reported fourth quarter consolidated revenues rose 2% to $37.5 million from $36.9 million in 2012. Radio revenues also grew 2% to $32.9 million from $32.1 million, primarily due to local sales, special events revenue and interactive sales. The increase in local sales was primarily in our New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Operating income (OI) totaled $9.5 million, down 24% over 2012's totals.
"We generated improved financial and operating results in the past year, reflecting our efforts to build our multimedia brands, while carefully managing our costs," commented Chairman/CEO Raul Alarcon, Jr. "Our radio revenue growth exceeded the industry, as we continued to deliver impressive audience shares, while making further inroads in attracting advertisers to our platform. Throughout our history, we have consistently displayed our expertise in launching new formats and growing and sustaining top ranked radio station franchises in the nation's largest Hispanic markets."
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 3:25pm CT
Broadway Media Announces Senior Leadership Moves
Broadway Media has announced that G. Craig Hanson (pictured), Market Manager of its Salt Lake Radio Station Group, is retiring after 37 years to pursue station ownership in St. George, UT and other media consulting. Also leaving to to pursue other interests is Broadway Media VP/Administration Bret J. Leifson, who previously served for 27 years as an executive with both Simmons Media and Keystone Communications.
Hanson, who also served as Broadway Media President/COO, is the former Chairman of the Utah Broadcasters Association and currently serves on its governing board. He's a member of the National Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee and a Pioneer Member of the Radio Advertising Bureau.
35-year Simmons Media veteran Stephen C. Johnson is appointed General Manager and CEO of the Salt Lake Radio Group. Johnson will oversee all of the programming, operations, sales and marketing functions for KXRK, KUDD, KUUU, KEGA, KYMV and KALL.
23-year media and marketing veteran John G. Kimball is named General Manager and CEO of Real Media, which will have oversight of Broadway's digital, technical, event and entertainment, and outdoor media assets. Kimball has previously served in management posts with Bonneville and Real Salt Lake. been
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 2:25pm CT
2014 Radio Mercury Awards Call For Entry Extended
The 2014 Radio Mercury Awards Call For Entry deadline for the $50,000 Best of Show and multiple other cash prizes has been extended to Wednesday, April 30. Eligibility has also been extended to spots and campaigns broadcast or streamed from January 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. Finalists will be announced in May. This year's awards event will take place in New York at Le Poisson Rouge on June 4.
Prizes will be awarded in the Agency Production, Radio Station Produced, Student, PSA, Spanish Language, Campaign, Innovation, Integrated Campaign, and Best of Show. For more information on the Radio Mercury Awards, go to radiomercuryawards.com.
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 5:34pm CT
Live 95.5's Morning Mess Adds Hannah Byrom
KBFF Live 95.5/Portland, OR announced today that Hannah Byrom will join Tanya Brown and Mike Edwards on the Morning Mess Morning Show weekday mornings 5a-10a starting Monday, April 21. Hannah's experience includes Morning Show Co- Host at WAZO/ Wilmington, NC and Co- Host of nationally syndicated night show, "Zach Sang and the Gang."
"Hannah is the perfect fit to join the cast of the Morning Mess and bring a perspective that only someone who lives the lifestyle can bring. We are thrilled to have Hannah on our team," said Alpha Broadcasting Director of Programming, Scott Mahalick.
"Hannah's energy, and passion for all things pop culture is exactly what we needed at Live 95.5 to round out our new morning show," said Louie Diaz, Program Director of Live 95.5.
"I'm excited to head to the Pacific Northwest and work with the amazing team at Live 95.5 and Alpha Broadcasting," said Hannah.
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