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WRAL-FM/Raleigh Promotes LSM Katie Phillips to GM
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 30, 2015 | 3:22pm CT

Capitol Broadcasting AC WRAL-FM (Mix 101.5)/Raleigh elevates Local Sales Manager Katie Phillips will to General Manager following the retirement of Ardie Gregory in February. Phillips joined the company in June, 1999, as a sales assistant for the North Carolina News Network/Capitol AgriBusiness. She moved to WRAL-FM in 2002 as an Account Executive and has worked as LSM since 2008.

"I am happy for both Katie and the entire MIX staff. She has proven herself to be smart, fair and dedicated to the success of the radio station and all of its employees," stated Gregory. "The decision to hire Katie as the General Manager has 100 percent of my support. I look forward to following her successes."

"Capitol Broadcasting Company's culture of integrity, innovation and service has inspired me since my first day with the company over 15 years ago. As General Manager of WRAL-FM, my aim will be to build on our strengths with a focus on growing our clients' business, enriching the lives of our listeners, and serving our community," added Phillips.

"In working alongside Katie over the past couple of years, I have been impressed with her intelligence and people skills. Her quiet intensity and enthusiasm have proven contagious," said CBC New Media VP/General Manager James F. Goodmon, Jr.


Emmis/St. Louis Launches CHR ''Now 96.3 FM''
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 30, 2015 | 2:05pm CT

Emmis Radio/St. Louis flips Adult Hits KIHT-FM to CHR as "Now96.3 FM" featuring artists such as Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, Pink and Justin Timberlake among others. Plus, the promise to go 60 minutes commercial free every time the music starts. Former St. Louis air personality Curt Copeland will return to helm morning drive from 6am-10am.

Additionally, St. Louis native and Emmy award-winning TV and radio host Todd Newton (aka Rick Idol) will lend his talents to the 10am-2pm midday shift. Veteran Chicago radio personality Christine Pawlak will host afternoons from 2-6pm with Nina Blanco, most recently from Carbondale, IL, on the air from 6pm-10pm.

Emmis Radio Senior VP/GM John Beck commented, "Our classic hits station at 96.3 was underperforming causing us to look for new opportunities. We conducted extensive research, spoke to St. Louis radio listeners and found a need for a music station that plays all the current hits with fewer commercials and includes local personalities that St. Louisans can meet and relate to. We have done all of that with the new Now96.3."

Program Director & St. Louis native Tommy Mattern added, "Now96.3 will have a totally local focus and feel. The music will be chosen locally, the station will be programmed locally, the contests will be played locally so St. Louisians won't have to compete with people from other cities. In addition, the new Now96.3 will go 60 minutes commercial free every time the music starts."


San Antonio Magazine Names Honors Antonio Daniels
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 30, 2015 | 2:50pm CT

Alpha Media/San Antonio has announced that former former NBA Champion and San Antonio Spur and current co-host of ESPN San Antonio's "The Hardline" Antonio Daniels has been named the San Antonio Magazine 2015 Radio Personality of the Year. "The Hardline" airs weekdays from 2-4pm on KZDC (ESPN 1250 AM/94.5 FM). He joined the station in July, 2014.

Antonio commented, "All glory to God and special thank you to my co-host Ari Temkin for making this transition so easy for me."

"It's amazing how easy AD makes it look. I often tell him it's not that easy. It's a pleasure to work with him on a daily basis. Antonio has opened my eyes to a completely different perspective and I'm forever grateful for it," said Assistant PD/co-host Ari Temkin.

PD Greg Martin added, "Antonio has been an incredible addition to the ESPN San Antonio lineup and people are taking notice. Antonio is a natural storyteller and brings a unique perspective from his experience that not every sports talk host can."

Daniels played in the NBA for 14 seasons and was an instrumental part of the Spurs first world champion squad in 1999. Daniels was the 4th pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 1997 NBA draft and was traded to the Spurs from Vancouver before his second season in the league. Daniels played collegiate basketball at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, his home state, and was the MAC conference player of the year his senior season in 1997.


Louisville Throws Back With ''Old School 105.1''
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 30, 2015 | 4:26pm CT

Alpha Media/Louisville flips WGHL-FM to Classic Hip Hop as "Old School 105.1" with the slogan "Throwback Hip Hop." The station's playlist includes artists such as Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Run DMC, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes. With the addition of "Old School 105.1," the company says it's positioned as "the dominant Urban radio leader" in Louisville. The cluster owns three Urban radio formats which include Urban WGZB-FM (B96.5) and Urban AC WMJM-FM (Magic 101.3).

Senior VP/Market Manager Dale Schaefer commented, "In the past year, the Classic Hip Hop format has emerged throughout the country as the hottest new radio format because it targets a well-educated, high income audience of 25-54 year olds who grew up listening to this genre of music. We are thrilled to be able to fill this music void in the Louisville market so that advertisers can effectively reach this desirable group of listeners in our community."

OM George Lindsey noted, "Louisville has such a strong Hip Hop history, Static Major and the like, that we at Alpha Media Louisville are honored to develop a station that will be home to nothing but Throwback Hip Hop." Phillip David March, Director of Urban Programming states, "I'm very excited for the opportunity to provide the Louisville market a music choice that has been missing. An entire generation has grown up with hip hop and it now has a place on the dial where they can hear their favorite Throwback Hip Hop on Old School 105.1."


Sherri Shepherd Now a Regular on Tom Joyner Show
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 30, 2015 | 2:40pm CT

Sherri Shepherd joins the syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show" with weekly segments beginning January 5. Each Thursday, the Emmy-award winning TV co-host, actress, comedienne and author joins Tom Joyner, Sybil Wilkes, and J. Anthony Brown live as a special TJMS co-host. Shepherd rarely holds back on what she thinks. This week she shared her thoughts on prenups and reunited with her fellow "Dancing with the Stars" alum Gladys Knight.

"The Tom Joyner Morning Show," distributed by REACH Media, airs weekdays from 610am ET. The show is also available to stream online on BlackAmericaWeb.com and via the Tom Joyner Morning Show app.


Learfield Names Operations Center to Charlie Peters
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 30, 2015 | 3:09pm CT

Executives and employees of Learfield Communications have dedicated the technical operations area of its headquarters building in Jefferson City, MO, to the late Charlie Peters. Peters, who began his 30-year Learfield career in 1984, died on August 20, 2014 at age 53. Members of Peters' family attended the January 29 event. The Charlie Peters Operations Center is the hub of Learfield's radio broadcasts nationwide tjhat air on the company's 100 collegiate sports properties.

In his role as Learfield's VP/Technical Operations and Chief Engineer, Peters oversaw a department whose responsibilities changed dramatically during his career. During his 30-year tenure, Peters oversaw the transition to satellite distribution, construction of new studio facilities and migration to digital processing and transmission of audio and other content.

"Charlie was an integral part of our company and from day one he set the standard for loyalty and dedication," said Learfield President/CEO Greg Brown. "Charlie was highly skilled in his craft and was always a calming presence in what is often an intense broadcast environment. We will always remember Charlie's humble and enthusiastic spirit and so it's with great admiration and fond remembrance that we dedicate our operations center in his name."


Radio Training Network Closes on KWFC/Springfield
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 30, 2015 | 2:54pm CT

Radio Training Network has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 100kw Southern Gospel KWFC-FM (89.1)/Springfield, MO, from Baptist Bible College for $1.3 million. Radio Training, headed by President James Campbell, also owns KWND-FM in Springfield as well as 24 other stations in 14 markets. Baptist Bible College is headed by President Mark Milioni. Greg Guy & Jason James of Patrick Communications brokered the transaction.


Report: Broadcast Radio Serves Up the Most People
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 30, 2015 | 0:17am CT

If you want to use audio, no matter what broad age group you're targeting, broadcast radio will get you the most people by far (the only age group that is close is 13-17s), writes Edison Research's Larry Rosin in the latest posting of the Infinite Dial blog. 75% of respondents in Edison's Fall 2014 Share of Ear study recorded at least some listening to AM/FM radio in their one-day listening diary.

Even among 13-24 year-olds, Rosin wrote, broadcast radio provides the most daily reach by a large margin. However, while broadcast reaches 62% of 13-24s in a day, Pandora reaches 23%, or more than one-third the reach of broadcast all by itself. The ad-supported tier of Spotify reaches 14% of 13-24s.

Rosin notes that "The classic radio 'money demo' of 25-54s sees almost 80% listening to broadcast radio each day -- no doubt in part because most radio stations target this group. Pandora now reaches more than one-in-six of all 25-54s itself as well."


Alfa Romeo Now Offers HD Radio Technology
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 2:13pm CT

Alfa Romeo announced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the launch of an Alpine audio system that incorporates an HD Radio receiver standard in the all-new 2015 4C Spider. The 4C Spider, an AutoWeek Best of the Best Finalist, is the first Alfa Romeo model to integrate HD Radio. It joins the growing list of automotive brands and models incorporating HD Radio into their vehicles. All major automotive manufacturers in the U.S. now offer HD Radio receivers.

HD Radio Technology is or will be available as a factory installed feature from all major auto manufacturers in the U.S. The brands include: Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Rolls-Royce, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.


Jim Lawson Named Regional Manager for iHM
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 12:02pm CT

iHeartMedia announced today that Jim Lawson, Vice President of Programming of Hispanic Media and Brand Manager for National Programming Platforms, will expand his duties to include Regional Manager for iHeartMedia Colorado and Operations Manager for Colorado Springs and Pueblo, effective February 2.

As Regional Programming Manager, Lawson will oversee all programming operations for the Colorado stations. His duties as Operations Manager will include managing the strategy and execution of Colorado Springs and Pueblo's eight combined stations. Lawson will continue his duties as Vice President of Programming for Hispanic Media and Brand Manager for National Programming Platforms. He joined the company in 2001 as Program Director of KFMD KISS 95.7 in Denver. Prior to that, Lawson helped to launch one of the first Modern adult contemporary (AC) stations, KALC Alice 105.9, in Denver. His more than 25 years of broadcast experience includes programming and on-air roles at classic rock, AC, Hot AC, adult hits and news talk stations. Lawson also served as on-air talent at contemporary hits, smooth jazz and classic hits stations in Chicago.

"We are excited to bring Jim's multi-format experience and leadership skills to the Regional programming team," said Tony Coles, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia. "With such strong brands and personalities already in place in Colorado, it takes a special kind of leader to not only maintain our success, but to further grow and develop our stations and talent. Jim is uniquely qualified for this new and expanded role."

"Adding additional responsibilities to my already rewarding position is beyond exciting," said Lawson. "We have some great brands and talent in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, and I look forward to building on that success. Thank you to Tom Poleman, Clay Hunnicutt, Brian Olson, Tony Coles and Brad Hutcheson for presenting me with yet another opportunity to grow in a dream company with the brightest and best talent."


Conclave Learning Conference 40 Announced
RADIO ONLINE | Friday, January 30, 2015 | 3:46am CT

The Conclave has announced the dates for its 40th summer Learning Conference. The two-day, content intensive agenda #Conclave40 will be held July 16 & 17 at the Double Tree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place. Along with high level strategy sessions to help grow careers and stations in 2015, Conclave will present its first annual "Speed Mentoring Breakfast."

Conclave Chair Lori Lewis said, "I reached out to many of my radio mentors to see if there was any interest in doing something like a speed mentoring event. These are some of radio's best minds who are naturally very busy so I wasn't sure what the response would be. But when everyone responded with a commitment to volunteer their time and be a part of this, I was deeply moved. This is so exciting. I can't wait for attendees to find out the names of the decision makers they will have access to at this breakfast."


Point of View Moves from IRN/USA Networks to NMN
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 2:06pm CT

Point of View Ministries has partnered with National Media Network (NMN) for distribution and affiliate relations for "Point of View Radio Talk Show" hosted by Kerby Anderson. "Point of View" has also entered the 24/7 news delivery service with Integris Media News to present today's headlines, with a format targeted to Christian radio, which is now available to commercial and non-commercial stations.

Point of View Ministries President Warren Kelley stated, "Point of View is excited to return to our roots with our own satellite network, building on the heritage of our founder Marlin Maddoux. Marlin pioneered Christian talk radio and brought the concept of satellite delivery to Christian radio. It was also his vision to provide a quality news product to Christian stations without the liberal bias of the mainstream press. Today's mainstream press is more hostile to our Christian values than ever before, making Integris Media News a valuable asset for Christian radio."

"This is a natural extension of the Point of View ministry," explained Point of View Host Kerby Anderson. "People across the nation respect the integrity of information they receive from Point of View. That's why we chose the name 'Integris' as a play off of that concept, bringing news our listeners can trust around the clock."

"Point of View's move to their new satellite channel will help ensure quality distribution and delivery on this great content to Christian and Conservative stations," explained National Media Network CEO Chip Miller. "This, coupled with an alternative in the monopolized Christian News Service market will provide stations a cost effective way to offer news to their listeners with a message consistent with what you have come to expect from Point of View."

NMN has assembled a team of national radio operations personnel and sales executives. Announced Thursday were former acting President of IRN/USA Radio Network Chip Miller, who will serve as NMN's CEO as well as former IRN/USA Radio Network Director of Sales Tiffany Nolley, who will serve as COO/President of Sales with NMN. Nolley has worked with USA Radio Network for nearly two decades and continued to serve as Director of Sales for IRN/USA Radio Network from 2007 until her departure in November following the sale of IRN/USA Radio Network.

"The NMN team has experience and understanding in the Christian Radio Markets and is well equipped to serve this community," stated National Media Network Co-Founder/COO Tiffany Nolley. "The quality programming from POV, combined with their news product, enhances Christian Radio's ability to provide quality programming to their local markets with savings to their ministries."


2015 Radio Disney Music Awards Set for April 25
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 2:32pm CT

The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA) is set for Saturday, April 25 at Nokia Theatre L.A. live in Los Angeles. Now in its third year, the show will feature performances by some of the biggest artists in music and the presentation of the Radio Disney "ARDY" statuettes as voted on by fans globally. A 90-minute televised special and 30-minute pre-show, including red-carpet arrivals, will be presented Sunday, April 26 on Disney Channel.

The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards is co-executive produced by Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager of Den of Thieves (MTV Video Music Awards, American Idol, MTV Movie Awards and CMT Music Awards). The pre-show, "Ardy's Pre-Show Party," will be co-executive produced by Eamon Harrington and John Watkin of Planet Grande Pictures.

Last year's Radio Disney Music Awards telecast delivered 3.8 million Total Viewers and ranked as the #1 primetime TV telecast of April 2014 across all major youth demographics. Highlights of this year's awards will also be available on Radio Disney, the Radio Disney App, the Disney Channel Watch app and RadioDisney.com.


Kolker & Crooks Named NYCFC Announcing Team
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 2:36pm CT

WFAN/New York will begin its inaugural year of broadcasting the New York City Football Club with Tom Kolker, Glenn Crooks and Roberto Abramowitz handling the announcing duties. For English language broadcasts, Tom Kolker is the new play-by-play voice and Glenn Crooks will provide in-game analysis. For Spanish language broadcasts, which will air on WADO-AM, they will be led by Roberto Abramowitz. A Spanish language analyst will be named at a later date.

The season will kick-off on March 8th when NYCFC will be on the road to face Orlando. The team's historic first game will be Sunday, March 15 at Yankee Stadium. The regular season consists of 34 games through October 25.


Airplay Direct Sets Standard for Digital Delivery
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 2:56pm CT

AirPlay Direct continues to expand as its artist/record label membership has now swelled to over 39,000 globally. And as announced recently, AirPlay Direct's global radio station membership now exceeds over 9,300 stations worldwide. The rapid growth of the Nashville-based company's membership over the past three years has been driven by professional support from independent radio promoters, PR firms, management companies and organizations such as the Folk Alliance and the IBMA.

"AirPlay Direct is proud of the fact that we deliver more Folk, Bluegrass, Americana, Blues and Roots Music to radio stations globally than any other company on the planet. This is truly a testament to all of our fantastic members," said Chairman & Creator Robert Weingartz. "The APD Executive team is very thankful for the continued support and belief our members have in AirPlay Direct. APD's Global Radio Indicator Charts clearly indicate the success our members are enjoying at radio around the world."


WABC Presents 5th Annual Imus On Broadway Show
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 7:00pm CT

Cumulus announces that Don Imus of the "Imus in the Morning" program, heard on WABC/New York weekdays from 6-10am, will present the 5th Annual Imus on Broadway show on Monday, February 9 at 6:30pm at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Tickets sales from the one-night only performance will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.

Joining Imus as emcee will be New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel. The annual benefit will feature live performances from the top musicals on Broadway, including: "Kinky Boots," "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," "It Shoulda Been You," "Honeymoon In Vegas," "The Lion King," "Cabaret," "Into The Woods," "Les Miserables," "Chicago" and more.


Report: Music Listening Different from Music Sales
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 2:01am CT

Coleman Insights has released the second in a series about how listeners engage with music across traditional and emerging platforms. So, how do music buying patterns compare with how consumers listen to new music? To find out, the firm analyzed 26 consecutive weeks of the Billboard Top 10 Digital Songs chart, and applied the same analysis of Billboard's Top 10 songs for radio exposure and on-demand streaming.

The verdict? Coleman found that music buying and music listening patterns are fundamentally different. "When you understand why they're different, you'll also understand how making new music decisions based on sales data can lead your station astray," the company said in a blog post. "Digital download sales follow a different pattern than listening behavior."

"While the majority of songs listeners hear most on the radio and play most on on-demand streaming services (such as Spotify) are between nine and 20 weeks old, the majority of songs listeners buy most are 12 weeks old or less. That's the same 12-week pattern that drove airplay in the 1960s when Top 40 radio relied on record sales for many of its airplay decisions. Unlike radio exposure and on-demand streaming behavior, digital download sales do not build over time," the company said.

So, why are buying and listening patterns so different? Coleman explained that just because people stop buying a song doesn't mean people stop playing it. "Think about your own music collection. You probably own some songs that you forgot about almost as soon as you got them, just as you probably have songs you've listened to regularly for years. When a song's sales decline, it means fewer new people want to own it. It doesn't mean the people who already bought it stopped playing it."

In conclusion, Coleman said that "If you exposed new music on your radio station solely based on how well the song was selling, you'd play songs most frequently when hardly anyone in your audience knew the song. If you were to stop playing a song as soon as its sales dried up, you'd likely be dropping the song at the moment your audience was most interested in hearing it."

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