|STRATA Survey Finds Social Media Spending Up 24%
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 10:58pm CT | Share
Social media advertising is becoming a larger share of ad budgets, according to a recent second quarter agency survey conducted by STRATA. The survey found that 20% of agencies report they are likely to allocate between 11-25% of their ad budgets to paid social media, representing a 24% increase from the previous quarter. An additional 24% of agencies are setting aside 6-10% to paid social. Facebook continues to lead in agency advertising as 93% plan on using it in their campaigns, followed by YouTube (57%), Twitter (52%) and LinkedIn (29%).
STRATA says that the rise in social media ad spending and newer advertising mediums has created a "more complicated media planning picture for agencies." Media mix comes in overwhelmingly as the biggest challenge facing 40% of agencies, marking an 85% increase from the same time last year. Following media mix was client attraction (24% of agencies) and client spending (11%). Similarly, 22% of agencies expect their clients to make minor budget cuts from last year.
"There's an undeniable correlation between the rise in social media advertising with mobile device behavior," said STRATA President Joy Baer. "Agencies and advertisers are going to follow their audience. Mobile users are checking Facebook and Twitter throughout the day. So when you consider that around 60% of digital media time spent in the US is on smartphones and tablets, then it makes perfect sense to reach the audience in the apps that they're already accessing."
Other findings include:
22% are more interested in spot cable than they were a year ago (up 55% from last quarter), while 22% are less interested (down 13% from last quarter). 20% are more interested in advertising on spot TV than they were last year. 66% are more interested in advertising on streaming/online video than they were last year (up 45% from a year ago). 39% expect their growth in the second half of the year to better than the first. 52% say they expect their future growth to be the same as it was in the first half of the year.
WMTI/New Orleans Flips to Underground Alternative
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 4:52pm CT | Share
Cumulus Media flips Sports WMTI-FM (The Ticket)/New Orleans to Alternative as "106.1 The Underground Alternative." The new station will feature 106 minutes of New Rock for New Orleans every day, and signed on with wall-to-wall music beginning at 3pm ET on Thursday. Key artists include Walk The Moon, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Muse, Mumford & Sons and more.
Corporate Programming/Rock Formats Troy Hanson said, "We are incredibly excited to debut New Orleans' 106.1 the underground alternative. We plan to give the French Quarter, the Delta and beyond a unique alternative experience 24/7. Look for a ton of music to be delivered as we push out 106 Minutes of New Rock for New Orleans all day, every day. Much thanks go out to Jim Kurdziel, Dan Stone and Ray Mariner as we bring 106.1 the underground alternative to NOLA."
Senior VP Jeff Brown added, "Underground 106.1 fills a significant format gap in New Orleans. If there is any city that deserves a great Alt brand, it is New Orleans. Fans of Alternative Rock are fiercely loyal, incredibly engaged, and in the age of acquisition. Like our audience, 106.1 the underground will be on the move and all about New Orleans."
ESPN/New York Signs La Greca to Multiyear Extension
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 4:33pm CT | Share
WEPN-FM (ESPN New York 98.7FM)/New York signs a three-year extension with Don La Greca for the longtime radio host to remain with the Sports outlet as co-host of "The Michael Kay Show." He and Kay, who also recently signed a three-year extension, have partnered for the program since 2002. It airs from 3–7pm weekdays and has been simulcast on the YES Network since February 2014.
La Greca was the first voice listeners heard when the ESPN New York launched on September 3, 2001. He will continue to host 98.7FM's "Jets Gameday" pre-game show and "The 5th Quarter" post-game. La Greca will also retain his duties as studio host and occasional play-by-play commentator for New York Rangers broadcasts.
"Being the first voice of 98.7 ESPN radio, it became hard to imagine working anywhere else," said La Greca. "I think Michael Kay and I have built something special. He's the best in the business, and I can't wait for what the future brings."
"Don has established himself as one of the most knowledgeable hosts in all of New York sports," added ESPN New York 98.7FM General Manager Tim McCarthy. "He is a rare breed who can combine talk and play-by-play without missing a beat. Don and Michael are one of the longest-tenured and most entertaining sports talk teams in the country."
La Greca began his radio career at Sports Phone, where he updated scores and covered all nine local New York pro teams before becoming a sports anchor at 1010 WINS. He also was a talk host at eYada.com. In 2014, La Greca was honored by the College with its Distinguished Citizen Award, given for his "personal and professional commitment to advance higher education and for his significant service to the community."
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Westwood One News Hits 750+ Affiliates, Adds Henry
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 4:19pm CT | Share
Since its launch in January, Westwood One News is now affiliated with more than 750 radio outlets, nine of which are in the top 10 markets, including WABC-AM and WINS-AM/New York, KABC-AM/Los Angeles, WLS-AM Chicago, WBAP-AM and KLIF-AM/Dallas, WMAL-AM/Washington DC, WNEW-FM/DC, KGO-AM and KSFO/San Francisco, KYW-AM in Philadelphia, and WBZ-AM/Boston. Westwood One News, powered by CNN, provides full-service news coverage with correspondents based in New York, LA, Washington DC and now Dallas.
Additionally, Westwood One News just added anchor and correspondent Chas Henry. A familiar voice in Washington, DC, Henry has been an anchor at all news WTOP and a reporter for NewsChannel 8 and ABC7. Most recently, he was anchor and national security correspondent at WNEW-FM. In 2015 he was selected for induction into the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame for his 20+ years' coverage of the event. He has also reported from Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar and frequently heard on the CBS Radio Network.
"We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to bring aboard an anchor and reporter with the talent and reputation of Chas," said Westwood One Executive VP/News & Talk Bart Tessler. "Our affiliates and listeners will benefit from his anchoring afternoon drive newscasts, his national security sources, and his reporting. Westwood One News continues to add resources to the coverage and numerous live reports we provide directly to stations every day from across the country and around the world."
Premiere Offers Commercial-Free Countdown Shows
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 4:39pm CT | Share
Premiere Networks has announced that it will offer "Hollywood Hamilton's Remix Top 30 Countdown" and "Casey Kasem's classic "American Top 40-The '70s" and "American Top 40-The '80s" in a commercial-free format for stations to air this Labor Day weekend. In addition, "Remix Top 30" will feature singer/songwriter Tove Lo as a special guest, along with giveaways for TomorrowWorld, the popular electronic music festival that returns to Atlanta on September 25-27.
B96.5/Louisville Welcomes Rickey Smiley to Mornings
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 5:10pm CT | Share
Alpha Media's WGZB-FM (B96.5)/Louisville is the new home of the syndicated "Rickey Smiley Morning Show," Monday through Saturday from 6-10am. Executive VP of Programming Scott Mahalick commented, "Rickey Smiley is a world class morning show talent and we are proud to make this addition to Alpha Media Louisville's B96.5 local all-star lineup."
PD Phillip David March added, "We just picked up the funniest morning show available. It's a terrific addition to our talented lineup."
RAB, BMI and MIW Complete Annual Training Seminar
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 5:22pm CT | Share
The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with BMI and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), has announced the successful completion of the eighth annual Rising Through the Ranks, Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program. Twenty-one scholarship recipients were welcomed at the BMI offices in Nashville, August 19-20.
Scholarship recipients were selected and awarded by the three organizations. The two-day seminar focused on the specific needs of women in radio management roles and worked to enhance their overall knowledge and skills.
Featured speakers included:
|Rising Through the Ranks, Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program attendees|
Lynn Anderson, CEO, Integrated Media Solutions Group Becky Brenner, Partner, Albright, O'Malley & Brenner Lindsay Cerajewski, Director of Partnership Marketing, Emmis Communications Joe D'Angelo, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Broadcast Business, IBiquity Kristen Delaney, Regional Market President, iHeartMedia Erica Farber, President and CEO, RAB Brandeis C. Hall, Vice President, Professional Development, RAB Laurie Kahn, President and CEO, Media Staffing Networks Val Maki, Market Manager, Los Angeles, Emmis Beth Neuhoff, President, Neuhoff Media Dolores Nolan, VP Membership, RAB Kay Olin, Partner, Olin & Associates Dan Spears, Vice President, Licensing, BMI The customized curriculum featured practical and real world applications that participants of the course can put to use in the workplace immediately. The topics include: managing a team, problem solving, budgeting and forecasting, women in the radio workplace, recruiting, hiring and firing, and building a personal brand.
"For the past eight years, elite female executives have completed this seminar in preparation to be on the frontlines of our business," said RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. "Through this two-day seminar, we have instilled new management skills for these female managers to go back to their stations with a renewed energy to lead and excel within their organizations."
The 2015 Rising Through the Ranks Graduates:
Kate Bauer, Katz Media Group Georgia A. Beasley, Beasley Media Group Susan P. Begley, iHeartMedia, Inc. Sarah Brandon, BMI Andi Brooks, Neuhoff Communications Kate Burcham, Great Plains Media Judith A. Crocker, Cape Cod Broadcasters Media Summer Cummings, Five Star Media Group Jasmin Dorismond, Lotus Communications Cassi Dowling, E.W. Scripps Company Luci Englum, Cromwell Group Melissa G. Galliani, Cumulus Media Keisha Glenn-Hutton, WCBS 880AM Jenny Rose Gonzalez, BCA Radio Jessica L. Hagen, Entercom/Kansas City Amy Hughes, Entercom/Memphis Jenna Kesneck, Cox Media Group Shannon R. Kinney, Connoisseur Media Lauren Levine, Galaxy Communications Elizabeth (Quinn) Mattingly, CBS/Sacramento Devon van der Merwe, Entercom Upstate Nicole Ondracka, WKQX-FM/Cumulus Dawn Pepka, iHeartMedia Brittney C. Quarles, Radio One Katheryne Rodenfels, CBS Radio Lindsay Romano, Neuhoff Media Teri Taylor, First Natchez Radio Group Christy Wilson, Cromwell Radio "What an honor and privilege to have been chosen to be amongst such great talent. I left with information overload, yet a clear map of what I need to do in order to achieve my goals," said Entercom Memphis GSM Amy G. Hughes. "My fellow scholarship recipients and I are committed to paying it forward and continue to make positive changes for those that follow in our footsteps in this industry."
KJAZZ 88.1 Pays Tribute to Jazz Personality Parlocha
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 6:19pm CT | Share
KKJZ-FM (KJazz 88.1)/Long Beach, CA, will honor the legacy of jazz aficionado Bob Parlocha in an hour-long tribute show Friday, August 28 from 7-8pm. Parlocha was a nationally-known jazz expert, on-air host, producer, and former programmer whose Dinner Jazz Show filled nights with warmth for more than twenty years. Parlocha died unexpectedly on March 15 of a heart attack at the age of 76.
KJazz host Nick Tyler narrates the program which includes music and archival segments from Parlocha and will feature comments from KJazz air talent and colleagues David Benoit, Helen Borgers, Bubba Jackson, and Jose Rizo.
Sullivan Adds GM Duties at Entercom/Madison
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 11:31am CT | Share
Entercom has announced that Chuck Sullivan will add duties as General Manager of its Madison cluster including 94.9 WOLX, 105.5 The Mix and 105.1 Triple M. Chuck has been the General Manager of the Milwaukee Entercom cluster (103.7 Kiss FM, 99.1 The Mix and 105.7 The Fan) since April of 2014.
"I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to work with the two markets; two very independent markets, but the prospect of combining forces, personalities, administrative and creative team members will enhance Entercom's growth in Wisconsin," Sullivan said.
Prior to joining Entercom Communications; Sullivan held similar positions with Cumulus Media in Fort Walton Beach/Destin FL and Mobile, AL, as well as Managing Partner of Ocean Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC.
AdLarge Media Inks Gino Torretta's Touchdown Radio
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 10:30pm CT | Share
AdLarge Media inks a sports radio ad sales representation deal with the addition of Touchdown Radio's NCAA college football games to its roster. Led by CEO Gino Torretta, a former player at the University of Miami, Touchdown Radio's NCAA 2014 season games will air on over 200 affiliates. Torretta, who founded Touchdown Radio and serves as its CEO, won a national championship for Miami and has received several awards, including the Heisman Trophy.
"Having access to Gino Torretta is a huge win for our national advertisers who want to connect with sports fans," said AdLarge Media Co-Founder/Co-CEO Gary Schonfeld. "Gino brings insights to his commentary that only a player can. We are excited to partner with such an illustrious and decorated sports figure from college football."
"Gino has proven himself as a valuable player in college football and as a radio sportscaster who connects with listeners," added AdLarge Media VP/Business Development Frank DeSantis. "He and his team at Touchdown Radio have created the ideal environment for sponsors with NCAA Football."
"When building a team, you want to pick the winners -- I wanted a national ad sales partner who would deliver results for Touchdown Radio and our affiliates," stated Torretta. "AdLarge's reputation for collaboration, combined with their experience in sports sales and marketing, made them the perfect pick."
Touchdown Radio delivers color analysis from Torretta and play-by-play coverage from Taylor Zarzour and Roxy Bernstein.
Subaru Makes HD Radio Receivers Standard
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 4:54pm CT | Share
iBiquity Digital, the developer of HD Radio, has announced that Subaru will make HD Radio receivers standard across all vehicles in the manufacturer's lineup. HD Radio equipped cars are currently available at dealerships across the country. HD Radio delivers a premium radio listening experience, all via local broadcasting and without any subscription fees.
"Subaru is a longstanding partner that has consistently adopted the latest HD Radio features and expanded availability across their vehicle lines" said iBiquity Digital COO Jeff Jury. "We've worked closely with Subaru for a number of years and are excited to see them take this important step to bring the latest in digital broadcast technology to all of their loyal customers."
The move by Subaru adds to a growing list of auto brands and manufacturers who have made HD Radio receivers standard across all vehicles including Bentley, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Rolls Royce, Scion, Tesla and Volvo. All major auto manufacturers now incorporate HD Radio receivers across more than 200 models of vehicles.
RTDNA, NAB Mourn Deaths of Virginia Journalists
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 4:55pm CT | Share
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) mourns the deaths of WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were shot and killed while reporting during a Wednesday morning broadcast. The reporter and photographer team were in the middle of a live report on the air when several shots were fired. A woman they were interviewing was also shot and wounded.
"RTDNA is horrified and saddened by the senseless deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the two WDBJ employees," said RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. "While the shootings are under investigation, our most sincere sympathies go out to their families and friends and all who worked with them at WDBJ."
"Tragically, these shootings are the worst example in a continuing series of attacks on live television crews," he added, "Safety and security of our people is always of paramount concern, but as these attacks show, such violence can occur even in the most unexpected of situations."
In a statement NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said, "Today's news of the tragic murders of broadcast journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward is heartbreaking and horrifying. These were two young journalists who were simply trying to serve and inform their communities. Our broken hearts go out to the families of Alison and Adam, to the staff at WDBJ, and to the employees of Schurz Communications."
HAT Files Reply to Beasley Media Complaint
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 3:59am CT | Share
Hispanic Arts of Tampa (HAT) is responding to an Informal Objection filed with the FCC by Beasley Media Group against 100w WVVF-LP in Town N' Country, FL. The document complained that the "station sounds too professional" and that it seeking to serve the Hispanic market in Tampa by naming itself "Viva FM," launching with a music format and distributing a media kit.
In a reply to the FCC, HAT says that Beasley "considers WVVF-LP, Town N' Country, Florida, to be a serious competitor for audience in the Tampa market (Town N' Country is a small section of Tampa) despite the fact that the interference-free contour of WVVF-LP is approximately 3.5 miles and has a difficult time penetrating most buildings." WVVF-LP also maintained that it had only been on the air for one month before the filing and it seemed logical to add the music programming first while the station attracted listeners.
"The first order of business after constructing the station," HAT wrote, "was to get it on the air and attract an audience. Music programming, the cultural foundation of the station, was made available, first. Music programming was one of the programming elements HAT pledged to provide." Even so, WVVF-LP does "brand" itself as "Viva FM," but such positioning and branding of a non-commercial station violate no FCC rules.
In the complaint, BMG urged the Commission to suspend the operational authority for WVVF-LP because, it claims, the station is operating in a manner inconsistent with the requirement that Low Power FM stations be used for the advancement of an educational program. However, BMG cited no law or Commission precedent to support its request for suspension until all of its programming elements are available for broadcast.
Features the station has pledged to include in its programming are:
Broadcast live poetry and short story reading. Educational cultural programs daily. Broadcast local news and weather reports. Live broadcast of local Hispanic arts festivals and music events. Daily community calendar. Local history show. Interviews with local citizens. Political hour/civic participation. Discussion round-table, variety of topics. Music programming. "WVVF-LP is a low-power FM station with a serious competitive disadvantage in that it operates with a tiny fraction of the power of all other stations in the market," HAT wrote. "BMG represents in its complaint that WVVF-LP distributes a media kit but completely avoids any mention of the station's non-commercial status or the educational programming that FCC rules require it to provide." However, the media kit written in Spanish disclosed, with examples, "the nature of its license and the restrictions imposed by that license on its underwriting messages."
The FCC replay concluded that "WVVF-LP is not some scratchy, unprofessional, hobby radio station as BMG probably hoped it would be. WVVF-LP is seriously trying, very hard, to engage the local Latino community in making this LP station a community success."
WOND's Pinky Kravitz to Retire After 57 Years
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 10:24am CT | Share
You may not know it but 88-year-old Pinky Kravitz hosts the longest-running daily talk show in America in Linwood, N.J. Kravitz has continuously hosted Pinky's Corner on WOND-AM 1400 in various day and evening time slots since 1958. His final live broadcast was May 14 prior to undergoing heart surgery. Longport Media has now announced that Kravitz is retiring from his nearly 60-year broadcasting career, a decision he reached after careful consultation with his family following a prolonged recuperation from surgery in May.
"We're obviously sorry to see Pinky leaving our air," said Longport Media President Dave Coskey. "But we support him in this decision. Pinky has always been instantly identified with Atlantic City, South Jersey and WOND. Pinky may be leaving our air physically, but he will always possess a special place here at WOND and in the hearts of his many listeners throughout South Jersey."
Kravitz became a fixture on South Jersey radio and television beginning in 1956, when he began hosting a live call-in program on WLDB-AM, now 1490 WBSS.
Two years later, he found a new home at WOND and remained with the station through 2015. Lovingly referred to as "Mr. Atlantic City" for his constant promotion of the region, it wasn't unusual for letters to arrive in the mail addressed simply, "Pinky, Atlantic City, N.J."
Kravitz also hosted a weekly television program, "WMGM presents Pinky!," for many years on WMGM TV-40, and for years wrote columns for a variety of publications, most recently for The Press of Atlantic City.
Perhaps more impressive than his 57 years of continuous broadcasting on the same station was that he never missed a day for illness until he needed a substitute on May 15 after being hospitalized on an emergency basis. His unexpected absence from the airwaves that day made national headlines.
Kravitz has been honored numerous times for his selfless philanthropy and promotion of his hometown. But he was especially proud and honored to be the first inductee into the New Jersey Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. He was also the recipient of that organization's first Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Pinky set the tone for talk radio in South Jersey for decades," Coskey added. "We are comforted in the knowledge that Pinky's on-air legacy will live on through the many current on-air personalities who either got their start in broadcasting through him or with his assistance."
WOND has not decided on a replacement program for Kravitz's time slot but is expected to announce schedule changes in the coming weeks.
Johnson Named KINK/Portland APD/Morning Co-Host
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 0:27am CT | Share
Alpha Media names Cort Johnson as Assistant Program Director and morning co-host on AAA KINK-FM/Portland, OR. He'll join Sheila Hamilton weekday mornings from 5:30-10am. Originally from Utah, Johnson started his radio career at his high school radio station. After attending Brigham Young University, he went to work for Citadel's AAA KENZ-FM in similar duties as well as KBER-FM and KBEE-FM/Salt Lake City.
Executive VP/Programming Scott Mahalick commented, "Cort will be a great addition to the KINK family. He has an incomparable passion for the industry and his abilities on and off air will positively support and impact the direction in which the station is headed."
Senior VP/Market Manager Milt McConnell added, "I had the opportunity to work with Cort in Salt Lake and witnessed his ability to connect with the AAA audience there. He has proven to be one of the most dedicated talents and he is most deserving of this opportunity."
"I am honored to be working at such a heritage and legendary station in Portland, Oregon. Thank you to Scott Mahalick, Milt McConnell and Bob Proffitt for the opportunity to be part of the Live and Local Alpha Media Team," remarked Johnson.
Johnson has also worked as a fill-in feature reporter on the local FOX and CBS affiliate television stations in Salt Lake City. After moving to Portland, Johnson worked at KBFF and News/Talk KXL-FM as a reporter/anchor.
ESPN Radio to Debut Fall Football-Focused Weekend
RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 0:46am CT | Share
ESPN Radio will roll out a new fall weekend lineup with a focus on the 2015 college football and NFL seasons, beginning Saturday, September 5. The schedule will feature two new shows, "Operation Football" and "NFL Nation," along with ESPN Radio fall football mainstays, "College GameDay," "Fantasy Focus" and many of the same voices ESPN Radio introduced earlier this year including Robin Lundberg and The Coach & Bretos.
"Fall is football time, and ESPN Radio is committed to giving its listeners the most comprehensive and informative coverage of the college football and NFL landscape," said VP/Network Audio Content David Roberts. "The enhanced schedule features some of the most knowledgeable experts in the business."
Program Director Louise Cornetta added, "ESPN Radio introduced several new voices to our 2015 weekend lineup. We look forward to having many return this Fall with a mix of additional new talent to deliver all the football content our listeners have come to expect from us."
ESPN Radio will kick off the weekends with the fourth season of "Weekend Blitz" with "Monday Night Football" commentator Mike Tirico and ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen (Fridays at 7pm ET). This year marks Mortensen's 25th anniversary with ESPN, and show the will celebrate the milestone each week with a look back at Mortensen's career.
KTUG-FM/Hudson WY Sale Closes
RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 10:17am CT | Share
KTUG-FM in Hudson, Wyoming has been sold to Spindletop LLC by Shane Haynes of Higher Calling Communications, Inc. The closing price for the Class C2, 4000-watt @ 1,283' HAAT on 105.1 MHz was $110,000 cash. The station is currently dark. Patrick Communications brokered the deal.
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