Despite growing programs like the National Radio Talent System institutes held each summer, the radio industry is having a difficult time recruiting the next generation of broadcasters to the medium. While radio’s pay structure and instability are long-running issues, a group of Millennial college students told the NAB-RAB Radio Show last week that having their voice heard is more important to their generation than cash.
After 50 years in radio, Great Scott Broadcasting will exit the business with the sale of its 10 stations and two translators in the Salisbury-Ocean City, MD market. In separate deals, Great Scott is selling six stations and two translators to Adams Radio and four stations to The Voice Radio Network. Salisbury-Ocean City is the fourth market for Adams since reentering the radio business last July. MORE
Modern AC “X 106.7” WCGX, Columbus OH has flipped to urban as “106.7 The Beat. The iHeartMedia station goes head to head with Radio One urban WCKX, which ranked fifth among listeners 6+ with a 5.2 share in Nielsen’s August survey. WCGX was 11th with a 2.2 share. Listen HERE.
More than 150 iHeartMedia radio stations will transport listeners to Las Vegas tonight at 10pm eastern for the first of two live broadcasts from the iHeartRadio Music Festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Friday’s and Saturday’s performances will also video stream on Yahoo Live. A dedicated iHeartRadio channel is airing acts playing this weekend’s big show, along with performances recorded at previous iHeart festivals. MORE
U2 pushed their new album directly to consumers last week in a partnership with Apple but the band continues to hold radio in high regard. “In the end, radio is everything,” frontman Bono said during an interview with WXRT, Chicago personality Marty Lennartz. The singer spoke of U2’s “treasured” relationship with the CBS Radio station and said he “just about jumped out of my seat with excitement” after hearing their new single on the radio for the first time. Listen HERE.
Three Bonneville-Phoenix stations will air Arizona Coyotes play-by-play for the next three years under a contract renewal between the broadcaster and the NHL franchise. The deal calls for “Arizona Sports” KMVP-FM (98.7), “ESPN Phoenix 620AM” KTAR and news/talk KTAR-FM (92.3) to broadcast all Coyotes home preseason, regular season and playoff games. MORE
A new music director is in place in New York. L.A.’s new sports station has a new sales manager. A legendary talker is retiring from fulltime radio in Phoenix. A Las Vegas program director triples the number of station’s under her oversight. Read all of this week’s People Moves HERE.
Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) may be collecting less money from radio stations for over-the-air royalties than in the past, but the rapid growth of digital music services has propelled the performance rights organization to a record-breaking year. BMI says it generated $977 million in revenue during its fiscal year that ended June 30. MORE
The preliminary assessment of this week’s statewide EAS test in West Virginia — with implications for next year’s national test — are that the test messages were received by most stations. “It went great,” West Virginia Broadcasters Association executive director Michele Crist says. MORE
In a rare move, the Media Rating Council has yanked accreditation for the Simmons National Consumer Study, which includes the Simmons National Hispanic Consumer Study. The MRC says an independent audit turned up “declines in service performance metrics” for the continuously fielded survey. MORE
A trio of high-ranking congressional Democrats is asking the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with a proposal mandating that radio stations, cable outlets and satellite TV operators post their political file on an FCC-operated website, like broadcast TV stations are required to do. MORE
Federal Registrar of Copyrights Maria Pallante has in the past made no secret of her belief that there should be “parity among platforms” and FM/AM radio stations should pay a performance royalty. During a trip to Capitol Hill on Thursday, she told a congressional subcommittee that consumers’ shifting away from owning records to streaming music has put a “real focus” on the performance rights. MORE
Amador Bustos’ deal to buy nine stations in Seattle and eastern Washington has been filed. It shows Bustos will pay $6 million to seller Adelante Media Group. It’s a comeback of sorts for Bustos, who previously owned the stations. “It is patience and a labor of love for Spanish Radio which keeps me going,” Bustos tells Inside Radio of his return to the markets.
Jacksonville’s Spanish-language “La Mas Grande 1530” is no mas. The brokered station has flipped to a French Creole-language format to target the growing Haitian community in the region. The format change comes after three local doctors, Ernst Michel, Serge Vilvar and Vorbes Aleger, raised $500,000 to buy WYMM from Word Broadcasting. The Florida Times-Union says the deal had been in the works since last spring. MORE
The term of office for the first radio broadcaster to head the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board has come to an end. Retired news-talk/classical KCUR-FM, Kansas City (89.3) president Patricia Cahill is turning over control of CPB to Elizabeth Sembler, a Florida educator who was confirmed for a second term earlier this month. Nevada broadcaster Lori Gilbert will serve as vice-chair. For much of her career, Gilbert has worked as news director at locally-owned commercial stations AC KELK (1240) and adult hits KLKO (93.7) in Elko, NV.
If you hear a radio personality speaking like a pirate, blame rum. Not that they’ve been downing the stuff, but Captain Morgan is using radio as part of its latest advertising campaign. It’s challenging radio and TV personalities to ransack their programming by talking like a pirate today, in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. In exchange, the brand has pledged to make a $1,000 charitable donation for each personality that participates. Shiver me timbers!
WAIT! Let me take a #selfie! - Point-to-Point Marketing launched a $10,000 “Selfie” campaign last week. They will award three prizes in October: $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000. This isn’t credit toward marketing campaigns, it is actual cash. We caught up with Tim Bronsil, President, and Tim Satterfield, VP/Digital, to find out why now. Read this week's BLUE PAGE >>