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Radio sets new record for number of stations on-air.

Never has there been more of a stark difference between AM and FM than in the direction line of the two bands. While the number of AMs ticked down a half dozen stations between the second and third quarters, more FMs were on the air. CHART.

NextRadio hits 1 million downloads.

Fourteen months into radio’s three-year deal with Sprint, the NextRadio app has now been downloaded more than 1,030,000 times. The one million mark was surpassed last Thursday, a day before the second version of the app that “wakes up” FM capability on smartphones was released. App developer Emmis says at the current growth rate, it expects to hit two million downloads at a much faster rate. MORE

Entercom creates national sales position.

Entercom has ventured into the publishing world to recruit a new top-level national sales executive. Carlos Lamadrid joins the broadcaster in the newly created position of VP of national sales and strategic partnerships, reporting to Station Group president Weezie Kramer. Lamadrid most recently was SVP of TC Media where he oversaw 18 magazines, TV and multiplatform media, licensing, and branding. MORE

Adams to program Bay Area’s ‘Star’ and ‘Wild.’

Less than a year after joining iHeartMedia as VP of programming for its eight-station Portland cluster, Mark Adams is heading south to San Francisco as program director for hot AC “Star 101.3” KIOI and rhythmic CHR “Wild 94.9” KYLD. He replaces Cat Collins, who has moved into a role with the company’s national programming team. MORE

Univision’s Bauzá adds TV duties in P.R.

Univision Radio’s Puerto Rico general manager Jaime Bauzá has been promoted to SVP/general manager for all of Univision’s radio and television properties on the island. That includes four radio stations, two television stations, and related digital properties. MORE

Chattanooga’s Luther Masingill dead at 92.

Luther Masingill was on the air when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941 – and when the Twin Towers were struck in 2001. Today, Tennessee broadcasters are remembering the longtime broadcaster who worked at WDEF, Chattanooga for 74 years. Masingill died last night after a brief illness. He was 92. Masingill was a recipient of the NAB Marconi award and had been inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. Listen to highlights of his career HERE.

Lorde’s “Royals” strikes out on Bay Area airwaves.

The shopworn practice of suspending airplay of songs that even obliquely reference a major sports rival – and making a big deal out of it – has found a new target. On the eve of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series opener against the Kansas City Royals, Cumulus Media adult alternative KFOG and Entercom AC KOIT have stopped playing Lorde’s “Royals.” The 17 year-old singer likely isn’t sweating it. “Royals,” which has a loose connection to the team, was already a massive hit at seven formats.

FCC won’t open Redskins debate to the public.

Red Zebra Broadcasting is fighting back against an attempt to have the license of one of its Washington-area stations revoked, saying the constitutional implications are “mind-boggling.” It comes as the FCC says it won’t open Redskins license debate to the public, at least for the timing being. MORE

NPR limits use of ‘Redskins’ on air.

The dispute over the Washington Redskins name has begun to affect how broadcasters refer to the team on the air. Citing its policy on potentially offensive language, NPR is encouraging its journalists to refrain from referring to the team by its full name. MORE

First Christmas station in Atlantic City.

For the second time in four years the first all-Christmas station in America is Equity Communications’ soft AC “Easy 93.1” WEZW, Atlantic City, NJ. The station pulled the trigger on the all-holiday format on Friday. It was three years ago, on the same day, that WEZW also had the first-in-the-nation honor. Last year there were 488 U.S. stations airing all-holiday tunes, a drop of 3% from 2012 when a record 501 stations aired the format.

Alpha revamps entire Richmond cluster.

In a series of flips and frequency changes, Alpha Media remade its four-station Richmond cluster today, dropping one format, adding another and betting big on country. MORE

Music helping T-Mobile lure customers.

The T-Mobile Music Freedom program launched in August, and CMO Mike Sievert said Friday that the carrier calculates 60 million songs are being streamed each day by its customers. The lure is none of that music streaming counts against monthly data caps. Among the partners now part of the service are iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Pandora, AccuRadio, Radio One’s Black Planet and Rdio. Sievert said each was chosen by its customers as their most-desired apps.

Multicultural bigger for Target.

Black and Hispanic targeted stations will welcome a broader focus by Target. It is part of a series of tough realizations CMO Jeffery Jones says the retailer has made in recent years. “Target was still focusing on the same white suburban mom we’d considered our core guest for decades,” he said. “The reality is our guest is more Hispanic, more urban, more millennial and way more digitally connected that ever before.”

Nissan shifts marketing focus.

“We have redirected a significant amount of our marketing dollars to much more emotive big properties in sports and entertainment,” Nissan CMO Roel de Vries told the ANA crowd. “With each of these sponsorships, we want to become part of the event.” He said the excitement of those sorts of events is the same sort of emotion they want consumers to have when thinking about their cars. MORE

How to get a bounce from social media.

Monday Morning Meeting. Does your social media strategy offer a return, with either new revenue or more listener engagement? If your social strategy is in the hands of a part-timer, you’re probably not getting any return. But there are big gains ahead for those who master social media. MORE

Hot promotion for Home Improvement category.

Monday Morning Meeting. Million Dollar Media is a company that has produced successful promotions for radio over the years. But one that’s getting plenty of attention now is the 100K Home Improvement Wish List. MORE

Four ways to improve your listening skills.

Monday Morning Meeting. When meeting with a client, or just the promotions committee at your station, practice good listening habits instead of concentrating on what you have to say. The results might surprise you, says Paul Anovick, a leadership and coaching expert, and a radio veteran. MORE


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