Radio National Flat In July, FCC Getting In On The Podcast Craze
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Radio Headlines For Tuesday 8-28-2018
According to Edison Research, consumers are more likely to listen to audio in their vehicles than in any other location, including their homes. Edison says the automobile is by far the most popular place for people to listen to AM/FM radio, with more than half of all Americans age 13 and older listening to radio in their cars on any given day. [read more]
According to Standard Media Index, national advertising revenue for radio was flat in July while digital jumped a whopping 17% and television rose 3%. On the bright side for radio, at least it wasn't as bad as print, which saw national revenue decline 18% in July. [read more]
The Federal Communications Commission has launched More Than Seven Dirty Words, a new podcast series that will feature interviews with FCC officials and staff and others in the communications space to share untold stories, explain important policy issues, and maybe even do the impossible: make telecom interesting. [read more]
Our interview with RawVoice/ CEO Todd Cochrane is getting big numbers thanks to our great readers. Cochrane and host Ed Ryan discuss radio getting into the podcasting space, what the industry needs to do to be successful at podcasting, and what podcasts you need to listen to in order to succeed. [read more]
The Home Depot ramped back up its radio usage across the country airing 58,655 commercials, according to Media Monitors. That helped the big-box chain jump back into the top spot on the weekly chart. [read more]
At the 2019 Barrett Sports Media Summit in Los Angeles, BSM President Jason Barrett is making sure the contributions of a select few members are permanently remembered. The first award to be announced by BSM is The Jeff Smulyan Award, named after WFAN's founder and the CEO of Emmis Communications. [read more]
Midwest Communications has hired Kurt Luchs (pictured) to manage its five stations in Kalamazoo. Luchs recently parted ways with NRG Media where he was managing NRG's seven-station cluster in Omaha. Midwest also announced Mark Jaycox will manage its four-station cluster in Lansing. [read more]
This is a follow-up to a story we've been keeping an eye on since June when WGOW Chattanooga morning man Jeff Styles was arrested in a road rage incident. The station released this short statement on Monday: "The company has concluded its internal investigation of the situation and has decided to end our relationship with Jeff Styles.” [read more]
After three years with Cumulus/Westwood One as VP of Social Media, Lori Lewis' last day will be September 14. [read more]
O'Rielly will headline a session titled "FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly Discusses Radio Policy" at the 2018 Radio Show in Orlando. The Commissioner will discuss his outlook on regulation of the radio industry and what licensees can expect in the near future. [read more]
According to Seeking Alpha SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer will be staying on for at least one more year. Meyer was named interim CEO in December of 2012 when Mel Karmazin left. In 2013 the interim title was dropped. Meyer makes just under $2 million per year in salary plus bonuses that could make him close to $10 million, according to Seeking Alpha. [read more]
The NextRadio app is now available on the new Samsung Galaxy Note9. The Galaxy Note9 is the latest device to support NextRadio by integrating the FM Chip in their new smartphone model in North America. [read more]
Westwood One is continuing to urge all major commercial broadcast radio stations to register their existing C Band downlinks with the FCC before the Commission evaluates the 3.7-4.2 Ghz C Band for additional mobile broadband data services. [read more]
The company has renewed its NFL agreement for three more years and will be the official NFL Spanish-language radio broadcaster for Sunday Night Football through the 2020 season. [read more]
The Action Network is a media company focused on sports betting content and analytics. Cadence13 is teaming up with the network to develop a premium podcast network targeted to sports gambling and fantasy fans. [read more]
The company has announced a two-hour, live, commercial-free broadcast special to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention as part of its "I’m Listening" campaign. [read more]
Entercom has announced the results of its Boston station’s annual “WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.” This year’s event raised over $4.4 miillion, which brought the fundraising total to over $53 million since the radio-telethon’s inception. [read more]
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Our thanks to Megan Black of Second Street for sharing another advertiser success story with Radio Ink. This one comes from Entercom Portland's Sam Tongue and involved taking an annual Home Improvement sweepstakes to the next level. (Our weekly Advertiser Success Stories are sponsored by Sun & Fun Media). [read more]

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