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Industry Execs See Positive Q3 Signs.

As the radio industry heads into the crucial third-quarter sales season, some broadcasters are ready to tout visible signs of improvement after an uneven first half of 2015. After a down fiscal quarter ending May 31, Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan says June was “dramatically better” and July and August appear to be “marginally better,” adding that it’s still early to assess.

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  • Schwartz: ‘We Need An Instrument That Measures ROI.’

    Radio’s power is undeniable, and the industry has many numbers to back it up, including Nielsen’s recent cross-platform report showing radio as the nation’s No. 1 reach medium. The task, however, remains trying to shape radio’s narrative in a competitive multiplatform world.

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  • Radio-Grounded, Beats 1 Shoots For Stars.

    Apple’s version of radio debuted yesterday morning with a song which asks the question, “Who am I/But what does it matter?” It’s a fascinating question for Beats 1, which played a host of new and somewhat obscure bands but used a programming strategy and tactics that seemed straight out of the radio 101 handbook.

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  • SoundHound Hitches with Apple Music.

    Beats 1, Apple’s much touted 24/7 global online station, went live yesterday with Zane Lowe firing up the first song at 9am Pacific. SoundHound used the occasion to update its app to link to Beats 1 and to the freshly launched Apple Music service.

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  • Events Offer Win-Win Sponsors Can Go Live With.

    Radio companies such as Townsquare Media, iHeartMedia and CBS Radio continue to grow their portfolio of live events, and eMarketer says the overall event business is expanding. B2B events are also becoming more popular and the sponsors are heavily turning to radio for event promotion.

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  • Voltair Story Hits Consumer Press.

    The Voltair controversy has moved from the pages of radio trade publications to the consumer press. In a 2,500-word story, ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight blog questions the role that PPM measurement played in the death of the smooth jazz format, suggesting that its soft music didn’t encode well, precipitating its demise.

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  • Now Playing At 35,000 Feet: iHeartRadio.

    Virgin America has partnered with iHeartRadio to put the digital radio service up in the air. The alliance will integrate iHeartRadio-branded music stations curated for the airline into Virgin’s Red in-flight entertainment system at every seatback.

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  • Artist IDs Now Part of Pandora Presentation.

    Pandora’s latest olive branch to musicians will add a shopworn radio element to the sound of web radio. The company has signed a group of 10 artists to record messages for fans to be played when activated by a song or another trigger, according to Bloomberg.

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  • Stern, Limbaugh Hannity Make Forbes List.

    According to the “Forbes” annual list of the world’s highest paid celebrities, while only a handful of notable names (Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity) got rich directly through radio, a bunch of others couldn’t have accrued so much wealth without its exposure.

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  • WNYC Sees Hot Idea In Citizen Meteorologists.

    When WNYC brass challenged the New York news/talker to do something distinctive with its weather reporting the pubcaster took the dare directly to the people. The station is now soliciting regular ordinary folks who are affected by the weather to talk on the air about who they are and what the weather does to their life.

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  • Picazzo Stevens

    American General Media named veteran programmer Picazzo Stevens as Program Director for "Power 106.7" KAGM-FM and "Z 106.3" KDLW-FM, effective immediately. Stevens will also serve on air weekdays on KAGM.

  • David Lewis

    Curtis Media Group has announced that David Lewis has been hired as General Manager of news/talk station WPTF. Lewis joins Curtis Media Group from Myrtle Beach, SC where he served as Market Manager for Cumulus for the past six years.

  • Sue Tabb

    Sue Tabb is officially joining "MAGIC 106.7 FM" (WMJX) Boston as co-host of Morning Magic with David O’Leary. Tabb has been working at MAGIC since March 2013 as a regular fill-in on the morning show and as co-host of the public affairs program, Exceptional Women.

  • JJ Kincaid

    iHeartMedia has announced that JJ Kincaid will join "95.7 The Party" KPTT in Denver to do mornings starting in August. JJ has been heard working afternoons on New York’s "Z100" WHTZ since 2006.  

  • Lauren Iossa

    ASCAP has promoted Lauren Iossa to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. Based out of New York City, Iossa will oversee all of ASCAP’s global public relations, brand and corporate marketing activities, as well as communications and special events.

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