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    A huge jump in spending power — and a growing awareness of issues around inclusion, equity and racial justice — have put African-American consumers in the spotlight, according to a new Nielsen report that says “the power of the Black community has never been more evident to the wider American population.” Nielsen says radio, streaming audio and podcasts have more traction among Blacks than the general population. Read more

    Inside Radio News

    Fast food chains aired millions of spots on radio during the first nine months of the year, using the airwaves to lure hungry listeners to drive-thru pick up windows for a safe way to dine out during the pandemic. McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Taco Bell were the top radio advertisers in the quick-service restaurant category from Jan. 1 - Sept. 30, 2020 according to new data from Media Monitors. Read more

    SiriusXM today reported third quarter 2020 revenue of $2.025 billion, up 1% compared to the prior year period. Net income increased 11% to $272 million, or six cents per share, from $246 million, or five cents per share a year ago. EBITDA, a proxy for cash flow, inched up 1% to $661 million from $657 million. The company also said it’s making “significant progress” in extending its contract with marquee morning personality Howard Stern. Read more

    Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at BMI, the performance rights organization said Thursday. Beasley, who joined the board in 2014, most recently served as Vice Chairman. She succeeds Michael Fiorile, Chairman of the Dispatch Printing Co., who has been elected Presiding Director of the BMI board. In other BMI news, the board has extended Mike O’Neill’s contract as President & CEO through the end of 2026. Read more

    iHeartMedia New York launches “Building Black Biz,” an initiative designed to support and grow local Black-owned businesses in the New York metro area. The three-month initiative features successful entrepreneurs providing advice to those starting a business along with a companion website and podcast, hosted by station personalities including Power 105.1’s Angela Yee and Z-100’s Maxwell. Read more

    Spotify has launched another product that emulates broadcast radio by blending spoken word content and music. The streaming audio platform now offers a morning show called “The Get Up,” produced by podcast company Gimlet. Described as a “mixed media morning show,” it drops weekday mornings at 7am in the Made For You and Drive hubs within Spotify’s user interface. Read more

    Graham Bunn, former host for USA Networks’ “RealCountry” and Mount Wilson FM “Go Country 105” KKGO Los Angeles, launches a new podcast series, Country Shine with Graham Bunn, Oct. 27. Bunn’s podcast, which will premiere new episodes twice a week, is part of an overall podcast development deal between Spotify and Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings. Read more

    Dr. Fauci’s appearance on KNX Los Angeles covered by media outlets around the world… “Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy” to air on 150 iHeartMedia stations… WDST Woodstock launches “40 Years of Rock N’ Roll Memorabilia” virtual auction… KNUC Seattle’s Fitz gets mullet to raise awareness for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Read more

    People Moves

    John Stewart exits Rubber City Radio classic rock WONE-FM Akron (97.5) where he has served as Program Director since August. Stewart joined the station in February as midday host.  Read more

    Jack Heath joins Binnie Media New Hampshire where he will host 9am-12pm on the company’s talk WTSN Dover (1270), news/talk/sports WTPL Manchester (107.7), and WEMJ Laconia (1490), which is currently simulcasting CHR sister WJYY Concord. Read more

    Jennifer Keiper, news reporter at Entercom WBBM/WCFS-FM Chicago (780/105.9), will take on the role of national news anchor for CBS News Radio, effective Nov. 9. Read more

    Eddie Hatfield, one-half of the “Hatfield & McCoy” morning show on Cumulus Media country KJJY Des Moines (92.5), is retiring Nov. 20. Hatfield, who has been with the station since 1986, announced his departure during Tuesday morning’s program.  Read more