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Wall St. analyst pokes at Pandora’s audience claims.

BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield has been an outlier on Wall Street when it’s come to Pandora. In the past he’s said the stock price overvalued the company, and questioned growth forecasts. Now Greenfield is taking on something that many broadcasters have found even more frustrating: Pandora’s pronouncement that it’s the top station in most markets.


Mobile milestone as majority owns a smartphone.

The smartphone isn’t just a way for radio to reach young listeners. Nielsen reports for the first time a majority of Americans of all age groups own a smartphone. That figure now includes adults over the age of 55. In the 55+ demo, Nielsen says 51% now owns a smartphone, up 10 points from a year ago. MORE


Ex-FCC commissioner to lead wireless industry.

The radio industry has squared off with CTIA-The Wireless Association in the debate over whether FM should be in cell phones. A change at the trade group may bring an opportunity to reset the debate. Former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker has been named as the new president of CTIA effective June 2. She succeeds Steve Largent, who announced his retirement last October. Baker most recently was working as a lobbyist for Comcast-NBCUniversal. MORE


Cumulus lights up ‘The Torch’ in Des Moines.

Looking to spark up ratings at its Des Moines news/talker, Cumulus Media has re-launched KWQW as “98.3 The Torch – Common Sense Radio.” The overhaul includes a new morning show hosted by program director Robert Rees and a new lineup of syndicated hosts. KWQW had been known as “98.3 WOW-FM.” MORE


Ex-progressive talker makes election run.

Another election, another former radio host running for office. Former progressive radio talker Nancy Skinner has announced plans to run for a House seat in Michigan, according to the Detroit News. Skinner anchored mornings at former Air America affiliate WDTW, Detroit; co-hosted “The Doug Stephan Show” and was a TV commentator. MORE


Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo returns to Houston.

Clear Channel’s “News Radio 1200” WOAI, San Antonio late-afternoon (5-8pm) host Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo is returning to Houston’s airwaves. He previously worked at Clear Channel’s “News Radio 740” KTRH and talk sister KPRC (950) between 2006 and 2013 and Pagliarulo tells Inside Radio KPRC will simulcast his WOAI show starting April 28. It adds to his list of duties. Pagliarulo hosts Premiere Network’s syndicated “The Weekend” show and he hosts a Saturday afternoon program on Clear Channel’s “News Radio 850” KOA, Denver.


A $29 million payday for Pandora chief.

Pandora’s a company that’s valued by investors on potential, not the $41 million of red ink it racked up in 2013. So perhaps the same can be said about CEO Brian McAndrews. He joined the company last September and in just four months of working at the webcaster has earned $29.2 million. MORE


Pistons to test demo-targeted play-by-play.

Is there more than one way to create play-by-play? The coming basketball season will become a sports radio laboratory as the Detroit Pistons get their own HD2 channel, one that “Sports 105.1” WMGC program director Jason Dixon says will be used to experiment with alternative ways to present game-time broadcasts on their new flagship. MORE


Another election, another former radio host running for office.

Former progressive radio talker Nancy Skinner has announced plans to run for a House seat in Michigan, according to the Detroit News. Skinner anchored mornings at former Air America affiliate WDTW, Detroit; co-hosted “The Doug Stephan Show” and was a TV commentator. MORE.


Emmis buys into air personality’s company.

With 630,000 Twitter followers and a career that spans radio, TV, the recording industry, the club scene and car shows, Funkmaster Flex is a poster child for cross-media personalities. So it’s little wonder Emmis is investing in the “Hot 97” WQHT, New York night host. The broadcaster has formed a joint venture with the influential DJ that gives it a 40% ownership stake in his Flexco company. MORE


Nearly 200 stations add programmatic buying.

One of Madison Avenue’s hottest trends is gaining traction at broadcast radio. Tech company Jelli says 188 radio stations joined its programmatic ad platform RadioSpot in the first quarter, more than double the number that came on board in last year’s fourth quarter. MORE


RTDNA: Radio news directors less ‘nomadic.’

Consolidation has meant there are fewer radio news director jobs available, and as a result the annual Radio Television Digital News Association newsroom survey finds people are hanging on to their positions. The typical news director has been at their station for 9.2 years, although the median was just five years. MORE


Randi Rhodes explains end of radio show.

It’s time for me to go,” syndicated talk host Randi Rhodes says. The Premiere Networks host says the decision to cease production of her program on May 16 isn’t to start a new show somewhere else, or even a podcast, but to segue to a new chapter in her life. MORE


Hubbard taps research to show clients ROI.

Add Hubbard Radio to the growing list of radio groups embracing research as a way to grow revenue. The company will look to meet growing advertiser ROI demands by naming Mike Bustell as its first vice president of market research. MORE


Ex-chair pushes FCC to police political ads.

As a “tsunami” of political ads builds for the upcoming mid-term election, former FCC chairman Newton Minow and former NTIA administrator Henry Geller are throwing their support behind the idea of the FCC being used to police political ads. MORE


After seven years, patience wears out for Dallas buyer.

After seven years of waiting, Principle Broadcasting Network has had enough. It’s walked away from a $9 million deal to buy a pair of Dallas stations. The transfer of ethnic brokered KFCD (990) and KHSE (700) from Bernard Radio had been tied up by a dispute between the former owner and his controversial lender. MORE


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