The traditional FM/AM car radio, long a fixture of the dashboard, remains the king of the road. That’s according to new Ipsos research being released today. It reveals 84% of Americans still regularly listen to broadcast radio while driving, showing FM/AM remains firmly in place as the most-used in-car medium.
With podcast consumption on the rise, a research firm and a technology company are partnering to measure the space. Triton Digital and Edison Research today announced a new service that will quantify podcast usage through a new offering called Webcast Metrics On Demand (WCMOD). Details so far on the service are scant and the companies say they expect to launch the service later this year. MORE.
A new forecast for radio forecasts better days ahead. Strategy Analytics predicts radio revenue will grow 1.8% in 2015, faster than both TV (1.7%) and print (-7.9%). Even better, the report calls for radio to capture 10% of U.S. media spending this year, hauling in $17.6 billion. MORE
If a broadcast lobbyist scripted a television special about the public service value of radio and set the scene on the floor of the U.S. House, it may have looked like what aired on C-Span last week. Lawmakers even heard from two of their own, who are also broadcasters. MORE
Entravision has promoted María Lopez-Knowles from chief marketing officer of its Pulpo Media ad services unit to the newly created position of CMO of Entravision. She joined the Hispanic media company when it bought Pulpo Media last June. In her expanded role, Lopez-Knowles will oversee the company’s marketing efforts across its broadcast, radio and digital properties and develop and manage Entravision's corporate marketing strategy. MORE
CBS Radio’s WNEW-FM, Washington (99.1) has shifted to news/talk in nights and overnights, becoming the last of five FMs that launched all-news formats in 2011 and 2012 to exit the format. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Cumulus Media’s news/talk “NewsRadio 106.7” WYAY today dropped its morning news program for a news/talk show hosted by veteran Atlanta morning man Steve McCoy. MORE
A bankruptcy court in Texas has set March 18 for the auction of Ace Radio’s Aguila, AZ construction permit for a Class C at 107.3 FM. So far two bidders — veteran radio and TV owner Brian Brady and Robert Walker — have submitted a $140,000 offer for the stations, so broker Gerald Proctor says that’s where the bidding will begin. MORE
Peyton Lambton says she never planned on working in radio, but after doing a number of radio spots with her husband and fellow “Bachelorette” alum, she’s now making a career of it. IHeartMedia hot AC WCOD-FM (106.1) has hired Lambton for morning drive duties alongside current host Dan Mahoney. She earlier hosted television shows on HGTV and DIY Network. MORE
Dayton adult hits “Fly 92.9” is going soft, as in soft AC. Alpha Media has flipped WGTZ to “Soft Rock 92.9” with a record library that includes tracks from the 1970s to 1990s. Current on-air hosts Dan Edwards (morning drive) and Danielle (now afternoon drive) will be joined by Dayton radio veteran Paul Ellis (in middays) starting today. Alpha calls the format shift a “natural evolution” for the station. MORE
One reason why for-profit radio’s opposition to low-power FM has largely collapsed in the past decade is the micro stations have had nearly no impact on ad sales. A just-issued $16,000 fine against a West Virginia LPFM should help keep that delineation alive. MORE
The Oakland Athletics will stay put on Entercom’s “95.7 The Game” KGMZ, San Francisco through 2018 under a new four-year deal. “It’s been an amazing partnership so far,” VP Ken Pries says. Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo return to the booth as the radio voices.
Little more than one month after former WCCO, Minneapolis (830) morning news editor Barbara Chapman died, at age 70, her husband, WCCO legend Dick Chapman has also passed away. He died last Thursday after a long illness. He was 85. Chapman spent nearly four decades at WCCO before retiring in 1993.