TOP STORY

The Christmas format brought a bigger ratings bang in 2019 to heritage ACs that own the lucrative position in their markets. It also delivered record-shattering ratings in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. In fact, all-Christmas topped the 6+ ranker in every major market report released so far, except Atlanta where it was No. 2. Read more

INSIDE RADIO NEWS

Direct response advertisers who’ve dominated podcasting have had a relatively easy way to know their ads were working just by looking at how many times a special discount code was used. But as podcasters and other digital audio publishers work to attract more blue-chip brand marketers, new attribution tools will be needed. And that’s led Entercom to strike a deal with Claritas to use its data to help show advertisers how their podcast and other digital audio ads translate into sales. Read more

Vowing to bring “the public to public radio,” Keith Woods is named Chief Diversity Officer at NPR. In the newly created position, Woods “will guide NPR’s push to expand the diversity of its audience work across NPR and help build a more diverse and inclusive organization,” the public media organization said. Woods was most recently VP of Newsroom Training and Diversity. Read more

A lawsuit filed by Somerville, MA mayor Joe Curtatone against former WEEI-FM Boston morning co-host Kirk Minihane and Barstool Sports has been dismissed. Curtatone sued after an interview he thought he was doing with a Boston Globe reporter, who turned out to be Minihane, was posted to Barstool Sports. A judge dismissed the case, saying Curatone had “literal knowledge” he was being recorded. Read more

The 2020 U.S. elections, a “resurgent” National Football League and the Tokyo Olympics are the key factors that will produce 3.8% advertising spending growth this year. That’s according to Dentsu Aegis Network, whose new forecast sees 3.9% expansion globally. Additionally, the firm puts 2021 growth at 2.8% in the U.S. and 3.3% globally. In the U.S., radio is expected to grow at a 2.3% clip. Read more

The first season of Katie Couric’s podcast “Next Question” amassed 1.5 million downloads as it dug into topics like the spread of online hate and the dangers of vaping. “The response to ‘Next Question’ has been phenomenal,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. In the second season, Couric will examine issues like America’s maternal mortality rate, the environmental impact of eating meat, and the 2020 presidential election. Read more

San Diego woke up without two of its local morning shows as Entercom dismissed AJ Machado and Sara Perry, AM Drive hosts at classic hits “Sunny 98.1” KXSN; and Dana DiDonato and Jayson Prim, who did the same for modern rock sister “Alt 94.9” KBZT. Machado and Perry segued to KXSN from AC sister KYXY in February 2018, while DiDonato and Prim came to KBZT in March 2017. Read more

Angelo Cataldi, longtime morning host at Entercom “SportsRadio 94” WIP-FM Philadelphia, was recognized with the “Bill Campbell Broadcast Award” presented by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association (PSWA). Cataldi, who wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer prior to making the move to radio decades ago, was honored at a banquet held on the 30th anniversary of him joining WIP. Read more

Anne Litt is named Program Director of Music at Santa Monica College news/talk/variety KCRW Los Angeles. Litt fills the MD role left vacant with the departure of Jason Bentley, who completed his ten-year term in August 2019. KCRW also names Paul Bennun as Chief Content Officer and Drew Tewksbury as Director of Digital Content. Read more

Anne Litt is named Program Director of Music at Santa Monica College news/talk/variety KCRW Los Angeles. Litt fills the MD role left vacant with the departure of Jason Bentley, who completed his ten-year term in August 2019. KCRW also names Paul Bennun as Chief Content Officer and Drew Tewksbury as Director of Digital Content. Read more

WHPT Tampa staffers directing and appearing in zombie movie filmed at the station’s studios… Westwood One’s Jim Bohannon part of Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame Class of 2020… SiriusXM to offer multiple live broadcasts of Super Bowl LIV… StreamGuys to distribute Agile Broadcast products to broadcasters and podcasters in Australia and New Zealand… WKTN Kenton, OH schedules “Radio Day For United Way” for Saturday, March 28. Read more

While the holiday book, and all-Christmas music programming, tend to benefit AC stations that make the annual move, the formats that typically take the biggest hit when a market competitor goes wall-to-wall holiday hits are country, CHR, hot AC, regional Mexican, classic hits and urban AC. This proved true in most of the large markets included in Nielsen’s Day One Holiday 2019 PPM ratings. Read more

Katz Media Group has promoted Rick Ramos to Senior VP of Multicultural Partnerships. Most recently Senior VP, Director of Sales for Business Development at the rep firm’s Eastman Radio unit, Ramos will report to Eastman Radio President Tucker Flood. In his new role, Ramos is tasked with driving strategy to maximize the multicultural offerings of the rep firm’s audio partners, which include Univision, Radio One and Entravision. Read more

While the holiday book, and all-Christmas music programming, tend to benefit AC stations that make the annual move, the formats that typically take the biggest hit when a market competitor goes wall-to-wall holiday hits are country, CHR, hot AC, regional Mexican, classic hits and urban AC. This proved true in most of the large markets included in Nielsen’s Day One Holiday 2019 PPM ratings. Read more

  • Updated

Katz Media Group has promoted Rick Ramos to Senior VP of Multicultural Partnerships. Most recently Senior VP, Director of Sales for Business Development at the rep firm’s Eastman Radio unit, Ramos will report to Eastman Radio President Tucker Flood. In his new role, Ramos is tasked with driving strategy to maximize the multicultural offerings of the rep firm’s audio partners, which include Univision, Radio One and Entravision. Read more

People Moves

Chuck Sullivan is named Senior VP/Market Manager for Entercom Denver, effective Feb 3. Sullivan, who succeeds the recently retired John Fullam, was most recently Senior VP/Market Manager for the company’s Milwaukee and Madison properties. Read more

Lynda Lopez returns to Entercom news WCBS New York (880) as Midday News Anchor and Special Projects Reporter. Lopez, who served as News Anchor and Correspondent for the station from 2009-2016, succeeds Pat Farnack who retired in December 2019. Read more

Lotus Communications AC “94.9 Mix FM” KMXZ-FM Tucson promotes weekender Syndi Long to afternoons. “Syndi will be a great addition to the 94.9 Mix FM family. She has proven herself over and over again with her high energy and talent,” OM/PD Larry Mac said in a release. Read more

iHeartMedia AC “K103” KKCW Portland, OR debuts “K103 Mornings with Stacey & Mike,” featuring Stacey Lynn and Mike Chase, effective Feb. 3. Lynn segues from afternoons to mornings, while Chase was most recently hosting mornings at Entercom crosstown country “99.5 The Wolf” KWJJ, until his exit in OctoberRead more

Insider Interview

Nielsen last month unveiled its Podcast Listener Buying Power Service, a qualitative measurement service that shows insights into podcast listeners’ buying habits. Just six months after the project was hatched inside Nielsen, five podcast companies are just weeks away from getting their hands on the first data. Podcast News Daily caught up with Nielsen’s Bruce Supovitz to get an inside look at the service and what may be next for Nielsen in the podcast business. Read more

Featured

  • Updated

A Boston FM’s Bay State reach is shrinking, thanks to a sale to EMF. Also this week, there’s a deal nearly five years in the making in Kansas City. On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a buyer quickly becomes a seller – and it’s a familiar name. A big Nebraska sale just closed. Plus, an Iowa general manager becomes the owner. Check out the details in this week’s Deal Digest. Read more