TOP STORY

If direct response advertisers built podcasting into what it is today, brand advertisers are accelerating the medium’s growth. The latest IAB/PwC data shows that brand advertisers doubled their spending on podcasts in 2018. While direct response ad spending grew at a still healthy 22%, the numbers show it was brand marketers that accounted for three-quarters of the robust 53% increase in total ad spending. Read more

INSIDE RADIO NEWS

Almost 60% of smart speaker owners worry about hackers using the device to gain access to their home or personal info and more than half say it bothers them that their smart speaker is always listening. These concerns are the top reasons non-owners have not yet acquired a device. Yet despite the worries, seven-in-ten existing smart speaker owners use their device daily, according to the latest Smart Audio Report from Edison Research and NPR. Read more

iHeartMedia New York has partnered with LGBTQ social advocacy and community engagement organization Pride Live for the second annual Stonewall Day, a global campaign to elevate awareness and support for the Stonewall legacy and the continuing fight for full equality for the community, particularly in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Read more

As the radio industry gears up for a new rate-setting process on streaming rates, one group head believes broadcasters should consider pushing for a new framework for how digital royalties are determined. Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley says as online listening numbers grow, the pay-to-play model that has increased costs with each new listener should be replaced with one based on a company’s revenue. Read more

Beasley Media Group rock WMMR Philadelphia’s “I Bleed for Preston & Steve Blood Drive” set a new record, with 1,143 productive blood units donated during the one-day event. Hosted by the WMMR morning show, the event is recognized as the largest blood drive of its type in the nation. Since its inception, the drives have amassed 16,410 single-day unit collections. Read more

For the third consecutive year, Jacobs Media is partnering with the organizers of Podcast Movement conference designed to help the radio and podcast industries to discuss how the two sectors can work together. In what’s been dubbed the Broadcasters Meet Podcasters conference-within-a-conference, the three days of sessions in Orlando this August will focus not only on successful podcasting strategies but also where podcasting is heading. Read more

WHB Kansas City afternoon host Kevin Kietzman pulled the family life of Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid into his argument on the team’s mishandling of players. Reid lost a son to heroin addiction in 2012. Trying to make a point about the coach’s disciplinary history with players, Kietzman said “a lot of things go bad on him, family and players.” Read more

KMG partners with Politicon for the “Unconventional Political Convention,” offering audio content to stations leading up to and during the two-day event in October… Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” picks up five New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists’ Signature Awards…. Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell joins LiveXLive Media as Global Brand Ambassador. Read more

KMG partners with Politicon for the “Unconventional Political Convention,” offering audio content to stations leading up to and during the two-day event in October… Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” picks up five New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists’ Signature Awards…. Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell joins LiveXLive Media as Global Brand Ambassador. Read more

Quick-service restaurants, a staple of radio ad diets, are on track to spend $4 billion on local advertising this year, according to a new report from BIA Advisory Services. Local advertising plays a crucial role for the QSR category, which includes well-known national brands and less-known regional and local favorites. Read more

This year marks the 50th anniversary that radio and television stations have been required to meet the FCC’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) obligations. To mark the anniversary, the Commission has launched a rulemaking proceeding that will examine whether the EEO rules are in need of revision. That includes looking at how the rules are enforced and whether broadcasters should provide more detailed information during EEO audits. Read more

This year marks the 50th anniversary that radio and television stations have been required to meet the FCC’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) obligations. To mark the anniversary, the Commission has launched a rulemaking proceeding that will examine whether the EEO rules are in need of revision. That includes looking at how the rules are enforced and whether broadcasters should provide more detailed information during EEO audits. Read more

Nearly six months after investing $250,000 to improve its signal penetration in the nearby market of Boston, ratings for hot AC WXLO Worcester, MA (104.5) are up by double-digits in the top 10 market. Now the Cumulus Media station says it’s received the greenlight from the FCC to split its signal based on the region’s geography. Read more

People Moves

Changes at Cumulus Media modern rock KFOG include the departure of MD/midday talent Alicia Tyler. PD Jacent Jackson assumes MD duties and market veteran Dayna Keyes moves from nights to middays. Fill-in talent, and former “Live 105” midday host, Danica Lopez takes nights and adds Social Media Director duties. Read more

ABC Radio Executive Director of Programming/News Andrew Kalb has exited due to restructuring at the company. Read more

Public and member-supported 88.5 FM, Southern California’s leading Triple-A format radio station, has tapped Patrick Osburn as its general manager. Osburn joined the station in 2017, and has been serving as its director of business development. He has spent more than 30 years in the radio industry, with 20 years at Triple-A stations. Read more

Jeff Weber is named Market Manager for Pamal Broadcasting’s six-station Albany, NY cluster. Weber joins the group from LM Communications Charleston, SC where he was General Sales Manager. Read more

Insider Interview

It’s been a busy month of audio announcements for Univision. In a succession of moves, the company has rebranded its music and audio properties under the new Uforia Audio Network umbrella. It’s also partnered with Napster to relaunch its Uforia mobile app. And it’s announced plans to ramp-up its podcasting business. Inside Radio caught up with Univision Radio president Jesus Lara to discuss the news. Read more

Featured

Access.1 Communications has been selling off its radio station portfolio over the past several years, and it has now secured buyers for its remaining two FMs in Texas and Louisiana. The company still owns American Urban Radio Networks and SupeRadio. Also this week, a Houston FM is getting a new owner and a Dallas AM gets a new owner. Check out the details and a look at radio’s other transactions in this week’s Inside Radio Deal Digest. Read more