TOP STORY

Country radio veteran Bob Kingsley, host of “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40” has passed away at the age of 80. Kingsley’s death comes a week after the longtime countdown host revealed that he was suffering from bladder cancer and was stepping away from his Westwood One-distributed weekend program to receive treatment. Read more

INSIDE RADIO NEWS

Podcast revenues hit $479 million last year and are forecast to surpass $1 billion by 2021. While the medium is on a steady growth curve, a pair of inflection points potentially looming on the horizon could dramatically accelerate its growth. “We are a medium still sitting at a couple of tipping points that can revise those projections and suddenly you’re a 2-3-5 billion dollar industry before you know it,” Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network said Thursday. Read more

Elton John made good on his status as the latest inductee to iHeartRadio ICONS, featuring a candid conversation Wednesday night at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. Celebrating the launch of his autobiography, “ME,” the legendary singer/songwriter spoke with Jim Kerr, revealing intimate details of his wild life, as well as a performance of snippets from his gargantuan hit catalog. Read more

The newly reimagined “Star Radio” officially debuts Friday (Oct. 18) on WSSV Albany (1160) and the Saratoga Springs-licensed translator W227DW at 93.3. Saratoga Radio closed on the $100,000 purchase of the former WAIV and the construction permit for the translator in September. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the “Star Radio” studios. Read more

A two-way R&B battle is brewing in Gainesville, FL as Marc Radio Group launches “The New R&B 94.1 FM” and Gillen Broadcasting debuts the “99 Jamz.” Marc jettisoned a classic country simulcast for the new station, which airs on WDVH (980) and the Gainesville-licensed translator W231DH at 94.1. Griffin dumps smooth jazz on WAJD (1390) and the Gainesville-licensed translator W255CV at 98.9 for “99 Jamz.” Read more

Singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist Anderson .Paak will perform at the Modelo Fighting Chance Concert Series, an iHeartRadio production. The series will hit San Francisco, Atlanta and New York to raise money for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Modelo and iHeartMedia are giving away VIP trips to see .Paak at Brooklyn Steel in New York. Read more

Twenty-two percent of Americans now tune in to a podcast at least one hour each week, while 8% are listening to on-demand programs more than six hours a week. Without a doubt, podcasts are a substantial growth opportunity for both content providers and advertisers. That is according to the newly released Podcast Download, Fall 2019 Report. Read more

Advertising in podcasts increases favorability for specific brands among listeners who spend at least five hours a week with the medium. Six in ten of these “Super Listeners” appreciate podcast advertisers for supporting their favorite podcasts, and 44% say their opinion of a company is more positive when they hear it mentioned in a podcast they regularly listen to. Read more

Advertising in podcasts increases favorability for specific brands among listeners who spend at least five hours a week with the medium. Six in ten of these “Super Listeners” appreciate podcast advertisers for supporting their favorite podcasts, and 44% say their opinion of a company is more positive when they hear it mentioned in a podcast they regularly listen to. Read more

As podcast networks played show and tell at Wednesday’s Podcast Upfront in New York, digital audio ad tech provider Ads Wizz teed up a new ad targeting product for podcasters. Branded as PodScribe, it offers contextual targeting, meaning that advertisers can use speech-to-text transcription technology to efficiently target by keywords, concepts, topics and interests within the podcast. Read more

As podcast networks played show and tell at Wednesday’s Podcast Upfront in New York, digital audio ad tech provider Ads Wizz teed up a new ad targeting product for podcasters. Branded as PodScribe, it offers contextual targeting, meaning that advertisers can use speech-to-text transcription technology to efficiently target by keywords, concepts, topics and interests within the podcast. Read more

People Moves

Kendall Taylor, APD/midday host at Beasley Media Group hot AC WDVD Detroit (96.3), adds Music Director duties. Read more

Gregory “G Moniy” Johnson is upped to afternoons at Beasley Media Group urban contemporary “Foxy 99” WZFX Fayetteville. Johnson had been part of the station’s part-time air staff. Read more

Curtis Media Group appoints Brandon Fanney General Sales Manager of CHR “Pulse FM” WWPL/WPLW (96.9/102.5) and hot AC “Star 92.9” WQDR-HD3, which airs on the Raleigh-licensed translator W225DF at 92.9. Read 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

The downsizing of Emmis continues as its closes a deal to sell six Austin stations to its longtime partners Bob and David Sinclair. Also this week, Salem finalizes a deal to trim down its Florida holdings. Plus the price tag on Dallas and Minnesota deals are revealed. And local owners keep control in Iowa. Check out the details in this week’s Deal Digest. Read more