News Bites for January 17...
...Veteran rock radio personality Lou Brutus, host of hardDrive Radio, will release his first book this spring, “Sonic Warrior: My Life as a Rock N Roll Reprobate (Tales of Sex, Drugs and Vomiting at Inopportune Moments).” The book, which features a foreword from Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, “is a collection of insane-but-true stories from his storied career,” a release read. “Each chapter is a separate tale that careens around his 40+ years of covering concerts, interviewing music’s biggest stars and influencing generations of radio listeners.” The book is being published by Rare Bird Books in Los Angeles and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and RareBirdBooks.com.
...Mid-West Family Broadcasting country “95.3 The Bull” WRTB Rockford, IL played matchmaker with a 31-year-old local Navy vet in need of a new kidney and a matching donor, a Lake County, IL policewoman. “When your kidneys fail, dialysis is the main thing that keeps you alive…you’re always tired, you’re always exhausted and there’s other side effects such as, some people call it, ‘dialysis brain’ where your memory is very fuzzy,” Rachel Schultz told morning man Steve Summers. Police officer Nicole Gaborek came across the Facebook post of “95.3 The Bull” telling Schultz’s story. Gaborek turned out to be a match and a successful transplant surgery was conducted in December.
...Not surprisingly, following the unexpected death of Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, radio airplay, music streams and purchases of the music of Rush all saw increases. Peart’s death was reported Friday Jan. 10 and streams of the band’s songs surged by 776% in the U.S. from Jan. 10-13, according to initial reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, reported by Billboard. On-demand audio and video streams of Rush’s catalog of songs increased to a combined 24.54 million, as compared to 2.8 million over the previous four days (Jan. 6-9). As earlier reported by Inside Radio, from Friday afternoon (Jan.10) when Peart’s death was announced through midday Monday (Jan. 13) Entercom rock WAAF Boston (107.3) gave the band 76 spins, compared to eight spins the week prior. WMMR also played the band 76 times in the 7-Day Mediabase report, while rock sister WDHA-FM Morristown, NJ (105.5) spun Rush 70 times over the same period. Billboard reports that Rush’s catalog of songs grew by 2,304% to 19,000 (from 1,000), while the group’s album sales gained 1,820% to 6,000.
...iHeartMedia Delaware’s Scott Klatzkin, “Voice of the University of Delaware Blue Hens,” was named the “2019 Delaware Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sports Media Association (NSMA). This is the fourth time Klatzkin has won the honor, having previously been selected in 2016, 2012 and 2009.
...StreamingRadioGuide.com has been shuttered, the result of the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). “I have decided to cease operations rather than face the potential legal threats from the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which goes into effect at midnight on January 1, 2020,” site operator Fred Stiening posted. The new law established a consumer right of privacy based on disclosure and the right to opt out of data collection or third-party sharing, and to have their data deleted if they chose, MultiChannel reports.