News Bites for October 14...
...Nexstar talk WGN Chicago (720) will broadcast “Halloween Radio Theatre with Carl Amari” live on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5-9pm. The show will include six half-hour classic radio shows, including “Mystery in the Air,” starring Peter Lorre, “Lights Out!” “The Whistler,” and “Mystery House,” starring Bela Lugosi and John Carradine. “I’m super excited to be on the air live this Halloween evening to bring WGN listeners some of the spookiest shows from the golden age of radio,” Amari said in a release. “It’s going to be a ‘hair-raising’ four hours, so don’t miss it.”
...Four months after putting the station on the market, Dartmouth College has found a buyer for rock WFRD (99.3), a commercial Class A 6,000-watt signal licensed to Hanover, NH that plays in Nielsen’s Lebanon-Hanover-White River Junction, NH-VT metro. Sugar Ray Media will pay $225,000 to add WFRD to its cluster of stations in the area that includes oldies WNTK (1090) and talk WUVR (1490). The Ivey League institution said it planned to use proceeds from the sale to support Dartmouth Broadcasting and its separate student-run digital station.
...The next presentation in the RAB’s Radio Works series is “Radio Works for Gaming,” which will provide information and knowledge for sellers to prospect and pitch advertisers in the gaming industry. The session, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 12pm (CT), will feature David Forman, Senior Director of Research, American Gaming Association and Brad Deutsch, Office Managing Director and Principal, Foster Garvey. Registration information for the session can be viewed HERE.
...Benztown promotes Thomas Green to Director of Custom Imaging and appoints Royce Stevenson as Green’s successor to serve as Custom Imaging Manager. Prior to joining Benztown in 2019 Green was audio producer for the Australian morning show “Fifi, Fev & Byron.” Stevenson joins Benztown from Audacy rhythmic CHR “Power 93.5” KDGS Wichita, where he served as Production Director and also handled imaging for KDGS and classic hits sister KEYN (103.5). “It’s a privilege to work with Tom and Royce. Not only are they both incredibly talented but they’re also born leaders,” said Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes. “I’m confident they'll do an incredible job overseeing our fastest growing division.”
...Based on its recent analysis of the North American connected car media market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Xperi with the 2021 North American Company of the Year Award. Xperi was commended for the strong culture of innovation it has cultivated in order to expand in the connected radio market. Xperi is the licensee of the technology behind HD Radio. The company also developed DTS AutoStage, which combines broadcast radio with internet-delivered metadata and audio streaming. “Xperi designs and embeds software for audio system chipsets, thus supporting radio applications,” Niranjan Manohar, Frost & Sullivan Research Director, Connected Cars and Automotive IOT said in a release. “Xperi’s technology allows it to compete with technology majors by enabling automakers to offer differentiated in-vehicle entertainment. Its HD Radio and DTS technology can be installed across devices and features in more than 100 million vehicles manufactured by 44 major automakers.”