Bubba the Love Sponge will be back on the air in Florida as JVC Media plans to launch “Florida Man Radio” on WDYZ Orlando (660) and its corresponding translator, the Oviedo, FL-licensed W288CJ at 105.5. The new station, which is aiming for an early September debut, will also feature former WYAY host Shannon Burke. Read more

The second season of the Family Secrets podcast began this week and the iHeartPodcast Network original had some high-profile publicity for its return. To coincide with the launch, host and best-selling author Dani Shapiro appeared on NBC-TV’s “Today” show to tell her eye-opening story and promote the new season. Read more

ESPN debuts “ESPN College Football Podcast- Herbie & Pollack,” a new flagship college football podcast. The program features lead analysts Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack and is hosted by SportsCenter’s Kevin Negandhi. The new program joins “CFB 150” and “Packer and Durham” as new entries to the network’s podcast lineup. Read more

“Radio Malibu” KBUU-LP (99.1) is now operating using solar power, the first phase of the station setting up emergency communications for Malibu High School and Malibu City Hall. The installation of solar panels and the communications plan comes in the wake of the Woolsey Fire in November that devastated the area and knocked the station off air. Read more

KXTG drops its FM translator simulcast ahead of potentially placing KWEE programming on the signal… KDKA’s on-air lineup changes coming Sept. 3… Westwood One announces CHR and rock Labor Day Weekend specials… WGAN switches FM translator simulcast signals. Read more

The good news: There’s plenty of time for commuters to tune in to AM/FM radio during the morning commute. Less good: That’s because traffic congestion continues to clog the nation’s highways. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute links an improvement in the economy to the worsening gridlock, with the average auto commuter in 2017 adding about 12 minutes per day to their time stuck in traffic. Read more

During SiriusXM’s first-quarter 2019 earnings call in April, CEO Jim Meyer called its integration with Pandora Media “one of the funnest puzzles we’ve worked on,” adding that the potential synergies between the companies have created a platform that he believes will allow the company to dominate audio listening. It appears some former Pandora investors disagree; they have filed a lawsuit alleging that the buyout is “invalid and void.” Read more

Are streaming music services ready to forge their own unique sound by interspersing original content between the songs in the vein of broadcast radio? That’s the bet start-up Super Hi-Fi is making. Swiping a page from AM/FM’s playbook, the company would use artificial intelligence to insert production pieces, song IDs, artist interview snippets, positioning slogans and other production pieces to help streamers differentiate themselves. Read more

Friday, August 23, 2019

Former Congressman turned radio talk show host Joe Walsh is looking to take on President Trump for the Republican nomination for the party’s 2020 candidate for president. Walsh, whose talk show is syndicated by Christian conservative broadcaster Salem Media Group, could make his announcement to challenge Trump as early as this weekend, according to numerous reports. Read more

A “feud” between a pair of Midwest Communications radio stations will be the focus of a segment on ESPN ahead of the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings match-up on Sept. 15. WIXX Green Bay took it upon themselves to edit “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo to remove the line “new man on the Minnesota Vikings.” CHR sister KOYY Fargo is not amused by the edit. Read more

Alma, Arkansas on the edge of the Ozark Mountains, may not be the pirate radio hotbed that New York, Boston or Miami are. But a proposed $10,000 fine issued against a man there for allegedly operating an unlicensed station shows pirate radio isn’t just a big city problem. Read more

As publisher of the most listened-to podcast, the morning news show The Daily, The New York Times has emerged as an unexpected advocate of on-demand audio. That extends to Madison Avenue where the nation’s largest newspaper has helped sell podcasting to big brand advertisers. “There is real demand for audio advertising,” said EVP/COO Meredith Kopit. Read more

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jerry Houston has been elevated to Program Director of “Pride Radio,” iHeartMedia’s digital music channel targeting the LGBTQ community. Houston, who has been with iHeartMedia Washington for 20 years, rises from APD of the outlet, which is heard on the iHeartRadio platform and 28 HD2 channels across the country, including a presence in each of the top 10 markets. Read more

The long-term relationship between WTMJ and the Milwaukee Bucks will continue into its 52nd consecutive season as the Good Karma Broadcasting news/talk outlet and the NBA team have renewed their broadcast agreement. Bucks games will be carried on WTMJ, with additional coverage and programming on co-owned “94.5 ESPN” WTKI. Read more

As founder and CEO of marketing agency Translation, Steve Stoute brings a record executive’s perspective to such client brands as Hewlett Packard, State Farm, McDonald’s and Anheuser-Busch. With a C-suite history at Interscope Records and Sony Music, he tells Bob Pittman in the latest “Math & Magic” podcast, “The thing that was most appalling to me was 18-24 Black, 18-24 White, 18-24 Hispanic. These things don’t even mean anything. They are a fake segmentation.” Read more

The Urban AC radio format holds an enviable ratings position in markets of all sizes—from Washington, Atlanta and Houston to Detroit, Memphis and Norfolk, with 172 stations dedicated to the 25-54-targeted format. But like any gold-intensive genre, chief among its challenges is keeping the bulls-eye on a constantly shifting demographic. Read more

Who says a money advice podcast needs to be boring? In a mash-up of a financial how-to and a celebrity chat show, the iHeartPodcast Network is shaking up the advice genre with a new show called Hush Money. iHeart says each episode is tightly structured, using co-hosts Jason Feifer and Nicole Lapin’s “he said/she said” debate as a springboard for genuine financial advice. A celebrity judge will then join the podcast and decide who is right. Read more

The Washington Examiner is getting into the podcasting business and it is teaming up with a talk radio personality to host the show. Larry O’Connor, a host on Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL-FM Washington and talk KABC Los Angeles, is hosting Examining Politics which will be published each evening at 7pm ET. O’Connor will utilize the content he creates on the five hours of radio talk he produces. Read more

Eminem's publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a lawsuit claiming that Spotify has infringed hundreds of song copyrights. The Detroit-based rap artist is also challenging the constitutionality of the Music Modernization Act, a federal law enacted last October intended to simplify the music licensing process and make it easier for songwriters to get paid. Read more

Los Angeles is already radio’s most lucrative radio market. Next year it will become $17 million richer. That’s how much BIA Advisory Services estimates the L.A. radio market will attract in local political ad spend in the 2020 elections, making it the nation’s top market for election advertising. Not far behind is New York, where BIA forecasts $15 million in local political advertising for radio. Read more

Politics and sports don’t mix. That’s been the mandate at ESPN and it’s now backed up by a recent study conducted by the network. According to the data, 74% of fans, regardless of their party affiliation, said they prefer not to hear about politics on ESPN. While the findings may back up the network’s “no political talk” policy, a nimbler approach may better serve sports radio. Read more

Here’s a brainstorming question for programmers looking to create fresh content for the multiple platforms their radio brands now live on: What content would you create if unencumbered by Nielsen ratings? Speaking on the Radio Advertising Bureau’s “Radio Matters” podcast, Hubbard Radio Senior VP of Programming Greg Strassell walks listeners through this exercise, which his company recently conducted with its brand managers. Read more

Apollo Global Management has made no secret of its interest in purchasing the TV and radio assets of broadcasting company Tegna. The private-equity firm is looking to bulk up its ownership of TV stations, and first contacted Tegna about a potential deal at the beginning of the year, then with a letter to its board in February. It has since remained in contact. The publicly held Tegna is now acknowledging that yes, it has been twice approached by Apollo. Read more

As has been the norm, iHeartMedia Networks is ranked No. 1 among Sales Networks in the Triton April 2019 Webcast Rankers with 1,207,870 Active Audience Streams (AAS) in the U.S. (6am-8pm M-F). The network increased its AAS 3% from 1,170,116 in March 2019. Pandora is tops among publishers, followed by iHeartRadio, NPR and Entercom’s Radio.com. Read more

Last August, a new public media company was formed following the merger of content creator and curator Public Radio International (PRI) and content and audio technology company PRX. The alliance aimed to expand the two company’s content portfolios in public media and the reach of their signature shows, while training new talent and building state-of-the-art technology. It is now redefining what that partnership means. Read more

As Porsche prepares to launch the Taycan, its first all-electric production vehicle, it is offering high-end buyers an in-car value-add. The carmaker is teaming with Apple as the first vehicle to fully integrate Apple Music when the car is released in September. Subscribers to Apple Music will be able to stream the full Apple Music library and Beats 1 through the Porsche Advanced Cockpit dashboard in the Taycan. Read more

Religious broadcaster Immaculate Heart Media will soon cover all the top 10 markets, thanks to its latest deal-making with Salem. Also this week, Connoisseur Media strikes a deal to sell the last of its Pennsylvania stations. And a Kansas City public broadcaster gets to break its music-talk simulcast, thanks to a purchase. Check out the details and a look at radio’s other transactions in this week’s Inside Radio Deal Digest. Read more

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

iHeartMedia is celebrating the release of Taylor Swift’s new album “Lover” by premiering a new track every hour beginning at midnight Aug. 23, the day of the album’s release. The airplay leads up to the 8pm airing of “Taylor Swift’s Secret Session,” which features the 10-time Grammy winner introducing songs and sharing details about the making of her seventh studio album. Read more

It was 25 years ago that a radio station in the nation’s No. 1 market began mixing contemporary and classic R&B acts to form the blueprint for a new style of urban radio. Despite some initial inconsistency, New York’s WBLS-FM today remains the unofficial flagship for urban adult contemporary. Nationwide, 172 stations are dedicated to the 25-54-targeted format, spinning core acts that range from Mary J. Blige and Usher to Kirk Franklin and Michael Jackson. Read more

Election Day may be 15 months away but political ads are already on the radio in rural Iowa. South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign began airing a flight of radio spots this week, targeting rural voters in Iowa. Read more

Continuing to aim for a broader audience outside the car, SiriusXM sees college students as its next growth opportunity. The satellite broadcaster will offer a new subscription package for $4 a month to university students. The “Student Premier” package offers SiriusXM's “Premier Streaming” package at a 69% discount off the regular price of the sub, which is normally $12.99 per month. Read more

FirstCom Music, the music production library used by radio, podcasters, television and other mediums, is partnering with the iconic Capitol Studios to create a new production music label, Capital Studio Masters. The first-time collaboration between the companies will make newly created original music recorded in the Capitol studios available to content producers. Read more

The next CRS360 webinar, titled “Country Radio’s Podcasting Opportunity,” is Aug. 27… KDGS’ Greg “The Hitman” Williams will be inducted into the Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) Hall of Fame… Public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada signs a deal with Triton Digital to use its dynamic ad insertion technology… AdsWizz partners with Mediastream in Latin America to help streaming radio and podcast publishers better monetize their content. Read more

Michael Kay returned to the YES broadcast booth last weekend and is scheduled to return to his weekday afternoon program on “ESPN NY 98.7” WEPN-FM New York on Aug. 26. Kay revealed that his doctor told him that there may come a day where he has to decide if his repaired vocal cords can handle both of his broadcast jobs. Read more

CBS President and Acting CEO Joe Ianniello, who negotiated the merger of CBS Radio with Entercom, was passed over for the top spot in the CBS-Viacom tie-up. But the longtime CBS exec got a consolation prize of sorts: $70 million in a lump sum payment, to be paid when the CBS Viacom merger closes, as stipulated in a clause in his employment contract related to not being promoted to CEO. Read more

For some podcasts the pre-roll ad may soon become an endangered species. At last week’s Podcast Movement conference several producers said they are toying with how to place the first spot break in their podcast since there’s a growing sense that some listeners are becoming conditioned to simply skip past the first few minutes of a show. Read more

Despite the non-stop expansion of smart speakers, there is one form of audio that is not gaining traction on them: podcasting. In a blog post from Steve Goldstein, the Amplifi Media principal writes, “In spite of compelling research from multiple sources pointing to the popularity of podcast listening on smart speakers, the actual listening data is, and pardon me for going technical here, teeny weeny.” Read more

The content delivery network and streaming media provider StreamGuys has added several new features to its streaming and podcast management system designed to help broadcasters more easily monetize the on-demand content they create from live programming. Another update is still on the drawing board. StreamGuys says it’s working on a feature that will allow for live broadcasting directly onto social media platforms. Read more

Dr Pepper claims to be the oldest major soft drink in the United States, launched in 1885. In an effort to keep the brand fresh, it is launching a multi-platform advertising campaign aligned with the second season of college football parody show “Fansville,” premiering Aug. 19 and starring Brian Bosworth and Eddie George. “Fansville” will also appear across radio, digital, OOH, and on Dr Pepper social media platforms throughout the season. Read more

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Todd Pettengill is returning to broadcasting, kind of. The former WPLJ New York morning man is launching an on-demand subscription service and plans to produce five shows a week that will include comedy bits, topical talk and new versions of Pettengill’s popular phone scams. The pricing and its launch date are a nod to Pettengill’s radio home of nearly 30 years. Read more

Cox Media Group marked National Radio Day with the official move of the transmitter location of WSBB-FM (95.5), the simulcast partner of news/talk powerhouse WSB (750). The station is now also officially known as “95.5 WSB Atlanta’s News & Talk,” with a renewed focus on the FM side of the signal and its expanded reach. Read more

The rebuilding of iHeartMedia “Fox Sports 910” KGME Phoenix continues with the addition of “Roc & Manuch” to the lineup, effective Sept. 3. The popular market duo, Mike “Roc” Muraco and Dan “Manuch” Manucci, join the station from Hubbard Broadcasting “NBC Sports Radio 1060” KDUS. The new show follows KGME being named the new flagship station of the Phoenix Coyotes. Read more

Why do people want to work on the air? Hint: It’s not for the money, fame or sex. But it is for the fun. A new survey of on-air talent conducted by Jacobs Media found “it’s fun” as the top reason for being on the radio, cited by 79% of respondents. Close behind is “to entertain” (75%). After that, more than half (56%) say “it’s emotionally fulfilling,” while 50% admit, “It’s the only thing I know how to do… it’s what I do best.” Read more

A popular morning DJ who was canned by Minnesota Public Radio’s “89.3 The Current” KCMP Minneapolis is garnering local support for his return from listeners who say his firing was not justified. An online petition has drawn 1,152 e-signatures for Brian Oake, with the message: “His mistake is not a justification for his termination. Bring him back on the air.” Read more

Matt Jones, founder and host of Kentucky Sports Radio, was dismissed from his role as host of “Hey Kentucky” on WLEX-TV. The TV station broke ties with Jones on the heels of the announcement of a book he has written as a political rebuke of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the senior Senator from Kentucky. Read more

The 2019 Radio Show is featuring five local Dallas songwriters spread across select sessions and events at the convention. The BMI Songwriters Spotlight Series, with support from HD Radio, will showcase Max Stalling, Kylie Rae Harris, Madison Ryann Ward, Payton Smith and Chris Colston. Read more

The real battle is for second place in Podtrac’s monthly ranker of the most popular podcasts among publishers it tracks. While the New York Times- produced “The Daily” remained No.1 for the ninth consecutive month, the back and forth between the iHeartPodcast Network show “Stuff You Should Know” and “This American Life” continues. Podtrac reports “This American Life” regained the No. 2 slot in July after losing it to “Stuff You Should Know” in June. Read more

Today is National Radio Day, an annual occasion that recognizes the invention of radio. On-air talent across the country typically fill their social media feeds with a list of call letters where they have worked, while a handful of radio groups are celebrating with live broadcasts and special programming. Read more

KCRW to release “Live From The Basement” limited-edition vinyl double album… Entravision’s “El Paso Strong Telethon” raises more than $200,000… KEGL announces Marilyn Manson as headliner of its “Freakers’ Ball”… WWJ turns 99 years old… Apple Music unveils “The Shazam Discovery Top 50” chart. Read more

“I don’t think podcasts require explanation anymore.” That is the assessment of Giles Martin, Executive VP of Client Strategy at the performance marketing agency Oxford Road. He’s not alone. Podcast’s ad community says it’s never been easier to get not only direct response clients to say “yes” to the medium, but also a growing number of brand marketers. Read more

In just a few short years, Apple's Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have gone from being virtual unknowns to familiar household names. And as these voice assistants and others continue to gain traction on smartphones and smart speakers, the market is expanding quickly. So much so that eMarketer, in a new report, proclaims that voice-control technology “has officially moved out of the early-adopter phase and into the mainstream.” Read more

Broadcasters will soon begin accessing the $50 million fund to help radio stations impacted by the television repack. The Federal Communications Commission has published the forms stations will need to fill out in order to be reimbursed for a variety of expenses related to technical disruptions faced during the repack. Stations will have until October 15 to submit the paperwork in order to ensure they’re reimbursed. Read more

SiriusXM and subsidiary Pandora Media are being sued for alleged patent infringement by Post Media Systems, the protector of a software developer’s individual playlist creations, in a case that mixes an impossible jumble of technical jargon with almost bemusing personal details about the inventor of patents 7,069,310; 7,472,175; 8,725,832; and 8,959,181. Read more