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If Univision Becomes A Seller, It’s Radio That Could Go First.

As the fourth quarter approaches, the strategic review that Univision confirmed it has undertaken continues. And while CEO Vince Sadusky has said he sees value in maintaining the company’s radio and television portfolios as sister divisions, those outside the company say it’s increasingly likely that Univision Radio will be spun-off with at least one potential offer already in the works. A source involved stressed the conversations are still early and no bid for the 58-station radio unit may ultimately be submitted.

Among the potential hurdles being contemplated by the would-be buyer is the need to convince Univision’s board to break apart the radio-TV combination that dates back to its 2002 acquisition of Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. for $3.5 billion. “Radio should be spun right now, no doubt. They shouldn’t have to deal with it anymore. But we’re not there yet,” said the person close to the deal-making.

Since Sadusky was named chief executive last year, Univision has taken a renewed interest in its radio properties including further investments in its digital extensions. But the reboot has yet to pay off. The company reported second quarter Univision Radio revenue fell 5% compared to the prior year, due to weak local ad sales. “Vince Sadusky is doing a great job. He has brought more energy and more growth on the TV side. But Univision Radio is stumbling and stumbling quite badly,” said the deal-maker, who noted Spanish Broadcasting System’s stations have overtaken Univision’s cluster in the key Los Angeles market ratings.

On a conference call with analysts last month, Sadusky made no secret of his preference to keep television, radio and digital under the same roof saying the various assets allow Univision to “surround” the consumer. “I believe it’s complementary and it fits well with the overall value of the strength of the asset package,” he said. But Sadusky also acknowledged that he’s just one of the 19 Univision board members reviewing strategic options for the company, and “others may have a different view.”

The task of bringing offers to the Univision board now rests with J.P. Morgan and media brokers say they don’t expect to see any quick action, pointing out the company has been open to a sale and exploring various options for the past five years. But in this latest push, if no serious buyers emerge by year-end, brokers say Univision may realize it’ll need to make some concessions in order to lure someone to make an offer. “That’s when the term fire sale comes in,” said one broker.

Justin Nielson, a Senior Research Analyst at Kagan, said the combination of radio and television is one of the biggest factors in why no deal has gotten done to date. “That is probably one of the reasons it hasn’t sold yet,” he said. “I’m sure there are private equity groups that would just take the TV stations and the network and spin off the radio division. But Univision wants to sell it whole because there’s not a marketplace for the radio division right now.”

Further complicating matters is Univision continues to be laden with debt tied to its 2007 buyout that saw a consortium of private equity players including Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, Saban Capital, TPG Global and Thomas H. Lee Partners pay $13.7 billion for the company. Of that, $7.43 billion in debt remains on the books.

“The real problem is there is a very slim equity slice in that business because they have so much debt,” said Nielson. “Whoever the buyer is would basically be buying the debt on the company because there isn’t a lot of growth right now.” That’s one reason why he believes if the television business sells, it may be to a company that could pair it with English-language TV assets. Nielson isn’t alone as some on Wall Street speculate the combined ViacomCBS may be among the suitors, with The Walt Disney Company and Fox Corp. also being mentioned.

As for which operators in radio may be interested in acquiring Univision Radio, fewer names are in circulation. Most speculation centers on Meruelo Media. The company backed by Cuban-American billionaire Alex Meruelo has spent $160.75 million during the past two years to build out its Los Angeles cluster and, in late August, it brought aboard LBI Media veteran Winter Horton to serve as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Radio is only one business segment for the Meruelo Group, a diversified holding company with interests in three dozen companies including banking, real estate, media, restaurants, food, casinos, and professional sports.

Meruelo Media didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on whether it is considering bidding for Univision Radio.

“Trying to handicap where potential acquirers might be in their processes is a very difficult thing,” Sadusky told analysts last month. He also noted that the possibility of a recession could be a factor in whether any deal gets done. But given the growth of the Hispanic market and what Sadusky said is Univision’s “strategic operational and financial strength,” he expects there will be interest, especially for its TV business. “Even if timing may not be perfect for certain folks, you've got to give this thing a good hard look because this is the last opportunity for this asset to trade,” he said.

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New Owner Close At Hand For Chicago’s WGN Radio.

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One of radio’s iconic radio stations is now one very big step closer to having its first new owner since signing-on nearly a century ago. Chicago’s WGN (720) is part of the massive $4.1 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Nexstar Media Group, a deal that the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced it has approved by a party-line 3-2 vote. It removes the last big hurdle before a closing. The Dept. of Justice gave its blessing in July.

“We're very pleased with today's decision by the FCC, which enables us to clear the last remaining regulatory hurdle in our path," said Tribune CEO Peter Kern in a statement. "We look forward to closing our transaction with Nexstar very soon.”

Nexstar has not explicitly said it intends to keep WGN as its sole radio station. However, the combination with sister WGN-TV has long proven to be one of the strengths of the local Chicago operation that until 2014 also included the Chicago Tribune newspaper. When asked about radio earlier this year, Nexstar CEO Perry Sook told Crain’s Chicago Business he “doesn’t have an allergic reaction to radio,” but the executive who once worked in radio doesn’t see his company building out a radio portfolio either.

As it creates the largest U.S. TV station group, Nexstar will spin off 21 television stations in order to clear the FCC’s ownership limits, which cap a local television group at a 39% national audience cap. Tegna will buy stations in Hartford, Harrisburg, Memphis, Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Des Moines, Huntsville, Davenport and Ft. Smith, AR in a deal valued at $740 million. Scripps plans to acquire stations in New York City, Phoenix, Miami, Salt Lake City, Norfolk, Richmond and Grand Rapids for $580 million. And for $42.5 million, Nexstar will sell two Indianapolis stations to Circle City Broadcasting, a newly-formed minority-led broadcaster controlled and owned by DuJuan McCoy.

In Indianapolis and Norfolk the FCC is allowing Sinclair to own two of the markets’ top four affiliates, concluding it would be in the public interest. The Commission also said that the investment that Nexstar has shown in local news coverage, including building a Washington news bureau and state news bureaus around the country, has further justified the decision to allow Nexstar to own local TV stations in 18 of the top 25 markets and 37 of the top 50. It will also help advance the rollout of ATSC 3.0 since Nexstar has been a lead proponent of the next-gen television technology. “This should not be overlooked, given the potential consumer benefits,” said Commissioner Michael O’Rielly.

Starks Says Deal Violates Law

The Commission’s two Democrats, Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks, both voted against allowing Nexstar to buy Tribune. Rosenworcel said Nexstar will have “extraordinary reach” with 144 full-power TV stations in 115 markets nationwide, reaching more than three in five of the nation’s television households. She thinks that will undercut the agency’s goal of promoting localism, competition, and diversity. “We live in a world of infinite content. But there is still something special about local broadcasting,” she said. “There is something unique about a signal in the air with the responsibility to serve community at its core.”

Starks agreed and said he couldn’t support a deal that relied on the use of the UHF discount, a rule that the Commission reinstated in 2017. The UHF discount allows a broadcaster to count only half a station’s coverage area when calculating its ownership cap for stations above channel 14. Starks said that “loophole” goes against the law enacted by Congress that created the 39% national ownership cap. “I believe that this transaction, as structured, is against the law,” said Starks. “We are beholden to Congress, and I cannot support an action that I believe runs counter to our authority.”

But O’Rielly said he would have allowed Nexstar to hold onto even more of the stations that it’s spinning-off to secure DOJ approval. He says the FCC is at risk of sending broadcast outlets the way of newspapers if doesn’t confront marketplace realities. “Today’s media landscape has created significant challenges for broadcasters, who are forced to compete against Silicon Valley behemoths for advertising dollars,” he said. “Any opportunities to enable broadcasters to compete more effectively should therefore be encouraged and embraced.”

Nexstar said in statement that with the approval by the FCC and DOJ, the company “anticipates closing the Tribune transaction and the divestiture sales shortly.”

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KC Royals To Remain On KCSP Through 2024 Season.

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Entercom “610 Sports Radio” KCSP Kansas City will remain the flagship radio station of the Kansas City Royals through the 2024 MLB season with the signing of a new five-year contract extension. The station has been the broadcast home of the Royals since 2008.

“We are very pleased to extend this valued partnership for five more years,” Regional President and Market Manager Dave Alpert said in a release. “The Royals are part of the thread of Kansas City and it’s a privilege for 610 Sports Radio to be the flagship station of the team.”

Under the agreement, “610 Sports Radio” will air all 162 regular season games, plus any postseason action the Royals may see. Additionally, all weeknight and weekend Cactus League spring training games will be heard on “610 Sports Radio.” An extension of the broadcast partnership will include select weekday afternoon games airing on sports sister “1660 The Score” KWOD. The weekly “Royals Hot Stove” show returns to “610 Sports Radio” from January through March.

“We have been honored to call Entercom our flagship station since our partnership began in 2008,” added Kevin Uhlich, Senior VP of Business Operations, Kansas City Royals. “Not only is the signal of 610 Sports Radio recognizable to all sports fans in the area, the Entercom Kansas City cluster of stations makes them an attractive partner to spread the word about Royals baseball – to sports fans and radio listeners of all genres.”

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Cable TV Finance Vet John Toohey Joins Cumulus As VP Finance.

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Cumulus Media has recruited veteran media finance exec John Toohey as VP of Finance. Toohey will work on financial planning and analysis, budgeting and special projects, reporting to John Abbot, Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer. Based in New York City and at Cumulus headquarters in Atlanta, Toohey replaces David Elrod who was Senior Director of Finance since May 2017.

Toohey brings extensive media finance experience from the cable TV industry. Until May 2019 he spent 12 years with Charter Communications and its predecessor, Time Warner Cable (TWC), where he most recently was Group VP, Media Sales Finance, Spectrum Reach. Toohey’s media finance background also includes five years with NBC, seven years with CBS and four years with Cablevision.

Toohey also currently serves as Treasurer and ex-oficio member of the Board of Directors for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade group for the digital media advertising industry, a position he has held since April 2014.

“John Toohey is a high caliber professional who brings deep and relevant experience to Cumulus,” Abbot said in a news release. “We are very excited to add such a strong player to the finance and accounting team.”

Toohey holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University. It was at Harvard where he got his first hands-on radio experience, working at student radio station WHRB (95.3) Boston. “I am pleased to join Cumulus Media and to come full circle, having started my media career at WHRB-FM,” Toohey said. “I am excited to work with John Abbot and the rest of the incredible team at Cumulus.”

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Afternoon Host Tom Tolbert Signs Extension With KNBR.

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Tom Tolbert, the former NBA forward turned radio host, has signed a new multi-year contract with Cumulus Media sports KNBR-AM/FM San Francisco (680/104.5). Tolbert, who joined the station in 1996, is one-third of “Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks,” with Larry Krueger and Rod Brooks, heard 2-6pm weekdays on “The Sports Leader.”

“Tom is the heart and soul of the KNBR brand and we’re excited to have him stay in the family here at The Sports Leader,” PD Jeremiah Crowe said in a release. “He has a special bond with Bay Area sports fans and his unrivaled passion for the game can be heard every weekday during Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks. We are extremely proud to extend our relationship with Tom for years to come.”

Tolbert, who played seven seasons in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers, also served as a color commentator for NBA telecasts on NBC, ABC and ESPN after retiring from the league.

“I’m so happy to be able to sign a deal that will keep me here for the foreseeable future,” Tolbert added. “KNBR has been my home for the past 23 years and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. The people at this station are the reason it’s fun coming to work every day, and they’re the reason why I can’t see myself doing this anywhere else.”

The renewal comes after KNBR added an FM simulcast at 104.5, the 7,000 watt Class B signal previously occupied by alternative KFOG.

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Entravision Appoints A Pair Of SVPs For Integrated Marketing.

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Entravision names two new Senior VPs of Integrated Marketing as Erin Voden rejoins the company’s Washington properties and Robert McCauley is recruited to the group’s Palm Springs cluster.

Voden, a Washington market sales veteran, returns to Entravision where she held several positions within the Integrated Marketing Solutions team during her three years with the Spanish-language broadcaster. She was most recently with NBC Telemundo Washington, where she served as a Sales Director. In DC, Entravision operates WFDC-TV, WJAL-TV and WMDO-TV.

“During her almost 20-year career in the media industry, Erin has established an exceptional track record of services to her clients and demonstrated strong expertise and leadership in sales and marketing,” Regional VP of Local Media Sales Jaun Navarro said in a release. “We are excited to have her rejoin the Entravision team and look forward to her leadership in the Washington market.”

Voden added, “The Washington Hispanic community is vibrant and growing, providing new and unique opportunities for advertisers to target this influential consumer group. I’m excited to be back with the Entravision team and look forward to growing the company’s presence in this market.”

McCauley comes to Entravision Palm Springs from the Los Angeles Angels, where he served as Director of Corporate Partnerships. He previously spent nearly a decade as Director of Sales at Univision Los Angeles. In Palm Springs, Univision owns regional Mexican radio outlets “La Suavecita” KLOB (94.7) and “Radio Tri-Color” KPST-FM (103.5), along with KEVC-TV, KMIR-TV, KPSE-TV and KVER-TV.

“Bob has a distinguished sales track record in the media, sports and entertainment industries, as well as within the Hispanic market,” Navarro remarked. “We’re excited to have him join the Entravision family in Palm Springs, and look forward to his leadership and experience in driving visibility of Entravision’s traditional and digital capabilities in this growing market.”

McCauley added, “My familiarity in the Spanish media space and the general market will allow me to jump in feet first and drive sales and market share for the Palm Springs market. We are uniquely positioned in Palm Springs with our NBC, Univision, UniMas, MeTv, La Tricolor and La Suavecita television and radio stations and their corresponding digital assets.”

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News Bites: Caroline Beasley, WIL-FM, CBS News Radio, ‘America’s 1st News.’

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News Bites for September 16...

...Hubbard country WIL-FM St. Louis (92.3) announces “JingleFest,” starring Jon Pardi and featuring additional performances from Russell Dickerson, Morgan Wallen and Blanco Brown, gathering Dec. 7 at The Family Arena in St. Charles. “JingleFest is all about introducing the fresh new faces in country music and this year’s lineup will make for a very fun and exciting concert,” PD Danny Montana said in a release. There will be a select number of reserved seats, with the majority awarded to winners of the station’s “Ticket Blasts.”

...CBS News Radio will participate in the “Covering Climate Now” project starting Sept. 15 through the news network’s “Eye on Earth” series. CBS News Radio will include “Eye on Earth” reports each morning during “CBS News World Roundup.” The radio network has also produced a 25-minute audio documentary, “This Eye on Earth,” available for all affiliates. The series is part of a special week of programming leading to the United Nations Climate Action Summit Sept. 23.

...Bonneville talk “770 The Truth” KTTH Seattle is the new flagship radio station of the syndicated “America’s 1st News” with Matt Ray. The morning program, in its second year of syndication, has 85 affiliates, including Cumulus Media talk KSFO San Francisco (560) and Beasley Media Group KDWN Las Vegas (720). “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jason Rantz and the engineering staff in the past and they’re the best in the business,” Ray said. “We’re thrilled to join the team on a permanent basis.”

...On the latest “Beyond the Business” podcast, Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley interviews Big Machine Label Group Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta. The execs discuss his thoughts on how the music industry is evolving to meet the needs of today’s consumers.

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DOJ Digs Into Music Licensing, As NAB Offers Potential Compromise.

The fate of the consent decrees governing the music licensing practices of ASCAP and BMI may rest in the 878 comments that have been filed with the Department of Justice in Washington. The DOJ’s Antitrust Division has targeted the legacy decrees among the 1,300 it is reviewing for possible termination. For broadcasters, the outcome will impact how music is licensed, and Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim expects the industry will have a sense of how the DOJ intends to move within months.

“I anticipate we’ll take some action before the end of this year,” said Delrahim, pointing out that antitrust attorneys have been reviewing the music industry for the past year and a half. Speaking during a recent symposium held at the Hatch Foundation in Salt Lake City, Delrahim said nothing has been decided. “We are in the process of reviewing those comments and then we’ll be able to evaluate what is the best way forward. Should we amend, sunset or do nothing,” he said. “To be clear, the DOJ has not decided yet whether the ASCAP-BMI decrees should be modified in any way or if they should be sunset.”

What is clear is that as the country’s top antitrust enforcer, Delrahim isn’t comfortable with using consent decrees as a permanent solution. It’s why under his watch the DOJ has taken steps to terminate decrees dating to the 1890s that are still in effect, including a 1920s-era decree that was designed to help a player piano music roll maker compete at a time when a new invention known as radio was making inroads into his business. Since the DOJ’s review began, Delrahim said nearly 600 decrees have been identified for termination. “Ongoing enforcement by decree should not be the default for any industry,” he said. “If there’s permanent failure in the markets, then perhaps other policy-making organizations like the Congress may be a better forum to address it. Regulation by Washington is not justified simply because it has been around for decades and it has become the status quo.”

Broad Support For Decrees

A scan of the hundreds of filings submitted to the DOJ shows music users, whether media-focused like radio, television or movie studios, or places were music is played, from concert halls to retailers and restaurants and bowling alleys and funeral homes, think the decrees governing music licensing continue to serve a valuable role. Getting rid of them, they contend, would upend the marketplace.

BMI President Mike O’Niell agrees. “Suddenly terminating them would cause chaos in the marketplace and we want to avoid that at all cost,” he told the Salt Lake forum held Aug. 13. It’s why even though ASCAP and BMI would prefer the decrees be terminated outright, each has said they’d support a “transitional decree” that would include many of the same features of the current decrees but would sunset after several years.

ASCAP President Elizabeth Matthews explained that one of the reasons the two performance rights organizations believe now is the time to make changes is that the rise of digital services has increased music use. But at the same time, they’ve “diluted” royalties with songwriters getting paid “fractions of pennies” for their works being used online. “You can’t make a living and pay the rent on fractions of pennies. So the business model needs to change, and in order to change the business model ASCAP and BMI need to be able to effectively compete and we cannot do so under the consent decrees as they exist today,” Matthews said.

ASCAP and BMI also want regulators to put each of them under the same terms. Matthews says there are currently 33 “substantive differences” between the decrees governing ASCAP and BMI. “At a bare minimum we need to equalize those inequities between the two of us because we cover 90% of the market,” she said. The BMI decree was last updated in 1994 and ASCAP’s decree was most recently revised in 2001.

An Outline Of Compromise

Broadcasters—led by the Radio Music License Committee—have been strong advocates for keeping the ASCAP and BMI decrees. In comments filed last month, the RMLC said such a move would be a “public policy error of the highest order”. But speaking at the Hatch Foundation event, National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith went off-script from prepared remarks to sketch out “replacement architecture” that could be a compromise radio and television operators would be willing to get behind.

“You want to put a sunset in it, fine. But if it isn’t resolved by Congress at some level then the default at the end of the sunset should be the re-imposition of those decrees,” said Smith. “Otherwise, with all the fractured interests in music, some will take advantage of it because they have no initiative or incentive to do otherwise.”

BMI President & CEO Mike O’Niell questioned whether any congressional invention is needed since the music industry is already the most heavily regulated creative field. “We can achieve what we need to achieve in the free market and allow the Antitrust Division to supervise if we go off script and call us to the carpet,” he suggested.

But Smith argued there would be a practicality to writing it into federal law. “Congress has to have a role in this—when it is just done in the executive branch you have this ping-ponging back and forth of regulations,” Smith said. “So Congress needs to be involved in this or else there won’t be the certainty that’s needed for all of the people who need to succeed in music.” Smith also told ASCAP and BMI executives they’re “indispensable partners” to broadcasters since they control 90% of music in the U.S. “We’re in it together; we have to figure it out together,” he said.

Under the Music Modernization Act passed in 2018, the DOJ is required to inform Congress if it intends to make changes to the decrees. But Delrahim was noncommittal when asked how much of a role Congress should have. “I don’t think there are going to be any surprises to what we do,” he said, adding, “Are we open to compromise to what we do? Of course.”

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Nielsen: Blacks’ Spending Power Grows, Advertising To Reach Them Declines.

Black Americans are 48 million strong and command $1.3 trillion in spending power. But their clout extends well beyond their economic muscle. “With a median age of 32, black Americans are just approaching their peak earning years, but are already dominating industries from music to fashion and many others, and creating apps and digital spaces to serve their own unique needs when the opportunity demands it,” according to a new report from Nielsen entitled, “It’s In The Bag: Black Consumers’ Path To Purchase.”

One need not look far to see the cultural impact of African Americans today: Hip-hop continues to dominate the music scene, accounting for 24.7% of music consumption in 2018, well above runner-up genre pop, which accounted for only 19% of all music consumed.

African Americans are avid media consumers, giving advertisers ample opportunities to connect with them. Blacks spend considerably more time with television each week than the total population (50:38 vs. 39:06), although their total time spent is down one hour and 20 minutes each week from 2018. To make up for the lost TV time, black consumers in 2019 are active in using “Internet on the go,” spending more time on video, audio and social networking than the total population on both smartphones and tablets. Not only are African Americans spending more time on these devices, they are spending more time using them than the total population: They spend more than three hours more on websites/apps on smartphones (29:46 vs. 26:31) and nearly an hour more on tablets (13:36 vs. 12:47).

But it is radio, at 92%, that has the highest reach among African Americans 18+ and they are tuning in throughout the day with 35% of radio listening happening in the home and 64% away from home. Urban AC is by far the leading format of choice, with a 29.3% share among 18+ African Americans, followed by urban contemporary at 20.3%, and the remaining genres of rhythmic CHR (6.3%), AC (5.7%) and news/talk (4.9%).

The format percentages show minor variance when looking at listeners 12+ except for news/talk, which is popular with older listeners but is replaced by pop CHR at a stronger market share of 5%.

The 60-page Nielsen report shows black buying power continues to grow, from $320 billion in 1990 to $1.3 trillion in 2018. Between 2000 and 2018, the race’s buying power rose 114%, compared to an 89% increase in white buying power. Texas now has the largest population of African Americans and tops the nation in the sector’s buying power.

Yet despite this growth in economic clout, advertising spend designed to reach black consumers declined by 5% between 2017 and 2018. “The decrease on a variety of media is at odds with the demonstrated economic power of black consumers, particularly on digital platforms, where they have been leading consumption for years,” the report states. One theory advanced by the authors – Cheryl Grace, Senior VP, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen; and Mia Scott-Aime, VP, Communications, Nielsen – is that marketers may believe they can reliably reach black audiences with the same dollars they spend to reach the total population. After all, there’s no language barrier to overcome, and black consumers use all the same platforms to consume content as everyone else. But these approaches “simultaneously ignore the lived experiences of black consumers that define black culture, and the growth proposition these consumers represent for all consumer industries,” the report contends. “The case for reaching these consumers is clear: With annual buying power higher than the economic output of most countries, and an outsized influence on culture, black consumers represent one of the only reliable engines for future growth. Yet, many companies feel they can reach black consumers with a general market approach. However, this strategy leaves dollars on the table, and brand reputations at risk.”

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Entravision Appoints A Pair Of SVPs For Integrated Marketing.

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Entravision names two new Senior VPs of Integrated Marketing as Erin Voden rejoins the company’s Washington properties and Robert McCauley is recruited to the group’s Palm Springs cluster.

Voden, a Washington market sales veteran, returns to Entravision where she held several positions within the Integrated Marketing Solutions team during her three years with the Spanish-language broadcaster. She was most recently with NBC Telemundo Washington, where she served as a Sales Director. In DC, Entravision operates WFDC-TV, WJAL-TV and WMDO-TV.

“During her almost 20-year career in the media industry, Erin has established an exceptional track record of services to her clients and demonstrated strong expertise and leadership in sales and marketing,” Regional VP of Local Media Sales Jaun Navarro said in a release. “We are excited to have her rejoin the Entravision team and look forward to her leadership in the Washington market.”

Voden added, “The Washington Hispanic community is vibrant and growing, providing new and unique opportunities for advertisers to target this influential consumer group. I’m excited to be back with the Entravision team and look forward to growing the company’s presence in this market.”

McCauley comes to Entravision Palm Springs from the Los Angeles Angels, where he served as Director of Corporate Partnerships. He previously spent nearly a decade as Director of Sales at Univision Los Angeles. In Palm Springs, Univision owns regional Mexican radio outlets “La Suavecita” KLOB (94.7) and “Radio Tri-Color” KPST-FM (103.5), along with KEVC-TV, KMIR-TV, KPSE-TV and KVER-TV.

“Bob has a distinguished sales track record in the media, sports and entertainment industries, as well as within the Hispanic market,” Navarro remarked. “We’re excited to have him join the Entravision family in Palm Springs, and look forward to his leadership and experience in driving visibility of Entravision’s traditional and digital capabilities in this growing market.”

McCauley added, “My familiarity in the Spanish media space and the general market will allow me to jump in feet first and drive sales and market share for the Palm Springs market. We are uniquely positioned in Palm Springs with our NBC, Univision, UniMas, MeTv, La Tricolor and La Suavecita television and radio stations and their corresponding digital assets.”

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