Nielsen said today it would increase the effective sample size of its PPM panel by 10% across the 48 radio markets measured by the electronic ratings service. The sample increase, to be spread across all markets and demographics, will start in mid-2017, creating a panel with more than 80,000 installed meters. Read more

What Will Impact Radio In Washington This Year

By Frank Saxe

    The clock is ticking on the 115th Congress and if its first half accomplishments are any indication, legislation that would impact radio may struggle to gain traction in the coming months. No issue looms larger for radio than a performance royalty and music copyright reform. But unlike in years past, today the radio and record industries are talking.

      There’s more than just a potential performance royalty keeping radio’s lobbyists busy. Washington insiders say that although conventional wisdom says not much gets done in an election year, the best chance of a legislative action impacting radio is passage of a bill that would allow stations to tap into the fund paying for the TV spectrum repack.

        The elevation of Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission a year ago has delivered a number of regulatory changes that have long been sought by broadcasters as he’s followed through with his pledge to “take a weed whacker” to FCC regulations. Washington insiders think it’s a course Pai will continue down in 2018.

        Beasley Media Group rock WMMR Philadelphia’s “I Bleed for Preston & Steve Blood Drive” set a new record, with 1,143 productive blood units donated during the one-day event. Hosted by the WMMR morning show, the event is recognized as the largest blood drive of its type in the nation. Since its inception, the drives have amassed 16,410 single-day unit collections. Read more

        For the third consecutive year, Jacobs Media is partnering with the organizers of Podcast Movement conference designed to help the radio and podcast industries to discuss how the two sectors can work together. In what’s been dubbed the Broadcasters Meet Podcasters conference-within-a-conference, the three days of sessions in Orlando this August will focus not only on successful podcasting strategies but also where podcasting is heading. Read more

        WHB Kansas City afternoon host Kevin Kietzman pulled the family life of Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid into his argument on the team’s mishandling of players. Reid lost a son to heroin addiction in 2012. Trying to make a point about the coach’s disciplinary history with players, Kietzman said “a lot of things go bad on him, family and players.” Read more

        KMG partners with Politicon for the “Unconventional Political Convention,” offering audio content to stations leading up to and during the two-day event in October… Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” picks up five New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists’ Signature Awards…. Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell joins LiveXLive Media as Global Brand Ambassador. Read more

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        People Moves

        Changes at Cumulus Media modern rock KFOG include the departure of MD/midday talent Alicia Tyler. PD Jacent Jackson assumes MD duties and market veteran Dayna Keyes moves from nights to middays. Fill-in talent, and former “Live 105” midday host, Danica Lopez takes nights and adds Social Media Director duties.

        ABC Radio Executive Director of Programming/News Andrew Kalb has exited due to restructuring at the company.

        Public and member-supported 88.5 FM, Southern California’s leading Triple-A format radio station, has tapped Patrick Osburn as its general manager. Osburn joined the station in 2017, and has been serving as its director of business development. He has spent more than 30 years in the radio industry, with 20 years at Triple-A stations.

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        Jeff Weber is named Market Manager for Pamal Broadcasting’s six-station Albany, NY cluster. Weber joins the group from LM Communications Charleston, SC where he was General Sales Manager.