Nielsen last month unveiled its Podcast Listener Buying Power Service, a qualitative measurement service that shows insights into podcast listeners’ buying habits. Just six months after the project was hatched inside Nielsen, five podcast companies are just weeks away from getting their hands on the first data. Podcast News Daily caught up with Nielsen’s Bruce Supovitz to get an inside look at the service and what may be next for Nielsen in the podcast business. Read moreThe Inside Story On Nielsen’s New Podcast Listener Buying Service.
You by now saw the Inside Radio/Podcast News Daily list of the Top 10 Most Powerful People in Podcasting (read it HERE). At the top is Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartMedia Podcast Network. Podcast News Daily caught up with Byrne to talk about where he sees podcasting today and where it’s heading in the year to come. That includes nearly 100 new original shows in the iHeart podcast pipeline. Read moreThe Powerful People in Podcasting Q&A With Conal Byrne.
It’s been a busy month of audio announcements for Univision. In a succession of moves, the company has rebranded its music and audio properties under the new Uforia Audio Network umbrella. It’s also partnered with Napster to relaunch its Uforia mobile app. And it’s announced plans to ramp-up its podcasting business. Inside Radio caught up with Univision Radio president Jesus Lara to discuss the news. Read moreInside Radio Q&A: Univision Radio President Jesus Lara.
Childhood friendship and an obsession with crime – a combo that has a happy ending. Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat met as children and through the years both developed a fascination for crime stories. Enough of a passion to start their own podcast. “Crime Junkie” now has 8 million monthly downloads and a substantial following on Patreon, where fans pony up cash for extra content beyond what they hear in the weekly podcast. Inside Radio got Extra Close Up with “Crime Junkie” co-host Ashley Flowers to find out how they turned a hobby into a podcast business. Read moreECU: Ashley & Brit - Crime Junkie Podcast.
“Outkick the Coverage” founder and lead writer Clay Travis reaches millions each week as the host of his Fox Sports Radio show, which airs weekdays, 6-9 am, on 300 stations in all 50 states and on satellite radio. He also appears on the FS1 daily cable TV show “Lock It In” and hosts daily Periscope and Facebook Live shows. With an MFA degree in creative writing, he has authored “Dixieland Delight,” “On Rocky Top” and “Republicans Buy Sneakers, Too.” Read moreInside Radio Extra Close-Up: Clay Travis.
The global podcasting platform Audioboom made headlines in 2018 for what it didn’t buy, and as it moves forward into 2019 the company’s focus continues to be on expanding beyond its advertising network into the content business. Launched in June 2017, the Audioboom Originals Network is offering new opportunities for the four-year old company. We caught up with COO Stuart Last to talk about where he sees the company, and the industry, heading. Read moreInside Radio Q&A: Audioboom’s Stuart Last.
As host of Premiere Networks’ syndicated “The Buck Sexton Show,” the namesake conservative talker is heard on 100 affiliates for three hours each evening. Sexton brings to the job his former role as a CIA officer who has completed tours of duty as an intelligence officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Sexton also appears on Fox News Channel and CNN, and guest hosts for Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity—as the only talent to have hosted all three shows. Read moreInside Radio Extra Close-Up: Buck Sexton.
The first-ever iHeartRadio Podcast Awards will be handed out Friday during a ceremony at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. There are 22 categories in all, most of which were voted on by fans. The 90-minute event will take place in front of a live audience with a live stream. We recently caught up with Conal Byrne, president of the iHeartPodcast Network, to talk about the inaugural event. Read moreInside Radio Q&A: iHeartPodcast’s Conal Byrne.
This month marks the one year anniversary of Voxnest. The technology company formed in January 2018, following the merger of Spreaker and BlogTalkRadio. Under its umbrella are the hosting and distribution platform Spreaker and Dynamo, the monetization service. We recently caught up with Voxnest president Francesco Baschieri. Read moreInside Radio Q&A: Voxnest’s Francesco Baschieri.
Radio and Scott Shannon belong together like peanut butter and jelly. As a personality, programmer and broadcasting innovator, his credentials are quite simply the stuff of legend. From manning the mic in Mobile, AL, Tampa, Nashville, Atlanta and his longtime base in New York City, the National Radio Hall of Famer’s legacy includes creating the “Morning Zoo” concept as well as L.A. station Pirate Radio. Read moreInside Radio Extra Close-Up: Scott Shannon.
Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti, a.k.a. Boomer & Gio, will celebrate one year as the morning team on Entercom sports WFAN-AM/FM New York, in January. The two were paired after Esiason spent a decade alongside Craig Carton. Giannotti worked his way from WFAN intern and producer to morning host at sister KDKA-FM Pittsburgh and CBS Sports Radio. They speak with Inside Radio about the allure of sports radio and their unique position in the nation’s No. 1 market. Read moreInside Radio Extra Close-Up: Boomer & Gio.
As the host of radio’s syndicated “Coast to Coast AM” since 2003, George Noory entertains listeners of his 620 Premiere Networks affiliate stations with “mysteries of the world.” He has definitely hit a nerve. Since, his tales of the paranormal, spiritual and/or conspiratorial have expanded to online TV, live events and podcasting. Noory’s great love, however, remains radio, which he has embraced since age 21, working as a radio reporter and studying broadcasting in his native Detroit. Read moreExtra Close-Up: George Noory
Angelo Cataldi went from sportswriter at the Philadelphia Inquirer to part-time radio talk show host 30 years ago when WIP, then on the AM band, went sports in 1988. Despite no radio experience, Cataldi went from hosting a one-hour program to anchoring morning drive, where he continues today. Known as much for his “Angelo-isms” as for helping conceive the station’s infamous Wing Bowl event, Cataldi has become a fixture on Philadelphia morning radio. Read moreInside Radio Extra Close-Up: Angelo Cataldi
Cali native Elaina Smith has been working in radio since her college days at San Diego State University. She worked for “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider” before landing with Cumulus Media’s WAOA Melbourne, FL, as morning show co-host. She was then drafted by Cumulus’ Mike McVay for the country “NASH Nights Live” syndicated show, which airs live from Nashville, 7pm-midnight, with co-host Shawn Parr. Read moreInside Radio Extra Close-Up: Elaina Smith.
Louisiana native Charese Fruge is proudly a life-long radio geek. With more than 25 years in the industry, she started working in radio in high school in Baton Rouge. In August, she joined Urban One as a dual-market PD for Houston’s “Radio Now 92.1” KROI and Indy’s “Radio Now 100.9” WNOW-FM, responsible for both CHRs, while also serving as CHR Format Captain for the Urban One group. Read moreQ&A: Charese Fruge, CHR Format Captain, Urban One.
Gordon Smith has traded a life in politics for helping guide broadcasters through the labyrinth that is Washington, DC. The two-term U.S. Senator from Oregon has led the National Association of Broadcasters since 2009 and he’s under contract to continue heading the trade group through March … Read moreQ&A: Gordon Smith, President & CEO, National Association Of Broadcasters.
As president of Venice, CA-based radio advertising and marketing company Direct Results, Jill Albert is a firm believer in the comeback of radio, thanks to the rise of such audio platforms as podcasting and smart speakers—along with AM/FM’s ongoing ability to reach and engage the masses. Read moreQ&A: Jill Albert, President/Founder, Direct Results
In a highly unusual move for broadcast radio, Emmis Communications rebranded adult alternative KGSR Austin as “Austin City Limits Radio.” The licensed branding of an entire station is something more prevalent for satellite radio channels and online radio stations, but for a 100,000-watt heritage radio station to enter into such a deal was truly rare. Read moreQ&A: Scott Gillmore, Senior VP/Market Manager, Emmis Austin
With the Radio Show one month away, Inside Radio caught up with Alpha Media president/CEO Bob Proffitt for the low-down on the industry’s Main Event of the year. Proffitt chairs the agenda steering committee for the 2018 Radio Show, which takes place Sept. 25-28 in Orlando. He offers an insider’s view of what to expect at the NAB and RAB-produced conference, from the hot topics and can’t-miss sessions to why his company is sending salespeople from its 15 top billing markets to Orlando. An edited transcript follows. Read moreQ&A: Bob Proffitt, President/CEO, Alpha Media
Q&A: Debbi Calton, Middays, WMGK Philadelphia.
Debbi Calton is celebrating 25 years in middays at Beasley Media Group classic rock WMGK Philadelphia (102.9). The festivities culminate with a “Hometown of the Week” live broadcast and party in honor of Calton in her hometown of Media, PA. Read moreQ&A: Debbi Calton, Middays, WMGK Philadelphia.
It was three decades ago that Paul Bryant began his radio career in hometown Virginia Beach, VA, at Susquehanna CHR “97 Star” WGH. Because he was still a rookie teen, the jock was bestowed the nickname “Cubby”—said to be a takeoff on Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Read moreQ&A: Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant, Mornings, WKTU, New York.
After working in satellite and broadcast radio, programming veteran Tim Sabean joined the fast-growing world of on-demand audio in January 2018. As senior VP of Digital Content for Westwood One, Sabean heads up talent discovery, content partnership development and audience growth strategies at the radio network with a focus on the podcast space. Read moreQ&A: Tim Sabean, Senior VP, Digital Content, Westwood One
Hubbard Radio classic rock “The Drive” WDRV Chicago (97.1) was built as the antithesis of your typical radio station nearly 20 years ago. No contests, promotions or bar nights. Let the music do the talking. The station has evolved over the years and, coupled with market changes, it is now se… Read moreQ&A: Rob Cressman, PD, WDRV Chicago.
When Jelli was launched just over a decade ago, its original intent was to provide radio stations an innovative music software platform. Little did CEO Mike Dougherty realize what was to come. Under his leadership, Jelli has developed a cloud platform that enables advertisers to buy and sell programmatic audio ads through a suite of demand-side and supply-side services. Read moreQ&A: Mike Dougherty, CEO, Jelli
A not so minor footnote to WMMR Philadelphia celebrating 50 years rocking the City of Brotherly Love is the fact that its morning anchor, “The Preston & Steve Show,” is celebrating 20 years in the market. The majority of the duo’s tenure in the city has been on the 93.3 signal, joining t… Read moreQ&A: Preston & Steve, Mornings, WMMR Philadelphia
Those who choose radio as a career are always gambling with their potential for longevity, given station sales, industry consolidation and the ups and downs of the inevitable ratings game. No doubt, Cat Thomas won the broadcasting luck of the draw. The radio veteran spent an astonishing 27 years with CBS Radio in—yes, the gambling capital of the world—Las Vegas, elevated to VP of Programming for the former radio giant. He admits, “As the saying goes, ‘Winning solves all problems.’” Read moreQ&A: Cat Thomas, VP of Contemporary Music, Cumulus Media
Felisha Monet grew up outside New York City, a Long Island lady who tuned into rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” WQHT and her favorite jock, Angie Martinez. Her own radio career, however, was to be launched on the South Florida airwaves. For 10 years she called Cox Media Group urban contemporary “99 Jamz” WEDR Miami her home.
We spoke to Monet about her Sunshine State career path, hanging with radio idol Angie Martinez, and what drives her today as she embarks on her new adventure. An edited transcript follows. Read moreQ&A: Felisha Monet, Founder, ‘I Am Greater Than Yesterday.’
As co-founder and CEO of Instreamatic.ai, Stas Tushinskiy lives and works on the cutting edge of voice-activated advertising, with the intent of changing the fundamentals for advertising and marketing companies—as well as media platforms that rely on ads for revenue. The San Francisco-based company started as a digital audio ad network, and has grown in four short years to build a monetization platform for the voice era. Now, Instreamatic.ai provides audio publishers with tools to monetize their ad inventory with voice-activated ads in which the audio stream asks listeners if they are interested in a particular product or service and then reacts to their response. This year, Instreamatic.ai was chosen as one of 50 interactive technology companies from 10 categories, awarded an Accelerator Award by SXSW in the Entertainment and Content Technology category. So far, its platform works with mobile; it will soon be present on smart speakers.
Tushinskiy—who shared an “An Open Letter To The Industry” with Inside Radio in March—now breaks down just how the technology works for both advertisers and consumers, and how radio stations can get with the program. He also shares with Inside Radio readers an exclusive announcement about a “coming soon” service right up radio’s alley. An edited transcript follows. Read moreQ&A: Stas Tushinskiy, CEO, Instreamatic.ai.
As big data becomes more pervasive in the advertising and media worlds, Nielsen is under pressure from its radio clients to integrate large datasets into its measurement methodologies to improve the stability and granularity of its ratings. Clients are also anxious to see next generation PPMs get in the field and improvements made to the decades-old diary system. At the same time, Nielsen has been working to get better radio data flowing into the complex marketing mix models that help determine how billions of ad dollars are spent. The measurement giant has also been developing other media planning tools and leveraging its relationships with advertisers to illuminate radio's value to large brand marketers and agencies. To get up to speed with these and other issues and initiatives, Inside Radio spoke with Nielsen Audio managing director Brad Kelly, who oversees all U.S. radio sales and account management; and with senior VP, group sales director John Snyder, who has held numerous positions at Arbitron and Nielsen during the past 23 years. An edited transcript follows. Read moreQ&A: Brad Kelly and John Snyder, Nielsen Audio
Veteran programmer Bill Weston came to Philadelphia’s WMMR (93.3) in 2004 already sporting a pretty impressive resume and a successful track record. His now 14-year stint programming one of the country’s longest running rock stations was preceded by a four-year run overseeing classic/modern rock combo WKLR and WDYL Richmond, VA. The Weston Programming Wagon had previous stops in Providence, RI (WHJY, WWRX) and New York City (“Q104.3” WAXQ) after starting his odyssey an hour north of his hometown, working at Buffalo’s “97 Rock” WGRQ. Read moreQ&A: Bill Weston, PD, WMMR and WMGK Philadelphia.
The Mason Dixon Line may be a geographical term that defines the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania—but that’s not the only Mason Dixon that serves as a renowned destination. For the past 40 years, the on-air radio personality with the same namesake has been part of the fabric of Tampa radio, including the past 18 as morning man at Beasley Media Group classic hits “Q105” WRBQ. Read moreQ&A: ‘Q105’ Tampa Morning Man Mason Dixon.
Inside Radio spoke with Veritone president and co-founder Ryan Steelberg about how radio stations are using new technology, how it can help them exploit the exploding podcast opportunity, and how repackaging and redistributing their content can deliver a more personalized, interactive listening experience on smart speakers. An edited transcript follows. Read moreQ&A: Ryan Steelberg, president and co-founder, Veritone
Tim Clarke has worked his way through the ranks of Cox Media Group, first at the local level, serving as MD at WBLI Long Island, PD at WAPE-FM Jacksonville and launching “Hot 101.5” WPOI Tampa in 2011.
While in Tampa, Clarke also held the title of director of social media, overseeing the social channels for the six-station cluster. In 2013 Clarke moved into a corporate role at CMG, when he was named director of digital audience for the company’s radio division.
Last month he was promoted into the newly created role of VP of Audience and Content for Radio, where he has been charged with setting the content strategy for radio, including programming, new content development, content distribution, audience growth and measurement.
Inside Radio caught up with Clarke to learn about this new role, see how it plays into the company’s recent convergence of management in markets where it holds radio and TV properties, how those platforms work together and how CMG Radio is using data to improve content over the air and online. An edited transcript follows. Read moreQ&A: Tim Clarke, VP of Audience and Content for Radio, Cox Media Group
As the head of ESPN Radio, Senior VP Traug Keller oversees more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 24 million listeners per week on more than 500 stations, including ESPN O&O stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and more than 375 full-time affiliates. Read moreQ&A: Traug Keller, Senior VP, ESPN
Programming consultant Alex DeMers has spent decades between rock and a hard place. As founder of DeMers Programming, he has worked with hundreds of clients through the ups and downs of mainstream rock, active rock, classic rock, classic hits and alternative. He offers Inside Radio a report card about rock radio, talks about embracing new technology and offers some tough love for a format he loves. Read moreQ&A: Alex DeMers, President, DeMers Programming
Walt Sabo is well known in the industry from his early days at NBC, ABC and RKO and for his consulting work for the launch of “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton. It was there that Sabo discovered John Kobylt and Kenneth Chiampou doing a “Morning Zoo” show in Atlantic City and hired them for afternoons on the fledgling talk station, which became a hit by giving New Jersey its own talk radio voice on FM. John & Ken are now heard on KFI Los Angeles and WKXW is one of Townsquare Media’s most successful stations. Read moreQ&A: Walt Sabo, Programming Consultant, Westwood One Talk Show Host
John Caracciolo, a radio lifer with an engineering background, and Victor Canales – best known in the New York City radio market as Vic Latino – formed JVC Media in 2009 with the purchase of two stations on Long Island. It wasn’t long before they doubled their holdings there and then expanded into Florida with station purchases in the Gainesville-Ocala, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton and Orlando markets, eventually programming 15 signals in two states. Read moreQ&A: John Caracciolo, CEO, JVC Media
As chief judge of the 2018 Radio Mercury Awards jury, Sean Bryan—co-chief creative officer at McCann New York—recognizes the innate ability of the radio airwaves. But he also acknowledges in this week’s Inside Radio Q&A that Madison Avenue tends to focus on other advertising platforms first, before embracing traditional AM/FM. He says, “We as an industry are not using radio as much as we should for brand building.” Read moreQ&A: Sean Bryan, 2018 Radio Mercury Awards Chief Judge.
The annual CES show brought its usual Jetsons-esque array of revolutionary technology, products and ideas to Las Vegas this week. During his 10th year trolling the mammoth convention, Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs spoke with Inside Radio in a series of conversations about how new technologies on the convention floor may ripple across the radio industry. Read moreQ&A: Fred Jacobs, President, Jacobs Media.
That lovely aroma you smell: It’s the baker’s dozen affiliates that Woody Fife has just compiled. And we do mean “just.” A mere six months after entering syndication, “The Woody Show” added Raleigh and Honolulu this week, following late December’s addition of Atlanta, Detroit, and Indianapolis to his quickly growing posse of affiliates. All are iHeartMedia stations. Read moreQ&A: Woody Fife, Host, “The Woody Show”
One of the most noticeable changes at the FCC among broadcasters during the past year has been a stepped-up focus on pirate radio enforcement. A long-running frustration, many in radio think the agency now understands it’s more than just an annoyance. Inside Radio caught up with Feld to talk about how pirate radio is keeping her team busy. Read moreQ&A: Rosemary Harold, Enforcement Bureau Chief, FCC.
When Entercom named its dozen format captains, it was no surprise to see Mark Chernoff being tasked with heading up the company’s greatly expanded sports stations. Chernoff has been programming America’s first 24/7 sports radio station, WFAN-AM/FM New York, since 1993, six years after the station’s groundbreaking debut. Read moreQ&A: Mark Chernoff, Entercom Format Captain-Sports.
While Cumulus works on getting its various constituents to vote in favor of its financial restructuring plan, CEO Mary Berner has an equally challenging task on her hands: preventing employees from being distracted by all the noise that comes with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process. In her first interview since the filing, Berner talks about keeping workers focused and advertisers on board and how eliminating the financial overhang might impact the industry. Read moreQ&A: Mary Berner, CEO, Cumulus Media.
Trey Wingo has the not-so-envious job of replacing a legendary morning fixture on ESPN Radio. With the departure of Mike Greenberg and the ending of the 18-year run of “Mike and Mike,” Wingo was selected to plug in across from Mike Golic and be part of the next chapter in morning sports talk radio for the network. The “Golic & Wingo” show debuted Monday (November 27). Read moreQ&A: Trey Wingo, “Golic and Wingo” Co-Host, ESPN Radio.
Next week, the floodgates will open for format flips to the all-Christmas format, in an annual tradition that brings major listening surges for some stations and delivers ratings coal for others. Jim Richards, a partner in the Vallie•Richards•Donovan consultancy, speaks with Inside Radio about why stations should flip, why they might not want to, and how programmers can best judge when the time is right to make the seasonal move. Read moreQ&A: Jim Richards, Partner, Vallie•Richards•Donovan.
Steve Meyers joined the radio industry in September 2012 with experience in systems and product development at Unisys and tech company Slamm. He parlayed his engineering and technology background into a position as director of Digital Operations at Greater Media. His responsibility there? Nothing short of reinventing the broadcaster’s digital presence and strategy in both the web and mobile space. Read moreQ&A: Steve Meyers, Executive VP digital, Beasley Media Group.
Veteran radio exec Scott Mahalick’s roots with Alpha Media go back to the early 1990s. When Alpha founder and chairman Larry Wilson was leading another radio group he founded, Citadel Communications, he hired Mahalick as program director for a company station in Modesto. Within six months, Mahalick was elevated to operations manager, then GM—part of a great career climb. Read moreQ&A: Scott Mahalick, Executive VP Content, Alpha Media.
As podcast listening surges, more brands are interested in participating in the fast-growing medium. Marshall Williams, founder of Ad Results Media, is a long-time supporter of radio advertising and now embraces podcasting as an effective way for many of his agency’s clients to communicate with consumers. Read moreQ&A: Marshall Williams, Founder, Ad Results Media.
Roula Christie has a storied career in radio. Beginning as an hourly employee answering request lines at a hometown station, she moved to morning show host in a top 10 metropolis. This year she was named the MIW Airblazer by The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group, joining the likes of Ellen K (2015) and Angie Martinez (2016). Read moreQ&A: Roula Christie, Cohost, ‘Roula and Ryan Show’.