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It was the calm before the storm in Florida Tuesday afternoon as Ian emerged into the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane. The impact on Florida is expected to be severe, especially in the heavily populated Tampa and Fort Myers areas. iHeart’s “NewsRadio” WFLA Tampa (970) shifted into wall-to-wall coverage early Tuesday. Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT was also in storm coverage mode, although with the “real raw radio” attitude you would expect from “The Bone.” Read more

Aiming to accelerate growth for its digital agency business, Hubbard Radio has promoted Steve Goldstein to President of 2060 Digital. Goldstein had been wearing two hats: Senior VP of Sales Strategy for Hubbard’s radio division and General Manager of the digital marketing services agency. Now the company says he will focus solely on growing 2060 Digital’s brand and revenue footprint in the expanding digital marketing and advertising sector across the U.S. Read more

The investigation into the fatal stabbing of Audacy news WWJ-AM anchor Jim Matthews has led to the arraignment of the suspect found at Matthews' home following the incident. Arthur Levan Williamson, 55, a convicted felon with a 30-year criminal history, is accused of fatally stabbing Matthews, who was 57, in an attack at the host's suburban home that also injured four others, including the radio anchor's 10-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. Read more

In celebration of “Legends of Rock: John Mellencamp,” the newest permanent exhibition at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mellencamp will join iHeartMedia classic rock “Q104.3” WAXQ New York morning host Jim Kerr for a conversation that will be broadcast on certain iHeart classic rock, adult hits, classic hits, and variety-formatted radio stations across the country. Read more

Southern California public broadcaster KCRW Los Angeles (89.9) has hired former Spotify executive Gina Delvac to lead what it is calling a Podcast Audience Lab. The division’s focus will be not only on building KCRW’s reach into on-demand audio, but also developing content to engage with new audiences. It is a return to public radio for Delvac, who most recently was Head of Studio 4, Spotify’s in-house branded content studio. Read more

A former owner of drug abuse treatment centers has filed a defamation suit against New Hampshire Public Radio after the public broadcaster published an investigative piece about allegations of sexual misconduct made by former employees and a former client. Eric Spofford is seeking financial damages for “personal, professional, and moral reputational harm, emotional harm, embarrassment, humiliation, and pain and suffering.” Read more

The Nashville Predators make changes to their radio broadcast team ahead of the 2022-2023 NHL season as Max Herz is named the new pregame, postgame, and intermission host for all Predators games on Cromwell Group sports “102.5 The Game” WPRT. He replaces Darren McFarland, who exited WPRT in July. McFarland will now host the weekly “Preds Official Podcast.” Read more

Country artist Brett Young to host middays at KKGO Los Angeles during October… NPR names this year's Kroc Fellows: Tilda Wilson, Danielle Kaye, and Juma Sei… Kansas State Athletics will have a dedicated Spanish language broadcast under a partnership with Tico Sports… Boise State Public Radio names Rachel Cohen as a 2022-2023 National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellow. Read more

Gumball, the ad unit that is a sister to the Headgum Podcast Network, sells nothing but host-read ads. And while some podcasters shift their attention away from the format in favor of ads sold programmatically and dynamically inserted, the Gumball team is focused on improving the host-read experience. That has led the company to debut a new feature called Gumshoe that will provide real-time measurement of ad impressions from host-read ads. Read more

During last month’s Podcast Movement there was plenty of talk about video podcasting and YouTube, which continues to take steps to appeal to podcasters. But how many listeners want to listen to podcasts on YouTube? A new survey is offering some clues. The Morning Consult survey finds about a third of adults overall say YouTube is their preferred platform for podcast listening. Read more

Music scheduling is a pillar of a programmer's job. If the music isn't right then the rest of what we do isn't gonna work. Folks spend tons of time scheduling and editing, trying to create the perfect log. I adhere to a "less is more" theory of music coding. Every rule affects everything else. You may fix one thing then cause an issue elsewhere. Read more

In July 2021 QC Kinetix began testing radio with 5,651 spots in one week. Now the group, which bills itself as the country’s leading regenerative medicine franchise group, has hit another milestone, cracking the top 10 for the week of Sept. 19-25. In the fast-food wars, Wendy’s continues to out-market McDonald’s on AM/FM radio. And streaming and cable TV services are using the radio airwaves to drive viewership. Read more

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

In July 2021 QC Kinetix began testing radio with 5,651 spots in one week. Now the group, which bills itself as the country’s leading regenerative medicine franchise group, has hit another milestone, cracking the top 10 for the week of Sept. 19-25. In the fast-food wars, Wendy’s continues to out-market McDonald’s on AM/FM radio. And streaming and cable TV services are using the radio airwaves to drive viewership. Read more

KiKi Brown, an on-air mainstay at Audacy's Pittsburgh urban contemporary station WAMO AM-FM, has been named Assistant Brand Manager and Music Director. In addition to her new duties, Brown will continue as WAMO's weekday afternoon host, and as host of producer of the weekly public affairs program “What’s Good In Your Hood?” which airs on WAMO and Audacy's other Pittsburgh stations. Read more

Monday, September 26, 2022

Mike Rhyner, the longtime host at Cumulus Media sports “The Ticket” KTCK-AM/FM Dallas, who abruptly retired in January 2020, is reportedly returning to DFW radio on iHeartMedia’s KEGL, which according to Sports Illustrated, will flip from rock “97.1 The Eagle” to sports talk as “The Freak.” If rumors become reality, “The Freak” would be the third sports talk station in the market. Read more

Urban One has recruited seasoned PR vet Tony Robinson as VP of Corporate Communications. Reporting to Chief Administrative Officer Karen Wishart, Robinson will collaborate on internal and external communications activity across all of the African American media specialist’s brands and platforms. He brings 30 years of experience in government, higher education, and corporate PR to the newly created position. Read more

iHeartMedia launches Spanish CHR “Mega 97.1” KMMA Tucson playing Latin hits from artists including Bad Bunny, J. Balvin, Karol G, and Romeo Santos. “Mega 97.1” debuted after a weekend of playing Spanish hits on what was hot AC “My 97.1” under the call letters KMIY. The new station features Suzette Rodriguez from 6am-12pm and Ivan Gonzalez from 12-6pm. Read more

NPR Senior VP of News and Editorial Director Nancy Barnes is leaving the public radio network, a move prompted by CEO John Lansing’s decision to hire a Chief Content Officer, which would be a newly-created executive position overseeing both the News and Programming divisions. "Now is the right time for me to pursue some other opportunities," Barnes wrote in a staff memo. Read more

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With programmers, managers, and air talent descending on the Big Apple Wednesday, Oct. 19 for the Marconi Awards, the NAB has your day-after plan: a track of sessions expressly developed for content creators. What’s branded as Radio Reimagined will bring programming, digital, and podcast experts together to chart radio’s future on a landscape loaded with opportunity and ever-expanding consumer choices. Read more

Hope Media Group's WayFM contemporary Christian network, heard on more than 50 U.S. stations, has made changes to its midday and afternoon shows effective today. Bekah Eaker, who had hosted middays on WayFM, moves to afternoons to co-host with Joy Summers. Replacing Eaker in middays is Carder Price, who continues to co-host the Rachelle & Carder morning show on Hope's contemporary Christian station in Houston, KSBJ. Read more

WUSL Philadelphia will hold the annual “Powerhouse” concert on Friday, Oct. 28… WCSX Detroit raised $150,000 to benefit Detroit Veterans through the “Big Jim’s House Stone Soup Project.” Beasley AC sister station WJBR Wilmington, DE raised a total of $332,648 during the 12th annual “Nemours Children’s Hospital Help Our Kids Radiothon.” … WKTI Milwaukee and SiriusXM pause Brett Favre's appearances and show, respectively. Read more

Beasley Media Group radio stations are preparing for Hurricane Ian and its effect on the company’s corporate home state of Florida. In Ft. Myers, local coverage will include hourly updates today. Beasley stations in Tampa-St. Petersburg will focus on education and preparedness. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia radio stations in potentially impacted markets say they have gone through their PREP checklist. Read more

The iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to Las Vegas over the weekend for two days of star-studded concerts at the T-Mobile arena and a full lineup at Saturday’s Daytime Stage at Area15, a new event, and entertainment district. The two-night concert event was broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations in more than 150 markets. Read more

For big-box retailers, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, although perhaps a Christmas with lower-priced gifts thanks to greater discounts and more promotions. Not waiting until October and barely into fall, Target and Walmart last week announced commitments to low-priced merchandise and convenience options for holiday shoppers. “This year you’ll see deeper discounts,” Consumer Institute’s Katie Thomas says. Read more

In this midterm election year like no other, how does podcast listening, especially to those leaning red or blue, differ between Democrats and Republicans? Edison Research's 2002 Infinite Dial survey and its Edison Podcast Metrics show that while those identifying with the Democratic Party are more likely to listen to podcasts on a monthly basis, Republicans listen to more politically-based podcasts. Read more

Local over-the-top TV advertising is expected to increase 57% this year to reach $2.0 billion, with further increases to $2.8 billion by 2024 and $3.4 billion by 2026, according to the latest forecast from BIA Advisory Services. BIA notes OTT's double-digit ad revenue growth since 2019, which is expected to continue, and its increased use by political advertisers this year. Read more

For two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long, it's another great play, albeit off the field. Long's “Green Light” podcast is not only partnering with Amazon's Amp live audio platform for Thursday night's NFL games but also adding regular contributors and fan interaction to the show. Long is also working with podcast network Blue Wire to expand his media footprint. Read more

Halloween may not be the banner fourth quarter holiday that Black Friday is, but it does give a boost to some retail, bar and restaurant advertising. The good news is that after the pandemic put a damper on festivities the past two years, new research from the National Retail Federation is pointing to Halloween participation and spending returning to pre-pandemic levels. Read more

The U.S. Court of Appeals has agreed to hear oral arguments in the case brought by a California broadcaster trying to revive a construction permit to build a new AM station in the Los Angeles market. The D.C. Circuit will hear the appeal bought by Schwab Multimedia against the FCC, which said the company ran out of time to construct the Culver City, CA-licensed KWIF at 1500 AM. Read more

Friday, September 23, 2022

Combine a morning show host's lifelong dream to drive across the country, and some innovative sponsorship perks from Dunkin Donuts, Subaru, and Marriott Hotels and you have a week’s worth of on-air and online content. That’s the case with the “Preston & Steve” show at Beasley Media Group rock WMMR Philadelphia and its “Casey’s Big Adventure” promotion. Read more

The NFL has officially kicked off its multi-year partnership with Apple Music as its new sponsor for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, replacing Pepsi, which had sponsored the performance since 2013. The music streaming service will mark its first year as part of the Halftime Show during Super Bowl LVII, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023 in State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Read more

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Whether referred to as R&B, soul or, urban contemporary, the radio format has a long history, dating back to the 1940s and early believers like the legendary WDIA Memphis. A closer look at the audience composition of Nielsen's top urban contemporary stations is the focus of the latest in the exclusive-to-Inside-Radio “Top Performers” series of By The Numbers. Read more

The nationally syndicated “The Dave Ramsey Show” recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, marking three decades of helping listeners with their questions about money, relationships, and mental wellness. “Over three decades of taking calls, I’ve watched millions of people get out of debt, find jobs they love, have healthier marriages, become millionaires, and ultimately live better more peaceful lives,” Ramsey says. Read more

After the digital audio sales company Targetspot reported its podcast ad revenue tripled during the first half of the year, the company says it is “doubling down” on the medium. That includes adding new resources in the U.S. marketplace where Targetspot says its podcast marketplace has been “refined” to meet the demands of advertisers who are looking to buy space from multiple podcast publishers including those released by radio operators Bonneville, Salem and CBC. Read more

Nevada Public Radio and Vegas PBS partner for “Nevada Decides,” which kicks off on Monday, Sept. 26 with a debate between the candidates for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, Steven Horsford (D) and Sam Peters (R) that will be carried on KNPR and Vegas PBS. The “Nevada Decides” banner will accompany additional programming in the days leading up to the November election. Read more

Mark Gordon, who has served as President of the Missouri Broadcasters Association for the past ten years, announces his retirement, effective June 30, 2023. “I am very proud of our accomplishments over the past 10 years, it is now time to hand off to a new generation of leadership,” Gordon, whose broadcast career has spanned 45 years, said. Read more

iHeartMedia Chicago and Detroit will hold their annual “Sista Strut” breast cancer awareness walks on Oct. 1… Podcast network YAP Media forms a partnership with Cumulus Media… WMMM Madison, WI raised $10,638.00 during its recent “Request-A-Thon.” … WBGI Wheeling, WV, adjusts to classic country as “Big Willie 105.5.” … Former WHO Des Moines host Justin Brady launches “The Iowa Podcast.” Read more

iHeartMedia and Neustar enter into a partnership to include broadcast radio in end-to-end marketing attribution. The solution expands the Neustar Unified Measurement Solution, which spans Marketing Mix Modeling (MMM) and Marketing Attribution solutions to include iHeartMedia stations. The partnership provides a more complete picture of the important role that broadcast radio plays in today’s multi-channel advertising world. Read more

A pair of Senators from states that are home to plenty of musicians have introduced a bill that, if passed, would create a performance royalty on radio airplay. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) introduced the companion to a House version of the American Music Fairness Act. The pair says the bill would bring radio “up-to-speed” with all other music platforms. Read more

There have been a lot of questions about third-quarter radio advertising trends, but B. Riley Securities analyst Daniel Day says following a pullback in ad spend starting in the spring and lasting throughout the summer, there is good reason to be optimistic after a client event with iHeartMedia executives. Day says they told investors that advertising is “stabilizing” during the third quarter. Read more

It took a decade-long effort, but the Media Rating Council has finally released its set of uniform standards for measuring the outcomes of advertising and media buys. As a result of years of debate, drafts, and public vetting, the MRC's report creates a common reference point, definitions, processes, and best practices for so-called "attribution" and ROI measurement, along with other higher-order measures of campaign outcomes. Read more

Actor Wilmer Valderrama – best known for his roles on TV shows like “NCIS” and “That 70s Show” and films like “Encanto” – has become one of Hollywood’s leading voices calling for more Hispanics in the spotlight. His activist work has led him to become a producer of podcasts, and Valderrama is expanding his alliance with iHeartMedia, taking on an larger role with the My Cultura network. Read more

Thanks in part to a growing emphasis on daily shows, a new analysis shows that podcast episode length continues to shrink. A new analysis from the podcast database Rephonic finds the average top-performing podcast releases one 37-minute episode every five days. And there are fewer podcasts with episodes clocking in at more than an hour. Read more

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Entertainment industry data and insights company Luminate enters into a new partnership with airplay monitoring service Mediabase. Effective December 2022, Mediabase’s radio tracking data, known widely as the music industry standard across labels, publishers and management companies, will fuel Luminate’s reporting on radio’s music activity in the U.S. and Canada. The partnership effectively puts an end to BDS data. Read more

Audacy talk WPHT Philadelphia goes live and local from 6am-7pm for the first time ever as Nick Kayal joins Dawn Stensland and Greg Stocker for mornings. Current morning host Rich Zeoli moves to afternoons. With the changes, which are effective Oct. 3, WPHT drops the Sean Hannity Show, which aired from 3-6pm, while Mark Levin, who was on from 6-9pm, shifts to 7-9pm. Read more

A week after he berated his co-host Crystal Cooper during an off-air exchange on KFNS St. Louis, Vic Faust has finally apologized, but not before he lost his TV news anchor gig. “Vic Faust no longer works for Fox 2, KPLR, or Nexstar Media,” GM Kurt Krueger said. In a too-little, too-late Twitter post, Faust says he is sorry and ashamed. Read more

New York City radio stations from Audacy, Good Karma Brands, iHeartMedia, Mediaco, Salem Media Group, Spanish Broadcasting System, and Univision join together as The New York City Radio Committee to promote the power of radio. The coalition has developed a multi-media marketing campaign, “Fall in Love with Radio,” that will include radio messaging on more than 20 of the market’s most listened to stations. Read more

Streaming and podcast solutions provider StreamGuys has announced a trio of leadership promotions and appointments. Eduardo Martinez has been promoted to VP of Technology, Jesse Orr rises to VP of Technology and VP of Engineering, and Tara Strickwerda has taken on the role of Director of Customer Success. The company says the moves are designed to help the company in its next phase of growth. Read more

Skyview Networks recently held a virtual upfront presentation, “Power of Momentum,” that was hosted by country stars Tim McGraw and Carly Pearce and attended by more than 400 ad execs from the top network and media agencies across the country. Included in the partner portfolio for 2023 is the addition of Bonneville International for network audio sales, starting Jan. 1, 2023. Read more

The lineup for day one of the second annual “Audacy Beach Festival” is revealed… The Key Networks-syndicated VirtualJock.com signs “The Sandy Show” to its client roster… WKQX Chicago returns the “Twisted Xmas” name to its annual holiday concert series… The RAB will hold a live presentation with Horizon Media’s Maxine Gurevich on Sept. 28… WDAS Philadelphia (105.3) unveils details for its “Holiday Jam 2022.” Read more

With 46 days until Election Day, the political ad season is heading into its busiest weeks. It is also the period when radio is best-positioned to grab its share of the dollars. The amount of money being spent is robust for a midterm election. AdImpact has tracked $6.15 billion of political ad spending so far and it says 2022 has now officially surpassed the 2020 cycle in non-presidential political ad spending. Read more