For months now, NTS MediaOnline Today has been following the ongoing controversy over the accuracy of Nielsen Audio’s PPM ratings system, and a box called Voltair that reportedly helps overcome alleged deficiencies in PPM. Today, Harker Research founder Richard Harker — who has been a leader in the charge to get the radio industry to examine issues regarding PPM — says he has had insider access to stations using Voltair and is sharing what he found with the industry. “This is the first verified pre and post-Voltair data, and what we found was just as amazing as all the rumors,” says Harker (pictured). “We were able to track ratings as Voltair was installed. We were able to establish a pre-Voltair baseline of ratings, and then we were able to see what happened with the ratings after the launch.” One of the anonymous stations analyzed by Harker that features a “talky morning show” saw what can only be characterized as eye-popping pre and post-Voltair ratings increases that suggest potentially huge implications for all spoken-word radio in PPM markets. Read more HERE.
Editor’s Note: Harker Research is inviting additional Voltair users to confidentially share their experiences to expand this study. Interested stations can email Richard Harker in confidence HERE.
Cumulus Media has promoted current Worcester, MA VP/Sales John Sutherland to VP/Market Manager for the company’s Providence, RI cluster, including News/Talker WPRO. Sutherland will assume the chair that’s been occupied for the past dozen years by Barbara Haynes, who exited the stations just prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. “Placing John at the helm of Cumulus Providence is a perfect fit for that dynamic group of stations and will maximize our position in the market,” said Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati. “John has many years of broadcast history in the northeast and his tremendous track record speaks for itself. This is another example of the opportunities for advancement and growth Cumulus offers to our employees. We congratulate John and are pleased to present him with this well-deserved battlefield promotion.”
Tomorrow afternoon (5/29), WGN/Chicago will formally induct the Tribune radio station’s 2015 ‘Walk of Fame’ honorees. Among this year’s honorees are legendary WGN overnighters Franklyn MacCormack (1959-1971), and husband and wife due Steve King and Johnnie Putman, who spent more than 25 years sharing the wee small hours with Chicagoans. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be open to the public. More HERE … New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. will join the lineup at ESPN New York 98.7 for the upcoming NFL season. Beginning September 3rd, Beckham (pictured) will join afternooner Michael Kay and co-host Don LaGreca every Thursday to discuss the Giants and the NFL … Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and regular FOX News contributor Charles Krauthammer will be among the guests joining Salem Radio Network hosts Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher and Michael Medved at a special VIP Preview Dinner to kick-off next month’s 2015 conservative Road To Majority conference in Washington, DC.
Effective June 1st, KJRB/Spokane will re-launch as FOX Sports 790AM, featuring the full programming lineup from the 24/7 Sports radio network that’s syndicated by Premiere Networks …The Money Pit Home Improvement Show, syndicated by Talk Shows USA and hosted by Tom Krautler and Leslie Segrete, adds new affiliates KEEL/Shreveport, WMXI/Laurel-Hattiesburg, WROK/Rockford, KMLB/Monroe, LA and KBLU/Yuma … The long running Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline has inked a deal with Michigan-based Talk Media Network to handle nationwide affiliations for the weekly tech-talk show … KMZQ/Las Vegas signs on as the latest affiliate of Yahoo Sports Radio … Salem Media Group News/Talker AM 970 The Answer (WNYM/New York) adds Envision Network’s syndicated John and Leah Show — hosted by John Ziegler and Leah Brandon — to the station’s weekend lineup. The weekly talk show airs Sunday nights at 10pm (ET).
CBS Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb (left) welcomed actor David Proval to a recent edition of his daily show, where they talked about Proval’s time working on The Sopranos (he played ‘Richie Aprile’ in the HBO series), his experience acting in the film The Shawshank Redemption and his current role in the play Queen For a Day, running through July 26th at New York City’s Theater at St. Clement’s.
Spencer Brown and David Landau — the former co-CEOs of Dial Global/Westwood One — have partnered with venture capitalist Michael Rolnick to form DGital Media, an “audio engagement company that partners with media brands to create, distribute, and monetize spoken-word audio products.” Also joining the company as Chief Content Officer is Chris Corcoran, formerly EVP/Content at Dial Global/WWOne, and Grace Carrick, formerly VP/Sales at Dial Global/WWOne, who will serve as DGital Media’s EVP/Sales and Strategy. The company’s first venture will be the creation of the Re/code Radio network, an offshoot of one of the nation’s leading independent tech news, reviews and analysis websites, founded by noted technology journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. The Re/code Radio network will feature a portfolio of programs, with its first show, Re/code Decode hosted by Swisher, slated to debut next month. The new company is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
After years of drought conditions, large parts of Texas and Oklahoma are under water, experiencing what some are calling historic rainfall. Flooding, power outages, hundreds of flights cancelled at the Dallas and Houston airports, properties destroyed and a death toll nearing 20 people that is certain to rise (with numerous residents still listed as missing), are just a few of the problems residents and emergency responders are dealing with. Longtime Texas resident Tyler Cox (right), OM/PD at Cumulus Media News/Talk outlets WBAP and KLIF/Dallas offers his perspective on the rash of deadly weather, telling NTS MediaOnline Today: “While tornados and severe thunderstorms are nothing new in North Texas, the relentless every day aspect of this storm season has been completely out of the ordinary. We’ve almost lost track of how many days/weekends in a row we’ve mobilized our news staff to cover the latest outbreak. From being in drought conditions around here for years, to having a surplus of water in every area lake overnight, the most common comment you hear is ‘I’ve never seen anything like this in Texas!’ Our news team, along with our own meteorologist Brad Barton, have aired countless hours of continuous coverage. But that’s what you’re supposed to do in situations like this. We’re fortunate to have a staff that ‘gets it’ and does whatever it takes, no matter how long it takes.” Looking to the weeks and months ahead Cox continues, “The aftermath of the story once the rain finally does stop — and I never thought we’d be wishing for that in Texas — will continue. Communities and families rebuilding will be the focus of things for some time to come.”
Editor’s Note: The heavy rains in TX and OK have created hardships for many families flooded out of their homes who need shelter, food and supplies. Here’s how you can HELP.
Kudos to KSFO/San Francisco morning host Brian Sussman (left), along with his wake-up team members Katie Green and Sheri Yee, for raising $136,000 for the Fisher House Foundation during their 5th annual Memorial Day weekend broadcast from the Palo Alto, CA Fisher House. The yearly fundraising effort has resulted in over $600,000 in donations to the Fisher House Foundation from KSFO listeners … Effective June 2nd, Boston Talk radio veteran Michele McPhee (WRKO, WTKK) will take up residence at 1510 WMEX, where she’ll slide into the 3-6pm weekday slot most recently occupied by Howie Carr (now back at crosstown WRKO) … WGN/Chicago and ABC News Radio reporter/anchor Ryan Burrow is among eleven journalists selected to participate in this year’s RTDNF German Fellowship. It’s the 22nd year that RTNDF, in partnership with the RIAS Berlin Kommission, has participated in the German/American journalist exchange program … CBS Radio/Phoenix ups veteran programmer Tim Richards to VP/Programming for the company’s cluster in the Valley of the Sun.
20-year radio programming veteran Don Kollins (right) makes a run for the border, as he heads south and west from his current post at Rogers Broadcasting-owned Sportsnet 590 The Fan (CJCL/Toronto) to claim the vacant PD chair at Entercom’s Sports Radio 95.7 The Game (KGMZ-FM/San Francisco). He will succeed Jason Barrett, who resigned in February to relocate to the New York City area for family reasons. “I am thrilled to join the team at Entercom/San Francisco,” said Kollins, whose resume also includes a successful stint at Rogers’ 570 News/Talk (CHYM/Ontario, Canada) prior to his move to Toronto. “Jason has built a great station and it’s an honor to pick up the programming torch for 95.7 The Game and continue the winning tradition.” Kollins will begin his new Bay Area gig with Entercom on June 12th.
Sports media pro Kate Delaney joins the lineup at NBC Sports Radio, where she’ll host a noon-3pm show on Saturdays and Sundays, replacing Anita Marks (who recently moved to ESPN/New York 98.7). Delaney (left), who has been doing regular fill-in work for the Westwood One-syndicated 24/7 sports radio network, is an Emmy award-winning broadcaster who has conducted over 12,000 interviews during her 20-year radio and television career. She’s one of the first women to ever host a solo Sports radio talk show (WFAN/New York, KRLD/Dallas), and has covered 15 Super Bowls, 10 U.S. Opens, and 15 Final Fours. “It’s a major coup for us to have Kate with us on the weekends,” said Jack Silver, NBC Sports Radio’s Program Director. “She connects really well with sports fans, she’s smart, funny, and she knows her way around the world of sports. Kate brings great energy, insight, and opinion to our weekend lineup.”
Ralph Meador, longtime broadcaster, station owner and the founder of media brokerage firm R.E. Meador & Associates, died on Memorial Day, May 25th. The World War II veteran was 95. “Ralph Meador was like the North Star, a fixed point of wisdom and integrity,” said National Association of Media Brokers president Glenn Serafin. “He was role model for the rest of us and he will be sorely missed.” That’s Meador (pictured above right) with then-NAMB president Jody McCoy on the occasion of Ralph’s 90th birthday.